Archive for July, 2009

CCY: Playable Demo

Friday, July 31st, 2009

It has arrived.

Although my descriptions of the characters and their stories are mostly accurate, so far what I have written on this blog about lolikit’s game has omitted a glaring and significant detail:

CCY is a horny little bastard.

If I were in charge, I would’ve toned that down a bit. I would also depict Jason Miao in a more accurate form. But I’m not paid to complain, so I’ll just continue doing my work. At least Jason’s personality is portrayed properly.

Faces of CCY: Annoyance

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The original “Annoyance” sketch.

The suggested change by Jesus159159159, endorsed by the real CCY.

The completed picture.

Higher resolution PNG with transparency here.

Faces of CCY: Anger

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Because he is excessively cute and childish, as well as too nice to make any significant threats, CCY generally fails to persuade people with his outbursts of anger. He looks like a little boy throwing a tantrum, and nobody takes him seriously.

(His melancholy expressions and heartbroken sobbing, on the other hand, are frighteningly persuasive.)

Higher resolution PNG with transparency here.

The real message of Endless Eight…

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

At this time, fan favorite anime studio Kyoto Animation has stirred up controversy by animating the “Endless Eight” episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2nd season) differently six weeks in a row and counting. What are they trying to tell the fans?

Well, I have the answer.

Yes, the show actually does have Sweet Blue Flowers.

What Kyoto Animation is saying, is “Watch more J.C.Staff shows”.


Faces of CCY: Cleanup

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Since I’m going to be at a friend’s house tomorrow, I rushed to complete the cleanup of the CCY expressions today. Cleanup usually involves more than just tracing over a sketch. Sometimes minor adjustments are made, sometimes not so minor. Compare the sketch to the clean version to see what changed.

Click on any image to view a larger version of the cleanup.


The Faces of CCY

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

“Cardcaptor” Yoshiyuki Nagato, or “CCY” for short, would be your typical smart and attractive male college student if not for anime. Years of exposure to mind-warping anime series, and membership in the international anime blogging community, irreparably damaged his masculinity. As a result his face and body took a more feminine shape and his natural hair color shifted to pink.

Excessive anime watching also damaged his eyesight, but that was fine with him, because he got to wear glasses, which increased his moe factor by 50%.


Breaking news: Rejected

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

My grad school application to my first choice school, the University of Washington, was rejected. I guess I have to fall back on the applications to my second and third choices. I’m not doomed to be deported just yet. Guu will rise again.

Suddenly, a shrine maiden

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

So ever since the official English site for Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens came out, I was expecting the US release to be announced. And when it was, last Thursday the 16th of July (one day before the release date of the Magic the Gathering 2010 Core Set) I ordered it on Amazon (technically, from RightStuf) like the good shrine maiden fan that I was. I even ordered other shrine maiden stuff to go with it.

It shipped a couple of hours after I made my order. It arrived today (Tuesday, 21 July) by USPS, in a bubble wrap envelope from “Customer Service, Bandai Entertainment”. The disc played fine on my PC and on my Xbox 360. After the horror stories about Bandai as a licensor and RightStuf as a retailer, I guess I should feel lucky. The rest of my Amazon order, consisting of additional volumes of the Shrine of the Morning Mist manga, didn’t ship until Sunday(?) the 19th.

Some complaints, though:

1) No English voice track? I am aware that the Japanese voice track is better like 99.9% of the time, but I actually like playing anime in the background while I draw, and since I’m not looking at the screen, I can’t get what’s going on. And the last dub from a Bandai license I got, Lucky Star, was excellent – enough to make it my default background noise while drawing. “Rice cakes are stretchy.”

2) Seven episodes on one disc? I know Azumanga Daioh pulled that stunt, but doesn’t the image quality suffer when you do that?

3) Why can’t Nagi wear her shrine maiden outfit by default? You’ll lose points to Kamichu and Shrine of the Morning Mist if your shrine maiden main heroine doesn’t dress properly. The red hakama (split skirt / kimono pants) looks so much better than that miniskirt.

That is all. Now to watch.


Sunday, July 19th, 2009

There are only two people taking the Logic class at Gakuensuki, and one of them is Owen. Owen can sense a faulty argument within a 1-kilometer radius, and will not hesitate to hunt it down, jump on it, and tear it to pieces, leaving its proponent stunned by this merciless display of superior intellect.

Despite his impressive physique (only surpassed by Baka-Raptor), Owen prefers to argue himself and his friends out of trouble. His track record of defeating opponents (ranging from unprepared teachers to violent criminals) with nothing more than well-chosen words, has won the admiration of Gakuensuki’s second-hottest female student, who has become his girlfriend.

If you dare to become his rival for that girl’s affections, you would be well advised to prepare for the debate of your life.

Higher resolution PNG with transparency here.

Owen is designed after the legendary American metal guitarist and weeaboo, Paul Gilbert.

Aki Kareha

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Whether it’s Strike Witches, light music bands, Strawberry Marshmallows, RPG parties, dangerous traps, or Lucky Stars, artist Aki Kareha serves up death by cute (and skinny lolis).

The loveably stupid ice fairy Cirno gives him a 9!