BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 33 – Mirror Shards

Week 33 – Mirror Shards

First off this week: I’m proud to announce the publication of Mirror Shards, a Shattered Skies recursive fanfiction by friend and frequent commentator/feedback-leaver ArtIdiotGuy222. AIG and I have been collaborating on this thing for several weeks now, trading ideas back and forth to make sure neither of us is stepping on the other’s canon. The story stars Kyoko Kanae, a singularly unique Precure OC who has been part of all of the canon teams, thanks to time shenanigans and multiversal weirdness. Teaming up with the reformed Dark Precure 5 and Bad End Cures, the effects of Dead End’s war on reality strike Kyoko in ways that no one can predict. Needless to say, I’m blown away that someone thinks enough of my work to create their own spin on it, and I’m seriously impressed with the results so far. Please go check it out at the link above, or here on DA.
I had hoped that I would have Chapter 37 of Shattered Skies out tonight, since it’s way overdue, but it looks like it’ll be at least another day before it’s done. There are scenes in this chapter which absolutely must be done proper justice, so the last thing I want to do is rush it out the door. When I do, though… I’m making a change on the meta-level that I think will be for the better. More on that once the chapter goes up.
I also made some major Tasakeru progress on the self-publishing front… I’m happy to announce that Book I is closer than ever to going up on Amazon. There’s still some formatting kinks I need to work out, but the bulk of the work on the manuscript is done at last.
Anime stuff: I don’t think enough of you are watching Planet With. It’s a spectacularly weird sci-fi/mecha show that’s running in the current season, and when I say “spectacularly weird”, I mean that there’s giant perverted cats that swallow people before turning into mechas, alien weapons that attack people with their past traumas, a conspiracy involving warring factions of space-cats versus space-dogs, and Norio freaking Wakamoto as one of the aforementioned space-cats. I find it hilarious that they hired one of the most legendary Japanese voice actors of all time to voice a character that only says “Nya!” in various inflections. I mean, he did voice Chiyo’s Dad in Azumanga Daioh, so he’s got precedent for voicing bizarre cat… things… but still. Chiyo’s Dad could actually talk in that wonderful, distinctive Wakamoto purr. This character, as I said, seems limited exclusively to saying “Nya”… which is thankfully translated by a maid girl who seems to have no other purpose in the show than to stand around turning “Nya” into complete sentences. Oh yeah, there’s also some damned pretty-looking CG fight scenes, even more impressive considering that CG in TV anime usually seems limited to about 6 frames per second, if that. The show is a unique kind of utterly bonkers, and watching it is becoming a highlight of my week.
– BHS
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A minor greetings from below, Storyteller222 (aka ArtIdiotGuy on deviantART) here. I’m very grateful to have worked with BHS on Mirror Shards with him and to have his approval on it. It’s been a fun ride thus far showing the events of Shattered Skies from an OC’s perspective and the consequences of such ranging from the nature of the OC in question to arriving late to the battle.

What I will say immediately is that Mirror Shards isn’t exactly necessary when reading Shattered Skies. It’s an optional side story, like the relationship between the Star Wars Movies and whatever cartoon they’ve recently made.

Still, I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors and what we have to show.

For when the Sky Shatters, the Shards of the Mirror will fall and only show the ruin…

Signed, ArtIdiotGuy/Storyteller222

  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,317 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 23 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: ~20% complete

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 32 – Pushed Back

Week 32 – Pushed Back
Job’s done, finally. Once I got home on Friday, I was all set to finally start work in earnest on Episode 08 of Silent InvenTOYry… and then, 12 hours later, I threw my back out for the second time in a month. I’m more stiff now than actually in pain, but until I’m at 100% again, I need to avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or making sudden movements. That rules out moving my green screen around or doing any stunts for at least a day or two. Sorry, guys.
I can at least work on writing in the meantime, so the next order of business is to get Chapter 37 of Shattered Skies out. There’s some major changes happening both in and out of story in this one, so perhaps it’s for the best that I waited to devote my full attention to it. In fact, I’m still trying to decide whether or not I need to split this one in two, in order to give each scene the “oomph” I think it deserves.
While you wait on me, have some cuteness from one of my clients. Make sure your sound is turned up.

– BHS
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: COMPLETE!
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
  • TasakeruPatreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,329 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 10 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: ~10% complete

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 31 – Persona-l Matters

Week 31 – Persona-l Matters
One of the benefits of extended house/petsitting jobs, such as the one I am currently on, is that it gives me a chance to catch up on stuff that I’ve been putting off. For example, during my hours between feedings and cleanings last week, I finally got around to finishing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, only nine years behind the rest of the world. Likewise, I used part of my profits from this job to buy a copy of Persona 4: The Golden, which is a series that everyone and their mother has been telling me I’d love for… around a decade or so. Well, when they’re right, they’re right… I’m at the beginning of July in the game’s calendar, and I absolutely adore it. I’d write a long rave about all the things that I love about it so far, but… well, work-related mental exhaustion. I need to conserve my energy for the other stuff I need to do tonight.
Fear not, noble readers, for a new Tasakeru chapter will be going up tomorrow, and after my job finishes on Friday, I’ll be off and running with Silent InvenTOYry episode 8. I’mma try my best to make up for the lack of content the past two weeks, and with a vengeance.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: Final editing in progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,332 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 10 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Item shipped, awaiting delivery
  • Hugtto Precure AMV HFIL: COMPLETE!

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 30 – It’s Late and I’m Tired

Week 30 – It’s Late and I’m Tired
I made a new thing and it’s silly. Please watch it:
Work has me exhausted. Gotta crash, sorry.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,341 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 9 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Secret Precure Project: COMPLETE!

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 29 – Secret Precure Project

Week 29 – Secret Precure Project
Another short one this week, sorry. I’ve been spending a lot of time on a Precure project idea that I came up with last week… something that struck me out of the blue, and which amused me so much that I decided to go ahead with it. It’s a lot of extra work on top of all my other projects, which makes me think that I must have some kind of masochistic streak… but I’m pretty consistently cracking myself up while making this, so that makes it worth it. Hopefully, the finished product will amuse at least a few of you too.
At the end of this week, I’m starting a record 12 days of intensive petsitting, so if I seem to have vanish off the face of the earth between then and August 3rd, that’s the reason. I’m trying to get as much done as I can before the job starts. While I’m on duty, I’ll have a lot of hours to burn sitting around while the animals aren’t demanding food or voiding their bladders/bowels all over the place, so I’m hoping the duller moments will inspire some quality material. I can’t complain too much; this job is going to pay for everything I need for the next full Silent InvenTOYry episode and then some. My goal is to get it out as close to the first week of August as possible.
Oh, and hey, tomorrow marks the end of my 30 day YouTube monetization suspension. I removed all the copyrighted stuff, so cross your fingers for a successful and speedy reapplication process, everybody.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: COMPLETE!
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,360 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 9 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Secret Precure Project: ~40% done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 28 – BHS, Official Sponsor of Studio TRIGGER

Week 28 – BHS, Official Sponsor of Studio TRIGGER
Yup, just like I figured, this past week was busy as hell. I’m still wiped out, so this will be another short one, but let’s go.
My beloved Studio TRIGGER, of Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and others, has opened a Patreon. I think it’s well worth it to ensure that the staff continues to make awesome stuff, so it was my pleasure to sign up right away as soon as I learned about it. And speaking of TRIGGER… wow, the last few episodes of Darling in the FRANXX were crazy as all hell. There’s good ways to have your story go batshit nuts in the third act, and I’m not sure DitF managed it… but it was a hell of a ride regardless.
Partly because I was so tired from work this week, the conclusion of the latest Stevenbomb blew me the hell away, and I enjoyed it all the more for not realizing until 13 minutes in that it was a double-length episode. And boy howdy did it earn that double length. It was magnificent work by Sugar and the Crewniverse all around.
Sorry to end on a sour note, but: I try to be a kind and patient person, but only to a point. If someone is supporting me and my work, I’m willing to cut them a lot of extra slack. Let it be stated here and now, though, that if someone, say, goes around insulting me behind my back and still expects me to show you respect, their ass is getting dropped. I’ve had too many people take advantage of my good nature over the years to let that kind of thing slide. Let me further point out that it is very unwise to hurl abuse at someone who moderates a large fan community, especially if they’re intending to remain a part of said community. I made it clear in November ’16 that I would not tolerate people trying to instigate drama on my group, and that rule applies to everyone, whether they’re watching me or not. As long as it’s in my power to prevent or put a stop to toxic fandom behavior, I’ll damn well prevent it.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: COMPLETE!
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,368 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 1.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Steven Universe Commentary: On hiatus

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 27 – And So It Begins…

Week 27 – And So It Begins…
It’s a good thing I got both a Tasakeru chapter and the new Silent InvenTOYry episode done this past week, because the busiest part of my year is starting. July invariably means tons of people going out of down and needing care for their pets, which means a ton of work for yours truly. I have an especially long job coming up at the end of the month, but I’m gonna try to get as much as I can done before then.
Anyway! Check out my new YouTube stuff below, and rewatch multiple times if you can, please:

I’ve actually had so much fun making short Precure videos for laughs that I started today on a longer project, just for funsies. I’ll probably tinker with it here and there over the next month or two.
And holy hell, speaking of Precure… it’s now official. After this week’s episode Hugtto has joined Heartcatch and Go! Princess in a three-way tie for my favorite Precure series. It wasn’t just the crossover, though that was a major part of it. They made it yet another great Ruru and Emiru episode, and Sayaka Ohara gave it her all in her final(?) appearance as Pupple with some of the best acting I’ve ever seen in this franchise. Then there was that credits sequence… Week after week, they’ve been firing on all cylinders. Giving us the totally unexpected but welcome return of Nagisa and Honoka was just icing; I genuinely love this show, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Anyway, I have Steven Universe to recap, so I’m calling it there. See you all next week.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 26 – Extremely Unclear

Week 26 – Extremely Unclear
Thanks to everybody who offered support during my crisis last week. Taking some time off did me a lot of good… as did seeing that the vast majority of my YouTube subscribers have stuck around, Precure Library or no Precure Library. Maybe I’ll make this thing work yet. I’m still going to keep my streams on hold for now, but I do intend to keep doing regular YouTube uploads to hopefully convince our corporate Google overlords to give me another shot at monetization. Three such uploads are below… The first is something Best Friends Play-themed that I made a couple years ago in Tomodachi Life and posted on Tumblr, to significant success. Matt himself liked and reblogged it!

And the other two are very silly things relating to Hugtto Precure, both with *SPOILERS* if you haven’t been keeping up for the last month or so.

Please watch both multiple times, if you can. Thank you.
This was certainly an unusual week for finales. The final episode of Cutie Honey Universe aired on Saturday, which… well, it was an effing weird episode even by the standards of a Go Nagai series (and I’ve seen most of the previous Cutie Honey anime projects and Devilman Crybaby, so I have experience with his weirdness.)
The other finale was something I was a couple weeks behind on. It pains me to say this, but: what the BLOODY HELL was up with the end of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Clear Card Arc?! It’s not that it was bad, per se, it’s that it… wasn’t a finale. Nothing got settled, very few if any questions got answered, there’s still a mountain of dangling plot threads… hell, if I’m interpreting what happened correctly, the entire Clear Card series may have been invalidated, if not retconned altogether. It feels sort of like the episode order got slashed at the last minute, and they had to cram as much as they could into episode 22 because a 23rd episode wasn’t happening. It sure as hell feels like there’s got to be something more after this, a movie or an OVA or a third cour… because if this is really and truly The End of CCS, then it’s the most unsatisfying ending I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Again, that’s not to say that Clear Card is a bad series. As I’ve said before, seeing Sakura and her friends again has been a highlight of my week every week since January. The animation, music, and character moments were all spectacular, we got more Meilin than I ever dared hope for, Yamazaki got to tell some amazing new lies, and Aya Hisakawa outdid herself with her voice work as Kero. But… well, what I said a couple weeks ago about recent revelations rendering Clear Card as somewhat inessential is way more apt now. For as gorgeous asthe show looks, sounds, and feels, there’s very little about it that seems like a necessary addition to the lore. The new Cards are almost all copies of the old ones in-universe and out, the Sakura Cards are (presumably) gone for good with no fanfare, Sakura herself never finds out the truth about what’s going on… so what’s the point? It’s an OVA and 22 episodes of barely more than fluff. I’ve always said that CCS is more like a slice-of-life series with magical girl elements interspersed, and its relaxed pace and typically low stakes are part of its charm… but this is taking it too far.
I dunno. I’m still confused as hell. If nothing else, at least I don’t have to worry much about the new canon contradicting Shattered Skies anymore… it seems safe to keep ignoring Clear Card altogether as far as my story goes.
Anyway. I should have a new Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short done by next week at the earliest, with a full-length episode in the works for early August. Look forward to it.
– BHS
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: 1 page done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,387 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 1.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short Episode 04: Item shipped

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 25 – Taking Care of Myself

Week 25 – Taking Care of Myself

I lost monetization on my YouTube channel yesterday morning. I still don’t know the exact cause, as the “Support” team refuses to elaborate beyond telling me it was revoked for “Duplication”, but I’m without revenue on the channel for at least a month. That, combined with the reemergence of a certain lunatic making accusations on my channel, plus the technical issues I had with Sunday night’s stream, sent me into a really scary downward spiral that I don’t want to describe here. I’m seeing my therapist on Thursday, and I’m hoping he will put me on more stable ground.
All streams and YouTube videos are on hold for at least a week. I’m probably going to take the week off my other pursuits as well to try to get my head together.
This morning, I took down the Precure Library archive project I’ve been working on since February, as that was probably what got my monetization yanked… and to be on the safe side, I took down everything else that got flagged. I hated to do this, but since the alternative was almost assuredly losing it for good, I decided that I’ve put way too much work into Silent InvenTOYry to have all the episodes lose their revenue. There’s a message on my channel about the removal, one part of which says that since the PL was drawing the vast majority of my traffic, I expected mass unsubscriptions to follow. To my surprise, I’ve received many kind messages from my viewers offering support and assuring me that they’ll stick around. Thank you, guys. I don’t think I deserve such kindness, but I’ll try to repay it in turn.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: 0.25 pages done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,402 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 1.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • All YouTube projects and LPs on hiatus

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 24 – Writing in Recursive

Week 24 – Writing in Recursive
Thank ArtIdiotGuy222 that you’re seeing this go up tonight. The Blogress Report completely slipped my mind until just now, don’t ask me why.
I warned people that Shattered Skies Chapters 35 and 36 were going to be big ones… now you see why. 36 in particular has gotten me more feedback than any other chapter of late. I’m kinda thrilled, because the events of said chapter have encouraged a lot of people to seek out more information on “the entity” and where it comes from. I chose not to use its name in-story to give it a sense of unspeakable horror and mystique, and it looks like that was the right call, but several people noticed the clues and managed to figure out exactly what it was. Since its source material is criminally overlooked and underappreciated, I consider myself to be doing a good service by pointing people in that direction. Fun fact: I’ve had portions of this chapter where the entity attacks written out almost two years in advance, because I’m crazy that way.
Guesses are also trickling in as to who exactly Fantine is. As with the entity, I don’t want to outright reveal her actual name, but there are more than enough clues already if you know where to look. I’ve promised several people that if no one’s guessed correctly by Chapter 42, I’m going to devote a special scene and/or a short chapter to dropping a big hint as to her origins.
In other Shattered Skies related news, there’s now a recursive fanfic in the works! VDrake’s The Changeling of the Guard has been honored with a few of these, and now it’s my turn. I’m limited as to what I can say at the moment, but the author and I are communicating closely in order to make this thing happen. It’s a neat little experiment, and I look forward to sharing it once it’s done.
So, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Clear Card Arc is now over. I haven’t seen the final episode for myself yet, but I’m hoping the finale is at least as satisfying as the last endpoint for the anime, that being the Sealed Card movie. As of now, my feelings on Clear Card are sort of mixed. I absolutely love seeing Sakura and co. again, of course, and the series has been wonderful to look at and listen to, but… well, assuming the explanation as to where the Clear Cards came from is accurate, it feels… sort of underwhelming, to be honest. Like it makes the whole arc less of an essential continuation of CCS and more of a postscript season. Don’t get me wrong, watching Clear Card every week has been one of the highlights of the year so far, but it hasn’t left the kind of indelible impression the first anime did. As I said, though, I still have yet to see the finale, so I’m hoping I’ve just made a snap judgment.
Anyway. The next project in the queue is Twilight’s Dreaming Chapter 2, which is overdue. That’s going to be my primary focus for the next week, or however long it takes to get done. I’ve also kicked off production of Episode 08 of Silent InvenTOYry, for an episode that I’ll have out in early August at the earliest. Thanks for your patience.
Please remember to call your Representatives, and keep calling, so that we have a chance to reverse Shitbag Ajit Pai’s overturning of Net Neutrality rules. Go to battleforthenet.com for all the details you need.
– BHS

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