Thursday, September 2, 2010

T2 does not always refer to Judgment Day.

Sometimes it can refer to a Japanese illustrator who goes by the name of Tony Taka. Now for those of you who know him, this blog post is absolutely worksafe, so don't hit that Back button on your browser if you were expecting that. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the man, the best one-sentence description I can give to you is that he is a modern-day Satoshi Urushihara. And like Satoshi Urushihara, Tony is also well-known for the female designs of a particular JRPG series, except substitute Langrisser with most of the post-Sega console Shining "(Insert Noun Here)" games.

So the reason why I bring up this particular artist during Hardcore Gaming 101's Vocaloid Week is because he did an illustration of Miku for Comic Market 77, which was last winter:

What's really amusing for me about this illustration though is that this is actually the most non-sexually provocative pose of a female character I've seen this guy make. And for good reason: Sega told him to draw that for Comiket 77 because they wanted to not scare away Vocaloid fans from their booth since they used that illustration to sell a CD called White and Shadow, which contained two tracks that were composed by Hiroki Kikuta (Seiken Densetsu 2 and 3, Romancing Saga). The sad part is I haven't listened to that CD yet either. Woe is me.

Oh yeah, there's a figure of this illustration up for preorder, but you already knew that before you read this, didn't you?


  1. Comparing Tony Taka to Urushihara is a bit daft. Urushihara is actually a decent, and interesting, drawer of the human form--for a manga-type artist, anyway. This guy is completely unremarkable. Anyway--

  2. Urushihara isn't just known for his female designs(though he certainly is known for them).

    His armor and costume designs(when they exist :P) are ridiculously detailed.

    Urushihara is one-of-a-kind. You know his work on sight.

    This guy... not so much.

  3. Yeah, T2's missing something that makes him really great, but that was the only analog I could come up with at the moment.