Denise, 1989, Brazil. Female, although prefers Sun symbolism to Venus symbolism. Leo Sun. Mixed race. Computer science graduate. Art Nouveau, Lolita, Edwardian, Victorian, Steampunk. Pretty things in general. SFW
Fandoms: Doctor Who (emphasis to Academy Era), classic shoujo manga, a bit of Homestuck. Interest in Megaman X suddenly reignited after a hiatus of seven years.
THIS IS A CHOOSE NOT TO WARN BLOG.
Doing the “technically that character has brown hair, probably, but it looked red in a certain light that one time so that’s what I’m gonna go with” thing since 2011. Or really me wanting to draw Ushas again
Sunroom Nite [In the Sunroom] - Keiko Takemiya - December 1970
I have this headcanon that reploids can “link” (for lack of a better term) with each other. It’s basically hooking up to each other with a physical cable, allowing them to bypass each other’s firewalls and safeguards. Linking allows thoughts to be shared at processor speed, so in-depth conversations can take place in a matter of seconds. It also allows for the sharing of images, smells, sounds, memories, dreams, tactile sensation, and emotion.
It’s also extremely risky, so linking is only done with spouses, family, or trusted friends. And while it can be completely platonic, linking is still considered very intimate and is only done in privacy.
Rather than the more… traditional styles of being intimate, I always really liked this kind of headcanon - I’ve seen similar ideas in other robot fandoms (like Transformers). It feels a lot more personal and deep in an almost soul touching kind of way, and in the context of robots who probably wouldn’t be able to (or even feel a need to) express themselves like your average biological creature - it makes more sense.
The first fanfic I read with this concept was kidria’s Song of Memory at her Deviantart.
In AO3 you can also find fics that explore this angle, some focusing only on the mental aspects, some with a mix of physical and mental, and some that makes them work as humans in this aspect. It has a decent mix.
Keep in mind that these fics are all slash, though, I don’t know if you like or not. Just reblogging to say that this concept has been applied!
I really fucking hate it when guys act like marriage is literally the end of their lives like if it’s so fucking bad, and you hate it so much, don’t get fucking married and put your spouse through hell because you’re shit. If you feel trapped you’re doing it wrong.
One common misconception people have about bisexual people is that the abbreviation “bi” is short for “bisexual”, when really it stands for “Black Island”, the place where all bisexual people are born and raised by pirates. All bisexual people are pirates. Run
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This one is for the ladies.
I really enjoyed getting to play as the Navigators in X8. I felt it was a missed opportunity that X, Zero and Axl weren’t yelling at you over the headset, and that the ladies didn’t get to have dialogue with the bosses. I feel like we could have learned more about them through that… But regardless, it was really fun to play as them.
I kinda liked Layer’s big hair in her concept sketches and her fighting form with weaponry was very nice. There’s a fierce but very soothing beauty about her voice and design that is very appealing. I got the feeling that she was both very intelligent and could also handle herself well in a fight. While you could tell she had a big ole crush on Zero, I don’t feel like they were too pushy about it, which was nice. There’s a lot I like about Layer for what little we have to go on about her.
While I didn’t care for Pallette’s voice, her glasses are cute and her design is so different from Alia and Layer that I really like it. I like her weird head gear acting as functional pigtails, and her very unnecessary glasses are also charming parts of her design. I like the thought of a robot wearing glasses just because she wants to. I like that she’s the techie who upgrades your stuff. I can see her and Douglas puttering around in R&D.
And Alia. Alia is great. She’s a freaking scientist. Short hair or long hair - she has a great design in both games and she always seemed nice and “no nonsense” all at the same time. She didn’t come off as pitiful, at least not to me, and seemed to have a solid processor wherever her robot brain may be located. (In the 90s, when computers were huge, I assumed robot brains were stored in their chests. Now that things are much smaller, they actually could be in their heads.)
While I definitely want to see a Megaman X9 for X, Zero and Axl, I also want to see these three show up again. I liked them.
In some versions of the PC version of X8, you can find some unused sound files of Axl working as a Navigator and being bored as hell because of it.
Which means that yes, we would have the guys as Navigators, but it got scrapped :( Maybe X would be the by-the-book one and Zero, the impatient one?
I also prefer Layer with the big hair, it emphasizes her looks (to me, she looks like she was built to “pass” as a mixed-race woman due to skin tone and fuller lips, the big hair would help). Also like her rapier and voice. It’s a pity that, because of the character design, she got the typical fanboy treatment in fanart :(
Palette is adorable and needs more love from the fandom. Even her silly gun is cute.
Alia pretty much looks like she’s the “only sane woman” of the six sometimes. I think her design change was quite unnecessary, but it looked nice. People forget that being capable of partially repairing X’s armors is a big thing in-universe and write her as a moeblob / neutral female / damsel in distress, and that’s just sad.
I did not know about that first pearl of information - thank you for sharing. What a missed opportunity! I am rather amused at the thought of Axl being bored at a desk, and can see Zero getting easily frustrated at describing what needs to be done rather than just doing it himself. X would no doubt be the responsible one of the three.
With Layer, it feels like a stylistic choice on why they didn’t go for the bigger hair, but I think it would have made her stand out more. And the rampant improper treatment she gets in fanart is quite unfortunate. It seems like a large portion of the fan art for her is either over sexualized or deals with Iris exacting vengeance upon her. (Though, I also remember Axl received a fair amount of dislike before he made it in two other games. Given time and more exposure, I think more people would come to like Layer.)
Pallette’s very different design works against her, the same way Axl’s initially worked against him. It’s almost too unique and different - which is why I like it.
Alia’s contributions to the X Series storyline were overshadowed by some unfortunate level interruptions and the general tendency to dismiss the supporting cast (and particularly supporting females) in a platformer. Which, I’ll agree, is disappointing.
About the male navigator voice files - shinryuu-uroborus extracted them, there are links here: http://shinryuu-uroborus.tumblr.com/post/92636550369 and here: http://awkwardmegamanphotos.tumblr.com/post/92656423950/some-clips-of-axl-x-and-zero-being-navigators
Yes, Axl sounds bored and Zero’s a bit anxious!
Layer’s final hair is styled in a hime cut (princess cut), a typical and very old Japanese style with connotations of refinement and class, which works well with her sleek armor and the rapier. Capcom really wanted to give her a Lady of War vibe. I would like her design to be a little less fanservicy (a breastplate in the shape of a miltary dress jacket would work very well with her), but I can deal with that. Sad about the oversexualized fanart, though, and I didn’t know there was bashing of her from Iris fans (links?) :( That’s why we can’t have nice things.
Agreed about Palette, she’s hard to draw with her very detailed hip propulsors and her pigtail-ish ear things. It gives her a very robotic look in a cast that was redesigned to look more human. I also like that she looks and acts like a prepubescent kid. Axl’s still easier than her to draw.
People need to understand that game mechanics =/= characterization. Weird that it happened to Alia, since Roll has a similar role in the Classic series and she’s unanimously loved by the fandom. The fact that she only got a larger fanbase in X8 (got a little better in X6, yes, but only got big in X8) because of her redesign is also chock-full of unfortunate implications.
Juuust thought you should know: You Made My Day! Thanks! Ah- they sound so cute! Maybe if they ever do another X collection, they’ll add it back in and flesh it out~! One can always hope…
Well, I learned something new! I didn’t realize the meaning behind the style choice for Layer’s hair. She does have an overall impressive stature that would make anyone think twice before engaging her in a fight. I also agree - a nice stylized jacket would have worked well and still given a powerful vibe to her character. After a bit of a more recent fan art search, I really only see one now - so I apologize for my over generalization! To be fair to Iris fans, poor Iris did exit the series in a rather oddly final way. (Whereas others have had much more… explosive deaths and still have come back. Vile, anyone? or even Sigma for that matter.)
I know - and I never thought there’d be a character that was more difficult than Axl to draw, but Pallette is up there! Though the trick for me seems to be to ignore her pig tail curves and treat them more flat like Forte/Bass’ fins. And yeah, I like that she and Axl act younger than the rest of the group - not everyone can be an old man like X. :) Makes it more fun for diversity of personalities.
Very true, though I think Roll had the good fortune of being introduced into the series from the start as more of supporting cast, and much later taking on a navigator role. Being introduced as the little sister from the get go worked in her favor and created an immediate sense of attachment, whereas Alia came 5 (main storyline) games into the X series, with no firm connection to any of the main characters - which I think put her at a disadvantage. Since X5 was my first introduction to the series, I rather liked her, and while I still enjoyed them, I felt the previous games were a little “lonely” without the additional supporting cast when I played through them. I can see how others who played through X1-X4 first, may disagree with me, though, having had a different experience through the series. And yes… while I do like her new design, it’s… as you say, unfortunate, that her fanbase expanded after a redesign, rather than a game that expanded her character depth.
Well, it was only one piece of fanart but it has lots of comments, most of them positive :/ Then I looked at the artist profile and saw he was a guy, which made me really uncomfortable. Iris fans know how seeing their favorite character being bashed sucks, the people who commented should know better already :( Ok, this is Deviantart, but I honestly expected more of them.
There’s an in-game explanation for her never returning — her control chip was fried after fusing with Colonel’s chip / purple crystal; her body could be rebuilt, but not her mind. From an out-of-universe perspective, she’s the Cute Innocent Character Who Died To Bring Angst To The Hero; if she had a chance of returning, it would be on the tail end of the series.
While she’s not my favorite, I do believe she was severely underwritten — instead of her telling about her dream of a reploid-only world while dying, it would be way more interesting if her political stance was known since the beginning, to cause interpersonal conflict between her and Zero. Declaring that a reploid-only world would be better is a big in-universe sign of Maverickism; the game could explore that angle — she does not harm anyone, why she would be screened just for holding an opinion? It would be a more compelling story.
And while Alia has not a familiar/romantic connection in the story, it makes sense for her to be in the Hunters: it’s a military organization and she enlisted.
Funny, I started on X5, too! I was OK with her in-game, but always hated her fanon version, which is so prevalent, it soured her as a cool character to me for a long time. Now I love her again ♥ About the other games, X4 does not have the lonely feel because of Iris and Double, X2 and X3 have Dr. Cain appearing on the cutscenes. It’s just X1 that looks oddly desert (that’s kind of the point, though: the strongest Hunters went to Sigma’s side).
this is the most romantic thing i’ve seen all day
No shit. That tom cat was like:
"This thorn invested wall means nothing."
"I will gladly walk on it a thousand times over, if that means I could be with you, my lady."
and the lady cat was all:
"My brave darling."
OOOPS MY HAND SLIPPED!!
Suddenly my muse insisted me to draw the personification version of the last pic, and who am I to reject inspiration when it comes so willingly to me? At least this will help with the artblock issue I currently have to deal with.
Russian imperial era inspired because hot damn.
Note: I tried google reverse image (and other reverse image search engines) those photos and came up with nothing. I wish I knew the original photographer because I want to love hug him/her so hard for capturing such inspiring moments.
OMG that’s the cutest thing ever and the best courtly love ah so brilliant.
Few romantic heroes could do better.
I don’t post cats often but that illustration.
(Source: theamericankid, via seraphicroyalty)
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