Doggie Sketch a Day – Let’s call this Trirouzar (トリロウザー)


I think this SaD entry took a span of one and a half or two days, done before bed and during breaks at work.

So I thought of “hey, let’s share bizarre concepts”, inspired by Raijin Hakkei ZANAM, and I also thought of a funny question that someone asked: “Should I show my fanfics on resume?” That’s for another entry.

it started out as “cubes” and I just wanted to practice with being slow.

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So, while doing this, I thought: “Two boys, mecha pilots, and a senior officer guiding them. Draw it.” It just randomly popped up. Let’s called it sengōkinrei (戦合金霊) or Fighting Alloy Soul Trirouzar (トリロウザー). Rou (鑞) can mean various things such as “dragon” and “tin solder”. This isn’t something I elaborated, or plan to, but in the future, I may share small novel and game scopes. However, if they’re small, they’re not workable; most proposals require transcripts, summaries/outlines, table of content, an ending, and so. Trirouzar isn’t one of those.

All I really have are character names. So, I thought of a three-man group, two young boys that are training to be robot riders and have different personalities: Hot-head red suit Leo Touma (熱血のレオ刀間), calculating blue-suit Sniper Shoji (冷静のスナイパー庄児). They are trained by Black Tiger Lt Cdr. O’Connor (無愛想の黒いタイガーオコナー), a female officer.

In most cases, the main characters who accidentally end up in the eponymous machine are quite young. The drawing makes the kids look young, such as 9 – 13, which isn’t odd at all either.

For Leo, I thought “Go Gundam” and maybe kill his parents? 😉 Killed by alien invaders. Then, maybe he’ll be driven with revenge. Initially, that’ll be his reason to fight. But then, is there a way for him to be swayed out of revenge? So he’ll fight for what’s really important, and not prevent useless casualties? No, not Shinn…. Wouldn’t that be fun to see?

One day I’ll explain my actual super robot series.

Tomorrow is going to be more “rivals” and more “Flute”.

You are Sweet | 7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry (Part 3) #gundam


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Mobile Suit Gundam: War in The Pocket (機動戦士ガンダム0080 ポケットの中の戦争; kidou senshi gundam poketto no naka no sensou).

Near the end of the One Year War, there’s an incident in Side 6, a neutral colony.

That’s it. Is this overrated? It was a genuine cry and this is a well-done product. It shows friendship, it shows fear, it shows courage, it shows innocence, in a span of three episodes. That’s why I put it here.

This OVA/novel was mentioned in the GOO Ranking poll, in which I covered, about which gundam makes everyone cry the most. Pocket ranks in TOP 3.

To quote someone on NicoDouga’s comments on the poll:

アルが泣いてた時に「戦争なんてすぐ始まるよ!」って言われたラスト深すぎた

“At the time when Al was crying, ‘the war will begin!’ said, at the end, it was quite deep. Profound.”

EXACTLY! (I think that’s a rough quote). Also, WiP contains one of my favorite OP, in gundam and in anime in general.

風が脈打つ?! Doggie is ワクワク. Heart-throbbing imagination | Raijin Hakkei ZANAM (#雷神八系ZANAM)!


OFFICIAL LINK: http://earthj.net/femme/index.html

TITLE: A Swelling Wind?! Doggie’s pounding heart-beat. Heart-throbbing imagination.

熱い魂のおたく「ドギーさん」
そして、
創造力ある魂のおたく「岡本麻弥さん」が、

一緒にやりましょう!

雷神八系 -ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女!

RAIJIN HAKKEI – ZANAM – Femme Fatale, Girl of Fate!

A follow-up on Raijin Hachisei ZARAM, Okamoto Maya’s concept CD. First things first, I had the incorrect spelling. It is ZANAM and not ZARAM.

Second, it is apparently “Raijin Hakkei” instead of “Hachisei”. It fits since in many cases, following a robot’s name within a product title are Japanese Kanji with four or five syllables, or they are just three or four Kanji or Kata. It flows well; it is still “Thunder God Eight”. Here are examples:

  • Invisible Steel Man Daitarn-3 (無敵鋼人ダイターン3; Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3)
  • Beast King Golion (百獣王ゴライオン; Hyakyu Juoh Golion)
  • Electric Machine Voltes V (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV; chou denji mashin voltes five)
  • Future Daltanius (未来ロボ ダルタニアス; mirai robo Daltanius)

More about ZANAM
My previous article in a nutshell: Actress/Voice actress Okamoto Maya releases a music CD/short drama based on a concept – animation from the 1990s. Asimiya Kia provided the key visual above. Okamoto hasn’t released a music CD in years and turns out there’s plenty of background around ZANAM. That also includes a dream of Okamoto and her crew. Turns out it was thought up in a ramen shop.

The OP and Insert song of ZANAM is “RISE AND FALL” and “Wind Song” (kaze no oto) respectively, and the main character is Kanon J Kusanagi. You can hear the songs on the radio show.

This is why I like science fiction. A stunning imagination parallel with fantasy, but it feels close to reality as technology inevitably changes and intergalactic life and discovering are a part of our real lives.

But this concept CD is indeed what it is – concept. More than I first thought, there is a lot of thought put into ZANAM. It’s not just a music tribute to the 1990s. And, my curiosity turned a little unhealthy.

On the official site’s Femme Fatale bi-weekly radio show, I received a shoutout and some answers to questions, but I’m not particularly sure of those answers. If there is a possible spoiler, Okamoto mentions it as a “himitsu” or a “secret”.

And Okamoto has the cutest voice. Surprisingly soothing and seems to fit a humble character. Somehow, I can pass twenty minutes even with little comprehension on what’s being said.

I think, from what I can gather, Kanon has a brother but the rest is a secret. I think she did say “nii-san” (elder brother) and that “he’s not dead”? Tekkaman… There is also a hint of a rival; “nii-san” and “teki” (enemy) are in the same phrase but I don’t want to officially confirm. There’s also the “number 20”? Are there twenty robots? Again, I can’t confirm.

One of Kanon’s special techniques is possibly “Cyclone flare!”

And, it looks like extra questions are put on hold. I am patient, Okamoto-san.

About the Work

The excerpt below is from Akiba, explaining the initial setting so far (page 4):

大体はそうですけど、実は麻宮先生からいただいたアイデアも入っています。最初、物語の舞台は2~300年後の未来という設定をドラゴンが適当に決めたんですけど、「300年後の地球」という設定にピンときてなかったんです。

それが麻宮先生との打ち合わせの後、一緒にラーメン食べに行った時に、麻宮先生が「麻弥ちゃん、これ本当に面白いよ。でもね、舞台を現代にしたほうがいいよ」って言ってくださったんです。ご自身の作品もアニメ化されているその道のプロから言われたのは大きかったですね。

それと、最初ドラゴンが考えた話は宇宙で活躍する内容だったんですが、麻宮先生は「それを現代の建物とか使ってやったほうがいい」ともおっしゃって、私はその両方をかなえるべきだと思ってがんばって設定を考えたんです。

で、物語の舞台は結局架空の2017年にして、そこに地球と火星が登場するんです。カノンは火星にいて、雷神は地球から来ます。この地球はムー大陸やアトランティス大陸が沈まずに古代文明などが続いた、私たちの知る地球とは違う発達を遂げている地球なんです。でも核戦争が起こったり、巨大隕石などの衝突といった災害があったりして、大気が吹き飛んでいる。その結果、人類は地下に潜った人たちと、それ以前に火星をテラフォーミングして移住した人たちの2つの勢力に分かれていて、その火星が今の2017年の地球と同じような状態なんです。

そしたら人類は、きっと地球を甦らせようとしますよね。そうするとテラフォーミングに成功してる火星と手を結びます。火星は、昔ながらの職人文化や伝統、精神論などを地球から引き継いでいます。そういったものがからみあっていろいろドラマが生まれて、地球は誰のものだ、という話になっていくんです。

Source: akiba-souken

Digest:
Asimiya Kia gave an idea. Then, Dragon, a manager, decided that the setting should be on Earth “200-300 years in the future”. At ramen shop, Asimiya commented that “it’s really interesting but it should be good in modern times”. A modern construction; Dragon wanted to initially begin in space. After some thought out effort, it’s decided that the story is set in the year 2017 and both Earth and Mars play a role.

Kanon is in Mars and The Raijin come from Earth. The Earth that we know is different; ancient civilization exists. Earth has experienced nuclear war and atmospheric disasters. The people enter underground.

As for Mars, they flourish through terraforming. The people are split into two powers. Thus, with this development, Mars is the Earth of 2017 (AKA: Modern times). There is an attempt to revive Earth of course, and people from Earth ally with Mars. Mars contain the needs of Terraforming. Of course. From Earth, they adopted the crafting culture, the traditions and spiritualism. This is where the drama is born. The “who or what” on Earth is the story. It becomes gradually.

In addition to this, the robots used in battle are referred to as “Mules”, which engage in “Mule Fights”. You could say that it’s the same as a mobile suit (MS), or how we refer a MS to a “gundam”. The model is a “Mule”, and one of the Mules is ZANAM (zanamu).

It is a dream? I AM SOLD!

Character Info

This is from Nakarigi’s blog, transcribed from Okamoto’s radio segments. I’ll just do a couple for today. Hopefully more will reveal itself in the future:

【カノン・J・草薙(カノン・ジョアン・クサナギ)】(22~24歳)
C.V.岡本麻弥
身長165〜168、銀髪、紫眼、細身スレンダーで美乳(笑)
日本刀を所持、剣術の使い手
特定の条件で身体の一部が変化
一個小隊のエースパイロット

Kanon J Kusanagi
22-24 years old. “J” is from Jeanne d’Arc. A warrior of the Mule Fight; C.V is Okamoto-san.

It’s revealed in the above interview that Kusanagi is based on the sword in Japanese Shinto myth that slew the snake Orochi. Kanon is an expert in kenjutsu, or the art of the sword, trained by her grandfather. Silver hair, violet eyes, slender body. Are her breasts nice? (LOL). She is the ace pilot of a platoon. Height is around 165 – 168 cm (About 5’5″ or 5’6″). That is her in the key visual.

One interesting part is “Part of the body during specific condition changes”. What could this mean? If I were to think of even “Battle Spirits: Zero” or old mecha shows, it could be a “change of character”. Another thought is that there’s an impediment such as weakening the body (or mind) while fighting.

【オニャンゴ・カウンダ】(24歳)
アフリカ系
通称オニャンゴ
お洒落な着道楽だが力み過ぎでお気に入りの洋服を何枚もダメにする。
与那城・Jのライバル

【与那城・Jay(ヨナシロ・ジェイ)】(24歳)
日系ブラジル人
熱血キャラ

Onango Kawanda
An African. Guy who likes wearing fancy clothes. However, he has too many favorite clothes and strains himself.
Jay’s rival. Introduced in the 9th segment. Fun fact: Kawanda is a town in Uganda, Africa.

Yonashiro Jay
24 years old person from Brasil. Introduced in the 9th segment. A passionate character. Fun fact: George Yonashiro is a former Japanese-Brazilian football player.

More characters:

Also, as of the 11th radio segment, the CD is now available for delivery. More on this project on a later date.

I think this is cool. And, I am further surprised by Okamoto’s kindness. It also looks like, by becoming curious in this project, I met others who are also interested.

Another SKETCH A DAY. “For real?”

7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry (Part 1)


So I have two entries in mind sooner or later: Top Mecha show rivals and this, which is anime shows that make me cry.

I always wondered myself since I covered a topic on a poll about gundam shows that make people cry. It was nice to make me reflect, so I wanted to do it more. What made me cry in the past? I can definitely say Disney movies and animal deaths in cinema immediately, also sappy soundtracks fitted at perfect moments.

Can I even remember? Did I find it difficult to cry?

Due to time, I’m splitting into maybe two or three parts. Also, these are not in order.

Some SPOILERS (ネタバレ) warning. Not necessarily now.

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Hot eyes! WET TEARS! Poll shows #1 #Gundam Series that makes you cry #機動戦士ガンダム #ネタバレ


OFFICAL LINK: GOO RAKING: TEAR DUCT EXPLOSION: #1 Gundam Series that makes you cry

Nico Nico News article on same ranking

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Hooray, a new gundam article. I’ve seen a few polls on Goo about gundam as it is, such as “worst female character” and “the gundam you’d wish to pilot”. Maybe I’ll cover those one day since they’re interesting. Now, this time, this is about the gundam series that makes you cry.

Indeed, a series with a tradition of war. According to GOO Raking, these are the top three crybaby gundams:

1位 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ (Iron Blooded Orphans)
2位 機動戦士ガンダム (0079’s gundam)
3位 機動戦士ガンダム0080 ポケットの中の戦争 (0080 War in Pocket)

4 and lower are listed on Goo.

SPOILERS (ネタバレ)! GO!

I’ll try not to reveal too much, but there are thoughts here and there. So here are spoilers for ORPHANS, Gundam X, Gundam AGE, IGLOO 1 & 2, 0080 War in Pocket, STARDUST MEMORY, 0079 (1st Gen), G_RECO, Z Gundam, and 00 (Double O; TV series and movie.

I love everyone’s opinions on NicoNicoDouga. They seem to like IGLOO.

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A 90s idea? Okamoto Maya x Asamiya Kia Concept CD Thunder God Eight ZANAM @femmefatale_kaz @maya_pan0203


Voice actress Okamoto Maya released a concept CD of her fictitious anime “Raijin Hachi ZANAM”. What does that mean? It’s basically an independent production in the form of a CD, rendering the idea of a hit 90s sci-fi anime.

Illustration/Key Visual is by Asamiya Kia (麻宮騎亜) of STUDIO TRON, who’s in charge of illustrations for sci-fi Shinseiki Vagrants (神星記ヴァグランツ), Space Battleship YAMATO 2199 movie, Martian Successor Nadesico manga, Batman Child of Dreams, and Silent Mobius. She also does the genga (key animation used for replication) and moving scenes for anime works such as Naucisca, Z Gundam, and Lupin The 3rd Part 3. Character design for Sonic Soldier Borgman, Zeorymer, and Detonator Orgun. She also works on creature design for KAMEN RIDER FOURZE and was animation director for Shurato (OM SOWA!). Check out @kia_asamiya on Twitter and her above website.

First sight, and I immediately liked the key visual.

About the Work

NEWS WALKER: “Concept anime is group performance staged in Earth and Mars. Okamoto Maya’s self-made plan interview”

Part 2 of Interview

She provides the voice of Emma Sheen from Z Gundam (where she was 17 years old), Haruka Minato of Nadesico, Soretta of SAKURA TAISEN and Saiko Yuki Silent Mobius, among many others. She “retired” for a while, dedicating time to singing and overseas dubbing, even going to New York. (Source: Wikipedia). She is a member of talent office NEVERLAND ARTS Co.,Ltd., being one of its few “voice actors”.

Emma Sheen plays the clear minded role of the AEUG (united earth faction), having defected from the TITANS due to their brutal methods. If I could explain Okamoto’s voice quality, it’s “chirpy” with a bit of an adult-sister feeling.

Full title of this project is “The Eight Thunder Gods ZANAM -bFemme Fatale – Girl of Fate.” (雷神八系-ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女). If ever produced as an anime, the idea for it to be a 52 ep series with the image of a contemporary 90s anime. For starters, there’s the theme RISE AND FALL, which Okamoto sings. In this work, she is the character Kanon J (Jeanne d’Arc) Kusanagi.

Okamoto, in the above interview, states that the main song wouldn’t have a simple theme such as “good and evil” or “light and darkness”. Also, not “fire” and “water”; it is difficult to distinguish. There is a mention of “Wind” and the eight thunder gods as a part of the “anime”‘s concept.

その後に火星や第三勢力の目線になっていけば面白く感じてもらえるのかなと思っています。

地球側には地球側の、火星側には火星側の戦う理由を描けたらなと。

地球には8人の「雷神」がいて、それが「風神」と出会うことで運命が成就するんです。タイトルの「運命の女」はそこから来ています。

“Glance of a Battle on Earth, battle on mars, and possibly a third power”.

The official website of ZANAM provides information on an official CD and radio show that Okamoto hosts, receiving questions via e-mail. The show is called 岡本麻弥のラジオDEファム・ファタール. (Okamoto Maya’s radio DE Femme Fatale)

The CD contains 2 songs + short drama “Blueness Star” for 2,000 yen. Then, there was a music event at M3 [media mix doujishi exhibition] back in April. Here are the CD Contents:

M1.「Rise and Fall」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』主題歌)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : RUCCA 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

Main theme. M1 “Rise and Fall.”
Song: Okamoto Maya
Lyrics: RUCCA
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san

M2.ショートドラマ 第0話「星の蒼さ」 (脚本 : 岡本麻弥)
カノン・J・草薙 : 岡本麻弥 / シャンテル・シャルマ : 新井笙子 /
チミー・神山・テンジン : 徳本英一郎 / ナレーション : バロン山崎

M.2 is a short drama called “A more blue star.” (blueness?) Original idea is Okamoto. Cast:
Kanon J Kusanagi: Okamoto Maya
Shantel Saruuma : Arai Shoko
Chimi Kamiyama Tenzin: Tokumoto Eiichiro (NEVERLAND ARTS)
Narrator: Baron Yamazaki (NEVERLAND ARTS)

M3.「カゼノオト」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』劇)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : 岡本麻弥 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

M.3: KAZE NO OTO (Song of Wind)
Song/lyrics: Okamoto Maya
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san [possibly Kyo]

You can hear a piece of KAZE NO OTO on the radio show. Sounds like it’s 90s bridging into 2000s. I can’t find Rise & Fall.

∪^ェ^∪ | Doggie’s Thoughts | ∪^ェ^∪

Good luck in your efforts Okamoto and everyone else! ❤ This is unique and I am always into these bots. Like she said, it is “wishful thinking”: 50 episode anime, participating with a 90s cast, and so on (source: interview). It could be foolish, but an idea can only sprout into something interesting. That’s the whole point of arts. Because there was someone, aside from Okamoto, who contained the feeling of wanting to see an animation that contained the essence of 1990s.”

If 90s is what she looks for, I wouldn’t mind Katsuki Masako as a fierce rival. Hayashibara Megumi could also be that or the evil Mars empress (lol). I can also imagine Ueda Yuji, Yasunori Matsumoto, and Seki Tomokazu. Okamoto mentions that even she would like for the project to be something for a young voice actor to participate in.

I will keep an eye on this project and provide more updates. I’m a bit too busy to catch anything from the radio show, if I can catch any familiar Japanese that is (^.;), but we’ll see. Next time, I’ll look over that interview a bit more.

52 episodes? If anything, I couldn’t mind a cheap budget show even with a freeze frame, akin to an older video game for cutscenes.

Afterthought:
Check out another original mecha audio drama “Chou Onisei ZEA VIDE” (超鬼兵ジーヴァイド). It’s OP is Z TOGETHER. ZEA VIDE

Favorite #mecha? Doggie had a Q&A and forgot (Part 2)


Continuing from the last time, these are my last three questions.

how old are you? you always make me feel old lol (I know it’s rude to ask a woman of her age so you don’t have to answer)

I don’t make you feel old, I just like to tell you to keep at what you’re doing because it’s too important. In other words, remain determined because we don’t like facing difficulties.

I usually tell people “I’m old enough to drink” (AKA: I’m over 21). I’m actually embarrassed because sometimes I don’t feel like an adult.

2.) What’s your favorite mecha anime?

I feel like my choices are limited at the moment. Despite my fervor for gundam and robots, I haven’t watched (or rather completed) much series of this genre. They can be a bit difficult to get into and hard to pick out as favorites.

There is one series I am honestly sure about. PATLABOR is mostly a police drama with functional combat-mobile mecha. The TV Series and one of the OVAs is produced by SUNRISE, known for series about robots conventionally used to fight an ambient evil. Labors such as the main character’s INGRAM (nicknamed Alphonse) is considered “real robots”. They are a smaller size and built to perhaps fit something that can arrive in the 20th century. Aside from that, it’s such a fun show.

A fun fact: I share the same b-day as Patlabor’s main character, Nao Izumi (picture above). She is a ditz too.

J-Decker (see quick review) is going to be a favorite soon enough!

I loved all of GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT. It was so perfect. Cast, soundtrack, the views of war, companionship, animation (DAT animation), etc.

And didn’t I tell you watch Knights of Sidonia (another sci-fi)?!

I’ll leave it with four.

3.) what’s your favorite and least favorite Nintendo game/franchise?

I’ll try to do 5 outside of Mario, even though it’s difficult to not add Mario Party.

Favorite: Starfox, Smash Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Fire Emblem
Least Favorite: F-Zero, Punch-Out, pre-Prime Metroid, puzzle spinn-offs (ie: Dr. Mario, Yoshi)

I want to get into F-zero, and I try it out every time (AND I await for its return), but every attempt from me is ridiculous. And I actually got motion sickness from playing the gamecube version. Punch out Wii is absolutely hilarious but I was never good at boxing games. Terrible at the NES version.

Did you know that I hated Metroid and Zelda at one time?