In the seven decades since the very first Looney Tunes cartoon, the franchise has never really set a specific time or place for its setting. Really, the madcap antics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and all the rest of their pals/intended murder victims could be taking place just about anywhere, and even anytime.
So why not feudal Japan?
We’re not exactly sure what the meaning is behind the screen name of the artist on Tumblr who goes by D3.1415926. What we can tell from the very first glance, though, is that he’s got a thing for booth the Looney Tunes cast and traditional Japanese clothing and weaponry.
First up is Bugs, with his long ears tied up like a samurai topknot. His bare legs might not have qualified as proper court attire, but it was an acceptably casual, if somewhat rough, look for a member of Japan’s warrior class. Plus, considering that in his cartoon appearances Bugs is more likely to be seen wearing a dress that a pair of pants, it’s entirely keeping with what we know of his character.
Speaking of personality-appropriate costuming, the always bellicose Tasmanian Devil is ready to go to war with a full set of lamellar. The decorative crescent, though, is strongly reminiscent of the one attached to the helmet of Date Masamune, a samurai warlord in the 17th century known for his skill in administration and battlefield tactics, as opposed to Taz’s penchant for slobbering and wanton destruction.
Also geared up for battle is Marvin the Martian. The alien has really gotten into the period-specific thing by ditching his ray gun for a spear, and also adding a fake mustache like the ones often found on the armored face plates well-equipped samurai slipped on under their headgear.
And finally, the always cunning Daffy Duck is sporting a six-shooter, not entirely unlike the one progressive samurai and political reformer Sakamoto Ryoma was famous for packing during the closing days of the shogunate in the 19th century. The artist has also done his katakana homework, as extending out of Daffy’s pistol is a flag with “boom” written on it.
Technically, this isn’t the sound guns make in Japanese comics, though. As a loanword in Japan, “boom” is strictly used to talk about something becoming popular, like a fashion boom. The sound effect for a gunshot is ban, but you know what? We’re just going to let this linguistic quibble slide, since Daffy’s the one who’s strapped, and these illustrations are just too cool.