The Manga Shader Effect creates Awesome B&W Effects
MMDer: “Hey ‘Zona what does the Manga Shader do?”
Me: “It turns everything black, white and grey so that it all looks like a manga.”
MMDer: (Hesitant pause) “Why do that? We have color.”
Me: “Maybe because it adds a slight elegance…It’s unique…It’s a cool effect. That’s why.”
MMDer: “But we have color!”
Me: (Internally screaming with disbelief) “Just try it out.”
The Manga Shader Effect is not given enough respect. It is one of those effects that you download; maybe tryout a couple of times and then forget you have it. I’d like for you to give it a chance. If you already have it then pull it out; dust it off and play with it. If you don’t have it, you can download the Manga Shader Effect here: http://harigane.at.webry.info/201010/article_1.html . It is from VocaloidAnime1924’s YouTube channel. It has links to other wicked cool effects as well.
How to load the Manga Shader Effect.
Before you load any effects make sure you have MME correctly installed in MikuMikuDance. (See Noko2’s installing MME article https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/download-mme-install-mikimikueffects-add-effects-mmd-7-39/ ) After you’ve loaded all your models, motion, and .wav files; click on the MMEffect button at the top right of your screen. Then select Effect Mapping. Another window will pop up with a listing of everything you have loaded. Now select what part, or parts, of your animation you want affected by the Manga Shader Effect. Then click the Set Effects button and go to your Effects folder and click Manga Shader Effect. Then click the OK button. This would be the time to check the model’s thickness of edge line. You will find that in the main menu under the view tab and make any adjustments.
Seeing Things in Black and White.
Off the top of my head, let me list some uses for the Manga Shader Effect. One use would be to create your own manga (See Konoko’s article about making MMD comics https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/making-mmd-comics-using-ms-paint/ ). Another way to use the Manga Shader is to recreate a famous scene from a black and white movie (Casablanca comes to mind). You might create a story where your main character (protagonist) is in a dream world and everything is black and white except them (or vice versa).
I really like black and white mangas, movies, and photography. When you remove color then everything becomes more about texture and shading giving you a different perspective. This is exactly why so many Art and Photography classes start off with black and white assignments. Understanding this will make you a better artist and animator.
I made a Manga Shader Experiment video for our YouTube channel. Check it out at:
Have fun with this.
Tadi Haku by Tadeshi.
Teto Kasane_Q2upgrade Chimera by MayumiChan.
Lambda Driver by KDRD.
Popipopipo Motion Data by Unknown.
Batokin Island by Batokin.
Breeze Stage by Chibideko314
MangaShader ver0.0.2 has some compatability problems with the newer versions of MMD. Make sure you download the latest version of MangaShader.
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