Saint Saiya – Andromeda Shun Cube Craft
Posted on Jun 25 2012 at 12:31:01 AM in Artists
This cube craft paper model is the Andromeda Shun, based on the anime / mange series “Saint Saiya“. The cube paper toy is designed by blackignus. Andromeda Shun, also known as Shun, is one the Bronze Saints. He is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series, although his gentle disposition and kind nature tend to hold him back from using his full power, until he is forced to do so. Shun is also the younger brother of Phoenix Ikki, a fellow bronze saint. Shun is the Purest soul and Chosen One. Whether he is reincarnation of previous vessel in unknown, but Tenma in Next Dimension impplied Shun is similar to Alone.
As Masami Kurumada uses the revered Osamu Tezuka’s Star System technique, he gave Shun’s appearance to Ai Daichi, a main character in the manga Aoi Tori no Shinwa, a manga that Kurumada wrote and drew years after Saint Seiya. Also, Kurumada designed Shun closely resembling Jindai Naoto, from Otoko Zaka, the manga he wrote and drew one year before Saint Seiya. And even more, Shun also resembles Kirikaze, from Fuma no Kojirou, also a manga Kurumada wrote and drew several years before Saint Seiya.
Many newcomers to the series have mistaken Shun for a female character, since the Andromeda is a feminine constellation, and the anime adaptation modified Kurumada’s original design of the Cloth itself to some extent, to have it appear to have breasts. A similar reference was made by Kurumada, when Ikki befriends a girl named Esmeralda whose only difference from Shun is her female condition and her blonde hair.His hair is brown in the manga, but was modified green in the Anime adaptation to generate a better color balance. Kurumada explained in interviews that he gave the Andromeda Cloth the same color that identifies the Andromeda Nebula found in the constellation of the same name.
As Masami Kurumada was a practitioner of the martial arts in his youth, he used his knowledge about traditional Japanese martial arts weapons in his concept for Shun. The Chains of the Andromeda Cloth, were a formidable weapon, perfectly suited for both defense and offense, sharing these traits with the traditional Manriki-gusari, a chain-based weapon used in Japanese martial arts.
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