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General Discussion / Re: Go ahead and take a look.
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:11:05 pm »
Sorry I just vanished all of a sudden again -- my job-position has changed again, and my day job really sucked me up (especially due to the commute, which is terrible). But I'll get back soon.

Until then, how many people watched Steins;Gate? I watched it before and I thought it was great. Then I watched Steins;Gate 0, and now I'm in love with the series and desperately want more of it.

So much so that I've been unconsciously doodling the characters at work break-times too!

General Discussion / Re: Anime Suggestions Thread
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:06:05 pm »
Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0.

Go fucking watch them if you're a Time-Travel fan.

I will NOT take "no" for an answer.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:20:27 am »
Thanks, guys!


I still remember listening to that song when I was drawing Magil, from Radical Dreamers, a long long time ago.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:58:41 pm »
I'm officially a Motion Comics artist.

....In other words, I draw jack shit (the drawings are done by a different team), but the job's still cool because I get to apply motion interpretations to things that have already been drawn. And they love my work so far!

Now let's hope I stick to this job for a long, long time, because I'd like to draw stuff for them too, and potentially lead my own team.

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: General Tarot Discussion thread
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:54:11 pm »
Nice find! Man, that's a really good card overlay design.

That said, I'll make a mental note to drop by again in the weekends and start Tarot art. I'd really like to finish this project within the year.

General Discussion / Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:42:49 pm »
When I told my friend that one of the characters in Chrono Trigger is named Nadia Guardia, he burst out laughing. Said this sounds like some namecalling that kids bully other kids with.

Dream Splash VI - Dream of Zeal [2018] / Re: The Rise of Zeal [2D Art]
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:40:23 pm »
Guardia broke!!!


General Discussion / Re: Anime Suggestions Thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:35:55 pm »
Violet Evergarden -- Designed to be a tear-jerker, and it delivered for me. I love anime like this and want to see more like it. The theme is really interesting: The idea of an emotionless person being better able to see the emotions and sentiments in others, because emotion itself is so misleading. Really good show with excellent character development.

Hah! Glad somebody else shares my love for this show.

This is the review I needed. Work has been insanely stressful the past few weeks, and will be for several weeks more as we hit some critical project timelines (I'm a project manager in my day job). I sometimes have to cram some more work in late at night and recently have taken to watching really funny/zany anime to keep the spirits lifted.

I'd like to have a word with you.  :x

And that word is Iyashikei. Look it up!

Though, be warned, this sort of anime is best enjoyed not when multitasking but when you're winding down after a hard day of work, had your bath, open a bottle of beer or something, and just chill. These are the kinds of shows that really soothe your soul.

Man, I'd definitely put Barakamon on the list, which is one such example of an Iyashikei. Naru is my muse, just as Joseph Joestar is my God!

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Man, that show is gold!

Plus the puns.

Saiki K



General Discussion / Re: The $%*! frustration thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:26:09 pm »
I'm just fucking frustrated that I couldn't finish a single artsy Dream Splash (let alone the animated one, for which I asked for the category of). That being said, live generally comes first, and I've been trying my best to become the only supporting financial pillar they'll ever need, and I finally got an opportunity to prove myself (interestingly, they were the ones who found me).

Still, so many personal things remain undone, especially the pitch I sent to Tapas, for which I haven't received a response for. But hell, if I can't get my own stuff off the ground, at the very least I'm going to help lift somebody else's stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:26:49 pm »
Just wait until you get to Awakening!

Yeah, I've heard how Awakening was supposed to be the last game in the series before Nintendo pulled the plug, so the devs who spent their lives on it put their hearts and souls into this one game, which would inevitably prove to be the first smash hit in a long time. I wouldn't be surprised if people loved it so much!

Recently it got a new game announced. Too bad that, being for the Switch, it's currently out of my reach. Well, who knows what the future will bring...

You mean, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, right? I really love how it looks! Looks like they'll be finally ditching the sprite-based world-map, and going full 3D with it.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:16:44 pm »
Just dipped my feet into the Fire Emblem franchise, starting with Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones.

I love it!

The characters generally bond IN the battlefield, rather than outside of it (well, they bond outside too based on scripted narrative, but still).

Man, every minor character is sufficiently developed since the first time you meet them that it really fucking pains you when they die and it's your fault that they died, not the story's.

Yeah, your fault. The story doesn't decide which character lives or dies, your own competence does. And when they die, it fills you with grief that, despite being their leader, you failed to protect them.

No other game has made me feel this way before!

Joshua, from Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, might just end up being one of my most favorite characters in fiction. He reminds me a lot of Setzer Gabianni from Final Fantasy 6, and yet being unique enough to make him stand out.

What I also love about this game is the fact that characters come in "pairs", not necessarily romantically (well, sometimes), and often with platonic relationships -- such as father and son, princess and bodyguard, knight and squire, brother and sister, etc. which makes for some really interesting character development for a large cast of characters that FE usually has.

Not only that, but those characters can also find themselves paired with OTHER characters outside the pair to have some really unique interactions.

What's interesting is that, for some reason, I'm getting into a lot of war-themed stories lately, whether it's futuristic Gundam, or medieval-like Fire Emblem. I'm really loving this phase of interest!

And the best part?!

It's up to you, not the story, to recruit some pretty cool additions to your army! Because some of the potential recruits can actually start off as enemies trying to kill you, and unless you pay attention to the story and strategize accordingly, they might not even join you, and instead either kill you or die trying!

Man, I love love LOVE this game!

General Discussion / Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:19:44 pm »
Guardia's Frog in Chrono Trigger, after slaying Magus and reverting back to his human form, now works for the enemy empire in Fire Emblem. FML

This is why Jesus says forgive.

EDIT: Well.... shit.

General Discussion / Re: Anime Suggestions Thread
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:07:51 pm »
I've been meaning to check out Hina Festival at some point.
Watch it! It's beautiful. It's the kind of comedy that's pretty hard to come buy. Every gag has a long-term impact on the story, as opposed to it being a one-off "Lol random" moment that we're used to. I find myself coming back to it over and over again.

I haven't really watched anime in a very long time and I'd like to start again. I love Dragon Ball Z so I will probably start with that so based on the fact that is the anime I really like, any recommendations of what I can watch after Dragon Ball? Thanks!!

If you're looking Shonen action series similar to Dragon Ball (and if you've already watched Dragon Ball Super anime), I highly recommend My Hero Academia, which is a story about a kid without superpowers wanting to follow in the footsteps of Superman (and that said Superman-figure has attacks named after American cities / states). It is one of the best things to come out so far.

Another recommendation would go to Hunter x Hunter, which takes tried-and-true Shonen tropes and turns them on their heads.

If you want something shorter than Hunter x Hunter and Dragon Ball, then I'll always recommend One's stories (because despite his bad art skills, he always shits out masterpieces), such as One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100.

whispersGoku will always be Crono.

No, Crono is Tapion's younger brother, because Trunks reminds Tapion of his younger brother, and Trunks is a sword-wielding time-traveler. Tapion also sealed Lavos along with himself. Mr Satan was the Chancellor.

Anyway, I'm not really that versed on the newer animes to recommend one; but if looking for something on the older side... well, recently I've been watching Macross/Robotech, since it begun to be aired on Saturday mornings over here and... man, it had been years since I last saw that!

Yeah, I've been on a mecha kick recently.

That's funny, because I was meaning to get back into Mecha anime recently. I even have Macross in Plan To Watch list, but just haven't gotten around to do it. But I did get into Gundam once again, starting with today:

I watched Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, which I believe was pretty spectacular. It was a simple concept, taking place smack-dab in the middle of the One Year War (Universal Century timeline), but the direction was absolutely beautiful. I was also surprised by how its art-style was, akin to Megalobox, a combination of the old-school art and character-design with modernized animation, colors and all that jazz (pun intended). Despite it being a new addition, it fits right at home with the old UC shows.

There's another mecha show that I have my eye on, and it's one that seems to be very under-appreciated and lesser-known by those who aren't Japanese, and that's Patlabor, which is known to have been a nurturing-ground for Mamoru Oshi, who eventually went on to head the Ghost in The Shell project. That said, Patlabor is by no means inferior to GiTS or Gundam, because the franchise is crafted masterfully and does things with the SciFi / Mecha genre (and does it so well) that few others, if ever, do.

What made me want to check out this franchise are these two videos:
1) By Glass Reflection:
2) By Oh No, Anime!:

General Discussion / Re: Anime Suggestions Thread
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:52:07 am »
Alright, here's my recommendations then. This year has been an amazing year for anime, with so many amazing things coming out, each one of them becoming "one of my favorites" all of a sudden. So here's what I really enjoyed this year:

1) Violet Evergarden -- I cried like a baby. Beautiful, not just in story but in animation too (possibly the best animated anime ever anime'd). This will have a really special place in my heart.

2) Megalobox -- This one is refreshingly good, since I really miss grittiness in sports anime, and along with its good art this one hooked me right from the first episode.

3) Hina Festival -- It's hilarious! For a comedy story, it seems to have a lot of heart. I didn't just laugh, but I also cried.

4) Captain Tsubasa -- I actually missed this ever since I saw it a decade ago with its old art-style. I'm happy it got rebooted, doing so very well, even if a bit rushed.

5) My Hero Academia 3 -- Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

Now that the recent anime is something I got off my chest, here's a blast from the past which I absolutely adored:

1) Shirabako -- This is one of those anime that will also have a special place in my heart. And it's not just intellectual drivel about how anime is made, but this show has really sold itself on connecting its characters with you on an emotional level as they struggle to complete the roles and duties they have towards a production as it hits hurdles after hurdles. Dreams aren't easy to achieve, but sometimes you find yourself staking your life on them.

2) Barakamon -- A calligrapher trying to find his muse, but a little girl won't leave him alone. Found this gem after watching the Handa-Kun anime, which is a comedy prequel to Barakamon. Honestly, I never used to like Slice-of-Life stories that much, but Barakamon really made me fall in love with the genre.

What anime I'm looking forward to this year:

1) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Golden Wind -- God knows how long I've been waiting for this.

2) Steins;Gate 0 -- Just waiting for the dubs and it to finish airing, because I know I'm going to binge this one.

General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: June 30, 2018, 04:04:26 am »
Gonna be submitting a pitch for a comic-book to a publisher while they're still accepting. Let's hope it works out for me, because this is one helluva story.

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