Archive for October, 2009

Non-Progress: Bench

Friday, October 30th, 2009

So I was working on the park background and came up with this bench, which I ended up scrapping. There goes 6 hours.

Oh well. I’ll redraw the bench eventually, but for now I’m sick of it.

This is Feel Good Keine

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

(Title is a reference to this song.)

Yes, I know it’s only Stage 3 and it’s only Normal difficulty. And yes, I know Keine reappears in her stronger form in a later stage and caves your skull in or something. But I could never beat Gradius as a child. My reflexes are pathetic. Samukun, an experienced player of curtain fire shooters, told me that to beat these games, I need two (three on higher difficulties) of the following: luck, reflexes, and memorization. I’m a lucky person and have good memory, so who needs reflexes?

After 280 tries over the course of a few weekends, I have this stage memorized to death, and can just rely on my own spells to escape those enemy attacks where reflexes are necessary. And sometimes I get lucky enough for a no-hit, no-spell clear, as shown below. Something about this game just keeps me trying and trying. Is this what courting a tsundere is like? I’ve probably played this game enough to recoup my importing it through Himeyashop.


Now on to stage 4.

Scientific Railgun 04

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to watch this episode until I was done watching it. And then I watched it again. Remember how I said before that the author had taken Railgun as an opportunity to fix Index and Touma was the most significant fix? There was nothing I wanted to see more in Railgun than the rewritten Touma, and the changes in the anime adaptation made his debut even better than I had hoped.

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Magic-related comments

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Before I go and release the next set of Magic the Gathering strips, I would like to address the following comments:

From Paorou on the Dengeki Magic manga:

I’m calling this:

Jace Beleren as shut in hero.
Chandra as tsundere heroine.
Garruk as ANIKIII.
Goldmane as the furry mascot.
liliana vess as dark magical girl.
Vampire Bishie Planeswalker as vampire bishie.
Nissa as moeblob with a fanclub.
Sarkhan Vol as comedic high level minion.
Nicol Bolas as I WAS THE BAD GUY ALL ALONG HURR HURR
Knight girl from Bant as SABER RIPOFF

and my favorite:

Tezzeret as the mecha pilot.

I laughed at this, and seriously believe it could work. I agree with you 100% on Nissa and Tezzeret. Tezzeret is supposed to be the new school Urza, and Urza was known to use mobile suits.

Nissa’s elf horde summon is like Fuko’s fanclub summon in Clannad, which is why she’s given the personality of Fuko in my comic strips. Which brings us to another comment:

From Rocket on the Railgun post:

As for Sacred Blacksmith… who here didn’t immediately think of Sixten when they saw Lisa. Seriously now… are you moonlighting and not telling us?

What about Lisa looks like something I would draw? Seriously. The closest thing I can think of is Nissa, and there are no obvious similarities between her and Lisa.

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Dengeki Hime

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

In episode 1 of the new J.C.Staff series A Certain Scientific Railgun, the term “Dengeki Hime” (Electric Princess) is used to describe the main character, Mikoto Misaka. Is this a reference to the magazine published by the same corporation that also publishes Dengeki Daioh, the anthology Railgun appears in?

If you are avoiding Railgun because of bad memories of Index and the general trend of spinoffs and sequels not being as good as the original, you should shake that off and watch anyway. Here’s why:

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Background Complete: Corridor

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Higher resolution here.

Next up is some random park with trees.

Background Progress: Corridor

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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Nissa Double Feature!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

So Nissa Revane, one of the two new Planeswalkers in the Magic the Gathering universe, is disliked by players for being weak in Sealed, being extremely narrow in her focus, being a tribal card in a format where her tribe just lost a lot of power, and, most importantly, having an unheard-of starting loyalty of 2. Compared to other female Planeswalkers Elspeth(4), Chandra(5, 6 in the core set), and Liliana(5), 2 is ridiculously small.

But as we learned from Lucky Star, what some people see as weak points, others see as moe points. Here at H.C.Staff, we’ve always held the belief that being weak like Matsuri or slow-witted like Cirno can be cute if done correctly, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with small.

Read on for two new four-panel comic strips featuring the weakest Planeswalker of them all.

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Native Faith

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It’s been four months since the last guitar post. I even forgot to hold my 2009 annual Eric Johnson Day celebration in August because I was drawing some picture with Cirno in it. I’ve been too busy drawing and playing Toho to record anything.


I don’t know who drew this, but he’s way too good to be me.

Native Faith
Suwako’s Theme from Toho 10: Mountain of Faith
Composed by ZUN (Junya Ota)

Of course, all the rapid-fire parts are too hard for me to play and have simply been omitted. Also, I used the chorus of Kero ⑨ Destiny (also a Native Faith remix).

P.S. Does anyone know of any good Suwako x Cirno doujins? Or do I have to write one myself?

Dengeki Maoh Official Magic the Gathering Manga

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

It’s real, people.


Chandra Ablaze, by Steve Argyle


And here’s how she’ll appear in Dengeki Maoh!


Now I’m hoping for the story to be awesome so that it gets an anime adaptation, by J.C.Staff of course. Why not? J.C.Staff has had a long history of adapting Dengeki materials, from Azumanga Daioh to Shana, Toradora, Index, and more.