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Redrawing the Abyss - #1
This is a little project I wanted to try to experiment with where I basically take scenes from the Tales of the Abyss anime and redraw them in a more Tales-like style. As much as I appreciate that Abyss got a full 26-episode anime versus an OVA, I can’t say that I was terribly satisfied with the style and color changes they made to the characters. So here’s my first little go at it!
- Since these aren’t original, I won’t be uploading them on any art sites. This is just for my own enjoyment (and hopefully some of yours!).
This picture of Guy is from episode 10. It’s the scene where Luke returns from Yulia City with Tear to find Guy faithfully awaiting his return after the events at Akzeriuth. I drew it as a belated gift for Bossanovabyss, as I know Guy’s loyalty is one of the traits she loves most about him. Hope you like it!
- The head, eyes, and hair are completely different. (In the game, Guy is waiting across the way rather than high up on a rock, so I changed the directions his eyes were looking, too.)
- Guy’s choker, some folds in the clothing, his sword, the buttons, etc
- All the colors
- The background is the same, but I had to fix it in spots where anime!Guy was peaking out
If you have any requests for Abyss anime scenes you’d like to see redrawn in the Tales style, send them my way! I can’t promise I’ll do them all, but I’ll try to do what I can. - -b
Nerdfighter Benedict? Or just failed Vulcan?
As far as I can tell, there are eight possibilities here. (I’ve spent a fair bit of time thinking about this.)
1. Benedict Cumberbatch is a hardcore nerdfighter and when Martin Freeman threw up a gang sign, Cumberbatch was like, “I have one of those.”
2. Cumberbatch, who obviously has a relationship with Star Trek, just naturally changed the Vulcan sign (pulling in the thumbs, turning the palms inward, crossing the arms) in precisely the same way that I happened to change the Vulcan sign when I first made the nerdfighter sign in the halcyon days of 2007.
3. One of the interns on set who has gained the trust of Benedict Cumberbatch was like, “If you do your hands like this, the Internet will get really excited.” And so he did.
4. BBC, in their infinite wisdom, staged the entire photo and Cumberbatch was taught the nerdfighter sign (I MEAN LOOK AT THE PERFECTION OF HIS NERDFIGHTER SIGN! He seems so comfortable and confident in it, almost as if it is muscle memory, almost as if he has flashed it to his laptop screen on hundreds of occasions in the past, but I digress) and this photograph was staged to get people psyched for Sherlock, although what tiny segment of nerdfighteria is not already psyched for Sherlock? Also, if this is the case, who is Martin Freeman trying to advertise to? Residents of the West Side?
5. Benedict Cumberbatch has a relative or a friend who is a nerdfighter and so he is passingly familiar with nerdfighteria and liked what he has seen and wanted to make us all very happy.
6. The nerdfighter sign also happens to be the hand sign of some obscure English gang with which I am unfamiliar called like The East London Wanderers or The Slightly Intimidating Liverpudlians or whatever.
7. Nerdfighteria actually figures in the plot of the new season of Sherlock. Perhaps a nerdfighter has been (wrongly no doubt!) accused of a murder.
8. Benedict Cumberbatch was playing some kind of British version of Rock Paper Scissors against two invisible opponents, and he went double scissors (as any smart person would).
Wow okay so Persona 4 Arena’s currently $30 off at Play-Asia. Definitely getting this now since it’s currently $50 here where I live. (This is the US version btw, I heard the game was region-locked so yeah)
EDIT: Nevermind, I just realized we’re going by Singapore prices
And indeed, it’s the first PS3 game in existence to be region locked. No one knows why, and everyone was pissed about it.
Now I suddenly realize why our local shops practically have all region versions for sale here.
It really was a poor decision on their part, especially since Atlus has no European branch to guarantee a UK/Europe release. It took over a year for a lot of my overseas friends to get it because they couldn’t import it.
That sucks :|. Did they ever explain why they decided on that? And wow, didn’t know Atlus doesn’t have an EU branch…
It was region-locked because the NA release was something like 2 weeks after the Japanese release and, because fans always want it, it included the original Japanese language voice track (and text?). Generally this wouldn’t be a problem but because it was a new game in both Japan and North America and Japan’s prices are ridiculous (~$70-90 USD for a new console game instead of the typical ~$60-70 USD), it would have been cheaper for them to import the game from North America. I believe part of the agreement for Atlus USA to localize and release it so quickly after the JP release was that it be region locked so that the Japanese release would still sell.
It’s not the best solution and it reveals a lot about what’s wrong with region locking, the gaming market in various locales, and localization issues, but it’s the solution they went with. It was the choice of Atlus Japan to enforce the lock so don’t get mad at the branch that localizes for NA/EU. Atlus USA, to my knowledge, is usually so good about being nice to their fans overseas so if it were really up to them I’m sure they would have gone region free.Source: cometcloud