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Avengers Endgame, Ukiyo-e Japanese fan art (英語記事)

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A Japanese illustrator has created some stunning fan art of Avengers characters in a style called Ukiyo-e, a kind of woodblock print, which has created quite a buzz on Twitter.

 

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The illustrator “Takumitoxic” has used the main Avengers Endgame characters as inspiration to create these Japanese Ukiyo-e images, while also pulling from various Japanese influences.

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What is Ukiyo-e?

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tōshūsai Sharaku

 

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through to the 19th century.

Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.

The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates to “picture[s] of the floating world”.

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Avengers Endgame characters in Ukiyo-e style.

Here are some example of his Ukiyo-e inspired fan art.

Captain America (Ronin leader)

 

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He drew this fan art image based on the famous Japanese revenge story “The Loyal 47 Ronin“.

Captain America is modelled after the leader of the 47 Ronin, Kuranosuke Oishi.

Also his kimono pattern is a typical Japanese pattern called “shippou” which kind of looks like a shield.

Shippou

Ironman Mark 85 (Fighting Monk)

 

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Takumitoxic made this woodblock image based on the Japanese legend “The tales of Heike” about an armed monk called “Benkei” 

Benkei is famous for protecting his master Yoshitsune Minamotono’s retreat from enemies by himself.

In the story he never fell down, even after he died on the scene.

The myth saids he had hundreds of arms coming out of his back.

Honolulu Museum of Art, Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

 

His kimono pattern is also a  typical Japanese pattern “Bishamon Kikko” which looks similar to Ironman’s reactor. 

Bishamon Kikko

Thor (Japanese Thunder God)

 

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The small drums behind Thor originally come from the typical image of the Japanese thunder god “Raijin” 

The pattern on the kimono looks like clouds,  since thunder bringing rain clouds.

Raijin

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Captain Marvel (Messenger)

 

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To give the impression of a tight suit,  the image used is that of a traditional express messenger (Hikyaku) from the Edo period.

The express messenger’s uniform, apron, sash, gauntlet and leggings are used.

Hikyaku

 

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The kimono pattern used is the “Hemp leaf pattern” because it resembles a star and represent the removal of evil.

Hemp leaf
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More Avengers Endgame Characters in Japanese style.

War Machine Mark-6 (Samurai)

 

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To create a war machine like image words are added to the armour and a cannon is added over his shoulder.

The image of a big samurai general’s armour is used to make the Mark-6 look more like a tank rather than armour to be worn.

Big general’s armer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Utagawa Kunisada

The pattern used for his kimono is the “turtle shell pattern” which looks similar to his reactor.

Turtle shell

Hulk (Sumo Wrestler)

 

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The casting of Hulk as a sumo wrestler matches perfectly with his power and huge body.

It looks like a combination of the Street fighter 2 characters “Blanka” and “Edmond Honda”.

In fact, Mr. Takumi has confirmed the tribute to “Edmond Honda” in this image.

Edmond Honda

Black Widow (Ninja)

 

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The image of the Black Widow spider and Natasha’s former life as a spy inspired Mr. Takumi to portray her as a female ninja or “Kunoichi”.

Hawkeye (Samurai/Ninja)

 

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In this image Hawkeye is dressed as his character “Ronin”, the top jacket is that of a samurai (upper class) and the lower kimono is that of a ninja (lower class).

Despite the inaccuracy of these two characters costumes never being used together historically, Takumitoxin still made this awesome image.

His kimono featured the “Yabane” pattern which looks like arrow feathers.

Yabane pattern

Rocket (Fire Fighter)

 

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This image of Rocket is based on a “Fire extinguisher of the Edo period”.

 

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The traditional fire fighters would break down houses to prevent fires from spreading.

Much like Rocket Raccoon they destroyed other peoples property in order to save many lives.

Rocket’s kimono has a “grid” pattern and is an image from the time he was in jail.

Antman (Bandit)

 

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Since Antman was a thief in his back story his kimono has a Chinese arabesque pattern “Karakusa” which is associated with a traditional Japanese thief’s bag.

Karakusa pattern

Thanos (God of Destruction)

 

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This Ukiyo-e fan art for Thanos is inspired by “Susanoo”, in Japanese mythology a god of complex character (also known as God of Destruction).

His gauntlet is emitting suspicious energy and has a fisherman net pattern called “Ajiro” which implies to take or kill everything (!) and his kimono features the God like cloud pattern.

Ajiro Pattern

 The Avengers Endgame characters look so incredible in these stylized Japanese images, I’d definitely love to see them like this in a movie or tv show!