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- Death Note/Gintama/Final Fantasy VII/Harukanaru Toki no Nakade/Howl's Moving Castle - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I think half of the reason I had to rec this site is the sheer size and variety of the place. There are several different series here and while I'm not that wild about everything here, there's just enough really solidly done art to get me to fall off the fence onto the side of recommending it. I'm not as crazy about the sketches, a lot of them are loose and easy and just not to my taste, but when the artist actually focuses her talent, she can create something really cool, some of her art looks really fantastic. Plus, hey, one of the better HMC sites I've seen! :D And when the artist does that painting-like style with her colors? The art is actually really pretty strong--there's a beautiful close-up of Howl. And I adore the artist's Katsura (from Gintama) and the HaruToki3 art is actually probably the strongest of the bunch, I don't have any reservations about it. The detail is nicely strong (especially with the outfits and the characters' hair) and I really do have a strong fondness for the artist's color work. So, I'll give it a thumbs up. <3 (Possibly some HaruToki3 yaoi pairings, some Howl/Sophie, but it's mostly a gen site, I'd say.)


- Howl's Moving Castle/Harukanaru Toki no Nakade 3/Death Note/Peacemaker - MELROSE'S [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - ....well, god knows I haven't managed to learn the HaruToki3 characters' names yet, so I'm going to be crap at explaining which characters are represented well, but, man, do I love this site. It's got amazing HaruToki3 art, the level of details of the characters' costumes and hair and eyes is just fantastic. Plus, it's the HMC site that I've been looking for since I finished the movie and the book, the one that isn't just cute or adorable, but the art is beautiful. The artist has everything, the style, the lines, the coloring, the incredible detail, the sense of fun, all of it comes together and looks so clean and professional and amazing. There are certain illustrations on the site that are the kind I can spend a good five minutes looking at them (Howl curled up on his bed in his room from the movie being one of them... or, god, Howl and Sophie sitting in a tree on a cold night with all these beautiful lights surrounding them... *__*), but even the sketches are fantastic because you can see that the artist's basic lineart is amazingly solid. Some of her Peacemaker sketches wound up being some of my favorites because you could see that she wasn't just covering up with a lot of detail or shiny colors, the basic b&w lineart itself was fantastic and the characters looked just... I flap my hands and gush over this site because, yes, I've been looking for this one for awhile now. ♥ (Howl/Sophie, HaruToki3 het, some Peacemaker shounen ai maybe, no DN warnings/pairings.)


- Howl's Moving Castle - A-DASH [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - This is a site with some very cute Howl's Moving Castle fanart and while not all of them send me over the moon, when the artist does just the right perspective (like with bird!Howl wrapping a wing around Sophie while embers and sparks fly in the air around them), the art becomes really quite pretty. It helps that the artist seems to alternate between warm Howl/Sophie illustrations that make me feel all warm/fluffy and really quite attractive Howl illustrations, the one of him in uniform is especially nice. It's a really good, solid site that I'm glad to have found (I believe it was one of the first I found, actually) and I'm looking forward to seeing the artist's skill grow even more. (Howl/Sophie.)


- Howl's Moving Castle - onion garden [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I'm rather fond of this artist's Final Fantasy VII fanart (especially so because it's some of the cutest Zack/Aerith I've found :D), so I was quite happy to see she'd also done Howl's Moving Castle fanart. There's not much here, there's only thirteen illustrations as of when I wrote this rec, but! They're beautiful images, each one has an amazing amount of detail and gorgeous little lines and pretty colors and everything I could want. There's bird!Howl with the most amazingly intense eyes or completely outlandish outfits for Howl in a group illustration (that are perfect for him) or a beautiful take on the Witch of the Waste (I think the artist is basing the art more on the books, despite that Michael looks like he did in the movie) and everything is just... so, so pretty. Definitely one of the top HMC sites, I'd say. (No real warnings/pairings, other than implications of canon.)


- Howl's Moving Castle/Hunter x Hunter/Spirited Away - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, man, I just completely and utterly fell in love with this site because it absolutely nails the Miyazaki movies feel to the art, but also manages to make it still fanart-esque by adding these beautiful colors to the images (there's one of Howl catching the falling star and his eyes are just this lovely vivid color) and everything feels... almost sort of Fairy Tale-ish in the HMC section. The Hunter x Hunter section actually has a similar style, but something juuuust different enough about the Chimera Ant Arc characters (I so fail at knowing their names) to give it a slightly different feel (which is such a bad way to describe it, I know ~_~) and the details are just terrific. The artist has some really solid lines going for her and really strong proportions and it adds a lot to the art that the basic lines of it look good, you know? This artist has one of the best Killua/Gon or Killua's sister (the newest one, I forget her name now), though, most of the art is focused on that chimera ant catgirl/catboy/whatever character. Plus, it's probably one of the absolute best sites I've seen for Spirited Away fanart, which is in terribly low supply. It just nails Miyazaki's style and Chihiro looks sooooo cuuuuuute! ♥ (Maybe a little Howl/Sophie or Haku/Chihiro, but.)


- Howl's Moving Castle/Spirited Away - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, oh! The second of the sites with gorgeous Spirited Away fanart and I think I might actually like this one better, the artist really just does a terrific job with the anime style of the movies. What I really like is that the artist doesn't just copy poses from the movie, she makes up her own "stills", ones that actually look like they could have been copied from the movie, but are new and really cute. The one of Haku and Chihiro both practicing magic is absolutely adorable, as is the one of Chihiro reaching out to touch Haku's reflection in a pond or any time Haku is in dragon form. ♥ There's sadly not nearly as much Howl fanart, but what is there is lovely and very worth going through the site for, with the same, warm colors that really gets at the Miyazaki style. (Some Howl/Sophie and Haku/Chihiro, but.)


- Spirited Away/Howl's Moving Castle/Princess Tutu/Sailor Moon - R.S [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I debated on this site for awhile, I wasn't sure if I wanted to rec it, because many of the illustrations weren't quite to my taste, but... there were just enough illustrations that were ones I really enjoyed that I eventually toppled over in favor of it. The artist has a sort of watercolor-like style (though, I think it might actually be CG of a sort), which is sweet and rather cute--especially her Chihiro illustrations! :D--but there are occasional ones where the artist strengthens her lines and brightens the colors so it looks like more traditional art and I find I really like it then. The artist has a lot of detail in her art, even when the images looked relatively simple, if I stared for a moment, I could start to see that there was more to the art than I'd originally thought. Interestingly, the Howl's Moving Castle fanart tends to be stronger overall and the Princess Tutu fanart is just perfect, the artist's style captures the feel of the series so well and, god, Mytho with Fakia and Rue as kids was the cutest thing ever. For all that I spent half of the rec stalking about Spirited Away, I think it's just as much worth visiting for the Tutu fanart as anything else. (Maybe some pairing implications, but it's largely a gen site, I'd say.)


- Howl's Moving Castle - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, my. What a beautiful site, the onion head (I don't know if one should call him Prince Justin, since he sort of wasn't really....) prince is wonderfully drawn here, the artist has a style that's just as lovely as the movie itself and she draws such fantastic little images and I swear I love the oekaki/sketches as much as I love the proper art here. And I LOVE the flat/pissy looks Howl often gives him (because it's just so Howl XD) or the sly expressions he has or the beautiful proper illustration of Howl's arms around Sophie as she has a star directly in front of her and, squeeeeee, I am filled with the OTP love. ♥ Oh! Oh! And Onion-head/Lettie fanart! It shouldn't be this beautiful, but it totally is. I'm having a difficult time actually being coherent about this rec, despite that the site rather deserves it, so I'll just shove people at it now and say Go! Look at the shinies! They're pretty! ♥ (A little Howl/Sophie, but it's mostly a gen site.)


- Gintama/Howl's Moving Castle - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - All right, I might have been a little easy on this site, but I have been looking for GinZura fanart everywhere and I finally, finally found it! The art starts off a little rocky, but the artist actually does have a lot of talent--the ones of Katsura in school uniform or the one of him as a kid with Elizabeth next to him were just lovely, a smoothness to his hair and clothes and the almost glossy colors that I loved. And then! Then there was cracked out GinZura fanart of them in maid outfits and I sort of had to fall in love. :D The site also has a lot of the other characters--there's some really fabulous Kagura oekaki especially--that I wound up loving the site for itself, rather than just because of the GinZura art. I love that there's a lot of art, too, including a bunch of oekaki that are more and more well done the further you get into the galleries and... well, yes, I tend to have a weakness for that sort of thing. ♥ The HMC fanart is mostly of the oekaki variety and I'm mostly gibbering over the site for the Gintama art, but... if you're a big fan of HMC fanart, it's worth a whirl though, I think. It's kind of fun to skim through the pages and see all that blonde and the flash of blue eyes from all the Howl illustrations. :D (Some Gin/Katsura, but a lot gen, too.)


- Okami/Howl's Moving Castle - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - This artist has an almost rough sort of quality to her work, but actually makes it look really cool, sort of a bit like the sketches from the artbook, just a little. The take on the wolves, especially Amaterasu, looks really great... well, all the animals look great, really. They look like animals much of the time and I so totally love the way her Shiranui looks. The image from the end of the fight with Lechku and Nechku is just... *__* Then the artist goes and makes me really love her for the Waka fanart and I'm kind of completely gone. As for the HMC fanart, they're these lovely pieces almost like paintings, some of them terribly intense. They're movie-based and the one of Howl in the bird form is just... asdf;lkjadsflj, ouch, way to strike at my fangirl heart again. Very wonderful site. ♥ (Maybe a little Waka/Amaterasu but it could be gen, too. Howl/Sophie.)


- Howl's Moving Castle - KERA-MA-GO [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, man, it did not take me long at all to fall in love with this artist's take on Howl and Sophie. I mean, one of the first pictures I saw being of them kissing might have helped a lot, but it's more than that. There's that sense of magic and whimsy that goes along with a series like HMC, combined with the artist trying out several styles, often using a watercolor-like style that just... works for Howl and Sophie. And, man, did this site ever make my shipping fangirly heart just about want to explode with happiness. Just... the artwork is beautiful and there's so much of it and it's Howl and Sophie and Howl/Sophie and it reminds me of why I loved these characters so much. Quite possibly one of my favorite HMC sites now. ♥ (Howl/Sophie.)


- Howl's Moving Castle - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Ooh, more really pretty HMC fanart! I love the way the art looks so... slick, almost. Something about the combination of bird!Howl from the movie and the colors that combine to make it really shiny. (The one of Howl lounging on the sofa with the black cat looks awesome as well. *__*) Well, aside from the oekaki/sketches, which are more on the cute side, but oh so very cute. This was a fun site, a nice selection of art tucked away into the gallery and a nice stop on my tour through j-fanart sites today. <3 (Howl/Sophie.)


- Tales of the Abyss/Howl's Moving Castle - NEST OF NO.35 [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I actually came here seeking fanart for something else (possibly Reborn! or Bleach or something) but got totally distracted by the Tales of the Aybss fanart. It's not something I would have sought out myself, but the colors are so lovely and the detail is really fantastic and the artist is just really talented. Her Jade is really, really pretty and her Anise is just lovely and there are comics making fun of Dist! How can I not love a site that teases Dist? Actually, the artist draws a really gorgeous Dist, but she totally teases him in much the same way the game teased him and I love that. ♥ The site mostly focuses on Jade and his relationships with the people around him, but you also get the occasional Luke/Tear image or a beautiful pin-up style sexy pose Natalia that I was not object to at all. Much the same can be said about the HMC art, it's all this really detailed, beautifully colored art that's often kind of stunning to look at. (A fair amount of Peony/Jade, some potential Jade/Anise, maybe a little other, but a lot of gen, too.)


- Gurren Lagann/Fullmetal Alchemist/Gintama/Howl's Moving Castle - AuroraVision [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, man, I loved this site right away, the art is totally hot and fantastic looking. Not only does each piece look terrific, with all these strong, smooth lines and really good colors, but the artist draws so many different things. You've got adorable Simon/Nia under the bright blue sky, you've got older Simon and Rossiu looking out over the city, you've got little princess Nia surrounded by toys and looking a little lost, you've got Simon and Viral with their hands around each other's throats, etc. So many of them are so vivid with this artist, the colors she starts using are just gorgeous. ♥ As for the rest of the art, there's not much of a gallery proper, but there's a lot of sketches and diary art tucked away on the site that are absolutely worth going through, the FMA images are lovely (and some of them are so hot and remind me of why I spent so much time with FMA sites in the past) and I think this may be the first Gintama site I've seen in awhile where I'm actually charmed by the art again! *__* (Some Simon/Nia, some Gurren Lagan gen. Mostly gen for FMA and Gintama, I'm going to say. Maybe a little Hijikata/Okita. Howl/Sophie for HMC.)


- Tales of the Abyss/Howl's Moving Castle - Bird Cage [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, man, adorable little comics where all of the characters look so cute and then adorable Luke/Tear fanart to go along with them. The art is very much on the cute side during the whole site, but they can also be kind of pretty at the same time. The strength of the artist's basic lines (which you can especially see in those b&w comics) is solid and the colors are very cute. It's much the same for the HMC fanart, though, perhaps not quite as polished yet. It's the kind of site that'll make you go, "Awwwwww. ♥" a lot if you're partial to the characters/pairings drawn, but may not win you over if you're not already a fan. It's still really cute stuff, though. ♥ (Some Luke/Tear, some gen for ToA. Howl/Sophie for HMC.)


- D.Gray-man/Howl's Moving Castle/Amatsuki - tooi [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I feel like I've been to this site before, but I can't find the link on my lists, so I'm just going to assume that I've been to similar sites before. (Or else it moved and then, ahahaha, good luck to me for narrowing it down.) Anyway, it's a bit of an acquired taste, it took me a few links into the gallery to really get into the groove of it, but once I did, I loved this site, because the detail was amazing. The colors are incredibly bright almost to the point of being a little blinding, the artist is very fond of the burnt colors look (or something along those lines) but when I look at the detail and the strength of the basic lines, I'm just impressed as hell. There's also so much art here so that even when the HMC and Amatsuki art isn't nearly as much in comparison to the DGM art, it's still enough to justify a rec. I love that the artist covers such a wide variety of the DGM characters, too--I mean, where else am I going to find a really pretty illustration of Kanda and Miranda together? I don't think everyone is going to have the same reaction to this site that I did, but it really wound up charming me a lot. Especially because there is a DGM tarot card series. *gleed over that* As for the Amatsuki art, there's not as much there, but there's something about the style that just worked SO WELL with the Amatsuki manga style that I would have recommended it for that alone. ♥ (....nothing I'm really going to warn for.)























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