DAMN SHADOW AKI!
and a little something for Shuffle Time since I missed it…(my own countdown, how shameful)
Happy birthday you Tekken reject
I assume this is why he is wearing clothes in ultimax
made a few yukari sprites. this one is my favorite. it also was a pain in the ass to make, but look at her go! thanks brilliantcataclysmrips for the rips!
"Man shouldn’t have to live by carbohydrates alone, complex or otherwise. Tell me, have you ever heard of protein, Jet?"
"You say something?"
“I was just thinking about meat…”
Aki has been pretty present in recent times, yeah! But I’ll move back a few paces and piece together a few iconic anime role models in the past for me.
When I was like, 8 or 9, it was Ash Ketchum all the way, and he’s sort of stayed with me through the long haul. Him and Gary Oak. Ah, shounen rivalry at its finest at an early age. I learned competitiveness, the desire to know everything about a given subject when I liked it, and the idea of growing alongside friends.
After and during the same time it was also Goku! (surprising, I know) Since I was taking martial arts at the time, I sort of took his lightheartedness to heart when it came to mentality when training and in social situations. It’s important to be modest with yourself and to always want to improve! Goku is probably one of the best role models I can think of for a young kid from personal experience. There’s a child-like saint-like quality to Goku and his actions through out Dragon Ball and DBZ that just… I dunno, he’s pretty perfect.
Then in like, high school I got into Bleach and Cowboy Bebop— one show much deeper than the other. I was a stalky young man and looked to find other super skinny boys to role model after, so the Bleach art style and Jazz/living on the edge of society aspect of Bebop captured me pretty well. I’m still a sucker for the Spike Speigel protagonist model. Bebop was a great mix of a lot of the interests I had at the time and pushed me to pursue writing.
Then there was Kamina in college, and a bunch more. Like a LOT more, but I’ll just mention that Kamina was sort of a culmination of all my leadership qualities and confidence that came about during that time. Gurren Lagann was suuuuper impactful.
Sorry, long asnwer. tldr; I have a lot of shounen anime role models, and there are a lot I didn’t even mention here.