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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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:iconlyhlitheluminescent:
LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design of the characters, and the story sounds interesting! Will it be written or animated?
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:icongxant:
GXant Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
Tetsuo wasn't the one of Akira? hahaha
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Well, Tetsuo is a Japanese name.
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:icongxant:
GXant Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
yeah, i know xD
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:iconelenamegan:
ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So... many... insects. But cute insects, yeah. 
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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am terrified of Scorpions.Yet I am compelled to hug Sayaka.
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:icontyzranan:
tyzranan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
nice, looks very cool, all of them :D
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:iconnxuforever:
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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:iconbryzom:
bryzom Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Best bug anthros ever made!

Gyaraku looks powerful and fearsome...
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:iconmrs-rojio:
mrs-Rojio Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Epic... just epic.
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:icondartsumaru:
dartsumaru Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Awesome :3
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:iconzabaso:
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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:iconraja-ulat:
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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:iconkissuka:
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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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
such a awesome concept :D!
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:iconandyprophet:
andyprophet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Super cooooooool!!!!!
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:iconjasaph:
jasaph Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I take a look at all your drawings and let me desirte it would be nice to read a manga or watch an anime about these characters and know their history
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
It will be a comic soon! We're working really hard to bring it alive! <3
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:iconshiru-sil:
Shiru-Sil Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I don't know if you will even read this message, buthow is your comic going? I'm really excited for it, and i can't find information on it (probably im just dumb and not searching in the right place :( )
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:iconjasaph:
jasaph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope to hear from the soon
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:iconocean-dance:
ocean-dance Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
really love the synopsis, :happybounce:
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad you like it! Hopefully you will enjoy the comic too!
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:iconocean-dance:
ocean-dance Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
all the better anticipation for it :aww:
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:iconsynaesthetic1:
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I want two extra arms too! It is so much more expressive.
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:iconbewitched-bullet:
Bewitched-Bullet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
are you making an anime?
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:icondemonhunter987:
demonhunter987 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Wow where has this been? it's beautiful.
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:iconaprion:
Aprion Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool *.*
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:iconluced0:
Luced0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
There amazing
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:iconspecter-von-baren:
Specter-Von-Baren Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Geez, the amount of imagination in you stuff is fantastic. I really have no words for how cool this is.
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:iconcheezayballz:
CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ingenious...wow
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:iconszejdiakhanta:
SzejdiAkhanta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The plot is simply.... amazing...
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad to hear you enjoy it from the synopsis!! <3 <3
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:iconwakkodemonboy:
WakkoDemonBoy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
The art Is great! Plus, that Is one brutal story. Is this gonna be a comic or show?
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
A comic! I plan to have it published somewhere next year!


Maybe someday it will be a show* dreams*!
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:iconwakkodemonboy:
WakkoDemonBoy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Can't wait to read it
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:iconroninvalkyrie:
roninvalkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I'm not a 'furry' or an anthro expert, but this bunch has got to be my favorite selection of insect anthros that I've seen in a long time. 
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! =D
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:icontheironartist:
theIronArtist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I can't wait to see how Zien plays in the storyline! ♥

:love: 
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Soon the comic! Soon! >:3

And I think you mean Eien? <3
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:iconalexandraalex:
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
so, tetsuo & nae will warm up together?! :)
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:iconliketheisland:
Liketheisland Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow, awesome work! The story and character designs are super creative and original! Well done! :clap:
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:iconphotomonkeyz:
PhotoMonkeyZ Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
they are all really cool indead but sayaka is my favorite! awesome creativity and artwork! :D 
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, she's a badass mofo, isn't she?! 8D

Thank you very much!
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:iconrew711:
rew711 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a good story and good characters, but what I hope is that it's not to sexist as in putting in a whole bunch of men doing things they wouldn't actually do but only in a girls mind. 
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
wtf
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:iconrew711:
rew711 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haven't you ever seen those animes or comics that show men being to . . . I don't know, strange. I wasn't trying to afend you if that's what you're thinking. That post was just an opinion at most.
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SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful design, they are lovely!
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:iconreddragon122100:
reddragon122100 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Were can I read this story? It looks awesome!
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