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  • You ever see a video that brings you great joy, then you forget about it for a while, and then when you rediscover it again it brings you just as much joy as the first time? That's this video for me.

    Now that my head trauma is significantly less debilitating (read: I took a shit-ton of medications and a nap), I decided to welcome Akari to my computer! And along with her, who's that lovely lady~?

    Dr. Realist remains the single best usage of Gakupo and CosMo's single most underrated masterpiece. :miku_ani_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Actually, it's been a long-time dream of mine to cover it, especially with Gakupo/Rin/Luka V4, but I, uh... I can't top that. It's been ten years and still it's auditory perfection.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Actually, fun fact: one of my very earliest Vocaloid fanfics (which was mercifully never transferred digitally and remains lost to time in a tattered notebook) was based on Star Girl and the Illusion Paradise. There'd only been about four songs released at the time, so of course the events and characterizations were way off, but in my defense... anyway! The only thing I explicitly remember from it was Dr. Realist going into a fit of hysteria, Rho being like "Sister... he's doing it again." and Lambda saying "Yes, I see. I'll handle this." Then she smashes an alarm clock over his head and drags his unconscious body out of the room while Rho thanks her.

    Also, my dad was forced to listen to it endlessly with me when I was a teenager, and he liked to joke about how traumatic such a chaotic song was. He called it "Dr. Feelgood". When I moved back home a few years ago, he asked me to put some songs on his phone, so I did... and decided to slip Dr. Realist onto the playlist, for old time's sake. A few days later I got a call from him. He'd had his playlist on Shuffle while commuting and Dr. Realist inevitably came on, and he'd had to pull over because he was laughing so hard.
    I finally discovered why Akari's taking so long: I had her delivered to my mom's, because she works from home and lives in a secluded neighborhood, plus my mom works from home, perfect for receiving packages and ensuring their safety. Except she leaves the house between 3 and 4 every day to pick up my sister from school... which is when EMS has been coming by to deliver Akari. And search though I tried, I never did find a way to digitally sign off ahead of time.

    They FINALLY left a note today saying that they're just gonna keep it at the nearest post office for me to come pick up. So I'll have my girl tomorrow, assuming I don't sleep through my alarms again!
    Well, that didn't take as long as I was anticipating... granted, since I don't own Azuki yet, I don't have access to the extra files that I utilized to make Matcha's box look smoother, so the logo/border especially looks awful. I'll fix that in due time, but for what I have to work off of I don't think it's half bad!

    I had a lot of fun making that Matcha box, so I'm gonna make one for Azuki too, I think! And by "I think" I mean "I've already spent an hour reconstructing the pattern on her box and trying to make sure her size and positioning matches up with Matcha's box because I have to warp and distort a slanted image of her to use as the main visual because her artists think releasing high-quality front-on transparent images of these girls is the dumbest idea ever".

    Wish me luck once more! :azuki_lili:
    Hmm. Kind of annoyed at the image quality because there's literally no high-quality version of just Matcha with no Azuki, but otherwise... what do y'all think?

    In going with all the designing I've been doing lately, I've decided to try out a new venture: designing box art! Er, well, recreating it anyway. The only full-blown recreation of Matcha's box art that I've found uses a REALLY blown-out, low-res image of her and the incorrect logo, sooooooooo I figured I'd try taking matters into my own hands! Wish me luck~ :matcha_smile_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    The trick, it would seem, is finding a high-res image of Matcha V4 on her own. Her installer comes with a wallpaper that's made recreating the pattern on the box easy, but it only shows her from the waist-up. Hmm...
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Ah, it's coming together nicely! I have to wake up in like five hours for work, but hell, it's worth it. This is fun!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    The most widely-used V4 box template is actually just an edited version of the standard V3 box... including a hastily-edited reference to the Tiny V4 Editor, which, of course, doesn't exist. Thankfully Una's box has a beautifully blank and editable V4 description! Unfortunately I can't get a very good picture without a lot of hue and shade discrepancy, so I'll have to take her to work with me tomorrow so I can properly scan it in and then edit it. Here's hoping I have the time, because then I'll be able to finish by tomorrow night!
    Well shit. Who's gonna be my comfort VB now? When I'm sad or demotivated I go mindlessly tune with Haiyi for a bit, but that's off the table for the foreseeable future... as much as I love Meiko and Len and Aiko and Nemu and Miku et al, none of them fill that niche of Good at Everything that she did.

    Haiyiiiiiiiii why did you have to be released by such a shitty company? I miss you 😭
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    You're right! I've heard Gackt has said and done some... unsavory things. But unlike Hiyo, Gakupo is just so utterly his own character, separate from his VP, and I'm unapologetic about loving him. But that circles back around to: it's not the VPs that are the problem, it's the artist, the artist who's in charge of all of their designs and basically every official media portrayal of them... Agh, I just don't know. I made the comparison to my girlfriend that it'd be like if Kei and iXima regularly drew Miku and Rin and Len in skimpy outfits, spread-eagle or with their butts and crotches shoved towards the camera. What would I do then? What would anyone do? I just don't know.
    Nokone Miku
    Nokone Miku
    Usually if a community doesn't like something that's from an official source they just declare it non-canon and pretend it doesn't exist.
    :kaito3_move:
    Rylitah
    Rylitah
    With the Cryptons, they have so much history behind them that their reputations far exceed that of the artists now, so there wouldn't be much of a problem letting them go (I'm sure people would be hurt, of course, but overall I don't think the reputation of the characters would be tarnished in any significant way). Of course, Quadimension doesn't have that same legacy, but I think generally the same thing can apply. The characters are how you make them, regardless of what their artist does.

    I think if you really scrutinzed other loids, they've had other problematic artists and people behind them. But it'd really be a hassle to keep track of them all, and honestly it wouldn't do you much good to know all that when it more than likely would just be like taking a hammer to your mental health or putting a damper on the things you love. I think as long as the characters themselves aren't inherently problematic, it's okay to take things into your own hands and make them your own, separate from the company.
    Ah, it's done: my ATDan posters are in the dumpster five complexes over, my Atlantis folder with Haiyi's in the trash beneath a bag of cat poop, and Haiyi and Cangqiong themselves are in a Walmart bag at the back of the cabinet above my fridge, which I can't even reach without climbing onto the counters. I'm steadily filling my walls back up. Over the past three days I've put up an Iron Maiden poster and that Asumi sisters poster I made, as well as a Cryptonloid publicity image, a Yuki and Kiyoteru image, and a very lovely piece of fanart for Meiko (which is a... tiny bit risque, so I don't think I'll link it here.)

    Now comes the hard part: making myself uninstall all of my Quadimension banks and delete all of their files, as well as any and all files detailing purchase info and their serials. Part of it's monetary, the other part is I'm not ready to let them go. But what choice do I have? If I wanna prove I'm a good person it's what I have to do.

    ...I'll start by uninstalling them. Then I'll store all the files and info on a drive and throw it in that cabinet with my physical copies of Haiyi and Cangqiong, and when I'm ready I'll burn them or something, I dunno. If it makes me less of a good person, at least it doesn't make me a bad person. Hopefully.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Yeah, he's her official artist and has done several official videos, particularly Atlantis, which is the song that introduced me to Haiyi. He's also the main artist for most of Quadimension's VBs and their flagship artist in general, so it's not really possible to separate the two.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Thank you! I'm sorry if that was a tactless question. Thanks for helping me understand!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    No problem! I'm probably overblowing it, but given how serious this is, I don't wanna take any chances.
    Using my admittedly rudimentary training in photo editing and the handful of programs that don't insta-crash the ancient computer in Print, I made this beauty, and I'd like to make more like it!


    (If I'm barred from loving Haiyi anymore, then Shuo's my new daughter. I'm going to give her every last bit of love she deserves.)
    I keep forgetting I've named my car until I insult it and I'm suddenly overcome with the need to apologize. "You stupid fucking lemon!" quickly becomes "I'm sorry, Roberta, I know you're doing your best and I'm proud of you."
    Ah, after a few tumultuous days, I'm finally getting some work done! This has been my Comfort SVP for a while now and I'll tune bits and pieces when bored or demotivated. But I got a nice huge chunk of it done, and I might actually finish it!
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