Hello there. My name's Azarasi Yuzuko.
I'm the arist and author of the 4-Panel Monster Show, which has the distinct privilege of being published weekly for the Monster Hunter official fan club.
I often spend my time posting Monster Hunter sketches and manga concepts on my Twitter account.
What first got me into Monster Hunter was, when "MH4" came out, all of my friends were suddenly gripped with this Monster Hunter fever, and everyone was talking about it! So, I just had to know "What is this 'Monster Hunter'?! It can't be that fun, can it?!"
I'd been a gamer all my life up until that point, but I'd mainly been an RPG player, and not so much action games. Making that transition worried me, but the people I met in the online Gathering Hub were so quick to help me gather materials and teach me things. With the kind help from these veteran Hunters I was pulled in completely by the charm of Monster Hunter and became addicted, to the point that I've even gone back to play the older games as well.
Insect Glaive, Long Sword, Bow, Lance
Rajang, Teostra, Nargacuga
Learning how to hit-and-run a Khezu, discovering the importance of sharpness when fighting Gravios, and experienced the joy of hunting Rajang.
My first encounter with a Rajang left an especially lasting impression. I remember freaking out, thinking, "How am I ever gonna hunt a gorilla this ripped?!" But the more I watched him, I started to notice his cute hiney and movements, and he quickly became the most charming and beloved monster for me to hunt.
Hunting him naked was pretty nerve-wracking, but plenty fun!
Once I started posting gameplay-based manga and monster sketches on my Twitter account, a representative at Capcom reached out to me about serializing the "4-Panel Monster Show". I was one lucky little Hunter.
It was at Monster Hunter Festa when a member of the Capcom team suddenly approached me and said, "You're Azarasi, right? Can I, just a second...?" I got a knot in my stomach and immediately started thinking, "Oh no...They found out about my weird little manga and they're pissed..." I was mentally preparing for the worst.
It turned out to be an offer to serialize, and I remember being so relieved they weren't angry with my work that I thought I'd die.
They’ve allowed me to do illustrations for T-shirts and various merchandise ever since, to the great surprise of none more so than myself.
Monster Hunter is life.
I participate in my hobby every day! I might not be working with my hands all the time, but at least once a day, I'm thinking of some new concept or design, so I consider it an everyday activity. Even while I'm playing Monster Hunter, I often catch myself thinking things like, "So this monster has this style of scales," or "This area would make such a great background!" The amount of time it takes to create the actual pieces depends on their size, but on average, it takes about 3-7 days.
I started with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, but I can't remember what it was that actually got me hooked to the series...I only remember my mother buying the game for me when we stopped by the Ito-Yokado department store on my way home from school one day. I'm so grateful to her for that.
Switch Axe, Hunting Horn, Dual Blades
Rajang, Event Quest Greatest Jagras, Dalamadur, Amatsu
I've had nothing but memorable hunts since I started playing, but if I had to choose one, I'd say the recently-updated Rajang in Iceborne. I get endless goosebumps seeing its remastered model on a big screen TV, with all the visually stimulating details in its musculature and fur. Of course, it bopped me the first time I saw one!
I started in 2011, so this is my 9th year!
While I'm working on any depiction of a monster, I have in mind an image of its mode of life. Though monsters may all seem the same, I think they must have different physical traits and mentalities, much like humans do, and the kinds of battles they've endured would depend upon their age and personality; they may have endured a number of turf wars or life-and-death struggles with hunters, and I try to convey those experiences in the scarring of their flesh, scales, and horns. Technically, I'm very particular in my use of watercolors, so I take utmost care in the textures created by my brush strokes and how the colors blend, since these are effects that are unique to the medium.
"All of them!" is what I would like to say, but there is one piece that I was given the pleasure of creating for Appreciation Fest 2018, "When the Sapphire Star Shines". Mr. Moteyama from the Monster Hunter Official Fanclub contacted me with the request: "We want you to make a big one!" which allowed me the privilege of taking on the epic challenge of a B1 size (728mm x 1189mm) canvas. It was so much fun drawing and painting on such large paper, and I barely finished by the deadline! It was a unique occasions where I felt like the project was so fun that I never wanted to stop working on it!
There are way too many subjects that I want to depict, and that makes it difficult to decide what's next! If anyone has any requests, please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear them!
An extracurricular that I dedicated my youthful life to!
Hello! I'm Shibainu Oimo!
I create monster figure diorama pieces for interior decoration.
I introduce my pieces on my YouTube channel, "Shibainu Oimo," which I use to show recordings of the diorama creation process.
When it comes to figures, there's always the thought of how they look lined up on a shelf, but I found myself wondering how else could be used to decorate a space, and so that's how I began designing decorative dioramas, recreating the fields which these monsters inhabit!
Besides creating these dioramas, I also draw light-hearted pictures of monster too.
Out of the blue one day, my sibling came home carrying a Wii and a copy of Monster Hunter 3, and this was how I first came to know about the series.
We could play the Arena together in split screen mode, and I remember we would be up late at night, trying our hardest, over and over, to beat Barroth before time ran out.
Barroth's attack was terrifying, so I would use the Heavy Bowgun to attack from long range... Thinking back on it now, it's no wonder I took so long to beat it...
Bow, Long Sword
Lagiacrus, Zinogre, Mizutsune, Amatsu
I went on a Shagaru Magala hunt as a 4-player party, but first one, then two members backed out, leaving only two of us in the party.
It was a grueling battle, and we were down to our last few potions...I didn't think we had a chance to clear it, but somehow we just barely beat the clock and cleared the hunt.
We returned to the Gathering Hub after, we sat our characters together and chatted about the battle. "That was a close one!" "I was down to my last potion!" Having such a happy conversation after the struggle we put in is a very fond memory for me.
I started creating decorative dioramas in 2018, making this my third year.
I devote a lot of effort to faithfully recreating scenes; the areas the monsters pass through, their distinct scenery, the harvesting points, and all the gimmicky little details are things I pay special attention to.
I also use actual materials such as stones, plantlife, and dirt to give the scenes realistic expression.
I record as I create them, so I also do my best to record from a number of interesting angles.
My re-creation of Zinogre in the Misty Peaks area. It's been viewed and praised by a number of people, but familiarizing myself with using different materials and applying new techniques for the work are the parts that stick with me most.
I feel it was my most fulfilling piece, from both a creator's and an observer's perspective.
In addition to the field scenery, I want to try adding endemic life and a turf war to a diorama...
There are so many other things I want to create as well, so I'm more than happy to have fun and take my time making any and all works!
A world of wonder that stirs my ambition for creation and design!
We're the Monster Hunter Dancers (MHD)!
- Monhan Mask Man
We do all sorts of Monster Hunter activities, from complete gesture recreations on Youtube, Twitter, and so on, thinking up dances based on MH monster BGMs, and streaming games live at Taisuke's cafe, COATL!
We also occassionally perform on stage as well!
A member of the dance team we were on at the time invited us to try out Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and that was our first time!
Mainly long sword and great sword!
The Valstrax! I would have been so happy if it had been added to Iceborne.
The MHW:Iceborne Eastern Japan Championship that took place November 24th, 2019!
The quest was "The True Tyrant," and we really gave it our all on the day of the match. (Even more so than when we danced at Kyocera Dome, haha)
We didn't place very well, but it was a super-intense and exciting experience!
Roughly two years now!
We really strive to accurately portray the movements of all the characters, such as the monster and cat movements.
We also really paid attention to the details in weapons we made (haha).
Further, we make sure not to detract from the wonderful original tracks in Monster Hunter when we do our arrangements for the dances (apologies for the liberties we've already taken! m(__)m)
Lastly, we give our all to show our love and appreciation in every hunt we set out on!
I always think back on the video of our recreation of the Meowscular Chef! We even made the actual platters!
Thankfully we got so many views on Twitter that we finally got a taste of what "going viral" felt like, lol
We were thinking to make a "dance-along to the Alatreon BGM!"
To us, Monster Hunter is a fun, passionate, and life-fulfilling piece of entertainment!