Question - Have you watched the Madoka Magica Rebellion movie yet? Or been spoiled on it yet? If you have, I'd be curious to get your take on it. If you haven't, I'll wait until you've seen the film yourself.
That would be a great passing of the torch moment indeed - and it would be a vindication of sorts for all of us Sayaka fans after all the hate, abuse and disrespect that has gathered against her over the years.
My plans to watch Love Live! fell through, unfortunately. Just as I was preparing to find and obtain the releases, the faction started its near-fatal losing streak in the tournament, and my interest waned. I do have all of Jintai already though, so only free time (or the lack of) would be a factor for my quest to discover Watashi's appeal to voters.
Yeah, I also haven't given much thought to who would be my 2nd, 3rd, etc... favorite girls in J-SaiMoe after Sayaka. I initially was against the idea of Mami repeating, but I've softened a bit on the idea (partly since Homura is completely eliminated now; her gaining vindication for 2011 would have been a nice story, imo). Sayaka defeating Mami in the Finals would be poetic - A great passing of the torch moment, reflecting the anime itself. I also think Mami has been disrespected a bit, and for that reason, it would be cool to see her repeat to prove her doubters wrong. My No. 1 choice is still Sayaka though, of course.
Like yourself, I like Kuroneko. I also am fond of the Madoka Magica girls, and some of the Saki girls. But it does increasingly look like Saki has little shot.
I'm curious, did you ever watch Love Live! after? Not that it's relevant in J-SaiMoe any more, since they were all eliminated, lol.
If you're intending to showcase them, I believe the Madoka Magica subforum has more people available to view the pics than the Miracles & Magic group; however, the fast moving nature of image threads also mean the pics will eventually get buried among many others.
The downsides of uploading to M&M is that there are far fewer people available to view the pics, and image size restrictions in AS's image albums will impact the size and quality of the pictures.
So, in the short run - subforum; long run - Miracles & Magic. That's what I think.
0. Thanks for the full version of that awesome image! My search tools brought up nothing, but thanks to you I finally have it in my collection.
1. Very nice. Especially the work with the shadows. Not sure about her detached dark blue sleeves recolored to almost black, but it's good.
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3. Not too familiar with western comic styles, but that's an interesting fight pose. I wanted her Soul Gem to be a bit more visible, though. Her face is the biggest change, but it's not bad.
4. The great sword upgrade to her regular cutlass is freaking awesome. Nice updates, but I'm not a fan of too much gold and black infringing on the original blue-white balance. That's one fine cape though! It goes well with the feathery look of her fortissimo hairpins now. If she is qualified to be summoned as a Rider class Servant in addition to her (IMO) qualifications for Saber and Berserker class, that's what she'd look like!
Don't worry about it, I appreciate your picture link posts! Even if I can't reply right away, I'll eventually get to it after all.
A fellow AS member ran the source image for my sig through Google, and managed to get this. The full pic includes Kyouko, and it's an awesome piece of artwork. You might want to add it to the picture album for the Miracles and Magic group. I'd do so myself, but it's not working for me and I don't think I'm up to shrinking this enough to make it fit.