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Shelf-girl got a name!
14 Mar 2010 08:35:34

Having been strongly influenced by your ideas I managed to think out one name which I really like.
To be brutally honest, I cannot say it has always been my favorite name, but in my view it suits our girl perfectly.
Let's welcome:


Michelle

from MyAnimeShelf


The reason why this name popped into my mind is obvious :) It's the sounding.

The origin of the name is French, but it is now extensively used in English-speaking countries.
The meaning of the name is "Who Is Like God".

Keeping this in mind I suggest naming the Shelf-girl Michelle. Hope, noone is against it?

P.S.: If you happen to have some great ideas about her bio, don't hesitate to let us know.


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usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
14 Mar 2010, 00:16:31
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Lovely name, very feminine and tender.
So be it - she is Michelle!
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
14 Mar 2010, 00:47:31
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Michelle. I like it. It helps that I don't know any "real" girls named Michelle. Makes the name more original. I don't have any preconceived notions about the name, good or bad, and that's nice. :)

I can play the music just fine. I definitely like the first song best, Go Michelle by Passengers. Actually never heard of the group before. I really like the sound and the words of it the best out of the three. If she needs a theme song I'd vote for that one. ^_^
Glory
Glory (Russia)
14 Mar 2010, 13:06:49
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Passengers probably would not like the idea to use their song this way... but yeah, their song is the best among these three. That's why it goes first :)

Aaron, I'd like to ask you a thing... Do you want to help me and pineappleskewer with Michelle bio? I actually would like you to create her inside personality and also choose her favorite anime since you're watching lots of things and have a big experience of creating RPG characters. You can read me chatting with pineappleskewer below for details.
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
14 Mar 2010, 14:41:53
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Sure! It will probably be a little while before I get to play another table-top RPG so I'll be happy to work on fleshing out Michelle. ^_^

Actually, quick question, how do you feel about Alexander for her last name? To me it sounds noble and not very specific to a nationality. It can also work as a bit of an homage to the original artist.

Oh, and just so you know, I'm currently on my trip moving back to New Mexico. I'm actually at my parent's house today and will probably be here for the next couple of days. But Tuesday morning I should be getting back on the road and won't have internet access again until Thursday night at the earliest. I'll work on what I can the next few days and I'll do a lot of thinking about her on the road. Really not much else to do during this trip. I'll let you know when I have stuff and run ideas by you and pineappleskewer. Maybe I'll even eventually draw my own version of Michelle. ^_^
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 06:12:59
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Alexander... Ah, well, have you ever heard it to be a last name? Because, well, I don't know whether it is a well-known fact or not, but Alexander is a very popular first name for men in Russia. The feminine for it is Alexandra. I think, the origin is Greek though. I agree, it sounds noble, but we have quite a number of Russian users and they will probably get confused...

Have a save journey! And please be careful on the road :)
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Mar 2010, 06:24:09
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Yes, it works both as a first and last name. There is a somewhat well known actor named Jason Alexander in the US, most well known for his role in the sitcom Seinfeld.

Ahhh, I'm sad. I'm trying to make a gmail account for her to use on MAL and such, but shelfgirl is already taken by someone. :(

Yes, I'll be careful. ^_^
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Mar 2010, 03:29:34
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Oh, I got an idea that I want to try out and I thought I should run it by you first before I went ahead and did it. I was thinking of making a "fake" MyAnimeList profile for Michelle. That way I can have very detailed information about her favorite anime and also give some information on her background and personality. It can also be used as advertisement for Shelf, kind of like how Bandai USA made a "fake" Kyon profile on MySpace to advertise the Haruhi anime. I'd also post blog entry's on her profile about upcoming events and other site news and a few random things here and there. I think it would be a lot of fun, although I'll kind of feel like an undercover cop pretending to be a 15 year old girl. XD

Let me know if it's okay with you! :)
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 05:44:41
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That's what I can call a fresh idea!

...

Really amusing :D I'm perfectly fine with it.
The only tiny thing which kind of worries me is how MAL administrators will react to it if they ever find out. Because, well, we have anime here too. On the other hand we are not aggressive community and the site actually feels different. I see our future as a community of folks who actually buy stuff (figures, games, collector edition boxes etc) and share their photos and feelings, not only downloading series and reviewing it. We're shelf, not hard disk after all.

Back to Michelle, I suggest creating MyAnimeShelf account for her as well. It seems logical since it's her home, though you probably don't have to pretend to be her here. There's also a second reason: if her MAL profile will be deleted (I really don't believe such thing can happen, but...), we'll have her info saved here.
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Mar 2010, 06:15:57
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Cool, I'll get working on it soon. I actually read the entire Terms of Use agreement for the site and there wasn't anything in there about creating accounts for fictional characters. Might be a gray area, but I don't see why anyone should have a problem with it. ^_^

As for making her an account on here, I was thinking it'd be better to just have her information on the Mascot page you were talking about making for her. But then again, it would be fun to also build her shelf, decide what kind of figures she would own, so I think I will go ahead and do that. And yes, I won't bother with pretending to be her here. That would be kind of silly (more so than doing it on MAL).

Okay! Getting to work. Nothing better to do here until dinner time. Michelle will send you a friend request when her profile is ready. :)
ShelfGirl
ShelfGirl
15 Mar 2010, 10:09:14
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Hello, it's Michelle. I've added all the figures from the database that I own to my Shelf. I have started my MAL account, too. Hope I meet a lot of new people who are nice and fun to talk to. :)

Yeah, that felt kind of weird. ^_^"
Anyway, this is it for now. I probably won't work on Michelle's profiles again until I get to New Mexico. Until then I'll get to work on writting down her backstory and personality stuff. I'll send you what I come up with when it's ready so you can tell me what you think. Again, that probably won't be until I finish my move.
~pluvia33
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 13:01:06
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Glad to see you Mi-chan!
^___^
Get back soon!
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
ShelfGirl
ShelfGirl
16 Mar 2010, 01:04:22
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Thanks! This is the best part time job ever!
I'll be back before you know it, spreading joy to the masses with lovely figurines. :D
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 13:02:30
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Hey, Michelle, welcome... home.
Be a nice girl, ok? Don't bother pluvia during his trip. We need him safe in New Mexico :)

Zomg, it feels like we're getting crazy here :D But it's OK. Great job so far! Eventually everyone will have their part of the job done and I'll compile everything on Michelle's mascot page. I'm really exited. Such an unusual experience :)
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ShelfGirl
ShelfGirl
16 Mar 2010, 00:59:28
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Thank you. And don't worry, I'll be a good girl. ^_^
Besides, he'll be much better off with me there to keep him company. That kind of drive is really hard when you're by yourself.
pineappleskewer
pineappleskewer (USA)
14 Mar 2010, 05:20:06
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Go, Michelle! Haha, I love that first song! :'D

I really want a bio! It will be so much easier to draw her when we know what she likes. I especially want to know what kind of figures she collects! Do you think she collects stuffed animals and plushies, too? For some reason, I imagine her bed covered in stuffed toys. :P
Oh Japan, why you gotta make everything so darn expensive? ; n;
Glory
Glory (Russia)
14 Mar 2010, 12:57:58
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Yeah, I'm sure she's full of love, especially for sweet girlish things :)
Hmm... I want bio too, but I already feel kinda bad - you, guys, suggested so many cute names, but I chose another just because it sounds nice ;( ..How about writing the bio together?

What we already have is:
She has no nationality and lives in the unknown country.
She's 15 years old. Date of birth: 06.09.1994.
She is a daughter of rich people who own their own mansion, but she's not a spoiled kid and knows the price of money.
Overall she has a good personality.


Since you're an artist and a girl yourself, I'd like to ask you to describe her outward style, her room and the things that surround her. How do you like it?

And I'll try to ask pluvia to think out the details of her inside personality since he has lot's of experience in creating RPG characters.

Maybe someone else would like to help as well.
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pineappleskewer
pineappleskewer (USA)
14 Mar 2010, 16:23:48
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Sounds like fun!

I want to try to draw what I'm thinking, but I can't seem to draw it at the moment. For now, I will say that the first thing that popped in my head was a bright room with a tall ceiling, large windows, and a view of a grand garden. *u *
Oh Japan, why you gotta make everything so darn expensive? ; n;
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 13:00:32
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Hey, guys, I've been browsing through MAS and seen Michelle's profile! It is a really cool idea^___^
I want to be a pert of the game so I'll start thinking about her too.
First thing comes to my mind is that our girl just NEEDS a set of uber-cute travel bags!^__^
It may seem silly, but as Glory mentioned, she travels a lot and have many relatives abroad. So bags are necessary^^.

And more, in her blog there should be things about her personal life - with pictures! All fanart we'll have should go there as well.
I'm thinking of vintage-style sepia photo where Michelle is in the garden with her parents.
I'll maybe try to draw it myself!^__^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Mar 2010, 13:09:10
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IT'S MICHELLE MAGIC! :D
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ShelfGirl
ShelfGirl
16 Mar 2010, 01:28:11
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Yes! I recently began to travel with my parents on some of their tours along with my uncle. A new set of luggage would just be lovely. I'd especially like a new bag for my laptop so I can be sure to continue my mascot duties. Thank you in advance. ^_^

Although I don't really have any relatives aside from my parents and uncle Mark. But I'm not lonely at all. They love me very much and my parents' friends in the music industry are just like family, as are my tutors and friends back home.
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
16 Mar 2010, 20:48:55
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Hey, Mish-chan, I've heard much about you from Glory and I'm pretty sure she mentioned relatives all over the globe^___^ (maybe not many, but some at least!)
Of course, if you don't acknowledge this - it is not true^^
But IMHO it makes you a quite romantic and mascotish personality!
^__^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
17 Mar 2010, 17:56:55
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Oh, sorry. I never heard any established backstory for Michelle beyond the stuff that's in this conversion and I ended up making my own. ^_^"
I sent a long thing of what I thought up for her so far to Glory before I left for New Mexico, but she hasn't gotten back with me about it yet.

By the way, I made it to my new home in one piece. Yay! =D
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
17 Mar 2010, 23:30:05
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Don't mind it^^
Well, to be quite honest about it, I'm just a little jealous ~*^_^*~ I want to participate in a creative process of making Mish-tan's bio^__^ If you or Glo won't mind^^
Thing about relatives was in Glo's initial post about her name.
It would be really nice if we could make a Mishelle's bio, taking all best tips we can imagine^^ and agree upon.

Glo at the time is just totally engulfed it studying, so it's no wonder she is a little slow in things like that. But she'll answer for sure^__^

But if you don't mind, can you share some of your thoughts with me? ~^__^~

AND - congratulations! Glad that you made it safe! How did you get there? By car, plane of maybe train? How's your new home?
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
18 Mar 2010, 03:26:05
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I see. I went back to re-read that post. To me it doesn't sound like she goes traveling to visit relatives. The part about having relatives from all over the world seemed to just be a reference to her not being of a specific nationality, that she is actually came from many different nationalities. The traveling part is just being taken on business trips with her parents.

Okay, I'll try to keep this short (by my standards)....

Yeah, it's a little long....


Oh, and as for your other questions, I drove myself here in a moving truck towing my van behind it. It's a really cumbersome thing to drive. Can be really stressful at times. And as for the new home, I guess interesting is the best word for it? I'll probably make a blog post about it eventually, but I have a lot of unpacking to do first so it might be a while....
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
20 Mar 2010, 02:52:09
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Sorry for the delay^__^ Work is a time-consuming thing^^
You know what, plu-kun?
This story is very well made and very complete. I liked it a lot, with this slight anime-style in it, but not hardcore. Every detail is in balance. No kidding - I see a talent here!^__^
So~ I guess I should call off my offer of services^^ Unless you specifically ask for some details from me, of course^^.
Since Michelle is your alter-ego, it's just natural that you made her biography^^

There is already a creative room for me - fanart. In time, I'm sure I'll make some family "photos" of Michelle, using your description of characters.
And more - it's Glo's idea, but I think it's very good. She offered to make a community light novel about Michelle. "Community" means that it will be made together. First author writes a beginning, with a picture (or pictures) if he wants to draw it, second author continues and so on. I'm looking forward to participate in this too!

So great work, plu-kun! You're a great mascot keeper^__^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
20 Mar 2010, 07:03:11
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Thanks. I'm happy you think it's well done. ^_^

Like I said, it'd be very helpful if you might give some ideas for some friends for Michelle and maybe some for the service staff as well. Since I'm back with my D&D friends here in New Mexico I now have a new character I have to think up (a male dwarven cleric, something completely different from Anna or Michelle), so I may get a little burnt out on character creation if I try to do all of these people myself. XP

Oh, and if you can, try to wait a little while before drawing the family photo. I'd like to draw the basic character designs for Marcus and Michelle's parents first. I have a pretty specific idea of what they look like. Especially Marcus since he is based on myself (if I still had hair). I'll just need to get my computer and scanner set up, so I'll have to wait until my floor is finished, so it might be a week or so....

Hahaha, and yes, Michelle has somehow become my alter-ego as well. I get to channel my inner 15 year old girl and make use of all the girly manga and anime I like. XD
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
25 Mar 2010, 11:52:24
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and again sorry for delay! I'll sure will think of all you mentioned!
And I'll wait for your art concept of course^__^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Eld
Eld (Canada)
14 Mar 2010, 14:15:56
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I'm going to start calling her Mish. :P
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