There’s no overestimating the impact Japanese animation has had on world culture. Its influence expands so far that even Counter-Strike: Global Offensive contains its signs. CS.MONEY is here to tell about the five coolest anime skins in the game.
We’ll play our trump card right away: it’s the AUG Akihabara Accept. This is the coolest anime skin in the game. No two ways about it. Even its name is special: it’s not just some Japanese-sounding word but the name of an area in Tokyo. This area is literally chock-full with cool stuff for otaku and devotees of anime.
The skin is executed to resemble the cover of an anime magazine. Note the details: the skin has both vivid headlines and an eye-catching model. There’s also an Easter egg hidden in the skin: with a certain float value, a heart appears on the stock of the gun. How cool is that?
Actually, АК-47 Bloodsport looks more like a race car covered with sponsor logos rather than something originating from an anime series. But here’s the thing.
Remember when Raph braked sideways on his bike in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles intro? Or how General Kenobi did the same on his hover bike? Or how Marceline from Adventure Time performed similar tricks? In a nutshell, even if you’re not into anime at all, you’ve probably seen, at least once in your life, a scene that pays homage to this particular trick by Kaneda from Akira.
Similarly, you can feel the subtle, barely detectable references to Kaneda’s famous red bike from the afore-mentioned scene in the design of АК-47 Bloodsport. Maybe it’s just us and we made it up, but in any event, AK-47 Bloodsport looks Japanese enough to fall into the category of anime skins.
Another skin containing references, this time evocative of iconic stuff in Counter-Strike itself. M4A1-S Player Two is decorated with the image of a GIGN operative, the French special forces, and a dog. The first reference is obvious: the game has the GIGN faction. For instance, you can play for its members on Cache or Cobblestone.
The story gets more interesting when we speak about the dog. This is the same Pop dog who gave the name to the site on Train. The image of the puppy first appeared in the series back in CS 1.6: the doggo was drawn and signed on the wagon. The image gave the name to the spot, and it migrated to CS:S and later to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Anyway, what does all of this have to do with anime? Well, the image on the skin is executed in the distinctive style of Japanese animation, with the big eyes, cruciform popping veins, and a characteristic “stripe” of blush all pertaining to the anime esthetics.
Let’s be honest here: the AWP Oni Taiji isn’t exactly the embodiment of anime esthetics. The image depicts a classic fight between a man and evil forces. In this case, “playing” for the evil side is the traditional Japanese demon Oni. The general style is also much more evocative of classic Japanese paintings rather than anime.
But it’s for a reason that AWP Oni Taiji is included in our anime skins collection. One of the best anime series last year saw, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, contained some really epic fight scenes with Oni. After we watched those scenes, we realized how well the image of this mighty demon fits for the equally mighty rifle.
Another skin indirectly related to anime. The pattern on Galil AR Kami doesn’t just remind some comic books, it’s an actual page of manga! Manga is basically Japanese comics, almost exclusively black and white. Manga books often receive screen adaptations in the form of anime. For example, the aforementioned Akira first appeared as manga, and it was only later that the anime series was made out of it.
The image on Galil AR Kami represents a manga page. Thurnip, the creator of the skin, went to the lengths of actually depicting a real mini-story instead of a set of pictures! No spoilers though — if you’re curious, look for the picture yourself.
We can barely disregard the influence of Japanese culture on CS:GO. After all, the game has The Rising Sun Collection, a collection entirely comprised of skins that were inspired by the country of the rising sun and its rich culture. Which of the five anime skins did you like most?