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Character Design

1. Is there a particular connection between each character’s outfit and their personality?

Nomura-san: I tried to exaggerate each character’s image according to the essence of his/her personality.

2. Which came first? Were characters designed to match the Tokyo setting, or was the setting molded to fit the characters’ style?

The real-world Tokyo setting came first as the foundation. Though the game is set in the real world, we can create a fantasy-world feel as long as it’s somewhere users never been to, I thought.

3. How are characters’ outfits related to their behavior?

The outfits are based solely on characters’ personalities and not their moral nature in the game.

4. Were any of the characters based on specific people?
All were created from scratch.
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:iconinterocativo:
interocativo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where do you get theese?
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twinlightownz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
verry nice they let me think of sora en kairi from kingdom hearts
nice nice
100000+ / 10
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Puzzle-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Cool sketches. But am I only one who notices Neku's unnatural pose? He looks like he has muscle dystrophy. Just saying. And Numora's character designs are awesome but they're all so anorexic! O_O Neku looks like you could bend and snap his spine without effort! And Shiki is just whoa. @_@ Not to mention Sho is definitely giving the finger. Which I lol'd at. XD But yea, not dissing or anything. I love his art style!
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SheirFaggot Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
How many designs did you make or were the first ones the ones you kept, no editing or redesigning?
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:iconreiz20:
reiz20 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
So Zetta awesome! :D
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:iconphailure123:
Phailure123 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
I love how Sho's giving the middle finger.

8D
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:iconhoneyskunk:
honeyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
yay neku!
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KazeShirogane Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Student Photographer
Ah, a little insight into the creation of Lollipop and Pi-face...
My favourite reapers.
I swear, if the UG really existed I wouldn't hesitate playing the Game!!
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Animus3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
I ask if I may be e-mailed Hishigawa's concept arts?
It's mainly because I find drawing him fun, and also, I'm art Role-Playing him.
He's also a great ref for dreadlocks, but I can only find the same image of him everywhere, and it's always too small.
Of course I would ALWAYS cite the reference!
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PhantomThiefVier Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Sho's zetta awesome! (also helped me remember stuff for Trig...o.O)
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:iconzachthehurricane:
ZachtheHurricane Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
My question is, why did they give Minamoto the math fetish? Not that it is bad, I'm just wondering how they got the idea.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
So, Nomura's goal is to conquer up an image according of the essence of the character's personality? Sounds like a hard task to pull off.
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davidalex Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it me or there is something wrong with shiki's hand?
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:iconrydiathedragon432:
Rydiathedragon432 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not just you. :U Dunno the problem tho.
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davidalex Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, thank goodnesss ahaha
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Furio-Tigre Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
((Ooc: Please make Wewy 2 for Nintendo DS!! GO GO SHO MINAMIMOTO!))
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:iconshurry-ry:
Shurry-Ry Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
so...so...skinny @_@
if they hadnt had their oversized clothes,they'd look like friggin skeletons Dx
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:iconmekisyo:
mekisyo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
lol best game ever xD
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random-clam Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008   Photographer
I love this game! I just bought it and the gameplay is amazing! I love battling on both screens at once... It takes a bit to get used to but its amazing
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ranedeparted Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
minamimoto ooks like he's giving the finger lolz he rulez X3
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Fallen-Blossom Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
On one side, I can see where people would make the 'Sora-Kairi' connection, but it's mostly due to the similar art style. I mean, people are ragging on and on about how Neku and Shiki have similarities to Sora and Kairi and how Nomura isn't being original anymore...

With all due respect, I have yet to see character designs like Minamimoto, Kariya, Uzuki, Konishi, Hanekoma, Megumi in any of the other games Nomura has designed for. And I'd notice if there was a Minamimoto clone running around in something like Kingdom Hearts, trust me. The only similarities I'm seeing between Shiki and Kairi is hair colour, and Sora and Neku is the fact the hair is spiky. The similarities end there.

Ranting over with, kudos on the designs. It's interesting to see some of the concept art from the game, especially as I'm such a big fan of the overall aesthetic. Great work~
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BluesKirby Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Student Digital Artist
The only other connection is probably Beat's clothing design.It just screams Seifer.Somehow.
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Hatreda Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist
I love the style. :heart: And the outfits. :3
In my opinion these characters look nothing look Kairi and Sora.
And it's just very nice of some people to call the creators of this game liars for saying they created them from scratch. Very fucking nice of you.
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row Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
All of Nomuras characters look recycled and the same -_-. I like this drawing style, but hes way to trendy.
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Animequeen111 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Digital Artist
awesome!!!!! looks like sora ^.^
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Reauster Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Realy nice very very very good =D

Check out my friends pics [link]
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Tamal3d Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
very very nice concept.im try to crate 3d model.lovely.
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karulox Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i love this
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wolfie-alchemist-182 Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
funky funk !! sweeet concept! i dunno why but the girl reminnds me of kairi from kingdom hearts lol

this rawks though
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n9ce Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
nice···········
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Shanook28 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Artist
Of COURSE they Neku and Shiki resemble Sora and Kairi. It's the guy's style. That's just how he likes his characters. I like it better that way, actually. It's something familliar. The whole game is so new and unknown that it's nice to see something that you've seen before. And once you start playing the game, you completely forget about Sora and Kairi and how much they look like Neku and Shiki.
Besides, Neku's personality is the polar opposite of Sora's. So they're DEFINITELY not the same character. :D
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PuffinBoy415 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
"4. Were any of the characters based on specific people?
All were created from scratch."
Liers, Neku is CLEARLY based of Sora and Shiki is CLEARLY based off Kairi.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
...And Beat is based off Seifer!
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DepressedHeartling Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Holy. How do any of them look like Sora and Kairi? PEOPLE HAVE A SENSE OF MIND AND GET CREATIVE jeez. Someone tell me what they see, i see no similarity. And it's square-Enix's style. If you wanna see a different style then go buy another game but this is how they do it...
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venuslove Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Personally I like the character designs, unlike KH (sorry though great game) the outfits really reflect the characters personalities--the headphones for Neku are a particulary great idea to show how he drowns out society and everyone else phsically. :p
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LigerNekoka Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I think we can all agree that Nomura needs a break from character designing for a while....Seems like he needs some inspiration.

I'm not dissing him or anything, I'm just saying his style is kinda redundant.
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Ggsoulsister Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Seriously BW. Awsome. So this is the way you would like Model sheet?
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Abinition Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... they look a lot like Sora and Kairi...
:shrug:
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DepressedHeartling Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
how?
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Abinition Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno.
She seems Kairi-ish.
And the boy just seems Sora-ish :shrug:
They just remind me of them :)
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DepressedHeartling Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
<sub. grah whatever ;w;
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:iconabinition:
Abinition Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... sorry if that was so darn offensive? :confused:
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:icondepressedheartling:
DepressedHeartling Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
nah iz ok
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VanityElric17 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
koolyss man
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:icondawt:
Dawt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Student Interface Designer
It looks like a nice game, but why are they so creepily twiggy?
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Kiseki-haisha Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
to express the younger character's frailty, y'tard. Not all of them are that way >_>...
It was the same damn way in KH there were very few of the younger characters that looked like they weighed more than 70 lbs(most of that, of course, was in their hugatious heads and feet) THe only slightly overweight character in the whole kh series that didn't derive from disney was Pence from twilight town.
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Dawt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Student Interface Designer
KH wasn't as bad, in my opinion.. still, it's odd looking.
I don't appreciate the rude attitude, but I guess that's a good point.
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Tanbird Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
The poses look kind of forced
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Tanbird Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
hmmm.... some of these poses don't really fit the character.:yakuza:
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mamimichan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
they look like Sora, Riku, and Kairi ;/
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