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14 November 2009 @ 12:22 am
(video game) Drift  
Title: Drift
Focus: Roxas from Kingdom Hearts series
Owner: Chrissy (ashe)

You should visit this shrine because... It shocks me somewhat that we haven't covered a Kingdom Hearts dedication here before! The fandom certainly doesn't lack solid sites, but only this particular shrine really piqued my interest. "Drift" is Chrisy's exquisite dedication to Roxas, the mysterious youngster whose "light shines as bright as the setting sun". From the offset Chrissy has captured the beauty, isolation, and confusion of the character in her breath-taking layout. A little difficult to read on larger monitors, the design nonetheless adds to the shrine's content rather than distracts.

And my, what content this shrine has.

Chrissy takes the time to cover all bases in detail, but always manages to enliven her content with a wry remark or an interesting tid-bit. Even something as simple as a "Name" section comes to life with both fact and opinion, interwoven to form an engaging piece of text. Roxas's story is expressed in a compelling manner in the various subsections of "Chronicle" (though to discuss them in any detail would be a little too telling). Chrissy's attention to detail and frank approach to her subject matter are delightfully apparent in the relationship section of the shrine, where she exposes the nuances of Roxas's interaction with others.

While the media section has room for growth (at present it is limited to streaming music and a single scan), with the release of 358/2 Days there's little doubt that media additions are on the horizon. It is in the lovingly constructed written content however, that both Chrissy and her character of choice shine. I found it difficult to resist getting swept up in Roxas's emotional journey as I pawed through the various sections, each more enjoyable than the last. Overall, "Drift" is moving shrine experience.

Highlight: "Voice". As much as I enjoyed the sections that tugged on my heartstrings, who can resist the pull of laughing at Jesse McCartney?

Additional: This week marks the second birthday of Rainy Monday. I honestly can't believe we started posted recs here two long years ago. Thank you all for your support, particularly visitors (for helping this blog grow) and site owners (for giving us such wonderful dedications to visit). Here's hoping we can continue to post here for some time to come. Thanks xoxo.
Current Mood: exanimate
Current Music: Robbers On High Street - The Fatalist
earth has this sayinggarrus on November 13th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
(psst the shrine is actually just called "Drift" c:)

Yay Chrissy! I'm not at all a KH fan, but she really put a lot of effort into this shrine and it shows when you read through it.
Shiori: people are drainingmissdeep on November 13th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the correction, I FREAKING KNEW THAT TOO, BUT STILL... (I'm afraid I'm useless after a 14-hour day).

Even though I'm barely a casual gamer (at best) the way Chrissy presents and expresses her information makes for a very readable (and enjoyable) shrine.
Chrissy Enix: >__<ashe on November 13th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. I saw your email and was like ... "DRIFT AWAY" ??? XDDD Well anyways ... ;___; Thanks Shiori! Thank you so much for the rec ♥ bawwwww. IT MEANS A LOT, THIS SITE IS CURRENTLY LIKE MY BABY, hahaha. ♥♥♥♥♥

Shiorimissdeep on November 14th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I realised what I'd written even before Lore commented, but by then it was 2am and I was like "WELL, SHIT". So please forgive me (how many times have we discussed the shrine? Like ugh, I'm an idiot).

I think more people need to understand the simple pleasures that mocking Jesse McCartney can bring. I'm glad to hear you liked the rec and good luck with you 358/2 Days work!