Eyes go shut
Into thin air leaving no trace
Why don't you just save your breath?
All of your words feel like a jail
That blocks the sun and makes me stale
Not enough gold in all the world
So why have I surrendered
To your abusive ways
The cracks have opened up to the core
Is there anywhere to go from here now?
Sick with the lies consuming our souls...
Give me one reason to take the breath we breathe for granted
Hold it in so long that you forget to say
Give me one reason to remain confined within the fences
Here with you and my soul on display...
Life is too precious to waste...
Jonathan Underdown / Daiki Kasho - 5OUL ON D!SPLAY, main theme of Gran Turismo 5
Fan-edited megamix of all the official versions of the song:
Original version of the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjT8QV…
Spec II Opening Remix here. More epic than the original, btw: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
Live full performance of the Spec II remix at the GT Asia Championship, with an epic intro: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC7-en…
Instrumental composed on Xewton Music Studio (some bass notes are wrong, but otherwise a great take): www.youtube.com/watch?v=klt0GL…
Spec II chiptune instrumental by KeyAndEnter: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCeIB8…
(Yeah, this is the same as my first post on my Tumblr blog. Just thought I'd post it here as well, for the newbs.
I don't think I'll be using this journal for a while, btw. Anything I need or wish to say will go into the status updates now, instead.)
Now, a little introduction about me, for the newbs abroad. Um… I’m sort of one of those “love him or hate him” type of people, really, due to certain activities of mine in the past. To parts of the MLP:FiM brony community, I’m known as the guy who created the concept of Super Rainbow Dash. A concept which has garnered over six million views in total on YouTube through the animations and artwork tributes there, as well as a high number of total favorites on deviantART. With such popularity, yeah, you could say I’m happy about it. Getting a lot of devwatchers and praise for creating the concept and all.
However, while things are smooth and positive as a brony since the fandom’s beginnings in 2011… as a Klonoa fan since 2001, things are quite the opposite. At least since 2008, that is. To the majority of the Klonoa community, I’m pretty much the black sheep to them. And a troublemaker, as well as being a radicalist to them. You see, for the past seven-eight years, I’ve been constantly at odds with them for many reasons: the admins and their poor handling of their forums (it was a little too lax on them in the past, allowing a bunch of trolls to come and shit on everyone else, and now it’s being a little too strict. For example, you can’t post something about someone you don’t like on external sites like Twitter, otherwise you’d get banned for it. Same goes for criticizing them in a legitimate way, that their wiki is not up-to-date), the aforementioned trolls stalking your ass on DA and elsewhere, me admittedly being a little power hungry in the past, among other reasons.
At the center of all of these issues, though, is this: a simple difference in opinion on the Klonoa franchise itself. Some creative differences, if you will, being a common occurrence in various industries these days and causing people to quit working. And it all comes down to this: whether Klonoa should continue being modest as he is now, or whether he should be more radical, like having a Super form and utilizing his Wind Saber more. To me, these things make the character more badass and awesome, with me believing that it could help him appeal to people more. To them, however, it’s pretty much a downright bad idea, being utterly ruinous to the character and his modesty. An unoriginal, uninspired idea, even, plus it’ll just remind them of Sonic and Dragon Ball more. And to them, that’s no good.
Which, honestly, I don’t get and will never get at all. Hearing them, they only remind me of the classic Sonic fanboys and purists who deem anything beyond their holy Genesis era as ruinous, including those that were actually good and not legit shit like Shadow and Sonic ‘06. To liken this to MLP, they remind me of the massive and massive outcry that happened when Twilight became an alicorn. Which I also didn’t get because, well, it’s just Twilight with wings. She didn’t really get a power increase, nor did anything else massively change. It was still the same show afterward. And honestly, everyone who cried about it slowly began to accept it.
But yeah, that is what it all reminds me about. And what probably didn’t help is the fact that I kept calling the Klonoa fanbase fanboys and purists, leading them to pour further hatred and disgust on me. So much that it ultimately caused them to ban me from both the forums and their DA group… even though I haven’t posted on the forums in over a year and that I now found it pointless that they banned me from the group as well when they STILL have a dedicated Sonic/Klonoa folder on their group gallery. And even so, getting rid of it will probably only prove my point that they’re purists.
Well, are they currently? I’m not so sure about it myself now. Maybe they’re just not keen on the idea of Super Klonoa and they’re… Nah, being modest. an Average Joe, implies that Klonoa shouldn’t be doing anything else other than to use his Wind Ring to manipulate his way through the levels and defeat nightmares and that’s it. Well, that’s fine, but after a while, such a thing will be boring…
*sigh* I dunno. =/
So… yeah. Love me for creating Super Dash, hate me for the “abomination” of Super Klonoa as well as the things that I admittedly shouldn’t have done to the Klonoa community. Yeah, I’ve had a fair share of haters for Super Dash, but they were nowhere near the trouble I had with Klonoa. And… to be frank, the stuff I said on hating Super Klonoa may be a bit exaggerated, as the fanbase itself is, well, as small as a rat’s shithole compared to the juggernaut that is the brony community. And with a small fanbase, well, I don’t think you’ll find a lot of people who actually support such a concept.
Despite this, though, there ARE Klonoa fans out there who actually like the idea of Klonoa transforming into an albino Super Saiyan. Since I’ve been through so much trouble with him these past years and tried to leave him permanently a lot, well, I can’t say that I didn’t grow as a person as a result. I have now. It may not look like it to those untrustworthy, but I know what to do now. Ignore and/or avoid those who gave you trouble (as well as paying them apathy), entertain those who do like such a concept, and seek out those who would like the concept as well. With me no longer posting on any forums anymore (as they tend to be a hotbed for drama anyway, I’ve realized), this shouldn’t be a problem.