Some old doodles of my rendition/designs for the characters from the book Journey to the West! Ofc, it’s a more modern twist and this does take place in the same universe/time as Bran’s does (AKA, there is a magical ass monkey king somewhere in Bran’s universe… amazing).
Anybody who knows me or has followed me for the last few years knows I’m a huge fan of this series! v/w/v I’ve only just started to learn from the actual source material some years ago, but I’ve known of this story for a long while without really knowing it (Lost Odyssey anyone?? That terrible American adaption to it… ooh boy. I was like in my early teens at the time if i remember right). But ahh! Sun Wukong has quickly become one of my favorite mythical characters vwv I also enjoy how ridiculously strong he is and all the other characters as well ;w;
I’m gonna upload some newer pencil sketches tho! I’m sorry this account’s been so dead! Sabers Chapter 5 is nearly finished and I decided to take a two day break from it vwv;;; so yeah, in time when all that’s done I hope to be more active!
- The opening theme for Mei Ling when you start the game is a remix of the traditional Chinese folk song “Mo Li Hua”, a song featured in both the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai Expo
- The opening theme for D.Va is “Arirang”, another traditional Korean song
恭喜發財!/Gong Xi Fa Cai!” is a very popular Chinese New Year saying (literally; “Wishing you good fortune in the year to come!”). Junkrat and Mei both say this in their new voicelines.
- Mei’s “Chang’e” skin (pronounced “chan-gah”) is a reference to the Chinese myth of Chang’e, the Moon Princess. It’s about a woman, Chang’e, who lives on the moon and wishes to be with her husband, Hou Yi, again. Mei’s new line “Those astronauts never found me!” references this.
- Ana’s “Tal” skin (literally Korean for “Mask”) is based on Talchum, a kind of traditional Korean dance incorporating these masks, where audience participation is key to the performance. These dances can symbolize anything from satire, death, warding of demons, and prosperity.
- D.Va’s “Palaquin” skin is meant to symbolize a form of litter, or transporation vehicle. Royalty or important people would be in the palaquin (often cushioned and veiled), while servants or laborers would carry them through processions or through hostile territory. Hana is the Princess, while her Mech is the Palaquin itself.
- Symmetra’s “Qipao” skin features the titular dress, meant to hug the body. It is considered very formal and stylish, fitting to Symmetra herself. (Someone gift me this skin please!!!)
- Tracer’s “Rose” skin symbolizes how roses in China mean good luck, and are a traditional graduation or birthday gift. So pretty!
- Mercy’s “Golden” skin is in tune with the vast cultural significance of the color yellow/gold in Chinese culture. There is a saying that “Yellow generates Yin and Yang”, putting gold at the center of everything.
Journey to the West
Journey to the West is a very popular Asian story featuring Sun Wukong, Tang Sanzang, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing.
Xuanzang (Tang Sanzang): Zenyatta
Tang Sanzang is a reincarnated monk who must find sacred scripts to spread Buddhism through his native land. However, he is not that good of a fighter. He must recruit three other powerful beings (Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing) to make sure he is not killed on the way.
Sun Wukong: Winston
The monkey king! Arguably more a face of Journey to the West than the leading man (Tang) himself, Sun Wukong is arrogant, powerful, and kind of a doof. He has mastered the 72 Transformation, and the power of immortality. Longtime MOBA fans may recognize this name from both SMITE and League of Legends.
Zhu Bajie: Roadhog
There was an accident at the Reincarnation Wheel, making Zhu Bajie into a pig/human monster. He is lustful, greedy, and is very jealous of Wukong’s strength.
Sha Wujing: Reinhardt
A former general, this lonely immortal was exiled after he accidental smashed a sacred crystal goblet D: Poor Rein
- Mercy’s “Fortune” highlight intro has her literally spell of the character for “Fortune”. A little obvious, but very beautiful.
- Red and Gold are traditional good luck colors!
- Mei’s “Lucky” victory pose shows her holding red envelopes, a traditional gift of money and luck for the new year!
One of the central characters from the epic known as ‘Journey to the West’. Xuanzang was a Buddhist monk based off the real life man of the same name. He was given a mission to take some scriptures from India to China so that Buddhism would spread, and would also become sworn brothers with the Emperor of China at the time.
After an incident involving some powerful demons, he recruited three beings, Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing to help him on his quest in exchange for enlightenment and redemption.
Xuanzang was known for his naivety, always falling for the tricks of demons who disguised themselves as humans. The real Xuanzang was also famous for his journey to India which took him over seventeen years.
Sean Schemmel, the voice of Sun Wukong, is also known for providing the voice of adult Son Goku in the FUNimation dub of the Dragon Ball series. This brings things full circle, as Son Goku, and Dragon Ball as a whole (the original, not Z or anything after), started off as a parody of Journey to the West.
The most obvious being Sun Wukong being Son Goku, as when Journey to the West was brought to Japan, Sun Wukong’s name was spelled out and pronounced as Son Goku. There’s also the every-expanding staff and ability to ride on clouds (though Goku can only ride on a specific cloud while Sun Wukong can walk on any). Bulma, Oolong, and Yamcha are stand-ins for Xuanzang, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing, respectively.