Eclipse is the fanlisting dedicated to Kurapika from the HUNTER×HUNTER manga and anime series listed at The Anime Fanlistings Network. Kurapika is, essentially, my favorite traits packed into one character -- blonde hair, gorgeous, angst, revenge trope, but let me tell you that it's not easy being a fan of him. I jokingly refer to Kurapika as "my worst fav" because I'm always despairing over his wellbeing. I want him to be happy, but it also hurts so good. I love him so much, and I am really excited to be able to run his fanlisting! This fanlisting opened on May 23, 2018.
This design began as a failed shrine attempt. I still plan on making a small sort of dedication, but I don't know when that will happen! There are a few ideas at play here. The concept of light and darkness, symbolism of black and white conveyed through the two contrasting in the header and the title of the fanlisting -- Kurapika is dedicated to his cause and will do whatever it takes to reach his goal, sacrificing almost anyone and anything for the sake of revenge (i.e. "the dark"). However, there's still a kindness (the "light") as he hasn't entirely lost himself to rage. I experimented with changing the color of the image itself, and I thought that it worked really nicely!
It was also a design-oriented choice because reds would pop better on a greyscale layout, and I like working with manga artwork. Red is a color that comes with great symbolism and meaning, especially when it comes to Kurapika, so it is a color that I wanted to feature prominently. I wrote down a lot of words that reminded me of Kurapika (warning: it's all angst): darkness, destruction, death, red, ruin, dying, despair, chains, indignation, but I kept coming back to the concept of night, darkness, and the moon -- an eclipse. There's a scene featuring Kurapika and a deep red moon. When the sun and moon are in a full eclipse, the moon reflects red and is referred to as a blood moon. I chose this name for the fanlisting as a reference to Kurapika's personality which I think can be symbolized by the eclipse of the sun -- the moon essentially "blocks" the sun's rays (the light) and casts a shadow (darkness) on the Earth. I'm not fully convinced of the name, but hey, it needed one so I settled. Names don't have to be permanent. ;D
Also, yes I downloaded some chain brushes.
Resources used to create this layout are by lilithdemoness, evey-v, CrudeliaGraphic, saftbefehl3000, and crystall92. The header image was cropped from the official Viz translation of the chapter; other image credits go to crunchyroll for anime screencaps and the HUNTER×HUNTER Wikipedia. The fonts are Downcome and PT Sans.
I'd like to thank pretty much anyone that has put up with my yelling about Kurapika, but that would make this section incredibly long. I have a lot of incredibly special friends who have inspired me to create and continue to indulge in this series and character, and I love you all so much! Thanks Courtney for being supportive and for always being ready to gush about the series lil Lethe for always indulging with me, Elysa for being the cutest Killua fan, Aku for drawing Kurapika's butt for me once, and Andrea for reblogging Killua's muscles on your Tumblr.
If interested, please contact me!