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WIP Fixed up DDLC Sayori-model (Salvaged from MMD)
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So, I should probably clarify my rhetoric here: My opinion is that MMD as a software is garbage. My opinion is that most models for it out there are a bit haphazardly put together. My experience is that these models break when imported elsewhere. That is not a statement on the authors of the models, nor the community that makes them. It's me saying that there's clearly a bit of a bridge between softwares and that bridge is made completely out of landmines, and whatever gets tossed across it will turn out to be garbage as well, no matter how nice it looks within the original software.

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Edit Note (Jan 29th 2018); Given the, uh, "backlash" from some extremely very vocal members of the MMD community who really, really do not like when you badmouth their software I'm unlikely to release these in any heavy capacity. On that note I have to say I find it extremely ironic that for a modelling-group composed almost entirely of people who haphazardly assemble and release 10+ different characters usually without the part-authors permissions or credits, they sure take model distribution guidelines super-seriously. 🙄 If or when I complete this we'll see what happens. For now, it's limbo. 

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After 4 years in the professional industry I've gotten so spoiled by rigs that just work when you want them to, and few things are as frustrating as just wanting to get your creativeness on in your spare time only to find every rig that should enable you to do so is half-assed, or for some reason limited to MMD.
Now I'm of the opinion that MMD is hot garbage (There's some good stuff in there too, I very fondly remember Bad Apple), and I wouldn't personally touch it with a ten-foot pole - but I get why people might like it.
So when I stumble onto something I want to work with I just have to bite the bullet and port them to Maya and clean up the resulting UTTER MESS that is double-skeletons, broken skinning, overlapping geometry, duplicate materials, awful rigging. Most of this is probably the plugins faults during import, but the fact that a lot of these .PMX's are frankensteined from 10 different characters probably doesn't help!
I guess to clarify - I'm mostly being villainous towards MMD as a software. I also really, really hate Blender.
The models are generally fine - but flawed. And I wanna fix that and make something that is a little bit more flexible, and more generally software-friendly.

So, uh, here's my WIP attempt at un-uglying an MMD model after it's been imported to Maya, and cleaning it up so the rest of us can use it. Here's some stuff it does so far:
- Original rig utterly destroyed, replaced with a Mixamo basic rig (rigs do not need to be this complicated, MMD).
- HumanIK control rig (Because why fix what isn't broken?).
- Geometry fixed to more closely resemble the character.
- Toon-shaders for Maya Software/Hardware/Mental Ray rendering. (For PBR-based rendering (ie Redshift) the materials have ambience to work better with lights).
- Improved eye-texture

Among the stuff I plan to fix is a better neck-tie-bow-thing, higher resolution vest-thingymajig, reintroducing joints for skirt & hair (maybe dynamicJoints???) and just overall QOL improvements that should make using these models a little less of a pain.
I also might maybe make a facial rig to utilize all the blendshapes. There's a LOT of them though, so I'll try to figure it out. No promises.
Things I won't do tho: Fix every broken and unwelded vertex. There's just too goddamn many of them.

No, I will not make this model available for MMD. It'll be as .MB-files for Maya-nerds, and an FBX for anyone else.
Can't guarantee shaders will work completely in anything else though. I don't even want to imagine what Source would do to this thing.

Original models released by :iconsweet-desiree: and I guess all these people:
[TDA/Xoriu/Sefina-NZ/kreifish/Deezllulu/Shaka-yo/CCV/kaahgomedl/cacti-sloom/Agahat/cham/PD/Chocofunduk/Moyonote/mmdyesbutterfly/Tehrainbowllama/Shioku-990/manashiku]
By the time I'm done with this thing it'll be likely beyond recognition from the originals anyway, but hey.
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Solife's avatar
Solife|Student General Artist
Honestly yeah, MMD is kinda shitty as a software.
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sodium777|Student General Artist
Hey dude, amazing work there.

Don't mind the complaints - you'll get the same kind of rage in all kinds of niche communities that are held together by weird esoteric trash.
MMD is objectively trash by every standard you can measure a program in 2019. The fact that people can make something decent with it is just a testament to how insane it's users are.
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kawaiikitty98|Hobbyist Digital Artist
she looks awesome! while i do use mmd, i do agree that the majority of the mmdc is garbage, and so many of the good modellers have mostly left (moyonote was awesome and jjinomu is barely active anymore rip)

on that note, got any tips on using maya? i kinda wanna get into using something other than just mmd since making models in pmx is kinda difficult when it make no sense oof
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lewdmon's avatar
 You've fallen for the god complex many creatives suffer from from spending just a few years in the industry. Why else would you come to this site, criticise the faults of MMD users, and then emulate the worst of them?

It's easy to criticise them. I could it all night, for months, years. But I don't, because a lot of these people are younger than us, disadvantaged in life in every single way compared to adults, and could do without having their activities scrutinised on top of that.
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SHSLnoob|Hobbyist Artist
I'm going to be blunt, this looks better than the original one lmao. Great job. 
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NightFuryTerritory's avatar
Amazing
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emeraldvortex1's avatar
i wish you release her
that's wonderful
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Po-fora|Hobbyist General Artist
Even tho as a person who doesn't really do models or MMD in general (just like to look at them and learning how they work instead of working on them myself), i think people are a little too strict with their rules, unless its for money, i dont think importing and fixing models should be frowned upon. especially with the whole VRChat thing going on of people just throwing models into there to interact as.
The idea is to make models better, easier to use and make them actually visually appealing to the eye, the witch hunts by the japanese community and so on is overkill haha.
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tinydancing|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work <3 
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ArmoredAngel3123's avatar
Wow! This looks really pretty! It's a shame that it won't get released... But if you don't like MMD, nothing you can really do about it. I'm not someone who usually models, so I can't really say this with confidence, but the MMD community can be a little... I guess cancerous at times. 
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Bubblekiwis|Hobbyist Filmographer
As a person in the MMD community i like this sayori better than the original tbh
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BorisIsBestWolfEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey what a coincidence lmao I can remeber names and icons on DeviantArt pretty easily
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Bubblekiwis|Hobbyist Filmographer
Fuck off bruh
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BorisIsBestWolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crap dude I just wanted to say hi
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Kria1|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhh she looks so pretty in MAYA :D would love to have her one day if u ever think of giving her out :3 
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SheepyAries|Hobbyist General Artist
This is super adorable x33
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Hber2's avatar
I really wanna see this out at some point. It really looks amazing!!!
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Coyotemation|Professional Filmographer
Not happening. Blame the MMD community and it's insane hypocricy.
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OatsTheOcelotOfficia|Student General Artist
its not the communtity but the owner, the owner of the model doesnt want it up because of her/his reasons, not the comminity. i agree the community can be toxic but pleas understand that the owner has all rights to their models
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vibriMMD|Hobbyist General Artist
yikes! reported to TDA.
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Coyotemation|Professional Filmographer
lmao, what's he gonna do, send me an angrily worded email? these aren't being released, calm your tits
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AllyOPaly's avatar
NEED THIS!!!!!!! :(
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MikuHatsune234's avatar
is it okay if i import this to vrchat?
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will there ever be a download for this?
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