the otaku wonderland
Gosh, has it really been 6 years? I honestly don’t know how I even lasted this long. I still remember the day when I couldn’t think of a good name for my blog, and the very best I could come up with was this incomprehensible shit called “Deluscar” — which isn’t a name you can easily find on google search.
I have done my fair share of paper crafts. More specifically — super-deformed anime “figures” crafted from paper, basically build from piling up cuboids one after another. I think you may have a rough idea how it looks like (picture above, if it’s not already obvious), as this particular unique type of “figure” (if you can even call it that), actually has it’s own official product line called GraPhig which started around 2013 I believe.
Funnily enough, I have been crafting these even before GraPhig was a thing, as it wasn’t really hard to find the blueprints for them. Sadly I have since thrown these things to god-knows-where, but when I was organizing my pictures the other day, apparently photos of my paper crafts were still around. So I figured, might as well just show you guys while I’m at it. …And yes, this will obviously be another one of those “lazy pictures spam” post thing, and I swear it’s not because I’m running out of ideas to write or anything.
In any case, pictures galore ahead. Enjoy.
While Dragon Ball may not be the very first shounen anime, it cannot be denied that it has a very strong influence on modern shounen. At the time, one thing that really set Dragon Ball apart is it’s rich and vibrant world — the more you watch Goku’s adventure, the more the world just sucked you in. It may be a battle shounen series, but the world has a sort of endearing charm that deserves as much of a merit as the exciting fights. Dragon Ball obviously drew it’s influences from wuxia — from the fictional culture, lore and martial arts.
In fact, Dragon Ball is literally wuxia, and as influential as Dragon Ball is to the shounen genre, wuxia is just as instrumental to what shounen has become today.