japanese fairy tales

Arab Little Red Riding Hood with a red hijab

A Japanese Snow White with her coveted pale skin and shiny black hair

Mexican Cinderella with colorful Mexican glass blown slippers

Greek Beauty and the Beast where Beast is a minotaur

Culture-bent fairy tales that keep key canonical characteristics

EDIT: if you decide to draw or write about any of these, please pm the post with what you’ve made added. I really want to see what y'all make, but I won’t be able to find anything on my own with all these notes!


Story aesthetics: Japanese Snow white and Rose Red (Followed)-requested by @wormwoodandhoney

虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず ( If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.)-Japanese Proverb

Once in that enchanted kingdom,there are two very special girls named Shiro-ko (Nana Komatsu) and Aka-ko (Emi Takei) ,they both loved each other and lived their lives quietly in that strange forest. Aka-ko longs for adventure beyond the peacefulness of the village as she absorbed herself with stories of wandering samurai batting youkais and women transformed into strange creatures. On the other hand,Shiro-ko plays the koto,engulfing herself writing haikus about fleeting nature,for she was timid of the busy world that is beyond their village.

One day Shiro-ko could see in her dreams,a bear-like spirit whispered to them to move off from their comforts of home to find its owner. For she felt frightened by the calling of the bear spirit and thus whispered that little secret to Aka-Ko being intuitive could feel a spirit came from that creature wandering around their village. And thus their adventure begins,to search for the bear spirit that enter in their house,towards strange perils and dangers. However they are not alone as there are two mischievous guardian spirits rooted in their bodies since the day they are born (A Rabbit for Shiro and a Fox for Aka) , to guide these girls along the way. They just need a little nudge to go to the big and wide world.

i’ve been absent from posting recently because i’ve been in Japan for a couple weeks! I had such an amazing time. During my trip I visited the bamboo forest of Kyoto and it reminded me of the Bamboo Princess and i’ve been wanting to draw her ever since ♡


Sesshomaru’s progressive respect and affection towards her future sister-in-law, Kagome.

NOTE: as Jinenji said once, I’m sure Sesshomaru thinks Rin’s brave attitude is similar to Kagome’s, that’s why he protects her too.

Why protect them? Why miss them? Why love them? - Sesshomaru about humans.

A list of obscure Mario anime:

Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi’s Adventure Land :

An animated short meant for Bandai’s Terebikko system (an interactive telephone toy… thing) So there are moments Mario Dora the explore style pauses and talks into a telephone. There are also questions/ minigames that the player would have completed. Super cute animation! Subbed version here (x)

Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. :

Mario mashed up with classic Japanese/ European fairy tales, such as Princess Peach in a Snow White situation, Mario as a tiny boy, Mario being born from a peach and being raised by some loving koopas, ect. Very surreal and great imagery. It has three episodes: (All can be found subbed here (X))

Mario Kirby Masterpiece Video:

A strange little Japanese educational video. Unfortunately not subbed of yet and is really text heavy. Can be found here (x)

Super Mario’s Fire Brigade:

Mario and Luigi scold and teach fire safety to some dumb kids lighting fire crackers, then save a woman and her baby from a burning house. They only show up for about a half of the short animation, but once is in some adorable firemen outfits. Currently i can’t find a sub of it (x)

And finally the most well known

Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!:

God this movie is glorious! A Mario anime movie that was only realised in japan, this is slowly becoming well known to the western Mario fans. The mushroom people in this are adorable and the animations is amazing. Very cute and whimsical twist on the Mario lore. A subbed version can be found here (x)

Fairy Tale Meme:

8 Heroes - [Urashima Taro]

“Have you ever seen Rin Gin, the Palace of the Dragon King of the Sea, Urashima?”

The fisherman shook his head and replied; “No; year after year the sea has been my home, but though I have often heard of the Dragon King’s realm under the sea I have never yet set eyes on that wonderful place. It must be very far away, if it exists at all!”

“Is that really so? You have never seen the Sea King’s Palace? Then you have missed seeing one of the most wonderful sights in the whole universe. It is far away at the bottom of the sea, but if I take you there we shall soon reach the place. If you would like to see the Sea King’s land I will be your guide.”


Here’s my graduation film from CalArts! Thanks to my friends and family who supported me along the way!

Watch other films made by my classmates: vimeo.com/channels/calartscharanimfilms2015

Fairy Tale Meme:

9 Heroines - [Princess Kaguya from Taketori Monogatari]

Suddenly the green grove of bamboos was flooded with a bright soft light, as if the full moon had risen over the spot. Looking round in astonishment, he saw that the brilliance was streaming from one bamboo. The old man, full of wonder, dropped his ax and went towards the light. On nearer approach he saw that this soft splendor came from a hollow in the green bamboo stem, and still more wonderful to behold, in the midst of the brilliance stood a tiny human being, only three inches in height, and exquisitely beautiful in appearance.