not a fan male designs in animation. At least, not in the way I’m going to be
judging them in today’s list.
I did a top 7 list of attractive female characters. The problem I had with that
one was selecting characters based on personality over design with cosmetics
being an aesthetic factor. With this list, the issue is reversed.
you think of a male anime character, you think of a slim guy with slumped shoulders
and a soft face. Any character that’s ‘masculine’ is often to an extreme to
show how muscular they are. The point is that they look ‘pretty’. Just about 70% of male characters in anime can easily be redrawn as a girl.
brings me to my issue with male characters in western cartoons. I can look at them and immediately tell who the protagonist is. You’re the comic relief.
You’re the wise old mentor. You’re the token black character. Either that, or
they’re animals. I like Stan Pines from Gravity Falls because they put a spin
on the grumpy old man trope making him a greedy conman who doesn’t stop conning
people as the show goes on. But design wise, I see him and go, ‘you’re the
grump with a big heart’. And before you ask, no, that old dust buckle is
nowhere near this list.
just became numb to designs of a lot of male characters since there’s so many men outnumbering females in media. I don’t really think about which one stands
out. I’m just seeing how the character develops in the show.
‘Nerd who wants to
prove himself and has some sort of famous/prestigious family/background’. Let me guess, you
just named 20 male characters in your head didn’t you? So
why am I doing this list? Well, here are some characters who have a design that
I found interesting with personalities to match.
Same rules as the women’s
Character comes before design.
Characters must be 18+.
It’s my list so if
your hubby isn’t here…too damn bad.
Gals & Non-Binary pals, this is Animated Aaron’s Top 7 Attractive Animated
John Stewart/Green Lantern-Justice League; Justice League Unlimited
a fucking idiot. Know that you know why he’s at the bottom, he’s actually got
one of the most unique designs in anime. As I said before, anime men are
fucking twigs with slumped shoulders.
is actually muscular in a way that isn’t comical like in most cartoons. He’s
build like an Adonis, true, but he’s still very close to how a real human would
look opposed to the over the top shit in stuff like ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’
or ‘Kenichi-The Mightiest Disciple’.
being said, everyone tries to emulate the character. A big/powerful guy who’s
as gentle as a bird and believes in the good of others while holding his ground
for his beliefs. I’d like him a lot better if this dynamic didn’t create so
many clones of the guy. Naruto, Luffy (One Piece),
Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter), ect.
Spike Spiegel-Cowboy Bebop
Alright. So while Goku is built like a brick house, Spike here is more on the slim side. Most men in anime don’t look like their balls have dropped despite being ‘martial arts experts’. Spike isn’t stacked but the few scenes where he’s shirtless prove that he’s got some meat. Again, he’s more how someone would realistically look given his fighting style. He’s quick on his feet and loose with his punches. He’s actively trying to wear the person down but knows where to hit them for a k.o if he’s in a hurry.
He’s cocky but doesn’t go around bragging about his skills like most protagonist. Rash and impulsive but isn’t hyperactive. He’s just a cool dude with a checkered past. If the situation gets the best of him, he’ll let his wounds heal and go at it again. If there’s money involved that is.
I read Countdown to Final Crisis last week and idk I really like these three and they’re really fun to draw. I also finally felt like drawing digitally again and had some time to do so, too (^o^) Idk if I ever get around to colour this, though, so I thought I post it here as a WIP (more or less)
When Harvey steals a cursed coin which is supposedly one of
Judas’ thirty pieces of silver, he finds himself targeted by mercenaries
working for an elusive crime queen who wants Two-Face dead and the coin
for herself. When Batman comes to save Harvey, the hero and the crooks
alike discover that the coin’s curse is very real, leaving an unscathed
Harvey Dent to ponder who should live, who should die, and what should
be done with the coin.
Of course, as you can tell from
these scans, the plot of the story is almost secondary to the
experimental storytelling that Simonson employs with “Heads or Tails.”
He adjusts his distinctive art style to model that of the 60’s James
Bond artist Yaroslav Horak, and takes the homage further by not only
making the comic sideways like a comic strip, but also by adding
includes relevant little newspaper stories and articles that add
backstory, depth, and irony to the events on each page.
example, one story mentions how the museum’s building inspector was
complaining about a lack of structural integrity. On that very same
page, the ceiling collapses on Batman! Trying to recreate all that in
this post has proven quite a challenge, one which really needs to be
seen in context to appreciate.
But all this would just be a
fun gimmick if the story itself weren’t great. It’s harder than one
might think to create a story with a villain protagonist, but this
works by giving the often-humorless Harvey a dash of sass and pitting
him against crooks who are worse than himself.
Best of all, the subtext of Batman
and Harvey’s strained friendship is the heart and soul of the story, and
even though it ends with Two-Face winning (!), the victory seems
poignantly hollow when Batman fails once more to save his old friend’s