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Mirumoto Kouzei by MarioWibisono Mirumoto Kouzei by MarioWibisono
"No matter how benign the Naga were once, if they are eager to leap onto my swords, I am happy to oblige them." - Mirumoto Kouzei

Mirumoto Kouzei is a young Dragon Clan kensai samurai. As an expert kensai, she is able to dual wields her blades perfectly and laying waste of her enemies as she makes way into the fight.

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

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Okay, as you know I absolutely adore your art. Every since I found you on DeviantArt, I have followed the work you put on here... BUT THIS!!!!

My gosh, Rayn. This has to be my FAVORITE out of all of your work. (So far.. Lol. Can't wait for more.)

The woman is absolutely stunning. Her hair is wonderful, those eyes are entrancing, and the expression he has on her face is 'dreamy'. She looks as if she fought this battle with absolute ease! Like it was a walk in the park and she is one hundred percent confident in her abilities.

I am not sure what you call that outfit, but the detail in every single 'stitch' is amazing. Feeling like you can reach out and touch the wrinkles within the fabric. I have always had a thing for Japanese/Chinese weaponry, but no one.. I repeat.. NO ONE has every shown such vivid detail within the guard an hilt the way you have. (I know you have multiple character such as Mirumoto Kei, another one of my favorites ) that hold a katana, but when I look at that hilt it seems tangible. Looking at it makes me feel like I already know it's texture.

Now for the scene in particular... She sliced through his entire body!? Amazing! The power and force behind her blade can easily be seen with the detail you have put into her swing. The blood splatter shooting outwards as he is cut through, shows exactly what happens. It is obvious who the more skinned and dominant fighter of the two is.

Also, I love the detail in the 'gauntlets' she is wearing. (I am not sure if their gauntlets or something under her clothes, but I did think it was some kind of armor. )

In this picture I think the 'sunburst' lighting effect that you said was your favorite, or at least one of them, is used perfectly. It gives her an almost 'godly' like presence. If someone was watching her in battle at this exact moment, I think their eyes would be wide in amazement and awe at not only her skill but natural beauty.

As said in my other critiques, everything stated in this is MY OPINION! Also, can I ask what color did you make her eyes? On my computer they come out like a deep ocean blue color with a tinge of purple...
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I'm going to be honest here. My first impression on this piece was that her expression and pose looks rather stiff (her fringe (hair) should be flying all over in such a quick movement instead of mostly sticking to her face? unless it's pinned up or she use gel or something lol). For some reason, she looks spaced out here but that's just my opinion.

I like how you focus on the character based on the colour choices and the design of her outfit is amazing. The effects and direction of the lighting is a good choice too, it enhanced her movements. My favourite here is the intricate sword design. There's nothing wrong with it but somehow the enemy's broken sword looks funny, maybe the heat of the moment.
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Monomakh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Awesome, great work !
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Great pic! 
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Great work! ^_^
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Dionisante Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good!!!
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Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Insane skill :) you and the samurai are talented
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:icondangnabbitproduction:
amazing
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Amazingswordarts Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you are the best my friend !!!
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holmanextremo Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Beautiful colors!
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deshi001 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Another master piece. You continue to excel and raise the bar on your own work.
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nffanart Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Such powerful movement and colors!
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Khadvere Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
im no artist , but to my mind thats now 11 outstanding L5R pieces of art , the sword looks real enough to cut the bottom off the picture !
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kallu-wah Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's really awesome !:love:
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I like how the woman is in such clear-cut focus before the speckled orange tones of her surroundings.
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firemaiden87 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Another great piece that I am honored to look at. Keep up the great work.
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Koshindou Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Lovely detail work on her arm guards and the tsuba.
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BrandyWoods Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing detail and I can feel the wind!
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EnlightenedMadness Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Probably my current favorite of yours.
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deuxexmachina22 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
:iconamazingplz: wow, have no words
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Michael7S Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
- A amazing battle babe in a awesome work! :clap:
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Valpan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Awesome as usual!
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moto-jahk-fwah Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
soooo, I know you did that custom battle maiden piece but I'd really love to have a unicorn piece by you on a card that I get to play with.

could you maybe tell AEG that you want to do a unicorn piece... I love your work so very much :)
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MarioWibisono Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can assure you that Unicorn will have a very lovely lady : )
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:iconmoto-jahk-fwah:
moto-jahk-fwah Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh thank god, I've waited so long!
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UZUMASHI Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As usual incredible work !!
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kallu-wah Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: awesome !:aww:
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AkahaiShora Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Well, there's only one thing that people just did not said:

When there'll be a male Dragon Clan Bushi as main character!?
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C-M-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Absolutely love this
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farooky Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow wow weee!
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Fantastic! :-)
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Writer
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Writer
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Apophis324 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Dual swords=awesome!!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Cool
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MarioWibisono Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mirumoto is a family name, so Kei and Kouzei comes from the same family. Each clan in L5R usually consists of four to five families. According to L5R wiki, Mirumoto is the largest family of the dragon clan.
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SerenityVerdant Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Something I just noticed! Mirumoto... It's a name of another you have on here as well. Could these two characters be related maybe? Mirumoto Kei and Kouzei?
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thebigbluefly Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They are part of same Samurai family, but its iffy they're related by blood them selves, in legend of the five rings many smaller families make up the larger Samurai families, think of it like The Military, you have the navy, the air force and the army many people in one large group making them brothers and sisters in arms.
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