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Blade Under Mask: Character Lineup by White-Mantis Blade Under Mask: Character Lineup by White-Mantis
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Here's the lineup with the characters from Blade Under Mask. Not all, of course, but the main and semi-main, as well as some support characters!

I will post them individually and with a description later! One per day!

Sinopsis:

Asazaki Nae is a young orchid mantis maiko, an apprentice geisha, living her daily routine in the Asazaki teahouse alongside her adoptive family: Asami, her strict mother, and Tetsuo, her protective older brother.

Her calm life turns upside down when she starts seeing horrendous,
inexplicable figures that she and only she can see, just a few days before
the ceremony that will mark her transition from maiko to full geisha.
Doubting her own grip on reality and afraid to seek help for fear of accusations of insanity that could ruin her future as a geisha, she starts sinking into her own mind.
Between hallucinations and etiquette, Nae tries to keep sober on her feet
and succeed in the trials to become a geisha, as the world outside slowly becomes unrecognizable.

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Art & Characters (c) me, from Blade Under Mask

- As much as I take inspiration from and base my work on real Japanese culture and geisha world, this story is not meant to be 100% accurate. Some cultural aspects are modified or removed to the fit the story, characters and the world better. Do NOT take this as a reliable source of information, as it is made with entertainment purposes only. If you need to research or want to learn more about Japanese culture or geisha world, please look for real informative sources, such as books. If you have any question, feel free to ask me, I'll answer if I can.
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tyzranan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
nice, looks very cool, all of them :D
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NXUforever Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know I'm not really a fan of insects but you've made each and every one of these anthros beautiful, there's so much detail I can't but think that they're not just bugs but intelligent beings as well! Beautiful job!
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bryzom Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Best bug anthros ever made!

Gyaraku looks powerful and fearsome...
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mrs-Rojio Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Epic... just epic.
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White-Mantis Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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dartsumaru Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Awesome :3
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Zabaso Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Artist
Gyaraku is a proper Oni, if you ask me. All he needs is a Kanabo.
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Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Nae is definitely one of the more elegant female characters I've seen, which makes is easy to appreciate her beauty.
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Kissuka Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
There is so much work put into each one of these characters, it's incredible!Llama Emoji-24 (Blinking) [V1] They are all both credible and original and the balance of human vs insect into each of them is done with alot of talent so we can recognize each insects\animals they're supposed to be while staying very human and sensitive and that is VERY hard to achieve, I mean... Insects and emotions are often separated into two very distinct categories and you managed to mix those up like a pro. All of that while keeping the theme of Japan in mind too, really, hands down on that aspect. Keep it up, you and that world you created really deserve all the praise they get!Llama Emoji 29 (Mah Fudz) [V2] 
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OsseousMatter Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Woah nelly.  I love how you put the claws of the scorpion and hermit crab on their shoulders - never would have thought to do that! The way you juggle insect and human limbs is phenomenal~

I can't wait to see what you do with the characters next...
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