Well, add yet another Puella Magi to the growing cast stampede, this time Oriko Mikuni, the eponymous title character of the sidestory Puella Magi Oriko Magica. Let me tell you, drawing that full dress of hers was difficult for me, not for the design itself, but the messiness that preceded the finished sketch. All those pleats… Let’s just say that my trusty eraser got worn out more than usual as I tried to figure out the proper way her skirts pleats would react if I made her run. I’m not entirely sure I succeeded at it, even after the fact.
While I was sketching this, I idly thought on her design. Obviously the outfit was supposed to give a high-class or I daresay even ‘noble’ impression (which is ironic, given Oriko’s own role in her miniseries), but I couldn’t help but wonder of the practicality of it in Witch battles, especially from what we’ve seen in the anime as well as Oriko’s sister spin-off Kazumi Magica. Not only does the dress feature a full and fluffy skirt (probably braced by a crinoline too), it also has a long trailing veil on top of that.
Oh well, I suppose that, given how Oriko seems more like a Support-Type Puella Magi (unlike say Sayaka or Kyouko from Madoka Magica) and obviously wouldn’t spend time in melee, getting grabbed on all those trailing edges won’t be too much of an issue… Unless the nasty witch manages to close the distance, that is. I guess that’s where Kirika comes in.
Speaking of Kirika, she’s up next. I’ll probably draw her in an almost headlong lunge. Ah.
On to non-hobby matters… I’m a little relieved that the pain in my left foot seems to be going away. The combination of rest and the medication I’m taking probably helped in that regard. At this rate I should be able to go back to my usual afternoon jog by tomorrow, which is something I welcome to be able to do again. Unless I get rained in in the process of course, but these days unless it’s a real hard downpour I just ignore the rain and continue running anyway.
So that’s pretty much it. Oh, and not really much to share about work, aside from it being surprisingly relaxing for my usual midweek. I really hope this goes on for some time to come…