Mar 142013
 
Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest
Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest

Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest embodies the traditional nimble ninja aided by magical abilities. His skins mostly refrain from any large modifications to his concept; which generates varied results. If you want to bring the maelstrom to your enemies and in the thunder bind them, then this review will mark the best looks for unleashing your lightning.

Deadly Kennen
Deadly Kennen Splash Art Deadly Kennen Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kennen dressed with a black-red ninja outfit.
Model: New textures for Kennen.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is just a simple re-colour of Kennen’s classic splash art. The background is tinted with a bit more red but remains a black empty space. Besides, Kennen’s plainly but effectively modified to reflect his new look. The outline isn’t very well defined and the shading is rather murky but it ends up being a passable portrayal. Thus, the piece is useful but as boring and uninspiring as it could be.
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Conclusion: Deadly Kennen is a simple but appealing re-texture of Kennen that provides a different but distinct red ninja look. The basis of his outfit remains mostly unchanged, except for his mask, but the patterns of colours are a welcome change. The logo on the back seems simpler but the suit design is a bit more elaborate. In the end, the colour scheme doesn’t stand out much but generates an attractive ninja style. If you are a fan of Kennen, then Deadly Kennen is a nice alternative.

Swamp Master Kennen
Swamp Master Kennen Splash Art Swamp Master Kennen Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kennen as white clad furless ninja yordle.
Model: New texturs for Kennen.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Like many others, this piece is just a re-colour of Kennen’s classic splash art. The background hints at some naked trees but not even a suggestion is made about a swamp. Kennen’s portrayal uses a dynamic stance that shows his full body and allows him to float in the empty piece. The colours are alright but rather murky; still it serves as a portrayal. It’s a disappointing piece but useful at least.
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Conclusion: Swamp Master Kennen does much with little yet the result isn’t exactly appealing. The white outfit looks dirty and washed out. Besides, the furless skin appears unhealthy, unattractive and alien; especially for a yordle. Even the nails seem unsuitable. In general, the skin does much with little but it doesn’t end up looking good. If you like this particular style it’s not a bad choice. However, it hardly exploits the strengths of a yordle or a ninja.

Karate Kennen
Karate Kennen Splash Art Karate Kennen Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kennen as a karateka.
Model: Major model changes for Kennen.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is a sunlight-drenched dojo made with a generous amount of wood. The colour palette is rather restricted which gives a rather monotonous look. The spaced floorboards could also generate tripping issues when training and it all feels a bit empty. Still, the setting is reasonably depicted with nice decorations that surface among the blurry sunlight. Kennen poses with a distinct crane stance which allows a clear view of him. The depiction is correct as well as the shading but it feels a bit dull due to the plain shading and simple lines. This is especially notable in how the fur appears. All in all, it’s a good splash art that offers a sensible portrayal of Kennen.
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Conclusion: Karate Kennen is effectively a full re-model that re-interprets Kennen as a classic martial artist. The result is eloquent and eye-catching: the karategi looks correct and even has a pattern on the back to break the white monotony. On top of that, this outfit reveals more of Kennen’s cute, furry physique; which looks rather nice. The mask is a necessary complement to keep a bit of the anonymity necessary of his ninja theme; which evidently remains. Therefore, the shuriken and lightning abilities seem whimsical but have to stay as an unavoidable legacy. To sum up, Karate Kennen is an eye-catching alternative appearance that struggles with his ninja persona but that delivers a good look for a reasonable price.

Kennen M.D.
Kennen M.D. Splash Art Kennen M.D. Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kennen as a diagnostic clinician.
Model: Major model changes for Kennen and new model for his shurikens.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is characterized by a good setting: Cho’Gath receiving X-rays while Kennen considers the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. However, the room is minimally depicted with few and simple elements along diffuse shading. Kennen looks a bit better as the shading shows ample amount of folds and the lines are more precise than those of Cho’Gath’s caricature. Regardless, Kennen looks muddy or dirty while his eyes seem flat. In the end, it’s a nice splash art that manages to do more than just portraying Kennen but the quality isn’t good enough to display the pristine and sterile confines of a medical clinic.
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Conclusion: Kennen M.D. is hardly comical or even funny as it, actually, is a rather measured and collected physician look. The clothes are adequate yet understandably unimpressive and the scalpel-shurikens a clever though capricious solution. The mask and open tabi are the other remnants of his ninja self which are minor enough that can be ignored. The revealed furry body is a nice consequence of the chosen clothing but seems rather familiar. In fact, Kennen M.D. seems to be heavily based on Karate Kennen, or at least made in unison, which devalues the product somewhat. Therefore, the idea of a furry doctor comes with competition from a cheaper furry karateka. Consequently, if what you really like about Kennen M.D. is the arbitrary medical theme then this is the skin to get. However, if part of the appeal is on seeing Kennen’s cute, little, furry body then there’s an alternative to consider.

Arctic Ops Kennen
Arctic Ops Kennen Splash Art Arctic Ops Kennen Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kennen outfitted for warfare in a cold climate.
Model: Major model changes for Kennen and new model for his shurikens.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The setting clearly shows a forest among a snow storm yet the extreme simplicity and blurriness of the background manage to make it look incredibly dull and boring. Kennen also suffers from that issue as his legs and parts of his arms also seem to dissolve in the storm. In addition to this, while the lines aren’t bad they aren’t very detailed either. Instead they prefer to let the shading take care of elements so even though there are some folds and the hair looks good the result is frankly underwhelming. In fact, what little dynamism is added by the thrown kunai is devoured by the oppressive whiteness. In the end, it’s a passable piece that gives an idea of Kennen’s look but that stays as a largely disappointing portrayal.
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Conclusion: Arctic Ops Kennen delivers a distinct appearance that evokes his ninja style with an alternate take. The outfit is rather well done with several layers of clothing yet practical and without exaggerations. The simple but attractive pattern on the clothes prevents any monotony while the kunai on the back make a strong statement about eventual activities. Actually, the outfit is so measured that while fitting as a snow ninja doesn’t feel restricted to just that. Therefore, it becomes an additional style that fits Kennen’s persona without compromising or anchoring him at a specific theme. While this means that the Arctic angle isn’t perfectly reflected it also allows for a more flexible look. This is reinforced by the chosen weapon: the kunai. As an alternative to the shurikens, it keeps the stealthy operative feel without necessarily reflecting a particular role. All things considered, Arctic Ops Kennen is a rather open style that is definitely attractive but that doesn’t convey a specific message; which is its strongest feature and also more remarkable flaw.

Conclusion

Kennen’s skins tend to keep him as a ninja and usually don’t stray far from the theme. That may not be an issue but generates a strong competition among skins with shared traits. Thus the recommendation is Arctic Ops Kennen: it offers a distinct look that evokes his ninja persona without restricting itself. Although its open concept misses a specific role it also allows a wider appeal.

Karate Kennen is a nice and cheap option, especially if you enjoy the idea of a little, furry martial artist. The mask and shurikens don’t blend that well with the concept but overall don’t detract from his look. It’s not a flawless skin but it’s certainly good enough for its price.

Kennen M.D. is a direct competition to the aforementioned skin. The medical angle feels arbitrary but is correctly executed so if that’s what you’re after then this is the one. However, if the cute, little, furry ninja is an angle you enjoy there’s a cheaper alternative.

Finally, Deadly Kennen strikes a balance between a recognizable look and a new one. It all stays restricted to Kennen’s classic ninja style but the appearance is distinct enough to offer something different yet familiar and attractive. If you are a Kennen fan then this is a nice alternative to his classic look.

  6 Responses to “League of Legends: Kennen Skins’ Review”

  1. Can you please review Poppy’s skins? :D?

  2. If you want some added info about Deadly Kennen, he’s color scheme seems to be based on Deadpool
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadpool

    • Thanks for the information. Indeed, the suits are similar but Kennen doesn’t have much in common with Deadpool to be more than a little tribute. Still, it’s worth noticing.

  3. Pretty sure Arctic Ops Kennen has a new taunt!

    • We haven’t noticed but we’ll give it a look. By now, it’s equally possible that we didn’t notice or that it was incorporated some time ago.

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