Ake no Tobari Ch. 236-237

 Nanaten here writing this post on my phone because my pc still hasn't been delivered. First day at work and I'm taking it slowly. Feeling the lay of the land, you know? The language lab they assigned me had been abandoned for a couple of semesters, so it's going to take a while to get things running again, especially with my lack of knowledge in electronics and engineering. 

This week's video: a video to celebrate (early) White Day (the romantic kind). I know it's only the twelfth, but it's better than sharing this on the nineteenth. So you guys get an early access before it goes to public. 

So as you recall, I did a poll on my Patreon to see what mmd music video I should do. And the result was a tie between Electronica in Velvet Room and A Way of Life. 

So remember last month when I did a poll for February's MMD video and it was a tie between Electronica in Velvet Room and A Way of Life? Well, here is the video for A Way of Life. This is also a showcase for my new Vtuber model.

This model had new hairstyle, eyes, and eyebrows worked from scratch. I also add a little detail on the nose, which might not have been much, but it's a game changer for me. For this video, I repositioned the headphones on the neck, but for regular stream and video, I'll put it on the head as usual.

I already mentioned last month that for this video I would make a new outfit for my model. So I took the opportunity to rework on my model and fix a couple of stuff. I've been planning to do a vtuber model version 2 for quite some time now. I had some sketches made back in October. I wanted my model to have shorter hair and thinner side braid. I took some inspirations from Persona Dance models, particularly Akihiko Sanada's model. I tried to put the usual purple hoodie on the model, but It didn't worked as much as I hoped it to be. That being said, I do have some other sketches that depicts a Buginese formal outfit combined with Harajuku styles. If I had more time to work on the model, I probably try to make them. For now, I just had to use the preset school outfit from Vroid.

It also took me the entire day to convert the Vroid model to work on MMD. For the previous video, I just had to replace the texture for the body skin and t-shirt of my old model. But for this video I had to export the model and tweak the bones. I followed the new tutorial by Denom Rs. But there were a bit of complications.

First was the UniVrm unity package that came with the tutorial. I've been using the latest version of the package, but in the tutorial it used a really old version, even older than the one I used for my previous model. So when I exported the model and opened it on MMD, the face's shadow wasn't rendered properly. Think Pokemon Legend Arceus's level of shadow but somehow realistic contrast(?). I don't know how to describe it. Anyway, a couple of seconds with PMX editor plugin fixed the issue.

Second was the feet bone fix to be compatible with Project DIVA and Persona motions. Luckily, Denom's new tutorial fixed the second mother bone issue that usually comes with converting VRM model to PMX. So I was practically halfway done. The issue was that I somehow forgot to delete the materials when I tried to combine two of the same model, so my pmx model ended up with double the material and oh, the feet issue still persist. So I got tired of it and deleted the bones altogether (can't have the feet bone gone astray if you don't have any, amirite?). This create another issue where the legs would go to a spasm from time to time. If you pay close attention to the legs on the video, you'll see what I'm talking about.

But despite all that, I had a lot of fun working on this video. And who knows, maybe on the next video, I'll actually sing.

About this chapter: as you notice, i only have one chapter of Ake no Tobari. Yeah, while I wait for my computer to arrive, there's going to be a slow update on all the series. Luckily, my dad lent me his office laptop. I looked at the specs last night and I think my dad's office got scammed. It's an Acer Aspire 3 with a Radeon R5 and 4gb RAM for some reason. I mean it could run Photoshop CS5 fine, but still... Anyway, I just going have to do with that and start working on the scripts. 

So here's the chapter. Let me know in the comments if you find any mistake or errors. I'll see you next week. 

Ake no Tobari Chapter 236:

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Ake no Tobari Chapter 237:
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