Sunday, March 30, 2014

Is there such a thing as too much fanservice?




Maken-Ki is an anime that has almost no plot...or so everyone has said. This is not exactly correct in the truest sense, but the plot has been so underdeveloped for the sake of having so much fanservice that the plot feels practically non-existent.

The basic plot is this: "Takeru Oyhama has enrolled at Tenbi Academy, a high school that converted from all-girls to co-ed. Hoping to have a life full of ogling pretty girls, he reunites with childhood friend Haruko Amaya, who shows him around school. However, he learns that the school is for students who possess magical and spiritual energies called Elements and who wield crafted weapons known as Makens. The students engage in school sanctioned combat matches that showcase their powers. While his own ability and Maken is not apparent at first, Takeru soon finds himself surrounded by girls, including Inaho Kushiya, an attractive girl who says she's his fiancĂ©e, and Kodama Himegami, a popular blonde who says she wants to kill him. He joins the Security Committee, also known as Maken-ki, which supports the student council's operations."

This plot reads exactly like every other Harem-genre anime out there, from the random guy who ends up in an all girls academy where something unusual (magical girls, battling robots, etc. etc) happen, to the the guy ending up with several girls who seem to be attracted to him for no discernible reason (Childhood friends, promise made over a decade ago, they kissed when she randomly fell on top of him). Even the humor is terrible, not just cliche'd but understated in such a way that it's simply not funny.


It this lack of originality in plot more than anything that ruined Maken-Ki for me.




Let us take the main protagonist as our example of what's wrong with Maken Ki. Takeru Ohyama is, in all regards, plain. He is exactly like every other harem protagonist out there: perverted, idiotic, a complete loser with zero intelligence and no talent except for one ability he can't even control....oh, and he seems protective of his friends. Sound like someone you know? How about several someones? This guy right here personifies what it means to be the progatonist of a harem anime. An idiot no girl would look at twice who somehow makes several girls fall in love with him for no discernible reason.

Not only is the plot underdeveloped, being nothing but a thin smokescreen for ecchi fanservice, but the character development is stagnant. None of the characters ever evolve, they never change. In fact, everything remains the same in this story. Even at the end there is no real difference from when the series started. Just about the only good thing this series has is the ecchi fanservice.










This anime gets a 4/10 in my rating. And the only reason I'm even giving it one that high is because the ecchi allowed me to force my way through to the end.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Quick Update!


This is just a quick update letting you know that the Q&A for Chapter 45 of Shifts in Life is now posted.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

One of the most Awesome Anime Ever!


Okay everyone! I just finished watching what I feel is one of the most badass anime of all time. It's called Guren Lagann. As someone who has been watching anime since 1992, I've seen a lot of the animations that Japan has to offer. Out of all them, this one was one of my favorites. It quite literally has everything; a solid plot, good humor, action, adventure, awesome mecha battles, total BAMF moments complete with Shounen manga speeches, romance, and most important of all actual character development.

The story starts off like this: human beings live undergroung , eeking out a living as well as they can. It is a wretched existence, one that people only live because they don't know anything else. Among these people are two young men, Kamina and Simone. Kamina's dream is to one day climb to the surface, Simone has no dream, he just digs holes to help expand the colony they live in. One day while digging, Simone discovers a tiny drill. Little did he know that this drill would become the key to humanities future...




Known as Simone the Digger, he is the main character of this series. At the start of the anime, Simone is something of a frady cat with no aspirations. He doesn't really have anything going for him, and his only purpose seems to be paraphrasing Kamina, who he calls Bro. However, throughout the series we see him go through may transformations and actually get to watch as he develops into someone worthy of being a Shounen manga hero, which is more than I can say for most mainstream Shounen manga heroes whose only real change is their power level.


Kamina must have taken several levels of badassery, because he is one of the coolest characters I've ever seen in anime. Kamina prides himself on being manly and tough. At first glance he appears to be extremely boisterous, hot-headed and hungry for greatness. Never is this more illustrated then when he refers to himself as The Mighty Kamina. He is also extremely perverted and Yoko has said that he is "a man of unlimited stupidity." Despite his loud and perverse antics, Kamina is very determined and insightful, despite his often reckless and downright insane antics. One of his favorite quotes is: "Just who the hell do you think I am!?"


Because no anime is ever complete without the big-breasted fanservice girl, I give you Yoko Littner. Yoko is a surface dweller who originally came from one of the underground settlements. Unlike Kamina who is impulsive to the point of stupidity, Yoko prefers to think before jumping headlong into battle. She is very mature and tends to be protective towards Simone, Kamina and the children with them. Perhaps the most shocking thing about this gorgeous lass, aside from her ginormous knockers and incredible figure is her age: she's only 14.


Because no anime is complete without a good romance, I give to you, Nia Teppelin. From her first introduction into the series, it's quite clear that she was going to be the romantic interest for Simone. She naive, innocent, and very kind to everyone she meets. She enjoys making people happy and is very empathetic, especially towards Simone. Out of all the people Simone meets on his journey, she is the one who never lost faith in him even for a moment.

Awesome moments in this anime: Who the hell do you think I am!?


This anime was so awesome that I give it an overall rating of 10/10, the only one to date which has achieved this rating...I think. Well, whatever. In any case, this is an incredible anime, one that any anime enthusiast worth their weight in gold would love to watch over and over again. Yeah, its replay value is just. That. Good.

Hope you enjoy it! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Naruto Meets Alien Princess


When Two Realms Meet is a Naruto/To Love Ru fanfiction written by Gavedin, and is definitely my favorite of this particular crossover grouping. The story follows Naruto Uzumaki and his sensei, Jiraiya, who leave the Elemental Nations during their three year training trip and travel to the "outside world," aka, Japan. To keep their cover as ordinary citizens, Naruto ends up going to Sainan High School, where he befriends the likes of Rito Yuki, Haruna Sarenji, Risa Momioka and Kenichi Saruyama.

The story itself progresses much like one would expect from a story of this crossover. Instead of appearing before Rito in the bath, Lala Satalin Deviluke appears before Naruto instead. Like in a good deal of fanfiction, the story starts off fairly canon, with all the things that would happen in the original To Love Ru storyline happening here, only they are happening to Naruto instead of Rito.

Despite this story starting off like a canon rehashing with our favorite blond replacing the main protagonist, it is still very entertaining to read. Like all of Gavedin's works, it is well written, with few grammatical mistakes. His style also plays a hand in keeping the reader hooked. Not only does he manage to keep most of Naruto's personality from becoming OC, but he manages to make the changes his character does go through feel believable and natural.

And of course, just because the story starts off looking like a canon rehashing does not mean it stays that way. In fact, there are a good deal of differences this story has from every other story of its type. For starters, Naruto is not immortal, nor has he been thrown across time. In this story, the Elemental Nations still stand, they are still there, and all the other characters from Naruto canon still play a part in this story, albeit, they do not come in until later. And because of this one small difference, a good deal of the story itself changes. Gavedin manages to combine two different worlds very nicely, though not without issues.

I think this is actually what I like best about Gavedin's fanfic. Naruto isn't just stuck in one world. Both the To Love Ru world and the Naruto world are combined in such a way that Naruto can interact with people from both worlds. It would not surprise me to see both worlds colliding together later on in the story once Akatsuki enters the picture

I would give this story an overall rating of 8.5/10. 8.5 because there are still some grammatical mistakes and his writing can get a bit tedious and long-winded at times. If any of you guys were a fan of To Love Ru, either the anime or the manga, or are just fans of Ecchi, I would definitely suggest this story as a must read: When Two Realms Meet.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Devil Ninja Q&A Chapter 5 Posted

I just finished posting the Q&A for Devil Ninja chapter 5. Tomorrow I'll be reviewing one of the many fanfics on fanfiction.net.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Published on eBook and Paperback!

Unfortunately, because of how busy this weekend was, I could not write a review for a fanfiction. This post is really just to make a quick announcement.

Some might already know this if they follow me on Facebook, but my novel; Part I of the American Kitsune series, A Fox's Love, has officially been published on both eBook for Kindle and Paperback. If you like reading my fanfictions, then I can guarantee you would love reading this. I would like to implore you to order a copy, either the eBook version or paperback. To find out where my book is available just click on this link: American Kitsune and you'll be taken right to it.

And to everyone who does order a copy, thank you very much. Your support has always and will always be invaluable.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Writing Tips Update.

I just updated the Writing Tips page with another link titled Supernatural Abilities and How to Use Them. This is for those of you who want to write a story where people have, well, super powers: Ninjutsu, Hakudo, Laser Vision, whatever. I hope you'll find it helpful.

If you have any questions you would like to ask pertaining to that writing tip or any of the others ones I've posted thus far, you can ask them on this post. I'll be sure to answer any and all questions to the best of my ability.

Have a great day! (^_^)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Aquarion Evol

Evol or Love?


Aquarion Evol is the sequel to the original Aquarion series. Set 12,000 years after the first Aquarion, mankind is now facing a new threat...alien robots are abducting all their women! Yes, no longer are they dealing with a threat to all of mankind but to their lady friends.

The story is set on a planet called Vega, where most of the protagonists live, while the antagonists come from Vega's sister planet, Altair. The anime starts when the main character, Amata Sora, a young man who has kept his ability to fly a secret since his youth, meets a girl that defines the term "Girl Next Door," Mikono Suzushiro. The two become fast friends, on might even go so far as to say it's love at first sight. Unfortunately, a large scale attack by Altair forces the two of them into a vector, where Amata instinctively forces the vectors to combine and create Aquarion, the all powerful giant mecha. After the battle the two are forced to become members of Neo-DEAVA.

Much like the original series, themes such as love, mutual understanding, and individual growth play an important role in the story, albeit, in different ways. A good example of this is that romantic relationships are forbidden to all students of Neo-DEAVA.



Amata Sora is the main protagonist of this series. His Elemental power is Anti-Gravity, which he can use in conjunction with Aquarion to give it flight capabilities. He doesn't have very good control over his powers, and when experiencing strong emotions like anger, excitement or nervousness, he will often start flying away. He actually wears weighted boots on his feet to keep himself grounded.


The gorgeous girl in the picture above is Mikono Suzushiro, the heroine of this series and Amata Sora's main love interest. She comes from a very long line of Elemental users, but is believed to not have any special Elemental powers and is therefore considered a failure by her father. Because of this, Mikono acts very shy around other people.


Kagura Demuri, I am unsure whether he should be considered a protagonist, antagonist or anti-hero. He's sort of a mix. He is the subordinate of the Chief Commander of Altair. During the raid at the start of the series, he manages to catch Mikono's scent (yes, he smelled her, literally) and becomes obsessed with finding her to the point that he will disobey direct orders.

Truth be told, I actually liked this anime more than it's prequel. The artwork is beautiful, the story is a bit more comprehensive, the characters are a tad more likable...the fanservice is still there but is done much better and is way funnier. I might actually watch this anime again sometime. This anime comes with a 8/10 and a recommendation to all people who love mecha fights and romance to watch it.














Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Book is almost available!

I know I said I would only post on Fridays, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but this is too important to delay.

As of just a few hours ago...like, two or something, I received the first physical copy of my book, Part I of the American Kitsune Series, A Fox's Love. After looking through it and seeing the format, I've given Createspace the go ahead to publish it on Amazon. It'll take 5-7 days before it's becomes available.

This is a really big step for me. When I first started writing fanfiction all those years ago, I never thought I would become a published author. It just wasn't something I saw as feesible, like one of those dreams you would love to accomplish but know is impossible (like traveling to another world filled with large-breasts aliens fighting in a free for all battle royal to ascend ^_^). I was content to write fanfiction.

And now I've actually got a book that is just a few days from being published. I have to admit, it's a really heady feeling, kinda like I'm on drugs but without actually doing anything illegal. I still intend to write fanfiction, for those of you who are worried I'll stop. In fact, if this story becomes successful, I'll probably be inspired to write more fanfiction because I know that if it does it'll be thanks to everyone who read my fanfics and helped boost my confidence to the point where I felt I could actually write an original work of fiction.

It might seem strange to you guys, but I actually used to be lacking in confidence when I was younger; I was anti-social, depressed and almost (but not quite) emo. I actually used to go to a psychiatrist for my depression and was jumped up on so many meds I was practically a vegetable. I guess this is just one of life's strange twists.

Anyway, the point of this post was to let you guys know that my book is almost out, and a thank you for helping me get to this point. You guys are the reason I was inspired to keep on writing, and it was the confidence you instilled in me by reviewing my stories that I finally worked up the courage to write a novel.

Thank you everyone for all you've done for me. 



Monday, March 10, 2014

Short update.

Hey, just figured I'd let you guys that I'm writing my next writing tip this week. It'll be about superpowers and how to write them properly.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Go AQUARION!!!!


A Mecha Anime with some Seriously Sexual Connotations

12000 years before the start of the series, a disaster known only as the Great Catastrophe destroyed a significant portion of the world, killing off many of its inhabitants. Trailing on the coattails of this disaster came beings known as the Shadow Angels, winged humanoids who seem to have been in slumber for the past 12000 years. These beings harvest humans, which they call Wingless Ones like cattle, so as to extract their life force and use it for unknown purposes. To do this they use giant harvesting machines that are guarded by equally giant Mecha robots known as Cherubim Soldiers. To combat the Shadow Angels, humans use an ancient and powerful weapon known as Aquarion that can only be used by Elementals, humans who contain a special power. During the first sortie against the Shadow Angels, two of these Elementals encounter a young boy named Apollo, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Apollonius, also known as Solar Wind, who had betrayed the Shadow Angels, his own kind, because he fell in love with a human woman named Celiane.

Just from reading the description, I am sure you can see that as far as plots go, this one is a fairly standard plot: humanity faces it's greatest threat from an outside, alien source that wants to harvest them like wheat. It's been done quite often, the most prolific use of this plot being The Matrix. The difference is that instead of sentient machines, the enemies humans face are Shadow Angels.

Don't let the overused plot fool you. While the story takes what appears to be a cliche'd story plot, they manage to use it in such a way that the anime stayed interesting throughout most of the story.


Apollo is the Main Protagonist of this series, and is supposedly the reincarnation of Apollonius, the Shadow Angel who betrayed his own kind for the woman he loved. Quite possibly one of the most unique characters in an anime, Apollo has a very animalistic personality: using his nose to hunt (he has a very strong sense of smell), eating uncooked animals, running on all fours. Everything from his abrasive personality to the way he acts indicates that he is more animal than man. However, this does not mean he does not have a caring and gentle side, which comes out when his friends are in danger.



Silvia is the heroine of our tale and the obvious love interest of Apollo. She is the reincarnation of Celiane, Apollonius' lover 12,000 years ago. At the start of the series the two appear to have a very antagonist relationship. Later on, Silvia starts displaying Tsundere signs of attraction towards Apollo, which eventually culminates into feelings of love. Other interesting things to note about this girl is that she has a big brother complex a mile wide and gets very jealous when any girl tries to "steal her brother away from her."

Merging = Orgasm!

Merging is the term used when the three Vectors, small fighter craft that are piloted by an Elemental, merge to form Aquarion. This particular transformation is very similar to the ones found in Vandreed. However, unlike Vandreed, which has some minor innuendos that play a small role in the story, the transformations here are literally sexual in nature.


Are you feeling randy yet? No. Well, moving on then.

Aside from the very orgasmic nature of the merging, which I believe is more a fanservice than anything symbolic, the mecha transformation is fairly standard.

Of course, as a hopeless romantic, I'll freely admit that my favorite moments of this anime is anything to do with the romantic development between Apollo and Silvia. I have to admit, while not my favorite, the two make a very cute couple:





All in all, I would rate this story a 6.5/10. It's interesting, has some unique aspects that caught my attention, but there were just some things about the series that I didn't like. A good few of you would definitely find it fascinating enough to watch, but I doubt you'll want to watch it more than once.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract

A Must Read Harry and Daphne Fanfiction!



"Harry and Daphne Greengrass find out their parents put together a marriage contract when they were born, now they must deal with it."

I'm sure you've all seen this type of story done before; the stories where Harry Potter suddenly finds himself bound by a marriage contract with no loopholes or clauses that can get him out of this mess. It's a trope that's been done to death in HP fanfiction and, more often then not, when fanfictions where Harry is forced into a marriage contract it's usually more than one contract. 

Yeah, most of these fanfics are the "Harry Potter finds himself in a marriage contract with multiple women that he must marry or all of his titles as the Heads of House Potter, Peverell, Black, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Merlin, Le Fay, and Dragonborn or risk losing all his magic" type stories. Most of these stories also make Harry so disgustingly perfect that every girl who finds out she's going to be married to Harry and forced to share him with upwards of 20 other women have no trouble with this. In fact, they all just found out they're bisexual and wouldn't mind getting to know there "Sister wives" better, if you know what I mean.

I believe this is the part where I'm supposed to go *wink wink nudge nudge* or something. Fortunately for you, I won't.

Also fortunately for all of you, Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract does not do this. There is no random haremization for the purpose of acting like some kind of Wish Fulfillment for angsty teenagers who think having a harem is awesome. It is, quite possibly, the most well-done Marriage Contract fanfiction I have read to date.

The story starts off right near the end of end of fifth year. Daphne Greengrass comes home from Hogwarts to discover that she's in a Marriage Contract with none other than Harry Potter. Unfortunately for Harry, Daphne wants absolutely nothing to do with him. It is a very good thing, then, that Harry wants nothing to do with Daphne either. Despite this mutual desire not to marry one another, they are forced to accept the fact that they are going bound to be married regardless of their wishes, and must muddle through a relationship born from actions beyond their control in the hopes of seeing if there is any chance for either of them to be happy.

Right at the beginning of the story you can see that there is conflict. This is something that differentiates Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract from other, poorer quality marriage contract stories. One of the most important elements of any story is conflict, and this one has that in spades.

Another facet about this tale told by James Spookie is that the story does not follow the canon plotline very closely, if at all. In fact, canon has almost nothing to do with this story beyond a few key elements like Harry Potter being a Hocrux. This alone makes the fanfiction worth reading. The fact that the story is filled to the brim with conflict, drama, "Aww" moments and a climactic ending are simply the icing on the cake.

Overall, I would rate this story a 9/10 for its English, Grammar and Originality, and would firmly suggest to everyone here that they read this story if they have not already done so.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5598642/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Betrothal-Contract

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quite possibly my favorite Harry Potter fanfic of all time!

Hope...a story of love and why you should never lose hope.


Here is a story that you will not be able to find on fanfiction.net, but one that is worthy of enough praise I'm going out on a limb. Hope is a tale about what happens to Harry and the gang after Voldemort has been defeated. This fanfiction is a story about love and fluffy bunnies...okay, maybe not bunnies, but it's definitely fluffy, and let us not forget it contains a completely overpowered Harry. Somehow, strangely enough, it manages to tell a compelling story in spite of Harry being the closest thing to God. 

It's a very AU story; the world is, while not vastly different from the canon universe, has enough changes in it that you can't rely on the original books to tell it straight. For starters, many of the people who died in the canon universe are alive in this like. Fred, for example, is still alive. Or was it George that died? I always get the two mixed up. In any case, both twins are alive and well and invested in their joke shop.

Likewise, Harry Potter is a very different person in this fanfiction. To start, in the canon ending I believe Harry became an auror. In Hope he became a Star Quidditch player; a Seeker to be exact. Naturally, what else would he be?

The start of this story begins with Harry Potter playing against Victor Krum in the Quidditch World Cup. Harry wins, of course, but ends up injured in the process. Now on temporary sick leave until his injuries heal, Harry is forced to stop playing Quidditch, which has more or less become his life, and is now directionless. Thank magic for him that he has Ron and Hermione to help him out; they get him a nice job as a flying instructor at Beauxbaton Academy. Too bad they have ulterior motives for doing so.

Enter Gabrielle Delacour, the gorgeous young half-veela, sixteen, and in her last year of schooling (she skipped a grade). During the Tri-Wizard tournament, in which Harry rescued her from the merpeople, Gabrielle ended up bonding herself to Harry. 

...

Yes, she Veela bonded herself to Harry. In most cases, this would be where I stop reading. The whole "Veela bond" cliche has been done to death. However, Jeconais' writing was good enough that I kept reading. Unlike most stories of this type, the Veela bond is not just done to "Give Harry a Veela slave so he can stuff her womb full of semon." Aside from the fact that it IS the driving force of the main plot, there are also a lot of issues that come from Veela bonding, like, for example, the fact that if Gabrielle does not mate with Harry (yes, mating as in having sex) before her seventeenth birthday, she will literally lose her mind and probably end up going insane.

The story itself has many twists and turns, and even though it's very light-hearted most of the time, it's not all happiness and rainbows. Conflict, that is what keeps this story interest, the perfect blending of conflict and drama with those light, fluffy moments that every person who enjoys happy endings love. This story does this perfectly; it helps that the grammar and English are superb, truly something worthy of praise.

Overall, I would gladly give this fanfiction a 10/10 and a strong recommendation that you guys all read it. It is quite possibly one of only a handful who will ever get that from me, so you know it's gotta be good.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Aria the Scarlet Ammo

Blazing Guns, Butei, and Babes!


So, what to say about Aria the Scarlett Ammo? At first glance it seems like your stereotypical Harem anime: you've got the Tsundere as the main love interest, the Yandere who loves the Main Protagonist who seems completely oblivious to her affections, the Kuudere who is just kind of...there, and the ecchi school girl whose only role appears to be a fanservice. So then, what makes this anime different from all the others?

How about the action?

The explosions?

The thrilling chases?

The epic showdowns?

Or maybe the fact that the Main Protagonist becomes a complete badass when exposed to too much sexy?

Aria the Scarlett Ammo differs greatly from stereotypical harem anime at the start of the first episode when the Main Protagonist, Kinji Tohyama, is rescued from getting filled with led by the main love interest and violent Tsundere, Aria Kanzaki. Unlike most harem anime, where the romance is at the forefront of the storyline, the romance here has been blended in with the action seemlessly, creating something unique and hilarious.

The Cast:



Kinji Tohyama is the Main Protagonist of this series. A student at Butei High School, Kinji is ranked as an E-level Butei, the lowest ranking due to missing the Butei evaluation exam. However, while his ranking suggests he's nothing but a wimp, when certain conditions are met, his skill level can be raised to that of the highest level possible: S-rank. After the death of his brother, he had plans on quitting the Butei, but all that changes when he suddenly finds himself being marked for death by someone copying the tactics of the Butei Killer...


As her name suggests, Aria Holmes Kanzaki is a direct descendant of Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective. She is the fourth Holmes, to be exact. Aria is an elite S-ranked member of the Assault department of Butei High School. She is well-known for her ability to dual wield either guns or swords, earning her the title "Quadra." After their encounter in which she rescues him and sees his skills, Aria tries to recruit Kinji as her partner...of course, being a Tsundere she can't say it like that and instead demands that Kinji become her slave.


Hotogi Shirayuki is what many people refer to as a true Japanese beauty. She has snow white skin (which is appropriate considering Shirayuki means snow white), long, flowing black hair, and a breast size that is unrivaled by her classmates. She and Kinji are shown to have a shared history together, and it's clear to anyone who watches this show that she has a major crush on him. Shiraykui only has one major flaw at this point: her insane jealousy when any girl gets close to Kinji. That's right, she's Yandere to the core. But at least she's cute! (^_^)

Terms you should probably know:


Butei, or Busou Tentai, literally means "Armed Detective" in English. They are a national qualification created for the purpose of combating the worsening crime rate throughout the world. All Butei are allowed to carry fire arms and make arrests. A Butei will take on any job for money, as long as falls within the Butei Law.


Tokyo Butei High School is the specialized educational institution in Japan whose curriculum is centered on the development of Butei. There are similar facilities to this one all over the world, each one dedicated to training Butei.



Overall, I would rate this anime a 7.5/10 and suggest to anyone who enjoys a combination of action, adventure, gun fights, and cat fights to watch it.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sword Art Wallpaper by Greev


Once again this particular piece of digital mastery was found on Deviantart. For those who haven't guessed already, this is an image of Kirito from Sword Art Online. I thought it was a rather impressive piece of artwork and have thus decided to show it on here.

The first thing that really sticks out at me is Greev's use of colors: he mostly sticks with analagous shades of purple and blue, only deviating from this color scheme when making the background behind Kirito, who acts as the focal point for this piece. By using green, a color that is complimentary to purple and blue, he makes Kirito stick out more.

The shading itself was also very well done. There are several points where the lighting comes from: the top left-hand corner and several small, bright purple spots behind Kirito. Notice that Greev accounted for all those light spots when he did his shading and even managed to make the nearest purple "light" reflect off the surface of Kirito's trench coat.

The only thing I am confused about are the things--for that was the only word I could think to call them--surrounding Kirito. They look like monsters, I can see at least two heads in the mass of polygonal colors, but they're very hard to distinguish at first glance and require you to look at it several times before noticing. Do they mean something? Are they symbolic in some way? I don't know, but it's interesting if nothing else.

You can find this wallpaper art here at: http://greev.deviantart.com/art/Sword-Art-Online-Wallpaper-331240761

Namikaze's Return chapter 27

The Q&A for Chapter 27, Namikaze's Return has been posted for any who are interested. It's kinda small, this chapter didn't get that many reviews, but I hope you find it interesting anyway.