— Aki Fujishima (Finally in Love Again) in acquarelle 💗
My take on the new Voltage game (spoiler free): it was great that Voltage Inc released Aki’s route first before going through the typical redhead/brown-haired ore-sama (in this case, momo). Aki is the dream younger guy even I would want to date(hahaha, sorry boifie if you get to read this 😂): he’s mature for his age and probably acts more mature than even some Voltage guys in other Tomey games. I personally didn’t even feel him being younger than MC because I myself am 34 and found that I share the same likes and even dislikes with Aki. He’s an old soul trapped in a twenty-something’s body. Character Voltage comparison-wise, he’s like Ryoma Shirasagi (Office Secrets), Akiyoshi Zaizen (OTBS) but loves to tease MC like Chikage the Tengu (EiTM).
My only issue with the game? Probably seeing MC in the intro (the one where you open the app) where she’s down on the dumps on her 34th and eating all alone in the park wearing hideous sweatpants channelling Bridget Jones where she belts Celine Dion’s “All by Myself” and fantasizes about being dead in her apartment being eaten by Alsatians. 😂 I was laughing my butt off seeing her so depressed (gosh, am I really that awful to laugh at someone’s misfortune?) but seriously, I think it’s ridiculous about how culture embeds in our brains that women have to “settle down” by their 30’s because “they’re running out of time”. i myself am the same age as MC of this game, but instead of feeling sorry for myself for being unmarried, I just live and enjoy my life….. Eff society and other people think, the real moral is just be happy and live your life. And who knows? Maybe fate might just give you the happy ending you deserve, whatever that may be :)
Initially, I started sketching something from Butler Zain’s CG. Halfway through the initial sketch, I started to think the drawing didn’t look like Zain, so I experimented with looks from the Lieben boys, but somehow it didn’t fit…..
…..Until I finally made up my mind so I settled on Keith Alford instead (since I’m jonesing for the Non-Gree BMP2 of Keith). I tweaked the hair a bit to give him a “just woke up/ recently effed” hair which looked fine, and was the least of my problem…..Only to realize much, much later that the pencils I used didn’t match Prince Keith’s haircolor (limited sources) that I had to keep blending hoping to come with the closest possible match. Somewhere along the way he started to remind me of Subaru Ichinayagi (MSB), but I think that’s just the fatigue settling in.