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This is my reference sheet for "Jo Ayara." She is one of the new fan-characters that is going to appear in "Maho Shoujo Rika Magika," a Maho Shoujo Madoka Magika-based project of mine, and she is also one of the central characters too, though not as important as Rika Isoni is in it. I styled it in the same manner as similar reference sheets I've seen for this. This should give you a good idea on how Jo is supposed to look.
This was such a pain for me to draw, but it was worth it in the end. I love how cute she looks, and I really put a lot of detail into her. Well here's the description on her. Take time to read the description if you want to know about her more.


Jo Ayara is a 15-year old girl, and also one of the so-called, Maho Shoujos. Jo Ayara is also somewhat of a "Veteran" Maho Shoujo who is vastly different from most of the others. She made a contract with Kyubey long ago, and later on, she makes friends with Rika Isoni and decides to take her along with her on her spellbound adventures to slay the various Witches.

Jo is very optimistic, playful, and very interested in magic. She tends to stay in her "powered up" form all the time, and unlike most others, she never "deactivates" her powered up form. As you can see, In her "powered up" form, she wears a light-gray Maid Outfit, and black shoes with sharp points on the end used for delivering kicks that impale. Although the Maid Outfit is mostly just because it looks extremely super cute and cuddly, I was also told that it is symbolic for her too. Since she acts much like a Zealot to Kyubey's cause, she can now in ways be considered like Kyubey's personal humble servant, and the Maid Outfit could symbolize that too.

Jo has a number of things that makes her very different from the other Shoujos. The first thing is that she is actually happy that she made a Contract. Most of the other Shoujos think of the Contract as a curse, but Jo finds it to be a gift instead. She does not care so much about the free wish that comes with the contract, but is happy for more than just that. She is happy about it because making the contract gave her amazing special powers, and now she cannot be killed by conventional means (only destroying her Soul Gem will kill her now). Plus she loves the thrill and adventure involved when she has to go into the various Witch Barriers and confront the various Evil Witches herself. It's so exciting to her and thrilling to be involved in that kind of thing. Finally, she thinks that Kyubey's motives to essentially preserve usable emotional energy is a just cause, and she wishes to help him with that. After all, someone's gotta do it, so she'll certainly do it. Not only that, but she also has a bunch of friends now, who are the other Maho Shoujo's, and she likes that.

Jo is very much aware of the fact that the Witches are former Maho Shoujos, but most of the time this does not deter her much. To Jo, slaying a Witch is essentially like slaying someone who had been bitten by a werewolf or zombie, and had turned into one. They've become hideous monstrous beings, and there's nothing you can do to save them now, you can only put them out of their misery before they terrorize others. Also, many of the Witches she fights, she most times assumes that they were previously a Maho Shoujo whom she never knew well or met, and its a lot easier for her because of that. However, if she were aware that a certain Witch was actually someone whom she knew rather well, it would actually be a lot harder on her emotionally, and she would most likely not want to do it if that were the case.

Jo is best friends with Rika Isoni, and she also is very good friends with Mami Tomoe. She also sort of likes Kyouko Sakura, but she hasn't known Kyouko as long. She likes Sayaka Miki, but she often times teases around with Sayaka, sometimes in ways that would annoy her, and the two are not total friends because of that. As for Madoka and Homura, she barely has even met Homura, and she hasn't even met Madoka at all.

Jo almost acts like a Zealot to Kyubey's cause. She believes that making a contract isn't totally bad, and to her, the good parts outweigh the bad parts. After all ,you even get a free wish, alongside these special powers and everything. She is aware that she might become a Witch herself, but that isn't too big of a problem for her. After all, all she has to do to avoid becoming a Witch is just "be happy" and not fall into despair, and this rather easy for her because she is very optimistic and playful and kind.
She is also a very respectful person and always lets others decide for themselves and never really tries to "force" them into doing something they don't want to do. After all, she is aware that not everyone has the same feelings about something, and she usually does take this into account with others. She does not reveal the full details of the contract to others though, as for she does not know if they can handle it and doesn't want them to fall into despair. So Jo does her best to not reveal that part, for to her, it's one of those things that her friends are better off not knowing, for their own good.
Jo also tries to persuade other girls into making a contract with Kyubey many times, although she doesn't pressure them into doing it, like Kyubey himself does. However, she has gotten quite a few girls to become Maho Shoujos too.
Unfortunately for Jo, her happy attitude won't last her forever, and soon she may pay dearly for that.


Click these links for more on Jo Ayara. I had to divide the reference sheet into 3 sheets, for certain reasons.
These two are more on her, and some of Jo's special abilities.
-Jo Ayara Ref: Strategic Body Disassembly hexidextrous.deviantart.com/ar…
-Jo Ayara Ref: Weapons and other powers hexidextrous.deviantart.com/ar…


Hope you all like her. I plan to use Jo Ayara in some future artworks of mine too, including in the said fan-manga project that I am currently in progress of making, Maho Shoujo Rika Magika. If you want to use her in any of my artworks, please ask me first. Do not steal.
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WiseKarasu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Jo's sounds kind of scary to me... ^^;
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Scary? How so?

I think she's mega adorable.
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WiseKarasu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Jo IS super cute (especially on your cover page). But there's something about a magical girl who's perfectly accepting of Kyubey's system - even being all for it - that, in the context of the series is kind of... Off-putting.

That said, I think I've got a pretty good idea of what's going to wind up breaking her (poor Haruka...).
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
A thing I should say about her though.

Have you seen the Witch, Quitterie? In my Fan-Manga, Jo is actually the former self of Quitterie, and Quitterie was a girl who formerly accepted Kyubey's stuff too.

Yes, I have in mind what's going to wind up breaking her too.


Also yes, Haruka does eventually become a Witch too, though Haruka's Witch Form is a completely original Witch. I don't want to give away what her Witch Form will be, but she will be a fearsome one indeed.

Thank you for the interest you've been taking in my project and other works!
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WiseKarasu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Hmm... Interesting, and pretty creepy.

It does highlight my problem with Madoka Magica, though. It's just so overwhelmingly sad, you know? TT_TT

Seems a bit earlier for thanks - as I've hardly been able to read through everything - but you're welcome!

Also, if stuff might be spoiler-y, don't put it in the comments where anyone can see it. Send it to the person you're talking to in a note. That way it isn't just there for everyone to see.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I like the series for the Cuteness and for the Action Packed Boss Fights! Cuteness + Action is what I like the most.

And yes, I know. I'm only commenting stuff that I don't mind being heard at this point, though the stuff I don't want being told right now I will save for notes.
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WiseKarasu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Those ARE good qualities in a series.
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Well, this is quite an interesting character; she reminds me of a berserker almost, a type warrior from Scandinavia who revels in battle, only slightly more... hinged and unhinged.

Overall, I think I like this character quite  a lot.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Yep, she is very interesting. In fact, many people seem to like her most out of all three of my Maho Shoujo characters. I don't know why, but people seem to like her more than my other two. Perhaps it's because of how unique and different she is from most other Maho Shoujos. What do you think of the creative way that she takes advantage of how the Maho Shoujos can't die unless their Soul Gem is destroyed?

Also, she's my rendition of the Maho Shoujo who eventually becomes Quitterie, as I told you before.

Hinged and Unhinged? What do you mean by that?

Berserker? I've rarely seen that comparison. More people I know have compared her to characters like Monsoon in Metal Gear Rising, Buggy the Clown in One-Piece, and Ms. Fortune from Skullgirls.
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
I think it might have to do with the fact she actually likes Kyubey even though she knows his whole deal. Like I said, simultaneously impressed and horrified.
Yeah, I remember that.
I mean that she's not exactly sane but the way she comes off would make her sound reasonable and logical. Like Kyubey.
Eh, I guess it was just me then... that was all I could think of at the moment I was writing.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I thought that you'd like her more, especially because she's a really cute and cuddly and moe' maid, and I saw in your gallery that you really like cutesy maids, just like I do.
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I do like her, I can tell you put quite a bit into her and yes I agree she's pretty cute; however, it's all too possible to like a character and still be disturbed or sickened by them. For example- Lelouch vi Britannia; he's a magnificent bastard and chess master, but sometimes I can't take his stupidity with women and people in general and his whole deal with people betraying him because whether he acknowledges it, he thinks himself the center of the world.

I made that base when I was first starting out, like two to four years ago. People's interests don't change, they just lose intensity. I think maids can be pretty adorable, especially Ayara.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I see. Well I just love lots of cute things, such as maids, Nekomimis, Chibis, Drill-Hair cuties, Megane girls, :3 faces, cute bows, Lolita Fashion, and more. I just absolutely love cute things so much!
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yeah; those kind of things are pretty cute. Really, the cute things I like are the actions of certain characters and their words more than anything. It doesn't mean I don't like maids or lolitas, because they are pretty adorable :)
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I think Jo is an excellent example of a mentally unhinged character. She cuts herself up without hesitation, she knows about the darker sides of being a magical girl and yet still relishes the duties and she thinks that just "being happy" will stop her from becoming a witch. This, I believe, is a wonderful deconstruction of the magical girl archetype; someone who dedicates their full self to the ideal of a magical girl, to the exclusion of almost all else in life. This truly fits the tone of Madoka Magica; being a magical girl will break you, one way or another. It seems that with Jo, the price she paid was her sanity and sense of reality. You have truly grasped the spirit of Madoka Magica with this character. Bravo.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I know, and you should see my other two as well, Rika Isoni and Haruka Conley. They are also very unique and fitting too. I'm also working on some new Witches for my series, although they're taking more time because their art styles can be hard. However, I did finish one Witch so far, Lydia The Night Witch. Go check them out too.

By the way, have you seen Quitterie The Needle Witch? In my series, Jo is actually who Quitterie was before she became a Witch. Quitterie is like Jo because she also uses Needle Blades and Energy Blasts in her attacks, is devoted a ton to Kyubey's duties, and has a respectful nature too. Although Jo isn't the main character in my series, she does play an important role. And her part of it sort of becomes a type of origin story of how Quitterie came into being.
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Could you give me links to those characters?
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Certainly. Although I see that you've already seen Haruka Conley, and therefore it would not be practical to show her's. I'll show you the links to the others right now though.

Here's the link to the one on Rika Isoni: [link]


And here's links to that one Witch, "Lydia The Night Witch," and stuff related to her, such as her minions, Grief Seed, Witch Kiss, etc.
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Hopefully I will be able to finish the other Witches soon though. The Witches in mine I plan to make extra cool and interesting though.
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Lydia is indeed an interesting witch. Although I must say I feel the same problem with Rika as I did with Haruka. She's like... a paper doll with character traits slapped onto her. If you catch my meaning.

What I'd like to see is character interaction, a chance to actually see these traits fleshed out. Would you perhaps be interested in RPing with me? I have been considering taking up PPPM RPing, and I'd love to do it with your characters to find out more about them.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Yeah, well the thing is that I wanted to describe them as much as I could, but without revealing any potential major spoilers for stuff I have in store for this Fan-Manga project of mine, Rika Magika. They do have a lot to them, some that I didn't mention, but I don't want to mention those traits for fear that it will ruin some of it. Rika Magika is coming along slowly but steadily, but I'm working hard to finish it.

Also thank you for your offer, but I already got my characters involved in an RP with my friend, ~kamon-san and he's found them to be rather good alongside his. You should check out his profile and see. Sorry, but I'll have to decline.
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Okay, do you have any pages ready?
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I'm not planning on releasing any until I get a good number of them finished, and I dunno when that will be, but I am still at work on this and I will strive to make it good.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Oh I almost forgot. For the whole "Strategic Body Disassembly" thing. Its a big part of Jo overall, and she uses and such quite frequently. I've gotten mixed opinions on this. Some of my friends/supporters told me its kind of cool, funny, and sort of cute too. And others said it makes her a bit more morbid and creepy. I see you are one of the ones who'd find it creepy, but both ways, it still fits into Maho Shoujo Madoka Magika.


First of all, I DID NOT base this skill of her's off of those Headless Mami Tomoe jokes that have been everywhere. I based it more off of the fact that it was shown that as long as their Soul Gem does not get destroyed and stays within 100 Meters of them, they won't die. They can survive wounds that would normally be fatal, and can't feel the pain of it anymore (though they feel other things).
I personally like to call this part, their Semi-Immortality. I mean they are almost immortal, but not completely, and it is still quite possible to kill them. They're just more difficult to kill overall. And BTW, the only reason Mami died was that Charlotte swallowed and destroyed her Soul Gem, which was attached ontop her head, but she would have survived otherwise, despite that.

I always thought that if they can now survive stuff like this, then why the heck not take advantage of it? Overall, this could be actually quite useful for them. I could understand maybe them not feeling comfortable about this, or having trouble adapting from it, but if not, it could be used to their advantage quite well.
That's what makes Jo very unique. The other Maho Shoujos only used their Soul Gem Semi-Immortality to survive more of a beating in combat. Jo on the other hand, uses it more to separate herself into pieces and have her body parts move individually, then just pull herself together later on. She's thinking better on this and it makes her more effective overall.


By the way, this doesn't make them "zombies." If they were zombies, they be more withered and decayed and such, would be near insane and mindless, and would think of little more than to attack people like monsters and devour their brains. They aren't like that though. Also, after reviewing some of the original series, I see that their bodies still feel normal, and not cold and lifeless like a corpse.
They're not zombies, they're just Semi-Immortal. As in they're pretty much still alive, but they live in a different manner than ordinary people do, and can now survive normally fatal bodily harm due to their magic. Ever seen characters such as Deadpool in Marvel, Buggy the Clown and Trafalgar Law in One Piece, Alisa Bosconovich in Tekken, Bryce Boltzmann in Neverdead, or The Green Knight from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? Same goes here, they aren't zombies, just others with supernatural abilities to survive normally fatal harm. Jo doesn't think of herself or others as a zombie, just a person gifted with supernatural abilities to survive wounds that would kill a normal person.

Personally, I don't find it to be very scary though. I mean its not like she still has blood gushing out of the stub areas or anything (that would be more freaky). The original series never even had blood, and even so, it probably would've stopped by now, for how long those brackets have been in there. In fact, I sometimes wonder if the Maho Shoujos can even bleed anymore or not. And not only do those brackets help make it more easier for her to split apart without cutting herself, but they make the stub part look more "clean" and okay, and not so fleshy and all. I dunno about you, but I personally don't find it to be very scary. A cool and interesting skill from her Semi-Immortality, but not scary.I understand that some people do though, but the original Maho Shoujo Madoka Magika was scary at times, you know.


Now as for how she handles it so well. She first learned about it when she survived getting cut in two by a Witch, and saw how the Soul Gem let her survive it. After Kyubey explained the details, she then installed those bracket things into her so she could do it more conveniently and easily, and so that the Gem would not heal those ever and they'd stay separated. She then got to practicing and adapting to this well. Now she's actually very used to it. Perhaps a bit too used to it, as for she makes herself fall apart very frequently, except when in public as to not startle others who don't know her.

One reason, as I mentioned before, was that she was previously (and actually still is), a big fan of that magic trick where the Magician puts you in a box and saws you in half, and now she can do it without faking it. Another reason, she feels that it makes her so special and unique, since doing this to a normal person would kill them, but she can survive it now, and it makes her special. Not only that, but when Jo is in pieces, she claims that it makes her feel much more "lighter" and "smaller" and mentions there being an "airy" feeling over the stub parts, which she enjoys. She also likes how she can use this skill in many different ways, like for instance, being in many places at one time, and more. As I mentioned previously, she uses this both in and out of battle, and a whole lot.

Also somewhat funny. Jo tends to be rather playful and cute with this skill. Often times while doing it, she makes jokes about it. Like for instance, when using her special attack that involves charging up her head and throwing it at the Witch, she sometimes says things like "Heads up!" (get the joke?) Or, "You want a piece of me? Well I'll give you one!" and other such ones. When not fighting Witches, sometimes she'll do things like play with her own head as if it were a softball, or accomplish more things in different areas, or stick objects onto her neck and see how she looks like with that object as a "fake head," or even using her own body parts as a paperweight and more.
One of her favorite things though, is when someone pulls off her head and cuddles and hugs her like a pillow or something (like Murasaki does a lot with Kyubey). She just loves that so much, and will let anyone whom she trusts do it to her, as long as they are gentle with her. You can see that she really enjoys this, and I hope this helps you understand her. Its one of her biggest traits.

The brackets allow her to do this without cutting herself, and reattach her limbs more easily. However, this also makes her body more fragile, and she gets knocked apart quite easily. Like say if she were to fall from a bit of a distance or get hit by a strong force, it would most likely make her fall apart quickly. So this can sometimes be helpful for her, but other times not so helpful, especially if one of her body parts falls out of the 100 Meter range of her gem, or gets caught somewhere out of reach. Nevertheless, she pretty much used to it by now, and reassembling herself isn't too difficult most of the time.
In a manner, she's almost like a living Jigsaw Puzzle or something like that.


Oh, and I wouldn't say Jo's really lost sense of reality, but she enjoys how she's capable of doing stuff that normal people can't. She is aware that normal people can't do stuff like her though, and she certainly isn't a crazed person who would decapitate others like a maniac. She likes how she can do it, but is aware that others would be killed by this.

Although since technically the other Maho Shoujos could probably do it, Jo would have certain problems with doing it or not. She would kind of like to have a friend who has this Semi-Immortality play around with her in this manner too. However, she is still very respectful, and she won't make them do this if they don't want too. She realizes at times that even though the other Maho Shoujos could perhaps pull this disassembly skill off, they might not like it or be used to it, and she won't do that if she knows about it.

In fact, in one scene I have planned for Rika Magika, at one part, Sayaka Miki gets herself literally chopped to bits. Thankfully, her Soul Gem keeps her alive, but unlike Jo, Sayaka isn't as cool with it. In fact, Sayaka then starts freaking out, and Jo realizes that Sayaka isn't very comfortable with this. For Sayaka, the main reason she freaks out from this happening to herself is that it makes it even more apparent that Kyubey tricked her and she no longer has her Soul inside her body like a normal girl, which she really hated him for. Jo understands how Sayaka is like, and then helps Sayaka put herself back together. So she wouldn't do this to them if she knows they don't like it, and would respect that.


I hope this explains all the stuff about her "Body Disassembly" skill, and why she's okay with it and all, even if it was very long.

By the way, speaking of how she respects others, even if they have the ability to survive that. If Murasaki, Yuki, or Yoko were to have themselves cut into pieces like this, would they be as comfortable with it, or would they freak out like Sayaka does in my series? I would want to know so that Jo would probably want to play around/mess around with them this way, or maybe have her teach them about how she pulls it off and adapts to it and such. Of course, she'd only do it if they were willing and wanted to, and she wouldn't make them if she knew they won't enjoy it. So would they really mind being cut apart without dying or not?
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kamon-san Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Since Amane already has learned many of the dark secrets about Mahou Shoujos and Soul Gems, I think she'd be able to accept that truth as well, though it would make her uncomfortable since it's pretty much a constant reminder that their bodies are souless. But it is true it's convenient, and knowing that she would probably be able to protect Saki even more so she'd end up accepting it.

Saki on the other hand is extremely sensitive emotionally and she has her own naive idea of what it is to be magical girl. Seeing Jo do it would freak her out a lot already, and learning the reason for it could break her down completely. She would positively never be able to do it herself. In the best case scenario, Jo could tell Saki that disassembling herself is her ''special power'', so Saki wouldn't freak out. If it was presented to her this way, she would accept Jo easily and wouldn't mind holding her head. I think she'd even be able to laugh about it with Jo, but she would never disassemble herself or know the actual truth about it.

Yuki would accept it right away and probably respect Jo for the creative way she uses her semi-immortality. Chances are she found out about it in a way very similar to Jo. She's a little too cold to take the initiatiive to cuddle with Jo's head by herself, but if Jo incited her to do it even slightly, she wouldn't mind. Of all my Mahou Shoujos, she would be the one to accept and befriend Jo the easiest, even if Saki is the friendlier one.

Himiko would try to exploit Jo's power as a weakness and try to turn it against her. Even though Himiko enjoys her semi-immortality, she would never consider disassembling herself. She considers herself too beautiful and she sees this technique as an ugly and inelegant power. ;P She would not be freaked out if it happened to her, but she would feel humiliated.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Hmm, seems reasonable. I can see why someone who has this ability would probably not enjoy it. And that's a good thing too that I never thought of, also not mentioning the fact that the Soul Gem now contains their very lifeforce, since that would be startling too, though most of the girls that Jo is with already know this, but if they didn't, she certainly wouldn't want to startle them and tell them.

Technically, her actual "unique special ability" is the energy blasts and her weapons such as her needle blades, but she certainly could ad-lib it by telling Saki otherwise. Still, I could see why she'd be uncomfortable, but she'd see her do it quite soon, since she always uses this skill to fight Witches more easily.

And I can see how this would take time to get used to. In fact, Jo originally had to get used to this and adapt and practice, but now she's more adapt at falling apart than a house of cards.
In fact, I could imagine now some scenes of Yuki training with Jo on how to be good at this. However, Yuki would have to stick brackets in-between her limbs like Jo did too, or else she'd literally have to dice herself up every time she wants too. I dunno if Yuki would really like having brackets put into her, but its what makes it way easier and convenient.

As for Himico, if she feels embarrassed by it, and since she's one of the villains, I could see Jo using this against her when she fights her. Like in one battle, at one point, Jo would slice her head off with her staff. Then Himico would be like "Hey, give that back! That's mine!" Jo would then be like, "You want this? Go get it!" and then toss her head a far distance away. Therefore, Himico's body would then humorously run off to retrieve her head, and Jo and her friends would make there escape. Would be a neat way for a fight against her to turn out.
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kamon-san Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I don't think Yuki would go as far as practicing disassembling herself like Jo does, but as I said she would understand and respect that ability. She would indeed be uncomfortable with brackets in her own body, even if she knows it's a necessity when using that skill. In short, she would not use that ability on purpose like Jo does, but she would have no problem helping Jo perfect it.

Your idea for Himiko made me smile. XD I can't help but find it funny, though I know that kind of humiliation would make Himiko want to kill Jo even more. ;P But it's a good scene!
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Oh I see. Yeah, Jo is one of those Maho Shoujo who's survived for a long while, like Mami, Kyouko, and Homura had. She's had a lot of time to improve, but she could always do better.

And Jo would never get into a situation like Murasaki did. Since she's does a whole lot with the Soul Gem Semi-Immortality, she knows how much of a priority her Soul Gem is. She never lets anyone touch her gem or mess with it, unless it were a dire situation, like say someone had to pull it off in order to save her life. Otherwise, she doesn't let anyone but herself touch it, for if something were to happen to that gem, she will die. Its a total priority for Jo.

And yes, that scene with Himico would be rather funny. Although Jo almost never holds back when taking down a Witch (except if that Witch were someone she knew before), she's still cute and respectful. Unless the situation with Himico got Really Really Bad, she'd probably show some mercy. Considering how Himico also helps fight witches and puts that above her rivalry, she would have some sympathy for her, and maybe even save her if she were to be in danger of being killed by a Witch, although I doubt Himico would do the same for her then, would she?


Jo would probably not just blow out Himico's Soul Gem and kill her, unless she really really deserved it. Instead, she'd take advantage of how Himico finds being split apart to be humiliating, and do that to her, also letting her escape.

I could also picture something else funny happening to Himico. Like while she's still trying to find her head, suddenly a bird would land on her face and start pecking at her, and she'd be like "Gah, cut that out, stop ruining my beautiful face, unngh!" or something like that.

Another idea for how a fight with Himico vs Jo and her friends would turn out in the end I had, though I'm not sure, maybe this would be a little extreme. At the end, Jo would then throw her staff and make it impale Himico through the chest and pin her down to the ground. Unable to escape, Himico would be worried about what would happen. Then Jo would walk over, but show some sympathy. She'd then remove Himico's Soul Gem and set it aside, then proceed to pull out her staff, and then quickly dice up Himico into over 100 timy little bits (though not too many). She'd then proceed to gather up all the little pieces of Himico and scatter them all over the place, leaving her Gem somewhere safe, and then she'd say something like "Have fun pulling yourself back together, Humpty-Dumpty," followed by her and her friends getting away.

I got the idea for that off of this comic here. --> [link]
It would be a much more funny scene and more humiliating of a defeat for her. Almost as funny as the scene where Kyubey got blown full of holes by Homura (which wasn't bloody or anything). Though I dunno if this would be too much though.

But this would force Himico to either reassemble her body bit by bit, or just give up and wait for her Soul Gem to restore her back to normal. Either way, it would then take hours, or even a few days, before poor little Himico is back in one piece. Perhaps something else funny would happen too, like maybe a cat or some other animal picks of a part of her and runs off with it, or she ends up getting caught and swept up by a streetsweeper, even more embarrassing!

Either way, Himico would probably be extremely pissed off at her during their next fight. She wouldn't take that sort of defeat so lightly from what I've seen.
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kamon-san Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I must agree that the scenario you imagined where Himiko gets chopped into 100 pieces is a little extreme, but if it was to make up for something horrible Himiko did it could be fitting. I drew a scene I thought of today involving Jo and Himiko, and it's actually the kind of event that could lead to that outcome. I'll make sure to scan it tonight! (^^)
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Wow, cool! I can't wait to see it.

You can see that I'm a huge fan of the Maho Shoujo's ability to withstand normally-fatal wounds, thanks to their Soul Gems, and I like it a lot. However, I sometimes wonder if I'm taking it too far or not, and I sometimes question what would be overdoing it or not.

Many times I try to avoid it by focusing more on Witch fights, and they lose their Semi-Immortality once they become a Witch, in exchange for becoming more monstrous and mighty. But when its Maho Shoujo vs Maho Shoujo, I sometimes start thinking over the top about what would happen in a fight against two of them who can survive stuff like this. In fact, once in Rika Magika, a similar event happens when they are having a sparring match (you know, a practice play-fight to test each other's skills), but not really anywhere else. Part of the main concept behind Jo too.


By the way, could you please leave some comments on my stuff for Lydia The Night Witch? You told me that you find her interesting too, but I've yet to hear your opinions on her, and her minions, Signa and Terrance, and other stuff such as her Grief Seed. When you can, could you please do that on some of them?
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Wow, thanks for all the insight. I see from your comment that you looked at the other reference sheets of Jo Ayara too. I wasn't aware about these traits and features about Jo that I forgot to mention and all. But yes, Jo is a very unique and interesting Maho Shoujo, and very important, aside from Rika herself.


Well I'm glad you find her to be cute. Little cuteys in maid outfits are way too adorable and cuddly. And also about Jo Ayara's Soul Gem, just so you know. Not all Soul Gems match their owner's color scheme. Like for instance, Homura was mostly black, but her Soul Gem was purple. Same goes for Jo, she's mostly gray, but her's is red. Her mostly gray color scheme also made her turn out way more cuter and lovable overall too.

And notice the location of her Soul Gem. Her's attaches onto her back, which is a more unique location than most of the others. In a way, I think that keeps it safer than others, like for instance, its not wide-out visible on her chest, like it is for Murasaki. However, her's is still on the area that usually is her blind-spot, and she has to watch for attacks from behind quite a bit. I didn't want her to be overpowered you know, and a lot of people told me that it really makes her less overpowered with her Soul Gem being on her blind-spot.


Also a little about her backstory. I recently thought this up, but didn't have this originally. It explains more about her.

Before Jo Ayara made a contract, she was a girl who was interested in magic, and read lots of magic-based books and novels, attended those Magic Trick Shows frequently, and more, but wished she could have it for real. When Kyubey found Jo and she made a contract, it was everything she could ever ask for. Now she can truly experience actual magical adventures, use supernatural powers, face against powerful Witches, all to help others, and help Kyubey sustain the Universe! This is why she enjoys it so much and is so playful and enjoys the contract, for its like a dream come true to be involved in such magical things herself, and do good from it too. She learned about the Witch transformation a bit early on, but it's not much for her. She felt that as long as she stays happy, despair won't overtake her and it won't happen, and that's easy for her most of the time. She also makes sure that her teammates stay happy as best as she can.

Oh and by the way, sort of explaining her one skill. Before she made a contract, one of Jo Ayara's favorite Magic Tricks is that one where the Magician puts you in a box and saws you in half (you know that trick)? Now, since she can't die normally, thanks to her Soul Gem, she can now perform tricks like that without faking it, or even needing a saw or a box. Part of why she likes it a ton.


Next, about her and the fact that she knows about the Witch Transformation.

As said before, Jo is sort of a Zealot to Kyubey, but she's also very optimistic, playful, and respectful. Jo never reveals how the Witches are former Maho Shoujos, because she's afraid that they might not be able to handle the truth. After all, they become a Witch as soon as despair overtakes them, so as long as they don't lose hope and stay mostly happy, they can avoid it. She basically hides this secret, for its better off that they don't know, for their own good. She wants to help Kyubey in his goal to preserve the Universe and keep it from collapsing on itself, and she feels that if she keeps herself and her friends from losing hope, they can stay going on and help Kyubey, without becoming Witches themselves.

At times in my series, Maho Shoujo Rika Magika, she tries to comfort her other Maho Shoujo friends when they start to look unhappy or depressed. A few times they then ask "why are you suddenly so concerned with how I feel?" Jo then just tells them "I'm your friend, of course I care about you and your feelings," but in truth, she is more concerned with them to not become a Witch (which also shows she cares too though).

I don't think Jo would ever tell Saki that, for she doubts she could handle it. She'd probably go along and have fun and adventures fighting Witches with her. I bet Saki and her would get along well, but Amane would probably try to stop them both. Amane would perhaps try to get Jo to confess what she knows, but Jo would be resistant to doing so, because she doesn't want them to become depressed from knowing this, which would trigger the Witch Transformation.

Though I wonder how Saki could handle seeing the way Jo pops on and off her body parts? She tends to do that a lot, both in and out of battle, and I dunno how Saki would take seeing that. In my series, Rika Magika, most of the other Maho Shoujos, and Rika Isoni too, are actually mostly okay with it (perhaps since she's their friend, and they've seen it enough). Although Sayaka still gets uneasy when she does it, and can get startled by it too. The rest, maybe a little, but not so much, and Rika actually finds it to be very interesting and cool, not very scary though.


Most of the time, fighting Witches is rather fun and adventurous, and she knows what good she is doing from it. You know how characters such as Sonic, Rai from Xiaolin Showdown, Luffy in One-Piece, and some others actually enjoy fighting dangerous foes many times like that due to the excitement and adventure, even though they know the dangers? Same goes for Jo, she fights them well, but has a good time doing it. And also similarly, she wouldn't find it as enjoyable in one of those desperate situations where it doesn't look like they'll make it (such as during Walpurgis Night's attack).

Most of the time, the fact that the Witches are former magical girls doesn't deter her too much. As I mentioned in the description, its like fighting someone who had been bitten by a werewolf or zombie or something, and had turned into one. I bet you'd certainly want to kill a werewolf or zombie, even though they were once human. Although then again, if that werewolf or zombie were previously someone you knew well, you probably wouldn't want to do it.

That's another part. Jo's taking down Witches and knows about it, but she certainly isn't heartless. Most of the Witches she fights at first are Witch Forms of others whom she never met or knew, and its a lot easier for her. However, if she were aware that a Witch were actually a former friend or teammate of her's, it wouldn't be as easy on her, and she'd be much less enthusiastic. She'd probably get a mental breakdown in the middle of the fight and not want to do it, perhaps letting her guard down too, until someone knocks some sense into her. She wouldn't try to make the Witch change back like Kyouko did with Oktavia, because she knows that can't be done. However, she'd get really emotional and sad about having to hurt her own friend, and she'd stop fighting, perhaps almost getting herself killed from this.

This plays out into the later parts of my series. Soon when she finds that she's fighting the Witch forms of those she knew well, unlike before when they were not others she knew of, it gets much less enjoyable for her, and starts to affect her overall. This later leads to her downfall. Just like all the others, the happiness and enjoyability of it, if any, doesn't last, and sooner or later with all the stuff they have to endure, they inevitably fall into despair.


I hope that this explains it. Sorry if it was a long reply, but I see that you don't really mind.
Maybe seeing her in your stuff would work. I'd love to roleplay with you, but I don't know how. Maybe when I'm finished with the other new Maho Shoujo in mine, Haruka Conley, I will. I'll let you know when I finish Haruka, she's rather interesting too, and I bet you'll like her as well.
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Feyzer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She does look cutesy yes ^^ petite yet likely professional and that gem is intriguing. ^^
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Why thank you. Maid Outfits make any sweetie like this even more adorable. Also have you checked out the other reference sheets of Jo? You should see her neat Maho Shoujo skills and powers, they're rather cool.

Oh say, are you from Alloyrabbit's Livestream? I thought I saw you there.
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marbil2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a really cute well made oc is it ok if I fo fan art of her sometime :3
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Oh sure you can. Just let me know when you're done with it, and make sure that she looks good and all. I'd love to see more fan art of Jo!
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Waimbert Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Neat design of the soul gem. Though since its her one weakness, I just can't imagine it beeing safe for her to keep it there expose for people to attack it.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Yes, its a unique one. I figured it was a unique place, since none of the other girls in the official series had their Soul Gems there. I wanted Jo to be as unique as a Fan-Character as possible.
Plus, its still rather safe on her back, since it won't be as useful to attack her from the front (unless the attack pierced through to her back though). However, you are right that Jo has to literally "Watch Her Back" a lot, especially when fighting against Witches.

Her Maid Outfit doesn't really make her a maid in truth. Its mostly just something to make her look more cute and adorable. Just like the other girls in Maho Shoujo Madoka Magika, who also wear outfits that don't mean much about their position, but does make them more cute and lovable and Moe'.
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Waimbert Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I gotcha, though it often made me question the praticality of having a Soul Gem on them. If its there life force, then would it be safe to hide it where no one can find it, it is the best way to stay safe.

Also, another thing I always thought was strange about magical girls is why do they wear dresses. Why wear something that serves no purpose for combat condition. Sure it looks cute for the audience to see, but how does it serves them on the battlefield. LOL. XD
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Yes, the main reason of the Soul Gem is to make them harder to kill. Homura in the original series had her's in a more obscure area though. Homura's attached to the backside of her hand, which isn't somewhere another person would typically target.

I dunno about the outfits thoug, but it is cute. I mean even the girls in Sonic and Touhou don't wear body armor, despite being less protective, but it wouldn't be as cute.
Some series like Strike Witches have a better way of explaining it though, like in Strike Witches, it's because it would make them too heavy to fly with those Striker Unit Legs of theirs. If only these other series gave as good explanations. Oh well.
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Waimbert Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Strike Witches make more sense then, because they are trying to look aerodynamics. However, most magical girls looks like they are going to the prom, but its doesn't matter, because as you said the dress are wore to make the magical girls look cute, and if you can kickasses while wearing still wearing a dress then that makes you more badassses than wearing armor.XD
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MaidDifferent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Did you make up the uniform yourself or base it off a cosplay/manga/anime?

It suits her look very well.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I made up her uniform on my own, but I also tried to make it look very "Madoka Magika-esque" as well, for she's supposed to be a girl like in that, who previously made a contract with Kyubey.

In truth though, the Maid Outfit is more just to look cute, as well as represents how she acts like sort of Zealot to Kyubey, almost being like his servant now. Just like how all the other girls in Madoka Magika wore outfits of similar sorts (not Maid Outfits though), but mostly the only purpose of them was that it looked cute.
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MaidDifferent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Ah, I see.
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Kind of cute. Though I wonder why you made her and Reika's hair color both white.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Her hair color isn't white. Her hair is gray.

I think you are confusing it with her Maid Headband, which like all Maid Headbands, is white.
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amena12345 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the uniform
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yep, she's a cute little Meido!!!
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amena12345 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cute
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