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About Katana

  • Birthday 08/02/1991

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    Somewhere with a laptop and coffee
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    Artist...and something else.
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    Graphic Designer & Illustrator
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  1. I don't think I've had to deal with the loss of someone to cancer until now. Not someone who I was a friend of...or just knew. And it breaks my heart. I found out last night and just cried. I cried last night, I cried this morning, and I broke a few times at work. I am so utterly grief-stricken and sad over this happening and am still trying to comprehend that he has truly passed. Did we ever find out why Des had an accent on Skype calls? That's one of those mysterious I don't think I had an answer to. And that's going by when he would talk, which wasn't super often. He was quiet and kind and had a screencap for freakin' everything. It was distressing how he could carry on a conversation with subtitled JPEGs but it was weirdly impressive. Now that I'm at a point where I can do that myself, I don't think of it as weird so much as how much it shows the passion and dedication one has to just sort of be that person. Des was that guy. He was so funny, and so nice, and so willing to share his knowledge and help people who needed it. I use VLC and VirtualDub because he told me about them; just one of those minor things I would've never known of and gone on to mess with to make stuff with. I wish there was a chance to say good-bye. I'm glad to have known you, Des.
  2. [color=#0099ff]So apparently they ARE filming that in New York, as they are there right now. Tumblr's full of pictures of them at Central Park. Makes me insanely jealous and wondering why I live where I live.[/color]
  3. 'ello! :D I'm sorta new & browsed on your dA! woohoo! BFA Illustration majors! :D I know random..sorry. hahaha!

    1. Katana


      Haha! That's great! :D I'm always happy to come across people who are BFAing it up.

    2. otakuuu


      hahaha! indeed! :D if you don't mind me asking, where are you studying? and are you doing an internship now?

    3. Katana


      AGH I didn't notice I had a reply! D: I'm at Northern Illinois University, and I quite enjoy it. As of right this second I don't have an internship, but I've been looking into some (all different kinds) or at least trying to be semi art-employed.

  4. Oh my God, he's wearing a fez.

  5. [color=#0099ff]The high-pitched whine of an alarm clock woke Noriko from her slumber. She rolled over, her hand groping around her bedside table for her cell phone. She tapped the screen, snoozing the alarm, before rolling back up in her blankets.[/color] [color=#0099ff]She had been dreaming, which wasn't unusual. But most of her dreams were just of events and people preventing her from going to the bathroom (so that she herself wouldn't wet the bed). This one was...distinctly different. Nightmarish, almost. Actually, definitely. It was definitely a nightmare. Dark, nauseating, and with monsters. Overall, not very pleasant.[/color] [color=#0099ff]But even awake, the queasiness wasn't over. Noriko stared at her ceiling as angry voices erupted from the downstairs. It was her mom and brother - again - arguing about whatever was picking their bone that particular morning. Hibiki had a job now, that was an improvement, and he was contributing to his share of the living expenses. But compounding failure (flunking out of school and a crumbling marriage) wasn't helping any.[/color] [color=#0099ff]Noriko threw off the blankets the second time her alarm wailed. Her morning routine was pretty regulated at this point: bathroom, face scrub, shaking her hair out, and dressing in alternating versions of the same school uniform. After that was a careful excursion to the kitchen in hopes that the wars had settled.[/color] [color=#0099ff]They hadn't.[/color] [color=#0099ff]"Don't you end up like your brother!" her mom spat as she flipping an egg in the frying pan. Hibiki glared at her, his stubbled face creasing in annoyance.[/color] [color=#0099ff]"Okay," was Noriko's simple answer. She gave a look to her brother, one that said 'look, please don't drag me into this, I didn't say it, she did'.[/color] [color=#0099ff]"Are you going to eat anything?" her mom continued, her tone slightly shifted towards her daughter. Noriko shrugged.[/color] [color=#0099ff]"Not hungry. Just gonna have some milk."[/color] [color=#0099ff]"I wish you would eat breakfast. It's good for you, and - you're not afraid of being fat, are you?"[/color] [color=#0099ff]"...No..."[/color] [color=#0099ff]"Because you're in sports, you don't have to worry about that, you're fine, it's muscle mass you know -"[/color] [color=#0099ff]"I - I know..."[/color] [color=#0099ff]Hibiki chuckled, sipping from his cup of coffee. Noriko didn't even bother asking what he thought was so funny, chugging down her milk and heading for the front door. The day was set to start, and there was still school to conquer.[/color]
  6. Maniacal laaaaaugh...

    1. Asrai


      Mirthless laaaaaaaugh...

  7. [quote name='Petie' timestamp='1333398115' post='711242'] [color=#0000ff]I thoroughly regret missing this.[/color] [/quote] [color=#0099ff]It was beautiful.[/color] [color=#0099ff]Yeah, my April Fool's was also staying up and watching the Toonami/Adult Swim thing. There was so much squealing on Skype, and it forced me to stay up a lot later than I had intended.[/color] [color=#0099ff]One of my roommates was warned of being pranked, especially with the group she has to live with (me), but we made a mutual agreement to not prank each other. I myself despise the day because it tends to fall on important dates (one year it was the first day of a major band trip) and I don't want to be messed with on those.[/color]
  8. [color=#0099ff]Nothing annoys me more than moe blobs and overly boobtastic series, so automatically 60% of the shows on that list get cut out. And with anther chunk being sequels to things I never saw, I'm left with a weird list of things that sound maybe interesting. I haven't been very active in watching anime the past few years, and whenever I have watched stuff, it's been one show per season. So let's see... [/color] [color=#0099ff]Uchuu Kyoudai - Seems genuinely interesting, though looks like Planaetes, not that that's a problem. I'll give it a shake.[/color] [color=#0099FF]Hiiro no Kakera - Reverse harems! And while most harem shows are terrible, I might just give in to this one as a guilty pleasure. [/color] [color=#0099FF]Sakamichi no Apollon - Based on the fact that it's Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno doing this, it might be worthwhile.[/color] [color=#0099FF]Tsuritama - Okay, so, uh, my reason is flimsy; I think the promotional art looks really cool.[/color] [color=#0099FF]Eureka Seven Astral Ocean - I watched E7 back in the day and enjoyed it then. Seems most people are hesitant but sequels are all the rage now, and there's no reason it [i]can't[/i] be pulled off well.[/color]
  9. [color=#0099ff]Dibs on the Emperor, if that's cool.[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Edit:[/b] Okay let's do this bad boy.[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Name:[/b] Noriko Mizushima[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Age:[/b] 16[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Gender[/b]: Female[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Arcana:[/b] Emperor[/color] [color=#0099ff][b]Appearance:[/b] 5'5", roughly 140 pounds. Has very short black hair, the tips of some parts being blonde (she previously had longer, bleached hair, but decided to chop it off). Average build, with wider shoulders than hips. [b]Pesonality: [/b]She is trying her best to appear put-together and just another average high school student, but it's not quite so easy. Although confident and quick-witted, she is also a bit high-strung and would like her life to settle down.[/color] [color=#0099FF][b]Bio:[/b] All that relates back to her personal life, mostly with her family. [/color][color=#0099ff]Between her parents' seperation and her oldest brother flunking out of college and causing the family more grief, [/color][color=#0099FF]Noriko is just waiting for the world to come crashing down as she tries to hold it together. The two things she cares about are her little brother (in grade school) and basketball, which she plays on the school's team for. She maintains her grades only to not be kicked off the [/color][color=#0099FF]team.[/color] [color=#0099FF][b]Nickname:[/b] Friends call her Nori, which is the male version of her name, mostly as a joke to her somewhat masculine behavior and appearance. She doesn't mind it.[/color]
  10. Brb table flipping.

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    2. Katana


      Because someone else's sloppiness may have potentially cost me scholarships. :T

    3. Boo


      Oooofff. Is that their sloppiness or a general lack of teamwork, editing and group pressure?

    4. The Spectacular Professor

      The Spectacular Professor

      Or perhaps the mix-up was the fault of another party entirely uninvolved with the actual production of the project in question.

      Context is a rather wonderful thing.

  11. [color=#0099ff]I heard somewhere that one episode takes [i]place[/i] in New York, but I don't know if that means they filmed there. Probably not. And all the western stuff was shot in Spain, so I don't think so.[/color]
  12. And now time for the 49th Annual Tossing of the Bowtie-san!

    1. Sangome



  13. [color=#0099ff]All I've got going right now in terms of anime is [b]Persona 4[/b], which makes some of the hardcore Persona fans scoff and be all "I was a fan of the series when it was a game, cha". And to that, I'm like "lolol". (I'm playing the game as well, calm down.)[/color] [color=#0099ff]The series is wrapping up this week, which makes me sad because that means I have to find something else to watch in the meantime. Looking back, the show got remarkably better after roughly the first ten episodes, and by that I mean it got out of its funk of having a good-bad seesaw cycle. There were just some in the early days that were unbearable becuase of how freakin' slow they were. The dungeon crawling/boss fight episodes were good, but the ones that were like PLOTPLOTPLOTPLOT were handled so bad. Fortunatelly, once Kanji got in (maybe Rise), episodes flowed a lot better and it to be a show that I enjoyed rather than cringe at half the time.[/color] [color=#0099FF]Hopefully something good will come along for the summer season (ie Tiger & Bunny last year), otherwise I'm returning to my land exclusively of live action TV.[/color]
  14. [color=#0099ff]BAAAAAAH THREAD REVIVAAAAL The big news of the day is that the trailer for season 7 has been released. If you haven't checked it out yet, then [/color][url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J5iwoRA2Cas"][color=#0099ff]here's a link to the video on YouTube[/color][/url][color=#0099ff] (which won't be taken off since it was put up by BBC America). The coming season is set to air in the fall, then take a break again. We've got the Ponds departing, the new companion at Christmas, and then the big 5-0 for the show in 2013. Anyone else mildly excited?[/color]
  15. It's about that time of year, the time when I get back into the OB for about a month.

    1. Sangome


      And then get in the Nifty Fifty without even doing anything. :O

    2. Boo
    3. Katana


      Hahahahaha Nifty Fifty hahaahaha.

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