This is my Round 8 entry in
- Choose-a-PoseIt's Animated!
Also, I would have submitted this yesterday, but sta.sh
is apparently down. I like to use sta.sh for staging and testing, so I hope everything works OK.
Previous rounds: [link]THE SWAN IN LOVE
Odette’s love life is pretty much non-existent, primarily due to the fact that she dedicates so much of her effort and energy to her one true love – ballet. Combined with her natural introversion and an underdeveloped understanding of social behavior, Odette feels really awkward when it comes to processing her feelings concerning not only her own affections, but the affections of others towards her. She is completely tone deaf when it comes to flirting.
Odette does harbor a crush on one of her fellow dancers, Michael, a soloist with the company. She really wants to dance with him, but would also feel especially nervous doing so, for fear of making a mistake in front of him. Because she doesn’t know how to process her feelings, she both admires and is deeply intimidated by Michael, which prevents her from getting to know him better. Odette does have a longing for romance, but doesn’t have a clue where to begin, so like most confrontations, she runs away rather than taking action.
The desire to be loved makes Odette susceptible to the seduction of King Phaeton, who preys on her weaknesses in order to gain control of her Star Seed. Once Odette becomes loyal to him as Dark Sailor Cygnus, her personality is dramatically altered.
Dark Odette is confident, outgoing and aggressive, and although her dancing lacks technical brilliance, she possesses incredible passion that was not there before. As a result, Dark Odette is cast alongside Michael in a production of Balanchine’s Rubies
, an energetic and seductive ballet. Dark Odette succeeds in initiating romance with Michael, but are her intentions truly from the heart, or does she merely seek to conquer and control?ENTER THE DARKNESS
An eruption of light blinded Odette, and a hand reached through the mirror, grabbing her own and pulling her through. As she passed through the mirror, she transformed into Sailor Cygnus, and upon reaching the other side, she found herself back at the Citadel. An incredibly handsome man held her hand, and Cygnus blushed as he brought her hand to his lips for a gentle kiss.
“My beautiful swan, I am King Phaeton of the Sun Kingdom.”
Sailor Cygnus performed a deep curtsey.
“I apologize if my servants have frightened you,” continued Phaeton. “We humbly invite you to join us and claim your Place in the Sun – a true home world where you can live out your dreams, free from the isolation of the Citadel. You don’t need to hide anymore, or feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do.”
As Sailor Cygnus began to contemplate the benefits of the King’s proposal, without warning, Cygnetta appeared.“Sailor Cygnus! What are you-”
There was a flash of light, and an arrow pieced Cygnetta, turning her into a small statue. Sailor Cygnus turned toward King Phaeton, horrified.
“Why?” she cried. “How cruel!”
“She is only holding you back, preventing you from living your dream,” spoke an unfamiliar voice. Dark Sailor Orion emerged from the shadows, bow in hand. “Do you really believe she is motivated by what is best for you, or by what is best for her own agenda?”
“Well, I didn’t choose…”
“Exactly,” interrupted Dark Orion. “King Phaeton offers you a choice - a way out from the control of you totem and the Citadel.”
“Join me, my beautiful swan, and I will make you the brightest star in my golden theatre.” King Phaeton gestured toward the Sun, and his blazing chariot appeared. Again, he took Cygnus by the hand and gently caressed her cheek. “Won’t you dance for me?”
Sailor Cygnus was falling under the handsome King’s spell. She followed him into the chariot, and they flew into the sky, leaving a blazing trail of stars behind. When they arrived at the Sun Palace, there was a grand reception awaiting their arrival, and Sailor Cygnus was the guest of honor. She’d never received such attention before, which further distracted her from realizing the King’s sinister intentions. Finally, King Phaeton brought her into his magnificent Throne Room and asked her to dance for him. Sailor Cygnus was more than happy to oblige.
As she danced, she was overcome with joy, as if a great burden had been lifted. She didn’t realize until it was too late that King Phaeton was using his power to extract her Star Seed.
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As she stood in the center of the room, exhausted, King Phaeton took her Star Seed and covered it with a Sun Spot, corrupting it and extinguishing it’s brilliant shine.
Receiving the Sun Spot, Sailor Cygnus was surrounded by shadows. She recalled the dream where the shadowy figure pulled her into the lake, but instead of drowning in darkness, she emerged as Dark Sailor Cygnus.
[ END SCENE ]SPECIAL THANKS & CREDITS
Death Busters no Yabou [Death Busters Ambitions]
Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon S Music Collection
Swan Lake: No. 18 Scene: Allegro
Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Poses from [link] [link]PRODUCTION NOTES
Produced in Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop
In Swan Lake
, the White Swan (Odette) and the Black Swan (Odile) are two separate people
. However, as the ballet is performed, the two roles are danced by only one ballerina.
As the story of Sailor Cygnus unfolds, the White Swan/Black Swan roles represent two sides of her personality
- the part that she accepts, and the part that she suppresses.
Like a Ballet, the scene unfolds without the use of spoken word to tell the story. This decision was made based on the emotional weight of the score, the fact that the central character is a ballerina (and ballet is an overall theme in all my entries).
There's been some debate regarding animated entries in OSI, but I felt the medium appropriate
for showing the transformation of Sailor Cygnus into Dark Sailor Cygnus. I also really wanted to attempt a henshin-style sequence, because the transformations have always been one of my favorite parts of the Magical Girl genre.