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I started my own club to make it easier to find fancomics!

Here it is!
:iconfancomic-hub: :iconfancomic-hub: :iconfancomic-hub: 

I have three things to ask you!

#1 - check it out!

#2 - join it!

#3 - link me to your favourite fancomic, fanmanga and doujinshis on dA! I'll be sure to invite the artists/ request their arts! Or submit your own fancomics!


This is a great thing guys! People who love to read fancomics (like me!) can now find them! And fancomic artists who aren't well known, but are brilliant, can get more exposure! That is my plan!

I'm only featuring certain pages, so it's not an overload of stuff you don't like, and the stuff you do like- you can find easily and follow the creator! I hope you guys can help me get it up and running! 

I've submitted a few of my own fanmanga to act as an example, so you guys who want to submit, join, and start! And please tell me if there are any issues joining and submitting; because I had to click a lot of buttons to set it up ^^; I may have made a mistake or two.

So, comments below! Especially your favourite fancomics! I have some invites to send! Love you guys! :heart:




Edit: Wooow! Thanks guys! It's only ONE day old but look how fast it's growing! :heart: keep the suggestions coming!
Continuing!



:nod:

Later this week, I'll start posting!

I'm not announcing this because I 'am going' to continue it, but because I already have! The rest of the chapter is already drawn, and most of it is now colored. I will be reposting the pages for the chapter I already have up, in full color glory, and you'll get to see new pages! I've also just posted a teaser and announcement image, because not everyone is signed to my journals, and because I want to give a hint that something dramatic will happen by the end of the chapter!

You can find the teaser art I just posted for the current chapter here:
Naruto TENSEI -TEASER! by nekoni

Or, if this is all news to you, you can start reading Naruto Tensei here:
 Naruto Tensei -Chap 1 -Cover by nekoni


Why did you stop posting for SO LONG?!

Because I was working on products that were sold on tv, and the schedule was very demanding and involved a lot of travelling! The more successful we were the more demanding it became. I also tried to start working on comics then, but then of course, things became too much when the channel management and so ordering system changed, and health issues started in my family. Unfortunately 1 health issue triggered an avalanche of them within' my immediate family. =( I know many of you would understand and would have supported me, but I kept all of that private.

Because things were stressfull I spent more time with friends, drawing socially, gaming and roleplaying. Well, it was fun! But in the end it all ended in a lot of drama, as it so often does, and I'm only in contact with one person from that place anymore. I can't share her ID with you guys because she draws amazing naughty naughty art for her commissions. *dramatic salute* and that's porn. She's still my bestie though.

I also have to say, when I did really come back to dA and wanted to post, reading Naruto wasn't making me very happy for a while! While it was rushing towards the ending, I just didn't feel like drawing fanart of it. I tried to enjoy other series too, but the ones I did enjoy didn't seem popular in the west! (only in japan D= ) >_< A while after the Naruto ending I still felt sour, as two of my favourite characters (Naruto and Sakura) had lost their integrities, in my opinion, so I still couldn't draw them. That feeling has worn off and now I can laugh about it and think of the good times in the series, and I sort of miss it ^u^;


How long will you continue?

As long as it's what people want! If nobody cares about the new chapters, I will wrap up the plot and discontinue, so please support the pages with faves and sharing if you like them! But the act of drawing them has become very easy. I can draw the pages very quickly, and thanks to Clip Studio Paint, I can now color them much more rapidly than in the past, so they will remain in color!

I intend to post a couple times a week, first until the old uncolored pages are replaced; and then with the new, unseen pages ^_^ The end of the current chapter is a shocker!




If you have any questions please feel free to ask below.
Hey guys... it's been forever since I reviewed a manga chapter! Right? Well *cough* I was tempted on the little Orochimaru and Mitsuki special that recently came out, boy was it nostalgic to see Kishimoto get to do a fresh backstory! Nostalgia tastes like mangos!

However I just read the Boruto, 1st chapter, courtesy of my buddy and... ah.. fair warning I did have 2 full on giggle fits over it. Anyway. Spoilers ahead! Read at your own interest!

Also FYI I haven't watched the last two Naruto movies. Because y'know, not being a Hinata or a Boruto fan, so they sounded boring!

There is no link here! So please head to your regular manga supplier ^^;


BORITO SPOILERS AHEAD - BORITO SPOILERS AHEAD - BORITO SPOILERS AHEAD - BORITO SPOILERS AHEAD -


So the first chapter opens with a-!!! Flashforward to a cooler time to try and hook people! Boruto's all grown up and not a whiny sucker, as he will be for the next N-hundred chapters or until the weekly rating drops low enough for it to be canceled =) but read it anyway! Because eventually he'll be a missing nin have a scar, a power-tattoo and use byakugan and a sword! Yeah!? Yeah you gonna' fall for that? And Konoha's been blown up and Naruto's 'dead' (probably assumed to be caught in the explosion, w/e. stop crying). Do you have any idea how much suck you're going to have to sit through to get to this point? Try the first chapter first and see how you fare! Here we go!

It's our hero, Boruto! His dad is Naruto, so we should care. Also Naruto is now cursed with SUCKY SALARYMAN FATHER syndrome so common in Japan, and Japanese teens will strongly enjoy this moral lesson about how though they aspired to be like Naruto, they'll actually turn into someone they hate! Oh wait. You mean they were meant to associate with Boruto and absorb his moral story of 'don't hate your sucky dad' first? Ahaheh. Well they're both awesome, take your pick!

Super thumbs up!

Introducing next! Boruto walks down the stairs in his home to see his mot-haaAHAHAHHAHA;;; HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA HAHAHA. HHAHAHAHA *falls down onto floor* HAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHHHAHGEHGgegeehhahahaaa!!! 

If you're legitimately upset about the size of her chest, I have no pity for you *salute* but I still like you as a person.

It's okay, that's not actually Hinata anyway. It's some new chick.

So Boruto and his team go out to do a mission and they're fighting aba, aHAHAH

I shouldn't laugh. I totally had the exact same plot in my fanmanga (and everyone arguing in the comments about whether it was an actual bear! uncanny!) Actually, that's why I laugh. RABID PANDA ATTACK AHHH RUN RUN!

Mitsuki and Naru- UH BORUTO defeat it, and Sarada doesn't punch it (good thing or the WWF would sue her!) and Konohamaru introduces the new thing that'll be talked about because it's a new way of jutsu and... this talking's SO much like the first chapter of Naruto right? Gets ya' hooked!

Talky talky talky...

Boruto gets to talk to busy busy Naruto about how gifted he is, Naruto treats him like an employee by talking to his superior. Oh Naruto-kun you're the best! It's great you had to be turned into THIS to give Boruto enough family drama for there to be any plot!

Chuunin exams coming up, is introduced, with more talking.

Meanwhile! Shifty guy enters (entering a room is an action! right?) I'm not learning your name fat-man. Naruto tells him where to hang it, and shifty guy gives Boruto a video-game to fill some pages with later. Y'know cuz it really sucks to play life with a cheat-code input, moral, something. Maybe it's refering to the weapons. Who knows. Who cares.

We see Moegi's team... there's some pages there.

Boruto doesn't get to play with his friends, at a Burger... restaurant? Okay. Can I get Sarada with that? Sarada declares she wants to be Hokage. We see more whining about Boruto's (narratively forced) sucky life situation. It's just like when Naruto, in the first chapter, used sexy jutsu! Loveable!

Creepy man stalks Boruto so you know he's up to no good.

And Boruto goes home for Himawari's birtday party! She's... short! years old! Waiting for him is Naruto, who's finally decided to not be a sucky shell of his former self! But oops! It's a shadow clone. Party Ruined. Boruto gets mad... and Hinata... actually speaks up------------ I don't know whether this is good or bad, because I disagree with what she's saying. She uses cry-no-jutsu to win the argument.

Think about it for a second, Naruto, who has all these shadow clones, STILL has as little time off as the hardest working Hokage did? Seems legit.

Onwards! Boruto goes and gets mad again. Throws out some nostalgic fan traps, and goes to punch Naruto, who actually turns out to be Snape! 

The repeating of Boruto-is-mad-why-is-Boruto-mad?-Because-Naruto-Boruto-is-mad-why-is-Boruto-mad?-Because-Naruto-Boruto-is-mad-why-is-Boruto-mad?-Because-Naruto-Boruto-is-mad-why-is-Boruto-mad?-Because-Naruto is actually a little dizzyness inducing. It's also trying to step in for ANY ACTUAL THING HAPPENING *throws book out window* NOW YOU CAN TELL I'M MAD AT IT IF I DO THAT 10 MORE TIMES!!!

Sasubait leaves and goes to see Naruto. He gives Naruto a scroll which might be the -tinyest, eensiest little sniff of a plot- (that and suspicious pedo-vibe fat man.) does some nostalgic stuff and leaves. 

Boruto follows Sasuke and politely asks to be his disciple. Cue Jabba-the-hutt faces, and chapter ends on that ensnaring cliffhanger!!!



Yeah.... that kind of... sucked.

So we still have the ruining of old characters, (especially our beloved Naruto) ZERO plot progression, no rivotting action and... an art style that.... I won't say it's bad. But it's soulless. The eyes don't really 'look' in the right way, they're all drawn as the same, fully lined almond shape, with no lashes... they've got to be the thing that really makes it look bad. But it's not really ruining a good plot, and I've seen much worse! (as done to Magi's Sinbad) so... yeah, it's the eyes. I suspect one of the previous background artists (at least) is still working on the project, as backgrounds are sort of the hardest part of Naruto to really get.

I've also got to say the sudden shift between 'Naruto-ISH' for male characters and 'I wish I was drawing a shojo manga =(' for female characters is more than a little jarring. I'm not saying they're good at it, but the huge eyes and the extra eyelashes (women get eyelashes.) and hair detail contrasts on the women contrasts so jarringly with the male characters; it just doesn't work!

Well! That's my review! I gave it a chance! There are other manga I'm dying to read more than this. Whether you stick with Boruto or not, it's up to you! But maybe this'll help you clarify your feelings about it. As always, discuiss below! Even if we don't agree, let your feelings out! Love you guys forever! <3
Hey guys! 

What's a good mid-range microphone for a youtube channel? I've been trying to get ready to start my own channel, well, I'm nearly there! The last missing piece is a high quality microphone. I'd love to hear your suggestions! Price is no issue! Except if it's more than $100. Because y'know, that's an issue OTZ

I'm specfically looking into stand, desk mics. If you have videos or audio samples of your microphone, (or your favourite youtubers and their mics!), please share! I know this'll help not just me, but other aspiring youtubers >u< thanks in advance guys!



(BTW I will be posting some pretty epic things this weekend! Stay tuned, Nekoni out!)
Hi guys. I've just finished testing out Studio Ghibli's 'OpenToonz' OpenSource animation software, (a release of the software that was built 20 years ago for Ghibli to make their amazing movies!), and I wanted to share my newfound wisdom (and of course, the link) with you.

Okay! So you guys want the link, right? Right now? You can't wait to download this software and make anime!! Awesome anime!



STOP RIGHT THERE, BUSTER!


There are very very few people who are going to benifit from this program. Firstly, it's over 20 years old, although it has been upgraded and meshed with a lot of new systems and drivers, you're running a lottery for whether it'll even install!

Having said that it installed and worked flawlessly for me.

BUT! Even with perfect function, for the average animator, this program is a complete and utter downgrade!

If you have a Flash-code program, or moderately-advanced movie-making software, don't bother downloading it. Don't even try. If you want to make anime animations, practice your drawing skills! (You can follow my tumblr nekoni-sensei.tumblr.com/ and I'll even be covering animation techniques eventually.)

The few people this program MIGHT be good for are those who have no decent animation, flash or movie software but have an excellent computer (and the patience of a saint-(I'll explain why these things are required pronto)) OpenToonz is FREE! Absolutely free. LEGALLY, LEGITIMATELY, AND VIRUS FREE! But not headache free.




ON TO THE RADIOACTIVELY GLOWING REVIEW!!!


Firstly, my compliments to the programmers and animators at Studio Ghibli for their masterful work. For 23 years ago this was great, and the work produced with it was astounding, (especially for what I'm about to tell you) they did a fantastic job, considering this was at the dawn of the personal computer.

But I'm going to review it from it's modern standing, and consider its modern useability. If you think that's Ghibli bashing, please, turn back now! (or skip to the end, download the program, THEN read my review =) )

Let's start with the user interface.




USERINTERFACE:

The design isan ergonomic one, resembling the perfection of the visage of the great god Cthulhu.

Click that link.

We on the same page?

There are 6 seperate interface tabs. Each of these tabs are functional, but the drop down menus will change on each of them, and it's not clear what each of them are for (some, you can perform the same function in) there's also a hidden 7th interface deemed the most useful. Before you start, you'll have to set up all your toolbars and tools in these interfaces because that's not even automated. Then you'll discover that 'color 1' is transparent, and 'color 2' is black, and oh my god you have to make your own palettes!!? You'll also fail to discover that depending on whether you have a Raster or Vector object selected, the drop down menus will all change (not 'fade out' options and let you know you're not going crazy. They'll change. And you'll think you're simply -lost- because my god what sadistic programmer would do that to people!?) There's also the small issue of it being a program translated from japanese (or maybe just the age) things like 'layers' are instead called 'columns', so initually you'll be very confused.

Just by reading that you've been spared the experience, but incase you forget, -it's evil and you're not going crazy-.

All in all though, the interface, you can get used to. It's like finding your way through the backstreets of manhattan, eventually you'll start to get the hang of it; I was only using the program for 6 hours but I got used to it....

...but the interface isn't the problem.

The problems arise when you try to actually produce a piece of anime quality artwork.





LINEART:

There are three formats for artwork in this program. You can import a black and white lineart, (no shading zone lines!) that's already been drawn in another program to anime quality. You can retain the quality by using the 'cleanup' tab and options, and alligning them perfectly. This will LOOK the best. Unfortunately you're left with a raster image, which is a huge CPU hog.

You can trace over your raster image (or use the convert to vectors option, I think that's on tab 4), you'll lose the perfect lines because OpenToonz's canvas is so small. You can make the canvas bigger to compensate (as you would in any program), which is also... a total CPU hog. (it's bad, I tried 3000 pixels wide and the whole program just cried and jumped out the window.)

You can draw your artwork first time round in OpenToonz, you have no sketch layers or light and whispy pencil tools so your art is probably going to look like you've had a stroke, but that's okay, because it's in vector and... it's still a total CPU hog.

Really the problem with getting decent linework in this program is that it's running so many proccesses to get things done (and probably so many coversions to allign with 'modern windows (good luck mac users.)) that if you've overclocked your computer at any point, it's likely to spontaniously combust by your attempts to make shiny shiny anime.

And I'm only partially joking. Computers do catch fire sometimes =) It's not that common really. I mean unless you upgraded your graphics card without taking into account the heat generated and the amount the fan is set up to deal with. But why would you do that. =) =) =)


COLORING:

As I already mentioned, you have to construct your own color palette. It makes sense for a company's workflow, as it keeps everyone's coloring uniform and correct. But there's no elf setting up the color palette for your 5 frame animation; there's only you. But I'm exagerating, that's only going to drive you slightly crazy...

Compared to the fact there's no gap fill. So your linework better be SO #ONPOINT. One little gap and your picture will flood with one color.

Think you can handle it? There's more! Your tight little corners and twists in your linework, (by this I mean pretty much any corner) are like a little uncolored pixel utopia. You'll be coloring those in by hand. On every frame.




THE SANE PERSON'S RESPONSE:

'Okay I get it, it'll be easier and my art work will look better and more anime-like if I do it in another program first and use a transparent background and save it as a png. Then I can import it, right?'

Yeah you're right! But... if you have animation or flash or movie software installed, do you really want to deal with the clunky interface and the risk of your computer catching fire (I am exaggerating!) for... nothing...? You have other programs... you're good!

If you have none of those softwares, then you can give this a try! Just bare in mind it will legitimately try to make you insane.

If you're still going to try it because 'omg Ghibli!' or 'no way it can be THAT bad-' have fun! No, seriously, those are legitimate reasons to try it too. You can't say I didn't warn you!

Also I'd like to make a footnote. As this is open source software, which has been released for one month-- if the right people become interested (and I would suggest ripping the program down to its nuts and bolts, a complete rebuild, for CPU's sake!) this program could get better, and become the animation standard of the western world! But right now...?




LINK:

So now I bet you're really excited! If you've skipped the review for the link! Here you go!


opentoonz.github.io/e/


<8u8< Super Genki Happy Fun Time for you!!! >8u8>
  • Listening to: The toilet
  • Eating: something french
Now that I've got your attention ^_^

I have recently started doing art tutorials! But they are not on my dA ;)

My new tumblr, nekoni-sensei.tumblr.com/ has been up for a few weeks now! If you're interested in art tutorials, anime, manga (and maybe even animation~) grab a seat early! Because from what I hear there are only limited... oh, there are unlimited seats? Oh, well then I guess nobody has to stand...

Back to shameless self promotion! You can enjoy step-by-steps of my recently finished artworks, little tips, and big, full tutorials. It's :heart:ALL:heart: original content! Art only, no drama, no politics, no shoes, no spam! You can visit now to see what I'm aiming for ^_^ I am severely, sincerely, and obsessively interested in teaching art techniques; including those from japanese art sites :dance:... 

Thank you all for your ears eyes!

If this doesn't appeal to you, I'd like to know, are you happy for my art and tutorials to be seperate? Or do you just want to see them on dA? I'd love to know your opinions!

And for all of you who are as hyped as I am! What tutorials are you guys hoping for the most? Another 'How to draw anime eyes'? Just kidding. Tell me your fantasies!
  • Listening to: れをる!
  • Eating: Wasabi Potato Chips. They are my love.
A little funny topic I honestly want to discuss with you guys!

I watch some pretty famous anime youtubers and news streams and stuff (generally american) and this is everyone's hot new phrase. Everything is cultural appropriation! Which is bad. Apparently. (I mean no-one ever appropriated something good like, idk, democracy from, idk, the greeks.)

So this cultural appropriation seems like this big new (american) youtube/tumblr/everywhere thing... and right now it's this total, inescapapable, hot topic? (me, I'm eurasian; you took our german hamburgers, our belgium fries, and asian ketchup, and we took your happymeals. =) )

Well, I just had a crazy thought

Do you think it's ever going to expand to drawing anime?

Does it already? =X

I'd compare it to 'weaboo' but people use that as an insult rather than defensively; 'oh you're imitating the japanese, (how lame!)' (you KNOW that's what they mean by it.)

But on an almost... serious note, not too serious! Have you seen anyone crazy enough to claim that anime is another 'cultural appropriation' FORBIDDEN ZONE! yet? Or how long do you think it will be until someone does? Anyone got a horror story to share? Or am I being silly? (I am mostly being silly I do admit this)

Thoughts! I think this could be an interesting / stress relieving conversation!
  • Playing: Working bro.
  • Eating: Eating Omurice for breakfast. Heathen!!
I usually only like to post positive journals, but here's a negative one, and it's about something I think is a problem for all geniune fanartists.

That and I want to make my stance clear.

I'll be honest, personally, seeing people selling fanart (and of course, fanart nudes (and of course, fanart nudes of underage characters.)) on patreon is this gutwrenching feeling of.... the Titanic sailing towards the iceberg...

I support patreons with great causes, educational material, and those creative artists using the platform to bring their ideas out to an audience without a specific publisher...

And I do understand the 'couple thousand dollars' line that a lot of japanese companies like to allow fanartists by way of grace, and the small monetary tolerance most companies throughout the world have adopted, despite the criminal nature of selling fanart.

But the amounts some, admittedly talented artists, are earning through copyright infringement is just -insane-... the only possible reason it's there is because patreon's moreorless a year old and no-one's looked yet. I know at least one company that -loves- to sue people over much, much less.

It's not as if Patreon actually allows this, it's against their policy and they have a complaints agency. But they take no pro-active approach to it. If anyone remembers, back when youtube was getting sued and threatened with shutdowns, it had the same approach.

What's going to happen...? Nothing? Will just those extremely high-selling 'fan'artists be taken down, or sued? Will patreon be attacked for its blindeye policy and as an easier alternative to going after all the fanartists? Will the people I support be hit? Is it -safe- to use patreon for legal stuff, or are original creators building up on a site that risks being shut down the second one company takes action and it hits the news?

I already feel like, as a fanartist, I'm being associated with these sellers, and every time I see patreon logos over Naruto's foot or Elsa's chest, which is about one in 6 fanarts I view on dA, I worry. I know there's a thin line artists can tread, where a blonde pigtailed girl in an ordinary school uniform 'could or could not be' Sailor Moon. I'm not talking about that, I'm talking about clear likenesses, with trademarks being displayed openly, and thousands of dollars trading hands weekly.

But that's only my perspective, am I, moderately alone in this? I've got friends who worry about it too, but they're bookwriters and comic creators, and I've published work too.... But what does everyone else think? Harmless? Or the impending apocalypse? What effect do you think this has maybe had on the fanart community as a whole? Or fanartists by their nature?

Despite this I'm still okay with people who buy or sell commissioned fanart of a harmless nature (such as tattoos, murals, plushies, figures or just personal happiness), as most creators don't frown on this atall. What disturbs me is this 'full time employment / pay me to download' approach. It's new, and it could easily upset the balance of fanishness and tolerance that fanartists worked so hard to create with content creators over the last 50 years.
They're great tonight! If you're in a similar or following time zone, and you like shooting stars, the Leonids are putting on a decent show for once!

They're the usual shower for this time of year, yesterday night they were sucky, tonight they're even better than the Perseids! I've just watched them and was pleasantly suprised! Go stand outside for two minutes, look UP, make a wish! The best time is after 12, they're super bright and all over the sky.

If you're not into shooting stars, perseids? leonids? It's all greek to you ;)
Ahhh! Sorry guys I filled up super quick *flails* thanks everyone who was interested! :love:



Hey guys, I'm opening a few commissions, if you're interested please check my Commission Prices or send me a note requesting my better price list by email (it has pictures)
Only five slots are avaliable~ If these turn out to be quick draws I'll open more.


currently all on hold because of an injury
  • Slot 1: reserved by MachaPanta - waiting
  • Slot 2: reserved by Rarity Princess  - waiting
  • Slot 3: reserved by PrarieReverie - sketching
  • Slot 4: reserved by Stalker-of-Neji -sketching
  • Slot 5: reserved by Riku-of-Darkness - concepts
  • Slot 6(added): reserved by fivetail -complete

As of yet I'm unable to stream or record video, I've spent a week trying to fix my computer to do this only to have the fixes knock the art tablet out (computers &@#!!! ) so this is just for the art, not any extra services.
You can ask below if you're unsure if I'm willing or able to draw something~ 
Commissions are currently closed sorry guys! Leaving the price journal up for in the future so you won't get allerted twice for it ^^;

 - If commissions aren't open, the following text will be struck out . I have a list with better formatting, more explanation and visual examples that I can send anyone by email, if you're happy with the prices below, please note me your email and I will send you this list first <3

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Character or object shots: :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

'add.' = 'additional character'.

NORMAL: anime - comic - realistic - gameart - humans, detailed animals, highly detailed object.

SMALL: chibi anime - cartoon person or animal, simply illustrated object, children's illustration, simplified object.
You can have both types in an image ^_^



 :bulletgreen: rough/speedpaint/conceptart, black and white: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($7 for 1st, $6 add.)
halfway ($10 for 1st, $9 add.)
full body ($16 for 1st, $14 add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($5 for 1st, $4 add.)
halfway ($8 for 1st, $7 add.)
full body ($13 for 1st, $11 add.)

 :bulletgreen: rough/speedpaint/conceptart, colored: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($9 for 1st, $8 for add.)
halfway ($13 for 1st, $10 for add.)
full body ($19 for 1st, $16 for add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($7 for 1st, $6 for add.)
halfway ($12 for 1st, $8 for add.)
full body ($16 for 1st, $14 for add.)

 :bulletgreen: finished black and white lineart: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($16 for 1st, $13 for add.)
halfway ($21 for 1st, $20 for add.)
full body ($31 for 1st, $28 for add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($13 for 1st, $11 for add.)
halfway ($18 for 1st, $16 for add.)
full body ($27 for 1st, $25 for add.)

 :bulletgreen: finished lineart with basic colors, flats, mangashaded: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($18 for 1st, $15 for add.)
waist-up ($25 for 1st, $22 for add.)
full body ($33 for 1st, $30 for add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($16 for 1st, $13 for add.)
waist-up ($22 for 1st, $20 for add.)
full body ($30 for 1st, $27 for add.)

 :bulletgreen: finished cel-shaded or loose airbrushing/watercoloring: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($33 for 1st, $30 for add.)
waist-up($39 for 1st, $36 for add.)
full body ($50 for 1st, $47 for add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($30 for 1st, $27 for add.)
waist-up($36 for 1st, $33 for add.)
full body ($46 for 1st, $43 for add.)

 :bulletgreen: finished refined airbrushing: :bulletgreen: 
NORMAL:
head or bust ($42 for 1st, $39 for add.)
waist-up ($52 for 1st, $49 for add.)
full body ($67 for 1st, $64 for add.)
SMALL:
head or bust ($39 for 1st, $36 for add.)
waist-up ($49 for 1st, $46 for add.)
full body ($62 for 1st, $58 for add.)



:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Backgrounds: :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

 :bulletgreen: no background: :bulletgreen: 
(can be transparent, base color, a shadow, glow , tone, texture or gradient)
no charge

 :bulletgreen: simple background or scene: :bulletgreen: 
(low detail lineart, cel-shaded, low detail airbrushed, worked texture )
($16)

 :bulletgreen: moderately detailed background or scene: :bulletgreen: 
(black and white, or moderate celshaded, watercolored, airbrushed etc, all loosely detailed and impressionistic or softfocus)(about the complexity of an anime/animated movie background)
($36)

 :bulletgreen: highly detailed background or scene: :bulletgreen: 
(black and white, or celshaded, all with lots of detail, watercolored, or sharply airbrushed etc, clean and tight details) (more common in gaming art where an enviroment is just as important as the characters)
($55)



:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Comic or manga pages: :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

price per page:
rough sketch ($21) (maximum 10 pages total per commission))
colored sketch ($36 (maximum 10 pages total per commission))
lineart ($43 (maximum 8 pages total per commission))
flat colors laid in or manga toned($55 (maximum 5 pages total per commission))
cel-shaded/ commercial comic shaded ($63 (maximum 5 pages total per commission))




:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Concept art: :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:
NORMAL:
 :bulletgreen: black and white design ($37)
 :bulletgreen: color design: ($48)
SMALL:
 :bulletgreen: black and white design ($21)
 :bulletgreen: color design ($32)




:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Character sheets: :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:
pricing: commission fee ($5) + images + 3.5% paypal charge
example, 2 bodies + 1 heads = $5 +$24+$24+$13 = $66 + 3.5% = $68.31

NORMAL:

 :bulletgreen: black and white lineart: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($10)
halfway ($15)
full body ($19)

 :bulletgreen: cel-shaded or loose airbrushing/watercoloring: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($13)
waist-up ($19)
full body ($24)

 :bulletgreen: refined airbrushing: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($31)
waist-up ($38)

SMALL:

 :bulletgreen: black and white lineart: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($5)
halfway ($8)
full body ($12)

 :bulletgreen: cel-shaded or loose airbrushing/watercoloring: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($10)
waist-up ($15)
full body ($19)

 :bulletgreen: refined airbrushing: :bulletgreen: 
head or bust ($28)
waist-up ($31)
full body ($37)



what I won't draw:
I will not draw illegal works, including: child erotica, hate speech, coverted abuse or harassment of real persons or groups, or entirely derirative works that will be used to generate a profit, so please do not ask. Derirative works for personal use are fine.
I can not offer +18 rated artwork. I do not practice drawing +18 work. But sexy artwork is no problem ;)

If you have any questions, please either request my fully formatted list by email, or ask below! 
Votes are now closed! (due to a ridiculous neck injury, I can only do three in time)


Vote for what you want me to draw!

The voting word is 'Rudolf!'

Reply to the comment with the idea of what you want to see drawn with 'Rudolf!' and it will count as a vote. You can vote for up to three different ideas~ 

Votes on your own will not be counted, since you already requested it, wanting it twice isn't going to count as two people =P

The requests you can vote on are:





:bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletred: VideoGames: :bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletred:

Cissnei meeting Cloud Strife for the first time (Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII) - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

All Smash Bros characters celebrating Christmas. Master hand acting as Santa - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

The Final Fantasy XV gang (Noctis, Ignis, Gladio, Prompto), and Cidney (maybe Luna) snowball fighting or enjoying some hot drinks by a fire - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…




:bulletyellow::bulletred::bulletyellow: Crossovers: :bulletyellow::bulletred::bulletyellow:

 Bleach Characters in roles of Fushigi Yugi Priestesses and Warriors - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Vader force choking Sasuke!! Vader hand sign trumps all - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Melfina from Outlaw Star dressed up as Johanna Mason from Hunger Games: Catching Fire - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Chosen one (Naruto) VS chosen one (Luke)- vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Sexy pin up type pic of sexy yokai from various manga/anime having sake together - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Vader : "I turned to the dark side because you let Rin die...." - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

 Goku Vegeta and Naruto in a Ramen eating contest - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…





:bulletblue::bulletgreen::bulletblue: Alternative: :bulletblue::bulletgreen::bulletblue:

Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…





:bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen: Manga/Webmanga/Anime: :bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen:

Saitama pushing a button on Genos and blowing them both up - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Piccolo with a pink butt - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

SpiritxMedusa from Soul Eater - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Aizen fighting the Quincies - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Saitama from One-Punch Man racing against Superman and The Flash - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Vegeta taking a nap while Goku decorates Vegeta's hair like a Christmas tree - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Saber beating on Santa Claus, mistaking him for a Servant in the Holy Grail Wars, Rin (from Stay Night and Unlimited Blade Works) trying to stop her - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…





:bulletgreen::bulletblue::bulletgreen: Naruto: :bulletgreen::bulletblue::bulletgreen: 

Naru/Sasu/Narua kissing under a mistletoe - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Team 7 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura) at 17 having a Christmas dinner together - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Team 7 as Adults doing the bell capture test - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Naruto and Sakura by the fire enjoying hot coco, in my style - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Naruto next gen and their parents celebrating Christmas together, in my style - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Sasuke snoozing on narutos couch and naruto playing a whipped cream gag on him - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Kazama Chikage - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

NaruSaku family photo with Shinachiku and Hanami around the Christmas tree, opening presents - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Modern day naruto, in my style, wearing a santa outfit - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Naruto, pregnant Hinata and their 2 kids- vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Kakashi without his mask, reading his book 
 - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Kiba and Hinata enjoying the winter holiday season together as a couple (maybe on a date) - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Sakura, Hinata, Ino, Tenten, and Temari at a Christmas party, dancing together or with the boys. (partners unspecified) - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Asuma's Daughter and team 10 snowball fighting, like, girls vs boys - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Minato out xmas shopping- vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

A family Christmas picture of Naruto, Minato, 
Kushina, or a Naruto, Hinata, Boruto, Himawari- vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…





:bulletgreen::bulletblue::bulletgreen: Naruto Fanworks: :bulletgreen::bulletblue::bulletgreen: 

Rebaju2's character meeting Sasuke- vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Any scene from jgresidenevil's fanfiction Uchiha Heiress Remix - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

PPGirl16's fanfiction scene, Naruto Shippuuden Fan Fiction 17 1/2 with Yamato, Minato and Yamato - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Naruto having a snowball fight with Leanarda's oc Yuki - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

Beybladegirl1234's OC Cassie as Naruto's older sister Minato - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…

shinken-silver-14's genin team OCs - vote at comments.deviantart.com/1/5754…



Questions welcome if you're confused! Happy Voting!
Haaaaaaaai~ domoooo~~ ! Requests are now closed, please see the next journal to vote!

Welcome to Nekoni-sama's Christmas Everybody Requests!~

Request an artwork for a christmas present, from me, to you, my watchers! The most popular ideas will be drawn~ or basicly animated! *wink* Make your request as complicated or as simple as you like! Ask me to draw one picture, with one or multiple characters, from any series, or even originals! Request them in a specific style (or my own), throw in some randomness or crazy, then leave your idea to the public vote! Request more than one image if you like (they must be seperate comments!), you never know, you might be a :dance: genius at ideas:dance:!

Requesting will last for a few days, and then a voting round will begin! In the voting round, I will post a journal with a summary of your request and link to your comment on it. You will get replies on your comment with a yet to be released key word, each reply counts as a vote! The winning requests will be drawn this december for all of you, as many as I can manage!
I will combine any super-similar requests, and exclude any I feel I can't draw, but don't worry, go for it! Ask for anything~!

Ready, set, request!!

For all ye bored ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to give you something to try~ 

Mekaku City Actors is a something of a slice of life take on superheroes. It can be really frustrating to watch... if you're waiting for answers. The artwork is very bizare and references the songs on which the series is based, and another thing that people seem to hate... so, you've been warned. Howeeever it's funny, the characters are interesting, it's unpredictable, unique, and to the front and foremost- it's very deep, so much so that if you understand what you just watched immediately after the last episode, you're an absolute genius. (I do recommend knowing about japanese lore- and not the Supernatural 'it's a wolf-kami so it's a japanese chick with sharp teeth' level) I even think the artstyle is really pleasant, if the designs are a little clunky because of its indie roots.

So give it a try, if you don't like it, run fast! If you have some suggestions of your own, I'd like to try more new things without having to randomly watch anime and end up with moe moe idol girl dystopian robot fighters again.

And if you have watched Mekaku City Actors... did you get it? =)
Yup, I've come out of my shell for a little while! That's because, have you heard the news? Everyone's heard the news...

It's time to say goodbye to a great manga. 15 years in the making! Though I'll admit I wasn't with it for so long, it's definitely something that's given me and millions of others a great amount of joy. I would say I'm sad to see it go, but good stories end, and I'm curious to see what it might've inspired in its run =)

I'm sure a lot of you out there have more inspirational stories than me, I just enjoyed it as a fan, I didn't get into it as a kid, but it definitely lead me to new friends, a new way to look at art and stories.. all that wonderful stuff! Feel free to share your stories below / link to your own homages in the comments :heart:

So, yes, that's it. Naruto is... finished.

Apart from a movie and spinoff series or two. But anyone who watched the Dragonball series (and any DragonballGT) know where that is going.

Overall, Naruto was a great series with solid themes, that've appealed to a large audience, (I can't say I've ever been the target demographic, but it still works, mostly) Coming up to the end, it did dovetail in quality and lost its grip on me, but I think that was mostly from editorial pressure rushing the story line, so I won't hold it against Kishimoto, he's a great author and did a great job with what he had, and I won't hold it against others for being deeper into it than I, as it really is a world class story.

I found the storytelling techniques, the pacing, the depth, the art style, all so accessible. I do think maybe it would've ended with a crescendo if a little sooner, - or even a little later with more build up / focus on sasuke, but ending on chapter 700 was clearly important, for whatever reason.

So, onto review!

--|--|--|--|Chapters 699 + 700 - spoiler warning! though you've totally been spoiled already so hahhh.|--|--|--|--

I'd like to be honest, I consider chapter 699 to be the actual ending. I'll explain why! It's a bit rushed, but it's definitely an ending. Sasuke apologizing and being nice... naw.....  turns out he was just a massive, massive, massive tsundere. And all you had to do was keep chasing him. Because he was scared of the pain of losing loved ones. Aren't character monologues the best?

I'm not even sure what to say to Sasuke's turn around, because as far as I'm concerned, he went waaay past the moral event horizon. I mean trying to kill the people you love? *cough* there are multiple ways to get around that fear, and that is probably the stupidest. Still you pull adorable 'the tsundere has been tickled!' faces. So hhh. Whatever! My suspension of disbelief for this story was shattered a long time ago, so I won't try and rationalize you and your team's insanity. =X

I actually consider the last chapter (chapter 700) more shoe-horned in for the spin off to try make the spin-off feel more canon. I can't help it, there's been so little romance IN Naruto that I can't think of chapter 700 as the natural 'last chapter'... if Kishimoto thought that knowing official pairings would be the most satisfying thing for all fans, he would've started earlier) Maybe I wouldn't think it was a prequel if; - they hadn't all had kids at exactly the same time... and they were doing something with themselves other than having kids. Yes, Naruto's Hokage, which could be the focus of the chapter in itself (seeing him pestered by his peers, handling paper work, some remark from Sakura about how he's 'really shown the whole world his ninja spirit', I would love that) but Naruto's-hokage-now-let's-get-to-know-his-kid. I may think the storytelling has decreased in quality in the past 100 chapters, but I don't think for a second Kishimoto's the kind of author who'd ignore closing the main characters stories to focus on their offspring, -unless- he was told they -needed- offspring for the spin-off.

And, because offspring are needed for the spinoff, you get to know the pairings. Pairings by proxy, by corporate decision... ah. Isn't that the best kind? And, naturally, all the most popular pairings are canon. Except for Choji because --- he wasn't a most popular pairing, (BUT I LOVE HIS KID. SHE IS THE BEST.) and Neji-Tenten, because Neji wasn't important enough a story (bitter sarcasm) to live.

And on the topic of Hyuugas...  Hinata is amazingly cute... she has such a nice basis. When I got into Naruto, I immediately gravitated towards her, I love her type... softly spoken, shy, proper, not too dazzling, a Yamato Nadeshiko. But she does nothing. Hinata is inactive...  in fact I'm only bringing her up because her and Naruto getting together is presented as a happy ending, and I just can't do that with so little character involvement. Sure, she stalks him, and says his name, and thinks about how awesome he is... but is that enough?

After I read far in enough to the story to realize she wasn't going to do anything, I started to ignore her. Which was incredibly easy. I don't even care if she marries Naruto- there's nothing there for me to look at... I mean I sincerely wish there was, but I've been pretty darn happy focusing on the plot of Naruto, and the characters I like, (for their own sake, not their pairing potential) I ship Naruto's plot, and character integrity, things that contravene that, I don't like.

Neji had to die so Hinata could do something, (which was hold Naruto's hand, and in these two chapters, be at Neji's grave.) I was properly curious as to how Naruto would be able to correct the slavery problem, in a way that didn't involve the slave dying saying 'I did it willingly, because I had HOPE you'd help me /accept my fate'. Oh jeez. Revolutionary plot tie up there.

Maybe she'll do something in THE LAST movie. It's a bit of an afterthought, I honestly, -honestly-, wish she'd had more story within the manga, whether she marries the main character or not. I just like characters that do things...

Something like stopping Naruto from cutting their daughter's hair. For shame! He probably used a wind shuriken rasengan... (*cough*goodlordthekidisugly.)

And as for Naruto's parenting skills! Now he's married to a chick who thinks he can do no wrong, no-one's told him to not say to his son, 'I hold everyone in this village just as important as you'. Agh. But I'm sure in the spinoff series, poor little Bolt, (who has to have issues, so he can be just like his daddy.) Poor little Bolt will learn the important lesson, that Naruto is always right, and he really shouldn't expect fatherly attention. Mind you- the standard in american movies is always: 'Hey, your son misses you! You keep missing his baseball matches for work!' 'Oh. OH! OKAY I QUIT WORK!' - yeah, that'd be stupid too. But so is not at least telling his son he loves him MORE than other people. I mean, holy hotpocket... are we allowed to say 'OOC' for canon? We've spent 700 chapters following him around. Yes.

On the subject of terrible parents... Sasuke. Sakura is CLEARLY unemployed. What are you doing, man? And Sakura... why... are you only shown at home wearing an apron? If you were a real person, of course I'd say, 'I respect your choice' and I would...  but it just seems, in Naruto, everyone made the choice to settle down and do nothing? (Except Tenten, who had no Neji to be paired with?) And all this character destruction is so there were kids ready for the spin off? I mean the implication here is, that it really WAS Sakura's dream to marry Sasuke, and so all that cool stuff she did, that was just stuff she had to do to seduce stinky-pants mctsundere? Cry. Cry.

Team 7... so many unfortunate implications.


Well, that's my thoughts on it! Add your own, here, there, wherever! It's the last time we get to do this... so it's special! =3

--|--|--|--|Now what should we read/watch!?|--|--|--|--

Stumped? Terrified of life without Naruto? Let's share suggestions for anime and manga series to check out!  I'll share a few... not the most oblique but not the most popular that you might like to check out:  Magi The Labrynth of Magic - (shonen) (manga and anime), Nurarihyon no Mago (shonen) (manga and anime), Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (anime) (mature shojo? political and horror), Baccano (seinen/mystery/horror) (I only watched anime), Angel Beats (shoujo) (I only watched anime), Kaichou wa Maido-sama (shoujo) (manga and anime), Kamisama Hajimemashita (shoujo) (manga and anime)
A serious caution for all aspiring manga artists, concerning Shonen Jump's Manga award. If you're planning to enter, or your friend is planning to enter, forward them to this journal.

Shonen Jump is currently running a manga competition at mangaaward.shonenjump.com/en

As a whole, Shonen Jump, who in all other respects is my favourite 'comic' magazine, is great. They've steered clear of major controversy, they try to publish non-offensive, youth-friendly material, and they try and pull together great creative teams and talent and produce some of the world's most famous series. It's really cool of them to open up their competition to international audiences...

So the basic spin of the competition that Shonen Jump is running is dazzling. Manga artists and enthusiasts from all over the world are invited to submit their work, the only requirements being page size and appropriate penmanship. Anyone can enter. There are three categories, one is Japanese, one is English, one is Chinese. Each individual category has a prize of 500,000 yen (around $5000), and then the overall winner recieves an additional 500,000 yen. The contest entries are published on their website, where the winners are selected by public vote, and the overall winning entries -may- be published in Shonen Jump magazines.

Awesome! Except... for one little detail.


'All rights including the publication rights, the screening stage rights, adaptation to animation or live action video of the submitted works shall belong to Shueisha.'
(Source, 2nd to last paragraph, mangaaward.shonenjump.com/en/h… )

...come again?

''All rights including the publication rights, the screening stage rights, adaptation to animation or live action video of the submitted works shall belong to Shueisha.''

This sentence states, that if you enter, you will no longer have any rights over your work. Whether you win or lose.

And yes, an agreement in this form is valid, and legally binding. ( thinkingopen.wordpress.com/200… if you're in doubt)

Three people will be lucky and sign away all their rights for $5,000. But thousands of other entrants are going to sign away their legal rights to their creations for a grand total of $0.  (it says -submissions- are subject to this) Thousands of young, aspirational, creative, artists are going to do this. Artists who don't necessarily know what it is that they're doing.

While I admit, it's hardly a concealed sentence, and so people should be able to read and understand it and decide for themselves whether it's worth it, from what I've seen from the majority of comments posted on multiple online forums, most people who do see and read that sentence are completely clueless as to it's meaning. They ask 'what does this sentence mean?' and assume it's some complex legal concept that can't possibly mean what it -seems- to mean. You can't blame someone who is, most likely a high school student, for not knowing about publication rights.

However, if you do understand that you'll no longer legally own your entry (and all the intellectual property used within it) and will no longer retain any control over it, effectively having to pretend it doesn't exist- and that is acceptable to you, then go ahead and enter. There are, potentially, absolutely incredible pay-offs if you win. But if you lose, you lose your manga. If you are not willing to play such high stakes, or if you feel the story you were going to enter is simply too good or too dear to gamble away on the small chance of winning and the high chance of losing, don't enter. It's a great idea to enter- but only with a story you consider disposable.

- Please share this information with other artists you think who might be affected, thank you!-

Questions and Answers for Entrants

Q: Why would Shonen Jump want -all- the rights?
A: Firstly... security. If they have all the rights, you do not have the option to contest or to sue them for anything, either within the competition or further down the line (my buissiness-law student friend informs me that this is almost certainly the case. So that if they publish a similar idea later, you can't sue them, as if you did they'd have to put a series on hiatus while the court case was ongoing) Secondly, (and this is common in competitions) so that if you're good, and you win, and they want your series, there is no other option than for it to be published through them, as they see fit. These things are great for them, but leaves you in a completely vulnerable position.

Q: If they want my manga so much that they take the rights, and they want a serialisation, that means they'll want me to write/draw it, right? I'll be a mangaka, right!? They said they'd publish it, right!?
A: No, they said they might publish contesting entries. Even if they later decide to serialise your manga, it's very unlikely they'd want you- someone who lives in a foreign country, has no work visa, and doesn't speak or write japanese, to work on it. As you no longer own the rights, you have no say in whether or not they chose to do this, and have nothing to bargain with.

Q: Is this a normal way to run a competition in Japan?
A: I've no idea. Would you enter if it was normal? If you want Shonen Jump to see your work, and don't like the conditions, send them your portfolio.

Q: Is one sentence on a website, which doesn't look to be written by qualified legal practitioner, really valid as a legal agreement?
A: Yes. (thinkingopen.wordpress.com/200… explains the criteria necessary for it to be legal, and the competition meets these criteria)

Q: If I email them and they tell me that my rights won't be taken, then should I hold them to that?
A: No, the publicly announced conditions would probably override any emails with website moderators, if it ever came to a conflict. They didn't write it into the entry conditions for no reason.

Q: Surely they only take your rights if you win the 500,000 yen?
A: 'All rights including the publication rights, the screening stage rights, adaptation to animation or live action video of the submitted works shall belong to Shueisha.'

Q: Do Shonen Jump really need all those rights in order to run the competition?
A: No. They'd need something more in line with the submissions section dA's terms of service. They'd need a non-exclusive global licence  or an exclusive global licence limited to the time-scale of the competition. They would not, in any conceivable universe, require the rights to live-action-video in order to put your art on their website. They're just protecting themselves, legally, at your expense.

Q: Will they own the files I send in, or what? It wasn't specific.
A: The conditions claim that they will have 'all rights' over your entry. The fact it excludes nothing means it includes every character, concept and setting presented within your entry.

Q: Can't I just make a sacrificial story, and submit that?
A: Absolutely, go ahead! 

Q: What can I do with my manga after this competition?
A: It's not your manga any more. You have the right to use it in your portfolio, but that's it.

Q: Do you seriously think Shonen Jump's lawyers will come after me if I continue to work on my manga after the competition?
A: I honestly don't think that, I think it's so they can protect themselves. But if you become successful, they may become interested in claiming their property. And the fact that you've already given Shonen Jump the rights will mean no other publisher will want it.

Q: I've already entered and I want out! What can I do?
A: Write to them requesting your exemption from the competition. If you're under parental care, get your parent to write in instead. They probably won't care about keeping your entry and will allow you to back out.

A: How do I get my manga's rights back after the competition?
Q: Probably just ask for them. If you don't win the competitions, they've no reason to place any value on your story, and won't want any trouble over it.

Disclaimer: I do not do this with any insight into Shonen Jump's intentions, but as someone who is both a published artist and who has consulted widely published authors, and can offer at least a little insight into creator's rights, and what appears to be being offered and requested in lieu of entering this competition. If you have further questions, please write a comment and I'll help if I can.
You'll probably love it, because we have similar tastes!



So recently I've been trying a lot of new anime. I think that's a 'good habit' I've developed, trying new things! ...most of these animes that I try... suck. And I say that in a completely scientific capacity. It's hard to find anything good!

But I did. Whilst listening to Vocaloid songs- I noticed some particularly unusual anime character designs used as the video. I liked them. I looked them up...



It turned out they belong to an anime is called---- 'Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic' - that's its full title! Stupid name.... kind of. Kind of smart. This anime is a match made in heaven for people who are fans of shonen series like Naruto, KHR, Ao No Exorcist, Fairy Tail... you've probably not heard of it, because it's only been airing for three months. Though clearly some people have already seen it, or else I'd never have found it =3 I'd like to share this with new people who will enjoy it!

The anime's an ecliptic mix with vague connotations of Aladdin. I mean the main character's name is Aladdin, and you'll recognize other names, but that's it; they're only borrowed names.

Things that you might benifit from knowing:
'Magi' means 'Wise man', and lends itself to 'mage' and 'magician'. You'll see which of these fits Aladdin.
'Djinn' is the name of a free-willed fire spirit/demon who may or may not be bound to an object. 'The genie of the lamp' is just a Djinn. Knowing this will just make you less confused!
'Labyrinth ' is a 1980's family horror movie staring David Bowie the Goblin King who steals babies to lure teenage girls into his inescapable maze, called a 'labyrinth.



This anime is set in a fictional counterpart to south and west asia- (possibly a small part of east asia (as the original Aladdin stories were set in China)) so... yeah. If you really honestly want to watch anime that's set exclusively in Japan, because it's Japan you love, stay away from this one. However, if you like it when anime explores a Whole New World, a new fantastic point of view (HAHAHA JOKED.) watch this. Watch this hard.

Oh yeah, it's originally a manga. And it's totally full of fighting, explosions, and topics, such as slavery, that'll be hard to dub over. And there's even a blue, headless body.



A blue, headless body you say? Now that I gotta' see!
So, here I am, eating some cup ramen and waiting for my computer to finish updating some files that it suddenly decided it needed (at its convenience, not mine.). Now's a good a time as any to write my chapter reviews!

- naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below - naruto spoilers below -


So at the end of chapter 617, which I didn't review because the most I had to say was, 'Wai, Akamaru kawaii!' which is... sort of... anyway. At the end of the chapter, we saw SASUKE and co. Sasuke and Juugo and Suigetsu and Orochimaru. Yes, I am reminding you of their names, it's been so long that they're easily forgotten. Anyway! ... their sudden appearance was suspicious, I said to my buddy Mario, 'Hey, Orochimaru's here. He's gonna' do something RANDOM!!!'

I'm always right about these things.

Orochimaru, who's out to prove that knowledge is power, goes an old Uzumaki clan ruin and collects a random artifact of power which conveniently exists.

Meanwhile, Sasuke copies Naruto's original return to Konoha and goes and stands on top of what looks to be the same building that Naruto stood on, but he faces to the right of the image, not the left. This is a huge heap of MEANINGFUL IMAGERY about him being villainous and Naruto's wife and other such things. It was adorable.

More stuff happens- I'm not gonna' explain it, you read the chapter! Orochimaru summoned the four hokages, owned Zetsu, changed bodies- he's had a busy day. The most important part of his day of course is the summoning of the four hokages...

Although I'm surprised, I'm not unhappy about this. I really enjoy the fact that Oro threw some random spices into the long big epic battle between the ninja army and the pokémon trainers. What those random spices are? I'm not sure.... however I have a very strong feeling that, whatever Orichimaru does, it's not going to help Madara and Tobi. There is absolutely no reason for him to support the moons eye plan; he's got as much to loose as everybody else, and he has the added kick of being the only person to have ever spent an extended time in a false, happy dream (as he was sealed away by Itachi's Jutsu with the forgettable name). But even then I can't be sure, he's a psychopath!

I'm not thinking that Naruto will fight Minato. Although it's dramatic... it's no where near dramatic enough. Can you imagine him fighting Minato AFTER defeating the Juubi, Tobi AND Madara??? Yegads, talk about an anti-climax! No, what I'd like to point out, instead, is (remember y'all!) that Minato has half of the Kyuubi's chakra sealed inside of him, and that needs to be returned to the Juubi/ or Naruto, before Naruto can win. I think it's the 'Yang' half. It'll probably result in another epic power up and new costume design. And don't forget, after the battle's over, all the crazy cool people like me think that Naruto will absorb the chakra of all the tailed beasts into his wonderful Uzumaki tummy and hitchhike through time to become the Sage dude who created the ninja world. And he'll take Hinata with him to keep him company, because you all asked so nicely.

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My Bleach review shall be brief...

Bleach provides us with a lot of pretty art, and some important life lessons. This week's lesson was as such.... If you haven't seen a flashback of a characters formative moments.... (whether they be childhood, or the day they decided to behave the way they do) then that character is probably, actually, super strong. That or they ran out of air time. Take your pick.

But in Bleach, yeah! As Ichigo gets stronger, let's go on a power-trip! Any available character is being given new powers so Ichigo doesn't look like such a godmoder! This is levelling up, DBZ style! You all knew that Son Goku was the strongest, was going to save the day... but that doesn't mean you wanted to see Vegeta and co quit and not at least try to be awesome too.

Still, even though I understand why this battle between Unohana and Kepachi was written... that it's necessary for the upcoming battles.... it's not that exciting. I usually think Ken's fights are God's gift to awesomeness- but Unohana's the complete opposite. I know the anime's discontinued, but reading the chapter I'm imagining her voice, polite and passionless, going on and on and on and... and I just can't care... sowwee.

It's so nice to look at though!

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Some geniuses have made a 'Live Action Toy Story' and posted it on YouTube.

The whole thing.

Shot for shot.



That's some fanaticism!

You can watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G0j_H… - it took around 30 people 3 years to create! However, I'm sure it's worth it! Millions of people are tuning in to watch Toy Story be performed by actual toys!

The whole thing is shot for shot accurate. There's accurate sets, characters, action, lighting... dogs. This level of dedication makes the rest of us fans look like disinterested bystanders... And, might I add,they cast most of the toys' characters PERFECTLY!

Interesting fact, Disney's seen it, and given it their blessing! Apparently Disney gave them both permission to distribute it on YouTube, and a free trip to Pixar Animation Studios!
Yeaaaah Chapter Reviews! Why? Because stuff's happened in the mangas! Horray for manga!

So.... Naruto. First.

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I've been enjoying this battle. Naruto, Killer B, Kakashi, Gai, Tobito and Uchiha Madara. Way to stick the fan favourites in the same place!!! It's been good, a mix between cool moves and plain fighting.... I outright applauded though when Kakashi used Kamui to punch Tobito in the gut in the Kamui dimension. I've been loving the Tobito - Kakashi interactions...

As for Tobito's motives and backstory.... and where Zetsu comes from. I loved it too! It was awesome. Obito looked awesome with long hair and being all Sith apprenticy. It was awesome.

Now; what isn't awesome?

Hinata.... there. I said it. She's like a loose spanner in a beautifully working deus ex machina. For the sake of Hinata having screen time, she tries to sacrifice her life for Naruto every time he's in any amount of danger (okay, only twice. But twice is too often). No wonder her father finds her a giant dissapointment if the only ninja technique she knows is the 'human shield no jutsu'. The moment she decided to save Naruto I felt like I was reading some incoherrant notes scribbled on the back of a hankerchief, that for some reason had been nicely drawn and distributed- you know, like I was reading filler. But unlike actual filler, I'm suposed to take it seriously, and it's hard to ignore her lack of ninja skills or cool moves, or the fact that Neji had to come and save her recurringly suicidal posterior. And that Neji got killed by some random evil ninja twigs for the sake of Hinata's screen time.

Now you could argue that I should never say Hinata is not awesome that Neji had to die to show Naruto that Tobito had a point and that Hinata was there to reassure Naruto to keep fighting..... but I think any moral confusion that takes less than ten pages and can be cured by a practically incoherent statement of 'too many people have died to surrender' is neither the deepest nor most rivoting plot development. I mean, it's stuff on a page. And Hinata is there, horray? Honestly if she wasn't so popular, and I didn't know people wanted to discuiss her, I would have ignored that part, called it a 'lame moment' and moved on. Oh... and if he hadn't held her hand at the end...

...what you doing Naruto? Going to keep her nearby to use as a shield? Huhuhuhuhuhahahaha.

Now I... don't hate Hinata, but I don't like filleresque moments. I wish Hinata could spin in with a giant chakra canon she'd fashioned herself and smite the badies, or ride in on the back of a dragon made from pure chakra and swoop Naruto to safety in its talons, but I guess if she has sufficient body mass to stop incoming projectiles, that's awesome too.

Speaking of awesome.... Tobito's awesome. Actually I think he's slightly too awesome, and has strayed into the realm of 'Strawman has a point', and that's why everytime someone tries to argue with his opinions they're looking goofy.

'The ninja world sucks!'
'No it doesn't!'
'Then why does everyone keep dying? See?'
'SHUDDUP YOU'RE EVIL, I CAN TELL BECAUSE YOU'RE HORRIFICALLY MUTILATED!'
'I WONDER HOW THAT HAPPENED?'

The problem Tobito's plan isn't actually that evil. He's not going to terrorise, he's not trying to rule people for the sake of his own ego or pride, he's fighting to change the world for the better. Okay, hypnosis is an evil technique used by bad guys, but that alone is not enough to make his arguments invalid. So, actually I'm kind of rooting for him. =D Wouldn't it be interesting to see the world he'd create?

(I should help clarify, because I know this stuff, but yes, Naruto and Hinata holding hands was entirely pairing symbolism. Holding hands is a very brave, forward behaviour for couples in Japan. Yes this implies NaruHina pairing. No this does not imply that they'll both live happily ever after... And no, I'm not saying that all hand contact is romantic. Think of this moment like you would the kiss of life. Sometimes in fiction, it's used to save a life. Sometimes it's just an excuse to show lip action and make terrible jokes about how the hero took the heroine's breath away.)

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Bleach... what to say. Nothing specifically 'cool' has happened...

A lot of plot has been implied. Which is awesome, but... well I can't say 'well, duh' or anythin. I really wasn't concerned about Unohana's identity. I am completely suspicious over Kyouraku now. I don't know what it is but it almost seems like a conspiracy. But that means I have a conspiracy theory and we all know those are wrong- so never mind!

So, Ichigo's gradually traverssing through the levels of... the ... I can't remember the name of the place. Mario Clouds. With Renji, and Kon, who has been horridly experimented on. As they go, the realities of soul society's history and physics are revealed, which would be boring... if it weren't Ichigo, Renji and Kon, and their hosts weren't psychos. Kubo Tite's golden comedy combination. I'm loving it.

So zanpaktou can be people and Kenpachi is stronger than he looks and... conspiracy, I say. I have no solid idea of what's going on yet, but all the little details get the mind racing!