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"I made this far for a reason. This is just another step. Asazaki Nae won't be burried by these forgotten mountains. My future awaits me. I just need to... push. A few more steps, you can do it!"


:iconmarcotonio-desu:, as always, is amazing and helped me with a ton of stuff~ <3

It was thanks to :iconmichelvictor:'s works that I was inspired to explore unknown waters and learn how to animate like this. Please, check his works, they're extremely inspiring, stunning, done, and really worthy the watch!

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Song: SoundTeMP - Yetit Petit (From Ragnarok Online)

Nae and Blade Under Mask (c) White-Mantis

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Overall I greatly enjoyed this piece, and for several reasons. the strong yet desperate look in her eyes fits excellently with both the title and theme of the piece and further gives character. This is further enhanced by your skill at body language as well. The way she's pressing her shoulder and mantis arm towards the storm shows a strong desperation to make it through the storm, while her smaller hands tending to the lantern show a complimentary sense of struggle and hope. Your skill at animating the weather effects is phenomenal and, as always, the way you paint backgrounds is a nice blend of beautiful and subtle.

There are, however several minor complaints that I have though. Firstly, while the wind effects of her ponytail and longer strands of hair work well, unfortunately the shorter bangs of hair have this awkward "watery" quality to their animation, making them seem out of place in the strong weather and have an overall unnatural feel to them when compared to how well the rest of Nae, clothes, body and all, is animated.

Further I feel that this selection of music feels a tad too out of place as well. Its rhythms and not progressions are far better suited to panicky and more movement heavy scenes, and possibly with a more lightly colored setting. I instead suggest, for scenes similar to this, to go with more atmospheric, or sometimes ominous, type of music. Something with an emotional pull towards challenge and adversity with a small tinge of hope would be far better. Further with stormy setting I find that woodwinds and acoustical instruments far better suit the aesthetic rather than electric sounds.

Overall I greatly enjoyed the piece and despite my complaints, which I feel are rather minor, its a great piece. However please take my advice with a grain of salt. I don't consider myself a professional at art or critique and as such one shouldn't take my advice too seriously considering I have no experience in either art or animation.
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Critique by SLEENDEEDUDE May 8, 2014, 6:50:41 PM
This work is an astonishing piece of art. It gives one the feeling of alertness and seriousness. The originality is ok; but I have seen several images that look similar. The snow is a great touch. I've seen too many kung fu movies to let rain have all that much effect on me. So the snow is great.
The character is one of a kind. She completely displays her intention to not back down. This and the combination of the great music and ambiance makes this astonishing piece of art just pop. I hope you agree with me. Keep up the great work ~ ( X )
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darknegi12 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
this is pretty good
LoydtheNinja Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
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B-Man100 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
o_O reminds me of the 90's english version of Fist of the North Star.. 
TUMOKI Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That is so awesome
neoncorgi3333 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the fluency of the animation, so smooth and perfect.... Teach me?
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nighteba Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Equestria-secret Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Fundz64 you like animated insect-girls, right?
Fundz64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
best kind of girls! amazing find!
and animooted too! :meow:
Julian-Skes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Such a strong bug.
SoulMurphy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  New Deviant  General Artist
Just freakin amazing
Krzysiek2222 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
wow sexy eyes~~
sithwolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
this is something that reaches out and says "I am beyond what you see, I am more than just frames of movement." this is why I stay on this site known as D.A to see works like this that make me remember that I love art.
Mirahu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Student General Artist
ShadowDazer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Woah... Great animation!
StarWritter Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So awesome and cool!
gillspar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
You can't beat her "Mantis Style" martial arts!:D (Big Grin) 
BangGoesLazor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student General Artist
I want this to be a game
SpineBl4st3r Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Artist
you know its awesome when you get goosebumps
iFoofie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I absolutely love this! the movements the sound effects and the music I get a huge League of Legends vibe from it too! I can just imagine it being a champ! 
AtrociousNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Amazing work!
I gotta admit tho, I passed just to say HELL YEAH RAGNAROK ONLINE!
When I opened this I didn't expect that at all, I was like HEY! I didn't turn on my foobar! haha
Good old ice dungeon.
DracoLupinLMK Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work ! 
LeDarkness1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Fantastic work! Love the detail, style, the hair, and also how you've added music to it! Didn't expect that when I clicked on it!
Well done! :clap:
selvokaz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
at first glance with the lantern i thought it was a Cool looking Toneberry.
TheSphinxDen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is seriously gorgeous. May I ask how you did this? 
commodorefrog Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness :0
look at that flowing hair. fantastic work mantis!
MidmorningDigger Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
100% ACE
Porforever Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This's amazing!!
Scarlett-Sunlight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are no words in the English language to describe how badass this is 
OrphansSong Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
I thought I recognized the music. Wonderful piece.
D2KPrime Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Novoid69 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Apart from the music, I love all of it. The music should have been grimmer representing a dire situation.  If you choose not to die, you should consider the situation deadly enough that the thought comes to your mind that you might die. 

Great artwork, flawless animation. 

***** 5 starts from me. 
nightblast Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
the level of badassary is above the stars in this one
in others words great job
theRevil Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I'm confused. I keep seeing that there's a story but I can't seem to find the whole thing. Anyone wanna point me in the right direction of where to start looking?
Bigdool Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
It's so... Badass! I watched your entire gallery, I really love your style, very original ;)! But this one, it's just my favorite! Un "coup de cœur" as we said in french, you won a new fan!
Wooozle-Woo Featured By Owner May 30, 2015   Filmographer
how did you make it wave like that? so incredible!
Numbsoul Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, simple awesome!!!!
It's so epic, beautiful and enourmously full of pasion....
I can't describe that make me feel.
As I said, simple awesome.
Pluplum Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Aww. My. Gosh.
sowerofash Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Round One! FIGHT!
Xelchew Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student
Just woah...One of the best animation and art I've ever seen :D
Nao-Tek Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Very nice job!!! >.< I love that character!! ^^ GZ!!
luffy10000 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
awesome La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
NoHeart-Walls Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Astonishing!! 0.0

Awesome art!!
myekeh Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Photographer
needs a sound warning, but impressive!
Asura-Shudo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student General Artist
OH my god, i mean oh geebus, like, holy sassafras. This deserves more views. I can't even imagine the amount of time was put into this. The music is just as awesome too! I can't get enough of it. It's like a battle scene in a classic JRPG.Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
ugh, i'm gushing way too much over this, but its just so awesome. I hafta watch you, this is too amazing.

sorry, gonna stop my frantic gushingness, but awesome work.
Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Brilliant animation!
Hellbeholder Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to learn and do this kind of animations aswell... But I'm probably not talented enough to comprehend.
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