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Also check out: Building a Better Wiki: Perfect Profile Portraits!

Hi there, welcome to "Building a Better Wiki", a blog series where I aim to explore different aspects of our giant wiki database to find out how to best utilize them or improve upon them to make sure we're building the best anime and manga wiki on the web!

The main image for franchise pages is typically a manga volume cover or an anime poster. That's okay, but that means there are lots of pages with the same main image in the wiki. Using a logo differentiates franchise pages from anime and manga pages, and it looks nice to boot.

Guidelines

  • Dimensions: At least 300 x 300, make sure it's perfectly square (500 x 500, 600 x 600, etc.), this stops automatic cropping used in certain places on the site.
  • Format: PNG is preferred, just make sure you never get close to 10MB in filesize (usually you won't even surpass 1MB) as images that large can cause glitches in image galleries. If an image is too large, shrink it down, 600 x 600 is a good size.
  • Preferred Source (in order): US anime, US manga, JP anime, JP manga (check Wikipedia, official websites, anime title cards, anime DVD covers, and manga volume covers) use a logo that represents the entire franchise e.g. Dragon Ball, not Dragon Ball Z.
  • Do Not Use: Fan art, also try to avoid vector traces, technically that's unofficial (avoid deviantART, that site's full of vectors)
  • Gallery/Caption: In the franchise page image gallery, create a gallery named "Logos" and caption the image "US/JP anime/manga logo - franchise name" for example: "US anime logo - Dragon Ball" or "JP manga logo - Bleach" if a franchise doesn't have a US release or uses the same logos for both, drop the US/JP part at the beginning of the caption.

As for the image itself, using a transparent background is best, but only use it if it's a clean logo from a legitimate source. A plain background, white preferably, is the second best option. If you can't get a plain background, just make sure the logo isn't obscured. Also, leave a small gap between the sides of the logo and the edge of the image. Below are some examples using these guidelines. If you make any logo image, please post them here too!

~Thanks for reading, keep up the good wiki work!

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Welcome to the Anime Pin-Up Mag Spotlight; a joint blog by Dan and Taka where we check out the newest artwork from Nyantype and Megami magazines released in Japan. Nyantype is published by Kadokawa Shoten that first started in April 2009. Megami is published by Gakken that first started in July 1999.

If you know your way around Japanese Amazon, you can always support these magazines legally by purchasing them: Megami here and Nyantype here.

Below are our personal picks along with full Megami and Nyantype galleries, enjoy! Which images catch your eye?

Taka's Picks

The Good

Izumiko's poster must be the most innocent and least risque shot out of the bunch. Love how she pose near these bright pink hydrangeas. The only bad part is that she doesn't have her glasses on.

Character: Izumiko Suzuhara Franchise: RDG Red Data Girl Magazine: Nyantype

The Bad

I'm a big fan of The Severing Crime Edge, but the pose that Iwai takes doesn't fit her. I expect it to feature her long, luscious hair since she is known as the Hair Queen. Instead, it's a shot of her butt. If I was Kiri Haimura, I would cut this poster up.

Character: Iwai Mushiyanokouji Franchise: The Severing Crime Edge Magazine: Nyantype

The Saucy!

Watching the zany show Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san, I fell in love with this wacky mermaid named Muromi. I pick this shot because of her funny scene in episode 1 where she told Takkun, please fertilize my eggs! It was such a hilarious scene that got me falling off my chair. Muromi is one bold mermaid.

Character: Muromi Franchise: Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san Magazine: Nyantype

Dan's Picks

The Good

I think most people around here know I have a certain weakness for bikinis; in my opinion one of man's greatest creations (alongside wine gums, barbecue sauce, video games, and the internet) so as someone who is highly enjoying The Devil is a Part-Timer!, this image immediately caught my eye. Emi and Chiho look great; they have facial expressions that match their personalities (a subtle thing to pick up on, but it's there) and plenty of definition so they don't look like flat drawings on a pretty canvas. Add to that a beautiful background and we have a winner!

Characters: Emi Yusa & Chiho Sasaki Franchise: The Devil is a Part-Timer! Magazine: Megami

The Bad

I don't know how much time the artists get to draw these pin-up images, but I can only guess this particular one was rushed. The colours and lighting are great, but Charlotte (who happens to be my favourite Infinite Stratos character) just looks wrong here. She has thin stick-arms, her head looks too big, and, well... her boobs are too small. I know, perhaps a silly thing to complain about, but here's another image to compare. I think the artist was going for some fancy perspective effect, but it looks like it went all wrong to me. Booo!

Character: Charlotte Dunois Franchise: IS <Infinite Stratos> Magazine: Megami

The Saucy!

As if my previous choices weren't risqué enough (hey, we're talking about anime girl pin-up magazines here, after all) my saucy pick features two of the sexy samurai from Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride; the busty man-hater Keiji using Miku-look-a-like Kanetsugu as her personal slave/pet/chair... kinky. This image is very high quality, with sharp lines, accurate character renditions, and huge chest-melons attention to detail. Despite what I pointed out with the last image, I'm not a big boobs-only kind of guy. But when it's done right, it's pretty hard to ignore, and Keiji's breasts are certainly hard to ignore in this image.
On a side-note I hope Keiji makes a triumphant return in the anime, she was a bad-ass!

Characters: Kanetsugu Naoe & Keiji Maeda Franchise: Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls Magazine: Nyantype

Nyantype

Megami

About the Authors

Daniel Newton is an Anime Vice moderator and occasional guest writer with a dangerous Wine Gum obsession. Follow his personal and community Twitter feeds: @Daniel_Newton and @AnimeVicers
Takashichea is an Anime Vice wiki editor and a Sket Dance Wikia Admin. Follow him: @Takashichea.
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Introduction

I'm a big fan of Pokémon and it was a huge part of my childhood, but I haven't played any Pokémon games in a while. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pokémon and the games but they don't quite grab my attention like they used to. And to be honest, they've never been very challenging.

There is, however, a way to make the Pokémon games more challenging. I'm sure some of you have heard of the Nuzlocke Challenge, for those of you who haven't, it's a set of self-imposed rules to increase the difficulty. Here are the core rules:

  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released.
  • The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.

These rules make the game more challenging, deepens the bonds with your Poképals, and forces you to use Pokémon you normally wouldn't. You can get the full details on the "Nuzlocke Challenge" here.

My Rules

I will be playing Pokémon LeafGreen. Here is the full list of rules I'll be adhering to:

Note: these rules do not come into play until the player has Poké Balls and can catch Pokémon! Then it's on, bitchez!

  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released stored in the PC permanently.
  • The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.
    - Exception 1: If the player has no Pokémon that can use a certain field move that is required to continue through any given point of the game, they may catch another Pokémon that can learn said field move. However, it cannot be used in battle for any reason, and must be released, permanently boxed, or migrated as soon as the player gets another Pokémon that can use said field move.
    - Exception 2: If the player runs into a Shiny Pokémon on the incredibly rare chance, the player may still catch it, regardless of whether or not it is the first encounter in the area.
  • The player must nickname all of their Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
  • A black out/white out is considered to be "game over", even if there are Pokémon left in the PC.
  • Starter Pokémon is based off your Trainer ID number. If the last number is 1-3 the player starts with a Grass type, 4-6 is Fire type, 7-9 is Water type, 0 is the player's choice.
  • Master Balls may NOT be used.
  • Legendary Pokémon may NOT be caught.

I'll be doing one more thing to make it even more interesting; all of my Pokémon will be named after Anime Vice users! You could be on my team in Pokémon form! Now then, lets see what happens...

Part 01: Between a Brock and a Hard Place

I dub thee: TAKA!
I dub thee: TAKA!
Okay, so, according to the rules, my choice of starter Pokémon depends on the last number of my Trainer ID. My ID is 07463, which means my starter Pokémon must be... Bulbasaur! I decided to name him TAKA, after - I consider him my "partner in crime" on Anime Vice (I'm not really sure what I mean by that, either) so it only seemed right to name my first Pokémon partner after him. Right, this is already off to an interesting start - I normally pick the fire-type starter. Now I just have to make sure little TAKA never loses a battle! No pressure, right? We took Gary's Charmander down with ease.
Easily won his first battle.
Easily won his first battle.
You're mine, Rattata...
You're mine, Rattata...
After grabbing the free potions from the PC and the guy on Route 1, delivering Oak's parcel from the PokéMart, and receiving my first Poké Balls, the Nuzlocke Challenge truly began. Who would my first wild Pokémon be? Pidgey? Rattata? Suddenly there's so much more pressure when walking through tall grass. Playing with Nuzlocke rules really does make the game a different experience, even in these early stages... it's a Rattata! It was easily captured, and I can never catch another Pokémon on Route 1 again. Despite the gender, I named her FOXX, after .
Hope you don't mind being a female Rattata!
Hope you don't mind being a female Rattata!
Lets do this, FOXX!
Lets do this, FOXX!
After arriving in Viridian City, I knew Gary was waiting for me on Route 22; the route between Viridian City and the Pokémon League, which I won't be challenging for a good while yet. I could continue on to Viridian Forest and ignore my rival, but where's the fun in that? Cue the Rocky training montage; it was time for some grinding! To play it safe, I aimed to get TAKA and FOXX to level 12 before challenging Gary. This took a little while...
TAKA and FOXX are PUMPED!
TAKA and FOXX are PUMPED!
Gary stood no chance...
Gary stood no chance...
Tall grass, reveal your secrets...
Tall grass, reveal your secrets...
On Route 22 and Route 2 the first Pokémon I encountered were Rattata, so I chose not to catch them. I was hoping for a Mankey or a Pidgey, but no luck. The Forest was another matter though, I knew several kinds of bug Pokémon waited within, and if I was really lucky, maybe even a Pikachu. I took a deep breath, and walked into the grass... it was a Metapod! Another easy catch, I decided to call him VISIONZ, after . My team was growing!
Prepare to be captured, Metapod!
Prepare to be captured, Metapod!
Woo!
Woo!
During my trek through the forest I sent VISIONZ out first, then called him back and defeated enemy Pokémon with TAKA and FOXX. This shared the EXP with VISIONZ and it wasn't long before he evolved! My first Pokémon evolution, a joyous occasion indeed. As a Butterfree, VISIONZ started learning new moves including Confusion and Sleep Powder, earning his place on my team.
Congrats sickVisionz; you're a beautiful butterfly!
Congrats sickVisionz; you're a beautiful butterfly!
My little TAKA's growing up...
My little TAKA's growing up...
Continuing to play it safe, I decided to do some more grinding. I aimed to get my three Pokébuddies to level 15 before challenging the Pewter City Gym Leader. I'm not taking any risks this early on. I defeated Brock's underling with ease, and got enough EXP for TAKA to evolve! It was time...
We're ready for you, Brock!
We're ready for you, Brock!

Gym Battle!

It was a slow battle between FOXX and Geodude... until I landed a critical hit with Hyper Fang, finishing him off! As Onix came out I switched to TAKA. I began by using Leech Seed, an early counter-tactic against Onix' Bind attack. This wasn't necessary though, as Onix was defeated with just one Vine Whip attack! VICTORY!
And then I visited the museum:
Wow, thanks, I never would have guessed...
Wow, thanks, I never would have guessed...
Onward! More adventures await us!
Onward! More adventures await us!

Current Team

Name: TAKA
Species: Ivysaur
Level: 16
Moves
TackleVine Whip
Leech SeedPoison Powder
Name: FOXX
Species: Rattata
Level: 15
Moves
Quick AttackTackle
Tail WhipHyper Fang
Name: VISIONZ
Species: Butterfree
Level: 15
Moves
ConfusionSleep Powder
Poison PowderStun Spore

Travel Journal

  • Route 1 - Encountered a Rattata. Caught it, named it "FOXX"
  • Route 22 - Encountered a Rattata. Defeated it.
  • Route 2 - Encountered a Rattata. Defeated it.
  • Viridian Forest - Encountered a Metapod. Caught it, named it "VISIONZ"

The Adventure Continues...

What kind of Pokémon will I catch next? Who will I name it after?! Will I continue to be victorious, or will my luck start to run out? Find out next time!

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Hey there! Remember my Building a Better Wiki: Perfect Profile Portraits! blog post from a while back? The aim of that post is to set a new standard for the main images on character pages, and a bunch of you are doing a great job, maybe a better job than you think. I thought I'd make a special blog post to give you guys an idea of the kind of impact it's had. I was pretty surprised when I realized how many characters we've covered so far.

Oh, as an added bonus these images are perfect to use for your own profile (I'm using one myself at the moment), so if you see one you like just go to the appropriate character page and you'll find the image in the "Profile Portraits" gallery.

Now, prepare yourself...

Behold!

You have to admit, that's pretty impressive, and it's not even all of them. From what I can tell, we've covered over 250 characters so far, maybe closer to 300.

A special thanks to all the users who've helped out so far, and if you're not one of them, feel free to join in! It makes a big difference to the wiki and these images are surprisingly useful, check out anime pages like this for example, pretty neat, don't you think? They're good for other things too.

I was kind of tempted to turn this gallery into a game of Where's Wally. That'd be really dumb... maybe next time...

So yeah, thanks again and keep up the good work guys!

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Also check out: Building a Better Wiki: Franchise Logos!

Hi there, welcome to "Building a Better Wiki", a blog series where I aim to explore different aspects of our giant wiki database to find out how to best utilize them or improve upon them to make sure we're building the best anime and manga wiki on the web!

I thought I'd start off with something simple: default images on character pages, or what I like to call "Profile Portraits". Over the years we have used a variety of different images. Artwork, screen caps, concept art... cropped images, full-size images, transparent PNG images... you get the idea. Not only do each of these choices come with a different set of pros and cons, but using these different kinds of images results in our character pages looking really inconsistent. It makes the wiki look messy and unprofessional.

The guys running MyAnimeList.net seem to have the right idea. They have very specific guidelines for character images. With a little tweaking, these guidelines also work perfectly for our wiki. They use official artwork (or an anime cap/manga scan if none is available) and a fixed size of 225 x 350. That size is too small for us, so I scaled it up and trimmed it a little to get a solid 300 x 450, which works out nicely.

So based on that, here are our guidelines:

  • Dimensions: Minimum 300 x 450 (position the face within the top 300 x 300 pixels)
    -- You can use higher resolutions, but make sure it scales down to 300 x 450 exactly. E.g. 600 x 900 or 583 x 875
  • Format: PNG (the small icons look horrible in JPG format)
  • -- If the filesize is large (1MB or over) resize the image. 600 x 900 is a good size.
  • Preferred Source (in order): Anime artwork, anime cap/screenshot, manga/light novel artwork, manga/light novel scan
  • Do Not Use: transparent PNG or GIF, vector trace, fan art
  • Gallery/Caption: In the character page gallery, create a gallery named "Profile Portraits" and caption the image "Character Name (Anime Portrait)" or Manga Portrait, Light Novel Portrait, etc. depending on the source.
  • -- You can also add little details on the end, e.g. "Urabe Mikoto (Anime Portrait) school uniform" or "Natsu Dragneel (Anime Portrait) pre time skip"
  • Add all portraits to the wiki page, in the correct franchise gallery. Create a new gallery if necessary.

Here are some examples using these guidelines: Urabe, Louise, Natsu, Ichigo, Ikaros, Elesa

As you can see, the images are consistent and translate perfectly into icons which appear throughout the wiki. This format should work for 90% of the characters in our database, with the exception of some non-humanoid characters like small Pokémon and Digimon, monsters, and sentient objects, in which case we can just use 300 x 300 images.

Now you might be asking; well that's great, but what if I have a nice full-size image of a character? What do I do with that now? Simple; why not put it in the wiki article itself? Add a paragraph talking about the character design and throw that image in there!

Tutorial

For those of you having trouble resizing and cropping images, here's a tutorial to hopefully make things a little easier. This tutorial uses Paint.NET, a free image editor for Windows (sorry Mac/Linux users) though if you use Adobe Photoshop this guide may still be helpful.

Profile Portrait Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to create profile portraits for characters and where to upload the images.

Tools

Materials

Creating the Portrait

  1. Launch Paint.NET and open the template image.
  2. Drag and drop your character image onto the template, pick the Add layer option.
  3. Go to the Layers box and move the image layer below the template layer.
  4. Optional: Zoom out to 50% to make resizing easier, especially with large images.
  5. Go to Tools and select the Move Selected Pixels tool (the blue cursor icon).
    -- You should now see a black outline of your image, if you can't see it, move the image around or zoom out more.
  6. Hold down the Shift Key on your keyboard and resize the image by dragging the corner points. Move the image and resize until the head is inside the top section of the template.
    -- Don't worry if hair goes outside the template, focus on the face and head. Look at the example images.
  7. Hit the Enter Key on your keyboard when you're done.
  8. Go to the Layers box. Delete the template layer.
  9. Go to Image in the toolbar and select Canvas Size, change the width to 300 pixels and height to 450 pixels. Make sure the Anchor is Top Left.
    -- Your image should now be cropped to the correct size, if something went wrong, you can undo edits using the History box.
  10. Done? Go to File, Save As, change the type to PNG and click Save. Leave settings on Auto-detect and click OK.

Uploading the Portrait

  1. Go to the character wiki page, add a gallery named Profile Portraits and upload the image there.
    -- When adding new images, keep the old ones too, they may be useful elsewhere in the wiki, or as profile images for users!
  2. Caption the image "Character Name (Anime Portrait)" or Manga Portrait, Light Novel Portrait, etc. depending on the source.
  3. Finally, view the image and click "Make Default Image" and you're done!
    -- If you don't have enough wiki points to see this option, post a request here.

Well Done!

Ta-da! You should now have a nice new portrait image for a character page. If so, pat yourself on the back. If not... start again and read each step carefully.

~Thanks for reading, keep up the good wiki work!

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