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I'm Trying to Remember by terriblenerd I'm Trying to Remember by terriblenerd
Well, I got bored of doing lineart for the next comic, and felt like painting something instead... and I had this convenient sketch I'd scanned a few days ago... And felt like doing another

Heeere's Kairi! Seriously, this poor girl does not get enough love from the fandom. Most people seem to hate her for the sole reason that she is Sora's love interest instead of Riku. ...I'm not going to get started on this topic as it drives me up a wall. Let's just say that Kairi is cool. Cool. And I felt bad for her while she was on the island; it wasn't her fault she forgot about Sora at all, and if I were in her place I'd feel wretched...

Hence this picture! Quick-n-dirty speedpaint from yours truly. I forgot how long it took to sketch; it took a little over two hours to paint. I'm getting the hang of this speedpainting thing, methinks.

Bonus points to whoever figures out the other character in this picture. It isn't that hard.

And bonus points to whoever's awake right now! :)
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destinysapprentice Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love this picture, its meaning, and the fact that she's wearing Namine's dress :D
Reguardless1604 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I almost hate Kairi haters as much as I hate Xion haters -_-'
Anywho, lovely picture! i love the touch you added with Namine! The whole thing is very pretty :)
HeartlessKairi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I completely agree with her not getting enough love. Seriously. People think she's weak and good for nothing. She has a lot of spirit within her, most Kairi haters don't realize that. Agreed with the whole Riku and Sora. -___- Oh come on. Can't two guys be the best of friends caring for one another without being suspected as gay!? D8

Anyway, this art is beautiful. I love the tears that's rolling down Kairi's face. It's like she's trying so hard to remember the boy that she cared for, other than Riku, but just couldn't. That is what is tearing her up inside for not remembering his voice or his name.

And I love the Namine reflection too. A very nice touch!
fazzygrl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I completely agree with you! Poor Kairi gets so abused! I think she's a wonderful character. A little one-dimensional, but that's not her fault.
Awesome picture. :)
ThrownDragon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
I agree that Kairi doesn't get enough love. 8] She has so much potential as a character.
Very beautiful artwork!
hidakaakiko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
This picture is amazing! I love Kairi to smitherines! lol I love how the reflection is of Namine. So cool.
kairiheartprincess Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
If it werent obvious, i LOVES kairi. yeah, awesome picture!!!!! <3 ^-^

SoKai is freaking amazing.
Suffering-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh pshaw. Hating her for supposedly coming in between Sora and Riku is saying she CAN.
She's really badly written and comes off as selfish and uncaring. "Let's take the raft and go, just the two of us"? I'm sorry, even if it was really a joke, I wasn't laughing.
Neither was Sora.
fukai-kanashimi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
cool pic. i love the stars
Lady-Sanctuary Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Student Writer
I LOVE Kairi, personally she's one of my faveourtite characters! The other character is Namine in her reflecition, it's a beautiful painting!
Shirabelle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
crazyczzl11 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty and i totally agree i like kairi & sora
but riku is all mine...
Blacksheep0015 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
I love the detail of the water and sky. And namines reflection too.
Demyx-Kitten Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
so pretty
RM-Keyblade-Mistress Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's Namine's outfit! WHy is Kairi wearing Namine's outfit?~
geniferrose Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
nice painting...I was actually fond of Kairi and I was a little sad at how underplayed she was in KHII.
amiomaru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist

10 pts to Griffindor!
berries1026 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I love the comets and the texture of the water.doh! i like EVERYTHING about this pic! and i think i know why people hate kairi. its either because they hate her outfit, they'd say something like,"omg, shes such a whore. theres like 3 ways to open her dress." and/or because a LOT of girls are yaoi fans adn they think kairi is getting in the way of "riku and sora's relationship".....sick. anyway, im a kairi fan and i hate yaoi!^^
1LilDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
XD I love this! I like the reflection of Namine(sp?) And i also love the way you made the stars! so pretty TT-TT

Yeah i hate Yoai. its soo annoyingX(| (Well for me anyway...) I dont reely knoe why people dont like kairi and is somtimes making fun of her. but i noe 1 thing. I DONT HATE HER. Oh and Im a fan of Kairi/sora alsoz^-^ Love them<.< they are so cute together^-^ (On my opinion anyways...)
Yzash Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
this is absolutely awsome! :D

Lan-sama Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
I know exactly how you feel. Are there any evident signs of Riku and Sora having something in the first two games? No, not from what I've seen. Maybe Sora totally blowing off Kairi in that one part inside of the World That Never Was, and running over to Riku to hug him... But that's it, if I'm not mistaken.

Kairi is cast aside usually, despised for the truth of the matter. I can't help but feel sorry for her.

Anyway, on to the picture itself. It's beautiful; I love the background, all of it, sky and water, and the reflection of Namine is interesting. I really like that effect.

I know this picture is old, but I still like it, so I'll fave it.
Fanged-Ferret Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Yeah, even though I support RikuxSora I LOVE Kairi- she is such a sweet person, and a genuinely interesting character. I love this painting. Kudos.

(People who hate her piss me off too D.= Kairi Supporters unite.)
Haku-Faye Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
I couldn't agree with you more as to your comment. It's simply too hard to find fans of the series who appreciate all the potential Kairi has/had. I hated that she was so left out throughout the second game. (I'd feel wretched too. x_x So left behind. Can we mention that she didn't even know if Riku was alive this whole time? I'd be pretty pissed with them both when they got back. xD Once I got over the happiness of their return.)

I love everything about this work... the symbolism in the water aspect, the inclusion of Namine' as a reflection. Shooting stars and sitting on top of the water as her element. It's beautiful!
PsychicNinjaGirl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
the coloring ish just gorgous *___*, I envy you xD, and I like Kairi too :D
miyamashi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely, even though it's very simplistic. I completely agree that Kairi (and Namine...very clever to make her the reflection) don't get enough love. I really do like both of them as characters. :D
NovaStarX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Neat. I should make something like that! You've inspired me! Yaaaaay! I've made some Kingdom Hearts things too. You should check it out..... AND TELL OTHERS. I don't have much of an audience.....:crying:
WitchyElphaba Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
This is wonderful! I love Sora and Kairi, and hate how people simply called Kairi a bitch because "seh gets in the way of Sora and Riku".


Honestly not everything has to be yaoi.

I dunno why I love her waearing Namine's lovely!
Imoenumn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
It's so preety!!! I must fav!!!
chibi-flute Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
its so cute,

(but shouldn't kairi be in that one pink number? ^^;)
SadIsTheAngel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Aw, that's so sad. :( I love it though. :D
Kurisiti Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually like Kairi-I mean I love Yaoi as much as the next girl, but I like the Sora/Kairi pairings. I haven't exactly figured out why people hate her so much....I mean she hasn't done anything wrong. Surely just for being Sora's love would not get the attention of the hideous flames, ne? I don't know. But I do agree with you guys about Axel. I truly thought he liked Roxas waaaay more than a friend. I seriously thought they had some romance thing going on there for a moment! XD
QueenofRandomIdiocy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
OMG TIS NAMINE! Look, she's right there. I"M NOT CRAZY! *wham*

Little too much Dew there, ahem.

It's reeeeeally pretty...
nmmi-nut Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
WOW this is beatiful...from the sky to the reflection to the FREAKING tears making their way down the right side of her face!!

I don't know anything about the fandom this was drawn for...but I think this would convert me to whatever ship it seems to support (I read the artist's comments & stuffies)

WOW, I just can't get over this!! It's stunning!
kairi-x Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
Freed-Wings Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
Is the other character her reflection? I haven't seen Kingdom Hearts, but it just seems... meh. Like something you would do.
Freed-Wings Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
Absolutey lovely...
Jujupancakes Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
The pic feels so peaceful ^^.
cReBz-wUrlD Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
oh that's so beautiful! :faints:

and i have always thought kairi is awesome! thanks for the pic :)
chicken-bob Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Love the reflection of Namine. super cool. ^^ I only like Sora/Riku in humorous circumstances. Can't see it actually happening. :D :+fav:
anglesinflight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Student Photographer
omg thats sooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing i love the lighting n tones n colour hehe^_^
sora-kairi-destiny Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
i like and love kairi there.. she is beautiful at the same time she has the attitude that is Sora is looking for! lol.. i don't care whoever hates kairi in kh1.. she is cool.. ^^ i didn't hate her so much coz i'm at the romance thing.. (SoKai) even i like Sora but it doesn't mean i hate Kairi at all, no. i just like Sora as a friend not a lover or whatever his fangirls think of him.. hehe... i still want to bang his head on the wall to confess his feelings to kairi (if i can just do that yeah, i'm too mean... ^^;) and i like Kairi more then Naminč (sorry 'bout that Naminč)... i always hope that Kairi will fight -_-... :aww: and i felt bad for her when she was left in the island...

anyway, great job! hehe... =D
mechanical-kitten Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Given that Kairi got a keyblade in kingdom hearts 2, I am so hoping that we get to see her fight (properly) in 3. Or even control her! I always feel sorry for Kairi cause she missed out on all the adventures. It was never her fault, events just seemed to conspire against her. But from looking at the ending, it seems like they might all go off together. that'd be awesome.

As for riku/sora... the game is pretty much based on sora/kairi. so riku/sora doesnt make much sense. axel/roxas (or at least the axel side) does though. i wonder if they explain that in kh3... it couldnt be a coincidence that a guy with no heart suddenly likes roxas. ^^; sorry to bore you with kh3 theories. none of my friends like kh, i have no one to gossip with =D
ytilanigiro Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
good job *fist pound* lol yet another kh2 pic from u on my ipod for my friends to bask in my glory for- seriously- my friends adore you :D
Fufuria Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
I sooo agree...i like Kairi's demure-ness:flirty:.....In my opinion....i just think KH has female fans in majority.......? Girls go for guy characters.....I go for Axel, but I still like Kairi....ho ho ho:nana::rage:
MystieKaiska Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
I thought that it was Namine until I found the red hair! KAIRI IN NAMINE'S DRESS!!! YEAHZ!!! Kairi looks cute in it! X3
nekodegomen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeious composition! I love this idea for Kairi!
phantomphreak93 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
beautiful! im speechless!
anime-princess18 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
Wow this is beautiful, I always though she wore a shirt under her pink dress but I still love this. That's Namine in the reflection, right?
YandereZombie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
Great Job :clap:
PTGreat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
This is so beautiful! And having Namine as her reflection is really cool :D
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