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Yes, I'm back.
AAAttackers is off hiatus. And so, here is a brand new comic...
If they went on a fishing trip...
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1.Tasukete!- help me!

The three of them decided on going fishing for the summer. So they went to Sapporo, Hokkaido. They had originally invited Shuta since he's such a master angler (as if being an ace on ice skates wasn't enough). However, Shuta declined because he was busy. Instead, he recommended that they fish along the Ishikari river and he even informed them about the "Guardian's" legend. Chiaki, Shinjiro, and Hidaka are very excited about their fishing trip. They geared up and even respected the tale of the "Guardian," well... most of them. Forget the hunting dog, Shinjiro's got Byakko who is also awesome at fishing. Notice in the fifth panel, Byakko is waving bye while Hidaka is being yanked into the water. What an adventurous trip, haha! Oh, don't worry, they saved Hidaka eventually. But the looks on their faces when seeing the guardian, priceless.

This comic was inspired by my own fishing trip, although I only caught one tiny trout. And the fish tale was taken from the Persona 4 anime (ep14) when Narukami encounters the "Guardian" for the first time. I really wanted to capture that that moment in my comic. I had the same expression when I saw the "Guardian" in the anime too.

This is the original scene from Persona 4:
SMT: Persona 4 belongs to Atlus(c)
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Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!
I definitely have more surprises in the upcoming year.
But for now, here's the last comic of 2011.
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1) Asada Mao: 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalist, in terms of figure skating, she is Japan's pride.

No one really goes ice skating on New Year or New Year's Eve, it's way too cold. Speaking of cold, I'm not sure if Japan has snow right now (well as observed in the comic, you can make snow on an ice rink), there's no snow where I'm at (which is weird since we'd have a foot by now).

Shuta dragged everyone ice skating, since he loves the cold so much. And he "snowplowed" (a type of skating brake) those who disagreed to skate. Hehe... the snowmen look cute (I look like that too when someone pulls that on me). Shuta is so evil. Anyone notice that I always give Shinjiro and Shuta the coolest shirts. Look at what is on Shuta shirt! Everyone else is having so much fun. Chiaki looks so graceful, look out Asada Mao. Hmm... where did Nissy get the idea to "swim" on ice? Actually it's really fun to pretend to swim on ice, but then your belly gets all cold. No one loves snow more than Nissy. Coincidentally, you can make snow on ice by using your skates to shave the ice. Nissy is one crazy snowball warrior. But Misako is even better. If Chiaki can shatter windows(original comic), seeing Misako knock out Nissy is insane. Mhmm, AAA in their winter environment, so amusing...

Alight, see you all next year!

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Happy Halloween everyone!!! Click the image for enlarged view
It's up, the Halloween special is finally up and I am so happy that I finished it in time!

Yeah! That's right! I said it! Here comes the hate mail.
I don't necessarily "hate" Twilight, I just did not enjoy the quality of the film itself. I have nothing against the series. But I love poking fun at it. Huh, who knew Hidaka was a closet Jacob fan.

Basically, they decided to have a Halloween party at work. Everyone is having a great time and everybody has great costumes. Well, I'm pretty sure they don't have trick-or-treating in Japan. And also, everyone can see which one Shuta is, right? From a side view, I can't tell him apart from Hidaka until I color their hair. But yeah, Shuta is in a Kitsune ninja outfit. Haha, I gave Naoya and Hidaka their awkward "Shizaya" (Durarara) moment (with a Twilight reference).

As for our wonderful Nissy... NEVER LOAD HIM UP WITH SUGAR. No one wants to be around a super hyper Nissy! Unless you want all hell to break loose. Lol Shin with handcuffs, where was he hiding those? My cousin whom is a hardcore "Reborn" fan, was looking at this and she screamed out, "KYAAA THE HANDCUFFS, IT'S HIBARI'S CAMBIO FORMA!!!" Hehe... crazy Reborn fan. It's not Hibari's handcuffs. Excuse the monologue, but in any case, hoped you enjoyed it!
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1.) Wagyu: Expensive high quality beef.
2.) Itai!: Ouch!

I can't believe I wrote this. I am such a nerd and know nothing about this...*face palming myself into oblivion*
It's an idea that I've had for a while, seeing as how shounen-ai fanservice has been a big money maker in the entertainment industry. (there was a documentary done on it) There was a specific company that lives off this... not saying any names, but you know who. Call me old fashioned, I liked music when it was all just about the music.

Regardless this was funny and based off someone's user pic I saw in a forum somewhere. It was a picture of a celebrity eating ramen and it said "...... doesn't pay us enough to buy food." or something like that. I'm just playing around with pairings, gahh... I wanted to do more pairings but they don't fit on one page.

LIES, ALL OF IT, LIES!!! I am not paying them to do fanservice! They just want attention. There is some truth to this though. Artists don't get that much money, sure they get more than normal people, but not a whole lot. Their record label, production team, and managers take a very large chunk from sales/concerts. Thus, leaving Naoya and the rest to eat instant noodles, cookies, candy, and packed lunches. Although, Shin and Nissy just happened to get their attention when they mention eating out. Apparently, fanservice sells better than talent. Naoya and his bad ideas take it up notch and is defeated by chopsticks. Yes! Shuta and his mad chopstick skills.

btw, I was told not to release the name of my source for record label salary thing (awesomely, they get free i-pods, bikes, phones, and NDS's). And... I have that shirt that Shin is wearing...(Prussia screaming "I am awesome")
 
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Sorry everyone, this is "Looqnus's" first time doing a web-illustration. The panels are not clear and sequential, which is why I will be narrating.

Hopefully I can translate this properly into English.
Here it goes:
Basically... Chiaki runs off from her responsibilities to go have some fun. She plants a tree which then sprouts "facebook" and "twitter" apps. Because they totally grow on trees. She procrastinates and continues playing with "twitter." Then out of nowhere, the "paperwork monster" appears and reminds her that she still has a few things to finish up before she can play around. Disappointed, she realizes that your own responsibilities have a priority over social networking.

Looqnus had told me that stories with lessons are easy for people to relate to.
Anyways, Looqnus is happy about the guest artist special I'm having on here.

I hope all of you liked Looqnus's comic, it was very cute!
Next up, I think it will be by "Jartist4," I need to go check on that.
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1.) Oishi: Delicious
2.) Chow mein: Common Chinese noodle dish
3) Shenme: (shen-ma) Mandarin for "what?"
4.) Xiexie: (shi-e shi-e) Mandarin for "thank you"


Aww... I got this one up a little late. I'm having a bit of a crazy time in Taiwan right now, constantly getting lost at every corner... nearly getting kidnapped (jk).

So at these banquets, you need to gather a minimum of 8 people to eat tons of super delicious food with you. Banquet food usually consists of upscale dishes that are not sold in common restaurants. Getting invited to a Taiwanese banquet is an opportunity that should not be passed.

Chiaki has a basic understanding in Mandarin, but when put on the spot... she seems to have forgotten how to speak Mandarin... Nice... Yet, Hidaka and Misako were able to thank their host properly. Sorry for the lack of background, this was the last comic I squeezed in before boarding the plane. I still got one more week in Taiwan, yay!

This scenario was based off a past dining experience... Arata is probably murdering me in her mind right now, muahahaha! PS I've been here for two weeks and "hello", "thank you", and "what", are the only words I know... (almost no one speaks English here in Taiwan, I don't know how I survived).
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I got to go to my first night market on day 2 of my trip here in Taiwan. The food is delicious and there are so many vendors lined up along the street. As the name suggests, this market is only open at night. You can find a wide variety of food and snacks here. There are many night markets throughout Taiwan, Shilin is one of the bigger ones.

After arriving in Taiwan, everyone is hungry from their short flight. Since Chiaki is more familiar with Taiwan, she directs everyone to the night market for a quick fix. Hidaka is very much bothered by the smell of the stinky tofu. The smell is a cross between sour milk and rotten ham. I made a joke about it being the national dish, it's not the national dish, it'd be really scary if it was. Oh yes, they have little festival/carnival games in the night market too. Shrimp fishing for example is a common thing you'll see at these night markets. It's so weird, they give you a little fishing line and when you hook a shrimp, the vendor grills it for you to eat. The sausage... really, it's a sausage within a sausage. A bigger one is sliced open, pickled veggies are thrown in, and another sausage is stuffed into it. You eat it like a hotdog, so bizarre!

Departure

May. 30th, 2011 11:08 pm
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I'm sorry...
I was experimenting with vertical page style. It is a page killer, never again! It looks better horizontal with 6 panels, imo.

But yeah...
It basically spams everyone's page at full size, so click the minimized image to view a super big comic!
1.) Origami kit: Like how other airlines have coloring books and word searches, JAL has origami kits.
2.) Minna: Everyone

Gyaaaaaaa!!!!! My tickets have been confirmed I'm leaving Tuesday (tomorrow Chicago, US time). I'm flying off to Taiwan. It's been great everyone, I'm off to my vacation.

Oh, but worry not. I have two other comics pre-drawn (I couldn't finish the others), so I can post from my apartment in Taiwan. A warning in advance, the next few comics will either be lacking backgrounds or quality. The first two are okay because I drew them in Chicago before leaving, but.... after that, they will be super crude if you don't mind (I have no scanner in my Taiwan apartment, I will draw on MS paint if I must).

Okay!
The title of this comic is not a pun off the album with the same title, I'm making a reference to my own departure (but it works out the other way too). The "Attack Crew" is heading out on vacation in Taiwan for a while. What adventures are in store for them when they arrive?!

Naoya is super paranoid about how such a large metal object can fly through the sky... Shuta is horribly air-sick (I'm the same way on planes). Nissy is.... being Nissy. Shinjiro just wants to sleep undisturbed. Hidaka doesn't care as long as Shinjiro isn't doing terrifying things to him. Chiaki and Misako are enjoying their itinerary planning. Wow... I got Nissy to fit in an overhead compartment, sweet. Hahahaha, I just love the murderous fiery aura given off by Shin in the lower panel. Anger fire is the best! You do not disturb Shin when he is sleeping. Anyone notice the dead Shuta on Naoya's lap? Motion sickness is not fun.

Alright! Thank you for reading and supporting AAAttackers. There's more Taiwan comic specials coming up.
My family is from "Thailand," I'm vacationing to "Taiwan," different countries, kay.

Wish me a safe flight!!!

Otaku Day

May. 19th, 2011 02:33 pm
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1.) Oda-san: Eiichiro Oda, creator of the "One Piece" series.
2.) Kawaii: Cute.
3.) "I'll bite you to death": Famous quote by Hibari from the "Reborn!" series.
4.) Hey Kid Your Head is on Fire: Reference to the main character of "Reborn!" when he is in combat mode, also used as the title of the "Reborn!" fan panel.

This is the lovely ACen special for AAAttackers.
In tribute to the anime convention being in town right now, all of AAA will be attending and cosplaying at their own anime convention.

Nissy:    Luffy (One Piece)

Naoya:  Pikachu (Pokemon)

Shuta:  Death the Kid (Soul Eater)

Chiaki:  Celty (Durarara!!)

Hidaka: Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)

Shin:     Hibari Kyoya (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)

Misako: Fuu (Samurai Champloo)

Nissy looks so cute in his Luffy cosplay doesn't he? Naoya... I don't know why I put him in a Pikachu outfit... it was random... but he looks good in it! Not only did Naoya get glomped, he totally got dog-piled! Hidaka is being a perv, he is too into character, lol. The only reason you can tell which one is Shuta is because of his double piercing. Other than that, everyone looks so different in cosplay. I didn't know what Misako would dress up as, I was deciding between Miku (Vocaloid) and Fuu, obviously Fuu won... but Miku would've been more appropriate. I can easily imagine Shin in all his awesomeness cosplaying as Hibari from Reborn! Chiaki is Celty because I wanted at least one person in Durarara!! cosplay.

I will soon be off to my nerdy anime convention. This is being posted now because I leave for the convention early Friday morning. There is a high possibility that I will be able to respond to comments super early Friday. Other than that, I'm gone the entire weekend. I'm cosplaying too... pictures will be on my journal when I return.

I'm off to go have fun. Enjoy the comic and have a great weekend!!!

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I was juggling this and work... *sigh*
But I finished and I'm posting it on Saturday like I normally do. Yay!

Yeah... I kinda pulled this one out of thin air, but it does fit with the remark Shuta made in "Fool!". Shuta finally got his revenge... See, I told you he was secretly scary. And why is it that "everyone" can easily break into Shin's apartment? I don't know, but they just can. I attempted to draw Nissy's "Otameshika!" outfit and it turned out pretty good. I was curious about what Shin would have looked like... But Shin is so pretty!!! I improvised, but he is seriously hot! *facepalm* Shin screams and faints at his reflection.

I did this for fun, Shuta's pose in the final panel is the Fairy Tail gesture (if anyone is familiar with that)

2554

Apr. 20th, 2011 06:48 pm
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I'm sorry that I'm behind by a whole week and a half. Things have been a little crazy... with Thai New Year going on ALL MONTH for me and crazy projects for school. I feel so much better to finally post this one up. Better late than never, right?

But yes! Thai New Year is indeed this month. It is celebrated by all and wherever Thai people can be found (a good amount of them living in Japan). Normally we'd use buckets to splash people but then... the Europeans brought Super Soakers and powned everyone. The water festival has been practiced for centuries as an act of cleansing oneself for the approaching new year. And yes... there are plenty of elephants that REALLY participate by hosing people with water.
btw it's the year 2554 because the Buddhist Calender is 543 years faster than the Roman Calender.

Anyway... Naoya and Hidaka were on their way to the ultimate Gundam museum/store when they unexpectedly ran into Nissy. Misako and Chiaki basically took Nissy to the festival to check out the food. Nissy, on the other hand, wanted to play with water pistols and obtained a really big one somehow. When Nissy says, "better start running" it was implied that he would be the one chasing them... but it totally turned around on him, *face palm* poor Nissy.

Side note: Misako is holding a skewer of grilled meatballs with sweet and sour sauce, a common festival food (darn I want some now). Why Tako-chan is outside and not in water? (unexplained mysteries) Guess what, it's an amphibious pet octopus, so there!


CHAIYO!
(hurray, cheers, huzzah, etc...) Happy New Year!!!
I made a color picture of the Songkran (Thai New Year)

Fool!

Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:30 am
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This is the one day late April Fools special. I decided to do a full 9 panel spread...
The title is a reference to an Excalibur quote from "Soul Eater." The prank itself was recycled from "NewS," if anyone knows who they are.

Oh no! It's a distressing phonecall. What?! Naoya's disbanding AAA?!
Oh wait minute... HEY! I can totally imagine how Shuta would react to Naoya's resignation. Everyone would be freaked out if Naoya left. I don't know why Chiaki and Shuta are buying groceries, something along the lines of Shuta shouting "It's the end of the world as we know it!" then dashing to the nearest supermarket with Chiaki.

By the way, Shuta's ringtone is "Easy Go" by Kazuki Kato.
The song got addicting after a while.

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I'm having so many problems this week.
I was supposed to post the comic yesterday, but after I arrived at work 50 miles away from home, I discovered that I hadn't brought any of my drawing supplies with me. Not even a pencil.

I got stuck drawing everything in pen. I can fix my mistakes with a pencil, my professional inking pens provide contrast in volume and darkness, my measuring tools, and I left all of it at home!

Since I can't erase ball-point pen, there's no obligation to draw well. I'm quite sloppy with ball-point pens anyways...
Bear with me folks.

Wahhhhh! My drawing looks like garbage, no pun intended.
Actually, the angry Shinjiro in panel 4 turned unexpectedly good.

The more mature members seem to be enjoying their little break because I made them look like doodles and they don't feel the need to be doing anything important.

As for the other guys. They came across a "freegan" website and decided to go dumpster diving for the cause. All around the world, some countries have a surplus in perfectly good resources and food which they stupidly throw out like nothing instead of giving it to those in need. Freegans raid dumpsters, industrial and business, and give out the perfectly good food, blankets, books, chairs, etc. to fellow freegans or those who need it. Freeganism is like reverse recycling.

Nissy is being a little mean to Shin here since he is implying that Shin had thrown his life in the trash. By the looks of it, they borrowed some equipment from the "Crash" video (Shin's search light). I should have added a pickax. It's still a really productive thing to be doing while I get the next comic set up. Tako-chan has made another surprise appearance and Hidaka seemed to have misplaced her for a while.

This is not an official comic, it will not be added to the "Chapter Index."

E-A-T Test

Jan. 11th, 2011 09:16 pm
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One whole day late, but oh well.
First comic of the year!!!
Happy Birthday Chiaki!

Although I'm still on winter vacation, having a guest around seems to be just as time consuming. I'm surprised at the amount of drawing I couldn't get done.

Anyways, Chiaki wanted to go visit some friends in Taiwan for her birthday. The rest of AAA bid her farewell and sent her off with a box of delicious pastries. Well apparently not all of them. Impersonating airport security, is there no end to Naoya's obsession with cake...

This was actually based off a similar scenario from "Dub This!" (a discontinued web-comic). The illustrator of Dub This! bought a cinnabon before going through security check. Before getting checked, a guard sees the cinnabon and suggests to confiscate it and do an E-A-T test. Then he tries to snatch the cinnabon in a failed attempt as the illustrator recoils. Then both of them laugh about it.
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Sorry, no comic this week, not to mention this is kind of late.

But... Let's play "Where's Waldo." The wonderful game of searching for something hidden in a mess, featuring none other than the awesome Attack All Attackers members. In short, let's call them the "Attack Crew!"

I had the honor of decorating this year's Christmas tree, which in fact is a real tree (first time seeing one up close).

Can you find all 7 members of the Attack Crew hidden in the tree?!
 




CLICK HERE FOR CLOSE-UPS OF WHERE THEY ARE )
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I wanted to get this in sooner, but I couldn't.
I love the revised Shuta, he's so cute!!!
Nissy was not able to avoid the ear-pulling vice-grip of doom. Shuta's painful signature.

But yeah, Shuta had lost the curls and dyed his hair back to brown. I think compared to everyone else, Shuta has the most changes, second to that is Hidaka, then Chiaki... Nishijima is the one with the least amount of changes.

I'm missing the fluffy curls already.
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Happy Birthday to Nishijima Takahiro!!!
Otanjoubi Omedetou!!!

Nisshi's birthday tribute is up...
Wahhhh...
I'm so beat!!! This partially animated comic runs for 98 motion panels.
Never again will I animate something of a large scale!
I deeply apologize if this post is killing everyone's loading time.

Anyways, I have this ongoing inside joke of Naoya being a confiscator of cakes, in other words, a cake monster (like the cookie monster). This was fun to make (except for the part where I did it in one sitting).

Can I die now? Seriously, this one took a lot of energy.
I would very much so like to go to sleep now. Good Night...

Stay tuned for next week's special update!!!
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Sixth interview is now up!
Tomorrow will be the last interview and it'll mark the beginning of the stories.
Remember, after tomorrow's post, I'll only post once a week! (or month, depending on my mood)

But yes, Hidaka loves his mischievous ways.
Because of my randomness, Hidaka now has a pet octopus named "Tako-chan."

Chiaki Ito

Sep. 14th, 2010 11:14 pm
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Yup! Third interview is up!!!
Hahaha.... four more to go... until the real stories begin.
Oh wow, this one took a lot of work and it was kinda last minute.
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