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crystal kyoko

The Crystal Kyoko

No awards ceremony would ever be complete without an award -- and since we couldn't use an Oscar (apparently, there's a trademark or copyright thingy attached to even using the word "Oscar"), we had to come up with one. Several nifty ideas were tossed around: Danshaku, the cat-doll from 'Mimi o Sumaseba' was the first suggestion, but it's a little obscure. The Crystal Kyoko was the second, and a 'morning-after' Otaku was even suggested. After a while, we decided to use figures that were in keeping with our individual sites, and the Café settled on the Crystal Kyoko...

The Crystal Kyoko was inspired from the ending credits of Maison Ikkoku's third season. Two crystalline figures of Kyoko and Godai revolving around each other, always apart, with the ending theme 'Fantasy' playing softly in the background. While somewhat sombre in tone, the image of the ending credits immediately struck me as an ideal model for an anime award... and thus our version of the Award was born.

Most of Kyoko's figure was drawn in Corel PhotoPaint, and the base was drawn using Corel Draw, and then exported to a bitmap format. Corel PhotoPaint has some nifty abilities, including a 'lens flare' effect which lets you simulate the flash of light that you might see when looking at bright objects through a camera... much like what you see at the Academy Awards when the recipient talks too long on the stage...

Meanwhile, the folks over at T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews came up with their own hand-drawn creation -- The Otaku Award. To have a peek at their creation, click here. (What's scary about their award is it looks just like me on a Saturday morning after a Lodoss War fest...)

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