breath of fire dragon quarter


So I happened to be looking through the Dragon Quarter art book the other day and came across the top images, which depict a headless “Nina” skeleton cradling another skeleton. Lo and behold, it’s in the game too, only you can hardly see it through the fence. But you can still make out the red of her wings. You wouldn’t even realize what it was until you saw the sketch.

I love noticing new things about my favorite game. I never really thought about it before, but why are there so many skeletons in this room? It is BioCorp after all, it’s probably just a dumping ground for all the human test subjects, and we know there are more “Ninas” after all…

If anyone who knows Japanese would like to translate, I’d be very happy.

Aaand here’s tonight’s drawing: Ryu’s dragon form in Breath of Fire V.

His dragon form, for which no official artwork nor concept art for his finalized design exists. Just renders of his in-game model. What concept art for his dragon form that does exist looks drastically different, resembling something closer to a SMT demon.

…that torso does look kind of weird.

So I just started watching Gurren Lagann on Netflix recently, and I’ve noticed a few things that a pretty amusing.

Anyone who’s played Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter on PS2 can CLEARLY see the inspiration in both plot and Simon’s character design (and before any of you Otaku nerds tell me that Breath of Fire copied it, Dragon Quarter came out 5 years before this show).

And then when I was watching episode 3 or 4 last night, I became confused when I thought my phone had started playing the Wild Arms 5 soundtrack. There’s a theme in one of the towns of that game that has harmonica, and it’s very clearly the same tune being used in Gurren Lagann (this game also came out before the show). Hahaha. So I don’t know if it’s a sort of royalty free harmonica track that anybody can use or what, but I thought it was funny that two of my favorite video games have already been referenced. Loving this show so far!

Wild Arms 5 track - “An Encounter in the Sunset”

Gurren Lagann track - “Geez, Travels Are So Tiring”

Experimenting and playing around in SAI - look, no contour lines, for once!
I seem to rarely draw Breath of Fire fan art, and I seldom draw any of Dragon Quarter, which is strange because I actually like Dragon Quarter a fair bit. Even had the art book for it open so I had references for Ryu and Nina, haha.

(…but where’s Lin?)

Drew this while listening to Chihiro Onitsuka singing castle.imitation, the ending song for the game, which has some…interesting lyrics.