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Subaru-Under the Moon by AkiAmeko Subaru-Under the Moon by AkiAmeko
in the land of twilight, under the moon
we dance for the idiots
ring-around-the-roses, jump to the moon
we sing with the castanets

I will sing for crescent moon
dancing with the castanets
as the end will come so soon
in the land of twilight

now you are watchin' us outside the circle
wanna be in the company
boy, but you are lonely
dance with nobody
run away child, to your hiding place

high and loud, the sound of your bell of the twilight...ringing..
all alone, it rings and echoes in the twilight

in the land of twilight, under the moon
we dance for the idiots
ring-around-the-roses, jump to the moon
we sing with the castanets


"In The Land of Twilight, Under the Moon" - Yuki Kajiura
Link - (Has audio/video available) [link]

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Subaru of .hack//SIGN has to be my all-time favorite female anime character. Out of all the animes I've seen, and the characters within them, I relate to Subaru the most.

Having been paralyzed from a car accident, Subaru (or rather, Mariko Misono) joined an MMORPG called "The World", which was the only place she could walk around freely. (And I don't know if many people know this, but Japan is rather non-handicap-accessible; as is my understanding, if you're in a wheelchair, you're virtually bound to your home.) It was there that she eventually made somewhat of a prominent figure of herself, made friends, and formed the user-based organization known as the "Crimson Knights". (More info here: [link] )

I'm a lot like that. I may not be physically handicapped, but I do find myself more comfortable with online interaction than with real world interaction. I feel more like I can be myself, without immediately being judged by my physical appearance or the way I speak. I also, on more than one occasion, have formed and led a group that did not go the direction I intended. (As was the case with Subaru and the Crimson Knights.) Upon finishing the .hack//SIGN series, I was filled with a profound gratitude toward all my online friends. Much of the series discusses how people can choose how they behave online, and it's amazing how many people have chosen to befriend me, or even give me a friendly hello, rather than vent all their anger and hate on someone they've never met and probably never will meet. There is a profound difference between the two types of people.

The song I quoted above plays during my favorite episode, "Recollection", which takes place just after Subaru disbands the Crimson Knights. She spends the entire episode remembering when she first started The World and her relationship with Crim. It also explores how strong she became since then, and she is able to stand up to another player who threatens her. At the end she wanders into Tsukasa, her cloathing all a mess, and collapses into his arms, and just cries there. (And I have a friend who reminds me much of Tsukasa. ;) I think he/she knows who he/she is.)

In any case, I give you all my first installment in my Character Tribute Project. [link] Poor Subaru has been sitting in my computer unfinished for months! She is finally done. :XD:

However, critique is still VERY WELCOME! I may even make adjustments if I deem it necessary.

Subaru, .hack//SIGN (c) Bee Train
Art (c) ME!!! DO NOT STEAL OR I HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH!!
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:iconstarrexs257:
StarreXS257 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
OMG .hack LOVE!
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OF COURSE. :D
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Frana-Kun Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
I can't believe I over looked this last time... Very nice. ^_^
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youuuuuuu. <3333
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chieri Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
beautiful subaru :3 i love it!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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Evergreen-Willow Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
That's really beautiful! The colors are stunning and your painting skills are amazing!
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D And thanks for the fave! :heart:
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Kaumie-Mizume Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
ZOMG SO WONDERFUL!!! :D
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: Thanks!
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Raakone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Very beautiful. I love the flowing skirt and her wings. The wind and vortex are nicely done also. Her neck seems a bit out of proportion, though!
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... I'm getting a lot of comments about her neck and head... I'll focus more on those parts in future work. :)
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NarutoHinataLuvr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
0_0 very...very pretty. I love the colors, their so...beautiful:nod:
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
X3333 Thanks!
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BornATiger-chan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Woah it's finally done! lol. It's nice :)

I always liked Subaru... I can't remember who my favorite character was but Subaru was certainly up there :D
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaaay Subaru! :dance: and Yay done! :D
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Arcane-Wind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
I /LOVE/ .hack! Subaru, Tsukasa, and Atoli have to be my favourite .hack characters. It's kind of weird how everyone hates Atoli because she's really whiny and wimpy in the first 2 volumes of //G.U. but she turns out to be a pretty strong character in the end, and I like that.

critique -
your painting skills are great and I absolutely love the portal she's touching. One thing I've noticed about your anime art in general is your characters' faces are sort of lopsided. Like, the side facing away is always sort of shifted higher, as if you gave them a push xD try imagining a completely horizontal line regardless of the angle and align both eyes along it, and see how it turns out. Otherwise, you completely have me beat on the shading of her skirt, the wings, and the hair! Hands are better than what I draw too.
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sadly the only .hack I'm really familiar with is Sign. ^^;

Critique:
That's too major for me to want to go back and change, however I'll keep that in mind for future work. I'll have to practice your suggestion... And take a look at some live models too. Thank you very much for pointing that out. :)
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Arcane-Wind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
You should watch .hack//roots! The general ambiance and themes are surprisingly different from sign. It's basically a promo for the G.U. games though xD

Yeah I know, it was more a general critique than 'go back and change this, NAO' kind of thing lol

As far as body proportions I don't think they're way off. I have never used picture refs for anything I draw, which set me back at least a year or two lmao
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. :XD: Maybe.

I referenced a pic of Subaru herself. (But mostly for exact colors... I have everything else memorized. :XD: ) But the pose just came to me and I sketched it out. Didn't bother with live model refs. ^^;
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