Total Nerd These Artists Reimagine Your Favorite Characters In Gorgeous Traditional Japanese Style  

Zack Howe
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List Rules Vote up the best pieces of Ukiyo-e fan art you totally want to hang on your wall.

Ukiyo-e was a style of Japanese art that rose to prominence in the 17th century; "ukiyo" means "floating world," hence the loose adherence to a strict physical form for the subjects at times. Ukiyo-e fan art, however, rose to prominence much more recently – it is the practice of depicting fictional characters in ukiyo-e style, and when it's done well, it's stunning.

Fortunately, there are a ton of skilled artists spread across the four corners of the Internet re-imagining your favorite characters from Game of Thrones to Pokémon, creating gender-swapped fan art and everything in between. Let's take a look at this beautiful ukiyo-e-style fan art and bask in the immense talent of those brilliant individuals who created it.

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Mario & Bowser – Mario Kart


Mario & Bowser – Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Artists Reimagine Your Favorite Characters In Gorgeous Traditional Japanese Style
Photo:  thejedhenry/DeviantArt

DeviantArtist thejedhenry expertly depicts a Mario Rickshaw race that Bowser, especially, seems to have been created for.

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The Yellow Ranger – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers


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Photo:  swadeart/DeviantArt

The Yellow Ranger and her saber-tooth tiger look intimidating in this striking installment of swadeart's Ukiyo-e Power Rangers line.

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Lara Croft – Tomb Raider


Lara Croft – Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Artists Reimagine Your Favorite Characters In Gorgeous Traditional Japanese Style
Photo:  zelldweller/DeviantArt

DeviantArtist zelldweller creates this beautiful image of the Tomb Raider crouching dangerously with the telling backdrop of a sanguine sunset.

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The Black Ranger – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers


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Photo:  swadeart/DeviantArt

swadeart's line of Ukiyo-e Power Rangers is amazing, and the Black Rangers tusked armor framed by his more impressively tusked mammoth is just awesome.