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Okay, so... MCs of P3 and P4, Minato and Souji/Yuu. Sorry that took long—I was rather busy, what with the exam week coming up and school events...
Again, the theme is the journey to the underworld. Besides the normal school uniforms (which are nicely black), I just added a couple of extra features. Okay, let’s see what these elements include:Clothes
The additional cloth was supposed to reflect the regions from which the myths originate—that would mean Japan for Souji’s Izanagi, and Greece for Minato’s Orpheus. Only I had no idea of how to throw a chiton on Minato without blocking most of his school uniform from view, so I suppose I can settle for an off-white piece of travelling cloak.
As for Souji, of course, that’s straightforward enough. The patterns were a bit messy, but it retains some semblance of order, at least. They’re a combination of a number of traditional designs, mostly connected to water—just for trivias, let’s list them out:
-The pattern of blue wavy lines over white is the Araiso
, which depicts fishes in turbulent waters. Though the fishes themselves barely had any space to be visible here... 0_o
-The one with tesselated hexagons is known as Kikko
, which means ‘turtle shell’.
-The strips of overall gold patterns feature the Seikaiha
, the ‘ocean’s wave crests’.
-Finally, there are numerous simplified chrysanthemums dotting the entire attire. This instantly recognizable symbol on Japan’s passport cover is the nation’s imperial emblem.
The crescent curves overlapping each other are just filling space, so that’s not anything in particular.Lights
Of course, in each story, this was the dooming element that sealed the endings. Since it was central to the tales, I added them here. Additionally, it adds that to ‘traveller’ feel. Again, I try to keep the lights culturally connected. I have no clear idea of specific portable Grecian lights, so I have to make do with this. Thought of using the kind of torch which Thanatos holds, but it sort of messes up with the picture’s balance, so I dropped the idea.
For Souji, it’s an oriental lantern, the kind they usually use in festivals. Come to think of it, the box lanterns used for Obon may have been more appropriate, but it’s a little edgy, and then it’s the question of layout balance again... -3- Since the rounder model is smoother, I settled for that. The kanji on the paper is「輪」, which means ‘a ring’ or ‘hoop’. Still building on the concept of life and death being cyclical, that—might be useful to know that it’s the first letter in「輪廻」, ‘reincarnation’. Background
Just a short one here—columns and torii, pretty much just a setting pointer again. Also, I didn’t seperate them; as much as they’re just flat designs, taken in a physical sense, they look like they’re in the same plane. Underworlds, or rather death, is universal, no matter where on earth it is.
Okay, that ends the listing. I’ll leave out the precise explanations—that’s for viewers to decide for themselves, after all.
On the personal side, I’m very pleased with how the whole thing turned out, especially Minato’s hair. It actually looks smooth... That’s an improvement.
Now then, I still have the other trades to finish. Off I go.
Persona 3, Persona 4 (C) Atlus