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Riku - Breathing Out by NanjoKoji Riku - Breathing Out by NanjoKoji
There is not much of a summer season on a subtropical island, as if there were not much of time at all. The days fly and the sun only sets to rest for a moment for us to breathe out and lean close to the things that were too far in the blazing time. When you clasp hands with silence and stand still, long enough for the little waves around your legs to get used to your presence, they will wrap like a warm blanket around your heart.
My eyes were always fixed to a different kind of wisdom. But it was when I was freezing in darkness, that I began to wish for this blanket and your timeless light to warm me when I lean close to you at the end of my road.

:iconnanjokoji: (me) as Riku
Kingdom Hearts II

photo by :iconchiisaisaku:
character (c) Square Enix/Disney

For something like a second I'm cured and my heart is at ease.
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:iconxx-yoru-xx:
XX-yoru-XX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
This is sweet and it looks so refreshing in that water.
Where was this taken?
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harrytotter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
wow...
where was th pic taken and was the water warm or freezing or just right?
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:iconlive-a-lot:
live-A-lot Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
a very nice shot!
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:iconookamiaaka:
OokamiAaka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
This is a really pretty shot. It looks so peaceful.
The light and pose is good too, very calm and bright.
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Miho-Kyoda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
KYAAA! youre so poetic! This picture is very Zen-like for me! ^^! Have you ever thought of doing like a Riku-samurai cosplay? i think that would rock!!! i can see Riku-sama as a stoic Meiji-era samurai. t-hee!
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:iconrythela:
Rythela Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Sexy!!!
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:iconfallenaiko:
FallenAiko Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so gorgeous and introspectical^^I love it. Have a fantabulous day.
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RpGrafix Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Interface Designer
scheiße bei der jahreszeit o0 das wasser muss ja eiskalt gewesen sein :D
schönes bild
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BonBonPich Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
man, i really do wish that you do an illustration book of your photos (and your Sora), with what you write. i really like what you've written. do you prefer writing seriously? like stuff containing all the words. i like to see one.
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
I posted a fanfic here on dA for those who want to read a bit of my stuff
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aelita-tealeaf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
heh its gorgeous though my imagnination ran with it and can imagine sora just outta shot waiting to scare the bejeebas out of riku, though it wont work... riku is too smart for that
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LilyFlare Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful as always. And I am totally loving your trunks!
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:iconwolfk:
WolfK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Love you swiming trunks ^_^
^_^ i love the pic all the way around ^_^
you look so much like a boy Its not fair O_O
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mydarksides Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
whoa~ i really like this!!...this is accually really really awesome!! XD
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:iconellaryrose:
EllaryRose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your stance! ^_^ It's so Riku! <3 Nice job! ^_^
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SubtleInspiration Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Ohh my. This is wonderful! It emits the exact feeling that you seem to have pinned to it; relief, an exhale, a contented sigh at the end of a long day... it's really the perfect companion to the other image of yours that I believe was from the same photo shoot... "Light on the Water" I think it was called.
Whereas that one was like holding your breath- waiting for something to happen, this one is like the release- the sigh of relief as you are welcomed home again. I especially love how the tree branches seem to be reaching out for Riku, and the light shines, as if this place that he shunned will still hold him close at the end of the day.

Your descriptions are so fantastic, I just cannot stop loving your writing! I love how this one carried through Riku's perception of the Islands and had a "before" and then "after" tone to it... and then it all came back around to the real source- the reason he sought the Islands after all... his home, his sky, his Sora.
I like to think that "the end of my road" will become something like "the beginning of our road," and that the end of one adventure will still leave the promise of another beginning.

^^; I'm sorry, I guess I'm rambling again. But I so love this! There really is nothing like your beautiful pictures in combination with your powerful writing. ^^
On a more technical note, I have to say that whatever flattening technique you used here looks amazing; if I didn't already know better I would think you were a guy! (and a handsome one at that, if you don't mind me saying ^^-)

Thanks so much for sharing, I really love this! ^_^
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
You figured right, they're from the same shooting.
And I love your rambling, but you know that^_-
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vadfag Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
FUU!! Amazing job. You look just like him. <3
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ladydragon323 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Riku should go skinny dipping...at night...with Sora! ^^
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namisukichan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
omg, this is sooo gorgous!!!! O_O so hott!
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hellsbells56 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Best Riku picture ever! So sais I! :heart:
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Irreyre Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice trunks. :D

this makes me wanna swim at the river in zilker park... sigh...
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Phathusa Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Push? :D

Schön <3
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PyroShadow18 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Beautiful photo :)

~Josh~
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yuuyami-artist Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student General Artist
the setting along with the cosplay is very beautiful ^_^- your pictures are always beautiful ^_^
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lynny-ri Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful and really emits such peace. The way the suns hits you is just amazing also. I could read your descriptions all day long. ^^
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LadySocrates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa, very nice; the sun shines and reflects everything, making it look more peaceful. :)
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:iconayaerhis:
ayaerhis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
That is so gorgeous. It reminds me so much of the island in the beginning of the games and the quiet that was there...
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lil-mikoto Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this really looks so amazing~ D: You have Riku's appearance down to the last drop.. xD I didn't even read the title or anything when I saw the little thumbnail and immediately thought "RIKU!!" X3
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Eamilijah Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Wow~
Such good lighting o_o
Beautiful ^_^
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ApocalypticReignbow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
oo! this one is very convincing!
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Desert-Rose1602 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
klasse O.O mehr fällt mir net ein (so wie immer halt)
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blademaster57 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:D nice lighting, and the pic has a really relaxed feel to it

great work!
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SharinganLord216 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Cool, this is a really cool photo. I like the water setting. ^^
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Maybe-On-Sunday Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
It's so calm,
I love it
:heart:
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