THIS TOOK FOREVER but it’s done. a redraw of my favorite bit (and the most painful part) of JiM. only things taken directly from the original are the speech bubbles and text.
These photos were taken a few seconds apart.
ahhh how majestic
Today was an exceptional day.
white folks have some fucking nerve
They just keep on hitting new lows.
oh my god they really did
hey guys hey look deadpool test footage!!!~
Every time I think things might be okay in the Marvel universe, I find myself thinking of a little boy.
A little boy who believed that change was good, that the past could be made right, that he could follow his brother’s footsteps and make amends.
A little boy who found that the scales were weighed against him from the very start, who met with nothing but hate and resistance.
A little boy who gave up quite literally everything he ever wanted, every hope he’d ever had, and then quietly died. Unmourned, unloved, unmissed.
And then I remember that nothing in the Marvel universe is ever okay.
When all of Comic Con is done, I go online and try to catch up, and see what every studio has done… [x]
Alright, now this is how you portray a cute makeover scene, so take notes.
It’s nothing quite as boring and terribly cliched as “BOOKISH BUT GENERICALLY CUTE GIRL TAKES OFF GLASSES AND LETS HAIR DOWN,” we’ve got the real deal here. (for reference: from left to right, it’s Mayaya, Jiji, Tsukimi, Chieko, and Banba)
First off, note that none of the girls wearing glasses lose them to present themselves as more “conventionally attractive.” They are instead used as a charm point, and Tsukimi’s outfit is even color-coordinated to match her red frames. For that matter, Mayaya even GAINS sunglasses, to keep her eyes covered while her bangs are styled in a trendier manner. A similar tactic is used for Banba, whose unmanageable afro is covered by a wig to give her a cute hairstyle that still frames her face in a way that fits her.
None of the girls’ unique facial features are downplayed in the animation, either. Mayaya is still drawn with her prominent cheekbones, Tsukimi still has her bushy eyebrows and freckles, Banba’s nose is still drawn as simple tiny nostils, and no one’s facial structure or body type suddenly seems to shift to “super generically pretty,” as seen in so many awkward Hollywood makeovers.
Perhaps the best thing about this scene (and something that Kuranosuke explicitly points out as he’s styling the girls) is that Chieko ends up requiring literally no changes. As she already has the habit of wearing formal kimonos as casual wear, she instead ends up benefiting solely from being grouped with the other girls in their trendy attire, and that’s considered her own unique form of beauty.
IT’S A REALLY GREAT SCENE FROM A REALLY GREAT ANIME, BASICALLY.