BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 22 – That’s Better

Week 22 – That’s Better
Hey, look at that, three more pages! Not bad. Sorry this one is late, I couldn’t focus at all last night. To be fair, I haven’t been focusing well for the past two months, but knock on wood, that might be changing. I still want to try to get this chapter done before Saturday if I can, though I might end up shunting the second half of what I had planned to Chapter 45.
Starting this week on my Twitch channel is a playthrough of one of my favorite games of all time, Skies of Arcadia. I’ll be playing the “director’s cut” Legends version for the Gamecube, which fixes some of the issues the original had and adds a bunch of content. I played the hell out of both the original SoA on my Dreamcast and Legends on my Gamecube back in the day, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to share this game with you. SoA is one of those titles where it’s downright criminal that more people haven’t played it, so if I can get more people interested in it, so much the better. Plus that, after the grimness of the Bioshock series in my last playthrough, SoA‘s colorful optimism is the perfect follow-up. I’ll see you all Wednesday night, so please watch, follow, subscribe, DONATE, and do the things!

  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • TasakeruPatreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 51 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 7.5 pages done

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 21 – Affiliated

Week 21 – Affiliated
I hesitate to say it, given what’s been happening when I let my guard down, but maybe I’m starting to turn things around. The biggest news of my week was finally hitting Twitch Affiliate on Wednesday. NeoChandler put it aptly when he said this was “the universe throwing you a bone”. Now that I’m part of the program, I feel like I can take my streams a little easier. Speaking of which, effective this week, I’m changing my schedule to stream Wednesday and Thursday nights, rather than Mondays and Wednesdays. There are multiple reasons for this which I don’t really want to go into, but little else should change.
My new goal is to get Shattered Skies Chapter 44 out by the end of the month. It’s just a matter of motivation at this point.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 51 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 4.5 pages done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 20 – It Never Fails

Week 20 – It Never Fails

WARNING: THIS IS A VENT
Yup. That two-thirds of a page and two extra Twitch followers are the sum total of the progress I’ve made this week.
No sooner do I let my emotional guard down, no sooner do I start thinking that maybe I can relax and start to hate my life a little less, than another trainwreck hits me… another crisis or crises that spring up out of nowhere and drag me right back down. You could almost set a clock by it, it’s that consistent.
This weekend, it was my monitor. The HDTV I’ve used for the past three years, affectionately known as “ZA BEASTO”, burned out on Saturday. This left me with only my emergency backup monitor, which is wholly inadequate for streaming purposes. And since I’m a stone’s throw away from Affiliate, I absolutely cannot afford to take a week or more off now. So I had to shell out for a new monitor, which set me back by an enormous amount… I’m happy for the upgrade, but much less happy about going into debt. I’ve signed up for a new service called loots.com which is supposed to help streamers get paid, so since YouTube will probably never reinstate me and it’ll be a while until I can get anything out of Twitch, this is my best option. Begging for donations is another avenue, but it’s one I’d like to avoid if possible. I may be currently trapped in an endless, godforsaken nightmare loop of anger, self-loathing, anxiety, and depression (not necessarily in that order, or mutually exclusive from one another), but for some reason I still have my pride. Or I like to think I do.
I also discovered that our dog has developed another potentially horrifying health problem, as if we didn’t have enough of those already. I’d elaborate, but due to various circumstances, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on myself. I’ve been assured that she’ll be okay… but part of me knows it’s only a matter of time until the next disaster, and the next, and the next, until it’s something that can’t be fixed. If it’s not my dog, it’s my mother. If it’s not my mother, it’s my best friend. If it’s not my best friend, it’s me. Because that’s what always happens.
Right now, considering all that I have hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles, about the cruelest thing I can think of is being treated like my worries and anxieties don’t matter. It’s almost sadistic to tell me that I’m responsible for what goes on in my head, because quite frankly if I had any measure of control over my brain I would have exercised it long before this point. I would love to be more stable. I’d jump at the chance to live like a “normal” person, to have a regular nine-to-five job and maybe a romantic relationship to worry over. “Real world problems”, some people would call them… the notion seems almost attractive to me. But that’s not who I am. I’m permanently stuck with a mind that constantly teeters on the edge of breaking completely. That’s my “real world”, that’s my reality.
But hey. I guess it doesn’t matter, because I’ve been told repeatedly that my problems aren’t high priority enough.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 44 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 1 page done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 19 – Slight Improvement

Week 19 – Slight Improvement
Thank you for all the kind words of support after last week’s Report. I can’t honestly say that things are much better on my end, but there’s been a very slight improvement. My mother will be having surgery for her bad shoulder soon, so I’ll pass on any and all well-wishes to her.
My goal for this week is to make some progress, any progress, on Shattered Skies Chapter 44. Other than that, I don’t really have a lot to say.
At least April 2019 is behind me for good. Good riddance.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 42 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done

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BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 18 – Apologies

Week 18 – Apologies
  • All projects on hold
This won’t be pleasant to hear, but I have to be honest: I haven’t written a word all month. Not one damn thing on Tasakeru or Shattered Skies or anything else. I haven’t filmed anything of the replacement episode of Silent InvenTOYry either. April 2019 has been a creative dead zone.
I feel awful about this, especially since yet again my Patrons will be paying for another month of no progress. But frankly, I feel awful about a lot of things these days.
The short version is, both my parents and my dog are elderly. They’ve all been having health problems over the past month or two, particularly my mother. Every time some new one manifests, my chest goes tight and I wonder if this might be it, the moment when everything falls apart and the downward spiral begins. I can’t enjoy the escape I get through my creative efforts, because as I said: those aren’t happening right now. I’d take a break from it all, but I’d feel guilty about that too. I can’t even lose myself in my favorite fiction for long, because past experience has proven time and again that life loves kicking my teeth in the moment I begin to relax. My anxiety is probably unfounded, but that’s the wonderful thing about chronic anxiety: it doesn’t care whether what you’re afraid of is plausible or even possible. The doubt and fear and second-guessing never entirely goes away, no matter how much I want it to.
I’m not the most mentally stable person in the best of times, and this past month has been the antithesis of “stable”. So while I’d love to have some updates on Tasakeru, Shattered Skies, and SI for you, or even share my thoughts on Avengers: Endgame, right now there’s nothing in my head but fear, weariness, and the usual horrific guilt and self-loathing. My sole comfort is that there isn’t much of April 2019 left… if I can survive a few more hours with what’s left of my sanity intact, I can see my therapist tomorrow and work on making May an improvement.
– BHS
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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 17 – Under Pressure

Week 17 – Under Pressure
Bad week. Stressful week. Unproductive week. I’ve gotten absolutely jack done. Frankly, it feels like this entire godforsaken month has been one long, sustained anxiety attack.
I’m in an unenviable position here: I’m under large amounts of pressure, both from external sources and self-imposed, and that causes me anxiety. Most of the things I do to relieve anxiety (play games, watch anime, sleep) only cause more anxiety in the long run, as my brain is hard-wired to scream “YOU’RE NOT BEING PRODUCTIVE ENOUGH” at me on a regular basis, regardless of how much I do or don’t get done.
At least I’ve finally found something to stream on Twitch that’s drawing an audience. Warframe may be a drain on my time, but it’s a fun drain on my time, and both streaming sessions I’ve had with it so far have been highly successful. I’m within striking distance of becoming a Twitch Affiliate at last, so perhaps this streaming thing will pay some dividends after all.
And hey, Endgame is this week. Seeing Thanos get his giant purple ass kicked should lighten my mood.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 42 followers
  • Book II Appendix: On hold
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: On hold
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: On hold

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 16 – I Just Want to Enjoy the Damned Movie

Week 16 – I Just Want to Enjoy the Damn Movie
Still fighting off the last of my illness, so I haven’t been able to do much, but the next item on my list is Shattered Skies Chapter 44. It’s closer to being done than anything else at the moment.
The first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX came out this weekend, along with the reveal of its title: The Rise of Skywalker. I’m excited to see how this thing ends, but my excitement is dampened considerably by the re-ignition of Star Wars Discourse, because even a year and a half later, a small but very loud and intensely irritating group of people (“fans” seems to be giving them too much credit) are still bitching about The Last Jedi. It’s not enough that they hate the movie, it’s not enough that they harass the people who made the movie, they have to turn it into a goddamn dog whistle in an attempt to get everybody else to hate it too.
Now, it’s not like I have much of an emotional stake in whether Star Wars is good or not. I didn’t grow up on the movies like many other people my age did… I watched them and I loved them, sure, but I always wanted to serve aboard the Enterprise as a kid, not be a Jedi Knight. Star Wars has never been a religious experience to me. I went to the midnight premieres of both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because they were momentous cultural events, not because my fandom demanded it… I’ll do the same for The Rise of Skywalker in December, if I possibly can. I’m not trying to be hipster-y or put on airs of ironic detachment, I’m just setting the stage.
Quite frankly, I just want to enjoy the damn movie. I don’t care about “respecting the franchise” or “staying true to Lucas’s vision”. I don’t care if the new trilogy has plot inconsistencies from movie to movie, or if it clashes with the EU material, old or new. My measure of what makes a good Star Wars movie is how well it absorbs me in the moment… if it can present a coherent story and let me escape reality for two hours, it’s done its job. Star Wars is many things: a landmark in the history of film, a cultural juggernaut, a cornerstone of many peoples’ childhoods. Star Wars is not about creating art, and it hasn’t been since the 80s, if not even before that. It’s a franchise that for the vast majority of its life span has existed primarily to sell toys and to entertain children and teenagers, in that order. This is not news, people. George Lucas is not some holy, shining beacon of artistic integrity, he never has been. If you’re upset about Disney trying to make money off the franchise’s fans, it’s time to face reality: Lucas did the same thing for 30 years, just on a smaller and marginally less corporate scale.
When Rise of Skywalker comes out, I expect to be entertained. I expect lightsaber fights, space battles, fantastic John Williams music, pseudo-profound philosophy, and a few good gags and one-liners. If it’s anything more than that, if it manages to have a meaningful message or two, that’s fantastic! Good for the cast and crew, they’ve worked hard for most of a decade on what has to have been a tremendously stressful series of projects. I’ll be a bit disappointed if the daring, innovative stuff from The Last Jedi gets retconned due to the aforementioned loud and irritating people, but Disney is primarily in the business of pleasing crowds, not challenging the masses. That’s par for the course for them.
 
TFA got made and I enjoyed it. TLJ got made and I enjoyed it. Both films did their jobs. All I can ask of TRoS is that it does the same; if it does, I’ll be satisfied. If you want to scream your lungs out at me for that… well, please don’t do it here. I’m not interested in discourse, I just want to watch the silly space fantasy and be happy for a while.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 34 followers
  • Book II Appendix: On hold
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: On hold
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: On hold

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 15 – When to Pack It In

Week 15 – When to Pack It In
  • All projects on hold due to illness
Yup. I got sick at the worst possible time. It blows.
Anyway. Two announcements before I crash. The first is that the fundraiser for Kandlin was a rousing success, with $332 raised for his family. Once again, thanks to all who donated.
The second is that I’m scrapping the Chogokin Titanus episode of Silent InvenTOYry. I’ve had three major setbacks in its production, I’m a month behind schedule, and quite frankly I don’t have enough good material for an episode due to said setbacks. I really hoped I would be able to pull it off, but at some point you’ve just got to accept that some ideas don’t pan out. Getting sick was really just the final nail in the coffin for this one. All is not lost: I plan to salvage what footage I’ve shot so far, cobble it together, and release it as a micro-episode of sorts, and of course I’ll be taking pictures to go up once I’m recovered. When I’m back on my groove, I have another item to review for an SI Semi-Short, so I should be okay.
Sorry, guys. Wish me a speedy recovery.
– BHS
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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 14 – A Little Faith Restored

Week 14 – A Little Faith Restored
I’ll be honest with you all: I was in a really bad place for the first part of last week. Health complications came up in every member of my family except me, IRL things in general were bad, and there was that whole mess with Kandlin and PayPal… it was one of my lowest periods in a long while.
So by Tuesday night, I decided to quit feeling miserable and do something about at least one of those things:
I may not have ever had to support a family, but I’m far too familiar with arbitrary internet bullshit, not to mention being denied payment for my work. The GoFundMe was, to be honest, a wild idea to try to do something to help. I started it on Tuesday night without any expectations, figuring it would be a nice gesture if nothing else. After all, I wasn’t feeling all that confident in people’s inherent goodness… I just wanted Kandlin’s family’s week to suck slightly less.
When I woke up the next morning, it was at $100, and another $100 was donated by Wednesday afternoon. In just over a day and a half, it was fully funded.
The fundraiser is now actually exceeding its goal, and by the time I close it down on Wednesday evening, there will be more still. I cannot thank Gouretoratto, RustyRick, Joeygatorman and the anonymous contributors enough for their incredible generosity. Far be it from me to speak on Kandlin’s behalf, but for what little it’s worth, you brightened both his week and mine. Well done, all of you, and I hope this brightens your week too.
In other news: Twilight’s Dreaming Chapter 8 is finally done, if way overdue. The emotional gravity of these last few chapters has taken a lot out of me, not gonna lie. I really, really hope the payoff will be worth it… but dammit, this is my baby we’re talking about, my magnum opus. I can’t do anything but write what’s in my head and heart and hope it affects the readers in the same way.
My other overdue project, the Titanus episode of Silent InvenTOYry, isn’t looking so positive at the moment, sadly. If I stay stalled much longer, I may just move on to my next episode to make up for it… it’s getting to the point where I’d rather put out no episode than a lackluster one. If I do end up scrapping it, I’ll of course take and upload some high-quality shots of Titanus and the Ultrazord as consolation. It’s still up in the air, though.
And finally, no, there will be no April Fools jokes here. I contemplated doing another Apple Fools Day, but given recent events it would be nowhere near as energetic or funny as last year’s. I think a couple days of low-pressure activity should have me back in order.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 8: COMPLETE!
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 19 followers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: 0.5 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 10: Reworking

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 13 – Getting Stepped On

Week 13 – Getting Stepped On
I’m sure it’s not news to anybody, but generally speaking, the state of things for the little guys of the world is pretty awful right now. Everywhere you look we’re getting stepped on, and I for one am growing sick of it. Yeah, yeah, “the world isn’t fair”, I’ve been made well aware of that. I’m just frustrated that with the situation for the vast majority of people getting worse and worse, the very few people capable of doing something meaningful about it are, for the most part, those who are responsible for getting us into this mess in the first place. I find myself wishing more and more often for the kind of sudden, random, life-ruining disasters that afflict me and my family and friends to happen to someone else for a change, particularly DT and his fellow shitstains.
So yeah, this Blogress Report is a downer, and I apologize. The malaise is seriously impacting my ability to focus, but I am making very slow progress on the next Tasakeru chapter, at least. That’s about all I’ve got.
ChaosCroc’s visit went really well, for what it’s worth. The two of us got in a lot in three days, and Croc was able to guest commentate on last week’s Dead Cells stream, which was a nice change of pace. I’m grateful that we had the chance to catch up after so long, and I hope I didn’t bore him too much with magical girl talk.
Kandlin has had a wretchedly awful day, and is dealing with severe financial troubles. I’m trying to spread the word among my limited social circle, on the off chance that anyone feels like donating to help him and his family out… I’d provide donation info, but as of this writing I’m not sure there is any to provide. As soon as he has a stable account set up, I’ll provide more info, but for now I’ll just have to settle for signal boosting. Send him and his family some nice words, if you can.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 8: 2 pages done
  • TasakeruPatreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 19 followers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 43: COMPLETE!
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: 0.5 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 10: Reworking

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 12 – Croc is Here, More Stuff Later

Week 12 – Croc is Here, More Stuff Later

It’s very late and, as I feared, I forgot about the Blogress Report because :devChaosCroc: is here. So I’ll be brief: not much progress has been made, but I hope Croc’s visit will be a shot in the arm for me. I’ve canceled my Star Vs commentary, because it was the least essential thing on my list and given that it’s on Pillowfort, not many will see it anyway. It’s not too big a loss, I think… I only started doing it last year. And it relieves some of the pressure on me, so. It’s for the best.
Anyway. More next week.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 8: 1.25 pages done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 19 followers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 43: COMPLETE!
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: 0.5 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 09: COMPLETE!
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 10: Reworking
  • Star Vs Commentary: Canceled

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 11 – Less to Stress Over

Week 11 – Less to Stress Over
Roadblocks really, really suck. I knew that the item for my next Silent InvenTOYry would be too big to do the usual side-by-side comparison with its vintage counterpart, I was prepared for that. However, I wasn’t prepared for the difficulty of moving its components around from behind the camera. The tent is just too small to do it without it looking like garbage. So my choices are to either shoot part of the review outside the tent or to scrap the episode altogether. Since there was a fairly major bit that I had to scrap due to it being unworkable, I probably need to downgrade this one from a regular episode to a Semi-Short; I’m afraid I just don’t have enough material for a full production like my other ones. I hate to do it, but if it comes down to that or scrapping the whole thing, I’d rather do the Semi-Short.
For a few nerve-wracking hours yesterday, I was convinced that my graphics card had been fried. We had a thirty-second power outage, and when I booted my computer back up, the graphics settings were scrambled. I’ve had this issue before… my computer wasn’t build with HDMI support in mind, it was added later when I put in the graphics card. So every time something goes wrong with the card, for some fool reason it defaults back to VGA settings. I used to be able to fix this by switching to my old VGA monitor, but since it hadn’t happened in a long time I figured it was safe to get rid of it. This time, none of the usual methods of restoring my drivers seemed to work, and I had to open up the tower, remove the card, and put it back in twice before my system detected it so I could reinstall what I needed to. By the time I was done, I was too wiped out to do anything else, which meant putting off Star Vs Commentary for the season 4 premiere.
The experience has me thinking that I’m putting far too much pressure on myself. Much as I enjoy being flexible with what I work on, I think I have a few too many commitments at the moment. Obviously I can’t give up on writing Tasakeru or Shattered Skies, and I don’t want to quit streaming when I’ve been working so hard to hit that 50 follower goal… but I think I may need a break from some of the other stuff, particularly the time-sensitive material. I’m actually really glad that this current item is the last big thing I’ll be purchasing for the next few months, so I think I may try to content myself with Semi-Short SI episodes for the foreseeable future. Likewise, though I’m definitely sad that Star Vs’s fourth season will be its last, I’m a little relieved that with the end of that show and no more Steven until the movie, I won’t have to push myself to get reviews out on time.
Maybe this sounds like whining, I dunno. If it does, I apologize.
In better news, :devChaosCroc: is going to be visiting for a few days next week. We haven’t seen each other face-to-face in forever, so I’m relishing the chance to get caught up. Next week’s Blogress Report might be a tad truncated as a result, but we’ll see. I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the Monday night stream, but as usual, I’ll post status updates when and if it happens.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 8: 1.25 pages done
  • TasakeruPatreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 17 followers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 43: COMPLETE!
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: 0.5 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 09: COMPLETE!
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 10: Reworking
  • Star Vs Commentary: Pending, planning for Tuesday night

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 10 – Symphogear is Great and Chris Needs a Figma

Week 10 – Symphogear is Great and Chris Needs a Figma
Since I’ve just started a third complete runthrough of the Symphogear series in less than four months, I think it’s safe to call me a fanboy now. If you read those words and thought “Uh oh”, please be assured that that’s a perfectly logical reaction. No, I will not be adding Hibiki and company into Shattered Skies, for a number of reasons, but I don’t think I’ll be able to resist a couple nods to it in future chapters. The series really is that good, and I’m actually angry at the person who described it to me as “idol singers with side-jobs as magical girls” a couple years ago, because that’s a grossly inaccurate description and it turned me right the hell off of something I really should have discovered sooner.
See, idol singer shows are really iffy to me. I won’t elaborate, but the Japanese idol industry is so sleazy that I just can’t watch stuff like Love Live, etc., without getting a bad taste in my mouth. That’s what I thought Symphogear was: Love Live with a few token magical girl elements. What I was not expecting was a glorious, hot-blooded, ridiculously badass action show where those doing the action just happen to sing while they fight. Seriously, after the low-budget first season, the fight scenes become jaw-dropping spectacles that rival or even exceed the ones in the Nanoha series. Nanoha is actually the closest thing I can compare it to in terms of its tone and what it’s intended audience is. The whole show seems to be designed for the express purpose of making you grab your friends and go “Holy crap, did you see that?!”
And of course, one of the primary reasons I love it so much is Chris Yukine. I’m a sucker for tsundere types, that much is known… but Chris just brings so many wonderful things to the table in addition to being a fantastic example of a tsundere: her personality, which stands out among the other cast members for being semi-permanently in a state of “1000% done with this shit”, but which is a gruff and cynical mask for the marshmallow dork underneath. Her fight songs, which are all rock and heavy metal with the some of the most ludicrous over-the-top edgelord lyrics of any anime song ever… while still being damn great songs, sung by a voice actress with an opera-grade range. Her propensity to just up and smack people who need a good smacking, particularly with her candy red Mary Janes. And then there’s the big guns… no, not those guns. CALM DOWN, NEKO. Perhaps not since Leena Toros and her custom Gun Sniper have I been so giddy seeing a character forsake all subtlety and just mow down goddamn everything with an arsenal befitting an entire army division. In that regard, it helps that one of her damn great fight songs, “Bye-Bye Lullaby”, is probably the most appropriate music track I’ve ever heard to express concept of MORE DAKKA. Maybe there’s slightly more stable characters with whom I could live vicariously, but honestly, Chris is just objectively the best and everyone I’ve introduced to the show agrees.
So it’s with great frustration that I found out that there’s only two Figmas from Symphogear, and neither of them are Chris Yukine. What the hell, GSC?! I guess Figmas based on the upcoming fifth season aren’t completely outside the realm of possibility, but with a franchise successful enough to get four seasons, each more profitable than the last, why wouldn’t someone bother completing the main trio, at the very least? Maybe it’s because all of Good Smile’s factories are committed to shitting out thirty Fate, KanColle, and Miku Hatsune figures every quarter… ugh. This hobby is a real drag sometimes.
But anyway. That’s really all I have to say this week. Go read the new Shattered Skies chapter, then watch Symphogear.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 9 – How to Kill Your Motivation

Week 9 – How to Kill Your Motivation

On Friday, I felt it was about time to update the portion of the Silent InvenTOYry intro where I pan across my shelves to show my collection. Since my newest review item came in that morning, and it’s a big one, I had to do that anyway to clear off some space for it.
I won’t disturb you with the horrific details, but it was during the process of rearranging and posing my Figuarts on the bottom shelf that I managed to severely damage three of them within the space of about 90 minutes. Two of which were expensive limited editions, of course. Now, GSC has a thing with Figmas where if you buy one and a part breaks within a month or so, they’ll replace it free of charge. Bandai has no such policy for Figuarts, so the only way I could fix the problem short of buying entirely new figures was a DIY repair job. I spent a substantial amount of money on a miniature power drill, a length of brass wire, superglue, sticky tack, and a sprue of generic replacement joints, and once all of those arrive, I’m going to attempt to fix the damage. Here I must give enormous thanks to Storyteller222, for generously donating money for the tools and materials. For what it’s worth, bro, you saved me from a major panic attack, and that was a bigger deal than I can adequately describe.
But yeah. This run of rotten luck slaughtered any desire I had to get anything else done all weekend. For understandable reasons, I didn’t want to even touch another expensive figure for a while, and as for Tasakeru… well, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I’m now working on updates again, but please bear with me; I may miss my deadlines for the end of February. That’s part of the reason I’ve temporarily changed the format of my Patreon to auto-charge monthly… the disaster took a big chunk out of my finances and my work time at a time when I was already running behind. I hate how selfish this sounds of me, but the stress of trying to do Tasakeru and InvenTOYry plus the additional stress of the Figuarts disaster means I can’t give either of them my all at the moment. I don’t want to rush out something that I can’t be proud of.
Speaking of my Patreon, though, I did some tweaking to the reward tiers. $10 Patrons can now get a plug for your YouTube or Twitch channel or any pet project you may have during a future live stream, and $30 Patrons will have a one-time opportunity to name an incidental character in a future Tasakeru chapter. I hope these will provide better incentives to join up.
– BHS
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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 8 – Back on the Horse

Week 8 – Back on the Horse
It took longer than I thought it would, but I’m finally making progress with Shattered Skies again. Chapter 43 is underway. It’s going to be a shorter one, sort of an interlude between big events, but I like how it’s coming out. I’m aiming to finish it by the end of the month if possible, but Tasakeru is my highest priority, followed by Episode 10 of Silent InvenTOYry. Episode 10 will be much, much less elaborate than the last one, but I’ve still got some special stuff planned for it. I have one more Semi-Short in line for mid-to-late March, and then I should be pretty well set until July, as far as SI goes. I’m also planning on finally finishing a certain other story that’s been on the back-burner for way too long… it’s one found on my AO3 page, which I won’t link to for obvious reasons, but many people have expressed an interest in seeing it continue over the years. A conclusion is long, long overdue.

What you’re seeing here is Hasbro launching an absolutely vicious joint attack on my wallet, my nostalgia, and my feels. An official Ecto-1 Transformer, jointly celebrating the 35th anniversaries of TF and Ghostbusters. Goddammit. Ten years ago, when Hasbro unceremoniously canceled Transformers Animated despite its huge success and the fandom’s adoration of it in favor of focusing on Revenge of the Fallen, I swore off Transformers altogether. What happened to Animated was criminal. I loved the franchise, but seeing one of its best entries cut down in its prime (sorry) so that they could squeeze a little more money out of Michael Bay’s juvenile, racist, incoherent trash fire… it still makes me angry today. But this… this is something I cannot resist, it’s not within my power. I’ve loved Ghostbusters since I was three, watching The Real Ghostbusters cartoon religiously and building my very first action figure collection out of its spectacular toyline. I love the concept, I love the style, I love the humor, I love the music, I love the characters, I love the firehouse…

… but I think more than anything else, I love the car. I’m not a car person, but to me, the Ecto-1 will forever be the coolest vehicle ever made. I used to dream about one day running my hand along the length of one of her glorious red fins… a dream that actually came true when I was eighteen, via a chance encounter in a museum on my senior class trip. To this day, if and when I make it big, I want to own her and ride in her at least once. I loved Transformers from an early age too, of course, but I never had the connection with them that I did with the Ghostbusters. More to the point, I never, ever imagined that some mad genius would ever combine the two. Well played, Hasbro, well played. Damn you.

– BHS

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