Diehard Webcomic Fans Invent Fake Anime

| 6 Jul 2012 20:03

Never underestimate a bored internet fandom.

If you aren't familiar with web series MS Paint Adventures - in particular its latest installment, Homestuck - then know this: The Homestuck fandom is second only to fans of Japanese shooter series Touhou Project as the craziest and most devoted fandom on the internet. Case in point: When series creator Andrew Hussie announced that he would be taking a temporary hiatus from the comic in order to prepare for San Diego Comic-Con, the fans erupted in a flurry of creation.

Specifically, they created their own anime.

Now, that's a bit of a misnomer: The fans haven't actually animated anything outside of a few animated .gifs. What they have created, however, is an overwhelming pretense that the story they love isn't a webcomic made by some dude from Boston, but a manga/anime series out of Japan - replete with a bunch of fake screenshots. We've gathered some of our favorites here.

What's impressive here is the commitment to verisimilitude. No, no such Homestuck anime exists, but the "screenshots" have appropriate subtitles, and the style and character expressions look authentic. Some of them even add the subtle watermarks of the various Japanese TV networks (or the YouTube UI for all of those who stream their anime online). Hell, some of the screens even have the compression/quality issues that anyone familiar with watching bootleg anime VHS tapes in the '90s might recognize.

All in all, the focus on creating actual believable screenshots or manga pages (terrible anatomy issues included) is what sets this fan project apart from mere fan art. Fans without artistic talent have also made fake Wikipedia articles referencing the nonexistent series.

Obviously, the next logical step is for Homestuck fans to follow in the footsteps of Touhou fans and actually make their own freaking anime.

If you ask me, this whole thing doesn't have nearly enough Kanaya.

Images Via: Tumblr and Skaia.net

Update: I stand corrected. There is an animated and voiced clip after all, albeit a short one.

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BlueJoneleth:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14293468/homestuck-adventure-game

So Hussie announced a Homestuck Video Game Project through Kickstarter and got 600000 $ on the first day.

I think someone needs to make a new discussion thread about this development, but I'm too chicken.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14293468/homestuck-adventure-game

So Hussie announced a Homestuck Video Game Project through Kickstarter and got 600000 $ on the first day.

I'd be interested to see where this goes.

rogueshadows:

(whitty name here):

CJ1145:
[quote="(whitty name here)" post="7.381116.15005558"]Also, like 90% of our characters are borderline gods so they can kick your characters' ass.

-snip-

Somehow I get the feeling you haven't read homestuck. Until you do, I would recommend you refrain from trying to say one set of characters is stronger. (note that i do not say that homestuck's characters are stronger as I am not familiar with Touhou.)

I've read a little bit, but obviously I need to read further. If someone can outdo someone who can bend the very fabric of reality to their will at a mere thought, Homestuck must have quite a few badasses.

Pedro The Hutt:
They even made a fake Wikipedia article on a non-existing anime?

There is dedication, then there is being in denial. The Homestuck fans are in denial.

At least the Touhou fans actually make the anime happen, spending hard earned money on professional voice actors and everything.

http://mspaforums.com/showthread.php?47701-Homestuck-Anime-%21

Wat?

See, this is why I view myself as a casual fan of Homestuck. There is a whole world of insanity just waiting outside my door and I am far too afraid to even scratch the surface.

Excellent images though. I would totally watch that if it was done right. xP

T_ConX:
>Linking to something I put on Cracked three years ago...

Oh wow, I had forgotten about that.

Ha, it's my go-to link for explaining Touhou to people.

Radoh:
That's...
really impressive.
I've avoided that webcomic because I already keep up with more than enough of them, but with this? I'm pretty sure I need to look into this now out of sheer obligation to their fandom.

Trust me,you won't regret it. I starte off my accidentally finding Problem Sleuth by looking for choose your own adventure stories. That is worth a look as well. Also, needs more Dave and Equaris.

I saw Kamina sunglasses there. On another note, I am getting interested in reading this Homestuck. Though, I do enjoy my Touhou well enough.

Oh cool, the only way you could make Homestuck worse.

(whitty name here):

CJ1145:
[quote="(whitty name here)" post="7.381116.15005558"]Also, like 90% of our characters are borderline gods so they can kick your characters' ass.

Not much considering that Yukari Yakumo, Utsuho Reiuji, Reimu Hakurei, Flandre and Remilia Scarlet, Shikieiki Yaxamanadu, Suika Ibuki, Yuyuko Saigyouji, and many, many others exist.

I mean, just Yukari Yakumo would be enough to completely break anyone. Being able to change the 'barriers' of anything in existence at will and to an unlimited extent is too completely broken for anyone to compare to.

Your character is physically stronger? Changes the barriers between strength and weakness, now your character is weak as a newborn. Hell, in the game she debuted in, she changed the borders of life and death and the spirits began to wreak havoc on the world. All because her ghost friend asked her to. She doesn't even have to channel it. She immediately went back to sleep after it was changed. She can do this for anything anyone anywhere at any time. The only reason things aren't to her exact specifications is because she's doesn't give half a damn as well as sleeps most of the time.

It has nothing to do with what character they're up against, Touhou characters are just too broken to compete with anything other than other Touhou characters, save for the low level Youkai of the games. Any character with a decent significance in their universe is completely bullshit in come way.

Somehow I get the feeling you haven't read homestuck. Until you do, I would recommend you refrain from trying to say one set of characters is stronger. (note that i do not say that homestuck's characters are stronger as I am not familiar with Touhou.)

how is fanfiction news? Seriously how?

>Linking to something I put on Cracked three years ago...

Oh wow, I had forgotten about that.

omfg that touhou thing is really made by fans?? homestuck fandom we have stuff to do...

CJ1145:

(whitty name here):
Also, like 90% of our characters are borderline gods so they can kick your characters' ass.

I'm not sure what the words John Egbert, Aradia Medigo, Vriska Serket, Bec Noir, Lord English, Doc Scratch, GCat, Her Imperious Condescension, Dave Strider, Rose Lalonde, Jade Harley, and RRRRRRRRRUUUFIOOOOOOO mean to you, but...

Not much considering that Yukari Yakumo, Utsuho Reiuji, Reimu Hakurei, Flandre and Remilia Scarlet, Shikieiki Yaxamanadu, Suika Ibuki, Yuyuko Saigyouji, and many, many others exist.

I mean, just Yukari Yakumo would be enough to completely break anyone. Being able to change the 'barriers' of anything in existence at will and to an unlimited extent is too completely broken for anyone to compare to.

Your character is physically stronger? Changes the barriers between strength and weakness, now your character is weak as a newborn. Hell, in the game she debuted in, she changed the borders of life and death and the spirits began to wreak havoc on the world. All because her ghost friend asked her to. She doesn't even have to channel it. She immediately went back to sleep after it was changed. She can do this for anything anyone anywhere at any time. The only reason things aren't to her exact specifications is because she's doesn't give half a damn as well as sleeps most of the time.

It has nothing to do with what character they're up against, Touhou characters are just too broken to compete with anything other than other Touhou characters, save for the low level Youkai of the games. Any character with a decent significance in their universe is completely bullshit in come way.

mew4ever23:
Who's to say this is fake? Perhaps the fans have actually gotten together to work on making an anime of Touhou themselves?

That's a dedicated fandom, right there.

Someone summarized Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom into a 15 minute, fully voiced over anime episode.

Someone else did a 3D rendition of the final boss fight in Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism

That's not the end of the fandom. There is also official Homestuck music.

Capitano Segnaposto:
I don't get it.

This is welcomed and praised by everyone, yet if one person makes a Pony thread its all "HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE MOTHER FUCKERS!" and "Fucking losers".

I am so confused by what the Escapist deems "right" and "wrong".

It's not welcomed and praised by me, that's for damn sure! I think it has to do with the sites one frequents besides the Escapist. Tumblr, for instance, isn't as inundated by ponies (I'm sure someone will jump on me for that, but whatever). It IS inundated by Homestuck. Youtube is becoming filled to bursting with those damn ponies and more people frequent it (your "internet everyman") and so besides the Pony fandom itself (I refuse to use their invented word) they're pretty much universally reviled.

Keep in mind, this is all just my opinions and estimations.

On topic... is this news? DeviantArt, for instance, is filled with fake Anime screenshots. Sure they didn't all show up overnight like a lot of these, but nerd artists have figured out how to match that anime look and feel (with subtitles and all) LONG, long ago. It's almost like an internet rule all by itself; "if it exists, someone has probably made a fake anime screenshot of it".

(whitty name here):
Also, like 90% of our characters are borderline gods so they can kick your characters' ass.

I'm not sure what the words John Egbert, Aradia Medigo, Vriska Serket, Bec Noir, Lord English, Doc Scratch, GCat, Her Imperious Condescension, Dave Strider, Rose Lalonde, Jade Harley, and RRRRRRRRRUUUFIOOOOOOO mean to you, but...

Who's to say this is fake? Perhaps the fans have actually gotten together to work on making an anime of Touhou themselves?

That's a dedicated fandom, right there.

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