Blackbird magica

March 31, 2011 4:29 PM

Spoiler below! scroll down to skip the text and see art :D

I watched madoka magica with Sepia and it was so fucking ridiculous I’m glad I watched it with someone, otherwise it would’ve caused a helpless civilian to be spammed by me on msn or aim going like OMGLOLWTF. It’s so maihime I hope it doesn’t pull a maihime ending because that was really stupid for its good development. Sepia also pointed out how much of a low budget anime it is AND IT’S TRUE, all the recycled scenes and retarded art in general… I feel a little sad inside watching an anime with shitty art since my #1 requirement for anime/manga is eye candy LMAO.

I hate like everyone in the series, which is pretty normal for me lmao… for the grand total of three episodes Mami’s been around I kept expecting her to be a closet bad guy. Sayaka wouldn’t stop talking about Mami, and Madoka is retarded and is the reason why everyone is dead. Although it’s about a bunch of girls psyching out and getting karmabombed, it moved quickly and it was a good watch! The only logical people in the series is Homura and Kyubey, but Homura didn’t exactly choose the smartest solutions and Kyubey is fucked up overdosed on logic lmfao. Kyubey is like Aizen on crack adn without the narcissism… I think he’s like the creepiest anime character I can remember right now.

But I do love the ending song!

Onto Blackbird stuff:
Someone wanted to see Meron’s colours!

And more alt world bb lol, I bet if I came up with a story for it it would be more popular than current bb because it’d be set in a modern world ffffff. I’ve always hated how rough my scraps are, since I go at it with a rough mindset, so I decided to see if I could make them look marginally acceptable if I put in a little bit more effort. Clearly I have no self control because I ended up spending too much time on it and it’s practically a finished picture lol. well actually I don’t know how much time I spent on it because I drew it in between waiting for Sepia to watch madoka together, but I do know it’s too long for a scrap! I’ll probably (try to) simplify it next time. I do like doing cel shading for scraps because it’s easy and I can rely on layermode on everything! I’ll have to learn to pull back though because I’m still in the holy crap this is so cool must spam indiscriminately stage.

The rather straightforward process:


  • LOL low budget. Somehow I have to agree to that since I've also been noticing quite a lot of flaws concerning technical issues. There're the repeated frames, not to mention awkward transition scenes especially when trying to depict the feeling of ambiance/tension. And also cliche. I was hoping there wouldn't be as much but what do I expect from such a genre rofl. Then again, maybe that's the point from the creators- to try and parody conventional anime understandings in an almost uncanny sort of way. I have been trying to remain as skeptical as possible when I first started watching and in the end I had succeed for only around 6 episodes cus LOL I have to admit almost everything improved dramatically starting from episode 7 or so. I'm a huge fan of plot twists, and they also seemed to have improved the transition problems.

    Anyways, fffff you and your colour palettes, they are always so harmonizing despite what you say that you suck at it e_e

  • I love both Madoka and Blackbird, and seeing the creator of one call the other to be low-budget with shitty art greatly disturbs me somehow.

    I don't understand though. The witch's maze in the first episode has great harmony with the music, and I don't think I've ever seen something animated quite like it. The third episode made the effort to put in some single-frame shots that 95% of the viewers will completely miss because they blinked, and the foreshadowing is amazing.

    Kalafina is awesome though. I'm sure you do not remember, but ages ago, you had Kajiura Yuki's Mezame as a BGM. You were kind enough to send it to me, which led to me tracking down Mai-HiME and .hack// and pretty much every single anime I watched after that. Rather belated, but thanks for that ;p

    • when I make these kinds of remarks I don't compare it to my personal abilities, or I'll never be able to express how I feel about a lot of things I see. By low budget I meant the animation itself, pure technical stuff, not storywriting etc. The animation art is very poor, there are a lot of recycled frames that don't fit the situation through out each episode. Aside from the fight scenes, most tension-building scenes have little to no movement, little to no animation, and the transitions really feel static like a manga instead of an anime. The fight scenes do look really good in comparison to the rest of the series though! The mazes are creative and full of implications, it's just not my taste, but I don't consider that part of the low budget argument.

  • How can you call that a scrap? o.o it's just awesome and surely is worth the time you spend on it <3<3 I'd love to see you do a livestream of a picture like this, there's really a lot to learn :)

  • Ruina

    I love your modern clothing designs! And daaaw, Veloce with a cute lunchbox. :3

    …oh man Madoka Magika… I didn't expect it to be so grim when my friend mentioned that title, even though she told me it was dark.

    Kalafina <3

  • Lineith

    I can't say a thing about that series because I didn't even know of its existence lol

    OMG MERON IS SO FRIGGIN CUTE!! I saw this the other day in your tumblr if I'm not mistaken~ She looks so adorable with colors… and in chibi mode of course. Glad to see Meron in all her colorful glory at last.

    I really don't know how you manage to come up with those colors, but it's beautiful. You should develop a bit more this Alternate Universe, with random illustrations like this one. It's ridiculously inspiring.

    • haha I'm actually pretty bad with this type of palettes, it took me a lot of hue/saturation adjustments to find those colours, but I make myself do it nowadays and hopefully I'll become more familiar with it XD

    • Lineith

      But you did, no matter the trick ;p Success!

  • I'll admit that at first I wrote off Madoka as another cutesy magical girl anime. I didn't like the sort of "sketchy" style they use for people in the show, but I guess it grew on me. I will say this, as trippy as the story is, it's definitely different from sailor moon back in the day and Madoka's great for that. Hope they can resume broadcasting once Japan is more stable.

    You know that alternate universe Blackbird scrap would make a nice print. I used to think it was a bad thing if art that's supposed to be scrap/junk art was all clean and polished looking, but here it works out nicely.

    • ohhh nooo I didn't know it's on hold! I should've waited til it's finished to watch it then LOL

  • lol what a commentary about the series. I do agree Kyubey is the creepiest animal familiar character i have seen thus far.