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Jidaigeki X-Men: Nightcrawler by genesischant Jidaigeki X-Men: Nightcrawler by genesischant
Marvel comics' mutant heroes reinterpreted as samurai drama characters.


Okay, I've decided to do a few more of these-- probably some of the X-Men I didn't use for my core team, and perhaps a few other Marvel characters as well.

Nightcrawler is reimagined as Aooni.

Kurada Wakanami is a half-demon, the son of a mortal and a powerful oni lord of the underworld. His brother and twin was taken back to Yomi with his father, and the infant Kurada was left with his mother. Unable to care for him, she gave Kurada to a traveling band of performers. With his bizarre appearance, he was well-suited to the heavy makeup and outlandish costumes. He specialized in vengeful demon characters, which made full use of his demonic attributes.

As Kurada grew older, it became more difficult to conceal his true nature. He had also grown restless, and wanted to explore the wider world. The stories he helped perform were full of heroes and adventures, and he was ready to begin his own. When Master Zenji approached him, he eagerly agreed to join the swordmaster's special school.

In the troupe, he learned stage combat and a variety of acrobatic dances. As a part demon, he has the natural ability to walk the hidden paths of the world, but due to his human blood he can do this only briefly. As an actor, he used this ability to swiftly appear and disappear on stage for dramatic stunts. Now he trains these same skills as a member of Zenjriou's school.

EDIT: Totally forgot to include that Kurada was a secret convert to Christianity, one of several that hid among the actors in the traveling acting troupe. Yet another reason that Master Zenji's dream of an inclusive society was appealing.
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
spidefan18 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Dude this rocks... question why didn't you add a tail?
genesischant Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Japanese demons do not usually have tails, though I'm sure depictions differ. The popular depiction is closer to a sort of mountain ogre, rather than the western demon whose appearance usually includes a tail.
Maki-P Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Best of the Jideaigeki series! Best of all the reimaginings, actually
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
this is really really good
chomiji Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I love all of these, not just for the fresh, colorful artwork but also because of the awesome background stories and details you provide for each of them. :love:
SansForme Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Oh my god~ I loved your re-imagining of this universe, and while I was thrown for a loop by Gambit being Mystique's son, I thought it worked really well.

I just have to say though that I squealed out loud when I saw you added Nightcrawler to this story as well - he's hands-down my favorite X-Man, and this is a totally perfect interpretation of him.
dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Artist
I have no problems with seeing as many as you want to make.
RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Very neat twist for Nightcrawler!
HorrorViewed Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one has to be my most favorite one out of all of these ^^
Youryuu-Ren Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Very nice. But, one question... who's Nightcrawler's brother?
girlgunner Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
'Blue Demon' that fits! Well done
MercyInk87 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Very nice. I love that you're making use of his notable skills with a sword.
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