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Chambara JLA: M. Manhunter by genesischant Chambara JLA: M. Manhunter by genesischant
Chambara Hero Martian Manhunter

Continuing my series of Chambara-style Justice League characters.

Chambara Martian Manhunter is 'Morokoshi Shugenja'.

Jyuan was born in a tiny mountain village in remote Hokkaido. His birth was difficult, and he displayed several birth defects. As was the local custom, his mother brought him to the top of a nearby mountain and left him there to die. Here his story would have ended, if he had not been discovered and adopted by a band of buddhist mountain monks. He was given the last name of the head of their order, a wise and ancient Chinese priest who had traveled to Japan to spread his esoteric teachings.

Jyuan was taught a potent mixture of Chinese thought and Japanese mysticism that characterized his master's 'Kasei' philosophy. Shortly before the master's death, the order broke into two sects, the Lotus and the Jade. The Lotus wished to overthrow the government and usher in a new enlightened age. The Jade opposed this, instead choosing continued isolation. In the conflict and terrible fire that followed, Master Zhou was killed, and the Order was all but annihilated. As far as Jyuan is aware, he was one of a handful of survivors, and the only Jade sect member alive.

Jyuan Zhou was Master Zhou's best student, surpassing his peers in meditation, exorcism, medicine, and mesmerism. He was also an excellent martial artist, though his progress in Kasei-style kung-fu was handicapped by his fear of causing his opponent injury. Now he travels the roads of Japan, perpetually an outsider due to his strange looks and behavior. He is called 'Morokoshi Shugenja' by some, the 'Chinese Mountain Monk'. That he is, in fact, ethnically Japanese makes the title an irritating one.
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Youryuu-Ren Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Dude, this is awesome! Also, Lotus and Jade... references to White and Green Martians perhaps?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! Nice catch!
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Youryuu-Ren Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Yay! And I barely know anything about DC comics!
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Beautiful design, although I always imagined that J'onn J'onnz would be an oni in such a world.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That would've been another great direction to take the character. I don't know why I didn't use oni as character beginning point for any of these folks. When I was working up the beginnings of Manhunter, I knew I wanted a character who felt like an alien, disconnected from others. A buddhist monk seemed like a natural choice at that point, and the rest followed from there.
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HorrorViewed Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I can't believe I missed this one I didn't even know you drew this.
Great job by the way I love how you made him become something more interesting then just a martian.
And just to let you know i'm still going to try and draw your chambara characters in my stlye just to see how they can turn out, if you are still ok with me doing so
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genesischant Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for the comment, and be sure to send me a link if you get a chance to draw the team!
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HorrorViewed Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will make sure of that
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Red-Rum-18 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't wait to see Green Lantern...
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have an idea cooking for him already.
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SirThresher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I prefer this one to the originals silly outfit.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah...
I do appreciate giant silly collar capes (Dr. Strange!) But generally a shirt and pants are advised when you wear one.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Very imaginative work as always. I assume he has trouble with fire for because of bad memories of the Jade/Lotus conflict. :)
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You got it, yeah. He's been a pyrophobic ever since the traumatic event.
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is massively creative.
I have not been a very big Martian Manhunter fan (though the White Martians are cool in Morrison's JLA run).
Very well thought out idea here, the mix of Chinese and Japanese really brings out the isolation of the character.
Love the stave here too.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I had a lot of fun working out the character.
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