The Return to Simplicity (Theme)November 1, 2008 at 3:34 am | Posted in Site | 19 Comments
Hurray! The black theme is dead! You’ll never ever see it again because by this time next year (at the most), I’m going to move Simplicity to its own hosting and such a real wordpress blog. Then I’ll be able to control theme changes to fit exactly what I want!
Changes are fun, but it’s really best to have my theme back.
So for now, it’s just a return to the normal “pool” theme with a new banner (featuring Nagihiko and Rima from Shugo Chara!), because it’s already been discussed that I absolutely can’t go back to that old banner (but ha! Tampa Bay lost the World Series!).
I had no idea what to do with this banner. I was actually getting kind of panicky trying to decide.
I had to go through all the series I was watching to make a decision.
- Clannad – Already did it.
- Skip Beat! – Well, did it and I can’t really find good images easily.
- Hakushaku to Yousei – Same image problem.
- Shugo Chara! – It encourages the idea that this is a “Shugo Chara! blog”.
Everything else didn’t have enough excitement for me or coverage on this blog (actually, that’s kind of true for Hakushaku to Yousei too).
So obviously I ended up with Shugo Chara! in the end. At first I wanted to completely reject using Shugo Chara! because of how disappointing Doki has been so far. I mean…it’s not bad, but it’s gotten too generic and lost quite a bit of Cool and Spicy.
However, a new season of the most discussed series on this blog…should be banner-worthy. So I decided to go with it since I was out of other ideas. Especially since it worked for Nagihiko’s return this week! (Woot! Nagihiko!!!)
Um…so basically I just went to the ending cretids and used the image of Nagihiko and Rima standing together because I really liked it. Of course saying it like that makes it sound a lot simpler than it actually was. Because as anyone would know, there’s big credits in the way of the pictures in the ending credits.
But if something is scrolling, you’ll be able to get an image of it. So I took a whole bunch of shots, focusing on Nagihiko first, erased anything that interfered with his image, and put each in a separate layer so that they all matched up and made our lovable trap (though since he’s wearing boys’ clothes we can’t call him that so much anymore…). I then did the same with Rima. I couldn’t do them both at the same time because in the credits they move a part from each other as they scroll.
Then I had to erase all the background, which is really just a hassle anytime you’re even editing a normal screencap. *sigh*
I finished….but then I had to do it over because I found a clearer raw and their images came out a lot nicer. Though I got a little sloppier with being exact about cutting out the background. Especially because of Rima and her hair. It looked okay once it was smaller though…except part of Rima’s hair but it’s like that in the ending.
I also had a minor “OMG!” moment where I thought I cut out Rima’s arms, but then I realized that with her hair that was impossible and it’s just the way the image is…which really bothers me every time I watch the credits now (and now it can bother you guys too), but luckily you can’t really tell in the banner because of where it cuts off. But seriously…they changed the ending in the second episode, why didn’t they fix Rima? Maybe her arms are just behind her somehow, but if so that’s really awkward (fix it for the DVD!!!).
For the background I decided to go with the old Shugo Chara! standby of plaid and make it a little like my original banner. This time I just used the blue plaid background from a page on the official Anime site. I could have made my own plaid design but there’s two problems with that. I didn’t feel like it and mine looks crappy (it has a severe lack of COOL & SPICY).
Ah~ For once my banner actually matches the colors of my blog (this honestly is the first time I’ve used a blue header…).
Also, the caption, “There’s always something to like” just refers to how happy I am to see Nagihiko, even if the rest of Doki has mostly been a disappointment. Also, a lot of us will always have a pairing to get excited over now. Suspicious Rima FTW!
Now then for some other updates, I’m thinking about putting more contact information on the About page. Basically, just adding my contact information for some instant messengers now that I use them more often.
I kind of feel hesitant about doing that, because e-mails I can get to whenever. IMs just keep popping up. Though I thought I’d mention it for now so people will know I’m going to be using instant messengers or whatever. The screenname is FuyuMaiden for…anything I use.
Yeah…for now I’ll keep it off the About page. (Though as a warning, even if you IM me I might just space out and stop talking to you when I get preoccupied with something without saying “I need to do something. Talk to you later” or whatever.)
What else? Ah. The theme change is going to be messy today because I’m going to be really busy. I just happened to be up when Halloween should be over for most of the world and decided to change the banner now (no! Not enough top time for new Arina Tanemura news!).
I still have my Clannad and Shugo Chara! posts to do and a post with the answers to the Cosplay Challenge for later too. So, I’m going to be busy today. I underestimated how occupied I’d get with Halloween and wasn’t able to finish what I wanted to and…meh. Well whatever.
Theme is back to normal, I’ll fix the rest of the stuff later. For now that’s that.
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