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Locked Out

Have you ever noticed how Japanese students in manga always seem to have a katana or at least some type of firearm ready to defend their school? Keep in mind that both swords and guns have been illegal in Japan since the Meji era, even if they are able to smuggle their weapons onto school grounds it doesn’t seem reasonable to assume that they could get away with it in a classroom…

Not that I mean to imply that she’s ditzy, simply because she can’t remember her locker combination under pressure; this piece was inspired partially by the innumerable times which I failed to recall an arbitrary sequence of numbers and was forced to either be late for class or show up without my textbooks and homework

#1 Locked Out giclee print

Our long-suffering protagonist has left her Sanrio katana in the locker and then forgot her combination. Now she can't help all her friends slay the oni who attack her school...

#2 clay render for Locked Out

She looks less wistful here, all due to a small change in lighting...

#3 rough sketch for Locked Out

Whereas in the rough sketch, she does have that same wistful look- all her friends are off killing demons and she can't join in until she remembers that damn combination!

#4 pretty sweet banner by any standards

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