Reflective Task – Review of Independent Media

The last task for my blog posts in CIU110 is to review a piece of independent media. I chose to review the work-in-progress game “Yandere Simulator” by YandereDev.

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Before I get into this review I must point out that the game ‘Yandere Simulator’ is in no way complete, as its creator YandereDev continuously points out, what is currently available is a debug sandbox build to allow people to test out the features of this game and report back problems. There is no way to win this game at present.

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‘Yandere Simulator’ is a work-in-progress game based around the idea of the Japanese character trait of Yandere, who is generally a female character who obsessively loves someone, enough to kill. These characters are deranged and mentally unstable. The main character of Yandere Simulator, currently known as Yandere-chan, or Ayano Aishi, is such a character. She is obsessed with the character who is her Senpai, currently called Taro Yamada. The game revolves around the world of Yandere-chan as the player controls her, trying to win Senpai’s affections by keeping away his other potential girlfriends, who are Yandere-chan’s rivals. YandereDev has stated that the finished game will take place over a time period of ten weeks, with each week having a new rival for Yandere-chan to eliminate. Should the player fail to eliminate the rival before the Friday of the week they appear, the rival will confess their love to Senpai and the game will be over. The ways of eliminating the rival will eventually range from murder to a much more peaceful matchmaking.

All up, the idea for this game is great. It has its complexities and makes the game have an interesting feel. The idea for a stealth game based in a high school is amazing, it is on par with other steath games, such as Assassins Creed or Hitman. The high school setting makes it very unique, and potentially harder, as the player will be trying to avoid the detection of teachers, students, and most importantly; Senpai. Should you be discovered by any of the aforementioned characters, committing murder, covered in blood, carrying a weapon or visibly insane, you will suffer consequences that more often than not, result in Yandere-chan becoming heartbroken because Senpai noticed her, or apprehended because she was caught, causing Game Over.

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Osana Najimi – Planned first rival of the game

The animation in this game so far is smooth and, even though incomplete, fits every action that Yandere-chan is doing. While there are quite obviously many animations missing from the game, what is there already starts to tie the game together.

This game is about being a teenage school girl, stalking her upperclassman trying to sabotage his love life from the shadows to become his girlfriend. YandereDev has stated many times that the whole game will be affected by your decisions. It is not meant to be an easy game, as YandereDev said, it should be very hard to get away with murder, and that is what makes this game interesting.

All up this game has some very good ideas that, if developed properly, will turn into an amazing finished product. YandereDev is doing a good job working on this game, and there it is certain that he will release more great updates for the sandbox build of this game for players to test for bugs.

~Icetail38~

To find out more about Yandere Simulator head here: https://yanderedev.wordpress.com/about/

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Blog Task – Curation Activity

Hello! I’ve been tasked to share some of my curated content for to this blog. I hope you don’t mind. I decided to share my favourites page from my DeviantArt account and my Quotes board from my Pinterest account.

I love art. And I love seeing other people’s art. DeviantArt, in my opinion, is the best place to share your own art, keep a collection of your favorite art, and discuss art with other artists. In my favourites list I have many folders to sort each of the images, and pieces of literature that I have liked from other artists.

http://frostieheart.deviantart.com/favourites/

Over the short period of time that I have had Pinterest, I have collected a stack of quotes. Inspirational quotes, motivational quotes, quotes from my favourite games, movies, anime and books, and quotes that just connect with me. They are a fuel for my inspiration, giving me ideas for stories and pictures of my own.

Blog Task – Future Predictions for Media

Recently, I went to the cinema to watch ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ with my mum. While there we noticed how many empty seats there were. This made me wonder, how often are movie theatres almost empty these days? How often does is the theatre empty when a movie is shown? While the next logical question from there would be; does the theatre even play the movie if there is no one there to watch it, that is not important. What the important thing is this; I predict that the popularity of cinema is falling.

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Why do I say this? Well for first things,  movies from smaller producers aren’t as well advertised anymore. I saw no trailers for the Warcraft movie unless I went searching for them. I’ve seen plenty of ads on YouTube that are trailers for Marvel movies and movies from other big studios like Dreamworks, but nothing for Warcraft. Around websites with third-party advertisement, I only once did I see an ad that was for Warcraft. I love the game World of Warcraft, and I love trying to find out everything about the game I can, but I can say that I didn’t know that this movie even existed before my mother showed me the trailer that she had managed to find. With a monopoly on advertisment, smaller studios don’t get as much publication.

Angry Birds movie posterThis brings me to my next point; the length of time some movies stay in cinemas for and how often screening are. The Angry Birds movie is only shown in Event Cinemas in Australia  at around 9:30am each morning, and not showing at all in some cinemas.  This makes getting to movies hard, since with only one screening a day,while might encourage fuller cinemas, doesn’t give people many options to work with. Traffic issues can cause people to be late for screenings, and can also discourage people from wanting to watch movies at the cinema.

Another point I would like to bring up is Netflix. Netflix has its own original programming which has started adding movies to its lists. These movies don’t get released in cinema, therefore subtracting from the appeal of going to the cinema to watch movies. While not movies like Marvel or DC cinematic universes or Star Wars, it can only be assumed that eventually those aforementioned movies, or movies like them, will eventually become available on Netflix  or other web streaming providers. Why would someone go to the cinemas when they can just stream the movie at home?

Piracy_Its_A_Crime_WideAnd this brings me to my final point; piracy.  Downloading illegal copies of a movie for free.  Why waste money going to the cinemas to view something you can get for free later once it has been placed on a piracy website?  A sad but true that is that, yes, people do breach copyright laws just to save some money and watch their favourite movies. It’s a crime, (as the picture states) but some people don’t care. And it’s piracy that is killing the popularity of cinemas the most.

With all these pain made, I wish to reiterate what I stated before; I predict that in the near future, the popularity of cinemas will die. The price of watching movies at the cinema will increase and further discourage people from going, and the theatre’s seats will be emptier.It is strange to see the popularity of cinema fall after growing up around people always talking about when they will next go to see a movie. Not many people have conversation like that anymore, only talking about what the newest model of smartphone is or what the latest game releases are.  But this is the way that cinema popularity is falling. Perhaps in fifteen years its popularity will rise again.

~Icetail38~

Assignment: Visual Timeline

Animation has brought forth many characters that have touched the hearts of fans, and last year the character of Otosaka Ayumi from the anime ‘Charlotte’. This timeline seeks to outline the potential inspiration that helped create Ayumi.

Otosaka Ayumi (2015)

1 Otosaka Ayumi

Ayumi is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Otosaka Yuu. She can be annoying at times but she always means well, her annoying tendencies springing from her excitable personality, such as leaving annoying messages on her brother’s bento, making her a cute character that is impossible to hate.

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She has huge expressive eyes that shine with happiness. Her long hair is always flowing behind her as she excitedly bounces and runs around. Ayumi only has four outfits seen in ‘Charlotte’, her school uniform, casual clothes, winter clothes and her pyjamas, and all these outfits are some form of a red, orange or yellow colour palette (discounting the uniform, which only has the red bow.) These colours are vibrant and reflect her happy personality.

Ayase Alisa (2013)

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Ayase Alisa is from the anime ‘LoveLive! School Idol Project’. She is very much like Ayumi, sharing an interest in music, and loving her older sibling.

Like Ayumi, Alisa is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Ayase Eli. Alisa’s supportiveness is shown through her willingness to voice her opinion, without fear of people shooting her down. Her character design is also cute in appearance, and helps with her personality when she makes adorable mistakes while trying to help her older sister.

Alisa wears a lot of white clothes, occasionally wearing black or dark blue, reflecting her innocent nature. Most of the time its her uniform, in a simple sailor outfit style. Also in likeness to Ayumi, she has the same expressive eyes and, though shorter, free flowing hair. While she might not bounce around like Ayumi all of the time, she is no less cute.

Dojima Nanako (2008)

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From the game ‘Persona 4’, Dojima Nanako is the younger cousin of the protagonist.

Nanako is shy when she first meets the protagonist, but very quickly shows that she cares for him, and wants to help her older cousin, and while she may be more mature than Ayumi and Alisa, Nanako still shows the childish innocence that both of the aforementioned characters have, calling the protagonist and his friends her “big brothers” and “big sisters”.

She wears a lot of pink and white throughout the game. The white showing her innocence, like Alisa, and the pink representing her cheerfulness, like Ayumi. She still has the same expressive eyes as the previous two characters, but her hair is different, being tied into two ponytails on either side of her head, instead of flowing free, giving her a slightly more childish look.

Aryll (2002)

4 AryllIn the ‘Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’, Aryll, like Nanako, is a mature and helpful character. Aryll is the Hero’s little sister, and she tries to assist her brother and grandmother in any way she can, lending the Hero her telescope for his birthday. Ayrll is also compassionate, shown when she asks the Hero to help Tetra, whom she has seen being dropped by a giant bird.  She also loves playing with seagulls, showing an affinity for animals.

The simpleness of Aryll’s dress, like Nanako’s, shows off the childish innocence of the character. Her eyes are less expressive, stemming from the lack of colour to them, but they still show the excited nature of Aryll through angles. Her hair is the exact same style as Nanako’s, also adding to the childishness of the character.

Lucy Pevensie (1950)

4 Lucy PevensieAs the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is often disregarded by her older siblings, as seen when she insists that the Wardrobe leads to Narnia, and several other times during the series. She is compassionate and willing to help everyone, when she want to help Mr Tumnus the Faun. She is also brave, adventurous and very curious.

In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the first time we meet Lucy in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, she wears simple dresses, common to young girls during the time the story is set, 1940, World War II. Her hair, once again, is like Aryll and Nanako’s, in twin tails on either side of her head.

Alice (1865)

5 AliceAlice, like Lucy, falls into a magical world which she then explores. In Wonderland, Alice displays her curiosity and courage as she traverses, meeting many strange and weird characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Alice is also somewhat helpful, in her (sort of) assisting the Duchess look after the baby which turns into a pig. Alice tries hard to be polite, but seems to fail to take into consideration others feelings.

The original Alice, drawn by John Tenniel, has free flowing hair like Ayumi and Alisa, and a simple dress like Lucy. The style fits in with the style of the time period.

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From Alice to Ayumi a clear archetype is formed, as the supportive younger sibling. It shows the character in a cute and encouraging fashion. These characters can’t be hated, and can cause much change to the emotional atmosphere of the world around them.

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Blog Task – My Media Use and Identity

If I had to choose three favourite forms of media, I would have to say games, anime and my paper stash. And those three things tie in so seamlessly together. The games and anime provide the inspiration which I then draw down onto my paper, or write down into stories.

World-Of-Warcraft-LogoGames are my main source of inspiration, with such captivating story that I am able to interact with, its where I go to first when I need to find more ideas. PC games such as “World of Warcraft” are good places to start, with its many different story and quest lines, its not hard to find inspiration or get lost within the story. The same is so with other games like “Legend of Zelda” games or “Fire Emblem” games for Nintendo consoles. They have such captivating stories that are well thought out and take time to complete, instead of being just “finished in one afternoon” kind of story.

Charlotte_keySomething else that can’t be completed in an afternoon (unless you are crazy) is a full season of Anime. Doesn’t stop anyone from trying to watch it all in an afternoon. Anime like Sword Art Online, Charlotte and Black Butler are another source of inspiration, but also entertainment. I love watching anime, animations in general, to find mistakes in the animation, or inconsistencies in the story. Its just funny to me when I notice one frame where the animation has been left uncoloured in some part of the image, or when there is a jump in a walk or run cycle. But other than a source of amusement, I love the art style of anime. It is amazing. I love watching the characters move around their worlds, taking in all the detail of the art style involved.

failure_means_the_loss_of_everything__sketch__by_frostieheart-da69y1pFinally we come to my paper stash. Lined paper, white paper, coloured paper, used paper, even handmade paper! I have it all. Paper is my life, because without it I wouldn’t be able to draw or write my stories (No, Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop do not travel with me everywhere, paper does.) As can be seen in my sketch to the side, I use a semi-anime art style in my drawings. This particular drawing compliments my short story “Failure Means the Loss of Everything”, showing what I envisioned when I wrote the story, and how I saw Icetail (right) and Montague (left) as they conversed.

And that is what I have to say on the topic of media. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

If you wish to read my story that the last image is related to, please click this link to head to the last chapter of “Tragic Is Only Another Word For Pain”:
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8507009/19/Tragic-Is-Only-Another-Word-For-Pain

If you want to read more of my stories, please head over to my profile on FanFiction.net here:
https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3395518/Icetail-of-WindClan-Meta-If

And if you would like to see more of my art, please head over to my DeviantArt profile here:
http://frostieheart.deviantart.com/

Thanks for reading through this post

~Icetail38~

DISCLAIMER: World of Warcraft, Fire Emblem, The Legend of Zelda, Charlotte, Black Butler, and Sword Art Online are all owned by their respective companies. All I own is the sketch image and the story and profiles I have mentioned.

Blog Task – What Brought Me Here

Recently the game ‘Fire Emblem Fates’ came out for the 3DS in Australia and I have been playing it since it came out, already having completed the ‘Conquest’ side of the game. You might be wondering “Rebekah, what does this have to do with what brought you here??” Simply put; everything. Your next question is probably “where is here?” Well ‘here’ is SAE Qantm Creative Media institute.

157961_packshot_l_v5Games like ‘Fire Emblem Fates’, it predecessor; ‘Fire Emblem Awakening’, and even games like ‘Runescape’ and ‘World of Warcraft’, require animation to bring their characters to life. Animators use images to induce emotions and tell story in visual ways that cannot be conveyed through words. I find myself with an unadulterated fascination in using images to pull at the heartstrings of players and viewers.

A perfect example for this is the moment in ‘Fire Emblem Fates’ when you are forced to chose a side. Whether you own ‘Birthright’ or ‘Conquest’, or are waiting around for the release of the third path ‘Revelations’ (Or its already come out for you), when you are told to choose a side it is impossible to not feel conflicting emotions at the choice you have to make.

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It is these inflicted emotions through animation and pictures that make me interested in doing animation myself. There is only so much emotion that I can drag out of my writing, and only so much emotion one can pull out of still images. The greatest emotional impact comes from animation and films, and I want to learn how to make animation like that.

~Icetail38~

“Computers don’t create computer animation any more than a pencil creates pencil animation. What creates computer animation is the artist.”

John Lasseter
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A Reintroduction To My Blog

Hello internet, I am Rebekah, and to finally do what I have never really done; I am an Animation student at SAE Creative Media Institute, studying a Bachelor or Animation. As a part of my retaking of the unit CIU110, I am “re”introducing my blog, to give better insight into who I am as a person and an animator.

Alice-in-WonderlandIn class I was asked what my current obsession is. I guess my current obsession at the moment is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, children’s animated TV shows such as Octonauts and older kids shows like Care Bears, and then games such as Fire Emblem Fates and World of Warcraft. How very unrelated those things are! I also love anime like Blood-C, Black Butler, Charlotte and Sword Art Online (to name a few).

The reason I like these…. things…. is because they all have great stories. I love stories, love writing them, love reading them; and reading, watching and playing books, movies, anime and games helps me get inspiration for my own stories that I inevitably write.

While writing might be what I enjoy most, it isn’t something that I can make a living from right away, so I chose the next best thing; Animation. Animation can also help me visualise my stories, improving my own writing.

Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope you have a better idea of who I am and what animation means to me.

~Icetail38~

Image reference
Book Detail – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (1888). Support.bl.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from http://support.bl.uk/Book/Detail/b9d9746d-7f2f-4e4a-9f73-a26c00f62ff2