I was browsing taobao the other day (as I do) and decided to see if there was anything fun on the Guilty Gear tag- and found… these.
The listing claims them to be (anime style) character reference sheets. Obviously, being that no Guilty Gear anime exists (and let’s not kid ourselves, is probably not going to at this rate ;_;) that’s BS; assumedly these are fanart that have been lifted from somewhere.
But my question is: from where??? I actually really like the Sol and Jam designs (that… weird ass Dragon Install thing notwithstanding lol) and want more 8|a
Anyone have any clues whatsoever what the deal with these are? This is the highest res I could find them at but if anyone can like, read what any of the text on these says, that would be cool too.
edit: Oops forgot to link the source, did that now (also here: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?&id=17502269234
And you can try to zoom to a higher res by clicking this link.)
looka likw these were released some time before the game was cuz this sol looks exact to guilty gear xrd version
Welp, now that Xrd is announced, let me bring this post back.
These images can still be found with a pretty quick search (using GG’s Chinese name 罪恶装备) on taobao, there’s tons of listings for them. The listings still don’t mention any background on the images, but given that Xrd is announced, it’s not unreasonable to think these could be leaked concepts.
So I’ll just note a few differences. First, Sol’s anatomy and body/hair style here are pretty different from what we’ve seen of Xrd (closer to BB’s style). He’s pretty lean and long here, closer to the art we were seeing from Overture (which I’ve always assumed he was slimmed down for modeling reasons?) and the hair is much shorter. The proportions are basically quite different. However, this could be easily explained as just being an early concept done by a different artist on staff, for outfit design purposes.
Next, The symbol people have been talking about has actually been showing up on Sol in different arts for the past couple years, if you look at things like I believe the GG x BB live concert DVD cover it shows up there on his glove and some straps he’s wearing. Daisuke has definitely been leaving us hints, and artists have picked those up too.
As to irrefutable plusses- the sword is one of the things that I think makes this being a concept very plausible. It’s very, very similar to the one he’s using in the trailer. And unlike the symbol mentioned above, none of the swords that appeared in the Overture concept book looked anything like this, either- it has never appeared before to my knowledge.
Minorly, the red back waist belt shown here does appear in Sol’s new design.
So personally, I’m hoping these are indeed leaked concepts (and thus Jam maybe confirmed yay :3)
Speculation: If it is, this new Dragon Install is quite interesting. If we’re assuming by the dates that have been noticed that this takes place after Overture, it could be a further evolved form of his Dragon Install, like That Man mentioned- and we have seen DI in the trailer already. I wonder if, due to the 3D models, a different model like he had for his Gear form in Overture is possible for the duration of Dragon Install? Notice they cut off what happens after the DI animation.
(I’ll maybe edit this more if I think of anything else~)