I made my choice of monsters based on these classes, or at least what I could extract from them for the purposes of creating a set of Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Fighters are easy: the Warrior class fits it perfectly, and from there you can go to Swordsmen. I wanted a certain subclass of warrior within my group, but I also included some whose means were a bit more aggressive. I chose Yahiko over Kenshin because to me RuroKen is as much a story of growing up (for Yahiko) as it is of reconciling with one's past (Kenshin and the other survivors of the Revolution). In fact, Yahiko is one of the few characters in the series who successfully adjusts to the new era without losing the part of his samurai identity that is important (his pride, as Kenshin points out). Rangers would also be Warriors, but ones that are good at tracking and trap detection Not all men of the Night's Watch are Rangers, but Jon Snow makes a good one, and he's also an important person to Arya. To me the ultimate ranger remains Drizzt Do'Urdden, renegade Drow. Wizards are Spellcasters any way you cast it. Beyond that you get style specialization, which is good for subtypes. I wanted to include a Healer rather than a Priest, and Wendy Marvell was a natural choice because she also becomes competent in her own right. Rather, it's remarkable that she can develop offensive techniques simply by having watched Natsu for awhile. It seems to me that she learns more quickly than Yahiko does. When I think 'magic swordsman' I think 'Erza Scarlet,' but I also think of 'Layfon Alseif' when I thin 'ultimate swordsman.' As far as Rogues go... I have one straight Rogue (Cat of the Canals, a Tier-2 monster). Because I also wanted monsters who could 'work well with others' I sustituted 'Rogue' for 'Ninja' for the others (Kotarou and Kaede). The Bard, though, I felt I could effectively do without. If it comes down to it, though, I'm sure the others would not mind Mana cheering them on.
About some cards in particular:
I had that picture of Mana since shortly after her first appearance in the anime. I'd been planning a Light version of Dark Magician Girl for some time, and knew I'd use Red Eyes Black Dragon and Blue Eyes White Dragon as my basis, together with DMG's ability. I was also planning a Light Magician counterpart for Mahaado, but I can't find a good picture that will fit to my satisfaction. But I do now have a Light Magician Girl.
Negi-ko is what I use to refer to whenever someone convinces Negi to crossdress. By Ayaka's reaction, both versions are effective (Chamo also made him dress in a schoolgirl uniform), but I think the miniskirt kitsune is more so, and doubly humiliating while we're on it. I use it as yet another reason this version of Negi can use Magia Erebea. Being so disarmed, it's further fuel to rearm, therefore Negi's next level features two weapons.
Speaking of Magia Erebea, my ultimate versions of Negi are his Nightform and Dayform. This is based on something that happened on the MangaFox forums during the popularity contest. The upshot is this version of Negi uses Mana Compartmentalization to keep the Dark and Light separate instead of mixing them and walking a Grey Path. First Negi engages his Nightform, and since he has less experience using Dark magicks he has a smaller magic capacity for that. he continues until his Dark mana runs out, reverts to his previous form while he changes gears, and then engages his Dayform (Light Magic), with which he has most of his entire life's worth of experience, and thus a far larger manapool -- so the Knight of Light Negi stays on the field permanantly (the Latin I used on the Nightform card translates to 'Knight of Night Negi,' which is my title on the MangaFox forums).
You will see many cards for which there are matching pictures in my Ala Alba set. I assure you that the cards I have made here have different effects and other stats. For instance, I inverted the Yue cards to make her Magister version the more powerful one. Yes, the versions here (of the cards that resemble Ala Alba ones more closely) are better than their Ala Alba versions. Without a doubt, they are. I did that because I could, so you could not get a simpler reason than that.
I think I have explained everything that needs to be, but if you have further questions please do ask. I will also greatly appreciate any specific feeback and advice you might have for me, on how to improve these cards (and of course, this is a set with more cards than you can put into a deck, so it's flexible).
Done. So what do you all think of my best work yet? Also, if you have any recommendations as to who to use in my next set, Cuteness Counterattack, you can make them here. I intend on outdoing ISML by making a set of cute/moe characters whose effects will cripple the opponent. My starting point is Sukka Konoka and Sukka Nodoka, and Hinata from Ro-Kyu-Bo, who has become my definition for 'moe.'
Edited by Xi-3, 12 February 2012 - 05:03 PM.