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Record of the Demon Exorcist by Koto-wari Record of the Demon Exorcist by Koto-wari
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I'm going to try to make this is a short as possible without going into too much detail. Ever since my Rurouni Kenshin fan-phase, I've been interested in the history behind Kenshin's past of the Bakumatsu. It's not that I went to wikipedia to read up on the important people that took a role in the war that would change Japan from the Tokugawa era to the Meiji era, but none the less my interest was picked. A few years later, I found the Hakuouki anime, which goes into even more detail (but from the other side) than Kenshin (and the guide book I have) did. And now, another year later, I'm totally into Hakuouki. 8D;
I would really like for Aksys to release the game in Europe (preferably on 3DS, so I won't need to by a psp), because this game/series is awesome. <3

You know how it goes, when I like series a lot, cross-overs are unavoidable.
I'd wanted to do this before, but once I found about Kenichi Suzumura voicing a red-head in the new game, Urakata Hakuouki, I just had to draw this. I had to.

Sooo... Lavi as Okada Izou and Kanda Yu as himself, being a member of the Shinsengumi.

Side notes:
-Mugen is Mugen.
-Hammer is Lavi's Katana
-Kanda was found by sumi-e artist, Froi Tiedoll, on the streets of Edo. The man than raised him as his own son. The only thing this child was carrying with him was the sword.
-Kanda's always been fascinated by swords, and he's been training ever since he could hold a stick.
-At the age of 19, he traveled to Kyoto and joined the Shinsengumi. He serves under Saitou Hajime (might change, regarding the recent events in the manga, he might as well become a Captain/General himself).
-If I'd keep Lavi according to the character he dresses as, he'd be Ch˘su-side, and therefore Kanda's opponent.
-Kanda still has that curse, which to the captains' surprise is much like the effect of the Ochimizu.
-Sakurai Takahiro is going to voice Thomas Blake Glover, but Kanda does not suit his character.
-This is DGMXHakuouki, so yeah. o3o'
-I tried immitating Kazuki Yone's style (the previous artist for Hakuouki, her work is beautiful), but idk if it worked. |D Her linearting/sketching style isn't /that/ different from Hoshino's... or so I noticed. o3o


Kanda Yu & Lavi (c) Katsura Hoshino/D.Gray-man
Hakuouki (c) IF/DF/Aksys etc/Kazuki Yone

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Kanda's "Rasetsu" form: [link]
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Anuset Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I love how this turned out, it is actually one of my friends who loves Kenshin, I got more into the era through Hakuoki and of course made a hunt for all manga dealing with the group. You also picked which outfit Lavi and Kanda should wear pretty well.
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thank you very much! I think it's a pretty interesting era and what I also find interesting is how the Shinsengumi are still seen as heroes, even though they were on the loosing side. I get the whole "they embodied the spirit of the Samurai and the pride for the their land", but still.
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Anuset Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem and you need to admit that it does have a type of touching feeling to it how through the fact how the people still have respect for the Shinsengumi their era will also not be forgotten. The victors may have had a big impact on the future, but people still remember the past through them.
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I've always found that a bit "odd" (in a positive sense) how the popular the Shinsengumi still are in modern-day Japan.  I guess it really says something about their way of thinking and their feeling of respect towards those that embodied the "soul of the samurai" until the very end. Ever so rarely there's the mention of them being a bunch of ragtags patrolling the city of Kyoto, but the focus is always on their exploits as Samurai... their skill with the sword, their struggle for survival, their sense of honor, their sense of duty. Even though much of the knowledge about the group is lost in the flow of time, so many stories are still written with their name. And that from the comical non-sensical side of Gintama, to the romantic, tragic story of Hakuouki.. or even a mention in Ouran. And I've seen plenty of other stories.
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Anuset Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes it clearly shows in what a number of Asian countries differ from us, they have a tighter hold on past ideals and do their best to keep them alive for the new generations to understand. I think this way that they remember their bad, but also good sides and mostly what the Shinsengumi represented and bring it into so many different media serves also better then pushing history books in front of one to read. Like this their story no matter if some parts may be missing will not be forgotten.
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ToaTepsak Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

SHUT. UP. Someone who likes both D. Gray Man AND Hakuouki??? Shut up. You are seriously like one of the awesomest people I've ever meet.

Also, this looks great. <33

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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Hah, I'm glad my fandoms get your approval~ :'3

Thank you. : >
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animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I loooooooooove this :iconinloveplz:
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Glad you do~
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animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
yes I love this a lot :D I love all your artworks :D
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Awh, thank you~
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animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
You're welcome :aww:
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animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
welcome ;)
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ng9 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist
good job.
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thanks.
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Angelic-yunie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good fanart =D
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you!
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topcat-sama Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! After watching RK I also became interested in Japanese history. Seeing DGM mixed with Hakuouki is pure win!
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you very much!
I love digging into the background of series I really like and I really thought the story of Kenshin's past was really interesting (to be based on actual facts and all that). When I found Hakuouki a few years later, I almost expected Kenshin to pop up every time the Ch˘su rebels were mentioned. Hehe.

Glad you like the idea!
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Oviot Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Love the outfits! :D And you colored them really nice and smooth. Very nice!
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you very much!
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animelovesmanga801 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some how i am watch Rurouni Kenshin now xD lol but lovely picture as always (: <3
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Haha, lovely coincidence. |3
The <present> Ruroken doesn't have much about these guys, though. :'3 'cept Saitou. And RK Saitou is awesome.

Thank you!
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animelovesmanga801 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha sorry not sure why i had to say it xD but lately what ive been watching i see everywhere else i find it funny xD
andd ohhhh always fun :p

Welcome <333
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
It's fiiine. ovo I mean, while watching Hakuouki, I expected Kenshin to pop up every second the Ch˘su was mentioned.
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animelovesmanga801 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh always fun :p i usually never expect something to pop up when im just watching it xD i find it odd but funny :p
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Haha. XD
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animelovesmanga801 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
|DD
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B3GIN Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh my gosh. This is really pretty. The colors you chose for this compliment each other well, and it looks like you put a lot of hard work into it. The outfits look cool too and fit the characters well. :) I'm not familiar with Hakuouki, but this is a lovely piece nonetheless. ^^
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you very much. :3
I'm glad you like it, but all I really had to choose were the background colours as everything else is pretty much canon (Kanda's red kimono is my head canon).
The lineart took the longest, colouring goes pretty fast. Though I wonder if it's because I don't like lining that much... ovo'
Thank you very much!

Hakuouki is an Otome game/Anime/Manga/otherstuff about the Bakumatsu (1863/4-1868/9) in which one girl ends up at the Shinsengumi HQ and will eventually end up with one of them. But it focuses more on the Historical part and telling a story, than the actual romance part (though that depends on the route). I don't mind. :3
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B3GIN Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Haha oh I see it now. But either way, it still looks really nice altogether. xD
Lol I guess you're the opposite of me; I have coloring but don't really mind lineart. ^^;
No problem!

Oh, cool. And thanks for explaining that. :) It sounds pretty interesting.
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you. |D
I think linearting is nice, or at least the result is... but I like colouring so much more. I just love how it can give depth and atmosphere to the picture.


You're welcome. Oh, it definitally is. While it's not advised to go take a history exam after playing the game/watching the anime, it's definitally a nice "introduction" (it's more than that, though...as it is quite detailed) to the events of those 4 years.
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B3GIN Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Welcome. :)

Whoops. I just realized I'd made a spelling error in that last reply. Sorry. I meant "hate," although that's a little to conotatively strong. I should say that coloring is not my strong point. :D That's a good reason to like it, though; I'd never thought of it that way.

Hahaha Good advice. XD Thanks again~
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
That's fine. I'm not really a spelling nazi, as I make them myself all the time (English is not my first language).
I think everyone has their strong points and things they prefer. It's what makes the different categories in art possible after all. :3

You're welcome. |D
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B3GIN Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh, that's good. :D Because I also made an error in that last response! ["to" instead of "too"... Although I thought I'd written "too"] Lol I'd like to be an English major one day, so I slip into spelling nazi-mode with myself. Others' mistakes usually doesn't bother me, though. (As well, if I hadn't seen your profile from the dgm group, I never would have guessed English was a second language for you!)
:D
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
The too is a common mistake, though. Too many o's makes it confusing.
Oooh, that sounds interesting. That would be a great asset if you want to write your book. :3
Oh really? |D What gave it away?
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