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Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

I'm working on a new character creator, and as you might have noticed, I've started reusing the hairstyle movie clips from earlier works. That is so much less work for me, and it means more options since I can add on top of what I've already drawn instead of having to start all over every time. I'm terrible at coming up with hairstyles on my own, so I tend to just go through various anime I know and copy from there. But eventually I'll run out, so I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas? I'm looking for stuff that's notably different from the options I've already drawn.

So, if you've ever wanted a particular hairstyle to be included, now is a great chance to tell about that (but please check if it or something very similar is already in). Links to reference pics that display the hairstyle properly would be appreciated although it's not that difficult for me to google a character's name.

(also, do check out the Dress up survey if you haven't already! Some responses for earlier results are here.)
  • Reading: My Hero Academia
  • Watching: Sakamoto desu ga?
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

The voting on the survey has slowed down so now it's time to look at the results (or I've been looking at them all the time). The survey is still open for voting though.

For comparison, in the previous "your favourite dress up" poll from 2011 there were 1158 votes, with Pokemon Trainer dress up placing first with 309 votes (28%), Witch Guardian Maker being the second with 195 votes (18%) and Naruto Character Creator practically tying with 194 votes. The poll only allowed 10 options though, with "none" and "other" eating two.

In the new poll there are currently 224 votes, with the Tokyo Mew Mew creator leading with 46 votes (20.5%), School girl v3 being the second with 30 votes (13.4%), and Pokemon Trainer v2 being third with 23 votes (10.3%). Not exactly the same league as the earlier poll, but that one was up for a bit longer, didn't require going to a separate website and I hear that the overall traffic on dA has been getting lower after sites like tumblr have eaten its users so whatever. I'm not so sure how reliable the results are when even the winner has less than 50 votes but at least it gives an overall picture. I wouldn't put my money on the likes of the Mulan dress up (2009) getting a tremendous final spurt and dethroning the TMM creator.

The results of the poll itself weren't exactly surprising, but the overall results of the survey were. As in, I expected everyone to just vote for the poll and leave all the other fields blank, but instead I got almost 300 really good feedback comments! In just two days! It feels like more constructive feedback than what I get on average in two years... So thanks a lot!

And now follows an unnecessarily long response to the feedback (some but not all) and musings on how the suggestions could change future works for those who care:

I find the changeable poses in W.i.t.c.h. v2 awesome as well, but that was so much work that I'm not too willing to go through that again. Visualisation here. Same goes for different body types, ages or male/female options; you can't make a Baby Born doll wear a dress suited for Barbie. As for body types, I prefer to pick the body that is used for the main character of the show, or what goes for the majority of the main characters or characters in my reference image pool.

As for males in general, I just don't like drawing them that much, and they tend to have less interesting clothing options than girls so you don't see them that often in my works. Plus my character creator subject is often girls only by default. If the subject has equally good outfits for both males and females I'll do my best to include a male option, but it's unlikely that I'd include that in something like magical girl creators.

However! Good news on this, because right now I'm working on a character creator that has both male/female dolls, and some pose options! That's because there's so few clothing options that I don't need to redraw 40 different shirts 5 times each. (just don't expect this to be a staple in character creators)

Changing the facial structure is easier since it doesn't require a complete redraw of the entire wardrobe, and things like the Digimon character creator and Disney girls dress up already have some minor variation in the chin shape.

More options for facial features (like noses or lipstick colours) should be easy enough to add. As is separating blushes from freckles etc. That does bring the question on when should the category splitting end, like should the different band-aids be separate in case you want them both? What if you want more than one beauty mark? But while I was mulling over how annoying it would be to have a separate movie clip for everything I came up with an alternate solution that should allow all the facial detail options to be separate. Or blushes would still be grouped together etc.

Scars, tattoos and piercings should be easy to add as well; those are just things that haven't come up that much earlier. Like if I'm making a character creator based on a little girls' magical girl show "nose ring and giant tattoos all over her body" isn't the first thing to come to my mind...

A lot of comments both saying that the variety of the hairstyles is a plus and that there should be more options. Good news on this front as well, since I've finally realised a good idea that shouldn't have taken seven years: I can reuse my own art. So in the future instead of wasting my time redrawing every hairstyle I've drawn for a previous character creator I can just copypaste the whole hair movie clip and spend my time drawing new additional styles. So all new works build on top of the old ones. Revolutionary idea I know. So from now on character creators where the doll faces directly at the viewer use the TMM creator hairstyles and the ones where the doll looks slightly to the side uses the ones from the HapiCha Precure creator as a base.

(exceptions are the cases where the art style of the subject requires matching hair, the subject limits the options (like I'm not gonna add a 2 metre gravity defying magical girl ponytail if I'm doing a realistic everygirl character creator) or if I just mess up with the doll and the hair won't fit.)

Curly hairstyles came up a few times, and indeed there aren't too many of those in my works. I don't even know why, I like them a lot myself. Maybe my references just don't have too many of them? Because I'm mostly incapable of inventing hairstyles on my own. Anyway, I intentionally tried to add more curly hairstyles in the TMM creator, and there should be more options in the future.

Two-tone hairstyles would be possible I guess, I'd have to go through all the hair to do that though. The Kimono maker has a gradient and coloured stripes wouldn't be out of question either.

Drag & Drop items snapping to the doll
This is something that nowadays requires zero effort on my part thanks to the code doing all the work for me. I do remember how horrible it was when I had to assign two sets of coordinates for every item, and change them every time I moved something...

Character creators continue to be operated by clickable buttons while I prefer keeping normal dress ups drag&drop.

Pre-picked colours, the more advanced colour bitmap and a hex colour code input will continue to be included in character creators. I'm still not fully pleased with how the colour options work, but at least the simple-advanced split should give everyone an option that's not absolutely terrible. I remember someone once suggesting the option to pick the colour straight from the doll around a year ago which would be great, but last time I tried it wouldn't work.

Colour sliders (or any sliders) are not an option because ActionScript 2 doesn't have them so I'd need to upgrade myself to AS3. It wouldn't be that much more difficult but I'd still need to change a lot of things and it'd take some time getting used to (since I've used AS2 for eight years). And based on my few experiences with AS3 say that it sucks compared to AS2.

Skin colours
Skin colours still receive some criticism, and I'm not entirely pleased with them myself either. Back to the drawing board it is then! If someone has an exact set of some 30-50 skin colours to use it'd be really helpful ("use all these and only these you dumbass"), the current one is picked from various different skin colour sets which has resulted in many colours being too close to each other.

Skin colours probably won't have the option to choose the colour completely freely (like blue or green skin) unless the character creator is about a show that has nonhuman skintones in canon. I prefer keeping them natural.

Completely blank backgrounds are kinda boring and I've been told earlier that they can be bad for eyes, so I try to remember to include at least the very basic option to make it a different tone (but I often forget...) Actually detailed background settings? ...uh, I'll try my best.

All character creators from now on should use the TMM background options at least.

Content originality
Clothing/hair options coming not just from the subject work: makes sense, if it's a character creator you probably want to create your own character and not just a recolour of mix&match parts from known canon characters. Hairstyles should have more variety already, and as for the clothes, the amount of non-canon designs depends on how easy it is for me to come up with them on my own. Dress ups where the whole point is "character(s) X and their entire wardrobe" are unlikely to have content outside the immediate subject (other than cosplays).

It's unlikely that I'll add my own designs to a dress up, because usually with those I've put at least some effort into creating a cohesive character design, and I wouldn't want them to become fodder for other people's OCs. Nowadays I do take stuff from other series and whatever I find with google for additional designs.

Reset button / multiple characters
Unintentionally destroying your character by accidentally clicking the reset/remove button is a problem which could be fixed with a confirm box. It'd need a "don't ask me again" option though. There was also a handy suggestion to have a button for resetting only the clothes and not hair/body. And this didn't come up in the survey, but I intend to bring back the "duplicate" button from School girl v3, it was supposed to be in TMM creator too but it was just sort of forgotten. The possibility to have more than one doll seems to be well-liked, that is good to hear.

Menu navigation
Dress up character selection menus where the character head buttons make silly faces when clicked has been generally well liked, and I hope I'll have the energy to make fun little stuff like that with the menu more. An issue with some menu buttons being too close together was also brought up, which shouldn't be too difficult to fix.

I'm not too fond of the hair options using the scroll bar thing since it doesn't look too nice visually. As of now I try to squeeze everything to a "normal" page, but there are so many hairstyles and many of them are huge so that won't work. I could always split them to different pages, but that's pretty annoying to work with and I don't like forcing the user to flip through different pages if they want to compare different hairstyles. The "Things to consider -> Problems with many buttons" in the dress up tutorial says something about this.

Overall I've always thought that the menu could use (a lot of) more work since most of the time it's just thrown together at the last minute. Especially buttons are difficult; the items are often in so different sizes and shapes that they're hard to arrange in a neat way. I probably should spend more time doing something like redrawing the items for buttons, but that'd take so much effort... I must find a way that looks better than the current solution but doesn't take forever to implement.

Info card
The Mew card has been well liked in the survey (and also in comments outside it) and it is here to stay for character creators. Actually I made it just to indulge my own desire to have the character randomiser in the first place and giving the users the ability to write their own info on it was just an afterthought... Currently there's a bug with the card when you have multiple characters in the TMM creator; I thought I had it working but apparently something broke in a later update. That should be gone for the future works at least, and I hope to make it more visually appealing and give it more customisation options, at least in terms of colours. And the card colour option probably should be placed in a better place since it looks like plenty of people posting screen shots of their character with the card don't seem to have found it (or maybe a lot people just like the dull grey default...?)

As of now the Save button is unlikely to appear since I have no idea how to code one. Or I've managed to gather that it'd require sending data to a server dealing with PHP or something, and for that I'd need a server in the first place (and the one where I've been hosting my website is still down...) A generated save code would circumvent the issue, but in all honesty I don't know if I would be able to code that either, and I wouldn't want people posting their characters' codes to my comment sections.

Pokemon Trainer Creator v2
will not be updated. Sorry. (neither will the Naruto character creator) I have learned the importance of "Finish" button (remove the menu) and the ability to have more partners from it though.

* Nice to see appreciation on the characters' complete wardrobe I (try to) put in regular dress ups! I get that character creators tend to more fun especially if you have no idea what the show is about and lately I've spent way more time on character creators than dress ups, but sometimes I like to go back to where the whole dress up making started, i.e. "collecting" all the character's clothes.
* Random generator: ohoho it's fun to hear people liking it too, even if I know it's kinda pointless since the whole point of a character creator is creating your own character. But it'll keep appearing in character creators whenever it's not too much work, because personally I have so much fun with both coding and using it.
* More asymmetry (like sock on only one leg) should be relatively easy and more on the annoying side rather than requiring a lot of willpower or even that much time.
* I'm aware that the flat colours in character creators look kinda... well, flat, but shading is unlikely to appear a lot because it's annoying and tedious to add. If I ever bother shading everything in the existing hairstyle movie clips shading should become a thing in every character creator that uses them, but I don't know if that's going to happen.
* Moveable things in character creators, like being able to place a ribbon on the hair wherever you want or move the ponytails: I don't think I'd be able to implement a drag&drop type things for the doll since the doll itself is draggable, but maybe a system with arrow button navigation would be possible. Not sure how that'd work with all the different layers though.
* A suggestion for cosplays to have a text telling which character it's supposed to be. Wonder why I have never thought of this...? The cosplays in general reflect the series I'm into at the time of making the dress up so some pretty obscure stuff may get in, so it's more about me getting a chance to include a nod towards something I like but don't care enough about to make into a work of its own rather than what's well known or popular to the general audience.
* Layering can often get wonky if there's a lot of stuff. If there are 3000 combinations I don't have the time or interest to make sure everything looks good together, so unless something works good with nothing or very few things it's just me being lazy. I could give the user more freedom with changing the layering, but I find it to be something that should be automated and not the user's problem.  To me it'd feel like if I made only next/prev buttons instead of a button for everything because I was too lazy.
* There will probably be no music in my dress ups. More on that here.
* On the TMM creator: you probably didn't miss the cafe uniform on your first play because it wasn't initially included, I added it later after a user request.


Big thanks for everyone who participated! As for the Pokemon trainer designs, I've already drawn one and a half while watching Count of Monte Cristo (Depardieu ftw) and I'll probably watch some more Monte Cristo today as well, so more drawing. I don't know how many I'll end up drawing, but at least the promised three.

(P.S. Korra, Zuko, Kuzco, Astrid, Anastasia and Eilonwy have already been drawn and can be found in my gallery in the Pokemon section.)
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

Hiya! I had a poll about this a while back, but it's already been years so it's time for a new one! As in, which one of my dress ups do you like the best! (there's a 'none' option for those who find the whole idea of the poll stupid and self-indulgent.)

I'm not a Premium member so I can't make polls, but luckily Google Forms exist. The Form might allow me to include all the dress ups in the poll, but I suppose that some series-specific works from years ago with ugly art and few items wouldn't be likely to get a huge swarm of votes so I spared you from having to scroll through 100+ options and only picked the bigger works.

What is actually more interesting to me is question #4, as in how my dress ups could be improved, so if you have any ideas fire away (I don't know how to code a Save feature and alternate poses/dolls is out of question). But only the poll is required so you don't need to write anything if you don't have anything to say.

The survey is here.

If you vote you can suggest a character you'd like me to turn into a Pokemon trainer design. I'll pick three that inspire me the most.
I've seen a lot of people write their Pokemon feels to celebrate the anniversary, so I'll join the party even if it's a few days late.

I think my first actual Pokemon experience was a collectible card pack that contained a holofoil Tentacool card and a Nidoking card, and I was slightly disappointed that it didn't have a Pikachu which was the only Pokemon whose name I knew. Luckily on the next day a boy in my class traded me his Pikachu card for the Nidoking. For years Pokemon was anime and merchandise for me, since I didn't have a Game Boy to play the games with.

My first game was Gold on an emulator downloaded by my brother, and I have so many nostalgic memories of it. I remember getting stuck at Sudowoodo and Misty for a long time due to poor English skills ("Where is she? ...something about a 'cape'? She's going to wear a cloak? What does that have to do with anything?") and Whitney totally destroyed me.

Lately my Pokemon experience has been more about the character designs and Pokefying various characters (as you might have noticed from my gallery). Game-wise it's been pretty quiet; it's been months since I last played my Alpha Sapphire and I still haven't made it to the League.

My favourite Pokemon has been Squirtle for a long time, but I think by now Gengar has taken over. Mareep is #3.

Random stuff:

- (so far) I always pick the water starter
- My battle strategy is Surf Surf Surf Surf
- I didn't even know what the Pokemon stats were until almost a decade of playing
- When a new game is coming out and everyone is excited about the new Pokemon I'm always more concerned about the designs of the human characters.
- I don't particularly care for the Mega evolutions
- I hate most of the legendaries
- and the yellow rat

My faves:

Gen 1: Gengar, Squirtle
Gen 2: Mareep, Magcargo
Gen 3: Altaria
Gen 4: uhh I really dunno
Gen 5: Darumaka, Cottonee
Gen 6: Meowstic, Swirlix

Player character: Lyra
Gym leader: Whitney
Music: GSC Goldenrod

As of Sun/Moon... ehh, I'm eagerly waiting for the design of the female player character? There's really not much to speculate about at this point. If I could pick something I want in the game, I'd choose Pokemon following you around like in HGSS, and being able to ride your Pokemon freely. Also, a hard mode and the option to skip the stupid tutorial at the beginning. And a squirrel Pokemon that has no resemblance to the Rat.

What about you?
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

(2011 / 2012 / 2014)

Okay it's already February but better late than never.

Last year's entry started with musings about how I had less works to write about than I thought. Well, this year it's the opposite and the whole list got unnecessarily long.

One Punch Man
Anime of the year. So good animation that even someone like me was able to notice. The main character's total disinterest in superhero tropes lead to a lot of fun jokes. Epic music.

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
Manga of the year. The characters feel like actual people and not just walking tropes, and the well-thought story managed to stay strong to the end. Usually I feel somehow a little disappointed in the endings of even my favourite works, but this is one of the rare cases where the story delivered exactly as well as it promised. I also like how the characters of different ages work as a team, their realistic approach on getting superpowers, the friendly antagonist and the heartwarming message of finding comfort in the people around you.

Day Break Illusion, Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero, Wish Upon Pleiades, Magica Wars
I've been trying to surround myself with magical girls by both watching short anime and more recently reading short obscure manga. Out of the anime YuYuYu was the only one with any sort of merit. Another show where cutesy girls learn that being a magical girl is hell riding on Madoka's coattails, but this one managed to become its own thing and had actually a pretty cool concept and new ideas on how mascot creatures and power ups work. What prevented it from being good were the terrible ending and the obligatory obnoxious helpful/super friendly/a little ditzy/overly cheerful protagonist. Day Break Illusion too was a show where cutesy girls learn that being a magical girl is hell riding on Madoka's coattails, but unlike YuYuYu it had no redeeming features and was a painful snorefest from start to finish.

Pleiades wasn't a dark magical girl show and instead went to the sugary sweet direction. Unfortunately it too had an obnoxious helpful/super friendly/a little ditzy/overly cheerful protagonist and a silly Excuse Plot, but despite the terrible heroine I found it mostly harmless. Magica Wars had even less of a plot, but when its episodes were only four minutes long I didn't really expect anything anyway and only watched it for the designs of the magical girls (which were varying in quality but contained some real good ones too).

xxxHolic, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Cardcaptor Sakura
I suffered from serious Clamp overload because I read some 40 volumes of xxxHolic and Tsubasa in a rather short time span, and shortly after 12 volumes of Sakura, and later some of their shorter works (Wish, Shirahimesyo, Suki, few chapters of Gate 7 and Kobato and Magic Knight Rayearth reread). Lots of stupendously great outfits, but other than that... eh. I feel like Clamp has great concepts, but more often than not the execution comes across as pretentious to me. But I have to say that Tsubasa was very entertaining in how utterly incomprehensible it became towards the end and how all the angst and torture on Fai got hilarious instead of heartbreaking when yet another misfortune was dumped on him. xxxHolic was surprisingly nice (even if at first it was very dependant on Yuuko's charisma) and only got better and better with Watanuki's character development.

As a magical girl fan I thought I have the responsibility to read Card Captor Sakura since it's such a classic, but I have to say that I will not be joining the choir singing its praise. I know that the series was intentionally made to be an idealistic friendly cotton candy world which I don't mind, but this went way overboard for me. I believe I would have been able to stomach it better if Sakura herself wasn't such a perfect little saint loved by the whole universe but who is too modest and innocent to even notice it.

Ore Monogatari!
For once a romantic shoujo I didn't hate! I'm guessing that a large reason for my general dislike for romantic shoujo (or shoujo in general since it's so rare to find one that wasn't romantic...) comes from the stupid misunderstandings, contrived melodrama, being hurt over feelings all the time and taking forever to get the couple to admit that they like each other. But not here! The main couple becomes an item relatively fast, and while there are some misunderstandings they are cleared pretty fast. And most importantly the overall atmosphere always remains positive since the main characters are so in love and only mean well. The original setup with having the main character be a huge gorilla-ish guy rather than the cute everygirl certainly helped as well, and his bromance with his best friend was heartwarming as well.

Digimon Adventure tri.
Nostalgia pandering but not in a very good way. The behaviour of the characters often felt odd and forced (like the scene where Koushirou went on about the Plot even when nobody was listening), the conflicts at times forced and there was way too much BL baiting between Taichi and Yamato. At least Daisuke wasn't in it, but it seems like the 02 characters will have some kind of role later. Hopefully it's small. At least Butterfly and Brave Heart are always amazing.

When Marnie Was There, The Wind Rises
Neither of the new Ghibli movies did much for me but weren't exactly bad either. I guess I liked Marnie more since I like cute animu girls and I'm always in for stories starring girls but not being about romance. And Ghibli stuff is of course always a delight to see at least for the visuals.

A lot of long-running Shounen this year:
One Piece
The old friend continues. I've been in kind of an OP slump after the time skip and reading has been on an autopilot, and 2014 was no exception. In summer 2015, however, I randomly reread Law's flashback and since then I've been totally in love with Corazon, and my general interest in OP was rekindled. Now with the new furry arc I'm just as into the series as I was in my earlier fangirl days.

Hunter X Hunter
A lot of clever writing in this one, and I feel like it operates less on shounen rules and does whatever it pleases instead. There was, however, a lot of boring talking and endless explanations of the rules of some game or how their magic powers work. But all of it was worth it for Meruem and Komugi's relationship. The conclusion of their story was probably the highest point of the 2015 animanga year.

Finally decided to finish one of my first manga series ever. What a nostalgia-filled blast from the past! The characters were likable and the basic shounen tropes were used fairly well. But also: What a slog! It feels like there was hundreds of chapters of pointless padding where neither the plot about the Shikon jewel nor the love triangle advanced much. I'll be glad to be able to close this chapter of my anime life and hopefully not return to it again.

Soul Eater
This one was a gigantic surprise. I read the terrible first volume years ago and dismissed the whole series as boring fanservice fest, but a retry showed that the fanservice disappeared pretty fast and instead we got a lot of well written characters. A girl as the main character for a shounen is already uncommon, and contrary to my fears despite the main cast being put into boy-girl pairs/teams who need to work closely together friendship remained a strong theme and there was none of that stupid tsundere whining. The ending was kinda rushed but whatever.

Dragon Ball, Slam Dunk, Rurouni Kenshin, Seven Deadly Sins, Magi
Why was this year such a shounen fest? Dragon Ball should be common knowledge for an anime fan I guess so it's worth reading just for that (it's not like it requires much brain power), but after having read hundreds of volumes worth of series inspired by it the original just feels boring to me. I do like the DB girls a lot even if they're pretty pointless. Slam Dunk was ok but the matches where a few minutes took multiple chapters were too much for me. Kenshin was mostly boring, I hated the main girl and the brat, and the way the main character's past was revealed and how his character development worked out in practise were one of the most anticlimactic stuff I remember reading in a while. And Magi and Seven Deadly Sins are relatively interesting but so far have failed to get me hooked. Maybe I'll give them a little more time.


Oh right, this was a thing. The girl was cute and the alien annoying, but luckily not to movie-destroying levels. I give points for the Finnish title ("Home at last") being one of the best phrases ever.

Big Hero 6
Was this in Finland in 2015? I can't remember that far... The film had a problem with the beginning with the Nerd School and dealing with loss being far more interesting than the generic superhero stuff at the end. And there was this jarring disparity with how realistically the film treated the characters' emotions at first, but then later we were supposed to operate on comic book logic and find nothing weird about teens getting into life danger and shrugging it off quickly and hiding the whole thing from their parents in a comical way.

Inside Out
One of Pixar's best. The setting was certainly ambitious and the message something we don't see in every movie. And by default having a film with a female lead (or three in this case) that's not about romance or otherwise stupidly girly (princesses, fairies, sparkly GURL FRIENDZHIP) is always a plus by default for me.


- I spent unnecessarily much time listening to the One Punch Man opening. The instrumental ultimate fighting theme is glorious as well.
- Again, One Punch Man. Especially the fight in the final episode.
- All these magical girl things make the Magical Girl Creator raise its ugly head.
- The conclusion to Komugi & Meruem (from HiatusXHiatus) destroyed me for days.
- The crying owl from Biscuit Hammer.
- Spice&Wolf had a surprisingly natural and balanced relationship between the two leads and avoided stupid embarrassment fights beautifully.
- Takeo and Yamato from Oremonogatari were such a nice feel-good pair.
Relationship (non-romantic)
- Ehh dunno if they should be at the Romance part, but Komugi and Meruem.
- Corazon and Law where really 2014's thing, but I didn't get into it until later.
Male character
- I think I had Corazon here last year but he's so awesome that he deserves to place again (and he was in the anime in 2014.)
Female character
- Maka from Soul Eater. So nice to see a girl in a shounen not forced into a stereotypical girl role and instead getting to aim for the top, be proud of her achievements and get into physical fights.

I also want to mention poor Crona from Soul Eater who can't be placed in either of the earlier slots.

No works that were particularly bad in a funny and infuriating way this year; even Day Break Illusion was mostly bland in its terribleness. Doki Doki Precure! would probably be the closest to qualify for the ultimate turkey award, but it's been stuck at episode 12 for god knows how long so I don't think I've seen enough of it to fully judge it.

(Holy mother of a goat this got long. At least it ought to be nice for me to read years later...?)
  • Reading: BokuMachi is a contender for this year's best
  • Watching: same for for anime. And it's only February!
(Dress up F.A.Q. here)

The (random) winners have now been chosen for the 2016 Dress Up Advent Calendar. My personal picks are still up in the air though there are already many strong contenders. Thanks to everyone who participated! All the entries have been hidden to keep the secret of the advent calendar a bit more secretive, so if you didn't go through through and list them all earlier you missed your chance. Ha!

With this year's comment entries I didn't bother checking every single character and link or start nitpicking every time an entry had both male and female characters, if there was way too much or too little content, if some of the links didn't work, the entry was about a character creator for a subject I find un-character-creator-able or something else weird. If the winning entries happen to have unclear situations and the participant didn't specify which is the most important thing for them I'll just use my own judgement (which probably means picking the solution that's the most convenient for me).

Fun fact: one of the winners was a subject I've already been working on for a while and which is actually nearing complete. So I used my randomiser code to give a new winner... and the same subject came up again (suggested by a different person). Second re-try gave someone else who was also already on the winner list. And the third re-try gave the same goddamn subject again for the third time. Sure, this particular entry had multiple people suggesting it, but man did the random number gods love it. Since I don't want to reveal my future dress up subjects in advance it did feel a bit bad that I couldn't tell people that they wasted their entry on something I was going to draw anyway, but if it's any consolation, at least they'll get their preferred subject in a much larger scale than what they'd get from an average lottery entry.

The next time you'll hear of the Advent Calendar should be in December, so that's all about it for now!
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
  • Eating: All the gingerbread cookies are gone
There is now less than three days left to enter the lottery for the 2016 dress up advent calendar. Please note that the deadline is in GMT (i.e. London's time).

(dress up F.A.Q here)
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
  • Eating: All the gingerbread cookies are gone
Just a reminder that there is now around a week left to enter the lottery for the 2016 dress up advent calendar.

(dress up F.A.Q here)
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
(Dress up F.A.Q. is here)


After thinking about it for a while, I decided that The Dress Up Advent Calendar makes its triumphant return! Yes, that's right! It seems like a mighty fine idea right now, I'll regret later.

What is this about? I intend to make an advent calendar for December 2016 where you get a new dress up every day until Christmas. The content of the said dress ups will be determined by a lottery amongst the lottery entries from my visitors.

Here be the rules:

- The following will lead to disqualification: Trying to request/suggest/whatever me to draw something for you outside the lottery, usage of chatspeak, multiple entries from one person, general annoying troll/spam behaviour on my dA page, entries that show blatant disinterest in following the rules.
- Entering happens by posting a comment on this journal. In the comment put the words "Lottery entry" and description of what you want in the dress up. Entries without the words "Lottery entry" will be ignored. Here is an example entry.
- You have time until December 31st 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.
- I reserve the right to update the rules in case I remember something important.

You can edit your comment as much as you want before the deadline.

Linking to reference pictures is not obligatory but very much recommended. I can do a google search on the subject but not an extensive study; unless my gallery gives a reason to believe otherwise you should assume that I'm not particularly interested in the series. If you don't give sufficient reference you lose the right to complain that I didn't include something because if left to choose I'll probably pick what I like best or find the most convenient to draw rather than what's important in the series.

If you want different characters in the dress up and they have different body types, please specify whose body I should use as the doll.

I will not draw:
- Anything over PG-13
- The doll from photos or too realistic art
- Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
- Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail or My Little Pony.
- Original characters (OCs).
- Fan designs unless you can link to the author stating it's ok for others to use their designs.
Anything else is ok.

Size-wise the dress up will be medium-sized. That means that you don't need to limit it to only a handful of items, but don't except a character creator with hundreds of options either. So please no "all the 30+ characters and their alternate outfits from this long-running series". You can look for the earlier days of the previous Advent Calendars for reference if you want. If you ask for too much content I'll simply pick what I like to draw best so you may want to specify which is the most important thing.

Choosing the winners
Once the lottery is over I'll randomly pick half the dress ups and for the other half choose the ideas I like best. The names of the winners and what they requested will be included in the artist's comments of the finished dress up.

(Also, I haven't forgotten about the second prize for the previous lottery from half a year ago. I'm... uh, working on it right now. Sorry about the delay!)

Alright, that's all for now!
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

Right now I am making a new character creator (no idea when it'll be finished. But it's going to have something new I haven't done before! Just don't get your hopes too high, the new thing probably isn't as cool as what you'd imagine and actually pretty pointless but it's a lot of fun to code). Anyway I thought I could use some tips on the subject in the title of this journal.

You see, at some point of my character-maker-making escapades I changed the skin colour set to have more options, but I got some comments about how the new colours looked unnatural. So for the next one I did some alterations, but the new set, too, was deemed odd. And I think I've had a third iteration too which still didn't work out. The skin colours have been described things such as "sickly", "weird", "not so natural" and "zombie-ish", to name a few.

There is enough criticism from separate people that this is a problem and not just some individual's subjective opinion I should ignore, so something has to be done. But the problem is, I don't really know what to do, and just randomly picking new colours and hoping that they'll work out hasn't exactly been successful. Some comments have been about the lightness or saturation of the colours which give me a bit more to work with, but for the most part the criticism is vague enough that I don't really know how to fix anything (not that I blame the commenters, it's not like I can dissect the issue any better and multiple comments on the same issue at least tell me where I should improve.)

So seeing as my previous attempts didn't fare too well I thought outsourcing the problem might help. Anyone have a concrete idea I should do? Like actual colour hex codes or a quickie colour chart in your scraps/stash or something? I'm thinking 20-25 different shades from pale to dark, and also some pinkish/reddish/orangeish/yellowish/beigeish (?) options. Thanks for your time!
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man
I already have a F.A.Q. journal, but it lacks a lot of questions I get asked semi-frequently (= has been asked more than once maybe). That's because the answers can get into lengthy droning about dress up details that'd just clog the journal with trivia that probably wouldn't interest many people. But I have noticed that they are of interest to some people (at least to those who ask the questions), so, here is a little compilation.

How did you make this dress up?
This is a pretty common question but I often don't answer it. I mean, it's very hard for me to see what the asker wants in the first place. "I draw the clothes and then code them to work as a dress up" sounds pretty self-explanatory, but I doubt the asker is interested in the technical details of "well, I draw the clothing on layer 2, then turn it into a movie clip and give it an instance name, then I write this code that loops through everything in the _root array...", or that such a summary would be of much use anyway. 

It's easier to answer if you give a more specific question, like what program I use (that's Adobe Flash CS3 and CS5 Professional). If you are interested in making a dress up yourself but don't know where to start or need help with a project you already have I can get more technical, but spewing example actionscript code I use won't be my default answer.

(If you're looking for a tutorial, I have one here, though it's kinda ugly and outdated and I'd love to make a new one when I have time. Comment section of the tutorial or a Note is the best way to ask for help in your own dress up project.)

Why is there no background music in your dress ups?
1) Because I don't know how to add it and 2) to be fair I don't care enough to check out how to do it, I'm fairly sure it's super easy if I tried... I absolutely despise it when websites and flash games start playing music when I didn't ask for it and I always turn it off anyway, so it's very difficult for me to see it as something beneficial I'd want to add to my works. Also 3), most of the music out there would cause copyright issues; I can't just add the subject anime's theme tune and expect nobody to report it for copyright infringement.

Why are there no backgrounds in your dress ups?
Because I'm lazy. I'm sorry.

Anyway, I'm reeeeally bad at drawing  backgrounds, even coming up with some simple abstract dot pattern is a lot to ask. If you ever see anything resembling a background in my gallery it's probably a result of a lot of work. Pretty much the only dress ups with a proper background I've made are the commissioned ones; if someone paid for it I at least try to make the UI look decent.

Also, to me the dress ups are about creating an outfit for the character, not creating a pretty scene with it. And for that a simple background is best, so I'd choose the blank white one myself if I was playing a dress up. I have heard that the bright white makes some people's eyes hurt so sometimes I remember to include an option to change the background colour to something else (but most of the time I forget).

Why no 'save' button?
It'd be cool, but I don't know how to code one. The explanations I've found so far involve sending stuff from the flash game to a javaScript or PHP code, and while I technically do have some server space I could use for the jS/PHP code I don't think I want to use it for a purpose like this, so I'm not too motivated to learn either.

Why no 'finish' button in Pokemon Trainer Creator v2?
Because I didn't think of it back when I made the game, and at this point it would be an annoyance to add. Not impossible or even that difficult, but the coding of that thing is quite a mess and I'd prefer not to touch it. I wish I would have included it since it gets asked the most if for no other reason (it would improve the quality of the game a lot too though).

You forgot ____ from the dress up! / Where is ____? 
I wish people would word this one differently, because this way it sounds like you think that because you want something to be in the dress up I must want that too and the fact that it's missing is some kind of mistake. Chances are that I remembered ____ perfectly well but just chose not to draw it.

As for "where is ___?", if I take it as an actual question of the location of some item, check the most obvious solution. A shirt is probably in the shirts section, and all possible characters are in the character select section. Very few works have hidden content (so far only Usagi Drop, One Piece girls v2 and Madoka Magica IIRC) so if you can't find it it's probably not in the dress up.

If you have trouble finding something that's actually included it's obviously a problem on my part. Sometimes the pages can be too crowded, or my categories might be off. For example the buttons for the second page of "Other" in the Digimon character creator are easy to miss, causing the impression that there are no glasses in the creator. It's good to point out those so I can hope to screw up less in the future.

No I'm really interested why ___ isn't in the dress up.
Some possible reasons why something isn't included:

- I left it out on purpose because I didn't want to draw it
- I didn't consider it important enough for the scope of that particular dress up; while at times I try to include absolutely everything, in most of my works I don't have the interest to draw whatshername-who-shows-up-in-one-filler-episode.
- I'm not knowledgeable/nerdy enough on the subject to know it even exists.
- The dress up was growing so large that I'd never get it finished if I drew everything I wanted, so I had to stop at some point.
- It didn't exist at the time I made the dress up. I do update some of my works with newly released stuff from the franchise, but I don't have the time or interest to keep up with the antics of the subjects of 100+ dress ups.
- It was too difficult to draw or code.
- The dress up was a contest prize and the subject was chosen by the winner. If the winner didn't ask for it to be included I didn't feel an obligation to draw it. Or most likely I knew nothing on the subject so if the winner didn't ask for it to be included I didn't even know it exists.
- Also possible: I forgot. There are times when I missed something that I did want to include. Like that stupid GS ball in the PokeTrainer Creator v2, that thing missing bothers me so much more than the lack of a finish button or any of the bugs... [not bothering to add it though]

Options for alternate poses / different body types / yaoi/yuri couples?
This is so much easier said than done, unless you want a dress up like this. Alternate poses or body types or whatever would mean practically redrawing the entire game because if I alter the base body I have to alter the clothes too to fit the new body, Flash doesn't do it for me. I have made some works with multiple base bodies, but those are always a pain to make, since drawing the same clothes over and over again is just plain boring.

How about a One Piece character creator?
One Piece is one of my favourite series ever and it also has a lot of great designs, but I don't find it a good subject for a character creator. To me a character creator has one purpose and that is creating characters that design-wise could be from the subject series (you don't say). So, what is an One Piece type character design? What do Nami, Franky, Chopper, Wapol, Foxy, Dorry and Apoo have in common appearance-wise? Even if I ignore all the different body types as per the previous question and only stick to the generic male=Luffy/female=Nami bodies, the clothes still don't have a theme since there are so many different cultures. In the end pretty much anything can be an One Piece character as long as it's drawn in Oda's style so the dress up would be just me trying to emulate the art style with a random mess of a clothing selection.

The same applies to things such as Fullmetal Alchemist, which is a great series but there really isn't much to say in terms of a clothing theme outside the army uniforms. 

At times I have considered an One Piece creator with a smaller scope, such as One Piece Mermaid Maker, but if I made that I might just as well make a larger mermaid maker and not limit myself to One Piece.

More colours for the W.i.t.c.h. Guardian maker?
Like the previous question says, my top priority when making character creators is that it creates characters that look like they could be from the subject work, so nope. Witches wear green and purple in the comic, and if the dress up allowed you to colour their magic uniform blue and yellow instead it'd break my principles. To me alternate colours would look as out of place as if there was an option for space suits or fake beards. I guess it would benefit the people who want to use the dress up for something else than its intended purpose, but I don't want to sacrifice my artistic integrity for that. Feel free to grab your Paint or Gimp or any other drawing program and change the colours yourself though.

There is the thing that to the people who are only familiar with the cartoon version of W.i.t.c.h. that changed the colours a little the outfits should be green(ish) and pink, not green and purple. I, however, go by the comic version because that's the only one I know and I find the cartoon colours ugly, and I don't consider the benefit from adding the pink version large enough for the trouble including it would be.

Why so many "normal" dress ups and not character creators?
I can see why character creators would be more popular, but they're also more annoying to make. With a normal drag&drop you just draw and the clothes and copypaste one short code to make them draggable, and -voila- the dress up is done. While with a character creator you need to make item buttons and colour buttons and the menu needs more work, and items need to be coloured, and while I have managed to reduce the amount of code I need there's still a lot more to do in that front.

With drag&drop dress ups it's also more rewarding how you can see the progress. I take one reference picture, draw everything I want from it, and move it to the "already done" folder, and at all times I can see that the number of pictures still waiting is going down. But with character creators I draw one item group at a time, as in all shirts first, and when I'm done with that it's all skirts, and so on. This way it takes a long time until everything from a particular reference image is drawn and I can get rid it.

The whole thing is probably pretty stupid, but I'm the kind of a person who always takes pleasure in measuring how many minutes of a lecture there are left, how many kilometres to walk home, how many spoonfuls of some unpleasant food I still have to eat, and so on.

Do you often play dress ups?
No, I find it pretty boring. Huh? 

I used to play dress ups a lot when I was younger, but nowadays I don't find it that interesting. If I stumble into a new dress up I usually quickly create one character and that's it, but other than that my attention is almost always at the technical stuff, i.e. is it easy to use and if there's anything I could learn from it. 

I do enjoy seeing what people create in my character creators and sometimes try to search dA for people's creations (so I appreciate people who tag their stuff properly). Or at least the newer ones, the older ones not so much since my old art is embarrassing to watch..

Add ___ to the dress up/Make a ___ dress up.
No. Since when was I a servant you could just order around? No need to add "please" as an afterthought, it's not going to change anything. I always check if the commenter isn't a native English speaker which would make things a lot more understandable, but almost always their country says US and any other content they've uploaded suggests that they can speak English just fine. It's baffling to me that plenty of people apparently actually believe that they'd get me to do anything this way. 
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

I now have chosen the winner for the lottery in the previous journal entry using this random number generator. And it issssss.....


:icondiscordisbestpony: - Princess Peach dress up!

Congrats to the winner! I'll probably throw in Daisy and the girl in the light blue dress too to spice things up.

As for the other prize (the subject I pick myself), that... is still up in the air. I have quite a few candidates and I'm trying to narrow down, but it's hard to choose... It'll probably come down to what inspires me the most on the second I decide that it's time to start drawing the other winner entry.

Anyway, thanks for participating! Except the dress ups to be finished within a few months or something.
(dress up F.A.Q. is here)

I haven't had the Advent Calendar dress up lottery in a few years since it's so much work, but I thought I'd have a smaller one for whatever arbitrary holiday occurs next. Which happens to be Walpurgis Night. The prize is a dress up of the subject of your choice.

Here be the rules:

- The following will lead to disqualification: Trying to request/suggest/whatever me to draw something outside the lottery, usage of chatspeak, multiple entries per one person, general annoying troll/spam behaviour on my dA page.
- You have time until April 30th 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.
- Entering happens by posting a comment on this journal. In the comment put the words "Lottery entry" and description of what you want in the dress up. Entries without the words "Lottery entry" will be ignored. Here is an example entry.
- I reserve the right to update the rules in case I remember something important.

You can edit your comment as much as you want before the deadline.

Linking to reference pictures is not obligatory but very much recommended. I can do a google search on the subject but not an extensive study; unless my gallery gives a reason to believe otherwise you should assume that I'm not particularly interested in the series. If you don't give sufficient reference you lose the right to complain that I didn't include something because if left to choose I'll probably draw what I like best or what is the most convenient to draw rather than what's important in the series.

I will not draw:
- Anything over PG-13
- The doll from photos or photorealistic drawings; I need a drawing for reference.
- Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
- Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail or My Little Pony.
- Original characters (OCs).
- Fan designs unless you can link to the author stating it's ok for others to use their designs.
Anything else is ok.

Size-wise the dress up will be medium-sized. That means that you don't need to limit it to only a handful of items, but don't except a character creator with hundreds of options either. If you ask for too much content I'll simply pick what I like to draw best so you may want to specify which is the most important thing.

As for choosing the winner, get a random number somehow and use it to pick one winner. I'll also pick one other winner myself based on which entry inspires me the most.
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

(2012 / 2011)
(what I didn't do one for 2013?)

It is that time of the year again. I thought I’d have more works on this list because I felt I read a lot of manga this year, but a lot of it was the sort of mediocre library manga you forget right after you return the book.

The Lego Movie
An ordinary dumbass Lego minifigure becomes the Chosen one and must save the world.
I was so sure I wouldn't watch this one because the trailers were so stupid, but it kept getting so good reviews that I had to check it out, and boy what a good decision that was. Hilarious movie but also managed to be surprisingly smart, something I wouldn't expect I'd say about a movie about Lego minifigures. And on top it all, it managed to avoid the worst pitfalls of the "be yourself, it’s all about you, you’re the special unique snowflake" morale like half of the animated films from America force down our throats. Only the token romance was almost good but ended up awful, but other than that, what a great film.

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Dragon riders end up in a war against an evil dragon rider, also family reunion.
I had quite high expectations for this one, which were actually met. A good continuation that answers the question “what happened after the events of the previous movie?” well and introduced plenty of new stuff so it wasn't just a rehash of the predecessor. Villain was a little weak though. Also, props for handling Toothless so well. He got his own thing to do in the story so he wasn't just Hiccup’s accessory, but what he did was still fit for an animal so he didn't come across as some Disney-esque super smart cartoon animal.

The Legend of Princess Kaguya
A poor man finds a princess and gold inside a bamboo shoot. He does his best to give the princess a fancy life, but the princess herself would prefer a less restricted poor lifestyle.
Didn't care too much of the thing itself but more about how different it was from every other movie I had seen. Obviously it looked very different, but also in the story department. I don’t remember seeing an ending like that in any movie from the West, or Japan for that matter, and the angle of seeing the “overcome a quest and get the princess” story from the princesses point of view was interesting.

The Legend of Korra
The final two seasons of Avatar Korra's antics. Bye bye Avatar franchise!
Luckily the quality picked up significantly from the second season which I think I'll rather forget save for the Varrick parts. He is my favourite character of the Korra franchise. Lin, Su and Tenzin are up there too. Even Korra got a pretty good arc and while the first two seasons did so much damage to her that I couldn’t be bothered to care about her nearly as much as what a main character should expect she was still fairly okay towards the end. Also I couldn’t care less who she ends up with.

Kill la Kill
High school girl is trying to avenge her father's murder, and gets ridiculous clothes that give her superpowers to aid in cool battles against the student council and other foes.
This rivals the Lego Movie in the dumbest premise of the year. I wasn't going to give it a second thought due to the fanservicey super outfits giving the impression that the show wasn't even trying to do anything but show skin, but it kept getting praise for its other content and the character designs were interesting, so I gave it a go. The story got even dumber as it went on, and it was awesome. 

I wasn't in the target audience for the fanservice so it bothered me a lot, but seeing how the story revolved around wearing or not wearing clothes it was at least somewhat justified by the plot so there's little room for me to complain. And how can you not laugh at an organisation being named "Nudist Beach"? 

The swimming club of some high school guys.
The Swimming Anime. Nice animation and lots of muscles, but little else to offer. Everything felt just shallow fujoshi fanservice and the characters seemed little more than obligatory tropes to get the cash from the fans of different character archtypes. I was hoping for a stormy bromance between the main guy and the jerk from the rivalling team, but even that didn't properly start until the last moments, and the main guy was insufferable anyway. Ending theme was cool I guess.

Happiness Charge Precure!
Magical girls fight bad guys in a kids' show.
Only 14 episodes in so far. I ended up watching this because I love magical girls and the blue girl was so darn cute. She is the best character and quite a pleasure, but unfortunately I pretty much hate the pink and yellow girls. Show itself has been more or less what you'd expect from a Toei toy commercial.

House of Five Leaves
A shy samurai becomes involved with a kidnapping gang.
Best thing of the year, hands down. The fangasm has calmed down a little since summer when I found the series, but the love has not. The anime was awesome and the original manga was even more so, and I can't remember any manga experience being more intensive than the last two HoFL volumes. A surprisingly calm and quiet series about criminals, there's not much fighting and most of the drama comes from the characters' relationships. Really good writing for the two main characters. Also, lonely people finding a family in each other is one of my favourite tropes and you can’t go too wrong with that one. 

One Piece
Pirates still searching for the legendary treasure and meeting various friends and foes on the way.
The long-runner continues. I'm not the biggest fan of the current Dressrosa arc; it feels like there's too much stuff going on, too little focus on anything, I don't really care for every side character getting a fight, and Rebecca sucks. Doflamingo is a cool villain though, and against all odds Law went from my least favourite character (generic stoic pretty boy with hax powers and too much screen time) to an actually likeable one with a sympathetic flashback. Rocinante is the best character of the year, Bartolomeo's gag is funny no matter how many times I see it, and Usopp's sniping moment was awesome.

Oyasumi Punpun
Coming-of-an-age story of one Japanese boy I guess.
The What The Hell of the year. I'm very glad I read it, but I don’t think I'll ever want to touch it again.

- Kill la Kill, especially Blumenkranz (even with the silly German pronunciations)
- Honorable mentions to Flying with Mother from HtTYD2, Wally's theme from Pokemon ORAS and Everything Is Awesome from the Lego Movie (...).
- Princess Kaguya cranks up the awesome during the running scene.
- Honorable mention to Madoka Rebellion movie.
- Kaoru Mori continues to deliver with Otoyomegatari
- Honorable mention to Yuusuke Murata's One Punch Man and Yana Toboso's Kuroshitsuji.
- The Lego Movie overall
- Honorable mentions to Bartolomeo's fangirl gag from One Piece, Thermae Romae, Silver Spoon and anything Varrick does in Korra.
- I really want to make a Happiness Charge Precure character creator.
- Honorable mention to Kill la Kill which is likely to sneak into the cosplay sections of other dress ups and Shiemi with her pwetty kimonos from Blue Exorcist.
- The ending of House of Five Leaves manga
- Honorable mention to the HoFL anime ending, and plenty of other moments from the manga, the beginning of Kill la Kill's ultimate transformation, Yotsuba's (Yotsuba&!) grandmother finally appearing and the Punch from One Punch Man's space invasion saga.
Romance (the least uninteresting)
- Varrick & Zhu Li from Legend of Korra. Do the thing!
- Honorable mention to… I don't know, I ship so little. Sai & Baby5 from One Piece was funny and brief I guess.
Relationship (non-romantic)
- Masa & Yaichi from Five Leaves
- Honorable mention to Kill la Kill and HtTDY2's focus on family.
Male character
- Either Masa or Yaichi
- Honorable mentions to Varrick from Korra, Rocinante from One Piece and Gamagoori from Kill la Kill.
Female character
- Hime from Precure is best girl. Dem eyebrows.
- Honorable mentions to Lin & Su from Korra, Satsuki from Kill la Kill and Alice from Shokugeki no Souma.

Who am I kidding House of Five Leaves was best at everything

I love "the Worst" lists, but it’s harder to think of one off the top of my head. And a lot of bad manga is just so dull that there's little motivation to complain while I watch so little anime that when I do it's something I expect to be good. What comes to my mind right now is that I hate Megumi from Precure (very much of current interest right now) and the precocious little brat from Kuroshitsuji has harmed the current arc but luckily not irreparably so. Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth is also pretty unbearable and I've never liked Shokugeki no Souma's Erina.

Plans for 2015:
- When Marnie Was Here should come to Finland next year hopefully maybe.
- Little Witch Academia 2
- Shokugeki no Souma anime
- Digimon Adventure reboot! Nade Nade!
- New Pretty Cure season maybe, if I survive this one.
- Pixar has not one but two movies coming next year?
- I plan to pick up Pandora Hearts, NaruTaru and Millenium Snow on the manga front.
- And maybe finally watch Evangelion (original) and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann on the anime side.
Finally the results for the Pokemon design contest! And with two winners instead of one! Reasons below since there would be no use writing them here considering everyone would scroll to the winners first anyway.

So the winners (in alphabetical order):

Vs. Elsa of the Elite Four by Taizen-KaoruFire pokemon trainer, Jasmine! by Shoujo-chi

Congratulations to both! I'll send a note shortly.

(I didn't know you can now put :thumbs: in a journal even if you're not a premium member. Hoo.)

So why two winners? Well, I only have experience on drawing generic Pokemon trainer outfits (like what the player character wears), I've never drawn a champion or a gym leader outfit. So while judging I noticed that I was only thinking of whether the entry would look good on the vaguely 10-year-old protagonist. Which is obviously unfair since a champion design is obviously supposed to look different from the average nobody. But then I started having problems with how to compare the quality of a generic all-around Poketrainer design to all the other trainer classes, because I personally enjoy the generic designs the most which puts everything else at a disadvantage, but on the other hand it wouldn't be fair to the generic poketrainer designs to choose some other trainer class if I was purposely trying not to pick any of them. And since I didn't know what to do I just picked my favourite of both groups.

Not that it made the judging much easier since there were plenty of designs I would've wanted to reward, but drawing two prizes is already enough work. Thanks to everyone for participating!
Apologies for the slow process of judging the contest entries. At first I messed up the date and gave the contestants a few more days time to compensate for it, then I needed a short period for the contestants to point out that I had forgotten to put them on the list if need be, then I decided that I'd need a few days for the judging so it wouldn't be based on just first impressions, then I was just plain lazy for a few days (...), then I wasn't able to get online at all because I was in London for a few days (that's why I haven't been responding to anything lately), and now I'm recovering from the trip and having to stay up all night because of a delayed flight. But now I'll step up my game and try to get the results out during weekend.
Whoops! I totally thought the dead-line was so that the contest ends when July starts, but apparently the first day of July was still within the contest. Because it was my mistake to end the contest sooner than I said in the rules, I pushed the dead-line back to July 3rd, 23:59 GMT so you can still enter if you want.

Ding Ding Ding! the deadline for the Pokemon design contest is over. Here are the entries! I'll start judging them in a few days.

Entries in alphabetical order by the entrant's username (no pics this time because I'm not a Premium member).

:iconabrigedfoamy: : Pegasus (Hercules)
:iconagehunt: : Chel (Road to Eldorado)
:iconalbaxd: : Chel (Road to Eldorado)
:iconarsenxixquinn: : Celia (Monsters inc)
:iconbebeline: : Sofia (Sofia the First)
:iconbloolovellwolf: : Charlotte (Princess and the Frog)
:iconbogidream: : Lucy (Despicable Me)
:iconbousisummer: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconcaramelcookie: : Yzma (Emperor's New Groove)
:iconcat-of-energy: : Toothiana (Rise of the Guardians)
:iconcheshireparadox: : Margo (Despicable Me)
:iconcloakedapprentice: : Duchess (Aristocats)
:icondeiluva: : Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)
:icondonutturtles: : Cinderell (Cinderella)
:icondracometeor9001: : Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)
:icongumicookie1: : Ellie (UP)
:iconemeraldwings1: : Thumbelina (Thumbelina)
:iconerinprimette: : Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet)
:iconethos-clock: : Celia (Monsters inc)
:iconfauna4ever: : Grand Councilwoman (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconfluffygirl1023: : Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
:iconfrostedbinary: : Marie (Aristocats)
:iconfukayamayuki: : Violet (Incredibles)
:icondivinitasx: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconinnudoggy: : Chicha (Emperor's New Groove)
:iconkingdomheartsgirl57: : Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconkyokota: : Rapunzel (Tangled)
:iconleannaqua: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconlegendary23: : Simba (Lion King) (alt pics 1 2)
:iconlordofthefuzzys: : Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconmermain123: : Bo Peep (Toy Story)
:iconmomo-no-kuni: : Minion (Despicable Me)
:iconnimfia: : Marie (Aristocats)
:iconpokemonluver13: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconpriffyviole: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconsapphiregirl101987: : Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
:iconshippyshipper: : Edith (Despicable Me)
:iconshoujo-chi: : Jasmine (Aladdin)
:iconsteampunk-explorer: : Vanellope (Wreck-it-Ralph)
:iconsweet-li: : Eve (Wall-E)
:icontaizen-kaoru: : Elsa (Frozen)
:icontamamomae: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconvoodoo-who-do: : Amelia (Treasure Planet)
:iconyatotheamazingespurr: : Elinor (Brave)

If your entry is missing from the list even if you got a "You are in the contest" note please contact me asap (or if I typoed your username or the link url or something like that).
A reminder that there is now around a week until the deadline of the Pokemon Design contest (dead-line is July 3rd 2014, 11:59 PM GMT).
It is time for an outfit design contest again! This time it's Pokemon outfits again, but for a wider range of characters.

In short: Pick one character from the accepted movies (list below), and draw him/her in the Pokemon world in an outfit you've designed yourself. I'll pick my favourite design, and the winner gets a free dress up.

The Rules
1. Read this journal entry. I'm afraid that your chances of winning are rather slim if you don't. If there's something unclear you're most welcome to ask more.
2. Pick a character from any of the movies listed here and draw him/her as if he/she was a character in Pokemon world.
3. You have time until July 3rd 2014, 11:59 PM GMT. Entries after this will be ignored.
4. Only one entry per person. All entries are final and can't be replaced with a newer idea.
5. Only use your own art and not your something drawn by your friend/sibling/grandmother/random internet person whose art you stole/your goldfish, or screen shots of dollmakers or dress ups.
     *You can use a base if you link to the source and the creator of the base explicitly states it's ok to use it
6. Both traditional and digital media are welcome, but please colour your work.
7. Mature Content entries are not accepted.
8. I will be the one to judge the entries. The winner is chosen based on the originality and creativity of the design, and how well it fits the character and the Pokemon world.
9. All entries will be posted in some kind of a compilation.
10. I may use the designs in non-commercial fanart. The designer(s) will be credited in the description.
11. I reserve the right to update the rules in case I forgot something super important.


This is a designing contest, not a drawing contest. I'll pick the winner solely based on the design, not based on who has the best drawing skills. And no medium is better than other, just because someone has an expensive drawing program does not mean that they have any better chances at winning than someone who uses coloured pencils. So please don't be afraid to take part! And especially, please don't comment "I'd like to take part but I can't draw....:(", for this contest I only care about your designing skills and not how anatomically correct you can draw a human.

Humans only, you may pick a nonhuman character but you have to draw a human version of him/her. You may change the character's age for your drawing. You can also draw whatever extra stuff in the picture if you want (Pokemon companions, other characters etc) or write a little description of the character, but only the character design is judged. If there are more than one characters in the picture please tell which one is participating in the contest. Also, please draw the whole character and not just clothes on a faceless mannequin.

Finally, please write somewhere what the character is supposed to be in the Pokemon World so I can judge the design accordingly. There's a difference in whether you're aiming at an all-around Pokemon trainer (like the player character), X type Gym Leader, villainous team boss, Pokemon Nurse or a Day-Care Lady. Anything that fits the Pokemon world is accepted, it doesn't need to be a canon "occupation". If you need support with the Pokemon world occupations or fashion styles, Bulbapedia is ready to help you: player characters / Gym Leaders / Elite Four / villainous teams / Professors / trainer classes for a start. Here's what I've drawn on the subject for an example, but you're more than welcome to come up with something better.


How to participate
1. Draw the picture based on the rules above.
2. Upload it to your DeviantArt account.
3. Send me the following Note (not a comment):
     * Title "Pokemon Design Contest"
     * A link to your entry.
     * The character's name and the movie he/she is from
     * The character's "occupation" (Pokemon trainer, gym leader, pokemon breeder etc.)
     * (whatever else you wish to say, optional)
4. Usage of chatspeak gets you disqualified.
5. When I read your note I will send you a note back so you know I've received your entry. If you do not get a note back within 3 days please inform me so we can make sure your entry didn't somehow disappear to the depths of internet.


The Prize
1. The prize is a medium-sized dress up.
2. The winner must be ready to tell me what he/she wants, "I don't know, just draw something" kind of indicates you're not interested in the prize.
3. The winner must be ready to help with providing decent reference if it's a subject I'm not familiar with.
4. I will not draw:
     * Anything past PG-13
     * The doll from photos or photorealistic drawings (way past my skill level, I need a drawing for reference)
     * Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
     * Naruto, Bleach, Twilight (the vampire book) or Pinkie Pie.
Anything else is ok. Outfits can be from photos.
5. I'll discuss the content of the game with the winner after the results have been published, please don't talk about it until the winner is declared.
6. I reserve the right to postpone the making of the game in case I get sick or have technical problems etc. But I'll try to make it as soon as possible.
7. If the winner doesn't reply with a subject (and reference) within 2 weeks of the time I send them a "you won!" note someone else gets the prize.


I think that was all, I hope I didn't forget anything important. Good luck to everyone!

[edit] changed the dead-line from 1st to 3rd.

The Ultimate Disney Princess Popularity Poll

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 20, 2013, 7:38 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

I once had a poll on people's favourite Disney Princess. Now we have three more, so it's time to see what the situation looks like now. I'm even capable of makin DA polls again, but with thirteen princesses the ten slots of a DA poll just aren't enough. So I made my own.

Only the members of the Disney Princess franchise (or future members in the case of Anna and Elsa) this time, no other princesses or females who aren't princesses. I may make a different poll for them later though, and maybe for the dudes too.


Background penguins from Mawaru Penguindrum.