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My Hero Academia artwork captures Eri in the most heartbreaking way

Published: 13/Nov/2019 23:11 Updated: 13/Nov/2019 23:14

by Alan Bernal

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A talented My Hero Academia fan perfectly captured the compendium of emotions felt by viewers when they met Eri, in a cute but heartbreaking rendition for the character.

With the premiere of My Hero Academia’s fourth episode in the new season, fans briefly met the tortured young girl and were instantly dismayed at her story so far.

While she was a prominent figure in the episode, it wasn’t her intricate backstory or the like which struck a chord with viewers. Instead, it was the apparent abundance of pain she is forced to live through without the hope of being rescued, as far as the latest chapter of the anime is concerned, which broke the hearts of many fans.

(Warning: Article contains minor spoilers only as far as Season 4 Episode 4)

Studio BonesMost MHA just want to see Eri happy again.

In their design for the character, artist ‘rockangelart’ gave Eri an even sadder depiction in the best way possible.

The artist slightly trimmed down Eri’s features shown in the anime to give her a near-chibi representation – while still retaining many saddened facial features that only destroy the already-shattered hearts of MHA fans.

“The most recent MHA episode made me sad and now I want all of you to feel sad,” the artist quipped in the message with their post.

I drew everyone’s new favorite sad girl from BokuNoHeroAcademia

Needless to say, rockangelart’s rendition of the character was incredibly effective as it brought all the feelings of that pivotal interaction back to the forefront of fans’ minds.

“Oh my god stahp my heart can’t handle her being so teary-eyed,” one user said. “But amazing work!”

Nothing drove a stake through viewers’ hearts more than seeing Eri in tears as she clung onto aspiring-hero Midoriya, not wanting him to leave her at Kai Chisaki’s custody.

Midoriya’s internal struggle to save Eri at the cost of risking the larger mission of thwarting Chisaki’s villainous plans was felt through the screen as the tension kept building with every stall tactic Deku attempted.

It was this struggle, along with Eri’s bravery moments later to save Deku and Lemillion as Chisaki was getting ready to use his Quirk, that cemented the tortured character’s place in MHA fandom.

Even though manga fans have known her for some time, Eri has captured the attention of the wider MHA fan base with the new season’s episode.

It remains to be seen if Eri’s arc will bookend the latest season, but audiences are already demanding the MHA cast to rescue and protect the embattled character.

Cosplay

Princess Mononoke cosplayer runs with wolves as Studio Ghibli heroine San

Published: 27/Nov/2020 19:04

by Brent Koepp

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A Princess Mononoke cosplayer brought the film’s protagonist San to life with a stunning costume. The artist’s breathtaking transformation into the Studio Ghibli character will leave fans speechless.

In 1997, renowned director Hayao Miyazaki debuted his groundbreaking seventh film, Princess Mononoke. The environmentalist-themed story was so popular, it’s still the eighth highest grossing movie of all time in Japan.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the influential anime by bringing it to life with a jaw-dropping outdoor photoshoot. The artist’s incredible take on wolf girl San is so good, it’s almost as if the protagonist has clawed her way out of the screen.

Screenshot of wolf princess San in Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
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The wolf princess is one of the main characters in the 1997 anime film.

Ghibli cosplayer becomes real life Princess Mononoke

The film centers on protagonist Ashitaka, who leaves his village after tragically becoming infected by a corrupted spirit. The banished prince embarks on a quest to look for a cure and confront the curse that corrupted the animal that wandered into his home.

Cosplayer ‘Jennifer Sonntag’ brought the movie’s second lead character, Princess San, to life with her stunning cosplay which she shared on Instagram. Photographer ‘jospixelart’ captured the artist posing in the heroine’s iconic white and blue outfit next to a wolf.

Jenny nailed San’s signature attire, which includes a white fur cape that drapes over her back as well as her red and gold warrior mask which she uses to cover her face while battling against human enemies. She even included her scarlet facepaint which sits under each eye.

 

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In another shot posted on her social media, the artist re-created a scene from the Ghibi film where the lead character sits on a rock. Jen looks ready to fight with her wolf family as she holds her prop dagger while having her headdress down. The outdoor backdrop gorgeously ties the whole thing together and could easily be mistaken for a screenshot from the film.

 

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Despite releasing over 23 years ago, Princess Mononoke still continues to be one of the most influential anime films of all time. Its dark themes and gritty depiction of violence was a departure for Miyazaki’s usually child-friendly projects.

Those looking to catch the classic movie are in luck as it can currently be watched right now on HBO’s streaming service MAX. Also in 2019, Studio Ghibli struck a deal with Apple TV and Amazon to sell all of their theatrical releases digitally for the very first time.