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Forgive thy Enemy

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My entry for the Kubo & The Two Strings Contest.

Gonna be real here: the characters of Kubo are magnificent, but my favorite has always been the Moon King. A blind deity so cold, so perfect, so lacking in humanity, he could not see nor feel the warmth of a human's soul, the bitterness of grief, nor the sorrows of failure. How could one be so lonely, so fearful as to deny emotion, to deny pain? Does that make him cowardly? Perhaps. But it certainly did not make him as powerful as his grandson.

I believe one of Kubo's grandest obstacles was no doubt his climactic fate when it came to his grandfather: his willingness to be kind to his enemy, rather than strike him down at his weakest. The Moon King and his evil daughters have taken everything from this boy - everything.  
But he did not take Kubo's humanity. 
They fought. Anger rose. Rage swept the world in a torrent of chilling moon dust. 
And in the end, when the Moon King is human - weak, mortal, defenseless, lost, looking to Kubo for help - the boy does not shirk from him. He has the bravery, the maturity, and the willingness to help this man.

In a way, Kubo saved the Moon King from himself. He could have killed him, but he made his choice: mercy. I could think of no one more heroic than this kiddo (and nothing more traumatic than color dodge layers). 

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G-I-B-V's avatar

Офигенный арт!

Enayol's avatar
Absolutely fantastic Love 
xxRisunaxx's avatar
loved the ending of the movie
Luli34678's avatar
Congratulations Mrs!
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Luli34678's avatar
For you contest is amazing
BubblesRRJ's avatar
I just want to say that I could stare at this piece for hours. Thank you for making such beautiful artwork!
Van-Garret's avatar
sin palabras, is amazing!!!!
TheWolfyy's avatar
wow, really impressive!
Syphixious's avatar
Wow, I haven't logged on DeviantArt for some time now, I'm amazed to see where your art work has come to in the past few years. I love your style and aesthetics. ^_^
LostbunniesofWendy's avatar
So amazing movie and so amazing art! LOVE IT
SpiritZodiac's avatar
This movie looks so nice in your style! Trust you to focus on one of the subtler themes. Moving on is hard to do, but it's worth it in the end!
KatieFitness's avatar
This is freaking gorgeous. There's so much detail, and the coloring and shading is just so...I'm terrible at complimenting things, especially because this piece has left me breathless. I just find myself staring at this for a long time. Very nice job!
SeasideDreamer's avatar
absolutely amazing. magnificent work, bravo! ; - ; <3
chiyokins's avatar
I can't put it into words as well as I would like, but this piece is gorgeous. It reminded me of all the feelings I had at the end of the movie.
I'm totally going to listen to the soundtrack again now.
munworks's avatar
This is such a powerful piece.  Congrats on winning the contest, and thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. :heart:
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mahatyran's avatar
omg ;) this is so beautiful and the story behind it is amazing; i almost cried ;3;
Laylabelle97's avatar
I really respect Kubo for how it gave a chance for redemption for the grandfather. While the death of a truly evil villain is satisfying (Frollo) there is something powerful about giving the villain a second chance.
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