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Karl Shimeji by paloiu222 Karl Shimeji by paloiu222
My very first Shimeji! :w00t:

What is a Shimeji?
Shimeji is a Windows desktop mascot that freely wanders and plays around the screen. The mascot is very configurable; its actions are defined through xml and its animations/images can be customized.

Even though this is my first time making a Shimeji, I decided to push it and mess around with the actions.xml and behaviours.xml files to add some custom animations. :lol:
I even added blinking animations.A shimeji that blinks! :la:

The sprites were originally drawn in Paint Tool SAI, but they turned out to have a fuzzy outline around them which I couldn't get rid of. In the end, I had to redraw everything in Flash.
:iconfffuuuplz:
Fortunately, everything turned out fine after that.
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How to use
1. After downloading, extract the folder anywhere with a program like WinZip or WinRar.
2. Then, inside the folder, you should find a file called Shimeji-ee.exe. Double-click that to execute it.
3. A window should then pop up asking you which character to select. Karl should be the only choice there anyway. :D So, choose him, and click Ok.
He should then fall from the top of the screen. :la:

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Note
This Shimeji was made from the Shimeji-ee, meaning all his files are in English.
And his options are easily accessible from just right-clicking him. ;)


I might make some changes if I ever see any need to. :dummy:

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Original Japanese Shimeji Site [link]
Thanks to ~BasicDeviant for helping me get the link working :XD:

English enhanced Shimeji [link]

All credit goes to their respective owners.
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Please comment about what you think of it. :lol:
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:iconmr-asquith:
Mr-Asquith Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
*read the artist's description* I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed. I've tried making a shimeji once or twice, and I had trouble just sticking to what I think is the basic model with 42 poses - never mind customizing. I haven't downloaded it yet, and have only seen a couple other deviants' screenshots, but what I've seen shows a great deal of effort and consideration. That being said, sorry for posting on something a couple years old, but I didn't know this existed until now.

^^;
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean you had problems keeping your design consistent throughout the 42 poses, or 42 poses was too much?
I did it over a long period of time due to procrastination, so it gave me a lot to think of customization ideas. :D

It's 2 years old, but it's the only Shimeji I've ever made, so I still appreciate comments on it. :aww:
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:iconmr-asquith:
Mr-Asquith Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Consistency was a fairly big issue for the first one I made, and still gave me grief in the second one (and that was with cheating because I'd copy/paste whenever I could get away with it), but I think 42 poses was the minimum for most shimejis I saw, and anything more just really scares me because on top of creating more images (which takes a ton of planning, creativity and artistic skill that I do not possess. XD), people actually redefine the program in a way, by adding their own code, something that's way beyond what I'm capable of.

^^;
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:iconmythraill:
Mythraill Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Artist
OH MY GOHD



do you have one of chimbley too?!
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, I don't sorry. ^^;
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:iconmythraill:
Mythraill Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Artist
nuuuuuuuuu


and what about dood XD
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:iconjemichi:
JeMiChi Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why didn't I find this earlier, this is AWESOME!!! :D
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:icongothbird96:
gothbird96 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOODNESS [SQUEAKING INTENSIFIES] TOO CUTE FOR MEEE
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:iconladydestinyweb:
LadyDestinyWeb Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist
(DOUBLE POST WOW) alsooooo do you have any idea of where I can find a Climber shimeji too? évè>
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LadyDestinyWeb Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist
It's wonderful! He's been running from a place to another on my desktop all day. Very good job!
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:iconequinoxtriz:
EquinoxTriz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I don't get out much, soooooo......
Who's Karl? *don't hurt me*
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconintenserageplz: HOW COULD YOU NOT-? RAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!
*hurts you*


:D
He's a character created by ~Unknown-person. He became quite well-known when he was used in the deviantART OC tournament, Law of Talos. ~Unknown-person's entries even ended up second place. And unlike most of the other entries, his/her entries were flash animated, really well too.
If you want to check it out, you could start with Karl's reference sheet. It's kind of like a brief bio of him. [link]

The rest of the Law of Talos entries are in his gallery in the forms of flash animations and comics. They're sort of fragments of a story though, so some parts might not make so much sense. For the full story of the Law of Talos, you might have to check out the other contestants' entries.

Personally, I'm too lazy too go track down all the other people who entered the tournament, and I'm mostly just interested in Karl, so I never really read up on the full story. :D
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EquinoxTriz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OMFG, right after I posted that...
I started with shimeji Karl. OMFG I MAKING SO MANY ARTS OF HIM NOW
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Contagious Karl. o.o
[link]
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:iconequinoxtriz:
EquinoxTriz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lol.
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:iconmajestywolf:
MajestyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
..Stupid question. How do I download this? xD
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On the right, below More like this you should see the text Download File.
just click that. :D
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:iconmajestywolf:
MajestyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhh. Thanks!~
-Feels dumb-
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconkarlishappyplz:
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:iconblitz-o-byte:
Blitz-o-Byte Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
EVEN A PLZ ACCOUNT?!
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:iconcrispyturtl3:
CrispyTurtl3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I seam to have a problem with this. When I click in Shimeji.exe, I add Karl at the options page, and he does not fall from the screen, and he does not apear anywhere. Anybody else getting this issue?
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have a x64 or a x32 bit system?
Have you tried running the Shimeji.jar file instead?
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:iconcrispyturtl3:
CrispyTurtl3 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like I said, I have fixed the problem. Now my desktop is alot more lively :D Thank you so much for this... Awww, as Im typing this, one karl is sitting next to the other one back to back.
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never noticed that you fixed it, you replied to your own comment so it never appeared in my inbox. :D

Just curious, what was the problem?
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:iconcrispyturtl3:
CrispyTurtl3 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to replace the program with a more up to date one. That is all :3
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty then. :meow:
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:iconcrispyturtl3:
CrispyTurtl3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Disregard this, I seamed to have fixed it. Thank you so much for making one of these X3 Sooo adorable.
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:iconkingatguardian:
KingatGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do I have to Download the original Shimeji before I download Karl?
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope. He has all the needed Shimeji files already.

Did you run into any problems? :O
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:iconkingatguardian:
KingatGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well I figured out already the programs I needed to download him but whenever double click the Shimeji-ee.exe. file, a window pops up saying Error: Unable to access jarfile. Whatever that means...
you can't hide forever Karl...
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know that error. :noes:

Have you tried other things like Running as administrator or reinstalling Java maybe?
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:iconkingatguardian:
KingatGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Can't wait to download this! I must look more into this Shimeji stuff! *evil laugh* you will be under my control Karl!
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssss.
Carry him, and throw him against the walls!
CLIMB, KARL! CLIIIIMBB!
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:iconbaypermk2:
baypermk2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
me gusto ahora mismo lo estoy usando a karl
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:iconcrapcarp:
Crapcarp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I can have Karl right on my desktop! Great job with it too. Right now Karl's hugging the wall, I think he's suffering from his vertigo again(although he's the one who climbed it in the first place).
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone makes bad decisions every now and then.
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:iconangel-girl1:
angel-girl1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
i love the behaviors on this shimeji so much :DD chibi karl playing the violin is adorable >w<
you are awesome!
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like them. :meow:
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:iconangel-girl1:
angel-girl1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
he keeps throwing my window off my screen though :<
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad Karl!
Throw him to the wall and force him to climb it as a punishment. >:C
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:iconangel-girl1:
angel-girl1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
i did. then he began talking to arma!
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Karl.
He learns nothing. :stare:
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:iconwholesomewriter32:
wholesomewriter32 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok, the file is being stupid when I download it.... What do i do?
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How exactly is it being stupid?
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:iconwholesomewriter32:
wholesomewriter32 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, I click the download button and it makes a blank window pop up. Somehow, I wa able to download it, but I couldn't extract it. Do you know anything I can do about it?
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What exactly happens when you try to extract it?
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:iconwholesomewriter32:
wholesomewriter32 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Er, I already did that. XD
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What exactly happens when you try to extract it?
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:iconwholesomewriter32:
wholesomewriter32 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, I got an extractor for win.rar files. But now I can't set up a shorcut. As I'd like to admit, my computar acts stupid. I have Karl on my desktop wall now though.
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:iconpaloiu222:
paloiu222 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops, ignore my second reply about what happens when you extract the files. The browser didn't update. o.o

What do you mean can't set up a shortcut?
Did you manage to even run the shimeji? :noes:
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