So the concept behind this Ask is kinda an old one, and one I’ve discussed on Discord a bit, but I know some folks have been anxiously awaiting for the talking points of those talks to be brought to life. In the Near Hentai Studios I do imagine cliques/clubs of various character types forming, and the cooking characters getting together to prepare food for the Studio is a very old concept I haven’t really gotten the chance to explore. It makes sense to me Hiro would gravitate towards those characters, and Yukihira especially seems to me like someone he’s get along with. Like he says in the Ask, he’s got a lot in common with Aiden, so it’s easy for me to picture him idolizing him in a similar way (even if, due to screwy anime ages, Yukihira is actually younger than Hiro despite looking much older).
So this Ask was one I had an answer for pretty quickly. It had been asked the month before, but I just ran out of days in the month before getting to it. I did get it this time, though, and I hope you all like it. This Ask is in reference to the Near Hentai Studio, of course, the kitchen of which is staffed by many of our cooking enthusiasts like Mito. As for who’s meat she ingests to keep away from the food supply, I decided on Luffy, though obviously there were a few options given the cliches of anime protagonists. I enjoyed getting to draw Mito again, and I hope I can find the time to do more with her at some point down the road.
So I watched Food Wars a while ago, and found myself liking it a lot more than I’d expected to. Similarly, I thought Nikumi here would be just eye candy without much character, but she ended up being one of my favorite characters in the whole series (but also eye candy, Food Wars isn’t shy about fanservice).I thought I’d do a lot of Food Wars stuff while I was watching it, but that ended up not happening for one reason or another. I get a second chance now that Nikumi (Soma’s nickname for Ikumi Mito) won the NHML raffle this month. I actually did a handful of sketches of these two together, since I had some old interest in them kicked up again. No promises, but there’s a chance one or two of those might end up fleshed out a bit for future pics (or I might forget about Food Wars altogether again, who knows). Anyway, I picked this one to use for the NHML since it showed off the most of Nimumi’s body, I think, and I hope you all like it.
With this post, NHML nominations for the month of June are now open. For those who don’t know, I’ll run down the rules real quick. Nominations are limited to one per person. You can nominate any female character you want, provided I have not drawn her within the past calendar year (though I prefer characters I’ve never drawn, period). Previous NHML winners are not eligible for a second time. Nominees must also not be from the same franchise as this month’s winner, Food Wars. If you violate any of those rules, I’ll let you know, and you can nominate someone else. I know it can be hard to keep track of these things. You may nominate by either commenting in the cBox, commenting on this post, or emailing me (Nearphotison2010@yahoo.com). I’ll compile a list of the nominees in the sidebar of this site, and then on June 1st I will use a randomizer to select the winning character who I will proceed to draw sometime that month. I look forward to seeing who you all nominate this time around!