Book of the Past:
I originally got into gaming when my brother broke his collarbone from a stupid skateboarding stunt my father allowed him to do ("Hey, son, won't it be cool if you hold onto the back of my car as I drive around town!?"). As a get well soon gift, my parents bought him a NES, from which his gaming days began. Me, I just enjoyed watching him play, mostly RPGs until I tried them myself eventually. My first game was Dragon Quest and I remember quitting shortly after the first dragon killed me. lol
Since then, though, I have enjoyed games for multiple reasons, mostly because I love stories and characters...and games are the perfect way for me to experience the hard work and strife that the characters have to go through. It's fun and I feel like I can play a part in their story. It's a much better story than mine.
My favorite RPGs of the past are (in no certain order):
Shadow Hearts 1 & 2
Yeah, I was bored tonight and just wanted to do something to possibly get more fans interested in the contest that I'm putting together for the Japanese release of Drag-on Dragoon 3, otherwise known as Drakengard 3.
Here are some examples of the EyeFlower that I have in mind, demonstrated by the wonderful Drakengard development team and others!! <3
Here's a sample of the Tweet you can post, too!
Zero's Eye Flower from around the World! Drakengard 3 Dec.19! #DOD3 #Drakengard #DOD3EyeFlower drakengard-3.com
** How to Enter **
Be creative and post your Zeroesque EyeFlower to earn the most points for the give away!*
Other ways to enter include retweeting about this contest on Twitter, liking this Facebook page, and following the Western Drakengard Twitter Account!
Let's get everybody pumped for the release and win awesome DOD3 prizes in the process!
* Your photo may be a creative rendition of Zero's iconic EyeFlower. This photo may be of yourself--in other words, a self-portrait. For those who are a little camera shy, why not try a super closeup? There are many creative things you can try! Finally, please include your COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE in the photo to share your International love of Drakengard!!
If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to get in contact with me on Facebook, Twitter, or through this Web site. I have contact information all over the place, so you shouldn't have any problem with that. If a problem should arise and you cannot reach me, please try to leave a reply to this post and I will get back with you as soon as I can!
Well, the first day of December has been officially over for roughly 2 hours now…and we’re that much closer to the inevitable release of DOD3 in 18 days! Now that we’re heading into the final stretch, recent news has not been all that astounding, although we have had a couple awesome tid-bits!
More Soundtrack News!
Emi Evans has finally been given the official go-ahead to announce that she is indeed back performing vocals for the DOD3 soundtrack. You may recall her from the exquisite work she did for the Nier soundtrack. A sample of her newest work for DOD3 can be streamed directly from Square Enix’s page with other info about the soundtrack. As I’ve mentioned before, you can see that there is still room to hear 3 extra tracks on the page….but they are currently unavailable. Maybe they will upload a new track weekly until the release? Hmmm! Definitely bookmark this page:
And hurray for me, I'm being lazy. So if you'd like to read the rest of the updates, they're all on the main DOD3 blog here: http://drakengard-3.com ^^;;
Well, this is going to be brief since all pertinent information is readily accessible on my new blog, but here's some of the highlights regarding recent news and updates on DOD3:
Monday, November 25th will be the 5th NicoNico Live Broadcast, featuring voice actors Uchida Maaya (Zero) and Higashiyama Nao (Mikhail). This may be the final broadcast before the Dec. 19 release.
Lots of speculation on the symbolism behind the Utautai sisters, what possible connection they may have to both the 7 Deadly Sins and comparatively the 7 Holy Virtues, as well as color symbolism.
The Halloween Contest has concluded... What's up next? Another undecided contest to celebrate the Dec. 19 release date! Be sure to voice any interest and/or ideas regarding this up-coming contest. This time, the prize will be an official DOD3 poster.
Also a ton more images have been added the Image Gallery, including crazy DOD3-ish photomanipulations that I made like the one above! Check them all out here:
All of this and more can be found on the main site: Drakengard 3 | Drag-on Dragoon 3 | DOD3
And lastly, a general Dtoid blogger question... Many times I try to use code to shrink down the size of an image...and on preview, it seems to work fine, but when the blog is actually saved and loaded, it doesn't work and simply displays the code. ^^; Any reason for this? Am I doing something wrong...? For example, here is the exact same image that I posted above, only I want it to be displayed smaller than the original size (500x181). Why does this not load right??
Yes, Halloween is over. The decorations have been replaced by…Christmas. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving in between, I'll never know, but oddly enough, Japan is exactly the same!! The only difference is that Halloween seems to come and go without any notice here, which is--for my American heart--very, very sad!!
Thanks to everyone who took an interest to the Drag-on Dragoon / Drakengard Halloween event I put on for my Web site and Facebook community! There were some really awesome pieces of art that were submitted that made it EXTREMELY difficult to decide on winners. This particular contest, though, I wanted to focus mostly on the essence of Halloween: witches, bats, black cats, full moons, scary trees and houses… The list goes on and on! I wanted to see artwork taking this theme as a motif and intertwining DOD3 characters into the mix! If anyone is interested in seeing the entries for this year's Halloween contest, you can find them all here: http://drakengard-3.com/halloween-entries.html
Here are the top three entries:
As you can see on the site above, I received many awesome pieces of art… so many that it was very difficult to decide on the winners! The winners of this particular contest were those who best conveyed the spirit of Halloween in conjunction with various characters from DOD3 and/or previous titles. Since I mainly want to give more attention to the yet-to-be-released DOD3, it was necessary for participants to draw a DOD3 character-- any other character from the previous titles was optional.
I think this event went pretty well, with most participants submitting their work quite near the 3-week deadline (an extra week past Halloween was given to complete a piece of art). I plan to hold many similar events like this in the future, too!! But I cannot put on a fun event without FEEDBACK!! If anyone on Destructoid has taken a glance at these pages or maybe even become involved in the fan project, I would *love* to hear your thoughts and ideas on what I can do to put on an even better event in the future!! What would you like to see changed or improved for future events?
This past art contest was a lot of fun on the management side, and I really wish that I could give every participant a prize simply for participating (believe me, if my budget allowed it, I would!!), but I'm only able to give out a couple freebies from random drawings and other contests like this one. So if you have any other ideas for a contest that I could put together--a theme!!--please feel free to let me know!
RANDOM GIVEAWAY!! To give a little shout-out and thanks to the current DOD fans, I want to give a random giveaway prize to the members of the Facebook community that I manage (I'm sorry I cannot include fans on other mediums, since I cannot regulate anything elsewhere). So if you go to the Facebook fan site and like the page, you will be entered into the raffle drawing for a free DOD guidebook from Japan! I'm still working out the logistics behind this, and hopefully Facebook will have a way to easily view all fans who Liked the page, I can then draw a random number to associate with a member for the raffle. I plan on sending out the latest awards from the Halloween contest and this raffle drawing on Monday, November 11th; so if you'd like to be included in this drawing, please head over to the Facebook page and click the like button! <3
Having an evening job does little to help me be a morning person. Instead, I end up staying up until 4 or 5 in the morning to go back to work by 2pm the following day. I still get 7-8 hours of sleep, but as car as human contact goes, yeah, not much going on there.
So to help pass the time, I've been busy reporting DOD3 news whenever it should pop up. Last night I found an article by Famitsu that reported there would be DOD3 Themes for the PS3 in the No.1300 issue of Famitsu magazine. I quickly went down to the nearest convenience store that stocks Famitsu and picked up the magazine to check out the DLCs. They do look pretty nice on screen, although my iPhone can't take the best pictures. heh
Here is a quick look at some of the images…
Zero - Close Up
Zero & Mikhail
One - Full Body
Two - Close Up
Also, there's just one more week to get involved with the Halloween Art Contest!! There's only been one submission made thus far, so if you're interested in DOD3 *and* free stuff, be sure to check out more information on this event!!
Hopefully I'm starting to translate these articles a little be more quickly as usual. It certainly helps to have an extra hour of free time at work to study it! So, here is the latest article in the double issue of Famitsu for November 7 & 14. I need to pace myself a little bit, however; especially since I had a bit of an accident while translating and eating dinner at the same time... I sort of spilled my drink over the whole magazine, so I'll have to pick up a new issue to make scans of the pages. ARG!
So in the meantime, here's the majority of the article. There's still one main part that needs to be translated, but I believe much of that was teased about on the Famitsu Web page that I've already translated below!
Enjoy reading the article and as always, please feel free to contact me whenever! I love hearing from other fans!!
Famitsu Magazine, November 7 & 14 Issue
(Translated by Rekka Alexiel)
Onitsuka was awarded the grand prize for best songwriting on “Vertigo” in December of 2001; she also was awarded the Golden Disk award for her album “Insomnia” in March of 2002. Her Japan tour began earlier in March under the title, “Chihiro Onitsuka Tour Show 2013 –the clown bully-” in which she debuted her 19th single, “the clown bully”. Likewise, her 20th single CD “This Silence is Mine / SciencE and YOU” is scheduled for release on December 18th. She will also have a joint tour throughout Japan in 2014 with BILLYS SANDWICHES for their first national tour, “Heart Beat Tour 2014”. Tickets for this tour will be available from October 30th.
The Fan Movement
Famitsu (F): First of all, tell us how you came to ask Onitsuka Chihiro to participate in a theme song for the game.
Shiba (S): There were many reasons, but mostly I thought of her because of the songs she’s been writing recently. The game calls for a sort of dark madness, that kind of atmosphere. I thought Onitsuka could match that feeling perfectly. There have been many fans out there using audio and video clips to make their own fan videos, what we call MAD movies. Those movies have been uploaded to places like NicoNico Videos and really got the fanbase active and engaged in discussions. There’s a MAD movie out there that combined Onitsuka’s song “Dance the Waltz with Me” with DOD video footage. I was so impressed how well the music and video fit together. There are many difficult copyright issues involved with this, of course, but it’s a great way to introduce new people to the series and spread the overall knowledge of its existence.
Onitsuka (O): Ooooooohhh.
S: Onitsuka’s personal character has such a strong affinity toward the DOD series. Additionally, even if you look at how popular the MAD movies were, Onitsuka was also extremely popular among DOD fans. As far as tying the song into the game, there are times in which we don’t consider whether or not the song necessarily fits the atmosphere of the game and only create something merely to sell, but as things turned out this time, we really wanted to make a song with profound meaning, which is why we thought of asking Onitsuka to help us accomplish this. We contacted her earlier in Feburary, then the following month we met together to discuss the possibility and various ideas.
F: So that’s how you decided to have Onitsuka write both the lyrics and the music for “This Silence is Mine” with Okabe Keiichi managing the arrangement.
S: We wanted to convey the “color” of DOD3, so we asked Okabe to help with the arrangement.
F: “This Silence is Mine” is considered a ballad, but did you make any requests, Shiba-san?
S: No, I just told her the basic story of the game and left the rest up to her.
F: Onitsuka-san, what was your impression of DOD3?
O: It was bloody.
S: Ah, I told her that Zero’s tension gauge increases as she bathes in the blood of her enemies.
F: Since you bring up that point, how about you, Onitsuka-san? When do you feel like your tension gauge rises? During a live concert, perhaps?
O: A school of fish.
F: A school of fish!? So, you feel like your tension gauge rises at an aquarium?
O: No, no. haha Like this. *mimes pulling a handle at a pachinko parlor*
F: A-ah,…… Like you’ve just about made a match, maybe?
O: My life is gambling.
From ‘white’ to a complete image in 10 minutes
F: Did you have the image of a bloody battle in mind for this song?
O: When I start to write a song, as far as a motif goes, I have no empathy. I like to create a situation from scratch.
F: Then, if you made a mental picture, what seemed to stick out for you?
O: White. She (Zero) is so white, her hair and everything.
S: Then did you write the song with just white in mind?
O: Yeah, I imagined a place where nothing exists—only white—and then BOOOM! I had much of the song written in ten minutes.
F: Ten minutes!? Compared to your other songs, would you consider this pretty fast?
O: Not really, it’s pretty usual. It’s not good for me to spend a long time writing a single song.
F: Did you receive any feedback from anyone since you were able to complete this song so quickly?
O: I believe I got my love for music from my father, so when I asked him to listen to it, he said, “It’s a great song!”
S: Did the lyrics come as quickly as the music?
O: Not quite. I wrote the rest on the spot.
Okabe: She showed me the main parts of the melody or lyrics that eventually became the core of the song, but there was still much left to be filled. We recorded her vocals like any other production, but then we gradually shifted to something more like a jam session. This was the first time for me to write a song this way, so it really became a point of encouragement.
S: It’s quite a luxurious experience to compose with Onitsuka-san, isn’t it?
Okabe: That’s for sure. We also recorded a bit at our MONACA studio—it was great to be able to use the space for as long as we wanted. We could go at our own pace.
F: Do you think the recording went well?
Okabe: I do. In a typical recording, we often make a list of approved recordings and edit and splice them together to create a complete song, but this time Onitsuka-san only sang three times—straight through. The only thing we had left to do was record each individual part and then we were done.
O: The thing that I thought was really cool was how he was like, “I wanted you do you to do that!” for the parts where I was allowed to give it my all.
Okabe: Thank you. haha She was so energetic to be able to make a recording with such passion in one go. So with every take, she might sing a little bit differently; maybe she had designed it that way. I tried to put all of that together in the arrangement. I do have a bit of confidence when I’m making arrangements, but for her to tell me that I was able to match what she had imagined, I was quite relieved. haha
O: I wore this white outfit during the recording. *shows a photograph*
F: Because you had imagined a white song?
O: Yeah, it’s the feel of the song.
F: Do you have a favorite color?
O: White isn’t exactly my favorite color, but many people say that I look good purple or red. A bit Yankee*, isn’t it? haha
• Yankee – slang for delinquent youngsters or delinquency; very young and loud, boisterous and revolting youths