Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vocaloid Songs which Promotes Indonesia

Yup, Indonesia's the country which I was born and raised. Oh, and I'm going to have a citizenship card there, too I hope.

I just feel glad that a number of Vocaloid fans have attention to Indonesia as well, including the Japanese ones, the ones from the country home to the most famous Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.

First, I will post original songs by Indonesian people:

Jangan Benci by anita lucius feat. Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, and Kamui Gakupo

I like this song, it's just one of the types of songs I'm into. This song teaches us a lesson to not hate anything no matter the misfortunes we had experienced.

3G:gem(P)a gem(P)a gem(P)a!!! by binz'bell feat. Kagamine Len

This song is dedicated to the earthquakes which frequently happen in Indonesia (or other place, I don't know). The singer sings about the events of earthquakes.

month of music by meijuni feat. Hatsune Miku

I love this song! This song is about well, music. Just music, I guess. You could read the lyrics on the video if you want to know further.

Now is for the covers, as in Vocaloid singing an existing song:

Indonesian national anthem Indonesia Raya by Hatsune Miku


Indonesia Pusaka by Hatsune Miku

Indonesia Pusaka is filled with nationalism and tells about how awsome grateful the country is.

Adem Sari Jingle by Kaito

(Sorry for self-promoting...) It's a jingle for a type of health drink. It's a weird song, you know.

And now for those Japanese people who produced original Indonesia-related songs:

Sayang by yuyun feat. Kaito

Probably the most well-known Indonesia-related song made by a Japanese person, with more than 10,000 views on NicoNicoDouga. Not sure what the song's about, but I think it's about someone struggling to love and worship what's above. Related to the Balinese culture.

Gadis Jelaga by BungaP feat. Megurine Luka

The song is available on sale on iTunes. I think it's about about a "sooty girl", probably a doll which needs some love. The doll is mostly a wayang, a type of puppet used to tell stories. Related to the Javanese (or Sundanese) culture.

OK, I guess that's done. I hope Indonesia gets more mentions in Vocaloid songs. Good day.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Vocaloid Animonster (Indonesian Magazine) Translation

Just let me do this, OK?

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VOCALOID

Most of you guys might be familiar with the term Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid. Unfortunately, Vocaloid isn't the title of anime or manga [despite that a manga was released later which was based on this program]. Vocaloid is a voice synthesizer program made by Yamaha which is very popular worldwide. And Hatsune Miku is one of the characters made for this program. Vocaloid is 'played' not only by inputting words and notes into the program, we could also make these Vocaloids sing. Is it easy or hard? Well, it's more like in the middle...

ABOUT VOCALOID

Vocaloid is a voice synthesizer program developed by Pompeu Fabra University in Spain which is officially sponsored by Yamaha. The program enables the user to make songs from imitated voice data in the program by just inserting lyrics and melodies. The Vocaloid synthetic voices came is recorded from the voices of singers or seiyuus. There are a lot of famous seiyuu and singers whose voice became the base of these Vocaloids, one of them is Gackt, whose Vocaloid's name is Kamui Gakupo [which is an anagram of 'Camui Gackt'], and is called Gackpoid.

Vocaloid Software isn't only available in Japanese, the first Vocaloid series were actually made for English. Yamaha announced Vocaloid the first time in the Musikmesse festival in Germany by March 2003. Leon and Lola were the first Vocaloids to be produced. The program isn't only for professional musicians, but amateurs could also use it. What became the limitations are only the ability of each user.

HOW TO PLAY

The simple things to do is to put one syllable for one note, arrange the note where the syllable will be placed, the length of the note, the intervals, and the vibration of the voice. The lyrics and notes will be inserted into an appearance that is similar to a music sheet where the notes and lyrics could be arranged to the liking. The higher it goes, the note would also go higher, the same with the reverse. Each character's voice has a different voice range, some characters with a normal voice range would be falsetto if we put the notes outside the voice range. Or for characters with a high voice, low notes would sound very weird, that also goes for the characters with a low-voiced character, high notes will sound very silly and 'forced'.

The voice accent could also be changed. There are some pressings such as for the sound of 'r', 'p', and some other consonants on one of the modes. For Japanese Vocaloids, you could put Indonesian lyrics to be sung by these Vocaloids, but the pronunciation will sound funny. The sound of 'la' will sound like 'ea', and 'va' would sound like '~a'. But if you put the 'la' syllable without any pressure, it will almost sound like 'la'. It might sound easy, but there's a lot of note variations, length of making a song, and there are also a lot of features to be used. For anyone who is blind with notes and not musically talented, without any instruments to be played to know the desirable note; it will be very, very hard to arrange the notes in the program and make the Vocaloid character sing as the user wanted.

CHARACTERS

VOCALOID

- Leon & Lola
Developer: Zero-G LTD.
Series: Vocaloid
Release Date: March 3 2004
Gender: Male [Leon], Lola [Female]

Leon and Lola are the first series of Vocaloids. They first appeared in the NAMM event on 12 February 12 2004, and were commercially released in March on the same year.

- Meiko
Developer: Crypton Future Media LTD. [CFM]
Series: Vocaloid
Release Date: November 5 2004
Gender: Female
Voice Base: Haigo Meiko

Meiko is the first Vocaloid that is marketed with box ilustrated with an anime styled image. Her voice is taken from Haigo Meiko who is stable and flat, so it could be used for any kind of music. Before Luca appeared, Meiko is the most mature voice of Japanese voicebanks. Because this type of voice has more flow, Meiko has a wide voice range.

-Kaito
Developer: Crypton Future Media LTD. [CFM]
Series: Vocaloid
Release Date: February 17 2006
Gender: Male
Voice Base: Fuga Naoto

Kaito only sold 500 copies and Crypton considered it as a failed product. But after Hatsune Miku is released, Kaito had reproduced and now a large amount of Vocaloid users likes his voice characteristics which is soft but firm.

VOCALOID2

-Sweet-Ann
Developer: Power FX
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: 29 June 29 2007
Gender: Female
Voice Base: Jody

Sweet-Ann is the first Vocaloid to use the upgraded system Vocaloid2, with the voice of an Australian singer named Jody. Vocaloid fans give other names to Sweet-Ann, like Amai Ann, or Amane Ann.

-Hatsune Miku
Developer: Crypton Future Media LTD. [CFM]
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: August 31 2007
Gender: Female
Age: 16
Height/Weight: 158 cm/42 kg
Voice Base: Fujita Saki

Hatsune Miku's name was taken from the word Hatsu [first], Ne [voice], and Miku [from the kanji Mirai, future]. This green-haired girl with pigtails takes the sample from Fujita Saki's voice. Miku and Vocaloid became super popular since a Nico-Nico Douga [a Youtube-like site from Japan] uploaded a video of Hachune Miku [the chibi version of Miku] who sang Levan Polka [a song from Finland]--remixed with super fast notes--while waving a spring onion. Since that time a lot of Vocaloid users make their own songs, upload them, and the song is used by other users to make an animation for the song. Miku also held a concert in Animelo Summer Live in Saitama Super Arena in August 2009, she also showed up in Miku Fest [2009], Anime Festival Asia [2009], Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Project [2010]. By April 2010, Hatsune Miku Append was released. Append has voicebanks which is different from the usual version. All of the voices were still provided by Fujita Saki. The Appends voicebanks included are: Soft, Sweet, Dark, Vivid, Solid, Light.

-Kagamine Len + Rin
Developer: Crypton Future Media LTD. [CFM]
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: December 27 2007
Gender: Female [Rin], Male [Len]
Age: 14
Height/Weight: 152 cm/43 kg [Rin], 156 cm/47 kg [Len]
Voice Base: Shimoda Asami

This pair of blond-haired twins took the name from Kagami [mirror], Ne [voice], Rin [might be taken from 'right'], and Len [might be taken from 'left']. This Vocaloid2 software inserted a double voicebank for male and female. Because of that Crypton searched for a voice provider who could imitate the voice of both genders. Even though he's a boy, Len's voice range is almost the same as Rin, just a little bit lower. What made the difference is that Rin's accent is more 'boyish'. Len and Rin's voice are very harmonic so the user could use both of them for duets in a song.

-Kamui Gakupo
Developer: INTERNET Co. LTD
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: July 31 2008
Gender: Male
Age: In his 20s
Voice Base: Camui Gackt

Initially INTERNET Co. wanted to make a Vocaloid character based on the existing singers. Unfortunately it is hard to find a singer who would agree. After consulting with Dwango who in charge of Nico-Nico Douga, they suggested them to use Gackt. Gackt agree to 'lend' his voice and named the Vocaloid, Gacktpoid.

-Megurine Luca
Developer: Crypton Future Media LTD. [CFM]
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: January 30 2009
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Height/Weight: 162 cm/45 kg
Voice Base: Asakawa Yuu

Her name is taken from the word Meguri [around], Ne [voice], and Luca which is taken from the kanji Nagare [flow] and Ka [song]. The Luca program is produced for two languages, Japanese and English. Only a few days after her release, a lot of songs with Luca's voice showed up and were immediately put on the 30 Top Chart in Weekely Vocaloid Ranking [Februari 2009].

-Gumi
Developer: INTERNET Co. LTD
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: June 25 2009
Gender: Female
Voice Base: Nakajima Megumi

This official mascot of Megpoid named Gumi who is voiced by Nakajuma Megumi has the most realistic voice and sings with a soft voice. Between all of the female Vocaloids, only Gumi had the widest voice range.

-Sonika
Developer: INTERNET Co. LTD
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: July 14 2009
Gender: Female
Age: 17
Height/Weight: 1167 cm/58 kg
Voice Base: -

Sonika is the third Vocaloid2 which is based on English. She is the first English Vocaloid product to use a character design and biography printed on the back of the product package. Even though it is marketed in English, Sonika is able to sing a song in other languages' accents, because the voicebank is not limited to any syllable or phonetics.

-SF-A2 Miki
Developer: AH software
Series: Vocaloid 2
Release Date: December 4 2009
Gender: Female
Voice Base: Furukawa Miki

Her voice is frequently compared to the other Vocaloids', because it has similarities with Rin, Luca, and Meiko. This made Miki have a lot of voice variations but users would usually complain because what Miki has is already owned by the previous versions Vocaloid2.

There are more Vocaloid2 that had been released until the end of 2010, like Kaai Yuki, who represents a voice of a little 9-year-old girl. Hiyama Kiyoteru for the softest voice compared with the other male Vocaloid. Big Al, who has a classic rock voice. And there are still many more Vocaloids. Moreover, there already have news about the release of Vocaloid 3 by 2011.

OTHER PRODUCTS

Miku-Miku Dance
This program is separated from the other Vocaloid programs because it uses 3D animation. This freeware can be used to make the Vocaloid characters dance.

Vocaloid Flex
If Vocaloid 1 and Vocaloid 2 are programs specifically to make songs, then Vocaloid Flex is used for 'speaking'. This program has a speech synthesizer which enables the user to edit the phonetic voice system from the Vocaloid characters and make them talk like a person.

Netvocaloid
Like the usual Vocaloid program, users could make a song online with the program provided by the server. This program is available in English and Japanese.

OMAKE

Even if her name means 'first', Miku isn't actually the first Vocaloid of this second series, even if it's true, Miku is the first Vocaloid 2 in the Japanese version. Before Miku, there is Sweet Ann who first uses the new features in Vocaloid2.

A Vocaloid comic entitled Maker Hikoshiko Hatsune Mix, is serialized in Comic Rush magazine since November 2007. It was illustrated by Kei, the same illustrator as the one who designed Miku, Rin/Len, and Luca. The second comic entitled Hachune Miku ni Nichijo Roipara! is serialized in Comp Ace in December 2007, while the illustrator is Ontama.

As a virtual idol, Hatsune Miku held her first "live" concert on a projection screen during the Animelo Summer Live in Saitama Super Arena on August 22 2009. She also did her first overseas preformance in "MikuFes '09 (Summer)" on August 31 2009, during Anime Festival Asia (AFA) in Singapore. On 9 March 2010, Miku's first live solo preformance entitled "Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39's Giving Day" is opened in Tokyo Zepp in Odaiba, Tokyo. Then, the first Hatsune Miku concert in North America is held in San Franscisco. A playback of the concert was shown in New York in an anime festival on October 8 2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Surprise Party

I just saw my class head cried the first time! Well, it was her birthday today, and her school organization boss teacher guy helped my classmates (seriously, I wasn't involved) throw a birthday party by suddenly getting mad at her while "testing her mental skills". Man, she cried! And she's supposed to be some manly girl who suddenly got taller than me by less than a year.

She got chocolate cake. It tasted very good, just like when it's my homeroom teacher's birthday.

I think that each time someone was treated like that, I started to cry too. For two reasons: I want to be respected like that in a party (I didn't get much of a celebration this year, dang) and I imagine myself being treated like that.

Hm... I think I would already guess on what would I do if someone did a birthday party like that. I would get angry and run amok.

Anyway, I edited some of the screenshots which were related to Rami Malek (again, mentioned) in Photoshop (The Pacific and 24):




Above (just in case you asked why did I put a "random" woman): The girl who slapped Snafu Shelton.

Learned from tutorials on this site. I think I'll stick to drawing instead.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Aw man...



Anyway, CopyZinks123 is helping me inking my comic.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Pacific: Lots of Gore but I could Tolerate

Oh, darn! First is Night at the Museum, then this!!!??? Just because of some fictional Egyptian pharaoh mummy who learned English from Cambridge whom because of the power of the tablet he became really lifelike whose name is variously spelled and have a big hammy brother who is really jealous of him and had a dark gate which includes dark people and which the said pharaoh only appeared a few times in the movies???

Anyway, I watched some of the episodes of The Pacific because I knew it from reading stuff about Rami Malek, who played Ahkmenrah from Night at the Museum and Marcos Al-Zacar from 24. Oh, and Kenny from War at Home, too.

So I started watching the 5th episode. I knew that according to the storyboard, Malek's character Snafu barfed. Yeah, Snafu was awesome, even when he barfed (well, it's not like the barf was shown anyway). He also smokes and showed himself with no shirt on! I was like "he's so cool" and "he's so bad" at the same time.

Aww man! Why should I have to talk about Snafu if Sledge is one of the main protagonists?

Well, the main thing is that due that The Pacific is about the World War II involving people being shot and bombed and stuff, there's a lot of gore and blood! There's also the part where it takes place during their home: The United States of America. Yeah... that part was kinda boring. I could actually tolerate the gore and curse words. (Even though it's bad, it's just acting, right, so no people were actually harmed.) We should know that they were trying to guard America, right?

The soundtrack is awesome and epic! Even though The Pacific has its own soundtrack, there are some songs which reminds me of the HBO mini-series.



The song below was in my mind when I thought of Snafu (and some other Marines):

Friday, May 14, 2010

1234 comic preview


YAY! One page finished!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

First preview of 1234 (In progress)


Sorry if it's ugly-ish! I haven't put the pictures yet, but at least you'll get the picture of how will the "1234" comic will start out.

Oh, yeah, see this if you want The Pacific fanservice!

And this (safer in a sexual degree?):

Saturday, May 1, 2010

This Artist had Nothing to Do Today

Seriously! Today's like the day where I did 70% Wiki Walk on TV Tropes and shared some experience! Apparantly no actual replies are present. Sigh...

And I couldn't install the scanner (dang the laptop's CPU-thing), so I'm planning on asking cc404 to scan them for me. I'm gonna pay for her if she wants.

Keep supporting my comic, OK?

Now I'm watching The Pacific trailers and previews! I want to watch the real show, but my sister said that I wouldn't like it...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kenny's Rainbow Shooting Dance!



Just ignore the gay stuff! Well... if you want too... But nothing too bad is here. The video above is Kenny (Rami Malek) dancing gay style, so there.

I'm posting this video for cc404, since she wants to watch it. It's really funny!

YMCA...!...?

Oh, yeah, there's something else I want to show to her. It's about Marcos Al-Zacar from 24 being yelled at. He CRIED, you know! Well, at least in tears... Here it is.

1234 manga in process

I'm currently making a Manga named "1234". It's about the daily (or fantastic) lives of companions Lala and copycat404 (nicknamed "cc404" or "Cece" by some, though Lala calls her the former). I was inspired after reading "Satu Atap"; I found out that I could also try publishing a comic as well. It'll be in Indonesian, unfortunately. But, I'll publish them to the web in English only.

Now I'm in progress of making a chapter which Lala and cc404 visits an old mansion. Yep, that's a small spoiler for you! I'm not even finished with the draft yet! Do you know that I'd have to scan them to the computer, ink them on PaintTool SAI and GIMP, then print them out before sending them to the company?

So please support me for this project, OK?

-Lala L. Stella

Monday, April 26, 2010

Snouck Hurgronje vs. Marcos Al-Zacar



Sorry it's teeny. This is a picture of (left) Snouck Hurgronje and Rami Malek Marcos Al-Zacar from 24.

I found Snouck Hurgronje way before I've watched Night at the Museum where eventually I've found Marcos's picture. I found Snouck's picture in my Social Studies textbook, by the way.

Their eyes are just so weird aren't say. Who has more terror in their eyes?

FACT: I like Rami Malek more if I don't look at him.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Is liking someone real better than a fictional character?



Well, you know Rami Malek from the last post, right? *tsundere*Well, it's not like I'm liking him or anything!*tsundere* But... you know that he's real, while Montblanc's not! I've seen the guy's preformance from (almost) all of the programs he stars in. He did pretty much do things that I've never heard from Montblanc before, especially as Marcos Al-Zacar from 24. He shoots someone, bleeds, cried (with tears?). Yeah... I wish Montblanc could be like that. Could it be because...

Montblanc's not real?

Well, it's actually up to the creators of Ivalice Alliance if Montblanc's gonna do all stuff. And so far for the fanarts, the only fanart which involves Montblanc bleeding and crying are works by me! *sigh* This just sucks.

But what actually is better? Liking a real guy or a fictional guy? In a fangirl way, not a lovey-dovey-romance thing!

Hm... maybe I'll talk about that Egyptian American guy some more. A lot of people thinks that he's handsome, especially sexy, Or So I Have Heard from YouTube comments. Well, I don't think he's sexy! I don't even like to see his face. (Well, it's kinda my nature to not have eye contact.) I like how he acts innocent and stuff. I like comedy, and when he's associated with it, it's definitely something I like! I also like his voice somehow. It's not sexy! I just like voices like that. Despite that he's actually born (and raised?) in America, he still sounds a bit Egyptian, you know. And I like his role in Night at the Museum, Ahkmenrah/Akhmenrah/Akmenrah (man, so many spellings) mostly because of his clothes.

Do you know that this weird feeling inside me is also encouraged by my sisters, who also said that Rami Malek is attractive?

Just darn! ಠ_ಠ

Oh yeah! Look at this! This is mostly why I like that guy who I described the most in this post!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Curse you, Akhmenrah the Pharaoh!!!

*Screams Dr. Doofenshmirtz Style*

I watched Night at the Museum a few weeks ago, and saw Akhmenrah, the supposed pharaoh from the movie. All of my sisters and friends said that he's either cute, handsome, or hot. But I think that it's kinda disturbing to see him and his appearance drives me crazy! I like his costume, though. Yeah, it's pretty attractive.

But the rest is kinda creepy. Especially during the movie's sequel. The character who was played by Rami Malek only appears during the prologue and epilogue. And he kinda acted kinda nuts during the epilogue, when he tried to explain the magical tablet in front of little girls (who had not faced puberty yet, so they weren't attracted, yet), but ended up lying that it was just a decoration.

Hm... well, I'd better keep on liking Montblanc until I'm in college.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Candace Flynn

A sketch frenzy of Candace Flynn (along with other characters) from Phineas and Ferb. Some of them were made up, while some of them are from various episodes. Try to guess them.

FFTA3 Sprites



First, now the fanmade FFTA3 project is called "Final Fantasy Tactics A3: The Final Chapters". Then, I would like to tell you that I'm now in process of making the portrait sprites for that game. It's in here. I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sparta Remixes

Remember this post? First, it's not Xerxes, it's Leonidas!!! And second, well, there's a REMIX to it, too!



The one above is so funny! LOL!!! I've even made my own Sparta Remix, too! TWO!!! (The first one had bad graphics, but I'll put some animations to it.)



Sunday, February 14, 2010

Phineas and Candace's Father

Here's my opinions on the story of their biological father if you want to know.

Here is a special website dedicated to Phineas and Candace's father.

Not Lawrence Fletcher, their step-father. Their biological father, the one who caused Linda Flynn to get pregnant with those two. According to a lot of sources, there are two possibilities, that he either died or was still alive but just divorced.

Sorry if I was so sudden talking about Phineas and Ferb.

For the second possibility, there are canonical (not OC) three candidates to be Phineas and Candace's father.

1. Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

This candidate is most well-known to the fans of P & F, the evil scientist who wants to rule the Tri-State Area. The source mostly came from here and here. Below are the supporting and opposing factors, and the stretch of it.

Supporting factors

Many fans have believed that because they're face structure is the same (being triangle), having hair sprouts, and have the same hobbies, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is Phineas' biological father.

Turn to Oppose

If you look closely, their facial features are different. Heinz Doofenshmirtz has a long pointy nose and a long chin, while Phineas looks mostly like a fish.

Opposing factors

In the episode "What Do It Do?", Doofenshmirtz had claimed that he met Linda Flynn before, being on a date and stuff, but after he tries to use his invention, the date didn't went well and he never met her again.

Turn to Support

If we try to stretch this up, it would go to a mature, 18+ measure. Dr. D would meet Linda and made her pregnant without noticing that she is Linda. She may be on drugs or something (thinks of Forest Gump). This may be the reason that he had been divorced to his previous wife. However, some event like this would usually occur to either one of the children.

2. Roger Doofenshmirtz


Ah, Roger. Heinz's little brother who does many things better than him (except for inventng stuff). He doesn't make much of an appearance, so I'm only going to put factors only.

Supporting factors

He is Heinz's brother. Therefore he could bring his genes to his children Candace and Phineas.

Opposing factors

See Heinz's Opposing factors above.

3. Perry the Platypus


Yeah, you must have been wonder why an animal be a human's biological father. You see, one of the posts on this blog explains the story of this candidate. For short, it says that Perry used to be a human who was later changed into a platypus.

Supporting factors

Perry cares so much for the Flynn-Fletcher family. He is also mature compared to the other agents he works with. Then, in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", Perry dreams of Candace dreaming something. There's a "Little Brothers" song sequence, where every moment since Phineas was born. Also, this the ending turned out to be Perry's dream, he seems to know a lot.

Turn to Oppose

Perry may care about the Flynn-Fletcher family because they have token care of Perry very much. In the "Little Brothers" sequence, Perry might be randomly guessing what would Phineas and Ferb's past would be like.

Opposing factor

Perry's organization, the O.W.C.A, wouldn't accept non-animal agents (except for Planty the Potted Plant). There is also so far no special relationship between Perry and Linda Flynn, his supposed "wife".

Turn to Support

The O.W.C.A. may only had Perry the human as an agent.
After he was turned into a platypus, they trained some animals to be an agent. Perry wouldn't really want to relate himself to Linda because he is probably jealous or that's part of acting as a normal pet platypus. He would probably care more of his "children".

After you have read the information above, it is actually up to you which one is the father, since I doubt that the creators of Phineas and Ferb would show out loud about that.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Miko is PPGZ's Bunny!



I've kinda traced it so Miko Shirogane looks like a Powerpuff Girls Z. And guess what? She does look like Bunny, the fourth Powerpuff Girl! Yeah, now I'm kinda obsesed with drawing Miko Shirogane as Bunny.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Girl looks like Montblanc!


Kinda spoiler-ish, but as long as the story isn't shown a lot, it wouldn't be that much of a spoiler, right?

Well, this is MiniMandy (a.k.a "Minnie"). She's in this "warrior" mode. It's green, with yellow lining, had brown stockings, oh man! I cannot believe Bleedman had drew something so cool! He drew something very similar as to Montblanc! She even had gray eyes and blonde hair, which is even more similar!

Then there will be something important to her while wearing that attire! I'm going fangirl right now! Let me breathe hard first!

OK, I read this comic with my sister since she wanted to read this. I'm also curious because it's a very known comic. Oh, and this comic is called "Grim Tales from Down Below". I just hope I don't get it wrong...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Montblanc in FFTA3: OA


I will introduce Montblanc from Final Fantasy Tactics A3: Omega Awakening (I kinda suggest it as Final Fantasy Tactics α3), a fan project, not from Square Enix, as it's disclaimed. In the website that is now on maintenance, I was in charge of this character (I'm a big fan of him anyway).

Let me kinda do some artist interview kind of thing. I gave him a monocle because of his "upperclass" state. You know, because of he leads Clan Centurio, one of the most well-known clans in Ivalice. If you think about the clan's salary, you'll think that the clan leader would get the most money right? That made me think that Montblanc's rich. Another reason is because he's a professor type of person in this game. I'll explain later.

His outfit isn't actually his original outfit from the other games (unlike the picture above), instead Montblanc would wear a modification of it.

Well, you'll probably know what's its relation with the story plot below (it's font is white, so it's a spoiler thing).

Montblanc is the leader of Clan Centurio, a clan that is well-known all across the world. But despite of Montblanc's fame which led him to be almost more famous than Prima Donna, not a single person, with the exception of his close friends, knew even a hint that Montblanc has a certain goal.

When the moogle wasn't standing on the banister giving hunts or using his Black Magick to knock off monsters and crooks, or searching around the streets for the latest rumors so he could solve them, Montblanc resides in his bedroom, reading some books he either borrowed or bought in public places. What was in those books?

Books about Grimoires, magic, crystals, anything inter-dimensional. He wanted to know about the world his old friend had lived. It has been years that he's been doing this, reading pages and pages and study on them.

When Montblanc had already married a wealthy girl (named Reaker), quit his clan for a while, and had a child who was old enough to go to school, something had said to him that he should have a journey, to deepen his knowledge about this Grimoire, or even help someone with a pack of knowledge filled within his head.

Montblanc is later found in Jylland by the protagonists of FFTA3, Mira and Otto (such not-good names, I guess) during a mission where an unknown person needed help in research (or his monocle, this is still to be discussed). They thought it was a Nu Mou, but then he was Montblanc. Mira tells Montblanc that she wanted to go home to Earth, then he says that his old friend was from there too. Montblanc said that his friend was lost, but he helped him to bring him back home.

With all of those people following Montblanc, there was a mission where another clan member of Clan Centurio (and a big fan) wanted to have a battle with him. When they get defeated, the member of Clan Centurio said that they weren't good enough because of Montblanc's absence, but the founder said that they just needed to train harder.

His signature weapon is a Bulava, a mace made for some noble upperclassmen like him. It was made for a long time, and it was an award with no price. The mace gave him a new ability to his Negromancy skillset, Faust. It could be obtained through a special mission where his wife sent him a package. Montblanc must receive it in the Harbor, but it was invaded by pirates, therefore they must be defeated in order to finish the quest.

There's also a dismiss mission (a feature Tempestman introduced) for Montblanc, where he receives a letter from his wife that her family misses him. You don't have to worry, since you could also turn back from this mission. There will be some Yes/No option in the quest.

That's all for the information. It's not that it's accepted by the FFTA3 crew, but let's hope it does.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Final Fantasy Tactics A3 info

Final Fantasy Tactics A3: The Final Chapters (temporary name) is a fan project started by Tempestman. It is a group of ideas by many fans of the previous Tactics series. It has both dark and bright elements. The story is about a school girl who found a mysterious book on the streets, despite that she didn't really like ancient books like the book she found. She kept it anyway since her father is an enthusiast of historical books. When she slept, she found herself in a weird world known as Ivalice, in a situation where war is in place.

Characters: (some spoilers, but some major spoilers are hidden.)

Mira Randell:
The female protagonist who found the book in her town. She happened to have a mysterious power, which might trigger the Grimoire she held.

Otto: The male protagonist who saved and helped Mira in Ivalice. He is described as the "player character" and he is as important as Mira. Otto is an archer who seeks revenge.

Jak: Otto's moogle thief who has the same goal. Their clan will named based on his "grandpappy", and he talks a bit more "streety" than others.

Lif: He is a viera, and Shara's brother who protects Mira, since she is familiar to another person who was described to him before. Despite being a male viera, he lived among female viera instead of the place where male viera should belong to.

Seth: Otto and Jak's best friend, who was thought to be dead a few moments ago. But he was seen alive again...

Mid: A Rev engineer who loves engineering. Not much is known about him.

Marigold: Lif's old friend, she was his partner a long time ago. She seems to have an affiliation with Seth (or does she?).

Montblanc: A moogle who works part-time as a "professor". He went to Jylland in his expedition in order to research the place where there was another person who was involved with the Grimoire before. Yes, this time, he has a wife.

Babus: Yes, he's here too. But as an illusion made by the Occuria.

Just go here and here if you want to see or contribute any ideas.