Comic Site Rant: Watashi Rashiku

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I really like how this comic came together. Everything from the lineart, to the colouring, to the backgrounds looks almost exactly as planned. I’m sure there are rough patches here and there, but I really like this one. I’ve actually kind of been practicing at drawing things I’m not too good at (like girls lol) and I think the fruits of that practice shows here. The lineart for the comic after this one looks pretty good, too. As far as scripting goes, I guess the humour here lies more in the comments than it does in the script. If you haven’t already guessed, this comic is a Nico Nico Douga parody, and like Nico offers, here’s a version of the comic with comments “turned off” for those who want it. But the comic’s only funny with self-depreciating comments like “kore wa hidoi” anyway!

Another week, another Anime Blog Award awarded, it seems. This time it’s the blogger’s choice Gold Award for best blog comic. So yeah, thanks to you guys who voted in that.

Lately I’ve started using pixiv, the Japanese and infinitely less-gay version of DeviantArt. I’ve been looking at cool art there and posting some of my own, and surprisingly I’m being well received. Two different users have already favourited both of the pictures that I’ve uploaded, and I’ve also managed to get one comment already. And before anyone asks– yes, I’m writing everything in Japanese. Instead of forcing English upon these people, I figured it’d be better to force broken Japanese on them!

Everyone’s heard about this by now, but I figured I’d talk more about the AKB Massacre here. Internet reaction has ranged from truly shocked and saddened to “do you know how hard it is to kill people with a knife?” Naturally, I’m saddened, since murder is a horrible thing and the fact that fellow otaku probably went down makes it worse. I just hope things settle down by the time I make it over there.

I finished Nadesico the other day, watched the movie, and came out relatively satisfied. The series was slightly lighter than I expected it to be, but that’s fine. The show was mostly composed of one-shots with some story episodes thrown in. The one-shots (I hate calling them “filler” when 75% of the show is composed of these episodes) ranged from moderately entertaining to very good, with some of my favourites coming at the end. The movie was great, and really recaptured the fun of the series while telling a decent, compact story. It could have used an extra 20 minutes to breathe, but as far as anime movies based on TV shows go, it was killer. I especially really liked the clean, sexy animation and updated designs. There’s this one great shot where Ruri gets out of the bath, and you can see all down her body. It’s amazing.

If you’ve been following the blog, you’d know that recently I’ve been getting a lot of manga (mostly due to Borders and B&N gift cards) to make up for all the manga I’ve not been reading. Thus far I’ve only barely scratched the surface, and am only part-way through the first Keroro Gunsou collection. I’ve also downloaded a bunch of things, of which I’ve also barely made a dent into. I read one chapter of Maken Ki, a new-ish fanservice piece which gets by entirely on detailed pantyshots and boob shots. I guess the script would be as readable as ToLoveRu if the translators didn’t have both English and Japanese as second languages. Aside from that, I’ve also read all of what’s been translated of Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge, and it’s pretty great. You’d think it’d exploit its silly concept more, but the story puts its focus primarily around the developing relationship between the main hero and the girl who fights the chainsaw man. It’s not crazy original, but I like it. The art is cool and angular, and at times looks a little awkward, but to good effect. I recommend it.

That’s all for this week. I start work in a couple of days, so updates may get effected by that.They probaby won’t, but there’s a headsup just in case. Later.