Awesome Fan Art: The Canucks collide with Kingdom Hearts

One of the things we love most about the postseason over here at PITB is the awesome fan art it tends to inspire. Last year, for instance, we couldn’t get enough of Peter Diamond’s remarkable drawings of Roberto Luongo as a Dothraki warrior and the Sedins as heinous, headhunting wizards.

It also inspired this remarkable piece from Deviant Artist Nijuuni, who combined her two favourite things: the Canucks and Kingdom Hearts.

According to Nijuuni’s (staggeringly emoticon-heavy) writeup on the piece, she worked on the mural all through June, publishing on June 25th. How did we just see this now? Someone dropped the ball. (Hint: it was us.) You can see the full-size image here, and I recommend it. It’s big enough to be your playoff wallpaper.

In case you aren’t up on your Kingdom Hearts, it’s a popular video game series that combines the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney. (Sadly, there are no Disney characters in this image, although it’s possible that the green men are Mickey and Minnie.) Thus, each character you see here is from the Final Fantasy universe.

That’s Sephiroth, the silver-haired villain of Final Fantasy 7, holding a Canucks flag in the top right corner. Directly beneath him is Cloud, the protagonist of the same game, winking. Sora, the main character of Kingdom Hearts I and II is the guy with the blue and green facepaint.

The “Share a paopu fruit with me Kesler” sign is a great touch. In the Kingdom Hearts universe, if two people share a paopu fruit, they’re destined to be together. Basically, it’s the Kingdom Hearts equivalent of the infamous leave your wife and marry me sign.

Just out of frame, we assume, a chocobo has been overturned and lit on fire.

s/t to Smug Nation for the find, and also to my younger brother Sam for trying to explain this stuff to me.

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8 comments

  1. Hips
    April 9, 2012

    I’d like to point out a mistake, it says that it was submitted June 25th 2011 on the deviantart page.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 9, 2012

      Oh man! I just assumed it was from today when I saw it spreading around. Welp, time to make fixes.

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  2. Taelin
    April 9, 2012

    Tifa and Aerith celebrating together?! That cannot be allowed!

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  3. Gabrielle
    April 9, 2012

    I saw that last year in the playoffs… still super cool though.

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  4. Pseudopod
    April 9, 2012

    As much as I love Kingdom Hearts and the Canucks, it makes me sad to see almost every Square cameo in this picture and most of Organization XIII, but no Disney. Mickey > Sephiroth, especially within the Kingdom Hearts games.

    But then, I certainly can’t draw anything this awesome. Great work.

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  5. Miguel
    April 9, 2012

    Not related but…

    There is a Chris Tanev ab-shot in the new Henrik interview video on Canucks.com

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    • sarah
      April 9, 2012

      Chris Tanev…Confirming that he gained muscle over the off-season

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  6. cathylu
    April 9, 2012

    I have a limited knowledge of video games and anime (most learned from my son) so I’m not familiar with all the characters in the piece but as an artist I certainly appreciate all the hard work that went into creating it. Nice job!

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