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FC - Right Here Waiting by AzureKnight2008 FC - Right Here Waiting by AzureKnight2008
"A smile that trembles within tears
Is a promise of the world from the beginning of time

Even alone now, from our yesterday,
Today is born sparkling
Just like the day we first met

You aren't there inside my memories
In the song of the little stream
In the color of this sky
In the flower's scent
You live on for eternity..."

(Extract from "Promise of the World" - Howl's Moving Castle ED)

I was greatly inspired by :iconneohin:'s recent work [link] and perhaps, by a Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists set in ancient China that I've finished watching lately - "The Return of the Condor Heroes", the second novel of the Condor Trilogy by the famous chinese novelist Louis Cha.

From my point of view, this fiction, which was turned into film and TV series since 1960, bore a strict resemblance to FC, especially in the two main characters' personality as well as their character's development. To be more specific, Thomas/Sesu' personality and outward appearance are just like Yang Guo while Helga/Tina's Xiao Long Nu. Well for this reason, I strongly recommend you give this series (2006 release if possible) an overview to understand what I'm trying to convey, for I couldn't afford to write down all the details needed. So sorry. :)

Here is a sample for the said series, please have a look!

Feel free to contact me anytime guys!
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AzureKnight2008 Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! I was quite inspire by the opening Voyage of FC when Thomas was standing on the status with that distant look of his, as if he was waiting for something/someone he couldn't comprehend.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who love Chinese dramas. I strongly recommend "the Condor Heroes" part 2, but if you like it, you can start watching from the 1st part to understand to whole story.

Keep in mind that in part 2, the young and teen Yang Guo is quite like Thomas with his cocky and daring personality, while his future self looks like Sesu with more calm and imposing appearance. Xiao Long Nu is more similar to Helga than Tina because of her quiet self. Despite how supercilious Yang Guo toward his opponents, he could be quite gentle and overprotective toward his Xiao Long Nu, and a little corny too. ^^" They got separate by unknown reason and then Yang Guo also lost one of his arm. They were reunited with each other after 16 years of waiting and longing, exactly the amount of time it took for Sesu/Thomas and Tina/Helga to meet each other on Earth if you calculate their age according to Greecia time. What do I mean by that? Not long after the tragedy, the scientists and Dumas' father seek to retrieve Tina' soul on earth when Dumas was just born right? And at the time he found his beloved sister with Thomas, Dumas has turned 17. :)
I like a lot this drawing, is so intense and rarefied... ^^

I have a thing for asian dramas, so I heard about "The Condor hearoes" before, even if I haven't still watched it (too many titles on my watching list :D :D). I'll keep in mind the similarities though, when the turn for this drama will come ;)
yanalee Nov 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist

The colouring is awesomee!
AzureKnight2008 Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I'm a hard-core fan of ThomasxHelga so I always take great concentration on making tributes for them. Thank you so much for your compliment! ;)
yanalee Nov 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. ^^
AzureKnight2008 Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
wow, i tought nobody knew about the condor trilogy, is such a great franchise!

You're right, it has a strong similarity with FC when you look at the character's personality *giggles*

Thoma looks so serious/determined here,a true hero nonetheless, and Helga couldn't look prettier.

It looks exactly as one of those movie posters, LOVE IT
AzureKnight2008 Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
WHA...WAIT! You actually watched "the Condor trilogy"?? If so, that was so GGRRREEEAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!!!!!

If you have already watched it, I no longer have to waste too much time to tell you how similar the two main characters to our Thomas and Helga ne. The young and teen Yang Guo is just like Thomas with that trademark cocky feature while his future self is like Sesu with more calm and imposing personality. Xiao Long Nu is similar to Helga than Tina though, if you see that quiet self of hers. All in all, it's cute to see despite how arrogant Yang Guo to his opponents, he still treat his Xiao Long Nu with great gentleness and overprotectiveness.

I don't know if you still remember that Yang Guo also lost one of his arms during the time he got separated from Xiao Long Nu by unknown reason (according to his knowledge), I was greatly touched by the part that he always stood on the mountain top looking over the sea with that distant look of his, waiting for her. Exactly like the posture of Thomas in the opening Voyage of FC right? In addition to this, they were reunited after 16 years of waiting and longing. That's also the amount of time it took for Sesu/Thomas and Tina/Helga to meet each other on earth if you consider their age according to Greecia time. Take Dumas' age as a base, when the scientists and Dumas' father seek to retrieve Tina's soul on Earth, he was still a new-born baby right? And when he found his beloved sister with Thomas, he has turned 17.

So, how do you think? ;)
I think the similarity is awesome! i love that kind of couples with someone being cocky and stubborn and the other being silent and a little bit shy, it warms my heart <3

Now that i mention it i sorta like that kind of romance stories: like combining adventure and action and a little bit tragedy! LOVE IT! :p

You're right, they were exactly 16 in greecian years O.o the resemblance is amazing! never tought those two series could have many things in common
AzureKnight2008 Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Awww.....I would like to be a princess in that kind of couple too. *day-dreaming*

You bet! Like "The return of the Condor Heroes", FC is a combination of romance, action/adventure and angst too. What different between them is that Yang Guo and Xiao Long Nu manage to be with each other forever while Thomas and Helga's fate is still rather ambiguous. Helga acts exactly like Xiao Long Nu at the beginning of epi24 when she saw Thomas, what would happen if Dumas couldn't jerk her back to him? She probably ran into Thomas' arms for sure. And that Xiao Long Nu's attitudes happenning in epi26 was even more frustrating, she almost made me believe that they were finally a couple!! And when they're still NOT....ARGHHHH!

Not a happy and satisfied ending for me.......... :(
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