Archive for December, 2010


Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Got achievement “Subterranean Animism Normal 1CC”!

Illustration: Mashiro

Conventional wisdom holds that Orin is the bottleneck when it comes to 1CC’ing SA: she is supposedly harder than the final boss Utsuho. But that has not been my experience: Utsuho just wipes the floor with me, even with a lot of practice. I have a mental weakness against spellcards that move in opposite directions.

So I decided to just get good enough at passing Orin to give me enough lives to bomb past Utsuho. And that’s what I did. After a day’s worth of practice on Stage 5, I returned to the story mode and gave Orin a reasonably savage beating – no damage taken, minimal bombing, and three spellcards captured – passing her with 8 lives, which was more than enough to take down Utsuho.

Remember when I was struggling with easy mode? If I had known that all I had to do to clear normal was keep practicing for five months, I could have avoided a lot of shame and despair.

Fairy Ring (Take 2) – Pages 17-20

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!

So I’m “back” for the holidays, which translates to being in Chicago with my family and not having my computer. I’ll still be drawing things, but I can’t scan or post anything until I get back.

Guess who else is back for the holidays.


Sprites fixed

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

To Muffin: I have sent you an email with a 13MB attachment that contains a Photoshop file of this image in full resolution, with each sprite on a different layer.

Left turn

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I’ve started on the sprites for Muffin’s game.

They looked fine to me, until I tried to flipbook them.

It quickly became obvious that the dimensions of the bike and the position of the rider’s legs were not consistent across the frames.

I blame my not doing any animation since 2005. Oh well, I’ll fix this over the weekend.

Making the band

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Lotus Cobra is Evil has returned!

Less than nine lives (Improved)

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

School’s out, and now I must get back to helping Muffin with his game and drawing new Lotus Cobra is Evil.

But first, we must Toho:

I still brute-force my way through, but there’s a lot less getting hit (like, none). Compare to the last upload where I passed Orin by a hair’s breadth. Now there is less panic and more control.

Next up is Utsuho. I must have a psychological weakness to that type of card, because her Fixed Star kills me more than Orin does at this point. Oh well, nothing a few hundred practice runs can’t fix.

Yumekui Merry will be legendary

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I am here to silence all the fools who aren’t looking forward to the Winter 2011 anime season. My silencing tool of choice, of course, is Yumekui Merry.

What is Yumekui Merry all about? Let’s ask Bakayarou, the fan translators of the manga.