A New Year Banner?December 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Site | 26 Comments
Heh…well it’s only kind of a New Year banner. Not much about it says, “Happy New Year!” so that’s something I need to explain a little bit I suppose.
So this is the last Holiday banner (not very Holiday-ish though) and it features Amu, Ikuto, and Utau from Shugo Chara!, which means that this has got to be the coolest banner I will ever use.
But aww…now we have no more Holiday banners. At least not until Valentine’s Day I suppose (*shockgasp* I get to go crazy over-board with shipping that day!!!).
So, there’s a reason I decided to use Shugo Chara for the New Year’s banner. Every year, people make resolutions to “better” themselves. To reach their dreams, and “would-be” selves connects quite easily to that. The image also has the embryo in it which goes along with all of our fond wishes and such for the New Year (though you can’t see it in the banner).
I suppose the name for this one would be “New Year’s Wishes” because of all of that.
But yup. Shugo Chara fits the New Year quite nicely. I’m surprised that stuff doesn’t really come up in the Holiday fillers. Maybe it’s because resolutions aren’t that big of a deal in Japan? I wouldn’t really know, but I have to say you don’t really hear it mentioned in all of their other stuff. I won’t say much more about Shugo Chara and the New Year, because it fits in quite nicely with possible plans for a New Year’s post (that for once isn’t lazy) so I’ll leave it at that.
Now then, the image is the November/December poster in the 2008 calendar, so it kind of hit me to use it for the New Year then. It’s the last image I’ll see in 2009! I should mention that I have the calnedar now…and I’m so glad I got the anime calendar instead of the manga one (since I could only get one or the other) because of this image and the September/October one.
I’m actually keeping my calendar on the cover page though until March, because it’s still painful for me to just see Amu blushing over Tadase with him completely oblivious. It’s not like it’s Tadase’s fault though because he’s busy, but still. I’d probably get ticked off if Tadase was paying attention too, because their cutesy atmosphere has the tendency to piss me off too. I’m not sure if it’s the anti-shipping in me, or something else, but yeah. It’s an irrational sort of thing (if I recognize it, it’s fine).
But I think it would be odd to put up an image of any couple you don’t support. I would put up AmuxNagihiko and AmuxKairi though…but no AmuxKukai or RimaxTadase. It’s kind of strange what couples I’m opposed to and which ones I’m fine with.
Anyway (got off-track) the banner didn’t take much editing. I had to clean it up because black has the tendency to look…pretty awful in scans (and screencaps…), but I was surprised by how well it came out. The image really is beautiful after it’s cleaned-up. Purple and black always look nice together (expecially with that white glow).
It works quite nicely because Amu, Utau, and Ikuto are the ones who seem to either change the most or want to change the most in the series. I think I’ll leave it at that because if I get into all three, I’ll start talking about some things about Ikuto’s arc that I’d rather save for later posts when they aren’t spoilers.
Ah~ But it is soon. A few things in the past few days (Christmas presents being one) has reawakened my Shugo Chara fangirling a bit. Perhaps not quite to the rabid level I might once have been at, but more at a thoughtful level. That’s usually when I enjoy my fandom the most. The slight excitement, but mostly calm fondness. That’s something I’d also like to maybe talk about later.
So yeah. I’ll leave at this for now. (…Episode 64 soon~ Is a “shooting star” going to fall into Amu’s room?)
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