So sick right now @__@
I really shouldn’t have gone to school. @__@ actually, I turned up for my class and there was nobody there. I stood around worrying and wondered if the class had been cancelled without anybody telling me before I realised the obvious…
I’d turned up a whole hour early for class. @A@; I really shouldn’t be here today.
About two / three years ago, my Japanese friends took to calling me リットルお母さん (rittoru okaasan— little mother). There are many reasons why, primarily my speech mannerisms when I speak Japanese (a lot of でしょう deshou, a lot ofかしら kashira, ending my sentences in わ wa) but another main reason is because when I cook, I cook in a way that is apparently very motherly.
These, for instance, are 梅人参 (umeninjin),literally, “plum blossom carrots”). The clue is in the name. Japanese housewives put these dainty snacks into their childrens’ or husbands’ lunchboxes. They’re more for decoration than they are for nutrition. You can actually buy various cutters to punch shapes out of carrots. I’ve seen maple leaves, cherry blossoms, smiley faces, stars and lightning bolts all made out of carrots. But most mothers actually do it by hand as it’s cheaper than buying a cutter and it doesn’t generate any waste. I learned this method from one of my host mothers. All you do is peel a carrot, top’n’tail it, cut it in half and then cut 5 small, triangular-shaped notches down the sides of each half. Then slice them into rounds (or in this case, flowers!) as you usually would.
And then you will have umeninjin! And you may also start to be called “little mother” by your friends.
Drawing Edwardian Link and Zelda up neatly! They’re a bit sketchy and I can’t quite put my finger on why, but Link looks kind of weird… I think it’s the legs. I’m terrible at drawing men’s legs…
Would there be any firearms in this Edwardian LoZ game? Probably a replacement for the bow and arrow with magical ammunition like fire and ice bullets. The quest to find the bullets of light (or at least bullets enchanted with the power of light) could be one fraught with the sense that overpowering and dehumanizing technology is encroaching upon something ancient and sacred, but time is short and there are few options if the ancient evil is to be defeated.
I did wonder that! But probably for usability and to give the game a broader age range, it’d be best to stick to slingshots and bows and arrows for Link. Soldiers did still use swords in Edwardian times (bayonets and the like). But I think there’s no harm in Hyrule’s soldiers carrying rifles instead of spears. And I don’t see why Zelda wouldn’t keep a pistol tucked under those skirts…
Remember a few days ago when I said I wanted to see an Edwardian Zelda game? Well, I had a go at knocking up some character designs. These are both the result of a lot of trial and error.
Link started out with something that was pretty similar to how he looks now, just with a few buckles and buttons here and there. Then I looked up Edwardian men’s fashion and incorporated a few ideas. Mainly the tailcoat and the cravat. I actually drew him without his sword and shield with this clothing in a more formal way. No gloves, sleeves rolled down, shirt fastened to the collar and so on. I guess this is how he looks when Zelda / love interest gets kidnapped and when he gets ready for adventure.
Zelda’s inspiration actually came initially from the daughter Jane in Mary Poppins. I borrowed the “curled hair, ribbons and stockings” look as my starting point.I drew plain dresses on her initially but it didn’t look good. Again, I looked up Edwardian fashion but this time for girls as opposed to women and what came up was too frilly and ostentatious for my liking. So I went with a cross between something quite ordinary and something a bit more ornate. Thing is, this was the era where princesses stopped wearing crowns and jewellery so I gave her a fancy hat and a Loftwing-shaped brooch instead. XD This is what she would look like before being roughed-up a bit. I guess in being kidnapped she’d lose the hat and the waistcoat and would probably just be left with the dress underneath.
I hope you like them! I might draw them in more detail and colour them, too~ >w< What do you think?
Not a gif, but something I came across on my hard drive from years ago. My brother and I must have had a lot of spare time on our hands…
Something I submitted to a Bionicle blog. Found this today as I was clearing out my hard drive and it made me giggle. >w<;
You know what I’d really like to see?
I was thinking about this the other night in the wake of a lacking Zelda announcement at VGX 2013… but I’d really like to see a Zelda with an early 1900s look to it. Spirit Tracks kind of came close, but imagine that kind of Edwardian world in HD! Steam trains and viaducts and water towers and iron bridges and men in top hats and tailcoats… things like that. All set in an industrialising landscape. Perhaps you could have resentment towards the Hylians from other races such as the Gerudo or the Sheikah for colonising their homelands and pushing them out for the sake of industrialisation. Imagine what Link and Zelda would look like in Edwardian garb, too. Trouble is, I’d like to see Zelda armoured up and fighting in the next game… but I suspect that’s not going to happen, so I think I’ll just imagine her in some kind of Edwardian ladies’ dress. XD;
Maybe I should draw up something, here. Gosh, I sometimes wish I could design characters / locations for Zelda games. The imagination runs wild.
Anything new or interesting happen/going on lately?
Crayyy, very kind of you to ask~
Nothing much, really. Lots of study. Lots of work. Holidays in about a week. Not that they’re going to be much of a holiday… I have so much work to do it’s insane. Three 10+page translations, 7500 words to write and a dissertation to finish researching and start writing… But I’ll go to Malaga for New Year’s. >w< That’s my reward. I’m also looking forward to buying an Xmas present for my little brother. I’m thinking of getting him a set of felt-tip pens. Buying presents for children is probably more fun than buying them for adults. Or maybe that’s simply because I can over-indulge in my childish side…
Lately though, I’ve done a lot of drawing. Again, can’t post it here because it’s all original art for this big fantasy manga story thing I may well write one day. I’m so into the plot right now but I’m not writing things down. XD;; I really should. It’s funny, I often feel like I’m the story’s number one fan. Do other manga artists feel that way? I remember that Jamie Lynn Lano, an American girl who was an assistant for Prince of Tennis, once said that everyday was like a bunch of hardcore PoT fans just talking about PoT all the time. XD So maybe that’s normal, I don’t know. Anyway, I do love my manga. It’s my little baby. And I’m loving some of the themes I bring up, primarily gender, prejudice and societal issues such as orphans, refugees, terrorists and so on. They’re by no means original, of course, but weaving them in is really fun. The big thing my story does I guess is ask, “who are really the bad guys, here?”
Durnit, I wish I could show you guys some stuff. But oh well. XD It won’t be the first manga I’d write. I’d first like to write something more focused on foreigners or Britain to attract an interested enough audience and then move on to the story I’ve always wanted to write. I wonder if it’ll work out?
Perhaps Nintendo is working on both the Donkey Kong AND Zelda games at the same time, but they don't feel like they're confident enough to show the Zelda trailer yet? (That was probably a stupid thought from me.)
Not stupid at all! I would probably think the same if not for the fact that we’ve basically been told by Aonuma twice, now, that the trailer is ready to be shown. It was nearly shown at E3 and ComicCon in 2013 so I guess they’re going to hold back until E3 2014, now. I reckon we’ll see a holidays 2015 release. Which is good, because by that point I’ll hopefully have a job and therefore the money to buy the game. XD;
It seems all Nintendo did at VGX was show a playthrough of that new Donkey Kong game…
Arrrghhh Nintendo!! The Wii U is flopping!! What are you doing by not generating interest?! This was the perfect chance to attract a huge audience and you didn’t take it!!
By the time they announce the new Zelda or Metroid or anything that might lure back the more hardcore fan base, people will have lost interest at this rate… If they don’t tease something soon then the Wii U is in some serious trouble.