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One Piece cosplayer reels fans in with amazing Jinbe fish-man look

Published: 7/Jun/2020 20:45

by Theo Salaun

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Jinbe or “Knight of the Sea” is the tenth member of Luffy’s Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece, and Michelle Maka, an anime content creator, has embodied him in a 10/10 cosplay.

Jinbe is a whale shark fish-man whose ultimate goal in life is to obtain peaceful coexistence between humans and his kind—making Maka’s cosplay choice not only aesthetically stunning, but socially topical as well.

As an absurd character design, Jinbe has blue skin, red tattoos, and creme-colored, cloudlike eyebrows. He wears ornate Japanese kimonos, has two-toned black and webbed hands. Maka got it all right, even down to his infamous Buraikan (or Vagabond Drill) ability.

 

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Jinbe’s infamous Vagabond Drill ability.

Wrapped in the trademark orange kimono, accented with black and white symbols, Maka’s cosplay is a flawless take on Jinbe. She is missing his enormous heft and tusk-like teeth, but those can be forgiven since the rest of the ensemble is so immaculate.

Most impressively, given how cleanly covered in blue she is, Maka noted on Twitter that this was actually her first time doing body paint. 

 

Further, the look is sharp and detailed, with a red lightning strike through her eye—portraying Jinbe’s scar. But she somehow managed to edit in the fish-man’s water-based Karate technique: the Vagabond Drill, which was popularly used in battles against infamous antagonists, Wadatsumi, and the Yonko Big Mom.

In the spirit of true fan service, Maka also dropped the Whole Cake Island Arc Jinbe look: the same physical attributes, but with a beautiful yellow kimono accented by Jolly Roger pirate insignia while complemented by a red cape and green obi.

Like many of One Piece’s characters, recreating Jinbe in the real world is a tall task. A fictitious, fantastical character with eclectic design, Maka makes do with human constraints and fulfils his character perfectly, with a steely gaze and attention to detail that makes his large size and fangs entirely unnecessary. 

There are no sideburns or goatee, either, but that’s hardly noticeable when the rest of her getup feels so true to life. Purple lipstick in lieu of the fish-man’s sharp teeth is a personal choice, but it fits cleanly and evokes a certain amphibiousness that is so critical to making this an unforced reimagination of a difficult-to-replicate character.   

Maka’s Jinbe cosplay is as good a reminder as any that you don’t need to recreate the minutiae of a character to embody them, you can put your own spin on a look as long as you lock in some core details.

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Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.