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Chambara JLA: The Full Roster by genesischant Chambara JLA: The Full Roster by genesischant
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)
[link]
Chinese Mountain Monk (Martian Manhunter)
[link]
Lady Incredible 'Lady Hero' is a better translation... (Wonder Woman)
[link]
Steel Man (Superman)
[link]
Bat Demon Warrior (Batman)
[link]
Lightning Yuu (Flash)
[link]
Lantern Bearer (Green Lantern)
[link]

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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:iconurielohim:
UriElohim Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Very interesting style!!!
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DaleksinWonderland Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Soooo cool :)
Even cooler than the Occult X-Men :)
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astrocub Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
What a wonderful version of the Justice League, very nice style and colouring ^^
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Fabulous! I'm a huge fan of alt-versions of mainstream properties, especially historical ones. I have my own Cryptohistorical Redesign series, and it's a blast.

The easter eggs in each piece are what really bring this to life.
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fruitionpaper Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
I saw this on PR: Rooftop, and i had to fave it! REALLY FINE JOB with the details and all that. You know what you're doing here. It's brilliant, man. Brilliant.
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L-word Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is so cool! <3333
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BLADEDGE Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
wonder what would happen if you added hawkgirl in the mix
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CHUBETO Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
LOVE IT!! alex you are really good!! :D :D :D
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TeenDarkMagician Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
I cant wait til you start working on the Villains! I mean I would love to see the Joker, or maybe Darkseid done in this style. It would be totally kick ass!
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LaMorte1313 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This makes me wish I knew more about the Magnificent Seven, if only because of how cool your DC adaptation is.
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genesischant Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

The movie of The Magnificent Seven is a Western-set remake of the Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai, which I recommend very highly. I was definitely influenced by the Kurosawa movie when I was working on these.

Some people also refer to this version of the Justice League as the "Magnificent Seven" because these are the seven heroes considered the most iconic version of the JLA.
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LaMorte1313 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Can you suggest anyplace that I could find the Kurosawa movie? I'm sure that there are clips of it on youtube, but it's hard to find full films.
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Shadowfallen Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh man these are so well thought-out... You are so super awesome for this.
Also I totally love "kenta kuraku". That's neat.
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genesischant Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I enjoyed making them immensely! It means a lot to hear that other people enjoy them too.
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Very awesome the first time I saw it, and it still wows me now.
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:icongenesischant:
genesischant Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was an extremely fun and rewarding project.
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:iconhanaishi-chan:
hanaishi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Student General Artist
whoa, how cool! :D
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:icongenesischant:
genesischant Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was fun work!
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:iconhanaishi-chan:
hanaishi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student General Artist
It shows it was :)
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groonk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Wow. This...I want to see this animated! Or even live action.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! That would be something else. I'd love to see a modern jidaigeki-style version of this.
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
LOVE IT!
Yes Villans please!
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Icky-Icarus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
What really baffles me is that this isn't the first time I've seen the Justice League in a chambara setting; there was an Elseworlds along that lines. Still, this is pretty sick.
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me wonder what a fairy tale type JLA would be like.
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kilian777 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Buau!!!!~!
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ZekeHero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
This is an amazing piece. Thank you for doing it!
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kvweber Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh. My. Gosh. These designs are just fantastic! I love the mix of Japanese culture and legend and the original characters stories. I would read a comic series starring these characters in a heartbeat. :heart:
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Redmist81 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Amazing.
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khiitan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Oh my god. There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe just how freaking rad this is. *u* I love how recognizable each character is and how well you made their back-stories fit into the setting!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I had a very good time working at it.
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rainygami Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
concepto interesante
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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VonToten Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
friggin wonderful!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Your icon is pretty awesome.
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theBSDude Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I really can't get enough of these.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I plan on making more, at least until I've run out of characters I'm excited about.
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theBSDude Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. I'm a sucker for AU and re-imaginings (at least when they're well-thought-out, which yours always are).
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raspberry-wings Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool x3 I'm glad I stumbled upon your work :3
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's kind of you to say so.
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:iconsobreiro:
sobreiro Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Tears of happiness.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm glad you like it, then.
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sobreiro Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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jpbjpbjpb Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
This is a great re-imagining of the JLA - I'd love to see your take on some villains as well.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I am plugging away at a few of them.

Villains are necessarily less iconic, I think, and therefore a little less interesting to reimagine... The villain dictates the plot of a story, and must be more specific and tied down to specific themes, whereas the hero is the protagonist and is free to encounter many different types of experiences and be interpreted more ways.

Which is not to say that the Joker or Lex Luthor aren't very fun to reimagine!
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AllegroRubato Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Outstanding.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
I am simply in awe!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All of your comments are very much appreciated, thanks so much!
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rmboye Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
this is so mindblowingly creative and thoughtful and awesome.

When I grow up, I want to be Bat Demon Warrior.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You and me both.
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