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 22 – Pet Parade

Week 22 – Pet Parade
First of all, have your cute/funny animal video for the day:

This happened on my petsitting job this weekend. How it happened, I still have no idea, but getting this on camera was almost worth as much as my wages. Almost.
 
SO. Chapter 35 of Shattered Skies is up. I told you all it would be a doozy… and there’s more coming. As I said last week, 35 and 36 are essentially a two-parter, and there’s more huge plot developments yet to come. I got a significant head start on 36 already, so you all shouldn’t have to wait much longer for the conclusion. There was a minor issue with quite a few people misinterpreting what actually happened at the end of 35… but a quick rewrite of a couple lines fixed that, hence the “EDIT” in the title. That was entirely my fault; I made things too ambiguous, and I once again offer my apologies.
Anyway. Since I couldn’t stream this past Friday or Sunday night, I’m going to be doing some extra long streams this week to make up for it. I’m pondering giving up Fortnite because it’s just a bit too dependent on random chance for my tastes, so this coming Friday’s stream will probably start something new. It won’t be as alliterative as “Fortnite Fridays”, but eh.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s been a very long and busy weekend, and I need to pass out. Thank you.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 7 – Thank God for the Precure Fandom

Week 7 – Thank God for the Precure Fandom

Seriously. That Cure Yell video I posted last week singlehandedly pushed me over the 1000 subscribers mark and saved my channel’s monetization. It’s at 140,000 hits and still climbing, which is insane to think about. As I’m perfectly willing to ride a good thing as long as it lasts, though, I’ve decided to start The Precure Library, a playlist that will collect the first transformations and attack sequences of every Precure that has them. It’ll take a long time, because of course there are a lot of Cures, but I figure since Toei can’t really object because I’m not monetizing any of these… I might as well, right? I’ve got the next five videos already made and ready to upload, so doing this won’t be too much of a distraction, I hope.

So yeah, 1000 subscribers! My special commemorative video is below:

This is also my official announcement for Apple Fools Day, my special reward live stream happening on April 1st, 2018  at approximately 7 PM EST, only on http://picarto.tv/bhsdesk , so mark your calendars and sign up for a free account so you can join the chat if you want. This stream is open to all my followers from all sites, and I can pretty much promise it’ll be unforgettable. There’s a movie, you see, a movie I love dearly despite it being a trainwreck in so many ways that it almost defies the imagination, and I want to share it with you all. Consider it a MSTing of sorts. For those of you wondering, I can’t stream it on YouTube because the rights are still owned by a major studio, but I’ve already done a test run on Picarto that worked fine. Anyway, more details on this as we get closer to the date.

I largely took a break from writing over the past few weeks to focus on my YouTube channel and hitting the deadline, but now that I’m in the clear, my next step is to finally finish Soulsnatcher. Being able to actually devote my full focus to it should help immensely with getting it out.

Also, because I apparently don’t have enough projects to occupy my time, when the 3rd season of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil starts up again in March, I plan to start doing a blind commentary on Tumblr, as I do with Steven Universe. I adore Star Vs., and I know it’s got a huge fan following, so I think that’ll be well worth my time. Hopefully it’ll be entertaining, too.

That’s all for now. Next week I should have news from WonFes. Fingers crossed for BNHA Figmas…!

Oh, and happy first birthday to Silent InvenTOYry. You’ve come a long way in a year, baby.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 6 – Necessary Retcons

Week 6 – Necessary Retcons

You know, it occurs to me that in the two-plus years I’ve been doing Blogress Reports, I’ve barely written about Tasakeru at all. Which is weird, because Tasakeru is supposed to be my magnum opus, my passion project. I know at least part of the reason I don’t write about it is because I want to avoid spoiling the story for my readers, but still.

Well, this week I’ll be discussing it at least a little, because I have an important retcon that I’ve made as of last week. Normally I believe retcons should be applied as organically as possible, so that the audience doesn’t even notice them, but I think it’s important to call attention to this one.

Those of you who read Tasakeru (WHICH SHOULD BE ALL OF YOU, DAMMIT) know Lady Nadeshiko Argenteus by now. She’s the prickly, stoic, and ungodly stubborn Field Commander and Vice-Mistress of the Silver Order, and next in line for its leadership. Nadeshiko has had a wild journey as far as her character development goes; brutal honesty, I originally created her as a bit character for one scene in a “bad future” AU roleplay that I was hashing out with VDrake. She was supposed to be in that scene and then quietly disappear from the story… except she didn’t. I ended up bringing her back, and she patently refused to stay as a bit character. Something about her fascinated me, so I wrote a much younger Nadeshiko into the first draft of Eternity Awakes. She became a prominent supporting character and got a few chapters largely to herself in Books III through VI, and by the time I hit the wall with the first draft of Warriors, I was setting her up to play an even bigger role. As of the relaunch, she debuted in Book I, and she’s now the most important character aside from the primary antagonists and the Outcasts themselves. So basically, most of the history of Nadeshiko’s development has consisted of ignoring or downright rebelling against what I, the author, intended for her.

Now, during the process of rewriting Book II, while discussing my future plans for Nadeshiko, I was once again blindsided by a plot development that I never saw coming. What follows is technically SPOILERS, so skip the next paragraph if you’d prefer to be surprised.

So, over the course of the story, Nadeshiko is going to start a romantic relationship with a mate. A female mate. Said relationship won’t start for a while yet, but it is happening. And to that end, because this is intended to be a story for young adults and sexuality is a part of the story (handled tastefully, I hope), Nadeshiko is now seventeen years old at the start of the story, a few months shy of eighteen. Now, I stress that I had no idea I would be writing a relationship for her when I started the relaunch, so I wrote her as a fourteen-year-old just like I did in the last draft. Over the past few months, as I’ve planned out details, I realized that there was no way I could justify having one of my foremost LGBT+ characters be fourteen without some seriously unfortunate implications, given the extent of what I have planned. Yes, the age of legal adulthood in the world of Tasakeru is thirteen, and yes, it’s supposed to be a different culture, but there are some things you just can’t do. I want Nadeshiko and her mate’s relationship to be progressive and provide some much-needed diversity in the fantasy/YA genre. The last thing I want is for my efforts to be overshadowed by questionable decisions on my part. So, it’s not a major change, in the grand scheme of things, but I hope you’ll understand why it has to be made.

SPOILERS END

So. I managed to finish the new Silent InvenTOYry episode in record time, finishing roughly 80% of the episode in a 48-hour span. I was really happy with how it turned out… which of course meant that YouTube flagged it after a couple days. Their “remove audio” function completely borked the first upload, so I had to delete it and put up this new version today:

This of course meant that I lost all the upvotes and views from the first one, so I’d appreciate it if you guys could help me get them back.

My effort to boost the subscription numbers on my channel seems to finally be working. I hit on the bright idea yesterday of uploading Cure Yell’s transformation and attack footage from the first episode of Hugtto! Precure while it was still hot, and the result was 3000+ hits and a whole bunch of new subs in a day! I’m getting closer and closer to hitting my goal, so I think I’ll do the same for Cure Ange next week, just for the extra boost. After all, the item for my next Precure review won’t be here until after the Feb 20th deadline.

Now then. If I do break 1000, I’ve got something very special planned. As I said in the teaser video I uploaded on Thursday, if I hit the magic number I’ll be hosting a special reward live stream for my followers at a date in the near future. I still have work to do on the technical side of things, but I’ve got a site to stream on that WON’T autoflag me (I hope) and I’ve figured out how to get the media to run on it. More on this in the next few weeks.

And finally, there’s Hugtto itself! Based on the first episode, I’m pretty well sold. I’ll have a more detailed write-up when it’s not so late and once the whole team is assembled, but in brief: Hana/Yell is a precious dork, Hugtan isn’t at all the annoyance I feared she would be, Harry is shaping up to be one of my favorite mascots, the villains are actually threatening, and HOLY CRAP THE COMBAT IS BACK. As far as first episodes go, this one was a definite winner.

So. I hope you’ve all enjoyed both the look into my thought process and the new episode. More stuff coming soon.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 5 – Adventures in Self-Promotion

Week 5 – Adventures in Self-Promotion

I really, really wanted to have my second Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short episode done tonight, but it’s not happening. To be fair to myself, I did get all the footage and pictures I need (*knocks on wood*) shot between my item’s delivery at 11 AM this morning and now, so. I’m fairly confident that the episode will go up tomorrow if I put in a full day’s work. The rush is so I can have my review posted as close as possible to the item’s release date, and thus get more views and hopefully more subscribers while the subject is still hot.

Why yes, I do still need more subs, how astute of you to notice. Most of my online activity for the past week has been spent on efforts to hit the looming February 20th deadline; I’ve been trying to increase engagement by uploading gaming streams almost every day. Because of that, my writing progress has suffered quite a lot… bleh. I now have even more respect for people who manage to put up videos on a weekly or daily basis.

I may have to break my four-month streak of Tasakeru updates this month… I’ll do my best to finish Soulsnatcher by Wednesday, but unless I pull off another last-minute save, it’s not looking promising. I owe you guys a Shattered Skies update too, of course, but InvenTOYry is taking priority until it’s finished.

Kira Kira Precure A La Mode has come to an end. After thinking about the events of the finale and the series as a whole, my final verdict puts the show in the upper-middle end of the scale in terms of my favorites. I adore the characters, especially Himari/Cure Custard and Bibury (or however her name is romanized). Both Aoi/Gelato and Yukari/Macaron won me over by having really strong spotlight episodes, and of course I love that with Yukari and Akira we’re closer than ever to an actual, confirmed, canon lesbian relationship in this franchise. However, the almost total lack of hand-to-hand combat really, really hurt this show. Much as I detest Mahou Tsukai, its fight scenes at least had a modicum of punching and kicking from what I saw. Thankfully, it appears that Toei actually listened to the complaints of the fanbase, because Cure Yell’s cameo in the final episode had her clobbering the monster into submission… and the fandom rejoiced. I’m already hearing from multiple but as of yet unconfirmed sources that the fighting is back in Hugtto, and that alone makes me giddy for the premiere next week.

Oh yeah, and I started watching Dragon Ball Kai last week. I’ve only ever seen bits and pieces of the Dragon Ball franchise; it’s always been on my “get around to it later” list because in its original anime form it takes so damned long to get through it. Kai’s cutting of the original DBZ‘s nigh-endless padding and filler has done wonders for my enjoyment of the show, and I’m studying the fight scenes very carefully for future Shattered Skies chapters.

Too tired to write anything else.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 4 – YouTube Screw Job

Week 4 – YouTube Screw Job

Welp. My plans to make extra money with my YouTube series have taken a fairly serious hit. Starting on the 20th of next month, all channels with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time over the past year will be kicked off the monetization program, making it even harder for people who don’t already have massive fanbases and/or large amounts of money to pour into advertising to make a profit through the platform. Since I’m currently sitting at around 840 subscribers, I’ve been trying to promote Silent InvenTOYry in as many places as possible to try to beat the deadline. I’m good on hours, and I thought I had found a few ways to boost my sub count… but then on Saturday YouTube started purging dead or inactive accounts from people’s subscription numbers, which knocked me back down again. I’m not gonna lie: this really, really sucks. I want to keep doing my show, but if I can’t break 1K in the next four weeks, it’ll be that much harder to justify spending money on it.

Therefore, I’ve kicked preproduction of the next InvenTOYry episode into overdrive. The item I’m reviewing doesn’t ship until the end of the week, but I’m doing as much of the episode as I can in the meantime so I can get the episode posted as close to the release date as possible. As I said, I’m also trying to promote my channel in quite a few new avenues, with mixed results so far. Readers: if you or people that you know are interested in Japanese toys and collectables, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. If you have subscribed already, you can still watch, like, share, favorite, and upvote whenever you can… the more people I have watching, the more likely it is that I’ll draw enough attention to pull in the 160+ subscribers I need. Links to all seven complete episodes are below:




I’m working on putting together a special celebratory thank-you stream for when I do hit the magic number, but that’s still in the very early planning stages. More on that later.

As you might imagine, this impending YouTube crisis has made it hard to concentrate on anything else. The last few days have been spectacularly nonproductive on the writing front, but I plan to sit myself down tomorrow and grind out at least two pages for either Soulsnatcher or Shattered Skies before I get distracted by other stuff. Easier said than done, I know, but…

– BHS

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