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These Artists Reimagine Your Favorite Characters In Gorgeous Traditional Japanese Style

Updated October 20, 2017 11.8k votes 1.6k voters 56.6k views21 items

List RulesVote 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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    Link & Epona – The Legend Of Zelda

    thejedhenry has no shortage of amazing Ukiyo-e pieces, but one of his best is this serene image of Link and his horse relaxing by a tree.

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    Ganondorf – The Legend Of Zelda

    SeanDonnanArt created a beautiful depiction of The Legend of Zelda villain, Ganondorf, through a lens that seems to perfectly capture the monstrous man.

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    Ash Vs Team Rocket – Pokémon

    thejedhenry's imagination of realistic Pokémon brought to life in the Ukiyo-e style makes it look as though there are actual stakes in a fight between these ferocious creatures.

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    The Blue Ranger – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    swadeart's Blue Power Ranger, accompanied by his flaming blue triceratops, is an imposing and beautiful piece.

    Agree or disagree?