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[:en]Japanese netizens get into a debate over Britney Spears' kids' anime art

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Everyone’s a critic these days, even when it comes to children’s drawings.

Ever since Britney Spears’ son appeared on his mother’s Twitter account last year dressed in Dragon Ball Z cosplay, anime fans around the world have been applauding the young man’s love for Japanese animation.

▼ Here he is getting into the character of Lord Frieza.

At the time, Spears refrained from going into details about which one of her two sons was in the costume, which left us wondering whether it was 11-year-old Sean or 10-year-old Jayden who was into the world of anime. Still, judging from this post on Spears’ Instagram account a month earlier, it’s safe to say that both boys have no complaints about celebrating their September birthdays with the help of Pokémon.

▼ A whole lotta Pokémon…

The celebrity family is continuing to express their love of anime again this year, with this recent post showing some impressive artwork drawn by both Spears’ son and his step-sister. Spears’ ex-husband, Kevin Federline, has three daughters – 14-year-old Kori, 5-year-old Jordan and 3-year-old Peyton – and while it’s unclear which one of her sons and which one of the step-sisters is behind each artwork, it’s clear that they have a talent for drawing.

▼ Click the arrow on the right of the image below to see both drawings.

In the first picture, we see Dragon Ball’s protagonist Goku transforming into his Super Saiyan form, with the character’s bulging muscles ripping through his shirt in a dramatic scene from the series.

Scrolling through to the second picture, we see a beautifully drawn sketch of Rem, one of the main twin-maid characters from the popular light novel and anime series Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World.

While it’s clear that one sketch is a lot more refined than the other, suggesting it might belong to the older 14-year-old Kori, it’s a nice surprise to see so much love for the world of Japanese anime from two young children outside of Japan. Still, that didn’t stop people debating the quality of the works online, with people in Japan joining in the conversation with their opinions on the two sketches.

“These are great!”
“That one of Rem is drawn with the maturity of an adult.”
“I could never draw like that when I was a kid.”
“He’s done Goku’s thick neck well.”
“Maybe they can be animators in the future?”
“I bet these are traced.”
“Who cares if they’re traced? It’s not like they’re selling the art for commercial purposes.”
“These people complaining about it being traced are just jealous they can’t draw like that.”
“Why does it matter if it’s copied? Lots of people copy art they like when they start learning to draw. It’s all about enjoyment.”
“What I’m most shocked about is the fact that they know about Rem from Re:Zero!”

While some anime purists refused to condone the practice of copying artworks, regardless of the children’s ages, others were simply happy to see two young people getting so much enjoyment from the genre. And isn’t that what it’s all about, really? A child putting time and effort towards completing a task while expressing their passions is something that all parents would be proud of, no matter where they’re from.

Source: Instagram/britneyspears via Hachima Kikou 
Featured image: Instagram/britneyspears

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