The Future of Project Memoria

July 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Artwork, Other | 2 Comments
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Memoria characters group pic

Normally, I try to keep personal issues out of this blog. But I figure I have to post it since it’s affecting the project greatly.

The artworks, aka my sister Richelle’s drawings, form a significant component of the lifeblood of this project. I know that everyone likes to look at drawings of pretty anime girls, right? Even I do, I get very eager to see what new drawings she has come up with. But… as of this year, she hasn’t been posting much drawings. In fact, she only posted once this year.

According to her, it’s just not her priority right now. She has been going through so much stress lately, that it’s hard for her to even work on drawings. She, out of the blue, told me that she quits. But, after more than three years working on Memoria, I seriously doubt that she wants to quit. I mean, why throw away years of hard work?

So, I’ll say that she’s on hiatus indefinitely. I don’t know when she’ll continue working on them; she needs healing time. It could be a month, two months, or maybe into next year; I don’t know. I might have said on Twitter that I might have to recruit a new artist, but then if I did recruit a new one, that would be an insult to my sis and all the work and effort she has put in so far (and to this project, possibly everyone else).

I’ll continue posting on this blog, with story and musical updates, and among other things. If you want drawings, enjoy what there is for now, because there won’t be new ones for a while, I’m afraid. (more here and here -latter link NSFW-)

I’m not giving up on her, not only because she’s a major lifeblood component for this project, but because she’s my sister. I wish her the best.

Lastly, I like to thank our (me and my sis’s) followers for their support. We started this VN back in 2009 and I know it’s taking so long to complete. Thank you for sticking around and checking out our progress, and we hope you continue to. 🙂

– Ryne (project manager)

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Project Memoria at Anime Expo 2012

July 5, 2012 at 11:44 am | Posted in Characters, Cosplay, Other | 1 Comment
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Project Memoria was at AX2012, and I’ve got the photos to prove it! We didn’t have a booth or anything, I just had my younger sister Richelle (aka the artist) dress as one of the Memoria girls, that is, Julia. She was asked at least four times by photographers to get her pic taken. ^.^

Okay, before anyone asks, she had to do several things to make this work; only about 70-75% of the costume is similar to Julia’s. So…

  1. blue plaid skirts were quite expensive for her, so she settled for a plain blue skirt
  2. she used to have loafers but gave them away well before, so she substituted in some Mary Janes
  3. settled for a red tie (with black designs) since she was having trouble finding a plain pink tie; and
  4. because she felt her hair was lacking in volume, she used extensions and tied her hair up, kind of like Anna’s hair. In essence, it’s like she’s cosplaying two characters at the same time, Julia and Anna. XD

Aaand… here are the pics; click them to view larger (all photos were resized from originals). Compare them to her artworks of Julia and/or Anna and judge for yourselves. Check out the gallery if you want to see more of her.

Richelle dressed up as JuliaRichelle in Julia costume CRichelle in Julia costume D

Also, some more pics of various other goodies, including figurines and other cosplayers. Mostly Madoka stuff, but I have others too.

Mirai Suenaga Car 3dMadoka Magica CosplayMadoka Magica Print

Again, more pics can be found in the gallery. I would like it if any of you can help me in identifying some of the anime being portrayed; a good number are unfamiliar to me.

Here’s what I brought home:

Madoka Magica - Nendoroid Petit Figures - Madoka and Kyouko

Some Madoka Nendoroid Petits… and (NSFW) Madoka H-doujinshi (NSFW, yes, I had to get them). Wanted to get the Sayaka, Kyouko, and Mami Figmas (and other non Madoka items), but didn’t want to spend too much. There was also a Homura dakimakura that is sooo moe, but didn’t get it due to the price; the material is sooooo nice and silky. Sister got a number of items as well including masks, a t-shirt, poster, and among other things.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I might have seen Peter Payne at the J-List booth (he’s the founder, I believe)? I should’ve got a pic of him! 😦

Lastly, you might be thinking: where’s photos of Ryne?! Well, I took these photos, and I’m not much of interest to look at anyway, since I’m not cosplaying. XD I’d be kind of weird to cosplay as a character who shares your name, though (Ryne cosplaying as Memoria Ryne, lol). You’re going to have to beg and ask Richelle since she took pics of me while we’re there on her smartphone (separate from camera).

Summary

If you haven’t seen already, there are much more pics in the gallery.

I wish we could’ve been there for the entire four days; we could only attend one day because of work stuff (albeit on last day of AX2012). But one day is better than no days, right? This is the second time me and my sis have been at AX, the first being in 2005; long time since! Me and my sis had a blast at AX2012, and seeing so many new things (including cosplayers) made it worthwhile. Maybe our next AX will feature Mikaela and the other girls (and exactly matching Memoria school uniforms!). ^_^

– Ryne

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