Archive for the ‘Toho’ Category

Ephemeral Unnatural Balance

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

For the past few months, I have been working on character illustrations for the Toho Project fangame Ephemeral Unnatural Balance, developed by ExPorygon.

See a demo of the game (that uses my illustrations!) here.

Like traditional Toho games, this fangame has a strange English title and a three-stage playable demo. Here are the character illustrations for the first three stages.

Playable Characters
Rin Satsuki
Kasen Ibaraki
Tokiko

Bosses
Stage 1 Midboss: Mononobe-no-Futo
Stage 1 Boss: Soga-no-Tojiko
Stage 2 Midboss: Minoriko Aki
Stage 2 Boss: Shizuha Aki
Stage 3 Midboss: Aya Shameimaru
Stage 3 Boss: Momiji Inubashiri

In the story, the balance of power in Gensokyo has suddenly turned upside down. Servants have become masters, and the apocryphal Rin Satsuki has become the resolver of incidents. Who is behind all this? The answer will surprise you.

Touhou Tuesday Interview

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

My interview with Touhou Tuesday aired last Tuesday, April 17.

The show has been archived here so you can listen to it.

Like I said in the show, I’ll be at SP13 in the exhibition hall at Sakura-Con with my publisher, Doujin Press.

Thanks to Scott (@TouhouTuesday) for having me on the show.

Fireworks

Monday, March 31st, 2014


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Karametra, God of Harvests

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to find the Toho equivalent of a given Magic character. And sometimes there’s Karametra, God of Harvests.

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Use Your Illusion (COMPLETE)

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

“Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone, for you, for your brothers and sisters, for all of us. It’s not as exciting as secret passion in the woods, but it is stronger. It lasts longer.”

– Lady Stark, Game of Thrones season 2, ep. 10

Don’t like opening the pages individually? Read it on pixiv

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Use Your Illusion 1

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

I used to work a part-time job along with a lady who was a foreigner like myself. Also like myself, this lady was an art school graduate who intended to become a permanent resident and citizen of the United States.

Some foreigners in my art school class had the skills to obtain visas to work as professional artists in the United States. My art skills were not (and are still not) at that level, and so I had to use my web programming and database skills to get a job as a Systems Analyst and earn my visa.

The lady from my part-time job had no job skills that were in high enough demand, and her art skills were on a lower level than mine. So what did she do? She married a man who was an American citizen, stayed with him for a few years until she obtained a permanent resident visa, then divorced him and moved to the east coast.

Afterward, I spoke to the man she had left behind. “She got what she wanted and left,” he said. “All I can do is be happy for her.”

There was some love between the two, but not enough that they would want to have children, and not enough to keep them together through the disagreements that arose after the lady had obtained her visa.

The religious person I used to be would say that in the absence of crimes, abuse, or infidelity, people who are married should make every effort to stay together, because the bond of marriage comes from the gods and should be stronger than earthly differences. The person I am now knows that people don’t necessarily see it that way.

The gods of this world, if they exist, tend to remain quiet when people get married for the wrong reasons.

The gods of Gensokyo are not nearly as quiet.

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Those of you who know where the title comes from might have guessed that this is Part 1 of 2. And you would be right. Part 2 will appear at the end of January 2014.

Notice of silence

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Drawings will continue at the rate of 10 hours a week, but there will be no new blog posts until Sunday, October 27, 2013. On that day the complete first chapter of Use Your Illusion will appear.


illustration: HAL

Twitter will continue to have updates, but they will probably be mostly about food and sports.

History of the Moon

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

What goes with this picture?

(artist unknown)

This picture!

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Gensokyo Rainbow (Complete)

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Taste the rainbow!

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The Moriya Shrine on the far left is by the incomparable U-Joe – one of Russia’s finest Toho illustrators.

A section was left uncolored because it will be replaced by the work of another illustrator, Rebecca Ree.

Ten Desires Panorama (Complete)

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

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