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GR: What about anime? What was the first series you really got into? Do you prefer subtitles or dubs?
Nikki: I believe it was about three or four years ago when I first watched Fullmetal Alchemist on Adult Swim. It was weird at first but then I got hooked onto the show and before I knew it, I was glued onto the television screen. I really loved the character development and you start to get immersed in the world created by Hiromu Arakawa.
At first I actually preferred dubs, but then I’ve heard that subtitles are much better. Personally I like dubs better because it allows me to pay more attention to what’s going on in the anime.
Above: Nikki’s Sackboy L, based on the devious detective from the Death Note anime/manga series
Above: A closer look at L
GR: What are you watching right now? Any recommendations?
Nikki: I’m currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. At first I was hesitant in watching it because I’ve seen the first one already, but this show is meant to tell the story in a different way. I thought that I would give it a chance.
I also watched FLCL, Ergo Proxy and Death Note recently. I would really recommend FMA and Death Note. Both of those are remarkably well done.
GR: So you’re a Full Metal Alchemist fan! What do you think about the second anime adaptation that’s currently airing?
Nikki: I like how some scenes show what was only explained in the first FMA series. However, there are still parts of the first one that I like better. One example was the episode where Ed becomes a State Alchemist. FMA Brotherhood rushed a little bit on that story. The first FMA had more feeling to it in that episode. There a lot of things that are similar as well.
GR: Why Sackboy? What made you want to start crotcheting game/anime-themed Sackboys?
Nikki: I first heard about Little Big Planet from commercials about it on television. I had made a totoro before that and I wanted to see if I could make a Sackboy. He was just such a cute character so I decided to crochet one. The first one I made had a smile on his face and the second one I attempted had an “open-mouth” smile on him. People on YouTube had asked me to do a tutorial on a doll so I did it on the Sackboy. Then a friend of mine suggested that I make an Ico Sackboy doll. After that people have requested that I do several different Sackboys.
GR: Do you have a favorite creation?
Nikki: I really love the Ico Sackboy doll I made. He’s adorable.
Above: Nikki’s favorite creation: the Ico Sackboy!
GR: Do you have any plans on selling your creations?
I have had a lot of people asking me if I would sell them but I’m sad to say that I don’t. It just takes a lot of time to make and I’m pretty busy with school and family already. Also, I don’t think that I will be able to keep with the demand if there ever was one.
Above: If you want to stay up to date on the latest from Nikki, you can follow her YouTube channel and check out her blog
June 2, 2010
Fan Art versus Official Art
A showdown between fan-made creations and their official counterparts
Big Daddy sculpture carved with chainsaw
VIDEO: See this sharp wood carver turn a tree into a life-sized Big Daddy
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