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College Days/Daze

'cause they sound the same right?

Back at school~

My school hasn't started yet, but I am a workshop research thing right now. Lots and lots and lots of writing and bro...I just ain't used to this. Everyone is a senior except for me! ;m; They are all getting prepared for graduate school and want something to publish before they go and I'm just sitting in the corner in complete confusion about what they are talking half the time.

I dunno what I am writing...but hopefully I will get somewhere by the end of this week! XD I am writing about consumerism in manga. Or more how the commercialization improved manga rather than make it evil or what-not like they believed in wartime Japan. But there is sooooo much on that topic that I just don't know what my focus is...;m; I've made liiike 3 different outlines for it and I think I am slowly getting a grasp on it.

I've been writing it for about 2 days now, so hopefully I will figure it out sometime this week. I need to finish it by next week...;orz But this is very helpful when it comes to writing other papers 'cause other papers don't require me to write 10+ pages and do a ton of research. But most papers don't let me write about mangaaa....

I kinda wish there was a way I could just explain how to write a manga and all the stuff that goes into the production of manga...but..uuhhh....what purpose would that serve?

I wanted to take a historical-ish perspective on it, like how it developed into it's big deal consumerism thing, but it's difficult because Japan was already a big consumer of things like newspapers and stuff and just the extension of manga grew into a big thing later, but I can't find a good point where it took off. Maybe I should find the beginnings of otaku.

Sorry, ranting...I feel like I should really talk to my professors about this because I feel really lost...But I don't want to worry them, I feel like they expecting so much from me! ;m; Even though they said they didn't...>3>

In other newsss....

I just realized something about manga!

You read it counter clockwise! Okay, I think we all know this....but think about it this way...

Clocks are circles. Your eyes move in circles down the page. Now, I know it's more like a spiral rather than actual circles, but spirals don't help in creating panels.

With this knowledge I feel like it's easier to understand where to put the panels.

There is one quarter of the circle in the upper corner, and then another in the bottom corner. From here you can decide where to cut and size your panels as well as placement.

I got this epiphany from re-reading bits of Ultra Heaven. I really want to buy that manga! I feel like I will be referencing it a TON just because the plot, the art, just holy crap everything. That manga is a masterpiece. Kinda want to talk about it in my paper just to be like "See, look, you just try and tell me that's not art"

Not only is it entertaining, but it delves into the topic of 'what is reality' sooooo well that I feel like philosophers needs to look into analyzing it as a work of philosophy, 'cause it is...in way. JUST WOW!

I am not sure if my productivity levels in drawing and manganess will decrease because of college starting up again, but I plan to make time for both drawing, dancing, and japanese. MAH THREE PASSIONS IN LIFE. And make a routine out of all of them so I can progress in all fields. I mean, homework, social life, then fun stuff. ('cause bro, the real fun is in drawing manga, practicing dance, and studying Japanese, that's totes my escapism) Kinda worried about the social life thing, 'cause that really cuts into my having fun taim...>3> I wanna have funs with my friends and be able to do my homework and all the things I want to do. Maybe I will start bringing artsy stuff to my eating times so that I can talk and work at the same time?

Oh! Yeah! I read some more about SuperFlat and now I understand it as an art form. Though I don't understand what art is anymore...like...seems to me it's whatever somebody declares is art is art...not actually something specific. I mean, that's what I think. If you can see the flare of technical ability in a piece (it's something different from amateurish strokes...I dunno) or a good use of the elements of art, then it is art to me. I think that's really easy to do so there is a lot of art out there. If you can analyze it aesthetically it is art, therefore anything can be art in a way...O.o;

I kinda want to do more SuperFlat styled stuff...or maybe something that shows an aspect of the world in it's essence, rather than it's stereotype, if that makes any sense. I've never thought of art in this way...'cause I've always looked at the technical side of it, not the emotional side...

Okay, enough rambling...I gotta go to bed~

Team Fabulous

I'ma just post ta post~

I am finally caught up with the HunterxHunter anime and now await new episodes~ :D

Chimera Ant Arc...OH MY GOOOODDDDD~ BEAUTIFUL~

I think HunterxHunter is one of those gems everyone should check out. The amount of episodes seems like a ton (nothing compared to the other shounen giants) but the story is so well told. The characters are all likable including the villains. OHMAIGAHHH! The villains in that anime are some of the best villains I've ever seen. Now that I think about it...only one of the main villains of the arcs so far has died, and it was a very sad episode. You know it's a great anime when you cry when the villain dies. I mean yeesh.

I just downloaded the Drakengard 3 OST after scouring the internet for it. Now that I think about it, kinda prefer to buy it...I mean, it's good quality, but the official CD quality is usually better. I've GOT TO SAY the OST for Drakengard is probably one of the best OSTs I've ever heard.

Now to talk about TEAM FABULOUS~ I finally downloaded (again) KOF 2003. I had it on my computer way back when I was 12-ish. That's the first game with Ash Crimson~ I'd like all the KOF games on my computer, but I need to start with Ash 'cause I just can't handle playing the games without Ash in it to start.

I had KOF 2002 on my wii but my TV is too big so it won't play the game...;m; WUUUT?! I PAID FOR THAT! LEMME PLAY ITTTT...;orz

'nwayyy...Back then I usually played with a team of Athena, Ash, and Duo Lon

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BUT NOOOOWW I have excelled more with Ash, Benimaru, and Iori

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Isn't that just the most fabulous team~? It's kinda funny...Iori looks like a combination of Benimaru and Ash in a way...XD They all have pretty much the same look! XD

I had to stop, though, 'cause my hands hurt....I-I didn't realize how much it'd make your hands hurt.

The thing I like about King of Fighters, and I feel like I've said this before, but you can't win the battles by being cheap or button mashing. You actually have to know what you're doing.

So it's really difficult playing without a joystick! XD But it's still fun~

I go back to school this weekend~ But not really 'cause school doesn't start until the 30th~ :D But I will be physically at my school this weekend. To do what? TO STUDY AND WRITE ABOUT ANIME~ No seriously. It's a social sciences and humanities workshop where the research is whatever I want. And anime is included in the social sciences in humanities...soooooo

I forgot about that when I did my homework because my homework felt like such a drag. Old peeps talking about stuff I don't really care so much about/don't understand. However, then I remembered 'Oh, right! I chose my research project to be about anime!' Ufufufu! It shall be fun~

My roommate is also coming I think Tuesday?? So I won't be alone~ YAAAY~ I missed her soooo so muchhhh! ;3;

Okay...my hands seriously hurt now...gotta....stopp....typing....ughh

Why I dislike Naruto + WAHAHAHA

Kinda controversial post to make, ne? But I just feel this is an important thing to talk about when it comes to structuring manga. It is somewhat a critique. Mostly a comparison of Naruto to HunterxHunter. Sorry for that, but there are so many similarities that it's hard not to compare.

I am talking about Naruto before Shippuden because this was around the time that I stopped reading/watching Naruto just a bit after the time skip was introduced in the manga. This was before the filler episodes, although I did watch the filler episodes, I only did so half-heartedly (as background noise while I did something else).

The real reason I stopped reading/watching Naruto is probably because I had a friend who was a big fan and my brother watched it with me. This fueled an obsession with the series. Then I moved to the new school and the only kids who knew about Naruto were so different from my friends at my old school that I felt distant to a series that I grew up with. It was no longer my childhood, it was the childhood of other kids who saw it from a completely different perspective than I did. My brother stopped watching it with me, and then the filler episodes came.

So basically my only experience with the series is where we first catch a glimpse of Masashi Kishimoto's own originality and story-telling, instead of the HunterxHunter beginning.

Let me start off with the strengths of Naruto from what I had read of the series.

The lore and setting are probably what get readers most invested in the story. Masashi Kishimoto is very good at creating a believable world for us. HunterxHunter's world is more surprising, but it doesn't feel very grounded. I can't remember any of the place names (except, like, York Shin...but I can't really imagine the city so well in my head), while I can imagine myself walking the streets of Konoha.

The character designs are quite catchy. I think this what got me reading Naruto in the first place. Not only is the art fairly good, but the designs are fun. I like Naruto's jacket and Sakura's outfit which looks both useful and stylish. There weren't really any characters that wore over-the-top outfits and that made it a bit more believable and I could take a few moments more seriously.

The Zabuza/Haku Arc was a wonderful start to the series. It got us invested in the characters and wanting to see what the next mission they would be going on.

And then the Chuunin Exams. These were especially interesting because we got to see the other teams that we only had glimpses of at the beginning.

But this is where Kimishimoto begins to get...too inspired by HunterXHunter. I won't go into detail about how they are similar, because my point isn't really about how much Naruto is like HunterXHunter...XD

I'll just get to biggest reason why I stopped reading ('cause this is getting long).

Orochimaru is an awesome, fun character. He is a TON like Hisoka, except he's snake-like instead of like a joker. They both do the tongue thing, they both are quite playful and sadistic, and they are both incredibly powerful.

Right?

Apparently not in Naruto. Orochimaru is built up as a terrifying new villain. How could Naruto possibly defeat him? Then he joins the Akatsuki and his terrifying status is broken by the even stronger members.

Hisoka in HunterXHunter, even if he is not the strongest, you know he will figure out a way to get there. Even the scariest of villains are at least intimidated by him.

My point is that audiences (like me~) get attached to villains as much as they get attached to the main character. We look forward to seeing the villain get scarier and scarier, but when they get overpowered by some scarier guys and he's NOT out of the picture, then we feel a bit cheated.

For me, at least, I want to see the villain, with all their backstory, or just all the screen time... I want to see them succeed at least. Maybe just a little. So that I can be like 'HOLY CRAP! WHAT IS THE MAIN CHARACTER GOING TO DO NOW?!'

Of course, you can go and say that Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon and numerous other anime did the same thing. The difference here is that they destroy one major villain after another so we can't really compare their power to each other. Is Cell stronger than Buu? Who knows, that's up for debate. It's something the audience gets to think about. Is Itachi stronger than Orochimaru? Apparently. Do I not get to think for myself? It's okay if they are flawed a bit, but not so much that I no longer worry for the main character anymore. Then what is their purpose in the story?

I sound like some Orochimaru fangirl here! XD But I am more of a fan of terrifying main villains.

One of my favourites of all time is Berserk's Griffith. Not only is his beauty unmatched but his power is unfathomable. HOW IS GUTS EVER SUPPOSED TO DEFEAT HIM? And this is where the story gets interesting because we know there is going to be a resolution to this story, but how? (Okay, in Berserk's case maybe not, but I still want to hope for it! ;m; )

In conclusion, villains must maintain their intimidation as much as the main character must maintain the audience's interest. The villain should grow as much as the main character.

Feel free to debate me in the comments~ But please be aware of my ignorance of certain areas of Naruto that I can't go look up on Naruto wikia. Although I think my point is more about shounen as a whole, it's just a major fault I found in Naruto that isn't just with Orochimaru, but since I know more about Orochimaru I care more about what happened to him.

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Now for WAHAHAHA part (if this post wasn't long enough)

I just realized I get to create new characters for meh webcomic~! The one with Seiichi and Tadao and all those peeps. Already looks like a lot of characters, right? But then I realized I need a lot more minor characters to fill in the gaps~!! YUUSSSSSS!! I GET TO DO MORE CHARACTER DESIGNS~! :D I felt a bit sad about finishing most of the mainies' designs...And inspired by HunterXHunter which has a HUGE cast of characters I have concluded that I need way more characters than I have~

Speaking of which and going back to my point above...I-I don't think I have a villain...O.o; Actually...none of my stories have villains..Is this a good or bad thing? I mean, I have minor villains, but nobody big major scary...Like I try to make my stories so grey that everyone ends up being a good guy from a different perspective...;orz Maybe this is a bad thinggg...;m;

Okiedokie! Sorry if I offended anyone for the above! ;3;

Beat 3 Heart Run Zelda~

I just beat Ocarina of Time on a 3 heart run~! It took me about 5 days of around 5 hour play. I got about 28 gold skulltulas (not trying to 100% this...XD) and I died 27 times. But my brother had all the hearts with protection from the great fairy and he died 21 times and had even less skulltulas than I did. Therefore....

I WIN

Yusss~

This isn't the 3DS version, by the way...XD I just had it lying around so I decided to see how long it'd take me to beat it.

In otha newsss....

I created a main character for the story I talked about last post that's been swimming around in my head.

Ermm...yeahhh....his outfit...ermmm...Well, I've never really done any designs for fantasy characters so I didn't really know what I was doing/what I wanted. Definitely not his final outfit! XD

I wanted a character with really dark skin because I am planning on the society that he lives in to prefer people with darker skin. The darker the more beautiful. This is because the world they live in is really dry and hot. People with lighter skin have a smaller chance of surviving (due to sun poisoning, skin cancer, etc.) and those with more melanin have a slightly smaller chance of dying (SLIGHTLY smaller. Guys, put on sunscreen. Also use parasols or wear a jacket so you don't burn your skin when you go outside. Sun tanning is skin burning). The darker your skin the longer you will live (they people in this society think) thus it is more attractive to find a partner who will not die on you.

With that thinkinggg...I wanted to make him very good looking so I gave him typical bishounen features and dark skin.

He has blonde hair 'cause sun bleaches hair colours~ (Not what history or biology has told us, but whatevs, I thought he'd look more interesting with blonder hair)

He is a prince who enjoys studying~! People in his kingdom refer to him as the 'golden prince' for his golden hair (looks more brown here, not really that golden but compared to the other people in his kingdom it is pretteh golden) and because he likes to wear a lot of gold.

He has an interest in history and the past and reads a lot in his free time. He also likes elements of science and engineering/wizardry because his dad is a wizard (wizards usually hold the highest positions in this society). He lives his life comfortably, but isn't a jerk about it, just an adventurous little kid. He gets to play outside a lot so he is not prone to causing trouble inside the castle.

I drew more pics of him here along with the other main character:

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She is a fairy~ :D I'm not sure if I like her skin colour...I don't really like giving characters unnatural skin colours so I am still trying to adjust her design. I want to make her as boyish as possible...so much so that I am wondering if I should just make her a boy! XD But I already have another manga for bromance (wiff Seiichi and Tadao~ D'aww, I wubbs dem).

And then here's a scene of the beginning of the story that I am thinking up:

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They are trying to escape the castle because Miss Fairy did something she wasn't supposed to do...which will leave her to be the most wanted creature in the kingdom...which will lead to the immense grief of Mr. Gold Prince-y Boy up thereeeee.....Can you guess what it is? I think you know what it is. Yep, you got it. Congratulations~ Here's a cookie! (Who am I talking to?)

I have gotten the story to be about world with 3 main creatures that have been made in the image of the gods of the blue star: Humans, Fairies, and Golems. Humans encompass much of the world currently, but fairies seem to be fairing better than the humans in this strange climate. The golems are thought to be long gone, but there are still a few small societies hidden across the planet. The 2 largest groups, fairies and humans, are at war for survival.

A human Prince and a rouge Fairy unite to try and figure out why these 3 races would exist if they cause each other so much pain.

Yapppp~ I feel like it'll be difficult to figure out exactly what I want from the setting, but I also feel that it will be quite easy figuring out the plot because for some reason this idea of the two characters searching for answers in a war-torn world sounds really fun to make stories about.

Okiedoke, I've ranted enough...

ADIOSSS~~

Berserk Page~!

I copied a page from Berserk~! It was very educational! See them side by side! *3*

Mine:

Original:

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I will probably do the next page...I want to do something else, though 'cause this is super challenging! XD But that'd be wimpy and I learned so much just from this page, I will probably learn even more from the next one! This one didn't have any SFX in it, but the next page does.

It was mainly figuring out hatching and toning techniques.

In other newssss~

Another manga idea~! :D I need to stop...really...;orz But I've realized if I prepare a lot of comic ideas and the right contest comes by for it then I can enter it in there and maybe it will end up being something more serious than a doujin?

My other idea is kinda similar to past ideas I've had...but I am really stuck on it. I am not sure if I should make it a sci-fi with fantasy elements, or just a fantasy.

I want it to be a medieval fantasy sort of setting, but if I make it a sci-fi I feel like I could be more creative with the setting.

My idea is basically that there are people with water instead of blood that exist in the same world as humans who need water to survive. They fight for their lives in a barren land, one side struggling to stay hydrated.

I was thinking of making the people with water for blood either androids, aliens, or faeries...but I can't figure it out which one works better. I make too many androids...but androids...;m; I was also thinking of making them some sort of man-made organism that doesn't need to consume water to survive, but instead eats earth in order to stay solid or something. That would bring in question the reason why they were made. Were they made to quench the thirst of the red blooded humans who would inevitably be in need of resources, or to make a type of human to continue the line of humanity.

Of course, I could still use that and make it feel like a fantasy-like setting, with sci-fi realities...??? I dunno, but I like the idea as some sort of metaphor...for something...either it's war or just the circle of life...but I like the imagery I am seeing.

And with thattt....

ADIOSS~!