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Kirei: My Rin is BEST GIRL.
Producer: No, MINE.
I’m a commissioner, I’m someone who has a thousand of images in his mind which I really want to visualize, but due to time and money, couldn’t get them done as fast as I hope. One of my many ideas for a commission, was to feature my own mascot, Rin, in a group commission with Rins from other anime.
To celebrate for the new year, I have another mascot for deluscar!
Kyouko is the stoic, gun-toting maid working for the Kougetsu household, serving Ran, Rin and any other important Kougetsu family members. When she is not busy doing housework chores, she is busy shooting down terrorists, saving people and protecting my blog from harm.
While maids are always associated with loyalty and obedience, I thought it’s interesting to give the archetype a spin by giving her firearms and combat skills. Ninja maid, as tvtropes would call it. Admittedly, this is, at this point, not the most original of idea, especially with badass maid characters like Roberta and Sakuya already out there, but it’s still an interesting spin in my opinion.
As usual, to know more about her, feel free to check out her profile page. Incidentally, I think this will be the last mascot for deluscar until further notice. I will still commission for illustrations though, very sporadically, at least.
Note: Spoilers warning.
Yes, that’s right. Not Rin.
I don’t know why, but I seem to have an odd fascination for characters with difficulties trying to express themselves-which I think is the pivotal source behind my fascination of the tsundere archetype even after so long (Producer is obviously not a tsundere, but let me get back to that in a little while). This is also a reason why I like Ranko a lot after her character episode-she’s up there with Rin in my list of top favorite characters in Idolmaster Cindarella Girls.
But I digress, because the ultimate Best Girl is clearly Producer.
Note: Spoilers for KimiUso. Don’t read this post especially if you haven’t watch the final episode.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, or KimiUso for short, had been one hell of a ride, and I don’t mean that in a good way. While it prides itself being a slice-of-life drama with a musical theme, the anime felt like just colorful eye-candy to me. It had an interesting premise, but the drama felt forced, characterizations felt like they were shoved down to my throat, it’s misplaced humors, it’s poor attempts at being something special-all these elements combined together turned KimiUso into an anime with barely any substance. Because of this, watching the beginning to middle segments of the show was an especially frustrating experience.
Despite so, I have to admit, the final episode is brilliant.
It was starting. Everyone was readying their glow sticks. Everyone was chanting for her name.
A slow, creepy, but alluring intro echoed throughout the Yokohama Arena. At the same time, some mysterious animations can be seen on the monitors, showing some kind of terrace with a dark pinkish hue. Stream of colorful lights were flowing around it, making the scene felt oddly majestic… magical. Once the slow, mysterious melody reached it’s peak, the music suddenly grew rhythmic. There was now a steady beat and something changed on the monitors. The background slowly shifted into a more futuristic design and there was a huge logo on top of the image-it reads “Hatsune Miku マジカルミライ”.
The beat of the music got stronger and stronger every second-transformed from mystique to electronic. Aligning with the futuristic style, the monitor screen now shows “CODE NAME: HATSUNE MIKU”, and the background image of terrace turned into wireframes to suit the futuristic look. The music continued, but the beat still stable, at least for the moment. The screen showed “ACTIVATE”, and later “PROCESSING…”, which went on for just a few seconds before lastly, “PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE YOUR EYES” emerged on the screen as well. At this point, the beat went faster and faster, ruining it’s own stability. The status quo broke-and reached it’s climax when this silhouette was shown on the screen:
I like Love Live, but admittedly, it’s through LLSIF and fandom engagement which led me to my fondness for the Love Live franchise. This unofficial engagement of the series is one of the reason Love Live is not just such a great anime-but a great franchise. Iblessall over at Mage in a Barrel certainly feels the impact of fandom engagement too, something which he wrote about in detail on his post, and puts it way better than I ever could.
Originally posted on Mage in a Barrel:
A brief summary of my history with the Love Live! franchise: some months back, very soon after I started writing for the Crunchyroll Newsletter, I got tapped to do a little review of Love Live! 2. Now, at this time I had barely heard of the franchise, but I wanted to get writing, so I wrote the piece. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Skip to the present and I’ve watched all of season 2 and spent countless hours with Love Live! School Idol Festival (the franchise’s mobile rhythm game), but I still hadn’t seen season one. Until now.
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Remember HDN 1? That gimmicky game in PS3 with an interesting concept but with an extremely unplayable gameplay? (yes, it’s THAT bad for me). While several years after that had seen better sequels in the series, namely mk2 and Victory, HDN 1 remains a dark history in the HDN franchise-an isolated standalone with it’s own universe separated from the rest of the other games in the series. However, HDN 1 had a remake on Vita sometime ago, called Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, and this particular remake was also released on Steam recently.