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Chambara JLA: The Full Roster

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Chambara Hero Justice League.

The sum of a fair amount of work, and a very fun project. I recommend reading the individual deviations if you haven't yet and are interested in the back-stories. I tried to include a lot of the themes and tropes of the jidaigeki heroes, while also staying true to the core elements of the various superfolk. There are lots of anachronisms in the designs and back-stories, but I'll claim that most of that is true to the genre.

I know my translations aren't always great, and I am not a certified expert on Japanese language or culture, I know enough of both to get myself into trouble. The romanization scheme is a mess, and I was totally inconsistant, haha. There are loads of hidden references in names and characters and what-not, some that I'm sure anyone could spot and others that will likely remain hopelessly obscure (because even I forgot what I was thinking).

The Team:

Fishman (Aquaman)
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Chinese Mountain Monk (Martian Manhunter)
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Lady Incredible 'Lady Hero' is a better translation... (Wonder Woman)
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Steel Man (Superman)
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Bat Demon Warrior (Batman)
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Lightning Yuu (Flash)
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Lantern Bearer (Green Lantern)
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There is a ghost of a possibility that I might do a villain group deal, but only if there is a fair amount of interest. These, while fun, take a pretty long time to make!

EDIT: The download is big, but fun to compare design details.
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MBerica's avatar
Man, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter are awesome! All great redesigns
bunny75's avatar
I couldn't recognize them, but after reading who is who, I noticed the hints, like S-shaped snake. Subtle. :lol:
Also, facepalm for not noticing the green lantern.
RoseSaiyan77's avatar
amazing, I don't know if anyone else has asked, but will you be doing a Chambara Hawkgirl, cause it would be neat to see her wielding a Kanabo or some other samurai bludgeoning weapon
Strangerataru's avatar
Somehow imagine a few others to go along with these, like maybe a courtesan/singer Black Canary or a scientist/insect collector Atom.
HeroesFanboy138's avatar
Honestly, I'd love to see this elseworld story. I can see this working as anything from a miniseries to an ongoing.
TDS1's avatar
AWESOME beyond words!
BlazingFist's avatar
Oh this is sick! I would love to see this story.
veekaizhanez's avatar
Japanese verse of Justice League? Unique~~
HeroXero's avatar
Awesome work!
Intellectual-Soldier's avatar
Kuroichi (Black Canary)
Ogress (Zatanna)
Blodd Tsunami (Red Tornado)
Jade Bowman (Green Arrow)
Hayabuhime (Hawkgirl)
Hyabusan (Hawkman)
Indigo Kabuto (Blue Beetle)

I could go on; these are only suggestions but, I understand that pulling off such talented works does take time uh?
HeroesFanboy138's avatar
What would this verse's Booster Gold be called? (strangely, I imagine him having the same backstory, only from moddern time wanting to make a name for himself in the feudal times)
Intellectual-Soldier's avatar
Booster Gold, I would name him Gold Rush; and he would be from the Steampunk era that transported back in time to the feudal era of Japan.

Fabulous artwork!
kimichimidraws's avatar
Brilliant! Really smart crossover and beautiful design! I saw that you "translated" the Avengers, too. Are you considering other super heroes for an Eastern Interpretation?
ChiBurbs's avatar
Of course they take along time to make. Anything of excellence does. Good work and congratulations on the io9.com article.
genesischant's avatar
Thanks! The article was a big surprise. I've gotten a bit faster, and I'm doing them in a slightly easier way now, so they are actually not quite so time intensive as they were.
Al-Ocramed's avatar
Other than the Green Lantern and the Flash homages, the rest remain true to what is being homage. Late compliment, but good job. :)
G1990's avatar
Not sure why, But this song poped out in my brain (lol)
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In fact. Watch it with this song!. It's amazing!
genesischant's avatar
Hahahaha yes. Yes, that is just about right.
Still one of the best things on DeviantArt...
genesischant's avatar
Thanks! It was good fun to make. I've been wanting to do a new series of superhero re-imaginings, but I don't have a perfect plan yet.
Neo-Link's avatar
This would make for a very good Elseworlds.
Peacebunnie's avatar
I know I'm like two years late to this party, but I so need to cosplay this. I need a cosplay group...
genesischant's avatar
Wow, let me know if you do! It would be quite an honor.
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