Another Sketch a Day?! #BATIM #ThunderForce


Late at night, I just did this. Do you know Bendy and the Ink Machine?

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Also did this tonight.

This one is just an original character that I thought of for the Thunder Force game series (maybe a short story). I am going to talk about THUNDER FUTURE one day. Even if it’s just a M-pencil, I thought it was a bit refined. It was also a good reminder that proportions still pose a huge problem, despite taking it slowly. I even flipped it to one side and upside down to figure it out. This will take a lot of work after all.

He looks a bit of a greenhorn, which is good. He is young, but I also wanted him to have a bit of an impulsive face since he hates the Thunder Force’s main antagonist The ORN EMPIRE.

Characters #2 | Raijin Hakkei ZANAM (#雷神八系ZANAM)!


Previous Article: Heart Throbbing Imagination | Raijin Hakkei

Off to work, so here is today’s ZANAM entry. More character reveals.

【アルファ・N・デヴォ(アルファ・エヌ・デヴォ)】(26歳)
フランス人系
髪の毛は黒か紫
クールな感じ
謎めいたキャラ

Alfa N Duo
An enigmatic French guy. 26 years old. Hair is black or purple; cool impression.

【リン・モニカ・キリック】(不明)
双子の姉
お淑やかだか弟には静かに容赦ないツッコミを入れる

Rin Monica Kilik
Elder sister of Kilik twins, a boy and girl. Apart of a “tsukkomi” duo where you point out the other’s stupidity (or mistakes). She’s the straight person and both nice and relentless to her younger twin brother.

【ハリ・パパス】(16歳)
ギリシャ人
金髪の少年

Harry Papas
16 year old kid from Greece. Blonde hair.

【ザック・マストロ・ボンベル】(28歳)
イタリア系アメリカ人
割とイケメンだが同性が好きかも?
陽気

Zack Mastro Bonbel
Italian-American. A handsome fellow and cheerful. However, does he like those of the same gender? 28 years old.

【Vyvy】(19歳)
ベトナム系アジアンキュートな女子

VyVy
19 year old Vietnamese girl. Cute Asian girl.

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?”

Galaxy wind! JIN-RAI-GAAAAAAAAAAA! #ジンライガ― #jinraiger #Mecha #scifi


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Should we get excited about the original J9 work, Galaxy Divine Wind (GDW) Jinraiger?

If you’re a retro fan then maybe? A super sentai fan? A sci-fi fan? A super robot fan?

By the looks of things, it looks like the staff, and the producer being J9 veteran writer Yamamoto Yu (山本優), who has also worked on the screenplay of the original Gundam and original Yatterman, Gachaman, and Urusei Yatsura, are aiming to go big and free. However, they’re having problems with keeping each other together such as with music production.

Already, I like the idea of characters. The show’s theme is based on Water margin (水滸傳), “Suikoden” in Japanese, which has 108 generals called the “Stars of Destiny”. The characters will be based on those said generals. Not sure if you heard of “Dairugger XV” but there were 15 robots that were able to combine. Considering the many characters of Anpanman (and it holds the Guiness record of most characters) and Level 4’s Inazuma Eleven series, 108 characters should not be a hassle?

I, myself, plan to make a series about shinobi with as much characters as I can.

Let me share some Jinraiga material in progress:

CHARACTERS

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Leerock Woura’s (リーロック・ワウラ) motif is Si Jin. The Rising Dragon! Sense of justice is strong; is he related to Ginga Senpu Braiger (first J9 series)’s Blaster Kid?

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Rin Ho (リンホー)’s motif is Rin Cho (or Lin chong), a former martial arts instructor. Doesn’t he look like a guy with a barrier behind his true skill? No. he looks strong/tough doesn’t he?

There are various info and artworks within the GDW website’s archives.

SCREENPLAY and MUSIC
gdw-jinraiger/blomaga/tagged 小説/ノヴァノベラ (NOVA NOVELLA!)

There are various screenplay drafts and novella, and you need to be a premium member to access them fully.

【特別公開】銀河神風ジンライガー 第1話 脚本準備稿 http://ch.nicovideo.jp/gdw-jinraiger/blomaga/ar1033639(#blomaga or Blog-Magazine)

Apparently the first chapter is called “The Wind rustles” (風そよぐ; kaze soyogu).

LEEROCK I:
荒ぶる正義感と勇気に満ちた若き風雲児・リーロック。しかし、彼はまだまもなく自分自身を呑み込む大きな運命の渦に気付いてはいない。

A young adventurer full with a wild sense of justice and courage – Weerock.
However, he does not realize the vortex of destiny that’ll swallow him yet.

Theme song by Yamagata Yukio. I hope you love rock.

 

You guys?! I

I! LOVE

MIQ/MIQ!

And she was selected to sing the ED, “Terra Amata“.

MECHA
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SOURCE: GDW Website: Jinraiga

JinRai looks amazing. Looks like the Water Margin Motif is true because I see the dragon style. For some reason, I am reminded of the Chronos monsters from the Guyver series, the Zoanoids. According to the website, Jinraiga is “a robot, and not a robot”.

More in the future!

Doggie & Mobile Suit Gundam: Ep 1 – 5


Five years ago, I watched and completed the cult classic Mobile Suit Gundam (1979 – 1980; 機動戦士ガンダム), a pop culture staple in Japan, and the pioneer in the mechanism of bipedal  “real robots”. Since then, I wanted to complete the gundam series in order, even though I’ve already watched recent series such as 00 (Double O), Unicorn, and Build Fighters. I also watched some of the OVAs taking place during or after the One Year War.

At the moment, I’m on hold at Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.

The same time, while watching MSG, I jotted down my quick rambles on the 43 episodes and made a series. I want to relieve those thoughts again – after cleaning them up and posting them here.

This is episode 1 through 5. However, I talked about episode 1 and 2 more than anything 😉

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