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In this Beautiful and Cruel World~ Mikasa by La-cruciatus In this Beautiful and Cruel World~ Mikasa by La-cruciatus
To be honest, I never thought I'd read shounen manga. Don't get me wrong, I like my fair share of action movies but I was never really curious about shounen. But something about Shingeki no Kyojin just drew me in and now I'm a raving fan, but only of this manga and not the genre as a whole. I almost dropped it after reading a few chapters because of the art and I'm glad the anime did not try to replicate Isayama's style of illustration and came up with very attractive character designs. But there can be no denying that he's a great storyteller. The mystery and suspense, the study in human psychology, the socio-politically subersive commentary and constantly evolving characters are what caught and hold me bound to SnK.

Without a doubt, Mikasa is my favourite SnK character. Yes, she might have superhuman fighting abilities but that's just one aspect of her. She may not be emotive enough. She may be a ruthless killing machine. But she's human and vulnerable, a study in contradiction. She may chastise others for being weak and cowardly but will unhesitatingly put herself in the line of fire for them. She may not care for anything but cares for Eren to the point of distraction. She may be a cynic but she'll fight for what she believes in. She knows the world is a cruel, cruel place but can still see and treasure the beauty in it.

One of the things that puts me off shounen is the depiction of women. They'll be clad in the tighest, barely there outfits with popping cleavage and total camel toes in the midst of battle. So what if she's a warrior? Fetishise and objectify her body, because that's what sells. (Three super popular shounen mangas off the top of my head that use this trope: Fairy Tale, One Piece, Bleach) Thank you Isayama for creating female characters who break that mould and don't have to conform to the sexual fantasies of male readers to be acceptable.

Shingeki no Kyojin © Isayama Hajime
Line art & Colouring © Me
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ViPOP Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm absolutely in awe of this pic and Yes my sis and I love SNK and one of the reasons is because of the strong females :3
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this was a pretty awesome moment. Glad you like it. If you're up to date on your SnK manga, I think you'll agree that Isayama's redemption of Historia was in the nick of time. I'm relieved he didn't make her the stereotypical pretty blonde girl with daddy issues.
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ViPOP Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD the newest chapter is out too! have u read it?
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The spoilers are out?! *Runs off to take a look*
Aww I don't really get it... but looks like Rod Reiss' titan is too huge to stand upright... and is going to blindly smash through a wall? The dude screwed up big time, little sh!t that he is. But Hanji's alive, I guess? So that's fine. Eren probably armoured-up and will be useful for the first time in a while so yay! Seems like the makings of a nice chapter. :)
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ViPOP Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOLOLOLOLOLOL I just thought this chapter had a lot of subtle humor like when erwin was like, I guess hanji's okay. Or when krista tells levi that she's following his advice and he's like *facepalm* XD some peeps don't like it cuz it seems like a filler but to me, i thought it was really refreshing :)
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually wait for Mangastream's scans ans they came out today so I'll reply now. Yeah, the little moments of humour provided a change of pace. I was LOLing so hard when Eren calls the titan "you midget geezer" and Levi is throwing him some serious shade from behind! XD XD Also Sasha not being hungry, omg! Who cares if there's a 200 feet titan coming, just feed her a potato already!Sasha Blouse (Bread Eater) [V2] 

Eh why are they calling it a filler? I mean Historia was finally talking some sense in this chapter and everyone practically told Eren to get a grip on his tendency to play the martyr. But I guess since the heads didn't roll and things didn't get smashed, some people think this was a filler chapter. Freddy's Nope Chat Icon 
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ViPOP Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG U SAW THAT TOO? i didn't notice levi throwing eren a look until someone else posted a journal about it hahahaha XXDDDDD

haha i loved the chapter too tbh XDDDD and idk why peeps see it as a filler. oh well :P
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FullmetalHeart20 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
In all fairness, this series is a seinen manga in all but name. 
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lil-fairyminx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Mikasa sugoi! Great colors! The lens flare in the clouds is like hope shining in darkness.
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Yes, that was my idea. Every cloud has a silver lining, there is hope amid despair.
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Silver-Shimmer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the art in the manga, but I read that after I saw the anime, so  I was already a fangirl. >w<

I also love how they didn't make the girls dress in a skimpy too tight uniform, and how they're still as tough  or tougher than the guys *coughErencough*

Mikasa's not my favorite but this is really pretty!
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it's nice to know girls and guys are treated equally in SnK, I don't think I've read a single sexist sneer towards a female officer. The female characters aren't perfect but their flaws are not dependency on male characters and their feelings aren't the sole point of their personality, they have their own well delineated strengths and weaknesses. All the female characters: Mikasa, Sasha, Historia, Annie, Ymir, Hange, even Petra and Rico are truly exceptional and out of the mould. 

Thanks! ^_^
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badass-prettylady Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Agree with you 100%
Gorgeous art of one of the best Mikasa scenes!! la in love 
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
Your avatar: super cute chibi Mikasa!!! :iconloveloveplz:
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hallowmockingjay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Love it! :iconiheartitplz:
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies! ^_^
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xxAngelsSoulsCafexx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Annie, Fall~
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, she was so calm and bad-ass when she says that! Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Sho happy) [V6] 
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xxAngelsSoulsCafexx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I love her ^o^ Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
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Sugarkittyartist17 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
She's so epic!!! I love this anime, it is beyond amazing!!!
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true. ^ ^ Can't wait for the OVA prequel on Levi! 
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Sugarkittyartist17 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
:D
I heard about that too, I'm excited!!!
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Smosher777 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I definitely agree with you. Shingeki no Kyojin is a fantastic series, that has drawn in all different types of people that wouldn't normally choose to read or watch a manga/anime like that. 

I also have to agree with you about Isayama's art style. I'm definitely not a fan of it. But, I think that his fantastic storyline and development of characters makes up for it. :)

My favorite character is Armin, because of his amazing development in the manga and hidden strength. However, Mikasa is a close second :)

I love your art, by the way. It's gorgeous :D 
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, bit by bit the art is improving as Isayama matures as a mangaka. i don't even let it bother me much nowadays coz I'm just DYING to find out what happens next.

Yeah, I really like Armin too and I agree about his development as a character. In the beginning, Mikasa and Eren were the strong ones who protected Armin but as the series progresses we see that Armin's strength is of another kind and it's become very apparent in the latest story line- the revolutionary arc.

Hehe, thanks a lot! :iconblushyplz:
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AckermanLevi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Cool
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
P.S. I love that look of Levi's in your avatar!! Chili Anime Emoji (Kyaa) [V2] 
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Omnimon1996 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Astounding! :love:
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Omnimon1996 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
You're welcome xD
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P-INKBLISS Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
bless your entry! true words <3
I have the same opinion. Love Mikasa :3
I like your re-drawing. It looks really good!
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La-cruciatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
high fivee  Thanks! ^ ^
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