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Again, I want to apologize for this project taking FOREVER to finish.
Also apologizing to German residents, Es tut mir leid, please blame Youtube. It continuously tells me that people living Germany will not be able to watch my video.

On to the video. Yes, Ex is his actual name (the guy who does the voice for Nissy & Hidaka). He was a replacement for Jason (the original casted voice). Secondly. Shinjiro's VA was a uber last minute decision, I couldn't find anyone to do his voice. So Shinjiro's VA is subject to change. I was amazed by the recording quality of Shuta and Nissy's VA's, they did a great job. The others... I should've redid Naoya's voice (time was not on my side, I'm sorry it didn't sound so good Maciek).

Anyways, there are many interesting food places in California, Orochan Ramen is one of them. Who wouldn't want to take on an insanely spicy food challenge? Many have tried, few have succeeded. Nissy came out victorious while the others failed. Poor Shuta, good luck with that meat dimension though. And the dialogue on the airplane was between Shinjiro and Nissy, it was a reference back to an older posting titled "Departure," if everyone can recall Shinji shoving Nissy into the overhead luggage compartment out of rage, which he totally would fit into right?

I love seeing my drawings somewhat animated, it's so awesome.
"The meat dimension" was coined from the Persona 4 series. The aggressive depiction of the meat dimension was inspired by the artists on deviantart:SandraMJ and DarkZorel from their persona4gotten web-comic.

Playdate

Jul. 25th, 2012 12:08 am
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Okay, the new comic is finally up. After all those weeks of no internet, finally!!! Without internet, I have been sewing (with or without, I use my time productively).

So... yes another catsitting job for Shuta. "Where's the cat?" Yeah, Shuta wasn't kidding when he said Byakko was nearby, lol. Byakko's digging claws and poor Shuta and his shirt(s)... Byakko needing to be pried off Shuta. Well yeah, Byakko should be super mad for getting such a humiliating haircut. Don't worry Byakko, your fur will grow back. The newest addition to the group... tada: a turtle named Genma. I'm still thinking about what other pets the members will have, but I will not be giving everyone a pet. Pets that secretly plot things without their masters knowing about it, muahahahaha. For the most part, it turned into an introduction to Genma, who is so cute.

There's a P4A mention in there too. I can't wait to play it either, I pre-ordered it and it comes out next month.

The next comic will be a little delayed. I'm going to make a special and it will probably be posted up after my birthday. It's going to take me a long time to make it anyways and it'll be "different," so I hope it turns out good. It's something new for me to work on, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Yes, the newest comic is up. It took a lot longer than I thought. It always takes me longer to finish when I start making new backgrounds. Well, once I complete the backgrounds, I save them as photoshop templates to use in future scenes. You'd be surprised by the lack of backdrops I have in my folder... That's why I keep creating new ones.

Gahhh... The beginning of the comic sounds like the start of a cheesy commercial.
It has been getting hot lately. Why not sit back and enjoy something cold... Oh wait, Nissy can't because of the diminishing supply of NomNom-Bars (based off the GariGari-kun popsicles). Shuta's taunt forces Nissy to begin his quest for the highly prized NomNom-Bars. Nissy searches every convenience store but ends in failure. But then kids?! Really Nissy?! As for the last resort, wouldn't it have been ideal to have gone straight for the source to begin with? In the end, he does get his NomNom-Bars. He is riding a bike, by the way.

OMAKE
I had a friend read this before I posted it and they told me that this was the only thing on their mind:
I can totally see how they thought that...
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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.
Click the picture to enlarge:
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 BIRTHDAY TO HIDAKA AND SHUTA!
Okay... it's a little late since their birthdays were days ago. I was busy!
This week's comic is a short animation I created!

I didn't have too much time to draw a full length comic. I've been busy even after finals. I have to work (real-life work) in the suburbs (so far!) until New Year. They really aren't letting me relax. Anyways, I was working on this animation to submit to a special on [community profile] attackallaround . This one is translated into English. I am so happy I made a good animation. My dream is slowly becoming a reality!

Enjoy the animation everyone!!!

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1. Byakko: Shinjiro's evil fluffy cat (for those who missed that chapter)
2. Hunter:Shuta was on a variety show where he plays hide'n'seek/tag with "hunters" that eliminated players from the game
3. Animate!: It's a Japanese anime/toy store chain that can be found all over Japan and in some Asian countries.

So yeah, I finished this one last week. I was too lazy to do the Naoya special on here so I scraped it! Blame the laziness and the 15 page essays I need to finish by next week.

Okay! I based this one off of the game show Shuta was on last time. You'd think that he actually would've had a chance if he wasn't so distracted with his one weakness (his love of dancing). It has got to be really scary to be chased by some guys in suits who run inhumanly fast.

Basically, Shuta is starting to get along with Byakko, so he went with Hidaka to go buy an anime (my fav btw). Little did Shuta know... he left his phone back at the anime store by accident. A kind man went through the trouble finding Shuta to return his phone. The man's appearance looks very much like a federal agent or a "hunter." Thus, causing a traumatized Shuta to do something stupid. Yes, post traumatic stress would sum it up, but you know, he's getting better at his escape plan; he actually got away... yay? Eventually, The man returns Shuta's pi-phone (pineapple phone, lol) to Hidaka.

I really liked working on this one. It cracked me up!
Heads up, the next comic will be super delayed because of finals.
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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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As usaul click on the comic or here for a larger view.

1.) Itadakimasu:
Thank you for the food

Wohoo it's up. I actually finished drawing it on Wednesday, but because I was so busy this week, I didn't ink and edit it until Sunday.

So here's what went down before Shuta's disaster began...

Shin: *busts through Shuta's door* Hey Shuta!
Shuta: Why do you have my key?!
Shin: Not important...
*puts cat on ground and surrounds Shuta with cat stuff*
Shuta: What's all this?
Shin: I'm going out of town all week for a commercial shoot, please take care of Byakko
Shuta: Wait, why me?!
Shin: Feed him twice a day! *runs out the door*

Shuta: *dials Misako* Yo, I'm cat-sitting for Shinjiro, can you stop by?
Misako: Ahahaha, I thought he was joking when he said he had a cat, be there soon
*hangs up*

Wow, Shinjiro just dropped off his cat and left without saying much.
Poor Shuta, the cat really wants that sandwich. Byakko just doesn't like Shuta does he? Misako is a quick thinker, cats will generally calm down if they're getting treats. Shuta has to deal with this madness for a whole week. Good luck!

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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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Wow! I haven't been on for a while. I apologize, my excuse this time is that psychology class got in the way.

But it seems like I'm not the only one who has been absent for a bit, it looks pretty quiet on here in general. Where is everyone?!

On to today's comic:  Due to popular demand, Pika-Nao has been brought back for this special comic. Now you know why Shuta was grinning evilly in the previous comic. Nissy and Shuta went to go bribe convince Naoya to do something cool for this illustrator's birthday(on Aug. 28). So they bribed tempted Naoya with my ice cream cake.

Nao-kun is doing the "chicken dance" in a Pikachu suit... You know you love it...
The things Naoya will do for cake.......

PS If you noticed in the corner, my sig has changed. When I was in Taiwan, I got a custom stamp made so I can stamp my pen name and logo on my artwork. Hahaha it's Tako-chan!!!
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Yes! I'm finally back. School has officially started last week too. We'll see if I can keep up posting weekly like I normally do. Don't worry about me, I'm fine. Seat-belts really do save lives! I again apologize for not responding to some comments and the long delays because of my absence.

Anyways...
My birthday is on Sunday this month. You don't need to give me gifts (unless you want to), but I'll give all the AAAttackers fans a special gift in the form of comic. There will be two gifts in celebration of this illustrator's birthday: one will be a comic drawn by a guest artist, the second will be a special comic drawn by myself.

In today's comic, Nissy is plotting a surprise along with Shuta. What will it be?! Why does Shuta look so scary?! Look at that evil grin. What are these two planning to do to a certain "leader?" Seriously, I never intended to make Shuta look that scary, it creeps me out. But yeah, stay tuned to find out what these two have planned.
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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!!!

Fan Death!

May. 16th, 2011 03:03 pm
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1.) Atsui: hot.
2.) Omake: additional bonus.
I've started doing footnotes to avoid confusion with non-otaku / non-Japanese speakers.

Wahhhhh! I took too long with this one but it's finally up!!!
When I was in Japan during one of their worst summers, the only word that came out of peoples' mouths was "atsui..." Everywhere I went, people whined and sighed... atsui. It's one of those things where you hear something way too much that you say it subconsciously. Thanks to "Nihao Kai-lan" I can't stop saying the Chinese word for slippers...

This story was based off my friend Robert's experience with "fan death."
The omake was added to explain the randomness in the comic above.

But yes.... believe it or not, there are people in Asia who really believe in death by fan. They really do think that you can die if you leave a fan on in a closed room. I am not kidding, heck my mom believes in it... we aren't allowed to turn on the fan unless we leave the door open.

Anyways, it's finally starting to warm up. Who wouldn't want to lounge in front of a fan all day? Shuta would've enjoyed his nap if superstitious Naoya didn't interrupt with his craziness. I've brought back Naoya's super tackle... he'd be a good glomper... I think the ice cream may have melted during Naoya's fan assault since he dropped it by the door. Aren't these two awesome?! Bwahahaha! I gave Shuta's wall a "Durarara" poster! Its a poster of Izaya because he is a cool cell phone destroyer.
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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)

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."

Pownage!

Jan. 19th, 2011 04:29 pm
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Shuta... never argue with someone who plays the same game as you.
Who would've known that Misako has an account for that online game too. But using the instant death text command, that was pretty clever. Yep, you don't want to mess with "darkov3rlord_misa" (non-existent username, but it sounds so cool). All that for a manicure?

It was suggested that I use more non-AAA references because some readers are non-AAA fans. Anyone familiar with "Ragnarok Online?" It's a MMORPG (online game) run by the Gravity game company. "@die" was my second favorite text command for the game, because if I didn't feel like walking back to town, killing yourself and warping was much faster. It was easy, type "@die" into your chat bar and hit "enter," and instantly return to the save point. But the downside is, you lose 1/8 of your money and 25% of your gained exp. Umm... I did this to an international student staying at my house before. He refused to help me with my math homework, so I typed @die during his game... He was so mad, but I yelled back, "I'm a lvl 104 LordKnight, I could've killed you in one hit anyways!"

Gotcha...

Dec. 16th, 2010 07:30 pm
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Happy birthday Hidaka and Shuta.
The two consecutive birthdays... long overdue but finally putting it up now.
Enjoy the double feature! Two pages of awesomeness...




If you were directed here from[community profile] attackallaround you don't need to read this little section:
(THIS APPLIES TO THE RANDOM CLASSMATES I GAVE THE LINK TO, PLUS MY FRIENDS AND COUSIN)
Anyways, there are a handful of people here who are new to this web-comic and the world that is AAA.
First things first, as you already know, AAA is a j-pop group.
"Hallelujah" is one of their greatest hits. There's one scene from the music video where Hidaka dives and his bandmates catch him, then catapult him backwards, that's where the comic reference comes from.


(You guys can read these, they're my open thoughts)

I think this is really funny. Nishijima totally set-up Shuta.
Because Naoya's a cake addict he always makes special appearances in the birthday specials. But isn't Nissy so cute?! Oh, and in case anyone was wondering this, those actually are Hidaka's English lyrics for half of his rap (yes, I know they don't make sense).
The animations for this one were fun to work on. They're very simple for now.

Notification:
Since I did one really big comic I'm taking a break Christmas week (next week).
I'll probably get the next one up either New Year week or the beginning of next year.

Happy holidays everyone!!!


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