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Shirika - more anthro mode. by KuroKarasu
Shirika - more anthro mode.
Dragons have become a guilty pleasure for me. 

I LOVE dragons as fantastical flying lizards, with some mammalian traits, that do magical things. At the same time, I realize that the idea is literally as old as time itself, and that hell, the idea of the dragon has always been "this vaguely reptilian thing with magical powers" - for good or for ill. It's overused, but still continues to work - largely because the idea of "magical flying reptile thing" can be taken so many ways. 

I'm still kind of a weirdo when it comes to the dragon fanbase, however. 

On one hand, I've become a total dracophile thanks to MonHunt and CFV (Dragonic Overlord, why are you so sexy? Fire, tail, and wings, that's why). On the other, I'm more than a little sickened by the furry fanbase in general - usually, no, I don't want to RP much of anything. Working with a certain dragon TF fanatic and being around dragon Otherkin made me think that things were getting out of hand in one way or another. 

Shirika is my kind of dragon: a throwback to the "90's dragons" like Lugia, Charizard, and Filia from Slayers, while still being an entirely new life form. She's made partially of silicon; that said, no scales or feathers, just very sleek, surprisingly sturdy, rubbery skin. Also, she has acid that melts flesh into caramel, released at will from a sac. Both silicon crystals and humans are on the menu; human women can also double as vessels for Shirika and her kind (which are amazingly diverse in form- there are some that look like glass!). 

Instead of "playing" like a normal dragon, Shirika functions much more like a black mamba with a venomous head on both ends; her neck and tail are both highly flexible. Were she ever to die, her entire body would become sand, leaving only that stone behind. (I didn't put too much detail into it, but it looks vaguely like rutilated amethyst.) There is no male in the entire species; they're parasitic only to women, explaining the whole "eat princesses" thing. 

tl;dr, Shirika is cute, rubbery, and will kill you unless you give her humans, busted computers, or crystals to eat. Enjoy. :D 
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A Note About Pokemon.

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:09 AM

A note before you read: the following post contains some swearing, as well as potentially dark thoughts. It also tells you why that Eevee series will be my last Pokemon TF, possibly ever. 

~

I am used to abusive relationships. 


Between my parents not necessarily listening (WTF, stop scheduling things on days when I want to be with meatspace friends - LET ALONE things like pap smears!), letting a perverted creep at the card shop into my house to show him my snakes, Konami (in general), and generally not getting anything in the long term relationship department? Well, it's not physically abusive, but emotionally abusive. 


And then there's my relationship with Pokemon. This is long, and ties into how I see video games in general (as definitively portable entertainment, basically). 


For those of you not aware, I've been playing Pokemon since Generation I. There's not a single generation that I have entirely sat out on. Suffice it to say that I've always looked on the bright side concerning Pokemon. I could always find something new to like, and always got excited about the next game. Pokemon has always been something really special to me. 


This was in part because I felt like I could take it anywhere. It was my form of bonding. I played Pokemon because I enjoyed it, and so did a lot of other people! There was something special and unique about Pokemon that kept me to it, even after playing a few other monster-fighting games. I'll get to other factors later, but the fact that so many people loved and adored it was probably part of what made it special…at least to them. 


To me…weelll… 


I've always been a very "creatures" person and a very "art" person. Pokemon, to me, was all about raising cool-looking creatures with magical powers. Very rarely do most video games let you do that aside from the occasional chocobo race. Monsters are usually there to kill, not befriend. 


And then Gen III hit. 


Oh, don't get me wrong, the 'befriend monsters' idea was and is still there. After Gen III, however, things started heading down a bit of a slippery slope. As an older kid, the first thing I noticed was how much the Torchic line looked like something out of Digimon (which I also adore). I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Gen III was when Pokemon really started looking not like Pokemon to me, with a lot of anthropomorphism going on, a bit of a different design overall, and "WTF are Latios and Latias?" 


My optimism kicked in. I chose to see Latias as a cute representation of "little sister," ignored the Digimon look, and generally kept my party pretty bestial. Oh, and 3-5 boxes of Feebas and Miliotic, most OCDly evolved with a maniacal grin on my face. Looking back on it, I wonder if that breeding was a coping mechanism; there wasn't any real rhyme or reason to having that many Feebas, evolving them all, etc. I ignored the obvious creepiness of catching what was undeniably a baby humanoid and raising it into a beautiful humanoid. If Gen V is to be believed, there's even mind control involved. 


Yeah. Kinda creepy when you put it that way, isn't it? Even the other angle to look at Pokemon - as characters rather than mons you've trapped in a ball in the name of scientific research - suddenly seems…twisted. Consider Gardevoir's uncanny devotion and you may as well admit that Pokemon had jumped the Sharpedo straight into furry territory. 


Oh. Speaking of? Generation 4 was my least favorite Gen, even as a young adult. Part of it was due to Lucario. It was among the first Gen IV Pokemon we saw…


…and it was an anthropomorphic dog. Lucario could have sucked as a Pokemon, and it still would have been popular because "anthropomorphic canine." For a modern example, look at Braixen and Charizard; both of those are mediocre, if not BAD, Pokemon, but nonetheless carry their popularity by design alone. Braixen in particular bears an uncanny resemblance to Renamon. (Oh, and one of my favorite Pokemon, Zoroark, was so popular when she first hit that I KNEW the guy who wrote the first TF fanfic of her.) Pokemon now has its niche claws dug so deeply into the furry fandom that it cannot pull them out. 


I did not like where Lucario took the fandom. I now know this was pretty much a misconception of my part. People had been thinking of Pokemon as characters, like RPG-style characters, rather than pets long before that. Again, I tried to avoid that; Gen IV gives the player very little recourse. Did I mention I hated Lucario's design from Day 1? That's another article, but it does show my distaste in Gen IV's design in general (the cover Legends are another example). It had all the good social features I wanted, but the designs were kinda meh, and just didn't have the monstrous feel anymore. 


My addiction to Pokemon was still so strong that it pulled me out of a MMO: "Screw RO, I've got Pokemon to trade!" Despite all its failings, Wi-Fi trade was just the best darn thing in existence. Also, Soul Silver had enough goodness to almost redeem the whole generation, with the best of Sinnoh and Johto. 


I have a secret soft spot for Gen V. Favorite starter, favorite cover Legend, Volcarona, and finally, Zoroark had a truly monstrous fox feel in the game (and it's so fun to use!), but I did notice the lack of Battle Frontier and awkwardly-stretched graphics. I actually would've been happy if the franchise ended there; Gen V was so not-shark-jumpy by comparison to Gens III and IV that it felt like a fitting end - especially with every Gym Leader thus far making a cameo. 


Then Gen VI happened. Nice graphics. Starters as bland as bread design-wise (but not type-wise), with none that I could really take seriously (we've seen water frogs and Firefox before, after all). I heard people saying, "these things are like RPG classes - cool!" No, that actually seriously dampened their appeal to me. I want to raise more monstrous things than "here's this, let's make it bipedal and fitting into this character type." By this point, the anthro-ness had kinda worn thin on me. 


And "Let's make everything fit into a character type!" is what I really fucking hate about Gen VI. 


First, the starters. Braixen is loll Renamon - that explains itself. DISCO NINJA FROG all but says "I'm riding the Naruto AND Persona trains, guys!", and Chesnaught…ew, in several ways. Regardless, what was familiar to everybody else was not familiar, or welcoming, to me. Most people seemed to like the whole "hey, RPG classes we know and love!" deal. Me…can't I just go back to handling a giant snake? Wake me when they make a flaming saw-scale viper as a starter. Those things are awesome. 


Mega Evolution? Likewise. Along with a few OTHER nitpicks I have about it, people tried to assure me that it was something familiar that had been done a million times. 


And that's exactly why I hated it: mode changes HAD been done to characters over 9-fucking-thousand times. I still had it in my head that Pokemon was some sort of special game that sought to break the rules by being itself rather than conforming with what everybody else was doing. At the moment, everybody else and their mother had a super-chocolate-ultra mode of some sort. To most people, Pokemon doing it was logical and "why not?" To me, it had been SO THICKLY LAYERED ON by everything else that it was simply not welcome. 


Even the one I liked, Mega Aerodactyl? I cannot unsee it as Rathian, the most iconic monster in another franchise. Seeing other video games made me realize how fucked up things were with Pokemon. 


Oh, and Pokemon Bank. It's Pokemon the MMO as soon as they ask for a fee. Story over. 


Megas broke me. Gen VI in general broke me. The straw had finally snapped the camel's back after decades. I still show signs of wanting to be with this thing that irks me, maybe even abuses me, even when it pisses me off more than any other previous Gen. ROG class bases and Megas were pretty much the biggest "fuck you" Pokemon had ever given me: "We're not as special as you think. Get out of here, you delusional bitch." 


And yet…I still have a copy of Omega Ruby in its box. I have not taken it out, or played with it at all. Some insane part of me still wants Pokemon to be fun. The more I think about it, the more this sounds like the desperate last grab of someone who's so used to abusive relationships that she doesn't know how to get out of them. 

(On a more positive note: yay learner's permit?) 



  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: E-Type
  • Reading: Driving manual. Yep.
  • Playing: MonHunt 3 U.

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A Note About Pokemon.

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:09 AM

A note before you read: the following post contains some swearing, as well as potentially dark thoughts. It also tells you why that Eevee series will be my last Pokemon TF, possibly ever. 

~

I am used to abusive relationships. 


Between my parents not necessarily listening (WTF, stop scheduling things on days when I want to be with meatspace friends - LET ALONE things like pap smears!), letting a perverted creep at the card shop into my house to show him my snakes, Konami (in general), and generally not getting anything in the long term relationship department? Well, it's not physically abusive, but emotionally abusive. 


And then there's my relationship with Pokemon. This is long, and ties into how I see video games in general (as definitively portable entertainment, basically). 


For those of you not aware, I've been playing Pokemon since Generation I. There's not a single generation that I have entirely sat out on. Suffice it to say that I've always looked on the bright side concerning Pokemon. I could always find something new to like, and always got excited about the next game. Pokemon has always been something really special to me. 


This was in part because I felt like I could take it anywhere. It was my form of bonding. I played Pokemon because I enjoyed it, and so did a lot of other people! There was something special and unique about Pokemon that kept me to it, even after playing a few other monster-fighting games. I'll get to other factors later, but the fact that so many people loved and adored it was probably part of what made it special…at least to them. 


To me…weelll… 


I've always been a very "creatures" person and a very "art" person. Pokemon, to me, was all about raising cool-looking creatures with magical powers. Very rarely do most video games let you do that aside from the occasional chocobo race. Monsters are usually there to kill, not befriend. 


And then Gen III hit. 


Oh, don't get me wrong, the 'befriend monsters' idea was and is still there. After Gen III, however, things started heading down a bit of a slippery slope. As an older kid, the first thing I noticed was how much the Torchic line looked like something out of Digimon (which I also adore). I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Gen III was when Pokemon really started looking not like Pokemon to me, with a lot of anthropomorphism going on, a bit of a different design overall, and "WTF are Latios and Latias?" 


My optimism kicked in. I chose to see Latias as a cute representation of "little sister," ignored the Digimon look, and generally kept my party pretty bestial. Oh, and 3-5 boxes of Feebas and Miliotic, most OCDly evolved with a maniacal grin on my face. Looking back on it, I wonder if that breeding was a coping mechanism; there wasn't any real rhyme or reason to having that many Feebas, evolving them all, etc. I ignored the obvious creepiness of catching what was undeniably a baby humanoid and raising it into a beautiful humanoid. If Gen V is to be believed, there's even mind control involved. 


Yeah. Kinda creepy when you put it that way, isn't it? Even the other angle to look at Pokemon - as characters rather than mons you've trapped in a ball in the name of scientific research - suddenly seems…twisted. Consider Gardevoir's uncanny devotion and you may as well admit that Pokemon had jumped the Sharpedo straight into furry territory. 


Oh. Speaking of? Generation 4 was my least favorite Gen, even as a young adult. Part of it was due to Lucario. It was among the first Gen IV Pokemon we saw…


…and it was an anthropomorphic dog. Lucario could have sucked as a Pokemon, and it still would have been popular because "anthropomorphic canine." For a modern example, look at Braixen and Charizard; both of those are mediocre, if not BAD, Pokemon, but nonetheless carry their popularity by design alone. Braixen in particular bears an uncanny resemblance to Renamon. (Oh, and one of my favorite Pokemon, Zoroark, was so popular when she first hit that I KNEW the guy who wrote the first TF fanfic of her.) Pokemon now has its niche claws dug so deeply into the furry fandom that it cannot pull them out. 


I did not like where Lucario took the fandom. I now know this was pretty much a misconception of my part. People had been thinking of Pokemon as characters, like RPG-style characters, rather than pets long before that. Again, I tried to avoid that; Gen IV gives the player very little recourse. Did I mention I hated Lucario's design from Day 1? That's another article, but it does show my distaste in Gen IV's design in general (the cover Legends are another example). It had all the good social features I wanted, but the designs were kinda meh, and just didn't have the monstrous feel anymore. 


My addiction to Pokemon was still so strong that it pulled me out of a MMO: "Screw RO, I've got Pokemon to trade!" Despite all its failings, Wi-Fi trade was just the best darn thing in existence. Also, Soul Silver had enough goodness to almost redeem the whole generation, with the best of Sinnoh and Johto. 


I have a secret soft spot for Gen V. Favorite starter, favorite cover Legend, Volcarona, and finally, Zoroark had a truly monstrous fox feel in the game (and it's so fun to use!), but I did notice the lack of Battle Frontier and awkwardly-stretched graphics. I actually would've been happy if the franchise ended there; Gen V was so not-shark-jumpy by comparison to Gens III and IV that it felt like a fitting end - especially with every Gym Leader thus far making a cameo. 


Then Gen VI happened. Nice graphics. Starters as bland as bread design-wise (but not type-wise), with none that I could really take seriously (we've seen water frogs and Firefox before, after all). I heard people saying, "these things are like RPG classes - cool!" No, that actually seriously dampened their appeal to me. I want to raise more monstrous things than "here's this, let's make it bipedal and fitting into this character type." By this point, the anthro-ness had kinda worn thin on me. 


And "Let's make everything fit into a character type!" is what I really fucking hate about Gen VI. 


First, the starters. Braixen is loll Renamon - that explains itself. DISCO NINJA FROG all but says "I'm riding the Naruto AND Persona trains, guys!", and Chesnaught…ew, in several ways. Regardless, what was familiar to everybody else was not familiar, or welcoming, to me. Most people seemed to like the whole "hey, RPG classes we know and love!" deal. Me…can't I just go back to handling a giant snake? Wake me when they make a flaming saw-scale viper as a starter. Those things are awesome. 


Mega Evolution? Likewise. Along with a few OTHER nitpicks I have about it, people tried to assure me that it was something familiar that had been done a million times. 


And that's exactly why I hated it: mode changes HAD been done to characters over 9-fucking-thousand times. I still had it in my head that Pokemon was some sort of special game that sought to break the rules by being itself rather than conforming with what everybody else was doing. At the moment, everybody else and their mother had a super-chocolate-ultra mode of some sort. To most people, Pokemon doing it was logical and "why not?" To me, it had been SO THICKLY LAYERED ON by everything else that it was simply not welcome. 


Even the one I liked, Mega Aerodactyl? I cannot unsee it as Rathian, the most iconic monster in another franchise. Seeing other video games made me realize how fucked up things were with Pokemon. 


Oh, and Pokemon Bank. It's Pokemon the MMO as soon as they ask for a fee. Story over. 


Megas broke me. Gen VI in general broke me. The straw had finally snapped the camel's back after decades. I still show signs of wanting to be with this thing that irks me, maybe even abuses me, even when it pisses me off more than any other previous Gen. ROG class bases and Megas were pretty much the biggest "fuck you" Pokemon had ever given me: "We're not as special as you think. Get out of here, you delusional bitch." 


And yet…I still have a copy of Omega Ruby in its box. I have not taken it out, or played with it at all. Some insane part of me still wants Pokemon to be fun. The more I think about it, the more this sounds like the desperate last grab of someone who's so used to abusive relationships that she doesn't know how to get out of them. 

(On a more positive note: yay learner's permit?) 



  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: E-Type
  • Reading: Driving manual. Yep.
  • Playing: MonHunt 3 U.

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Paradise is neither above nor below, but behind and in front.
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FINALLY changed my devID. The original pic was done by a friend of a friend who lives in Louisiana. I just messed with it in PhotoShop a bit and added a certain shadow...

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I love llamas! If you fave something of mine, please add a llama with it! You will get one back in return!

I also love doing art for stuff! Currently, I am hunting HG/SS Base Set Reverse holos. If you have 5 or more to spare, do note me. :heart:

Western Signs: Taurus, Moon in Libra, Ascendant in Gemini.

Eastern Signs: Snake, Snake, Rat, Rabbit.
Life Path: 3.
Birthday number: 16
Jungian/Myers-Briggs Personality Type: INTP

There. Now you know more about me than people who have known me all my life! :lol:
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Pokemon fans: Is X/Y in the same timeline as R/S? If there's an official word, post it; otherwise, thoughts? 

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3 deviants said X/Y follows the B/W games.
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2 deviants said It's in the same time frame as R/S and Red/Blue.
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thanks soo much for the WATCH :iconbrohugplz:
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SpiritauraForce Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Thanks for the Watch. ^^
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:D Not a prob. 

Question: can you trace traditional art digitally? 
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SpiritauraForce Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
By using paint, you can. I haven't did it for awhile. ^^;
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I tend to fail at it regardless. Horribly. ^^;
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Biggangnam Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Happy last day of Saturnalia! :3
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KuroKarasu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, happy holidays to all!
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Biggangnam Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Except for members of the Church of Haruhi. MADOKAMI, BABY!!! XD
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Thanks for the fav ! La la la la 
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:) Not a prob. 
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