Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a fan of anime, and after giving “Your Name” high marks, he decided to Tweet: “It is time to create a mecha.” The one you see above was made by South Korea-based Hankook Mirae, and called the Method-2. This $200 million mecha stands 13 feet tall and weighs a massive 1.5 tons, with just enough room for one operator in its cockpit. The team of 30 engineers claim that they’ll get everything fully operational by the end of the year when it will sell for $8.3 million to the public. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in US theaters on May 25, 1977, and earned $461 million, while receiving ten Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), winning seven. It launched an industry of tie-in products, including spin-off TV series, novels, comic books, video games, amusement park attractions, and merchandise including toys, games, and clothing. The latest is this anime fan makeover by Dmitry “Ahriman” Grozov of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading for another Star Wars anime short film and more information.
Instagram user “Futurikon Wizardians” specializes in adding fictional characters, such as from “My Neighbor Totoro”, into real photos, and the results are creative to say the least. These photos are sourced from Google, Pinterest, Facebook, and even stock images. “At first, I was just doodling very basic line-characters, kinda like stickman-type. But as I evolve, I’m trying to doodle some little complex characters interacting with the objects in the photos,” said the artist. Continue reading for more photos.
Photo credit: Yuichi Yokota
In spring, summer and fall, Tokyo is normally a bustling city filled with neon lights, but when heavy snow starts falling, it transforms into a real-life anime film. “Tokyo saw its heaviest snow in 4 years on Jan 22, 2018, with authorities urging evening commuters to hurry home and prompting those behind the wheel to brace for traffic disruptions. I captured the sceneries of that snowy day. I visited some famous spots in Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa (Senso-Ji Temple) and Tokyo Station,” said Yuichi. Continue reading for more pictures.
Artist Eric Geusz transforms normal household items, like a TV remote and PlayStation controller, into futuristic spaceships. When Eric isn’t creating these masterpieces, he’s a software engineer at Northrop Grumman, possibly working on top secret military aircraft, such as the TR-3B. Other items include: a pair of tongs, can opener, fruit peeler, and more. Continue reading to see them all.
Thomas Romain, a French anime artist living in Tokyo, is back at it again, transforming his sons’ drawings into anime characters. First up, we have “Cloud Guardian”, who looks to be a menacing character straight from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers universe. “Working together in what he calls the Father And Sons Design Workshop, Thomas and his kids come up with an eclectic assortment of funny, creepy, and sometimes downright bizarre creatures. Well, it’s actually his children who think of them, and then Thomas adds his professional touch to turn them into everything from one-eyed beasts and plant monsters to giant robots and pink-haired hoverboarders,” according to Bored Panda. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.
Street artists Blesea and Baby K from France transformed an old blockhouse on the beach of Reville in France into a giant Shenron dragon from Dragon Ball Z. For those who’d like to visit this work of art, head over to The Goeland 1951 bar on Jonville beach. This blockhouse formerly served as fortified gun housing used by German troops to fire upon the Allied forces as they stormed the beach on June 6,1944. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Let’s face it, selfies are nothing new or special, especially when browsing social media services, like Instagram. One artist realized this as well, and decided to transform random portraits of strangers he found on the photo-sharing service into manga characters. Yes, you’ll see a few familiar faces as well. Continue reading for more pictures and another video. Click here for a few bonus images.
Lulu Hashimoto is touted as the “world’s first living doll fashion model,” and it takes cosplay to the next level. It consists of a body suit, doll head mask, a wig and stockings patterned, complete with doll-like joints. This entity was created by 23-year-old fashion designer Hitomi Komaki, who got the idea for a real-life doll after seeing the hyper-realistic doll heads made by Nukopan, a creative team in Japan. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Philippines-based digital artist Ozumii Wizard combines the best of fast food mascots with the world of anime in his latest series. He turns characters like KFC’s Colonel Sanders, McDonald’s Ronald McDonald, Starbucks’ twin-tailed Siren mermaid, and even Wendy’s mascot into surreal creations. Continue reading for more pictures.