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Matsu Kita by MarioWibisono Matsu Kita by MarioWibisono
"Some say her father was a Mirumoto. Others know that her mother was a Matsu. Nothing else matters."

Matsu Kita is an elite samurai of the Lion Clan. She is one of the fiercest warriors that the Matsu Clan ever has. A kensai master and an expert in fighting with spear.

As a noble warrior, she reflects the high level of discipline of a Lion samurai. Her ferocity in battle makes her a very admirable character in war. She withstands every challenge thrown at her, and she will never back down no matter how dreadful the ordeal will be. This is also why she without hesitate would single handedly battle an entire troop of armies for the sake of her clan.

The Matsu Clan are fierce warriors, perhaps the most aggressive of any family in Rokugan. They strike quickly, decisively, and without questions. If there is a single samurai to fear in Rokugan it is a Matsu. They sometimes wear straw ‘manes’ to emulate real Lions look and small amounts of war paint on their faces and arms to inspire fears to their enemies. Their mempo and armor is designed with a Lion motif, the proud symbol of the clan.


An illustration done for Legend of the Five Rings CCG.
Legend of the Five Rings and Matsu Kita copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.


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The moment one lays eyes on this piece; their immediate impression is undoubtedly shock and awe. *raynkazuya has been known to deliver exceptionally high quality work, but none of his other illustrations are quite like this.

As is typical of his style a single character is the primary focus of the piece, and the incredible detail and effort that this image was imbued with is quite evident. Look at her facial expression. Even beneath the war paint, gore and masterfully crafted lion helmet, aggression emanates from her every pore.

In studying *raynkazuya's work, it is obvious how carefully he pays attention to setting and the background he is placing the character in. Every one of his works shows a world which is distorted by the emotions and perspective of the character in focus. This piece is no exception, but never before has he submitted an illustration in a setting of such chaos.

The battlefield depicted is surely horrific, but the artist spares it little space. The soldiers surrounding her are removed in both size and color from the action of this image, Matsu Kita. She completely dominates the foreground, and the ferocity of her attacks obscures nearly the entire battlefield. If we assume that this is drawn from her perspective, then it seems her only direct link to the world around her is the blow she is striking and the spray of blood it causes.

If there is any flaw with this piece, it would be that the Matsu Kita drawn here too perfectly embodies the spirit of the ferocious lions of her clan. Her aggression is almost too intense to handle, but nonetheless *raynkazuya has certainly succeeded with this masterpiece.
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Yu-Gi-Nos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Student General Artist
This is AMAZING artwork! The look and scenery reminds me a lot of legendary female Samurai Tomoe Gozen.
Passin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
Fierce and cool. Nice work
alithking Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Epic and glorius fight, well done.
xelianthought Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Incredibly awesome. 
Okami-Raion Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
.......can someone be speechless after seeing this pic???
Arcamean Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I love this piece, would it be ok to link to this as the theme quite well represents my wow character. 
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Andnore Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I... I think I'm in love...
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My god, this is pne of the most epic pictures I've ever laid eyes on. 0_0
Ynkz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It is simply wonderful.
Dionisante Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good!!!
Barno182 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
i would like this as my destctop background
like every picture of this talented artist.
Mondlied Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You make great L5R Pictures!
L5R for the win!
Finally, somebody with good pictures!
I love these RPG system.
What about a Usagi picture? :D
TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Your picture has been found on this video: [link]
Amarond Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive piece with excellent fire effects'.
Ultima228 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Saw the image from [link] and I couldn't help but want to :+fav: it.
Hollow-nyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work !
PlasmaticJj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
epicness in all its glory...
ikeroyo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
No words
Chi1981 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Impressive picture :jawdrop:, i love it :deviation:.
animeneko526 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist
there are no words to describe how amazing this work of art is. Good Job :)
BrokenInsanityXx Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH wow.. I came here because [link] linked your pic that was used in his/her video.. Amazing. xxx♥
LEX4seven Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
this is fantastic
Silme037 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
the detail in here is breath taking, and it only enhances further the powerful emotion and thought behind it. Quite the masterpiece.
tobias1532 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Amazing. I do not want to get on her bad side.
ArkhamCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Kagemusha23 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
That pic is amazing
rogue-freighter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Very nice detailed work.
ShadowSavoury Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Sweet pic man if u take suggestions can u do Matsu kita in another senario like she removes he helmet or something like that
Gnome64 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
probably one of my new all-time favorites. this is so...beautiful. T_T
AliYaqooob Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great work without any doubt
ZoMg1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I've tried to draw this, but her expression, and the lights surrounding her are something that I can't capture well enough, but I'm still trying!
This art, it makes me proud. It makes me feel powerful, strong, and determined, mostly because I'm a girl. I alwasy here people saying that women are not strong enough, and this says other wise, and it makes me smug
Wcreates Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Nice action and effets ! I like it. :)
nichihebi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Yep awesome also. All of your work is pretty amazing.
Elfala Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Another reason i find Japanese armor more stylish. Over all. if only i could give high 5 with 10 hands. Great job. Looking forward to more.
Ai-to-maho Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
That's right dynasty warrior, do your thing! lol,JK. This is awesome!!
newyorkmets2006 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Wow this is so impressive
ILoveSasuLuna Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
i LOVE it looks so awesom
darn i wish i could draw like that!
I admire you
herms16 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
beautiful..just superb
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010   Photographer
This magnificient work is featured in Action-Portraits...
You are welcome in Action-Portraits ...!!!
aki001 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I like the concept and the lightning's effect. Bravo!
Solid03 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
is incredible how u accomplish this type of work... just amazing!
LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
holy shit
Zhu2hui Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
escape-the-dream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Writer
cool armour :)
mumyf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
clans that I would not want to face in a battle :


dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! WOW.
Serveris7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Wow I love the details, the effects, the blood everything
great work.
Louised Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Inspiring piece of work.
LordKaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
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