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My entry for :iconotakusenshiidols: Round 6 - Princess

Note: This is a DIRECT continuation of my Round Five entry. It will take a while to load, but I promise it works! Has voice acting, so requires sound.

Qualification Entry: [link]
Round One - Pin-up: [link]
Round Two - Civilian: [link]
Round Three - Sera Myu: [link]
Round Four - Gender Bender: [link]
Round Five - Death Scene: [link]

:star: Writeup :star:
:bulletred: The Princess :bulletorange:

In their home universe, the Black and White Knights were the devoted royal guard to the Princess of the Third Great Kingdom. The White Knight was her betrothed, and his twin brother the Black Knight was the leader of the guard and her most loyal servant. She was the youngest of the world's seven princesses, and one of the few to allow the new field of Science to burgeon in the realm. When Dr. Monochrome's experiments went awry, it broke her heart to see what befell he and his wife, but being the Princess she had her Kingdom to think of, and so ordered them sealed away under quarantine. When his wife died and he raised an army of constructs to invade the land, she realized that denying him the help he needed had created a formidable enemy. And when his forces reached the Palace, she realized that it would cost her her life.

Just before Monochrome took the Palace, she beckoned her most trusted knights to her. Summoning all her power, she extracted her own starseed and gave it to her beloved White Knight. She ordered him to go with his brother and hide, while she would face Dr. Monochrome, who would surely kill her. It was too late for her, and maybe for their whole world, but if they could find someone strong, someone pure, someone worthy of taking up the fight, she bade them entrust her starseed to this person. It might be their only hope.

And so the Knights hid, after much protesting by her betrothed, and Dr. Monochrome did indeed kill her. Her starseed protected them when he drained the colors from the world, and when he found a way to escape the world he had doomed, they followed him across universes. He was so obsessed with following the Franklins that he didn't notice the Knights following him! They took up station in this new world, learning its ins and outs, and it wasn't too long before Sailor Spectrum appeared...

The Knights realized that Spectrum had a starseed, though it resided in her paintbrush instead of her. It was strange, but she was still the only person in this new world they had seen who was capable of using a starseed's power. They began to train her in the hopes that she would be the one worthy of their Princess's starseed, but they were skeptical. The White Knight didn't want to give up his beloved princess's starseed, and the Black Knight simply thought Spectrum didn't have what it took to stand up to Monochrome. They watched her fail time and again... but they also watched her get back up and try again and again, and each time she became more powerful.

:bulletyellow: Spectrum Reborn :bulletgreen:

When Dr. Monochrome finally launched his attack on the city in person, Spectrum met him head-on. He took down her whole team with relative ease, and then attacked Spectrum herself. He shattered the magic paintbrush that held her synthetic starseed, and drained her of all her color in the same blow. She collapsed on the street, utterly lifeless, and the Knights realized they were out of options. The White Knight was reluctant, but the Black Knight had seen all he needed to see. Spectrum was willing to fight with her all and give up her life to protect the people of this world. There was no one else more worthy than she.

They gave her the starseed, hoping that her spirit hadn't strayed too far. This is where the animation comes in.

In a blaze of light, Spectrum was transformed! Her spirit had combined with that of the Princess. The Knights were astounded, not expecting a physical transformation. The White Knight was dismayed at how different she was from the Princess he'd loved, and the Black Knight was completely smitten. Dr. Monochrome was not amused.

With a snarl of fury, Monochrome raised his desaturation cannon and fired, but Princess Spectrum simply raised a hand and the beam sputtered out as colors shimmered in front of her like a shield. Speaking as both Spectrum and the Princess she said, "I know you've been wronged. But this is not the way." She spread her arms and a sea of colors washed over the entire area, restoring her fallen comrades and staggering the Doctor.

Monochrome shrieked as the energy of the colors wrenched Chaos from him, and his own colors were finally, after all this time, restored. Chaos fled and he collapsed unconscious on the street.

Spectrum knelt by him to be sure he was still alive, and seeing that he was, she closed her own eyes in relief and passed out. Her body had taken a beating, and she had been dead a few minutes, and all her energy was spent. Her Princess garb faded and she lie there, simply Elise Franklin, tired after a job well done. The Knights assured the rest of the Rainbow Senshi, now also de-transformed, that they would take good care of her. They took her home, and the Rainbow Senshi took Dr. Monochrome, now Dr. Chroma again, to the hospital. Sailors Cyan and Magenta disappeared, taking their own path.

And I guess that's the end of "Season One"!


:bulletblue: Art Notes :bulletpurple:

I didn't count my hours working on this one, it drove me a little nuts last time. ^_^; I decided to go with a more traditional Sailor Moon style to this, to fit the elegance of the Princess theme. It is the most finished animation I have ever done; I've never gotten past the pencil test stage before. The lip sync alone was 53 frames... the entire thing was somewhere around 100? My apologies for not adding a play button, I didn't have the time. I may add one later.

The Princess of the Third Great Kingdom is a mix of Audrey Hepburn and Art Noveau. I wanted her to have a very timeless look to her, which would work well with the "golden goddess" colors I planned on giving her.

As for Spectrum's Princess Dress (or, as I affectionately refer to it, the Rainbow Sherbet dress), I wanted to pick something pretty and lacy, but still artsy and edgy, to show both the personalities of the Third Kingdom's Princess and Elise Franklin. I based her dress on some of the crazier 80s wedding dresses (like this one in November Rain:[link] ), but with a more modern, sleeker look. The chiffon and crinoline is replaced by less stiff fabrics that hang more nicely. It's still very flashy, but not quite as gaudy. I also went with paler colors, as though she were so saturated with light and color that she glows. I absolutely love how she turned out.

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:iconrayfierce:
RayFierce Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional Photographer
wow this is actually pretty impressive do you have a youtube? Or a playlist of these in order? You should really go to Frederator Studios with stuff like this.
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
wow
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AngelOfBeauty88 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's that music piece called? It sounds familiar.
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure... it was from the the Sailor Moon music box collection, but the text on the tracks is all in Japanese (which I can't read). ^_^;
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PreetyCake123 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was.. AWESOME!!  Spinning Awesome Smiley 
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpreetycake123:
PreetyCake123 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. The animation is incredible, and the music.. oh mah gawd.. The BEST! La la la la 
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, you're making me blush!  :blush:
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:iconpreetycake123:
PreetyCake123 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you look fabulous when you blush, dear emotiocon. Tackling hug 
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Mirage-Moonlight Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
So amazing~!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D

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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Very lovely work!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. ^_^
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You're welcome.
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Mika-chan1496 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I love this!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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:iconmika-chan1496:
Mika-chan1496 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
You're welcome.
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:iconcrystalkou:
Crystalkou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wonderful, I like it so much
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. ^_^
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:iconcrystalkou:
Crystalkou Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
:aww:
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Saito-Hizuki Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Sooooooooooo jealous!!!!!

But I LOVED IT !!!!! (tears) :squee:
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
So Spectrum wins hear because she has her powers and the princess' star seed?
Really good artwork with this one, and you said it was in 20 days, nice.
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You got it. Their powers combined and she got an upgrade. :)
Thanks so much! Yeah, this contest has had some crazy deadlines. I definitely got a lot of practice working under pressure!
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GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Your welcome.
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
So pretty :D
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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:iconsmdkfan:
SMDKFan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
no prob :D
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:iconmishihime:
mishihime Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where's the part where she kicks ass?
You forgot it >_<
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Did the best I could with a 20-day deadline. :\ It's in the write-up, at least.
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SailorMoonGirl20 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
PRETTY!!!!!!!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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SailorMoonGirl20 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
You are welcome! keep up the awesome work. :D
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LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i wish they would make more sailor moons:/

this makes me want to start watching it over again
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There's supposed to be a new Sailor Moon anime starting next year! I'm so excited for it. :D
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:iconladyellesmere:
LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG GIVE ME DETAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There aren't a whole lot of details on it yet, but it's supposed to come out next year, be a TV series, and they plan to release it simultaneously worldwide.
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LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg0-0 iiiiiiiiiiiiiim excited now. I loved the whole entire series
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LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ive searched the internet, ive seen some rumors. But most places were just fan based.

the sailor moon sacrifice is one direction they dont go in....its to dark for sailor moon. Id love to see the group to be older and new sailor scouts:D

omg i hope that this isnt just a rumor i hope they go through with it, i miss the series and have re-watched it over and over again. Out of all the magical girl series, this one will forever live in my childhood.
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:iconladyellesmere:
LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*that i hope they dont go in
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MemoryThiefChild Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Fantastically beautiful! lovely job:iconjoysquealplz:
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconladyellesmere:
LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
o.0 faved0.o and watched
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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LadyEllesmere Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
np:3
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
nice
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Macy-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there gonna be a season two?
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so. :) I'll keep working on it as long as I stay in the contest. I'm not sure how much of it will be animated, since school is starting up again soon and I'll have less free time, but I'd like to continue telling the story.
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Nealiel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I totally loves it~~~!!!!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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