A Look at Character Design: Ciel Kirahoshi

Hey! Mizz here with something a little different from my current stream of Maze Runner chapter reviews. Character design has been something I’ve always been interested in so I though I would look at some characters and try to explain why I like them or why I don’t.

The first character design I’m going to look at is Ciel Kirahoshi, aka Cure Parfait from Toei Animation’s Kira Kira Pretty Cure A la Mode.

The first look will be her civilian look.

 

 

The first thing I want to talk about are the colors used in her design. The main color seems to be turquoise, with two different shades. I think it looks really good, especially with the shade of yellow they used for her hair. The pink bow helps break up the turquoise and matched well with her shoes. The shape of her dress and hair are also in good contrast. It’s just very very cute.

One thing I think works better in her fairy form rather than her human form are the shines in her eyes. Like, the lack of irises is just kind of creepy to me.

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The Shine in her eye simply looks better

Now I want to look at her Cure Parfait design.

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This design is based off of the food Parfait and a Pegasus.

 

 

As far as capturing those two things go…I think it’s pretty decent. I don’t think she needed three pairs of wings, and yeah, those things on top of her head are probably supposed to be ears, but…they just look like wings on top of her head. The ones on her back and on her Sweets Pact case are a nice touch. The rainbow…tassel that hangs off the left side of her dress adds a nice splash of color, the rainbow being a kind of sub element for her. The little orange slice brooch is cute as well.

Now I do think the hat deatail is bad. It’s too but and I think it looks really ugly. Another part is that fact that I hate her shoes. I know they’re supposed to be based off house hooves, but I just hate the way they look.

Her colors are based off the main colors in her civilian form; turquoise, white, and pink. I think they work decently with each other, even though I think a lighter shade of blonde hair would have work best.

Now on to Cure Parfait’s A La Mode Style.

Parfait_A_La_Mode

The first thing that stands out to me is that the colors seem…lighter. I don’t know why and it could just be this picture I’m looking at. Plus, they changed how they draw her eyes. Seems like there’s more space between them.

I strongly dislike the fruit details on her dress. At least that huge orange slice and those grapes. Bad decision. The blue beads…or whatever near the bottom of her gown don’t bother me as much as the fruit.

The overall silhouette— minus the fruit— is really nice and the fluffy style of her hair is really lovely. The shoulder of her dress are nice as well, even though the collar is…unnecessary. Her parfait headdress is even worse here especially because she had this…fuzzy thing on her head. I do like the arm bands, I’m generally an arm band kind of person anyways.

Overall I’d call her designs: Good, Decent, and then Okay. I honestly haven’t watched the anime up to the point where she shows up so I can’t how this looks in motion (which may be the real test of if this design is good or not) but I hope you all enjoyed this little experiment of mine.

(All pictures taken from the Pretty Cure Wiki)

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Author: qtwrites

Mizz - 24 - Black A blog about various things that interest me.

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