Well, that was a surprisingly frustrating few hours at work. For a Wednesday, there were sure a lot of calls on the queue, and this time around things only started to let up sometime after ten-thirty. I’d have relaxed, if not for the fact that customer service calls didn’t really stop coming until around eleven. That said, it was pretty much business as usual at the office. Hopefully tomorrow won’t be as bad, as I’d really want to end my work week without a headache.
On the hobby side of things, I won’t be doing any base-coloring on the remaining girls in the stampede tonight because, well, as I mentioned in last night’s post it’s going to be hard to do so when the subjects in question don’t even have color schemes. Okay, that’s not exactly true: both Mirai and Satomi have set hair colors, but the thing is their costumes as puella magi don’t. I suppose I can do things sentai-style (which makes sense, given how the magical girl subgenre has taken nods from super sentai since at least Sailor Moon), but the fact remains: who gets which color?
The three Pleiades so far that have schema to them (Kazumi, Umika, and Kaoru) have outfits associated strongly to a particular color, in this case Black, White, and Orange. Given the sentai example I mentioned, the obvious choices would be the remaining colors you’d expect in a rainbow, meaning Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.
Incidentally, in the parent series (Madoka Magica) the general scheme of the outfit usually matched the hair color of the magical girl in question: for example Sayaka’s (who had blue hair) was mostly in shades of blue, while Madoka (whose hair was pink) had a frilly number that was very very pink. Kazumi Magica (which features all the characters left unbased incidentally) follows this somewhat, with Kaoru and Kazumi’s (whose hair colors are orange and either black or a dark navy blue, respectively) magical girl costumes featuring parts with the same hues as their hair.
Interestingly enough, their friend Umika’s dress doesn’t seem to follow this–Umika has dark blue hair, but her dress is mostly white. So, unless those dark parts of her costume are really blue (hard to tell in a black-and-white comic), then it means that, at least in the Kazumi spinoff, there’s no direct correlation between hair color and the major color of a girl’s outfit… Which makes things much more difficult, I suppose.
So I’m basically back to the beginning. Since I can’t rely on hair color as a reliable marker (again, kind of hard to do in a black-and-white comic), I’ll have to see which color matches which girl more, at least in my mind. Other fanwork would have helped in this case as a kind of reference, but sadly there’s a dearth of fanart on Kazumi Magica, much less colored fanart, barring one or two examples. Talk about having limited options.
Okay, let’s start first on the most obvious one: Saki. The single colored piece of art I’ve found on her gave her a mostly red scheme, and if you think about the sentai example it makes sense at face value. After all, of the Pleiades (at this point of the manga) Saki seems to take the ‘big sister’ role in the group, which pretty much means it’s as close to being the leader as one could get, which in a super sentai show means getting stuck with the red suit.
However it would be wise to remember that while the color theming of outfits has it roots in sentai shows, Madoka Magica and it’s spinoffs aren’t sentai, and where role expectations don’t necessarily match up with a specific color (or else we’d have Kyouko Sakura as a leader figure, ahaha). Looking at other examples found in-universe, there’s quite a degree of variance; for example, Mami Tomoe’s dress is predominantly orange, Oriko Mikuni’s is mostly white, and Claire’s is a combination of orange and violet.
All this means of course is that I don’t have to go with red, though it might be the most obvious fit. Heck, given the general military-esque feel of Saki’s dress, I’m tempted to actually use shades of green or khaki, though given how dark her dress is in grayscale the latter might not be optimal. The thing is though, green also seems to fit another of the Pleiades, Nico Kanna. Well, a lighter shade of green or maybe blue perhaps, since her dress reminds me of something one would expect from a skydiver (whose repertoire of clothing can feature bright colors)…
For the remaining two Pleiades (Satomi and Mirai), I’m tempted to use some shade of pink on one of them. Mirai has a heart theme going with her polka-dotted dress, so giving her the baby-pink theme would be so obvious (and it doesn’t hurt that she has been shown with cotton-candy pink hair), but Satomi’s already been shown wearing a (light, almost-white) pink blouse, and I really can’t see her in something yellow, though indigo could work… Decisions, decisions…
Yeah, selecting a color scheme is serious business. It’s kind of depressing though how all this effort might be invalidated once a future chapter of Kazumi Magica gets another color spread. Ah well.
Oh, and what about Sumire? I’d say that her name alone gives enough hints to what color I’m going to use, ahaha.