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Lovely Complex Fanart by C-quel Lovely Complex Fanart by C-quel
The first in my series of "ITSATRAP" fanart images, this installment features my favorite characters in one of my favorite Anime series of all times: Lovely Complex. While not exactly the likeliest boy-girl pairing in the series, I've always wanted to see Risa Koizumi and Seiko Kotobuki interact a little more often. Given the lack of such images, I figured I'd follow the age-old adage: "if you want something done right, just do it yourself". ^______^

Being my first TRUE Anime fanart since as far back as the Canalfriend Era, I was initially quite anxious to see how well I could style-match the original Love★Com cel art. That process was slow and lumbering, and while I did eventually succeed I was neither comfortable nor impressed by the results. So I removed the limiter and just drew them with as much "C-quelism"'s as I could afford given the impending biweekly deadline.

Ironically, I think the results are a lot closer to the Love★Com style than the original imitation work, and I had thrice as much fun drawing it! ^___^

Not much else to say about the characters -- fans of the series will surely know them inside out. The one bit of improvisation done was on Seiko-chan's height. Only Risa and Ootani had any listed heights, so I used Ootani's 156cm frame as a template for a highly logical assumption....

Despite his short stature, he's WAY bigger than Risa's friend Nobuko-chan, who in turn is WAY bigger than Seiko-chan; ergo, 144cm.... Makes perfect sense, right? ^____^'

*ducks at the sight of rocks and food items being tossed at him*

Admittedly, some artistic license is in effect, but hopefully it will make the image as enjoyable to view as it was for me to draw. ^v^


Love★com © 2001 by Aya Nakahara
TV Anime version produced in 2007 by Toei Animation.
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noroxia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
risa is cute!!! an seiko is, is... how i can say it... like this… XD
C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha... thanks, I think.  [Seiko-chan can't catch a break]  XD
SparkilesVonTra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is one of the best fan arts. I was shocked at her height conversion, she is only 5ft 7, In comparison to me, she is tiny haha.
C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why thank you!  I drew this in my golden age of vector art, so not sure if I'd have it in me anymore to create something like this again, but I'm glad the image is still appreciated even after all these years. I really loved Risa and Seiko, and I wish more had been done with their [brief] dynamic.  :)

And yes, I was too, although given the practice in Anime to exaggerate dimensions, it's not too surprising.  Risa and Otaru are but a few inches apart, but in the anime they almost seem to make him 4 ft tall and her 7ft tall.  Even worse, she's not even the tallest anime girl character, but simply reaches the limit to what is traditionally-considered tall for a woman in her culture.  >.<

Still, it's not an entirely small size either, so I imagine from what you say that you're a pretty decent height yourself.  :)
SparkilesVonTra Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Yeah, I love the storyline. It is really different. I love Risa, I swear if I have a kid/little girl, She will be called Risa. Risa is a badass ^^
C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Different yes, sadly.  I wish it were cliche, but not in this day and age. Maybe its a show too far ahead of its time.  :)

Risa would be a great name, unless you live near a large Spanish population (in which case, her name would mean "laughter", not quite as badass, heh).  XD
SparkilesVonTra Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
No, its defiantly not a head of its time, its about time we started having taller women in Anime. It's easy for tall women to relate to as we find it hard to get partners when we are young. I have also dated someone who was really short (5 ft).

Lol, I will mainly be in the UK, Japan and the US when I am fully qualified haha.
C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amen to that.  :)

Speaking from the boy's side, it's also good some of us have a character like Otaru to relate to, as some of us growing up may WANT to approach taller girls/women, but ultimately hold back due to societal pressures (at the risk of death by bullying XD ).  This just worsens the situation you described, and unnecessarily so.  ^^

To your point, my tallest date was a good 7 inches taller than I was, and I absolutely loved it; sadly, she never did feel comfortable in public, so it was not a sustainable relationship.  Some of the episodes in Lovely Complex felt vaguely nostalgic... >.<
SparkilesVonTra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Yeah, I agree.

Personally I don't mind dating shorter guys. My ex was 5ft0. It was really awkward though when it came to hugging, I will admit that it made me feel a lot butcher rather than fem. Most guys I date are shorter than me though :) 

I understand that it must be hard for short guys to approach taller women, but who cares if the short dude dates a taller chick, she is more likely to be a model or do something interesting with her life :)
C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey hey. ^^

Well, at least hugging was the only problem, typically there'd be something a lot crazier to call attention to.  And the butch vs. feminine thing is purely cultural, and definitely something I've heard before on a number of occasions.  How interesting that that might be the first thing to come to mind, and not simply, say, "motherly".  One could say its a consequence of having strength attributes be culturally-monopolized by men, to the point a woman can't possibly be perceived as having any unless she is "manly". ^^;

That's why I loved that scene in Lovely Complex where Risa hugs Otani, savors his easily-huggable physique, then proceeds to carry him effortlessly over to the gym.  It only happens once in the whole series,  but in that one scene she gives a massive "F U!" to cultural norms, and positively LOVES it!  :D

As for your last question, if you're someone like Nicolas Sarkozy, then apparently a whole nation's media cares, to the point of pretty much meddling in marital affairs. ^^;
One date is fine, but said "dude" simply isn't authorized to take it any further than that (even for successful model knockouts), thus making the whole relationship more like a trophy achievement than any serious affection.  You are right that people don't care about that, for the wrong reasons, and I argue they should care about it for the right ones.

And its no coincidence that LoveCom care about it for the right reasons, even if it stands alone among other series that don't quite get it. 
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