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This Artist Drew Popular Japanese Anime in the Style of Filipino Komiks

“De Bulsang Halimaw,” anyone?
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Jether Amar is an artist who works as an animator and art director for local film and production outfit Rocketsheep Studio. If the company sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the studio that produced groundbreaking films like Saving Sally and Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story

Amar posts his personal art on his Instagram page, a mish-mash of different creative artworks and styles that puts his incredible talent and versatility on display. But one thing that caught our attention is his series on popular Japanese anime drawn in the style of classic Pinoy komiks. There’s something arresting and captivating about Japanese anime many of us have seen but rendered in a style that’s so  different and distinctly Filipino.

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Amar, who’s been drawing since pre-school, said he was heavily influenced by Filipino komiks.

“When I was in Grade 1, right after class, I always went straight to our nearest store to rent Pinoy komiks for 50 cents,” he tells Esquire Philippines. “My favorite titles are Kick Fighter and Funny Komiks. If I save enough money,  I'll buy them for P2 each. That’s one of my pasttimes. And cartoons. I watch lots of cartoons.”

He says he initially made his series on the Japanese anime-as-Pinoy-komiks for laughs.

“I noticed that a lot of my peers would draw fanart of their favorite animes and mangas,” he says. “I decided to translate it into Filipino, the title and the style. I chose the animes that I’m familiar with, like Pokemon, One Piece, Kimi no Nawa, Sailor Moon, etc.

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Amar says most of the feedback about the series has been positive and, when he has time, he plans to do more. Eventually, he says his dream is to create his own IP (intellectual property).

“I'm eyeing to create…my own characters and stories,” he says. “Maybe in animation or in komiks format. I don’t know if that’s my ultimate dream but that’s what I want to achieve right now.”

Amar says Rocketsheep Studio is currently working on its third animated feature called ZsaZsa Zaturnnah vs the Amazonistas of Planet X, which is based on the popular graphic novel by Carlo Vergara. He also wants more people to support local artists.

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“Please support your artist friends. Buy from them or ask for commissions. Times are rough so please pay them (on time). You can also support them by sharing their art.”

Check out more of Jether Amar’s art on Instagram.

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