Ai Candy: Snow Days


Pretty pictures to help get you through the last of the cold

Because we can never have enough pretty pictures here at Japanator, it's time for some Ai Candy: awesome fan art that we think you may enjoy. To kick things off, our first theme is characters frolicking in a winter wonderland, i.e. snow. Now you may be thinking "Why pick snow? Winter's just about over!" Oh ho ho, not if you live in New York it isn't! We often get our worst snowstorms in April; upstate, they've been known to get them as late as May.

So while you're likely sitting out under a shady tree, sipping iced tea and enjoying the subtle aroma of freshly-budded flowers as a cool spring breeze kisses your skin, think of me still shivering in my igloo apartment. For me, these snow and ice filled scenes still represent the harsh reality, but for you, please enjoy them as a colorful send-off to the chilly season. Unless of course you live in Greenland or something, then I should probably just shut up. How is it up in Greenland, anyway? I've always wanted to know.

The only image I myself have contributed to this is the pic of Ai-Fi making a snowman above; all other images belong to their creators. To see more work by any of these talented artists, clicking on the links provided will take you to their galleries.


I know I know, Miku already? What can I say, I love those teal pigtails of hers. I like the way this image uses all kinds of snow textures without showing any white snow-- it feels cold, yet cheerful.

2. 雪の中の壹歧日和 by 肆月玖日

Hiyori from Noragami enjoys a hot beverage. Anatomically it's a leeeetle bit strange, but I love the mood of this drawing. Really reminds me of going into the lodge to get a cup of hot chocolate when you've been skiing, that super-cozy-having-a-hot-drink-in-the-cold feeling.

3.鬼灯様 寒椿 by にちか

I have to admit, Hozuki was probably the last character I expected to come across while searching through fan art. Thanks go out to Ichika for turning our favorite demonic bureaucrat into quite the bishounen. A light dusting of snow makes it look like he just got back from a tour of one of the lesser Cold Hells.

4.遅刻だよby 雪訪

There are, upon a conservative estimate, 47 billion pictures of Kanon girls standing in snow looking sad. This one seemed to capture the essence of them all though: that overwhelming "Please hug me I is cold!" feeling.

5. 白霞罸 by CE-8

So apparently this is what Rukia from BLEACH looks like these days? Only took 15 or so years for her to get a cool alternate form, I guess.

6.ゆきみこ by ましゃゆき

So one of the Touhou Project girls built a tiny snowman with a witches hat? Then ate a snack? Not quite sure what's going on here, but something about the storybook quality of this illustration grabbed me.

7. 三峰真白 by 天河 早輝

Drawing Mashiro from Engaged to the Unidentified in snow seems to have become a Thing; I could have filled this whole thing with Snow Mashiros. Love the "seeing your breath" effect.

8.キス♪ キス♪ キ… by みっきー@GLF カリーノ37

I was expecting to find a whole bunch of pics of Sakura Trick's Yuu and Haruka kissing in their winter coats; in the end, this was the only one I found. I think it fits the bill though....d'awww.

9.nyoom by velvetcat09

It's little Polar Bear and little Grizzly from Polar Bear Cafe. I don't know what else you could possibly want out of life.

10.夏目 by うさこ@ついった

I admit, I don't really know what Natsume Yuujinchou is. But I kind of want this guy's coat.

11.  by うさこ@ついった

This artist really, really likes Kirito from Sword Art Online. Happy Kirito, Sad Kirito, Genderswap Kirito-- all the Kiritos.

12,君に届け by +1

Somewhere, there are people that don't love Sawako and Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke. I hear tell these are the same people who murder kittens in their sleep.

Kind of fun, huh? As an added bonus, here's the EVIL! version of Ai-Fi building a snowman: 

Scary, huh?




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