OINA for life!
This is how i study OINA for head and neck muscles. I know it’s quite tedious but i’m a visual learner, memorizing it using tables is really not my thing. I just make tables for another summary, for example, a table showing the muscles that depresses the larynx, muscles innervated by ansa cervicalis and so on.
(Above) The idea that the Oina tribe members could transform into wolves came up mid-development, and I remember re-doing this draft accordingly. This is also around the time he got his fiery red hair. The Oina tribe was influenced heavily by the Ainu peoples and the Native Americans. The masks they wear represent the divine spirit that they worship, and is their way of staying close to said spirit. The masks were definitely not just a cover-up for us to avoid the hassle of designing more faces… no, they carry a very deep meaning.
(Below) An early Oki. At this point, he did not have the ability to transform into a wolf, and I was drawing him to look a little younger. The fact that he is wearing short sleeves despite being from a very cold region is an idea left over from this early stage in development. In the end, I feel it suits his hot-blooded personality perfectly…still, looks a bit chilly.
Am I the only one who wishes there was more art of the Oina with their masks on…?
Since their masks are totems, like spirit animals, I always perceived them as a sort of religious thing and that the Oina would be very uncomfortable taking their masks off. But I also like the air of mystery around them from never seeing their real faces, since faces are a crucial element in relating with other people. I know that’s why people want to see their faces (and human Amaterasus and whatnot), but it’s just… not… canon?;;
But is this just me or does anyone else share these sentiments?
“Ezofuji is based on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido, Japan, which is also known as Ezofuji. Its name is derived from the words “Ezo”, which is the name that the native Ainu people (upon which the Oina clan are based) called Hokkaido before it officially became a part of Japan; and “Fuji”, because Mount Yotei is very similar in appearance to Mount Fuji in mainland Japan.”
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