Anime: Little Witch Academia

If you know me, you know that I’m crazy for anime. It all started in 1997 with bootleg Chinese copies of Sailor Moon, on VHS and it was love at first sight. Since then its been Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Dirty Pair, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, hentai, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Otakon, Dragon Ball Z, cosplay, Eureka Seven and yaoi. Thousands of dollars and time later…. still addicted. So when I run into something new, I want to share and talk about it. 
This new title is called Little Witch Academia and to give you some background on it, the studio that produced it got a grant from the Japanese government to make it with young animators making their own movie! How awesome is that?!? The studio streamed the movie with English subtitles online to overseas markets and was released in the theaters March 2, 2013. 
If you like The Worst Witch, Harry Potter, Madoka Magica, Sugar Sugar Rune, magic, girls coming of age, dragons, and beautiful animation you’ve got to watch this short.

Art of DAI-CHAN

It must have been between 2002-2003 that I somehow ran across the website of a beautiful Japanese girl who was dressed in lolita and visual kei clothes.
Upon more discovery I found that this girl produced some really incredible art that was very kawaii and very sexy, reminiscent of the art of Akira Toriyama, but with a fetish-y kick. She was very popular on the message boards, especially in the early days of livejournal.

Upon even more discovery, I found out that this super cute girl I was fawning over was indeed, a boy. That’s right, the artist and model was a man named Dai-chan
In the earlier years, Dai-chan worked at a maid cafe where all the maids were actually bishonen. Needless to say, my admiration for Dai only grew
Dai-chan now is a full time illustrator, game developer and fashion enthusiast who was married not too long ago to an equally beautiful girl. 
I don’t know what I’m more obsessed with! Dai-chan and his wife’s cute and often very perverted outfits OR his cute and often very perverted art! I’ll let you decide!

And! If you haven’t had enough of Dai-chan’s cuteness here is a video of him lip-syncing to a song called “Chocolate Philosophy” by Tomosuke

Here’s a video of characters based off of Dai-chan’s illustrations in a fighting game!

Follow Dai-chan on Twitter @Dai_Addict

Art of SAKIZOU

Sakizo/Sakizou サイト名 is a illustrative artist from Japan, who does many series of ornate, baroque inspired drawings of characters. These characters are usually representations of things like candy, desserts, flowers, and other beautiful feminine and evocative things. These images bring a sense of another world where people drown in beautiful dresses and full hairdos, where fairy tales are real and everyone has perfect skin. I want to go to there. But since I’m stuck in this ugly, glamourless world I have the work of Sakizo to keep me inspired and fully fed on beauty. Since this artist works mainly in Japan, it is hard to get more information on her but I think her art speaks for itself.




         


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