Trap Banner for Maria†HolicJanuary 10, 2009 at 4:33 am | Posted in Site | 11 Comments
Once again, I’m making a safe bet before all the new shows I plan to watch for the season air and putting up the banner for my favorite series of the season. This time, to (hopefully) no one’s surprise, Maria+Holic is my pick (yeah, I’m only doing the real cross in posts people).
I kind of went out of what I normally like to do and stayed even more in my comfort zone than ever with this banner.
By the way, since some people are trying to figure out how to get the cross, I’ll just very simply tell everyone how I do it.
Copy & Paste (From MAL I think) Now that it’s pasted into my tags I can get it whenever I want. So I look like I’m just so cool with a cross in my post titles. It’s okay, you can be jealous of my super ingenuity. Or…not. Whatever.
*ahem* Moving on.
I fell in love with the series pretty easily (really just by watching the trailer) and once I fell for it, I fell hard. Anyone who doesn’t go, “OMFG! Maria+Holic is great!!!111” seems bizarre to me. Except then I remember that not everyone can be in love with sadistic traps and I move on with life.
It’s really not that extraordinary of a series, but it just happens to be one of those things that hits me perfectly. Everything in it appeals to me (except some of the extra girls since they just seem so one-dimensional).
I still say that any guys who don’t like it are just bummed out that Mariya isn’t a girl though (aww, now I’m using the “y” too?). Or you know…they just don’t like Shaft or the story or something (wait that gives them legitimate reasons, right?).
But anyway, I really don’t need to talk about this anymore so…banner.
It took a while to decide what I’d use for an image. I only like to use official images now and there really weren’t many of those available to me. Just this one which I didn’t want to use for obvious reasons. So I had to go the dreaded screencap method.
Dun…dun…dun. *ominous music*
I think anyone that’s even tried can tell you that editing screencaps from a raw f$&%ing sucks. I mean occasionally you get a good file and you can just edit it a little to make it look good and then slap it somewhere, but it can’t be that easy for me. My banner height is too small for anything to really work for me. The only time I was able to do it was for my Clannad Banner.
Then there was the other time I went through this with my RimaHiko Banner. Thankfully, this time it wasn’t that hard because I didn’t have to worry about any scrolling or credits in the way. Though I did take the images from the ending, there were no credits in the way. Just a bunch of trees and f&%$ing annoying scenery that cut off Mariya’s legs so I had to guess at where they were sometimes (which is why they are not visible in the banner because I probably guessed wrong).
It really wasn’t that difficult this time, which is why I chose these screencaps to work with. Mariya has a pretty simple shape so cutting her out of her background wasn’t a big problem. Then I just had to desaturate to get rid of those annoying pixels where one color bleeds into the other and…it really only took me a half hour? I’m not sure, but it didn’t take long.
So yeah. Easy. I really liked those images, because even though Mariya doesn’t have a face and is basically a stick figure, to me he still seems moe~
And let’s see…the background. It’s kind of annoying. I actually grabbed that as a screencap from the anime too. I picked it because it was one of the only blue ones I saw and the shapes seemed to…I don’t know…be more random and thus less headache-inducing than anything with a pattern.
I blurred it out a little and stuff though because otherwise it took too much attention away from all the little Mariya’s.
And eventually I ended up with…well I’m sure you can see it. Once again it’s very blue, but hey. Blue theme got a blue banner. Trust me, I toned it down a lot from where it was before.
The tagline…is pretty basic. “The prettiest girls will always be boys~” is what I ended up with because I forgot what I wanted to use originally. Pretty standard, it’s the trap rule.
Lately I seem to be doing “anime rule” taglines with this and the last one being “The shoujo smile beats the sword.” Though I’d say this one more than the last one…or something.
Overall…this is an “okay” banner. I’ve definitely done better. But I feel satisfied with this since I didn’t have that much to work with.
I don’t know. I’ve rambled enough. As usual, you can find the old banner on the Banners page. It’s a shame that one didn’t stick around long, but with the Winter season airing, it couldn’t really be helped. At least it was around for a Sakura Hime Kaden post so anyone who would enjoy it got the cance to do so.
As a little aside, I’ve been thinking of finally putting a stop to by stubbornness…but as for what that may mean, I will keep to myself for now. For now things carry on like usual.
(Normally I would have held off posting about a banner so soon after an episode post, but since it’s Shugo Chara and we’re already at 19 comments I figure it’s fine…)
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