There are many things I want to express upon this illustration.
Although I have drawn many Nozomi x Eli fan art, Shizuru x Natsuki is still be my most favorite couple. I reminisced about their story including such a beautiful stories and characters from My-HiME and Otome series.
At that moment when I decided to watch, I haven’t watched any anime for a few years, because of the University and I thought that I had to avoid anime and manga to prove to people around me that I have grown up. However, I misunderstood, I have learnt something very important from it instead.
Many of my friends mentioned about the character Natsuki and said that we looked resemble, so I decided to watch it without expecting anything. While I was watching it, and when I realized about the relationship of Natsuki and Shizuru, it was very emotional because I have been hesitated to accept it about myself as well. I have lost faith and believe that this kind of relationship is possible.
But My-HiME has revived my true self back not just about love but everything related to perception and many aspects I had been trying to ignore.
I could say that I would never be who I am right now if I hadn’t watched this series and learnt from Shizuru and Natsuki’s and other characters’ compassionate. Now that I am able to recognize many wonderful people around me and someone who is special to me.
This illustration, I determined to give it as a gratitude. It has been long time that I kept this thought within me. I actually have tried to express this feeling through my old work many years ago, but it wasn’t reach what I expected enough to depict it thoroughly. In this illustration, I want to explicit how important they are to me , as well as the scene in the story has already captured perfectly about how important of someone who is important for us.
At first, I thought of expression that both of them were sorrowful, but I don’t think it was right. Because at that moment in the story, they have shared sentimental feelings to each other. Natsuki started to recover and comprehend about many things such as accepting the reality about her mother and the past. At the same time, Shizuru had a chance to spend time closely with Natsuki, to take care of her and see her recovering through the incident, though deep within her heart she knew about the prohibited love. Both of them were in the state of peaceful and happy in the moment. The sunset helped emphasizing the emotion and contrast between day and night time; happiness and despair, beginning and ending, companionship and solitude. Yet it’s such a beautiful twilight when you behold it.
When you love and care about someone very much, it’s full of happiness and melancholy. Each person has different such sensitivity, but understanding is a key to build the relationship. ^^
(Fan art Fujino Shizuru x Kuga Natsuki : My-HiME )
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That's how I found your page many years ago, and how I started following your art.
I tried to quit manga and anime when I was at the university, for the same reasons you did and then I found out I was sad without it, so I got back on it, and also on cosplay, and now I'm 26, with a master degree and a Mai Hime tattoo on the wrist (my own tribute to everything Mai Hime and Mai Otome did for me and built me)
I cosplayed Shizuru, Mai and Arika, they really inspired me <3
Soooo, I'm glad to see that it touched you as much as it touched me, I don't feel alone anymore, this serie is so special.
They look wonderful <3 thanks.
I'm glad that we've both faced obstacles and overcome them and came back to anime and manga.
That's amazing you have a tattoo of Mai series on your wrist.
Thank you for sharing with me. ^^
And the drawing... breathless!
I'm happy for you! ^___^)
I'm happy to see you are still drawing them. They are one of my all times OTPs.