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LOVE - KINDNESS - FRIENDSHIP - COMPASSION - HOPE by tasakeru828 LOVE - KINDNESS - FRIENDSHIP - COMPASSION - HOPE by tasakeru828
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Those of you who follow my Blogress Report have seen me talk about "the magical girl photo project" for almost an entire year.

That's just how long I've been talking about it. This is two and a half years of planning, eight months (off and on) of shooting and reshooting, over five years of collecting, and heaven only knows how many hours of Photoshop editing... including eight hours today alone. This is forty figures, dozens of individual shots, and easily over a hundred layers all together.

THIS... is THE Magical Girl Photo Project™

Though I may be a shameless self-promoter, and all five series represented here are part of it, this isn't necessarily connected to Shattered Skies. In fact, this project has been sapping a lot of time and energy away from both that story and Tasakeru, which somewhat explains the slow updates. Now that this is finally done, though, I plan to go back to writing full-time after I crash for a couple days. XD

This picture was a labor of love in the truest sense of the phrase. Getting all the pictures was arduous enough; most of the special effects you see here are a result of teaching myself innumerable Photoshop techniques and tricks through trial, error, trial, and more error. I've learned a hell of a lot, though, and I look forward to putting my new skills to good use in the future. I couldn't have done this without the help of Deviants and Photoshoppers far more talented and experienced than I am... there's a long, long list of thank-yous down below to people who provided brushes, tutorials, and other stuff. If I left anyone's  out, I deeply apologize and I'll add you as soon as I can.

Now for the fun stuff! The figures and props in this photo are, by series (hang on, this will be a long list too):

SAILOR MOON
  • S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mercury
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mars
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Jupiter
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Venus
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Saturn
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Neptune
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Pluto
  • S.H. Figuarts Sailor Chibi-Moon
  • PROPLICA Moon Stick (Silver Crystal)

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA:

  • Figma #244: Sakura Kinomoto
PRECURE:

Futari Wa Precure Max Heart:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Black (Max Heart ver.)
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure White (Max Heart ver.)

Fresh Precure:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Peach
Heartcatch Precure:
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Blossom
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Marine
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Sunshine
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Moonlight

Suite Precure:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Melody
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Rhythm


Smile Precure:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Happy
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Sunny
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Peace
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure March
  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Beauty


Go! Princess Precure:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Flora


Precure All-Stars New Stage:

  • S.H. Figuarts Cure Echo


MAHOU SHOUJO LYRICAL NANOHA:

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha THE MOVIE 2nd A's:

  • Figma #185 Nanoha Takamachi (Exelion Mode ver.)
  • Figma #186 Fate Testarossa (Blaze Form ver.)
  • Figma #188 Hayate Yagami


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha STRIKERS:

  • Figma #039 Signum (Knight Armor ver.)
  • Figma #052 Vita (Battle Jacket)
  • Figma #043 Shamal (Knight ver.)
  • Figma #064 Subaru Nakajima
  • Figma #073 Teana Lanster


PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA:

  • Figma #110 Madoka Kaname
  • Figma #115 Homura Akemi (with bow, arrow, and ribbon parts from Figma #EX-009 Homura Akemi [School Uniform ver.])
  • Figma #118 Mami Tomoe
  • Figma #124 Sayaka Miki
  • Figma #128 Kyoko Sakura
  • Figma #219 Nagisa Momoe
  • Nendoroid #183 Mami Tomoe (Tiro Finale Cannon)


MISC:

  • Turn A Gundam MG Expansion Effects Unit "Moonlight Butterfly" (Super Sailor Moon's wings)
  • Tamashii Effect Wave Clear ver. (Shockwave parts for Cure Black and Cure White's Marble Screw)


All pictures were taken with an Olympus SH-2. All the special effects save for Sailor Moon's butterfly wings, the Silver Crystal, the Tiro Finale cannon, the Marble Screw shockwave parts, and Nanoha's Starlight Breaker runic loop were added in Photoshop CS5. The runic loop was built in SketchUp. My figures were acquired from multiple sources, the primary ones being Hobby Link Japan, Nippon-Yasan, Amazon, eBay, and a few from private collectors on MyFigureCollection.net.

And the really scary thing is, this isn't even my entire collection...

If this doesn't prove to you all that I'm one of the most dedicated and obsessive fans of the magical girl genre on Earth... well, I'll argue it after I get some much-needed sleep.

*SUPER LONG LIST OF THANK-YOUS AND CREDITS AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

This project would not have been possible without loads of help from the following. All your efforts are deeply appreciated, and I'm in all of your debts.

BJankiewiczOfficial for making Sailor Moon Symbols Font
aramantmol for Madoka Magic Circle Vector
Chronorin for the reproductions of the symbols from the Madoka Magica PSP/Vita games (all except Nagisa's, that one's mine)
nikicorny for numerous high-quality photo shooting tutorials
muffet1 for Bentley Snowflake Brushes
redheadstock for Pressed Garden Flowers Photoshop and GIMP Brushes, Rose Petals Photoshop and GIMP Brushes, and Light Beams + Rays Photoshop and GIMP Brushes
kabocha for Doily Disaster Brushes
Shiranui for Lace
buki for Doily and Lace Brush Set
Kalisama for Anime Style Sakura Petals Photoshop Brush Set
monib for Bubble Brush
NelaNequin for Magical Girl Transformation Brush Set
GENAYNAY for Musical Note Brush Set

Wikimedia Commons for the Earth photo

Brusheezy.com, for...
Galactic Brushes
Rose Brushes
Hearts Brushes (#1 and #2)

r0man.de
for brush compilations

sweetclipart.com for the sunflower vector

photoshoplady.com for providing the starfield tutorial

Cardcaptor Sakura Wiki  for Sakura's Card artwork and magic circle pattern

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Wiki for the Nanohaverse spell circle patterns and runic loop samples

And a HUGE, MEGA, EXTRA-SPECIAL BHS THANK YOU to Photoncube Tutorials for the best tutorial I've ever seen for making kick-ass giant laser beams. You are godlike. End of story.

Everything else in the picture is my own work.

I of course do not own Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, the Precure franchise, the Nanoha franchise, or Puella Magi Madoka Magica. They belong to Naoko Takeuchi/Kodansha/Toei Animation, CLAMP/Kodansha/Madhouse, Izumi Todo/Toei Animation, Masaki Suzuki/Seven Arcs, and Magica Quartet/SHAFT, respectively. This was done as an act of love and fandom for the works that have inspired me so much.

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:iconmaggiecandy:
MaggieCandy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
And now I'm even more jealous! :iconineeditplz:
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:iconroxozzieandbro:
RoxOzzieAndBro Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think all those years of your planning has really paid off! It's a magnificent picture and you've done a great analysis on how each characters/series represent a different virtue.
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! It was a ton of work but I'm thrilled with the response. XD
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:iconroxozzieandbro:
RoxOzzieAndBro Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're Welcome! ^v^
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:iconvasglorious:
vasglorious Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Every single Sailor scouts from the final chapter.
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Damn right!
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:iconvasglorious:
vasglorious Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man this must have be hard to do?
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You have no idea, pal. Just taking all the pictures took the majority of the last eight months.
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:iconvasglorious:
vasglorious Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But the end result is worth it though, right?
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, hell yes. Absolutely.
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:iconazabachesilver:
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice splash page!
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconneochandler:
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
The Cures are the mostly on the front.

Author Appeal much?
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The whole picture is Author Appeal. But I figured most Cures focus on melee combat until it's time for the magical sparkly rainbow death lasers. They're heavy, close-range hitters, so I thought they'd be the front lines in an actual formation... that's according to my limited knowledge of military strategy, anyway. XD
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whitebearboy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Wow, this picture is incredible! I love the title, it really captures what the Magical Girl genre represents!
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!

The title was actually one of the last things I came up with. I was thinking specifically of the primary virtues of each main character(s). Love is Usagi/Sailor Moon, Kindness is Sakura, Frienship is Nagisa/Cure Black and Honoka/Cure White, Compassion is Nanoha, and Hope is Madoka.
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:iconwhitebearboy:
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Got it. How does Sakura represent kindness specifically?
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sakura doesn't have a mean bone in her body. I think she's only ever angry at one person (Kero-chan) in one episode where they were fighting, and she gets annoyed with Toya when he teases her, and otherwise she's this precious little ball of fluff who genuinely loves everybody.
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:iconwhitebearboy:
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Got it. She's such a lovable little magical girl! I get Madoka for hope, but where did you get the others?
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Usagi's obviously Love. I mean, it's part of her classic speech: "For love and justice, the pretty soldier/guardian in a sailor suit, Sailor Moon!" Her defining trait is her genuine love for everyone. It's a running theme throughout every version of the story: her love redeems, even when it should be impossible.

Precure's is Friendship because that's the foundation of the whole franchise. Black and White (and several others since) had to hold hands to transform or attack, meaning that they needed each other. Every Precure series has the development of friendship between the Cures second only to the monster-fighting, ass-kicking, and giant explosions in terms of importance.

Nanoha's is Compassion because she absolutely refuses to give up on her enemies. It may take blasting your ass into next week, but she will befriend you. It worked on Fate, who thought her only worth was in collecting Jewel Seeds for her abusive mother. It worked on the Wolkenritter, who were living weapons trapped in an eternal cycle of bloodshed. It worked on most of the Numbers, who were created as WMDs by a mad scientist. Nanoha has a knack for seeing humanity in people even when they can't see it themselves.
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:iconwhitebearboy:
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Got it, great analysis of their characters!
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:iconanimatedkingdom:
AnimatedKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional
lovely Love 
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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AnimatedKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Professional
your welcome :) (Smile) 
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:iconneochandler:
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
*disintergrates as if i'm a vampire*
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're not the only one, buddy. I made this thing hoping a few people's heads would explode. XD
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:iconchronorin:
Chronorin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Holee Shmolt!
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:icontasakeru828:
tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
IKNOWRIGHT
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