Okay. I had a few days off and I was so amazed that I got some creative juices flowing back. Well, not quite creative as I didn’t drew from imagination. I just had a huge urge of doing one of my enjoyable hobbies – drawing anime. And as mentioned, it is not exactly creative coz I once again copied from pictures I saw and did little revisions, some intentional but mostly I accidentally edited coz I couldn’t copy the exactness of the picture. However, I feel like it is quite an achievement in my creative life coz this is the first time I tried watercolor painting. I don’t have any prior proper classes for such. I just had quick reads and mostly youtube study sessions. Lo and behold, I was able to produce two artworks as a beginner of some sort. Let me share with you…
This is my second watercolor painting. It’s Tanaka Kou from Ao Haru Ride.
Below are the WIP images. I just want to share the progress with you though it’s not documented as detailed as one can possibly do. I only want you to see how simple and quite the beginner I am.
So season 2 has finally ended. I am so happy that things I read in the manga were shown magnificently in the anime. I so loved that the best karuta battles were given emphasis. The season 1 characters we wanted to see again came back in season 2. Those we wanted to play shown great battles in this season as well. Plus, there were newbies in Chihaya’s team, they were given enough time to shine and they did have fascinating stories told.
Tsukuba Akihiro, the hero in his little brothers’ eyes, a master in the second verse karuta game. He is definitely an eccentric character with his slanted eyes and weird gestures. But his love for the game and his want to be the role model for his younger siblings were a fun watch.
Hanano Sumire, the vain freshman who is so enamored with her senpai. She joined Mizusawa Karuta Club to be near the club’s president. But along the way, Sumire developed a love for the game. She may still be in denial but her actions showed otherwise.
Then there are our main characters – the original Mizusawa players. Each of them grew so much in character. Of course we all wanted them to win in their individual battles but no great lessons can be learned that way. At least this season they went home as the National Team Champions, beating the five-time Karuta team champion Fujisaki High.
And as much as I wanted to discuss Wataya Arata’s exemplary display of his one of a kind Karuta game, this season is actually all about Mashima Taichi. Season 2 showed how much Taichi grew stronger and his decision to breakaway from his mentor and develop his own sense of playing the game. His want to support Chihaya in her aspiration to be queen, Taichi unintentionally developed his own desire to become stronger, not necessarily to beat Arata or Chihaya but to be able to play in their level… to be able to play with them.
With that, I am ending this entry with a fanart.
Here’s Taichi’s favorite poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem # 16:
Ariwara no Yukihira
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba’s peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I’ll come back again to you.
I am certainly in limbo at the moment especially in my work life. There’s so much gray area and it made me so unhappy. Well, I am not the only person in my department who is unhappy with what is happening. We’re sad and we’re all weighing our options. It’s so hard to be in this situation where you love the people you work with and you love your work but work isn’t loving you back. Deep sighs.
With that said, a bit of the burden is lifted off my chest. Thank you for letting me rant a bit. For a treat, here’s the finished/colored version of the chibi Ichi-Ruki I drew a couple of days ago. ‘Finished with colored pencils.
Here’s the reason why I felt relieved. Ichigo’s asauchi has finally taken form. He isn’t Zangetsu. More like Hollow Ichigo, right?
Because charlmeister is a fellow Ichi-Ruki fan, I want to share here (and with her) what I wrote about Bleach, Ichigo and Rukia at the end of the Deicide arc (Chapter 420). It was posted in my old blog (viktorialouise@LJ) last September 22, 2010.
I am stunned to learn that there are only a few Ichi-Ruki shippers. I’ve always thought that this pairing is the most famous and the most probable to come true should Kubo end the manga with a romantic twist. As of the moment, that wish of mine is far from ever happening. But I am crossing my fingers…
Anyways, here’s what I wrote before: