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Spurred on by my acquisition of a Figma of my favorite teleporting lesbian Pepe lePew wannabe, Shirai Kuroko, I decided to actually give the anime she costars in, A Certain Scientific Railgun, a watch...and, after just finishing the last episode of Season 1, I can honestly say I haven’t been THIS glad to be so TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY WRONG about my expectations of a show in a long time. Going off of what I knew, I was expecting some kinda fanservice moe yuri-fest, but what I GOT was one of the best superhero dramas I’ve seen since the heyday of Uncanny X-Men.

Prime example, Kuroko herself: going off of what even the official artwork advertising the show focused on, I was expecting...well, exactly what I described, a psycho teen lesbian Pepe lePew, sexually harassing her roomie, the show’s namesake “Railgun” Mikoto Misaka, and getting a face full of lightning bolts and a Looney Tunes scorching for her troubles. What I GOT was a pint-sized badass who was the most effective and clever teleporter this side of Kurt Wagner, at one point using her sole power of teleportation to DROP A FUCKING PARKING GARAGE ONTO HER ATTACKER’S HEAD. Not only that, but she was a trained officer of the law, even as a high school student...which in anime USUALLY means slapstick incompetence typically involving frantic whistle blowing and misuse of handcuffs, but in the case of her and her co-officers in “Judgement” meant actual crimefighting and case solving. Hell, if anything, compared to how she was for most of the show, her “psycho stalker” bits actually seemed wildly out-of-character compared to the cool, competent badass she normally was.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, every so often, you could see elements of the fanservicey stuff trying to sneak in...Saten’s tendency to flip up her friend’s skirt to see what panties the poor girl was wearing, Professor Kiyama Harumi’s tendency to absentmindedly strip in public, a handful of instances involving Kuroko in the first few episodes...which just seemed even MORE out-of-place when compared to the solid writing and characterization of the rest of the series. Fortunately, these jarring moments were few and far between, and never got in the way of what we were really there for.

It isn’t to say that the show was wall-to-wall action, though. Even in the sci-fi setting of Academy City (which always reminded me of the “future Toronto” from the Pokemon movie, Destiny Deoxys), the main focus was the four main characters and their lives, with the threats being more of a slow burn type that would build to a two- or three-part climax. The drama and the action always felt earned, and I never felt like something in THAT department was thrown in just for the sake of throwing it in. If there was any complaint, it was that the second story arc’s villain felt a little too much like the FIRST story arc’s, with the show trying to pass both off as good guys until their last minute heel turn despite all but painting the word “VILLAIN” on the woman’s forehead during the second arc’s opening credits.

That actually reminds me of another odd thing about the show: perhaps in response to the seemingly more traditional shounen show this one spins off from, A Certain Magical Index, there are almost NO male characters AT ALL to be found here. Touma, the lead from Index, shows up in a couple of eps, and the second arc introduces a non-powered ganger with ties to the supporting cast for a little while, but otherwise almost every male character in the show with any speaking lines are inevitably bad guys...to be fair, even in such a female-heavy show, it never feels like man-bashing because there are just as many female villains (and they’re usually much, much worse). 

So, yeah...I’m hooked. This show is the kinda of anime I wish was the standard-bearer, full of well-written characters, tight drama and even tighter action, and a minimum of gratuitous fanservice. In fact, I was SO mistaken about my expectations for this show that I actually wanna go check out Index now...I avoided it because it struck me as a bog-standard shounen/borderline harem show, but if Railgun can throw me for such a loop, maybe it deserves a chance to surprise me as well.
Ancient: Louis Nekkid by Heckfire
Ancient: Louis Nekkid
One of the last pics of Louis I ever drew, this was the banner pic for "Animalia After Dark," an adult-themed Yahoo group I founded based on my catch-all furry group, "Kingdom Animalia." The one in the group has the "KA" logo tattooed to her shoulder, but this is the raw artwork.

Needless to say, by this time she had SIGNIFICANTLY changed from how she had been, and, honestly, it wasn't really for the better. In the intervening years, between the last pic and this one, I had decided that my best plan for getting Louis out of her violent rut was to get into her head, so I made her an online RP character in the old AOL chatroom world of RhyDin. Since I was in the early stages of many, many problems with my then-wife, though, Louis became something of a sticking point between us, since she felt me giving Louis sexuality was a betrayal of the character. She may be right, honestly...the more sexy Louis became, the less like "Louis" she was. But, then again, wasn't that what I was trying to do in the first place, since what she was was tied into David's murder?

Eventually, I realized that all my changes to her basically amounted to me beating a dead horse, and, on my 30th birthday, I finally retired Louis Fender once and for all. She's still a part of me, though, and I see echoes of her in many of my other characters, particularly Maisy. Part of me wants to try and bring her back...I figger enough time has passed, maybe it's time I gave vent to my old rage impulses and let the bitch run free again.

Who knows...maybe I will, maybe not.
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Ancient: LouisMob by Heckfire
Ancient: LouisMob
A failed inking attempt salvaged from a damaged sketchbook that I still consider one of the best pictures I have ever done, as well as proof of why I should never try and ink my artwork. As you can see, I was going through a Tarantino phase at the time...as you can also see, I also learned how to draw guns for a change.

After David's murder, I shelved Louis for several months...Hell, I couldn't even LOOK at her, much less draw her again. It was actually my now-ex-then-girlfriend who convinced me to try and rework her into something I COULD deal with. See, at the time, the "bad girl" craze was in full effect in comics, but most, if not ALL, of them were chesty, scantily-clad porno pinups whose character development typically started and ended with their cup size, and she thought Louis could be a more I guess "realistic" take on the concept.

Yeah, the pixy-winged felinoid alien as more realistic than Fairchild and Lady Death...well, yeah, honestly, I can see that...anyway...

The problem is that before, she was all about the gunplay...her original origin was that her race, the felnyans, go into a sort of coma at puberty and remain that way for several years, and once they emerge from it, their mind absorbs every bit of stimulus it can get and that forms the basis of their new personality. Louis had been the daughter of the felnyan diplomat to Earth, and she was to be surrounded by the finest of Earth culture when she emerged from her "puberty trance." Instead, her would-be classmates broke her out of her dorm and dragged her to an all-day, all-night action movie festival at the local cineplex, which, as luck would have it, is when she emerged from the coma and started absorbing everything she witnessed.

An origin like that leaves much room for leeway, though, based on what movies were playing at the cinema (her original appearance had a headband and a "Stallone Fan Club" t-shirt, after all)...over the years, it's changed from an "Action-Movie-Thon" to a "Hong Kong cinema-thon" to a "Tarantino-thon" to a "Jet Li-a-thon" and so on. No points for guessing which was the "-thon" at the time this was drawn...

However, at the time there was another popular thing going around: No Fear t-shirts. My friend Alex and I came up with the idea of "one upping" the No Fear slogan shirts under the name "Pure Evil," based on the tattoo I said Louis had of a smiley face and the words "100% PURE EVIL." Most were...well, pretty bad. I still like the one of her sitting behind a goldfish bowl holding a power drill while the water drained from it and the fish inside looked panicked. The caption? "EVOLVE OR DIE"

For fairly obvious reasons, this never went anywhere.
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Ancient: Louis Fender by Heckfire
Ancient: Louis Fender
Dipping back into the 90s with this one, folks...technically, even back to the 80s. This was my oldest and dearest character from freshman year of high school all the way up to just before I moved out of California.

This is Louis Fender..."Not 'Loo-ee,' LOUIS, as in 'Lou is gonna beat your ass in if you call me 'LOO-EE' again." I created her as part of a group of "Teenagers From Outer Space" characters loosely based on preview art for a TFOS/Ninja High School crossover that was advertised in the last issue of the NHS mini that never came about. Of course, since my anime experience at the time was limited to "Robotech" and "Battle of The Planets," I had no idea what an anime catgirl typically was like, so Louis ended up...well, the exact opposite of them: she was violent, foul-mouthed, asexual, rude, crude, and full of 'tude. She was what early "gangsta" culture seemed like to a white suburban boy, despite being blonde-haired and blue eyed (later violet, when I went through my online RP phase), and was later described as "a female Lobo" (original Rob Zombie model, not the horrible New52 version). She was every violent impulse of a lifetime of horrific abuse compressed into one 5'6" (6' if you count the ears) orange-furred, pixie-winged ball of barely contained rage, and she was, for my community college years, my most popular creation. In fact, my friend David was planning on sponsoring her as the Security Team mascot for ConFurence '06, a SoCal furry con he was on the planning committee for; he was also going to introduce me "officially" to the furry art community at that convention too.

The week before the convention, he went out for beers with his buddy, who I only knew as "Metalhead"...just a walk to the corner liquor store down the street from where he, his wife, and their kid lived, no big deal. The two of them were found the next morning, handcuffed together and both shot in the head, "execution style"...apparently, they'd been the initiation for a local all-girl gang who'd been making trouble in the area. 20 years later, to my knowledge, the killers are still at large.

Now, with that in mind, take a look at the picture above...you can probably guess at the gut-sinking feeling I felt. Suddenly, my most popular character seemed a tacit endorsement of the type of people who murdered her biggest fan. I drew a picture that I left at the memorial where his body was found of her trademark pistols shoved barrel-first into the ground, along with a note signed by her that said "NO MORE."

It wasn't the end of Louis, though.
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Arguably the worst part of having a meltdown like that and not following through is having to face up to people afterwards...compared to the alternative, though...

This was the worst breakdown I've had in years, since going off the Cymbalta back in 2011. At least this time, I can say that, since I'm now forced by federal law to shell out over a hundred monthly (could be worse...original estimates were almost $400) for medical insurance, I can find a real therapist and not that horrible place I went to before, which I intend to do. I know none of you believe my intent this time, but...it was bad, and I don't want it to happen again.

Anyway...sorry. I'll try not to bother you all again.

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Spurred on by my acquisition of a Figma of my favorite teleporting lesbian Pepe lePew wannabe, Shirai Kuroko, I decided to actually give the anime she costars in, A Certain Scientific Railgun, a watch...and, after just finishing the last episode of Season 1, I can honestly say I haven’t been THIS glad to be so TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY WRONG about my expectations of a show in a long time. Going off of what I knew, I was expecting some kinda fanservice moe yuri-fest, but what I GOT was one of the best superhero dramas I’ve seen since the heyday of Uncanny X-Men.

Prime example, Kuroko herself: going off of what even the official artwork advertising the show focused on, I was expecting...well, exactly what I described, a psycho teen lesbian Pepe lePew, sexually harassing her roomie, the show’s namesake “Railgun” Mikoto Misaka, and getting a face full of lightning bolts and a Looney Tunes scorching for her troubles. What I GOT was a pint-sized badass who was the most effective and clever teleporter this side of Kurt Wagner, at one point using her sole power of teleportation to DROP A FUCKING PARKING GARAGE ONTO HER ATTACKER’S HEAD. Not only that, but she was a trained officer of the law, even as a high school student...which in anime USUALLY means slapstick incompetence typically involving frantic whistle blowing and misuse of handcuffs, but in the case of her and her co-officers in “Judgement” meant actual crimefighting and case solving. Hell, if anything, compared to how she was for most of the show, her “psycho stalker” bits actually seemed wildly out-of-character compared to the cool, competent badass she normally was.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, every so often, you could see elements of the fanservicey stuff trying to sneak in...Saten’s tendency to flip up her friend’s skirt to see what panties the poor girl was wearing, Professor Kiyama Harumi’s tendency to absentmindedly strip in public, a handful of instances involving Kuroko in the first few episodes...which just seemed even MORE out-of-place when compared to the solid writing and characterization of the rest of the series. Fortunately, these jarring moments were few and far between, and never got in the way of what we were really there for.

It isn’t to say that the show was wall-to-wall action, though. Even in the sci-fi setting of Academy City (which always reminded me of the “future Toronto” from the Pokemon movie, Destiny Deoxys), the main focus was the four main characters and their lives, with the threats being more of a slow burn type that would build to a two- or three-part climax. The drama and the action always felt earned, and I never felt like something in THAT department was thrown in just for the sake of throwing it in. If there was any complaint, it was that the second story arc’s villain felt a little too much like the FIRST story arc’s, with the show trying to pass both off as good guys until their last minute heel turn despite all but painting the word “VILLAIN” on the woman’s forehead during the second arc’s opening credits.

That actually reminds me of another odd thing about the show: perhaps in response to the seemingly more traditional shounen show this one spins off from, A Certain Magical Index, there are almost NO male characters AT ALL to be found here. Touma, the lead from Index, shows up in a couple of eps, and the second arc introduces a non-powered ganger with ties to the supporting cast for a little while, but otherwise almost every male character in the show with any speaking lines are inevitably bad guys...to be fair, even in such a female-heavy show, it never feels like man-bashing because there are just as many female villains (and they’re usually much, much worse). 

So, yeah...I’m hooked. This show is the kinda of anime I wish was the standard-bearer, full of well-written characters, tight drama and even tighter action, and a minimum of gratuitous fanservice. In fact, I was SO mistaken about my expectations for this show that I actually wanna go check out Index now...I avoided it because it struck me as a bog-standard shounen/borderline harem show, but if Railgun can throw me for such a loop, maybe it deserves a chance to surprise me as well.

Do you ever hesitate to +Fav someone's pic because you don't want them to think you're turned on by it? 

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Thanks for the watch! Nice sketches :D
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Thanks for the watch.
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thanks for the :+fav:
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thanks for the fav!
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Happy belated birthday!
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Happy birthday, Heck!
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:iconcolorfulsparklesplz: Happy birthday! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz: :party: :iconrenarikaspinplz: Hope you had an really awesome day! :iconlovelyhugplz: :iconcolorfulsparklesplz:
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Happy Birthday Heck!
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