Well, I cleared Final dragon chronicle, and turns out that the evil mastermind behind everything did it because she didn’t have her own dakimakura… Okay, I didn’t expect anything for the story, but this is a bit too……sigh…
So, let’s take a look at the art (that’s why I played it in the first place).
This is pretty much the only event CG that I can put up, because all the rest of them are either dangerously unsafe or have the possibility of scarring people’s minds forever. What? You don’t think that you’ll be scarred? Good for you. Click here. Now, let’s move on.
There are 4 character designers that worked on Toheart2, being Misato Mitsumi, Tatsuki Amaduyu, Takeshi Nakamura, and Hisashi Kawada. Each of them have their own styles, each of them have been the sole character designer for one of leaf’s games, and interestingly enough each of them have put different amounts of effort into this game. Let’s start with Misato Mitsumi, who, for a period of time, was my favorite artist. She is one of the earliest artists working at leaf, and has designed the main characters of Comic party and Toheart2.
Favorite: the third to last magical girl outfit for Charu.
Least favorite: that second to last samurai outfit for Harumi
As you can see, there are mostly color variations, but there are all different props/accessories, with one job being very different. (those unfamiliar with TH2 are shaking their head at how stereotypical the settings are, aren’t they?)
I’ll always remember her as the one who drew this image (Yuma is my favorite character in the Toheart2 franchise), though as you can see by the top image of Silfa in the box, she has gotten better at coloring while still retaining her style.
I’ve never really liked Tatsuki Amaduyu in the past (a major reason being that his/her work has a lot more fan service), though recently the art has been growing on me. S/he is also usually the person to design male characters and older women for Leaf’s games. Most of you have seen his/her drawings as the head designer of Utawarerumono.
Favorite: the second to last treasure hunter outfit for Ikuno
Least favorite: that last ninja outfit for Ikuno
I know, I know, you’re face palming at the character descriptions…
I’ll always be happy that s/he designed Ikuno, my second favorite character in the franchise (now that I think about it, if my third is Silfa, then they’re all tsunderes…orz) Again, not much of a change here.
The art of Takeshi Nakamura is always a bit of a gamble in my eyes. Sure, there are some good stuff, such as the remake of Tears to Tiara (the above image). But I’m worried about the drawings of White album 2 (for which s/he is the main designer). Of all the artists here, s/he is the one who worked the least on on the Toheart2 franchise, drawing only 3 characters (twins and a hidden character). S/he is definitely also the one who put the least amount of effort into Final dragon chronicle. I mean, just look at the stuff below. The last girl, Yuki, is still OKAY, but the twins look awful…It’s especially bad in (WARNING, NSFW) this image. Sigh…there are so many things wrong with that…
Favorite : don’t have one
Least favorite: I dislike most of them, though that third to last magical girl outfit for Sango is especially bad…s/he should learn something from Maaryan’s outfit.
Is leaf an old enough company for me to say that they came up with the origins of so many cliches?
His/her style has actually changed a bit. Before, all the characters looked like the mage twin, but now many who look like the tsun twin are popping up. The extreme legs that can be seen in Yuki is also something more recent. In fact, there are such a difference between the twins and Yuki that I’m beginning to believe they’re drawn by different people (just look at their feet!)
This is an image that he drew for Lucy, one of the heroines of Toheart2. This isn’t his earliest work (THAT would be the original Toheart in 1997), but it is already very different from what he drew for TH2’s remake To heart 2 Xrated, where he drew the 2 characters for a new storyline (see the previous image with the pink haired and blond girl). He is also the one behind a certain infamous loli image.
Favorite: The third to last gothic lolita outfit for Lucy
Least favorite: the fourth Egyptian outfit for Nanako
Do you know what I like about this artist? His legs. Well, not his own legs, obviously, but the way that he draws them really makes the characters feel solid without being too over the top. I love how he actually drew something different for each class, instead of just changing the colors, though once again, he surprised me once again by changing his art style.
Quite a difference, right? This new style will also be the one used for the remake of White album, which is going to be released this pay for the PS3. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play it, but hey, that’s what I thought about the Mai-hime game too, then it got translated into Chinese and has a fighting chance of being translated into English (I like to think that my review has something to do with it). Those who are interested in having mangagamer bring it over should see this, the comments are quite interesting.