2.10 - Angel goes Nova

Title of Battle Angel Alita, Last Order, volume 10.
[Cover title: Jack in!!]
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In Tiphares, giant cocoons with incubating Novae are found, and the directives are to destroy each one of them. But it is virtually impossible to exterminate Nova now.

In Z.O.T. Tournament, due to Sechs’ invincibleness, the Space Angels advance to the semifinals.

In Camelot, Alita and Vilma have a conversation, and Melchizedek has made clear that Alita is the new heir of Fata Morgana. Aga Mbadi tries to intercept Alita, but Ping Wu summons Galeed.

While the virtual combat proceeds, physical Alita reaches the incubator and Mbadi convokes Zekka, the incarnation of apocalypse. Another personification of Nova, Super Nova, allied to Mbadi, enters the stage and reveals a heinous plan: to sacrifice Tiphares’ and The Scrapyard’s peoples to the incubator. Super Nova also informs what the original Desty Nova (although naming any of such manifestations ‘original’ is a sort of poetic license) had placed in the P-box, to Alita’s despair. Super Nova destroys Porta Nova and Alita, but Nova X escapes. While Alita’s body is dismantled, Super Nova recites biblical references (ashes to ashes, dust to dust).

Landa Namnan’s orisons summon a personification of Melchizedek, in the form of Arthur Farrell, to resurrect Alita.

Gee! The more I reread this magnific work the more I am touched.

The cover:
Software: Corel Painter IX.5, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, Shade9
Hardware: Power MacG5 2GHz dual memory 6GB, Wacom Intuos3 PTZ-630 and MacOS X Tiger (ver.10.4.9)

This is a cover illustration of Gunnm Last Order volume 10. This made the cyber space in the story a motif. Therefore, this is more peculiar than the illustration of other Gunnm arrangement of color. This painted Gally and Mbadi with a digital watercolor brush of Painter, and added the effect of light with Photoshop afterwards.

In beginning paint, Mbadi was considerably an amethyst mauve. However, I wanted to make the effect of light with Gally located forward stand out. Then, the chroma and brightness have been decreased to the limit by Photoshop as for it. The Melchizedek space of the background processed the material collection Mech-No-Moto; Material of mechanism and was drawn. It processed to the texture of Shade, synthesized the one that rendering was done in addition with Photoshop, and put the effect of light.

The belt of cyber light is surrounding in Gally’s hand from this side. The belt of this light did the texture made from Illustrator and rendering was done with Shade. And I synthesized it with Photoshop. Gally’s body is painted black. However, the start had actually colored in detail.

Her body became jet-black by chance while I used Photoshop and tested various effects of the layer synthesis. Because the impact was strong, it was adopted. I took a rest from worth of issue publishing Gunnm Last Order serial in May. I had to produce two illustrations besides the illustration for these ten volumes. It is a cover of information outside Gunnm comics and an illustration of samurai picture collection edge 2. I felt impatient about my mental status very much. Therefore, I was not able to spend time on this illustration.
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