What we need are two inspiring characters.
One male and one female. They are both Samurai Warriors and both have their own distinct fighting styles and signature moves. But instead of actual violent fighting their weapons create music.
The tag line of the duo is:
"Roaming the land for musical justice".
They dress modern and mildly futuristic with tech and traditional elements. The characters also need to differ from each other in their general mood and vibe. They both have a slightly tragic but hopeful and noble appearance. One has a slight sense of humor, the other not so much. Both characters should be somewhat androgynous. So the guy is strong and high-hearted but not too butch and bulky and the girl is brave, smart and sexy but not too voluptuous. Both characters have to be able to appeal to a wide variety of people so their ethnicity should be something of a blend of all races.
We like Afro-Samurai but it's a bit too gritty. We like Samurai Champloo but it's too anime/ manga. We like stylish and fashionable. We don't like manga, big eyed, cliché cartoon characters. Please check the mood board on Pinterest for inspiration:
This was added 2 days in:
Some of you are getting really close some not so much. As i've let you know per private message. We had a creative meeting about the duo today and a few things are more clear to us now. Some of those things only became clear after we saw your designs. So here goes:
1: We would like movement in their 'pose'. Like a still from an action sequence OR the duo can be chilling out but not totally static like posing for a photograph.
2: We don't like national symbols, like recognizable flags.
3: We do like loads of accessoires. A peace necklace, a Star Wars Rebel Insignia Keychain, flutes tucked away on the inner thigh, a teddy bear paw sticking out of a backpack, a discman, a chain of guitar picks. Don't take these suggestions literally, the are just suggestions.
4: With most designs the MUSICAL elements should be integrated more, bot in their movement as in their outfits.
They are "Roaming The Land For Musical Justice". So their weapons do special musical (magic like) things to relieve a town from musical injustice. (Like drive a bad DJ out of town).
5: The duo can NOT both have swords as their main weapon. We don't like guns to be a main weapon, although holstered side-arms are allowed. Maybe a sound wave bow, a sonic staff, a musical mace, singing spear, disco daggers, Non-harmonic nunchakus, or how about drum-chakus, you name it!
6: They should have some armor, but not too much, fashionable and urban dress that mixed with traditional bits.We like asymmetric stuff: like armor on one arm, but not the other.
7: For some reason we feel that the lady should have afro-asian features. The guy's ethnicity needs to be kinda indeterminable.
8: We feel that one of them should be blind, with only the use of the ears and other senses heightened. And kind of blindfolded like Lady Justice.
9: You read all this? You are Awesome!
Thanks so much all!