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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!

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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!
First, everyone, Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Winter solstice! It's the season of festivity!

I'm completely exhausted! Finally, it'll be over in a few hours. And I'm going to sleep for a week!

So what'd you guys get? Have a good day, or one of those movie-style-Christmas-disasters? (we all have them, if you've had a bad day this time at least you can turn it into a blockbuster movie script ^^; )

My December's been busy, busy, busy, with family visiting nearly all month, and a very ill granpa, but Christmas was quite nice this year. Doctor Who was on tv this Christmas Day (as usual) and once again, it was a fantastic episode. I got slippers and Christmas jumpers, chocolates and a couple of videogames and some new inking pens (my precious!) We had turkey, beef and pork for dinner (just because there are so many people here)

It's fun and busy, but I'm so very glad that Christmas is only one month. 'x' I'm looking forward to finishing some art!

(I'm even happy that it hasn't snowed. What a Grinch!)
I have a question...

I'm going to do some how to draw tutorials soon. I'm going to do them as video... brave, or foolhardly? In any case watching drawing be done live is a really good way to learn. However, here's the issue. Although I've got good guesses to what people find difficult, having fought the terrible beasts known as 'the knee' and 'hello Mr Hand, what are you doing today?' in the past, I know there's a whole list of things that people really want help with.... except, I don't have this list. I was hoping you guys could help me write it <3

So, answer this question for me, and I'll see what I can do for you! :heart:

What do you want a tutorial for~?



(PS. Sorry for general absense. It shall stop now. Everyone has sucky times in real life, so I'm sure you understand <3)
(Hi, if you're visiting looking for activity- I'm not on a hiatus, I just have THE FLU. Love you for stopping by <3)

Yo! Stuff has happened, I'm excited for these stories, so- it's time for some vague reviews! (Mostly I love reading your comments about them ... 83)

So first, Naruto!

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Amirite?

I'm going to be as vague as humanly possible, incase people glancing my page see one particular word - or name, which spoils this chapter for them just as much as my enthusiastic friend - ohohhohoho. But seriously- the last mysterious backstory has(is) being revealed (unless you count 'the great sage's backstory, but as that's time travelling Naruto, we're still reading it.) There was a lot of controversy online about Tobi's identity, some of which I added to... but it was always going to be this. Why else would there have been that short mini-special back when Shippudden was starting? Naruto's like a soap opera- everyone is connected, and so, why would Kishimoto sensei throw away a perfectly saleable plot point that he probably intentionally -put- there in the first place? (When you're planning out your 'secret organisation who're going to take over the world' you -start- by planning the supervillain behind it all.) Maybe it was too obvious... but most Naruto readers are not expected to have read 600 chapters over 12 years, and you're probably more Otaku than you'd like to admit. The majority of the chapter was speechless- and adorable (what a klutz! <3 ) that's going to be interesting in anime. And it's Kakashi-orientated. Given that Kakashi is the most awesome character in Naruto (followed by Minato and Jiraiya) I'm highly enjoying this. I'm not enjoying Naruto himself so much. He's got no suprises left in his bag, and we know from timetravel logic that that's probably his ultimate supersaiyan form and he's not going to settle down with a girl and he's not going to die dramatically.... but at least Kakashi's having a highly inconvinient freak-out! I'm sorry to those who feel... that this darkens you-know-who's memory. But I always saw a dark lining under that silver cloud, thanks to his 'ninja are trash' speech.

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There's not as much to say for Bleach as there is for Naruto... and I'll admit that half the chapter I was saying 'SWOOSH! SOMETHING HAPPENED, I CAN'T TELL BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF LINES!' and alternatively counting how many sentences there were. (31, and I'm being generous- about half are meaningless filler) The captain-commander is doing stuff- the captains have a positive response to the fact their leader has joined the battlefield- But I don't really care. I mean, where is Goku? Why isn't he at Namek yet? I don't know. Not the most exciting chapters. Kenpaichi has been used as supervillain fodder, (if you need to prove someone is dangerous, make them defeat your strongest non-lead character off screen!) And I am sad, because I'd rather watch Ken fighting than giant fireball of irritation fighting. It's still pretty though, and Bleach battles don't last very long (there are just LOTS of them)

Doctor Who..? Spoilers? What, Nekoni? Doctor Who spoilers below?

I KNOW. I KNOW. But sometimes I mention random other shows that I enjoy. And one of those is Doctor Who, the new season of which just started up today and was... and was... *headtilt*

Before we start, I'd like to clarify, I loved!disliked! this episode. Like a chocolate chip cookie with questionably too much chocolate chip that has instead become a chocolate bar with bits of cookie embedded in it. I ate it and enjoyed it, and yet...

I'll get this out the way, because unlike the Naruto review I can't make it through this review without saying the word of the subject. Daleks. Ozgm there were SO MANY DALEKS. I could go on and on about the details, but that pretty much explains it all.

The story introduced (and highlighted) confusing plot holes- like  'why are they working like cybermen' 'what happened to all the other color daleks' 'when did Rory stop being a robot how did they even have a kid surely-rory's-to-blame-AH-MY-BRAIN.' but in general was full of stunning visual effects and cohesion, excitement, great writing and a sea of ghouls and monsters- some of which were shocking (the coprse humo-daleks!), others of which were daleks <3.

The writing was great, everything interlocking, everything hinted at and all things leading into big reveals- Stephen Moffat really is my favourite screen writer- and yet... 'eggssterminate' and 'Doctor- WHO?' jokes? I DID NOT EGGSPECT THIS. The best dalek jokes have been the german-speaking daleks, the one that asked 'Would You Like Some Tea?', stairs, and of course the classic hat-over-the-eye-piece-can-you-see?-no-you-can't! -nothing to do with eggs. And the Doctor's funny enough, without smacking against the fourth wall by reciting the name of the show as if it's a punchline to do so. Nope.

At the introduction of the new girl locked in the room I thought by her self-narrative style that she might be a companion for a couple episodes. Then I realised she was a dalek (or humo-dalek). I have to admit I had an advantage (or disadvantage) in that I'd once -glanced- the summary of a Doctor Who fanfic in which a female Dalek pondered the Doctor, and given as this was the home of crazy daleks- (I don't read DW fanfics, I scrolled past it on a page, and naturally, laughed.) that idea suddenly had ground, (especially now that there were humans turning into daleks, left right and center) I think the fact I'd heard of such an off-the-wall idea dampened its effect and genius substantially- still it was a nice story and superbly executed and hinted at, even if it has a few plotholes attached. (like which daleks took her from the crash and turned her only to lock her up, if they can't reach the planet? And why are they, racial purists that they are, even using such Cyberman-esque methods?)

The next episode has Egyptians and Dinosaurs. I don't even. Although it's prone to retcorn and the occasional badly tacky moment, Doctor Who is awesome and this season looks to be awesome too.
Sorry for the general hiatus guys, real-life stuff happened, not lazyness *hugs everyone* I have still been reading and enjoying Naruto and Bleach! So reviews! These reviews are more general since I haven't written any in ages- not a move-by-move of the chapters.

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So! Recently the Naruto manga reverted to Sasuke! Which needed doing- honestly, I was begining to wonder where he was. I didn't review, because I don't like Sasuke, and those chapters were trying very hard to make me me like Sasuke by putting him NEAR Itachi (the only enviroment in which Sasuke's even SLIGHTLY woobie) It's got this whole 'redemption'/'please understand Sasuke's not evil' (he just wants to massacre civilians for the sins of the government) spin on it that harks back to Pein's bipolar switch from evil-to-good. Unlike Pein, I'm starting to get the feeling that Sasuke won't die in the end... But he should, he's so close to Anikin Skywalker's 'not even the younglings survived' level of evil, death is the only option (that's why Danzou, Itachi and Pein -are- dead). Infact, I rate him as more-evil-than-Tobi. Tobi's at-least killing people to a purpose, and that purpose IS good, if substantially warped.

And speaking of that battle... Itachi is awesome, but the whole thing was just a tad confusing. Izanami? There was a long explanation about how it worked, why it was invented, what the escape technique was, and its symbolic meaning (long explanations of fictional-physics or geography or politics can get very SNORE...) I LOVED Kabuto's motives and flashback (and his look, sorry Orochimaru but Kabuto just carried it off SO WELL.) Speaking of Orochimaru... I didn't realise he could get any MORE like Voldermort, leaving little fragments of himself here and there so people could bring him back- Considering his soul was sealed away in another dimension, a dimension of ULTIMATE BLISS.... he was incredibly easy to resurect, and suprisingly happy about it. But he's back now, I do like it, but it's soooo typical.

Speaking of resurections- Uchiha Madara, (Sasuke ver 0!) and that whole fight... just... cool. I wish it had more pages dedicated to it!

Anyway, up to date and to the latest chapter- the tailed-beast battle's recommencing. Of course, the big statue combines all the tailed beasts. Myup. And Kyuubi can talk through Naruto's mouth? Myup. Have you read those fanfics? Myup. Still, I'm loving it. And what I'm loving more is Tobi... finaly showing his true personality. Again, it's so obvious that it's become fan-canon, but not only does Tobi recognise Kakashi's chidori, but he actually knows... Kakashi. I've got a feeling that a lot of fans will be annoyed by this... near-revelation as to who Obito is. I mean who Tobi is. Because it's 'too obvious' - but Naruto is one of those 'too obvious' stories, it's not Bleach, it gives you a massive supply of Chekhov's Guns (tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php… ), and points to them over and over, so the joy you get it from something finaly being revealed -to the characters-, not to yourself (unless you chose to ignore the guns) (it also makes a habit of tying up any additional loose ends). I can't wait to see Kakashi's reaction when he figures it out! I hope he actually figures it out instead of needing to see Tobi's face, y'know? Kakashi's smart. Please, Kishi-sensei. Speaking of Chekhov's guns--- there was another timetravel-Naruto one this chapter, (point it out and win a cookie) and the chapter ended with 'I will not let you touch the Mazou' >- hey guys, I THINK YOU SHOULD TOUCH THE MAZOU!. From this point on I'm seeing a pretty direct path to the end of Naruto, but it's a fun path- if involving slightly too much time travel.

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Bleach on the other hand, hides its foreshadowing somewhere on the dark side of the moon. I've no idea how far this war will go before Ichigo powers up manages to save the day (that's the only constant- though it's usually later implied the enemy was some unfortunate victim he's been used to put down after he's done this). And despite the nazi vibes earlier in the story arc, it's a really good story. The quincies killed Hollows with the only techniques they had (you'd do the same if a hollow was in your town, eating your neighbours) and got exterimated for it. It's always been a large, unexplored, and clearly unsavory fragment of Bleach's story--- you know Kubo-sensei has had a LONG time to plan this one out. Since we're only starting out, (with an EXPLOSIVE assault on both Hueco Mundo and Soul Society) I don't know where this is going, and I don't know why Ichigo is being held back, (it's clearly got to be a reason beyond him just being 'strong'- perhaps they can't take hollow abilities) but these quincies have an all new and interesting power and social system, so I'm loving the read!

Two other things to note: Orihime was addressed as 'Princessa'. It IS a play on her name... but it might also be another hint to a greater role in the story than affectious-healing-damsel-in-distress. Not that 'princess of the universe' would be much of an improvement- but it'd explain why she's THERE...

And Byaakuya was naked for one scene (in the illusion he was covered in bugs). Why do I worry that this is going to produce some strange yaoi between him and the Quincy who cast it? o_O Does anyone else worry about stuff like that?

The fact is... our favourite shinigami are being pummeled- it's all out, very sudden war, there's no obvious way of winning, infact you worry some of them are going to actually die (albeit maybe temporarily) it's awesome.

Spoilers over!
Very simple question.

If you were writing a Disney movie, would it be like Hercules, or would it be like The Hunch Back of Notre-Dame? (they only 'adapted' them but you'll understand-)


Hercules is about a demi-god, who is handsome and rides rainbow-dash.His opponents are powerful and crush mountains and catch fire. He saves the day, becomes a true hero, and gets the girl. An optimistic story, full of magic and adventure- completely unrealistic.

Quazimodo has a weird name, weird face, is an outcast from society and lives in a tower. His opponent is a power-hungry-normal-person who is also a weird pervert. He saves the girl (in an odd way) and vanquishes the bad guy(his adoptive father who attacked his mother..?), doesn't get the girl, becomes a true hero,  and as a reward gets to go out in public without being ridiculed by the local french medieval peasants. A pessimistic story in general, full of real-life misery and miserable implications about Quasi's mental state (the statues are talking...)- completely realistic.


You see, I realised, most authors tend to slot perfectly into one of those two catergories with everything they write. They write stories that either say 'life can be brilliant'--- or 'life sucks'. Both are completely valid--- and I watch and read both types, but the optimistic type of story is my favourite. I still watch shows like 'The Walking Dead' (the authors pile the turmoil onto the characters, everything that can go wrong, will) but I'm much more excited to see an episode of Doctor Who, where the day will be saved, it's just a matter of Timelords.

What do you guys prefer, and what type of story do you think you, yourself, might create?
A speech made by Neil Gaiman at a university that can act as inspiration for artists and freelancers of all kinds. If you don't smile, laugh, and (weirdly) feel HUGGED, when you watch this, then you're not human.

>->->->->->- vimeo.com/42372767 -<-<-<-<-<-<-< Here he is.

I know there are videos on youtube under the same title that load faster- however I can't guarantee they've been uploaded by the rights holders, which would mean I could get banned if I linked to them for having aided internet piracy. LOLFUN. Do your own dirty work!

Neil Gaiman- Now this is one of the few authors I've researched and know everything about. Neil Gaiman is author of Sandman, Coraline, and a Doctor Who Episode, as well as a pleothera of other interesting things. He's even collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and been a valued informant of Alan Moore, both people whom I idolise. HOWEVER--- I'm too young to have ever read Sandman, I'm too old to have watched Coraline, and I'm just the right peripheral demographic to have watched and not liked the Doctor Who episode.

The thing is, though, even though my one experience of him is, 'What did you do to the TARDIS!?' I still KNOW Neil Gaiman's an awesome guy. I always have; it's that sort of inperceptable Chuck Norris awareness that he's awesome- even if you haven't witnessed it. And now I have witnessed it; in his words and in his speech. You've got to watch it, it's so inspiring! I am similtaniously struck by the urge to strive harder at my own ambitions----- and to slack off and go and start reading some of the stuff he's written. 8|

But what pleases me and most makes me feel that Mr Gaiman belongs in my Hall-Of-Idolisation is as thus:
He's British--- I'm British!
Our list of ambitions is practically identical, right down to the DW episode, though mine will be set on the floor of the pacific ocean in an oceanic rift where the sharks are *blathers on*
He has the same nervous disposition about success as I do. Even writing this journal to a few thousand readers means I need wear my tinfoil hat.
He recieved no higher education- and no formal education in his field of expertise. Bringing hope to many of us.
He writes about subjects I love. I love science fiction and comics and warped mythology.
He has curly hair. I have curly hair. *fist pump* WE SHALL TAKE THIS WORLD AS OUR OWN!


See how good that speech is? Kay now stop reading my journal and go listen to it! *jets off to do stuff, powered by NeilGaiman(tm) Inspiration Juice*
I never plug anybody.

I have many reasons for never plugging anybody.

I'm plugging someone. - Aren't you curious to know what could possibly be so awesome that even a grinch like me thinks you have to see it?

:iconbobbyc1225: -Man of no icon, few words, and epic, epic sculpting.

joker  miniature by BobbyC1225Brandon Lee the crow by BobbyC1225
CHRISTOPHER REEVE SCULPTURE by BobbyC1225hellboy close by BobbyC1225
Batmobile, scratch built car by BobbyC1225
(that's right, these are sculpted! -except for the batmobile, which is even more epic.)

I found his account from AdamHughes page (who you already know. I hope.). He only has 2000 watchers so I gambled most of you haven't encountered him on dA (it's actually more likely that you've seen his work in real life!) Enjoy browsing, and be amazed! I know I am.