A Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom player recreated the Akira cover art of Kaneda and his iconic motorcycle using Link and a custom order. Since its release in 1988, Akira has been used as a template for several fan art projects, and this Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom player gives fans an idea of what Link would look like with his own futuristic motorcycle.
Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom released just last month, and players have already made countless creations using the build and fuse mechanics introduced to the series with the Breath of the Wild sequel. With some fans using their unique builds in incredible fan art, Tears of the Kingdom’s creative possibilities exceed the already high standards of previous Legend of Zelda titles. A player has expanded their custom Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom vehicle beyond the Nintendo Switch game and added some text to a simple screenshot to create an impressive visual.
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Reddit user Ryzbl recently shared a screenshot of one of the floating islands they discovered in their Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom adventure. Tears of the Kingdom protagonist Link approaches a mechanical green object resembling a motorbike reflecting Kaneda’s vehicle from Akira, with a noticeable change from red to green. The game’s title was shortened to one word to match the Akira cover, as is the case with other fan art. The design features bold letters spelling out Zelda with light green Japanese characters, presumably meaning the same word as they are different from those used in Akira.
According to Ryzbl, the main images of their Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fan art were taken from their gameplay, with the font added separately in Photoshop to make the reference clearer. The Tears of the Kingdom player confirmed that the most difficult detail in his Akira-inspired fan art was the angle of the shadow protruding from the green-tuniced Nintendo hero as he approaches Ryzbl’s custom-made bike. Because Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Akira go so well together in Ryzbl’s art, many fans have already edited the image so they can easily transfer it to a phone or monitor background, others are hoping for a poster or t-shirt -Graphic. shirt version.
Although Ryzbl is the creator of this Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Akira mashup art, there is already an independent account trying to cash in on their work by selling a “distorted version” on a poster. Given that shows like Cyberpunk Edgerunners continue to reference the popular anime film and an Akira collab with Fortnite has been leaked, this Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fan art may not be nearly that final project paying homage to the 1988 film.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available now for Nintendo Switch.
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