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December 19 Update [28 Dec 2004|03:57pm]
Sibyll Trelawny by Aragonite

This is a Harry Potter character that probably doesn't get talked about much. She's a little on the loopy side, and I find her kind of appealing. Doing a KiSS doll of her was a good move on Aragonite's part, and she did very well on this set to boot.
I love the detail and colors, the smoothness of it. It's very well-drawn, and put together in a nice smooth way. The perspective on the BG is interesting, though a little off. The tables and base are going one way, but the shelf is going another. But something like this is hard to pull off in KiSS, anyway. The choice of clothes are large, the base is adorable, and the little details (like the snap-to button) are worth playing with this doll for.

Vote: Yes

Bebedora by Mariye

I love this doll. I've never heard of the game she's from, but this is an excellent doll of a pre-existing character. Her character, I presume, is a very sad life. The little things she says to you are very dark and depressing. To fit the mood, all the colors used are grays, reds, and pinks, but all in shades that are very deary, but in a good way.
A very interesting feature of this doll is that it's head swivles back and forth. Something you don't see very often in dolls (most basic animations are eye blinks and smiles). A very interesting feature, indeed.

Vote: Yes

Orleandra by Sakura Fairy

A very small, simple doll from Sakura Fairy, but still very loveable. It's well-drawn, with very nice gothic-Halloweenish fashions. As always, she does a lovely job on little details like lace and ribbons, the backgrounds are gorgeously detailed, and the colors are very soft and likeable. Like I said, the woredrobe is pretty small, but for a Holiday doll, my opinion is that it's okay. In this set, she leans a little more away from the Lolita fashions, and more towards mature, full-grown fashions, but in an elegant Victorian way, much like Japanese goth and elegant fashions.
I love the little detailed props she made, too, like the wine glass (or glass full of blood, you decide), and the Victorian-style pocket watch. Lovely.

Vote: Yes

Narcissa Malfoy - Haute couture by Mary-chan

I've always enjoyed Mary's dolls. She's very experimental, and you can tell she doesn't worry too much of if people will like a set she works on. She does it, and it always turns out beautifully and very enjoyable.
The clothes in this are wonderful, and very Narcissa. I absolutely love the base, it makes me think of her and has a very high fashion, model-ish look. The clothes are carefully shaded and done, and there's enough for mix-n-match, but without being too full of a woredrobe. The doll is over-all gorgeous. I also like the patterened border around the green background, which makes it even more fashion-like.

Vote: Yes


Happy belated holidays, everyone!
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[30 Nov 2004|08:49pm]
November 14

Aelita by Kawaiiturtlehead

The thing that caught my eye in the preview was the face and unusual pose. It's something unique, seeing as most KiSS sets are done in the standard facing the screen, body completely towards the viewer pose. I opened the set, and noticed the beautiful soft shading. I really enjoy the way it's done, along with the colors, they're soft, but also stand out enough.
As pretty as this doll is, and skillfully done, it feels incomplete to me. It could use some more clothes (it feels empty), and maybe a background. A background, to me, would make it feel more stable. Right now she just looks as if she's standing on air.

Vote: Maybe

Issa by Kim-chan
I like that you can change her pose, it adds an interesting feature. Her face and style in general is very cute, a little choppy/sloppy, but cute nontheless. I'm kind of dissapointed that the background is just flower clipart, and the menu seems a bit slapped together (it could be neater and more eye-catching), but it's still a very cute doll.

Vote: Maybe

Tabitha by Lilith

I usually enjoy Lilith's dolls. They're pretty original, with tons of clothes to mix-and-match with, but this was a bit of a let down. The clothes arn't as varied, there isn't that much to do, and it seems quite simple. You get some clothes (thoug Halloween themed, and that is pretty cute), and that's all. But what few designs are in it, I find very pretty. I also like her style, in general. She's one of my favorite KiSS artists simply because her style and way of doing things stands out so much to me.

Vote: Yes

November 28

Glacier by Tara M. Farley

An interesting design and idea. I enjoy the animations and little details throughout the set. The mirrored effect on the water is a very nice touch. I also like the icey, cold, wet feel of the set, in general. Even though I enjoyed this set on some level, I found more faults than good things. Keep in mind this is not to discourage, in fact, to encourage. But, some things were glaring. I almost did not download the doll simply because of the preview. I'm glad I did, though.
The art itself seems a bit sloppy...which can be improved over time, of course. The animation seems rushed, too few cels, too little detail. The rain doesn't look falling, but rather dissapearing and reappearing. The gradient effect mixed with normal pixel art seems like a bad idea...it doesn't fit, especially since the pixel art is of a lower skill level. Also, the clothes are very few. What few there are, are creative, but still are very few.
Like I said, I still like this set, but I think the artist should try harder next time.

Vote: No

Marzipan by Medox

What an intresting design! The set itself, with the base in the center, and the BG design, is very lovely and proffesional looking. I also really like the face of the darling base doll. She looks like a cuter version of a Blythe.
The items are all colorful and cute, while still keeping the feeling of a wintery/fallish theme. The clothes go really well with the very earthy looking base doll.
Only complaint I can think of, is the clothing feels kind of cookie cutter in some areas. But it's easy to look over, because most cels have been varied generously. Over all it's a very cute, complete feeling set.

Vote: Yes

Vehicle Tester by ART

It's a very interesting idea, to say the least. The layout is well-done, the pixel art very nice, and the coding very good. I like that you can move the planes, make them actually fly or just have them move about by controls. You can also ram tanks into little pixelated brick walls, which I enjoyed a little too much. The animations are very nice, too.
I can't stand the sound effects, though. They seem to stick out too much. And the constant pop ups are a bit annoying, especially since some are in one laungage, and some are in another. It's a bit confusing. But I still liked this set a lot. It was fun to play with and obviously had a lot of thought put into it.

Vote: Yes

Vivi Orunitia by Kim McFarland

Kim's pixel art is very clean, very proffesional looking to me. It always has been, but especially lately. Vivi is a very well-drawn doll, I must say. I like the feature to make his face visible or not. I also really like the moogle/mog menu. His head turning and asking you what you want reminds me of the FF9 game. I liked undressing him in each set to see what was hidden under his clothes with the shadow effect taken off. It was interesting. But my absolute favorite feature is the costume for the original Black Mage from Final Fantasy (for NES). The thick pixel lines are genius, I must say.

Vote: Yes
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October 31, 2004 [18 Nov 2004|09:11pm]
(Note: Sorry these reviews are late. A lot of stuff has been happening. I'll also have a co-reviewer soon, but for this update, there is just me, Jack.)

Lately the updates on The Big KiSS Page have been slimmer from lack of interest and poor coding, so what I chose was pretty much most of the latest of the updates. Though not as selective, I still think this can help the KiSS artists who made these lovely sets. And I still don't just review all the dolls I like, but rather ones I think stand out. Even if all of these got 'yeses' in my voting.

Erika the 80s Chick
by Fuchsia

I am...so, so glad the 80s are over. The colors, the patterns, the clothes. God, what a mistake. But I love this doll. It's well done because this is the type of thing people wore in the 80s. Scrunchies, high-top converse, loop earrings. The colors, patterns, everything is PERFECT. And I love the style it's drawn in, Fushsia draws like the older dolls were done, some what sloppy and what people who are used to new dolls would find 'glaring', but still very nice, to me. Someone who enjoys the very much older sets.
One thing that bothered me was lack of shading on some items, but shading on others, but it's easily looked over, because it's sort of flowing with the rest of the style.

Vote: Yes.

Rancid Rita
by Fuchsia

I try not to make it a habit of reviewing more than one doll per person in an update, but I couldn't avoid it. This was a nice doll, and I felt compelled to review it, throwing my personal rules aside.
This is one of THE best representations of what punk was about in England back in the 70s, when it was born. This should teach those sk8tr kids and j-rockers what punk is TRUELLY about. Being grungy, gritty, and not giving a flip. Even, if, said punks later grow out of it and become ordinary folk.
The background looks like it was tedious and took some time to make, with the shading style and detail put into it. I also love the resized/reduced color posters, which give it a very gritty feel. The bondage and leather clothing is a super plus, and the fact that she's giving an evil sneer really adds to the spit-in-your-face feel.
This is up there with Kimiki's "Ronnie" and Rick Cramer's "Trent" on my favorite punk dolls list. (Which, by the way, he's remaking, and the style he's using is going to be something that'll blow you guys out of the water.)
Vote: Yes

Ryka's Rave
by JDan

This is such a freaking cute doll. Being a DDR-enthusiast, I was so excited to see something DDR-related. This cute little girl will dance on the screen, and you can even dress her while she's doing so. The animation is very smooth, sprite-like, even, and the style is precious. I like JDan's sets because s/he tends to create something very cute every time, and you get addicted to their very cute, very awesome style. My only gripe is that she doesn't have many clothes to select from. But that's understandable seeing as it's hard to animate all those items AND do the coding behind them.
Though the set was innovative and well-made, I feel you could've been more creative, seeing as how Maple Rose and Cutter have already made a dancing doll. But this seems a huge step, and I look foward to seeing more of your creative ideas.

Vote: Yes.

Carl
by Kid

Another boy set from Kid, something I really wanted. She has such impeccible taste in male clothing, I would probably wear every item in this set. Her style is also very soft and sweet, like a children's book. Something I find rather appealing. And another cool thing is that I got to see previews of this set, AND code the snap-to for her. It was so fun dressing him up and playing with him, and I felt honored to be helping her coding it. Unfortunately because of the limitations of Mac viewers, she couldn't code it herself without it being a huge pain in the neck.
Though one thing, and I noticed this in a lot of Kid's sets, is that they're too simple. I love her dolls, I truelly do, but her sets as a whole could use some touching up, like more clothes, more busy (but not too busy) backgrounds. But if she wants to stick to her method of making dolls, that's fine too, because I still enjoy them a lot.

Vote: Yes.

Popsicle Stick Dollie
By Mariye

Mariye's pretty much known for being creative and playful with her KiSS sets. I thought this was a really really cool idea, and another cool thing from her out of many. I love the clothing, so bright and creative, the hair options, each style is very cute and reminds me of Japanese girls' hair in fashion magazines.
My only problems are that the hand, if I had not read the readme, would stay dissapeared forever once I clicked it. I had no idea to click the title, and had to look in the readme to find out how to get the hand back.
Also, I don't really like the swirly finger print on the finger. It seems too detailed and intricate, and doesn't fit with the rest of the style. Plus the black outline makes it stand out too much.

Vote: Yes
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[21 Mar 2004|12:10am]
I took the new userpicture down. I didn't like it as much as I thought I did...

Also, I'm sorry for not posting the reviews sooner. Rick and I have been sick on and off throughout the month, plus being busy with family/work/etc.

Thank you for your patience.
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Lost Sakura by Mariye (lostsaku.lzh) [21 Mar 2004|12:02am]
Hm: The set has a very nice, detailed story, which I enjoyed. And the story really sounded like it was well-thought out. The clothes are rather unique in design, and pretty well drawn. The pose for the base doll is very interesting, as well, and gives her sort of a flirty look, which goes well with the character from what I read. The little brick wall below her is interesting, but I thought that the hair options being put ONTO the wall as graffiti would be nicer looking. The little mini-doll sitting on the wall looks so sad and lonesome...even though the rest of the background is mostly the transparent colour, it still goes very well with the background peices provided, and looks as if it's one whole image. But there's also some stray pixels on some of the items, and as I've stated before, that's a pet peeve for me. But I really like this doll, it has alot of character.
Vote: Yes

Rick: I've always appreciated the creative touches that Mariye puts into her dolls- but once again, the art falls a bit flat. I found the lack of shading and the thick lines to be a bit off-putting- I would really be interested in seeing what Mariye's work would be like with a bit more detail and attention put into the art. The backstory of the character is great, and the interface with the brick wall, along with the doll to change hairstyles on the smaller base, really fit the 'feel' of the doll. I really did enjoy this doll, however, the lack of shading put me off a bit.
Vote: Maybe
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Vlana The Sorceress by Elanor (vlana.lzh) [21 Mar 2004|12:01am]
Hm: What an interesting set! The art was very nice, especially the background. I really don't like 3D art, but it worked nicely with the well-drawn basedoll and clothes. The clothes are very fantasy-ish and unique, and the colour changing of them was a nice touch. The hidden features are very nice, and kept me playing with it for a while. The FKiSS and special little animations were very nice and made the set feel even more magical...one thing that bothered me though, was that you only got one pair of shoes to cycle through. I was hoping for something more, and that one pair of shoes you're given arn't even that detailed or creative. It's still a lovely set, though.
Vote: Yes

Rick: When I first opened the doll, I searched for a few minutes trying to open the wardrobe- once I realize that you changed outfits by clicking on the clothes, I was very disappointed. It makes it impossible to really mix-and-match with only a handful seperate articles to change between. The different color schemes helped, but I still found myself really disappointed by the wardrobe. The mix of black pixel outlines, photoshop shading, and 3D rendered background effects didn't really work for me, it was just a bit too jarring. While this doll did have a number of neat effects (such as the spinning globe and the shooting stars), I didn't really enjoy it very much.
Vote: No
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Lumina by Terechem (lumitere.lzh) [21 Mar 2004|12:01am]
Hm: This set is very aestetically pleasing, I have to say. The shading style is very nice, and I like the colours and style. I also enjoy that this artist has very original fashion designs, and makes the little furry character seem even more interesting than it is already. The colour cycling, while most dislike it, was a blessing to me. I like when the different coloured versions of cels are just put all into one so you don't have to wade through colour after colour of the same cel. The base is very cute, as well, I can't tell what animal she's supposed to be, but it sure is cute! The wings are a nice touch as well. Two things I don't like, though, are the background, and the font. The background looks like something that was just thrown in there last minute, and the font is hard to read...but besides that, it's a very nice set, and I enjoyed it.
Vote: Yes

Rick: This doll was such a pleasant surprise!!! First off, let me say that I love Terechem's shading style- it reminds me a bit of MadApostle's, which is by no means a bad thing- very very vibrant and lifelike! Terechem also has a great sense of fashion design- no cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill clothes in this doll! Every single item of clothing comes with at least two color options- I found that it was really fun to try different color combinations between items. The option to change the base doll's fur color was also much appreciated, along with the dearth of hairstyles. Terechem has risen out of nowhere to release a slew of really fun dolls this last update- with such good technical skills and creative ideas, I'll be really interested to see what she releases next.
Vote: Yes
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Lilian by Mary-chan (Mc-lil.lzh) [21 Mar 2004|12:00am]
Hm: I have to say, this is quite a cute little doll. I love the 60s fashion theme, you don't see many KiSS dolls taking advantage of it such an interesting era in fashion. The style is freaking precious, and the base is adorable. The artwork is well done and consistant throughout the whole set, and the clothes are detailed and really look like fashions from the 60s. I also like that the bangs and the back of the hair can be changed independantly. Some of my problems with it, though, is that about half of the hairstyles don't really fit the 60s theme, and the background is unfixed, which can be a problem for someone who has the bounding option off (like me). But it's a great doll, and I enjoyed playing with it.
Vote: Yes

Rick: Mary-chan has been putting out cute, fun dolls for a while now, so I was happy to see she'd released a new one. Unlike Jack, I didn't instantly notice the 60s-era fashion- she looked like one of the hippie chicks that hang out in my city! I really enjoyed the soft colors and the various patterns on the clothes- it really gave the character a cozy, country/nature kind of feel. The wardrobe was deceptively large and mix-and-matchable, as well. My main complaints would be the unfixed background- as Jack noted, this is really only a problem with people who don't use bounding, but since I am one of those people, it got on my nerves. I was also kind of put-off by the menu- some of the icons were a bit small and touchy. Some text pointing out what the different buttons were changing would also be nice. Overall, this doll is another success from Mary-chan, and a lot of fun!
Vote: Yes
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Totally Spies Puzzle Doll by Maple Rose (spies.lzh) [21 Mar 2004|12:00am]
Hm: I'm always stunned and amazed at Maple Rose's coding. They make some of the most interesting and well-thought out dolls I've ever played with. I always expect the best and most elaborate coded dolls from them, and they never dissapoint me. This set was like playing an online game on a high quality games site like Neopets. The puzzles were very well done (and HARD, for me, atleast). I like, also, that if you complete the puzzles, you get a little KiSS-style surprise. My only problem with this set? I wanted MORE PUZZLES! But I'm content with what I got. This is a really nice set, and I'll marvel over it for years.
Vote: Yes

Rick: Oh! I'm really amazed by the coding in this doll! This doll really amazed me with both fun fashion and games that were still really fun after repeat playings. I must admit, I've watched the show a few times (*hides*), and this doll captured the 'feel' of the show perfectly. All the art was taken directly from the official website, so I don't have too much to say about that. But the games- man, so much fun! Usually, games in KiSS dolls feel kind of thrown-in and tedious, especially when beating the games is required to open the wardrobe. Luckily, the games didn't fell thrown-in and all, and there was always that handy "solve" button. The two difficulty levels added even more depth. This doll is a marvel of how to integrate non-doll 'game' aspects into kisekae!
Vote: Yes
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Taiki Kou (Sailor Star Maker) by Feisty Angel (Koutaiki.lzh) [20 Mar 2004|11:59pm]
Hm: What a cute little set! I love the base, the face on it is just too cute. The shading on the base and woredrobe is very nice, and I like the little backgrounds on each set. Though, this set is very much under 256 colors, and probably should've been converted accordingly, instead of made Enhanced Palette. I was also kind of dissapointed that the artist didn't give her more masculine clothes, because in the series (as far as I know, it's been ages since I've been a SM fan) the Star Makers were crossdressers. The clothes she has is fine, but a few more male outfits added in would've been nice. Another little problem is the tiara-thing for Lead Crow's costume tilts the oppisite way of the head, making it look strange...the artist could've flipped it horizontally in MSPaint and all would be well...but over all the set itself isn't bad at all, rather good, actually.
Vote: Yes

Rick: I opened this doll and instantly began playing with all the background elements- the computer, the light switch, the wardrobe drawers- I love attention to detail, and this doll has quite a bit. The art was very clean and detailed. I really liked the way the items were grouped by "theme" from set to set, this doll has such a large wardrobe, and the grouping by theme really kept it from becoming overwhelming. I don't know anything about the character, so I can't comment on how "accurate" it is, but you can definitely tell from the clothing designs that this is a Sailor Moon themed doll, which I suppose is good. My main complaint is with the pallette- but, Jack already covered that.
Vote: Yes
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Dora by Cherise (doraca.lzh) [20 Mar 2004|11:58pm]
Hm: I'm glad that this artist tried. The readme was very imformative, though the background story of the doll seemed a little unreal and slapped together, I do like that the artist gave Dora a background. The clothes, are well-drawn, but I'm put off that they're all just cookie-cutters of one basic design. I'm glad she put the effort in to actually draw the original design well, though. But I just think, if this doll is a super model, shouldn't she have all these cool original designs by different designers? Also the lack of backs on some of the shoes (like the strappy high heel sandles) look quite awkward. The way the cels are set up together is nice, that way I can easily find my way around the set, but the lack of background put me off...I felt she would look nice with a little cat-walk in the back, or possibly on the red carpet of some fancy resturaunt with papparazzi taking photos. But it's a good start!
Vote: No

Rick: I don't really have much to say about this doll...the clothing items are all incredibly basic, with minimal detailing and a color that made it really hard to put together decent outfits. Some folds, buttons, or zippers on the items would have really helped, I think. The fact that by clicking on the base, the hair turned the back to yellow, confused me a bit. I don't have much to say that Jack hasn't already said- this artist does seem to have proficient art skills, but it wasn't really evident in this doll. I'd like to see them try to create a well-balanced wardrobe without cookie cutter items, and see them design more original fashion pieces (it would have especially fit the theme of the doll in this case).
Vote: No
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Bronwen by Maria Luna (bronwenm.lzh) [20 Mar 2004|11:57pm]
Hm: I like the fact that this set is laid out like a paper doll. Playability is a little dampened by the fact that most the outfits stick together like a real paperdoll, but the fashion makes me keep reopening it and playing with it. The jagged highly-pixel-line style makes me think alot of Moni-chan, too, which I don't mind. The linework goes well with it. I also like the fact that the hair can be dragged onto the head, like a paper doll, and it has many different costumes from different periods of time. I also enjoy the little story the artist made up for the doll, it gives you an understanding of WHY all these costumes are together like this. But for some reason, a glaring problem to me, was the fact that some of the cels' outlines were lighter or much brigher than the actual fill colour. But I still really enjoy this doll.
Vote: Yes

Rick: The title screen, with the short character bio and the following note, was really nice and set up the theme of the doll. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of shading and detailing on the clothes- it looks like the artist had a lot of good clothing ideas, but didn't really illustrate them as carefully as they could have. The contrast between pale outlines and black outlines on the items also stood out a bit much- it didn't seem very consistent. The use of the MS Paint "airbrush" tool on a few items really turned me off as well. On the good side, there really were a lot of good clothing ideas in this doll, and the layout was very nice- I was just kind of disappointed by the jagged, flat artwork.
Vote: Maybe
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Aimee by Aniadka (ad_aimee.lzh) [20 Mar 2004|11:56pm]
Hm: This set is very nice! The first time I opened it I was so happy to see a doll with it's own style and drawn well. The woredrobe is LARGE and creative, clothes we don't see in every other set. The shading style is unique and something you don't see in most sets. There's TONS AND TONS of shoes, something I love, and alot of mix and matchability. The detail is great, and the base is very nice. One little error I noticed, was that the crotch was kind of drawn...strange, like a line across the meeting of the two legs. Can be over-looked, since most the time there will be pants/skirts covering the crotch, though. This set, over all, is very nice, and looks like it took an achingly long time to create. I love it.
Vote: Yes

Rick: I really enjoyed this doll!! The artist clearly has their own original style, which is instantly evident in the way all the items are shaded. The colors and wardrobe bring to mind a springtime children's book- very very charming to play with! On thing that disappointed me was the lack of hairstyles or other options- but the wardrobe is so large that there is still a lot of customization in terms of the character's appearance. There were a lot of really unique costumes in this set, as well- particularly the riding costume and the raver/rollerskater outfit on the last set. I was really amazed by the amount of shoes- most artists (myself included) usually skimp on footwear, but this doll had an enormous amount! My main complaints would be a few of the minor anatomical errors on the base- besides the crotch, as Jack noted, her left hand is on backwards. I would have really loved a few different hairstyles or makeup options, but this is still a very well-rounded doll with a lot of replayability.
Vote: Yes
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Kiyali by Amiko-Chan (ackiyali.lzh) [20 Mar 2004|11:54pm]
Hm: I have to say the menu and interactivity of this set is very nice. The backgrounds are quite cute, as well. I like that it has a nice full woredrobe, and the style is constistant, the theme stays all the way through the set, and in each set she chose to group certain kinds of clothes/outfits together with one another. But some things kind of put me off, alot of the items look like they were copied, then modified to be something different, which would be okay if it were dramatic changes, but she seemed to just have recoloured them or drawn an extra line. It's not THAT big of a problem, but I'd like to see more original designs. Another thing is that the blink bothers me alot, instead of the higher lid, the black line on top of the eye, coming down during a blink, a whole new line that's the colour of the flesh comes down and covers the eye...Rick and I found that especially 'creepy'. There's some stray pixels on some items, which isn't that hard to look over, but still a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The anatomy isn't the best, but I can tell that Amiko-Chan TRIED, and that's what's important. Over all, I'd give this doll a-
Vote: Maybe

Rick: I must say, when I saw the "editor's award" next to this doll's name on Otakuworld, I was expecting something really exciting. Unfortunately, what I got was another run-of-the-mill "cute" doll. A nicely-polished and well-executed doll, but nonetheless, nothing particularly new or original. This doll, like so many others, is like a piece of candy- initially very flashy, with bright colors and the promise of a fun play experience- but after a few minutes, the initial charm wears off and you realize how superficial the product really is. And it's not that I dislike dolls solely because they are "cute"- if you came to my house and saw the amount of San-X products in my room, you'd know that I have no aversion to that which is cute. Anyway, onto the doll- items were drawn competently, with some better than others. The background animations were a lot of fun, the clothing groupings were well-thought out, and the menu, though a bit of an eyesore, was perfectly coded and very easy to follow. Perhaps my biggest complaint might be the hyphema-esque blinking- I was on the phone with Jack when I first opened this doll, and I visibly gasped upon noticing the eyes. Somewhat chilling.
Vote: Maybe
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Note [19 Mar 2004|01:38am]
Sorry for the delay on the KiSS reviews, Rick and I have been busy the past few days. They should be posted tomorrow (hopefully). Oh, I've put up a new icon for the journal, if you find it offensive, leave a comment, keep in mind it's for humour purposes, not to be taken seriously.

-Hm
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Zerofull.lzh (Zero by Miss Chaos) [20 Feb 2004|09:46pm]
Hm: My first thoughts when playing with this doll were something along the lines of: "She's just so angry!" The clothes are well-drawn, and the base is interesting, because the head is tilted down with a shadow for the bangs, and the way the eyes shift about angrily are great. The character seems like she would have a story behind her, but we're offered no story in the readme, just angsty, angry comments from the little base herself. It's kind of cute in a strange way, but probably wasn't meant to be cute. Her angsty/angry comments come off as more silly than serious, but I'll give the artist this much, it's VERY HARD to pull off angst or true anger very well, especially in a story/setting/character we know little about. But over-all it's a nice doll, I just wish there was an explination to why this little girl is SO ANGRY.
Vote: Maybe

Rick: I agree with Jack's comments about the angst/anger in the doll, though it didn't bother me as much as it did him. The doll seemed to be a pretty accurate portrayal of alternative highschool kids, both in fashion and in terms of speech. The wardrobe didn't really do it for me though- it was pretty much all designs I've seen before, with the obligatory Sailor Fuku on one side. The base doll and the face were very adorable, though the flattened shading on the chest seemed slightly lazy on the artist's part. I really liked the downcast head- it was the first thing I noticed about the doll, and is still my favorite detail. This artist shows real promise, she's obviously a talented artist with some good ideas- I'd like to see her create more original designs however. Though the clothes are very mix-and-matcheable, as I said before, it's all things that have been done before.
Vote: Maybe
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Mayusan.lzh (Mayu by Julia) [20 Feb 2004|09:45pm]
Hm: The detailing in this is absolutely gorgeous...the hair and clothes have such articulation, it's hard to look at this doll in a negative light. I really enjoy this doll even though I'm not into J-Rock. The face and body are in a nice realistic, yet simple style, and the clothes look like they took alot of time and patience to make. I have a few problems with this set, though: The MIDI on/off button is in Japanese. Since most KiSS artists and enthusiasts now a days are English or English speaking, it'd be a bad decision to put in Japanese on different option buttons. But I like that the midi button atleast turns the music OFF if you click it again. Another thing about the buttons is that it doesn't go with the generally soft feel the doll gives off. It's kind of a harsh bright purple, along with the doll's underpants. It can be over-looked, since the colours in general go with the over-all scheme, but it's just a little too unnatural for me. I do have a problem with the (beautiful) base, though. It's that it's anatomically incorrect...this isn't too much of a problem with cartoonish dolls, but since it's realistic looking I expect him to have something under those shorts, but it doesn't really take anything from the play. One more thing that sort of got to me was that most of the outfits are one or two peices, so you can't really mix and match. But because the art is so good, I couldn't give this doll a No or Maybe, something about the art just wins me over hands-down.
Vote: Yes

Rick: I loved Julia's Dada doll to pieces, so I was extremely happy to see that she had released another doll! She has a very nice artstyle, her methods of detailing and shading are very different from what most artists have been doing lately. Though Jack was bothered by the midi in the doll, I really didn't mind it at all, because it was so easy to turn off. I don't feel it should be required that all interface options in dolls be in English- an interface should be designed to be easy to use no matter what the player's native language. What did annoy me though, was the lack of buttons for the hair/makeup changes- there were just a few too many hairstyles to cycle through comfortably. I was also somewhat surprised to see that the doll was yet again anatomically incorrect- male dolls without any nipples do creep me out slightly.
Vote: Yes
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Kim_mimi.lzh (Mimi by Kim-chan) [20 Feb 2004|09:44pm]
Hm: The style is very similiar to Digimon, but with a touch of something else from the artist, which is a good start. The clothes look well-drawn and everything's generally well-done. I like how the Digimon changes and makes different cute facial expressions if you poke her. The animation is well done (just a tad slow, but not enough to openly gripe about it), and the cels themselves are well drawn with good detail. It'd be nice if you could change the little digimon back, or, over a certain amount of time the digimon transformed back to it's origianl state, but that's not too big of a deal. I also like how the digimon's reactions to your poking her are randomized, so it doesn't get old too fast. The expressions for Mimi are adorable, though I don't know why she randomly starts to cry...overall, I'd give it a-
Vote: Maybe

Rick: I used to watch Digimon religiously when I was around 12 or 13, so seeing a doll of one of the characters brought back fond memories. This is a great start for a first doll- the art and coding are very competant, there is a good variety in the wardrobe, and there are a number of extras which really make this doll shine. However, I was a bit disappointed that the Digimon did not have a de-evolve button- the transformation animations was one of my favorite parts of the doll and I would have liked to have been able to replay it. I really loved Palmon's reactions to being clicked- very cute and gave a lot of character to the doll! My final complaint has to do with the hairstyles- Mimi has had more hairstyles throughout the series, and I was a bit let-down that it didn't include any of them.
Vote: Maybe
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GG_LL.lzh (Game Girl by L. Gully and Luke) [20 Feb 2004|09:43pm]
Hm: I love how it feels like a story and a game at the same time, the opening screen is so different than what I'm used to. We usually see a title of the doll, and maybe a picture of her face and when you click it you get the actual set, but this one has her lying in bed, which goes well with the real-girl atmosphere. The idea that she exists, she has her own house her own things, etc. I have to mention they used JPEG images creatively, using them as backdrops and items the doll can hold. I know there are other dolls that use jpegs/photos as backgrounds, but this looks like an interactive enviroment, and not just a pretty picture to go in the background. The hidden things in each set are fun to find and play with, and the cosplay makes me very happy, being the comic book nerd that I am. I like how they brought the interactiveness of the set and the dress-up play together, and it does have repeated playability. One thing that did dissapoint me though was the opening screen put me in the mood for a GAME doll, as in, it's a game itself, not just a doll that looks/feels like a game. I thought I'd really be taking Game Girl through her day, but I still had fun with her. She's very in character, and her clothes really look like things I've seen comic book reading/video game playing girls wear. I wish I could find out more about her character though speech, I think a speech effect would've made this set even more spectacular than it already is, but it doesn't take away from the set.
Vote: Yes

Rick: I relate to this doll just a little too much, being both a gamer and a comic book fan. I really loved the "to-do" list in the beginning, it set up the character and feel of the doll very nicely. Normally I am bothered by photographic images mixed into KiSS dolls, but for some reason this didn't bother me at all- it gave the doll an oddly grungy feel, which I really liked. I also enjoyed the use of sounds- they were well-integrated without being overbearing. There were too many little effects and background reactions to list- this doll really kept me occupied for a long time! Unlocking all the costumes was really fun, it really helped the viewer to get a feel for the doll as they poked around the backgrounds. I was a bit annoyed that the costumes mapped all in the same place- it made browsing through her clothes a bit hard, especially after all the costumes had been unlocked. On a personal note, this doll made me incredibly happy, as I actually own a number of the comics and action figures shown throughout the doll :) .
Vote: Yes
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Cutiecat.lzh (Cutie Cat by Animehamster) [20 Feb 2004|09:42pm]
Hm: The base is really cute and the style reminds me of Chikkareggae's (at one point or another), but when I opened it I was assualted with the dreaded MIDI. Most times MIDIs don't bother me, but if you're going to put a MIDI in a doll, atleast make sure it has something to do with the doll, and there's an ON and OFF button. That's very important because not many people in the KiSS community really enjoy MIDIs, especially if they start as soon as you open the doll and go on for a few minutes. I can't say the artist tried her best because she says in the readme.txt it took her a few hours. If you want to make a good doll, or atleast try, I figure a doll should take you ATLEAST a few days. Now, let's take a look at the cels...the clothes are very bright, which can be pulled off well, but wasn't in here. I don't think she has an even grasp of colours on the computer, but alot of artists just starting out don't. The background is bright blue with a bright pink title, which doesn't really work because the pink is just swallowed up by the blue. The blinks are poorly timed. She keeps her eyelids closed for a few seconds and blinks in real life don't last that long. I like that the person attempted FKiSS even though they're new at this, but it bothers me that they couldn't take the time to bug check it or make sure it looks good when played with. The artist says they're 11 in the readme, which I can understand some of these things, but I feel it's my obligation to review it nonetheless. I just want to point out that this doll has some potential, it just didn't make it all the way to the finishing line. My overall advice to Animehamster is to spend more time on her dolls.
Vote: No

Rick: Agh! The first thing I noticed was the horrific midi! Since I usually listen to my own music while on the computer, the music was jarring and irritating, especially since there was no way to turn it off. It made playing with the doll very grating and tedious. The base was cute and shows promise, especially since it's from such a young person. The lack of detailing on certain items bothered me, though- the only difference between the socks, and the boots were the color, and the few lines on the shoes denoting lacing. Some things, like the hair and the pants, had a good amount of detailing, so the lack of details on some items just came across as lazy. The palette didn't bother me too much, though the bright blue background hurt my eyes a bit. I've never been a fan of black outlines on cels- they are incredibly hard to pull off unless the artist has very clean, intricate lineart. This doll does not have clean, intricate lineart. I'd like to see Animehamster put more effort into her next doll- with a little bit of time and energy, she could put together something very nice. This doll has a few nice things in it (like the cat face on one of the shirts, very cute!), but I just didn't enjoy it for the most part.
Vote: No
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