Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art

Artist Jed Henry has taken famous characters from the video game console pantheon and reconfigured them as samurais on centuries-old Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The results are pretty clever — I'm liking how Mega Man's defeated robot masters have become a cloud of oni. Henry's not done with this series yet, as his next illustration will dial up the direness of Mario Kart. UPDATED 7/12: Henry's been busy adding more of these, check them out below.

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Semi-related: Real-life adventures in Japanese art history, both of which are debatably safe for work but completely hilarious: 1, 2.

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Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art
Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art
Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art
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Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art
Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art
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Illustration for article titled Classic video game characters, drawn in the style of Japanese emukiyo-e/em woodblock art

[Jed Henry via Boing Boing]

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