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SDK: Maneki Hotaru Bank
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Published: April 29, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 Zanne
I can't tell you how much fun this was to make. :D Sculpey, I am your bitch.

Done as a commission for , this is a Samurai Deeper Kyo version of the classic "Maneki Neko" (lucky cat) banks and statuary you see in asian businesses and homes. ^^ Featuring everyone's favorite deadpan Shiseiten, Hotaru. XD

True to the "Maneki" style, he has his right hand raised in welcome, and adorned with cat ears and a tail, to complete the effect. Sitting on his raised hand is a caterpillar, one of Hotaru's weaknesses. *laughs* He loves poking at them. I'm torn between squeeing at the cute, and laughing my head off at the silliness. :giggle:

Perched atop Neko!Hotaru's head, is none other than a chibified version of his half-brother, Shinrei. And doesn't the little guy look pleased about it? I just HAD to add the vein pop, because it just wouldn't be Shinrei without it. *laughs*

Maneki Hotaru is about 9 inches tall, total, and made entirely with white Sculpey polymer clay. About 5 pounds of it. Gah. :faint: Painted with acrylics, and a polyacrylic glaze.

I honestly couldn't find a good category for this, so I hope this one is okay. If someone knows of a better one, please let me know! ^^; I keep trying to put it in the Artisan Crafts section, but it keeps putting it in the general Traditional Art section! Grrr....
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MissArisugawa's avatar
MissArisugawaHobbyist General Artist
So cute~! :love:
Zanne's avatar
Thank you; glad you like him! :)
sugarblueberry's avatar
That´s very nice looking hotaru :D
I´m also reading sdk. Anime wasn´t good at all.. :(
Waiting for a new chapter...
Zanne's avatar
Thank you! I modeled him after what he looks like when he's poking random stuff in the manga.

I completely agree with you; I didn't like the anime at all; NOTHING like the manga. The manga is splendidly awesome. :)
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DaijinMinisterHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaw, he's so cute! I love Hotaru in the manga. One of my favourite characters <3
Zanne's avatar
Thanks! :) He's one of my favorite characters too...absolutely love the manga. :love:
DaijinMinister's avatar
DaijinMinisterHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea, the manga is so awsome (I was just reading the newest volume : DD), but the anime totally sucks D::::
Zanne's avatar
Heehee...yeah, it's really amazing how different the manga and the anime is. When anyone expresses interest in SDK, I ALWAYS recommend the manga. The anime is just too short; waaaaay off the storyline, and everyone's so freaking OOC that I want to cry. Seriously, there isn't ANYONE who acts the way they should! O.o
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DaijinMinisterHobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. I never really had the interest to watch the whole anime, cause it was a total dissapointment right from the beginning. Man I'm glad that the manga's just the best. Never get dissapointed in that ~~
kirstine5527's avatar
this is so f****** Amacing i would die to get one of those! O.O
It must have been hard to paint is so well
*or else it´s just me who doesn´t now anything about sculptures xD*
Zanne's avatar
Thanks, glad you like it! The only really hard part to paint was the hair. So many crevices and places hard for a brush to reach. And sad thing is, I have nobody to blame but myself for sculpting it that way in the first place. XD
kirstine5527's avatar
heh, no that´s right xD
but anyways i realy adore this :D
and by the way wanna be friends? ^^
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PrisonerofConventionHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just too adorable! Goodness. :dance:
Zanne's avatar
Thank you, I'm glad you like him! :D

Speaking of adorable, your avatar makes me want to squee at the cute. XD
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PrisonerofConventionHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! You should see the lamb that it's based from. :D
runbanya's avatar
I seriously love Hotaru and I can't tell you how cute I think this is X3.
Zanne's avatar
Why thank you! :D I like him too; he's quite adorable in his single-mindedness. XD I think my favorite parts are the deadpan look on his face, the caterpillar on his hand, and the pissy Shinrei chibi perched on his head. ;)

Thank you very much for your comment, and putting Maneki Hotaru in your favorites as well!
loverkyo's avatar
woooooooooow beautiful
loverkyo's avatar
thank you a em a big fan of samurai deeper kyo
KaBoJenny's avatar
Aww...I want one!!!
I love Hotaru! He's so funny and cute!
Zanne's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad you like him! These banks are a lot of fun to make, and Hotaru was no exception! :)
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