I created Emina in the spring of 2013 after making some experimental cartoons on GoAnimate (now known as Vyond) known as Super Starving Writer. Super Starving Writer was my first vlogging series, but the format of the show was too boring and disorganized. People who commented on it said I had a decent sounding voice, and that they would love to hear me voice act in an adventure series. So I came up with the idea of a story where I would be transported into a world of Androids and would have to survive by learning martial arts and fighting to get back home.
The original idea was only suppose to last about 3 or 4 episodes. I had no plans for the series beyond that original idea and made things up as I went along. Characters like Lily, Harris, Cage, Mr. Bode, none of them even existed until I wrote their names in the screenplay.
People responded strongly and positively to the series, even though looking back on it, I felt my efforts were very amateurish and not well put together. But I was passionate, and I tried to tell a fun story in a visually appealing format that GoAnimate offered through its anime animation theme. For me, it was like a dream come true. I had always wanted to create an anime series of my own making, but I never imagined that I’d be able to hire the animators and crew to make it possible. But there I was, making a show, and people were enjoying it.
It was also the first time I had ever been able to make an idea of mine come to life. For many years, I had only been able to write screenplays to express my ideas. I had been apart of audiobook and audio drama projects of either my own making or acting in other parts, but to bring something to life visually was an entirely different matter. So to see people really enjoying the characters and story that I was putting together was invigorating, inspiring, and exciting.
I’ll talk more about what it was like to make Emina when I eventually make my retrospective video about it in the future. But when that happens, I’ll also want to give you, the one reading this, a preview for what’s to come when the show eventually continues. So all I can say for now is, thank you, I appreciate you for watching and supporting the series, and I hope I can I can make the finale of the first story arc worthy of your time.
In the mean time, here’s some official art and fan art pictures some friends and viewers made of the Emina characters!