Hiya everyone~ ^^ Welcome to my little world!
This is probably just a place where I'll put my posts and such~ otherwise, probably not much is going to happen here ^^;
And the rest, I'll leave to you guys!~ Enjoy~
Art trades: Closed(sorta)
Gifties: Open(but only at my discretion, naturally)
A bit of information about me:
Name: Sayura/Sayura-chan(so friends call me) Birthday: October 14th Age: 19 Hobbies: Drawing, golfing, archery, playing piano, singing(some) and some other things ^^
Likes in no particular order(manga/anime/movie/game-wise): Howl's Moving Castle-Howl/Sophie Final Fantasy Series-Cloud/Leon/Tidus/Yuna/Vaan/Rasler/Ashe/Serah Kingdom Hearts Series-Cloud Strife/Riku/Roxas/Namine Hana Kimi-Izumi Sano/Mizuki Ashiya Code:Breaker- Ogami Rei/Sakura SakuraKouji/Hitomi/Toki/Hachiouji Rui Tegami Bachi/Letter Bee- Gauche Suede/Lag/Jiggy Pepper/Aria /Zazie Claymore- Miria/Isley/Clare/Riful/Teresa/Raki Bleach- Kuchiki Rukia/Kuchiki Byakuya/Kurosaki Ichigo/Ishida Uryu/Toshirou Hitsugaya Heart No Kuni No Alice-Blood Dupre/Julius Monrey/Alice Liddell Gakuen Alice-Mikan Sakura/Natsume Hyuuga/Imai Subaru/Ruka Nogi/Tsubasa Ando Rurouni Kenshin-Kenshin Himura/Sojiro Seta/Aoshi Shinomori The Gentleman's Alliance Cross-Takanari Togu/Haine Otomiya Alice 19th-Kyo Wakamiya/Alice Seno/Frey Shugo Chara-Ikuto Tsukiyomi/Amu Hinamori Naruto-Sakura/Sasuke/Minato(Yondaime)/Sasori/Itachi/Naruto/Hinata/Neji Yu Yu Hakusho-Kurama/Hiei/Yusuke Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle-Fai D. Flourite/Syaoran Li Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion-Lelouch Lamperouge Gundam SEED-Athrun Zala/Cagalli Yula Atha Watashi Ni XX Shinasai-Kitami Shigure
The list goes on to pretty much anything =P I've read many more manga so if you want to strike up a discussion about a mangaka/game/anime/movie creator on this list, don't be afraid to ask! I've looked at many works by each of the above authors/artists!
Something random you should know: I LOVE it when people draw the character's personality is intact(in other words, unchanged)~ it really gives the picture a better feel because they act the same as they were made to be.
Good afternoon everyone~ ^^ Just another short post to say that I'm really really grateful for all of the support you guys have given me despite my inability to comment >.< I'm really really sorry I can't..I've been trying to use my phone to comment here and there(since it doesn't have IE9), but it's really annoying and difficult to write comments on my phone.
In any case, thank you all for being there for me!! It makes me feel happy to know that there are people that like my work, but also that there are people that are very kind too here even with all the time that's passed since I've joined!
Thank you everyone and I love you all so much! Take care of yourselves<3
Replies to comments on my latest pic:
@cougarsama: Haha I don't know actually! The character is familiar to me too, but I just can't remember OTL. It was on the card so...that's why he's there haha.
@Panou-chan: Aww thank you! It wasn't that complicated though xD(your pencil drawings go WAYY better than this haha) And I'm glad!! I don't think I have all of the charmer cards either..I only have Hiita, Eria, Wynn and Lyna. I'm pretty sure there are more...
@Anna-chan: Thank you! >.< And I'm sorry I haven't been able to reply to your sweet comments~ I'll drop you a PM soon! ^^
@Caught: Thank you so much!<3 Even though it's really sketchy...lol
@Byaku-chan: I'm surprised! haha I've been told by some that it's really individual and others have said that the way I draw eyes seems too much like *insert other artist here*'s style...but it means a lot that you think that, so thank you! *hugs*
I actually like how the staff turned out too haha~ thank you so much, my korean sistah! =P <3
Hey everyone!<3 Just letting you know that I have some new art up ^^ so hopefully you can stop by and take a look~! I don't mind if you can't/don't comment because currently I can't and I can't really reply anyways OTL.
I AM REALLY annoyed that theOtaku's commenting boxes don't support IE9 because I can't properly reply to comments or give any OTL. I'm so so sorry about this guys, I really want to comment but I can't do anything about this -__-
Oh and @Mizu-chan: I LOVE Campanella and I also have a piano arrangement version of it, so don't worry haha.
I'M REWRITING LIKE HALF OF THIS POST AGAIN BECAUSE I ACCIDENTLY PUSHED ENTER WHILE THE CURSOR WAS OUT OF THE BOX AND IT ENDED UP OPENING MY FAVORITES PAGE...LOST ALL OF IT OTL.
So basically...well I haven't been able to comment, so I figured the least I could do was reply to you guys here. And plus, I was a bit curious when I saw Wakusei Aoshi's Otaku Quiz being shuffled around among friends haha so I wanted to give it a try!
@MikuBerry: Haha it's okay!! I love it when people I don't really know well talk to me, and besides Katty-chan has been telling me wonderful things about you so I have no reason to like turn away haha. It's alright!
But in any case, I really agree...I mean I'm kinda an old member from 2006, and things have just changed SO much since I first came. When I came, the fave system didn't exist and was just becoming a new beta feature. MyOtaku was used instead of World posts and there were no such thing as subscribers. You could add people as friends to keep up with their pages, but there was no listing of people that "friended" you, so there was no competitive and shallow subbing system...
It's great that you're trying to do all of those things! Hopefully it returns to the swing of things someday..
@Shira-chan: xD Silly! We just talked on messenger 2 days ago! =P *hugs*
@Akioh-chan: Hahaha well as long as you and I have SOME way to keep in touch, that's fine =) Though I love seeing your art either way haha!
Yeah I agree..but that might just be due to the fact that the system has become a bit less appealing. People don't really WANT to comment anymore, you know what I mean? The new layout is only making things more chaotic in my opinion...I just really miss the feeling of being in a community that I had here a long while back.
LOL well this is coming from a HUGE original Pooh fan xDD So I was very annoyed by the really different voices, personalities and not-so-catchy songs...I don't know, I just felt like they tried too hard, but it was still really cute.
@Panou-chan: I'm glad that you want to be stuck here! Things were really different before you joined haha...I just feel like everyone nowadays has really lost interest, you know? It's more like take but don't give anything back and I just feel like theO is really lost now. Back when I first joined, the number 1 pic for the fanart section usually regularly got 80-100+ hugs(called votes at the time), and before I even joined they would sometimes get more than 300+!! It was crazy haha there was so much interaction as well. There was no subs system, you would just add people as friends via their MyOtaku and there would be no listing of people that followed you, so you KNEW who your friends were because they were the ones that came to regularly check up on you.
Aww don't feel that way!! I love reading your comments any time of the day haha<3
Lol well as I explained to Akioh-chan, this is coming from a HUGE original Pooh fan xDD So in my opinion, the new one tried too hard to be cute, but I would still watch it if I were you!
@Mizu-chan: OMG I haven't talked to you in FOREVER, Mizu-chan! How have you been??
I definitely know what you mean..a lot of people have moved on to "bigger and better things" as I've heard them called, such as DA, Tumblr etc...it's kind of sad but I think it's mostly because people don't WANT to be active here anymore because of all of the changes you know?
LOL I've been referred to Tumblr MORE than enough times, and honestly I don't think I could ever really get used to it ^^; It seems a bit too chaotic to me haha, but thank you!
@Viva: Yeah but I don't think it's completely the people's problem, I find that the changes the site has made are more the issue..because things like the new ranking system based on number of subscribers you have has just made things a lot more unfriendly to me, and that drives people away mostly I feel like. I hope things will change, but I doubt it will because theO is probably just going to keep adding more and more change to the site...
@Sage-san: Haha yeah I kind of have too, don't worry. It was also a medium for me to keep in touch with DA-moved friends, but when I submitted my first somewhat popular pic, that was really what turned DA around for me because I ended up meeting so many new friends because of it.
@Wolfie-chan: Yeah I know what you mean..It's just really sad to see it all happen little by little =/
@Angel-kun: I'm just gonna reply to you at DA because your comment was REALLY long Angel-kun xDD Ily!<33
NOW THE OTAKU QUIZ! HERE WE GO! =)(stolen from Ice-chan, Den-chan and Kasa-chan...and I guess Wakusei Aoshi if he/she made it xD)
1) Answer these questions
2) Tag 5 other people when you’re done
3) Post in your journal/world
1. How long have you been an anime fan?
I grew up with Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Rurouni Kenshin and Yu Yu Hakusho. So around that era haha. I liked Pokemon, but I never really LOVED it. Same goes for Yu Gi Oh, but I ended up finishing the whole series because I randomly felt like restarting it one day and I fell in love with it.
2. What was your first anime?
DragonBall Z, DEFINITELY. I don't know what attracted me to it..but something about anime was just really fascinating and I loved how supernatural and unique it was.
3. What was your first manga?
I was REALLY a late starter on manga..I wasn't actually formally introduced to manga at ALL until around 6th-7th grade xD I got to borrow both DNAngel and Alice 19th from a friend at the same time. Alice 19th REALLY has a special place in my heart, and it's the only series that I plan to own all the volumes of. It was also the very first manga series I finished. I never finished DNAngel haha.
4. What is your favourite anime? Why?
I REALLY liked Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion but if I had to choose a favorite anime of all time, it'd have to be Rurouni Kenshin. It really has taught me to be a good person and work honestly and hard for the things I want. It's also the reason I got so used to not having things handed to me by other people or my parents haha. Kenshin was just really inspiring and the anime just taught me so many things about how people can change and how people work with others to achieve something bigger. The music is also absolutely unforgettable.
5. What is your favourite manga? Why?
This is a REALLY tough one, but if I had to name one that I'll love for all time it'll probably have to be Alice 19th. Hana Kimi also has a really special place in my heart, and so does D.Grayman and Code: Breaker. But I said Alice 19th because a)it's the one that started my love for manga/anime, b)it has a really genuine storyline that's full of fantasy and adventure with a sprinkle of romance haha and c)the art is just gorgeous. Yuu Watase has always been a huge inspiration to me, and she will probably always be one of my favorite if not my absolute favorite artist.
6. What is your favourite manga genre? Why?
I don't really have one actually...I love any genre except horror/gore that has a sprinkle of romance in it =) I really enjoy stories with friendship in it and that explore a lot about a person's growth and transformation. It's just fun to read/watch as a person changes and grows up to understand so many more things than they did before. Whether it's shounen or shoujo, I only require that it has an art style I can handle and a good storyline haha that's all. I can't read pointless fanservice(UM YAOI) manga.
7. How much have your manga tastes changed since you first started watching anime?
Lol can I be honest? They haven't. xDD I always try to search for stories that have genuine meaning behind them. I really love ones that teach a lesson or can be something that I can relate to. They are really inspiring, and I guess that's pretty much it haha.
8. What anime/manga have you been obsessed with over the years? Do you still like it?
I've never been OBSESSED with anything xDD I really love Rurouni Kenshin though, because I've grown up with it, but honestly I read more manga than I watch anime haha. It's just fun being able to hold the book in your hands =)
Manga-wise...still Alice 19th haha but I've never really shown my love for it through my fanart. I really should draw some art for it lol...but yeah, I hold onto everything I read for a long time and don't ever forget it.
9. Do you prefer more mainstream manga or less popular manga?
If it has a good story and at least decent art, I'll read it xD I have my share of mainstream manga likes, which include Naruto and Bleach. I could NEVER get into Hetalia or Kuroshitsuji though..the horrendous amount of fanart for it has just really killed it for me...especially SebastianXCiel and USxUK/Prussia art ugh...
10. What is your favourite anime/manga character?
I don't really have one xD I'll list off a few that mean a lot to me though.
Kenshin Himura, Izumi Sano, Ogami Rei and Kyo Wakamiya, Allen Walker, Kanda Yuu(for guys).
Alice Seno, Mizuki Ashiya, Lenalee Lee, Haine Otomiya(for girls).
11. Do you have a anime/manga crush? If so, who?
Haha well Cloud is from the FF games so I can't say him xDD But if I could, I would lol. I guess I'd have to go with...well any of the guys I just listed above haha. I could never choose lol, but I just really admire all of them.
12. Do you have a favourite anime/manga pairing? If not, make something up (you might suddenly fall in love with it!)
Yes I do! I have several haha:
BloodxAlice(Heart no Kuni no Alice)
13. Do you like reading/writing fanfics?
Hm..not really because a lot of the ones I've read had a tendency to be poorly-written haha. I'm pretty hard to impress when it comes to writing xD
14. Do you like drawing/looking at fanart? If so, for what manga, or does it not matter?
Yes I do! There are too many to list because none of my art really has a general consensus lol...it depends on what I feel like, or what another person asks for.
15. What is your favourite song in an anime (it can be background music or OP/ED songs)?
That's pretty tough haha...well when it comes to background music, I was VERY impressed when I heard the Naruto Shippuden soundtrack. Even if you don't like the anime/manga, I encourage you to listen to the OST for it!
This is my personal favorite from the soundtrack. This and Loneliness.
When it comes to OP/ED songs...even though I've never watched or read Vampire Knight, my sister LOVES it so I checked out the music for it and LOVED this opening.
I was gonna put Howl's Moving Castle but it's not really an anime, it's a movie so yeah xD
16. What is your least favourite anime/manga? Why?
Any poorly-written Yaoi/Yuri/Ecchi/Harem OTL. I just HATE when it's like
*guy(little shota) meets super tall bishie guy*
Bishie: Hm..you're pretty cute..
Shota: R-really..? Um..well I should go home now..
Bishie: NOT SO FAST!
*make out after knowing each other for one day and Shota likes it WTH???*
I REALLY REALLY don't like those kinds of stories..they are just so pointless and agh, no substance. I'll be honest and say I can't really stand fan service...because for me it's not really service LOL.
17. What is your favourite video game? Why?
The Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy series(though I've only played X and XII). They just have great story lines and Square Enix does a fantastic job with art and graphics. They are just unforgettable.
18. What is your favourite kind of videogame? Why?
Any kind with a good storyline or is just plain entertaining xD I love the classic Mario games LOL.
19. What is your favourite anime movie?
Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, but really any of the Miyazaki movies I've seen. I'm pretty sure like everyone is gonna put something Miyazaki for their answer to this question xD
20. Was this quiz fun? :D
It was! Took a long time, but I loved it anyway. =)
I also tag anyone who wants to do it!
Thank you for reading if you did, guys!!<33 Love you so much and take care!
Hiya everyone ^^:
You guys can probably already guess what this is about lol...
But in any case, I want to start off by saying, I'm really sorry I can't reply/comment on things because ever since I had to update my Windows Service Pack (which automatically comes with the IE9 update...) I haven't been able to open my comment boxes (they just open as separate pages), so it doesn't work.
But in any case, I just wanted to say..
Ugh I know a lot of you are probably kinda tired of hearing about this, but lately I just haven't had much drive to come here anymore.. a lot of my friends have either moved on to DA or other sites or just plain don't come on and the few that do are hardly active here..
It's just sad because I feel like theO has become a lot more unfriendly these days and that even shows in like ALL of the sections, not just the Fanart section. There are practically NO comments at ALL on anything I see anymore, and on top of that you barely even need 10-15 votes to make it into the top 8 on the front page now and sometimes excellent art gets like 30 votes at most and it's just saddening... there isn't a whole lot of interaction these days(or at least, I haven't been around for much of it).
I'll always have my account at this place because it was my first art community home and I'm attached to it but just all of these changes kind of make me not want to stay anymore...and the unfriendliness especially, I just hear about it so often from friends now. I've been hanging out at DA more because of it, but to be honest I kinda feel like theO and DA are becoming so similar now(because in my opinion, DA isn't really the most friendly place either).
I just miss the old theOtaku so much. I'll be drawing some of my older characters such as Riiya and maybe even Sorai to submit here, but for now I'll mostly be just submitting until comments work for me again, sorry >.<
In other news, I saw the new Harry Potter movie today and the new Pooh movie last weekend and I LOVEDDDDD HP but not so much the Pooh movie xD
I hope no one is mad about this haha, I'm still gonna be here! Just..well I haven't had much motivation to be around so much lately, and I'm trying my best to be strong about it.
So I'll see you around everyone ^^ Take care!
Haha I'm wondering about the few who will actually read this whole thing xDD I highly doubt anyone will because it's just a rambling of my adventures, but in any case, I'm gonna write it all out anyway.
So hello there everyone and Happy Independence Day! I hope you guys are all having wonderful summers ^^
I'll break down my trip into parts so you can read the parts you care about(unless you skipped the journal altogether) xD
I live in central Florida so we left at 2:30am and had to drive up 6 hours to the Atlanta airport in Georgia before taking our flight out to Vegas xD We got onto our flight and omg the funniest flight attendants were there! If any of you have seen Say Yes to the Dress, their voices and attitudes were exactly like Randy's! xD They were just hilarious and so sassy LOL. It was a long flight but they made it fun anyways ^^
We get to Las Vegas and it is just DANG HIT IN THE FACE WITH GIANT SKYSCRAPERS AND CRAZY BUILDINGS! But I was really pleasantly surprised because some parts of it reminded me of Korea, with the big city life and all. We stayed the first night in the Mariott, which was actually a pretty okay hotel and then enjoyed our food at the cafe. We were so busy going back and forth at the airport though that I didn't eat for almost 14 straight hours hahaha. Just breakfast in the morning at 2:30am, another meal at 9:00am and then dinner at like 7:00pm at a cafe at our hotel hahaha xDD It sucked but I was enjoying Vegas so I didn't mind! We were all really tired though so we didn't check out the night life the first day we were there.
The Grand Canyon
So the following day we went straight up to the Grand Canyon and MY WORD it was a really dry and monotonous drive xDD around 5.5 hours or something? It really took a lot to stay entertained haha. I sketched the mountains I saw on the way there and listened to my phone for music but the phone died about 5 hours in so that didn't last long xD We stopped by Wendy's and then we arrived to the Grand Canyon and MAN THE WIND WAS CRAZYYY @__@ My dad unfortunately caught a cold from the airport so by the time we got there he was pretty sick =/ The first day at the Grand Canyon we spent up at Mather Point and OMG it looked like it came straight out of the movies! The crimson color, eroded cliffs and EVERYTHING were just absolutely stunning and we liked it so much we stayed up there for several hours and walked around quite a bit. It was getting dark though so we ended up heading back to our lodge called the Yavapai Lodge(lol which was highly Japanese...which surprised me xD), and we spent the night there. My mom, sister and I went to all of the viewing sites by shuttle bus(trust me the weather up there is NOT made for hiking lol only go hiking if you're experienced because it's pretty intense from what I've heard!) and wow the sun was just blaring down on all of us >.< My sister and I even got sunburnt even though we didn't notice! And my lips were horribly chapped T__T But luckily the view was worth it and so were the cute little chipmunks that ran by the lodge haha~ my dad couldn't go with us though, since he was sick so he stayed at the lodge T__T We headed back on the third day though..another long 5.5 hours, onto THE LUXOR HOTEL!
Las Vegas: The Luxor Hotel
THIS is where you REALLY got to see what Vegas was like! My goodness it surprised me SO SO much to see everything inside being almost exactly like you see in movies like Ocean's Eleven with the casinos and just WOW. I was in awe when I got to the Luxor Hotel...it's basically an Egyptian-themed hotel, with a modern twist! The outside is HUGE, with something like 2-3 swimming pools split up by a walkway leading into the hotel and the hotel itself being a large pyramid with a Sphinx outside to match! The hotel is so huge, you can see it as you're driving into the city 0__o So I couldn't believe I was staying at such a wonderful place! Not many people have the opportunity to do that so I'm really grateful >.<
But yeah when you walk in, it's basically a big maze of gates(as you try to navigate the horribly crowded and disorganized parking garage to get to the elevator leading to the casino) and then you get into the casinos and just DANG neon lights, fun sounds and slot machines, blackjack dealers and wheels of fortune everywhere! Even some shops and an upstairs escalator followed by some huge Egyptian statues at the entrance and a FABULOUS-looking bar(even though I'm underage, the signs are fun to look at xD). And man people were REALLY dressed up! There were so many colors, I was just completely in awe...and I swear if any of you go to Vegas you HAVE to go inside the large hotels while you're there because it is just nothing like you'd ever imagine! And I'm interrupting this program to see who will read this haha, by announcing that I will be doing another art raffle on here! Basically I will be picking a number of people(I won't tell how many haha but trust me it's more than 1 or 2), to have their requests sketched by me! It will partly be based on appeal, so make sure you choose characters wisely- make sure you PM me, I repeat, PM me ONLY of who you'd like me to draw for you. I will do anything from originals to fan to canon characters but as you know no anthro, yaoi/yuri or mecha. By the way, it'll be a surprise as to when I will post these, and I'll take raffles all week. So give it your best shot and please please pleaseeee don't say anything about this in the comments! I want to see who actually read this journal enough to see this. There was also a HUGE registration line when we got in and I mean HUGE like 200+ PEOPLE!! 0__o It reminded me of waiting in line for a ride at the amusement park! XD And so when we got to our hotel room, we were really surprised that..despite the nice view, the room was REALLY plain and lacking in amenities xD The TV was really really old and barely had any channels LOL and there was no refrigerator despite the high cost of the room OTL. But as long as we had a place to sleep, it was good xD Bagels and Cream cheese were $9.00 though LOL so we decided we'd get breakfast at a store instead haha.
Yosemite National Park
I'll keep this one relatively short because there really wasn't much besides looking at the FANTASTIC landscape!! It was like STRAIGHT out of a painting like you won't BELIEVE @__@ And we even got to see the huge waterfall, Bridalveil Falls and tons of people went to look at it up close and got soaked! *laughs* It was a lot of fun seeing everything but I was really sad that the only animal I saw there was a squirrel xD Perhaps it's because I didn't go hiking there...hm. But yeah I totally recommend going there..minus the 9 hour, yes 9 FREAKING HOUR LONG drive from Las Vegas and back xDD We ate hotdogs there, so no worries there's food!
We stayed in Bear Cub Den(lol) at Papa Bear Cabin(hahaha I thought of goldilocks and the three bears, seriously haha) up in the park and it was great except for the fact that the cabin was really sketch since we got there at night, there was pretty much a treasure hunt quest to get the keys out and no service since we were so high up in the mountains xD And even MORE on the downside was the loudness of cars passing by and 20-40 degree mornings/afternoons @__@ Everyone got a cold when stayed there because of it! Including me OTL. So we spent 2 nights there, and then back to Vegas!
Las Vegas: The Bellagio/ O show
The HIGHLIGHT of my trip no doubt! I AM SERIOUS IF ANY OF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE O SHOW, IF THERE IS ONE REASON TO GO TO LAS VEGAS, THAT IS IT. It is INSANE and unlike any show you'll ever see! The Cirque Du Soleil gymnasts, divers and synchronized swimmers are just beyond words...and there's also an element of humor and fun that make it really entertaining and enjoyable! You'll deifnitely be amazed at how the show is executed >.< We sat up in the balcony which was actually pretty cool! The stage is HUGE and they love involving members of the audience so that's fun to watch xD I really really recommend it to anyone going to Vegas sometime!
So a lot of you probably don't even know what it is, but The Bellagio is basically this really large and famous hotel in Vegas that you see a lot in the movies. And no kidding I couldn't believe I was staying there! >//< It's just amazing...seeing the bathroom and the beds and the city light view! Plus the interior of the hotel is beautiful and unique...even down to the expert piano players in the cafes!! We ate at an Asian restaurant there of course(at my dad's discretion, go fig), called Noodles xDD And we just went around touring the city at night finally..it's really..I can't even describe in words how amazing it is. The Hard Rock Cafe, the New York New York roller coaster and EVERYTHINGGGG is GREAT except for the SUPER SUPER sketchy people handing out telephone cards of pictures with naked girls all over the streets and the horrendous amount of smokers(plus the smog overall, which caused me to start having breathing issues until we went back into the hotel T__T). And we saw the fountain show in front of the Bellagio which was WONDERFUL.
There are just SO many things to do in Las Vegas, I'll have to save another post for the rest of it maybe and about my amazing time in Atlanta! This post is already horrendously long enough xDD
I'll leave it at that! I've got to go to Preview/Orientation at UF tomorrow so I've gotta sleep soon! Take care everybody!!<333