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I'm not totally certain but I was tagged by :iconbealmeister: to post my ten favorite songs, bgms, whatever. Not everything was on Youtube, of course, but I'll share what is. I left out pop music that I like (like the Japanese version of "Gee" by Girls' Generation) because my opinion of pop music tends to change, but the songs below are mostly songs I've loved for years. I'll try to add some variety instead of just post a bunch of songs by the same person, though I do have one exception, haha.



Motley Crue is my favorite band, and though I don't really have a favorite song by them, it may be a toss-up between "Wildside" and "Livewire". I went with "Wildside" just because the video is less silly. I hear this song and no matter where I am I get PUMPED. It makes me feel so good and fills me with confidence even though the song is about people doing bad things. Love this band, but I'm kinda glad to hear they are on their very last tour because I'd rather they go out with a bang then end up doing birthday parties when they are in their seventies because they think they still got a chance at busting out a hit. They don't, to be honest, and I'd rather Nikki Sixx focus on some of his other projects (that DO stand a chance of making great music... like Sixx: A.M.)



My other favorite band is Heart. One of the few bands that made a major change to their sound and I still liked it. Started out doing Led Zeppelin type rock and moved into this really cool '80s rock band, with both eras being amazing. This is from their second sound era, and unfortunately I couldn't find an album rip, but look how young Letterman is! I LOVE this song, and it just reminds me how much the Wilson sisters completely owned rock music. Anne's vocals can compete with any male rockstar. I think their most famous single is "Barracuda", which is also awesome and from their first sound phase. The only downside to Heart is their band name, which makes searching online pretty difficult. Heart... pretty common word.



Despite my favorite bands being rock/metal, I'm also a huge jazz fan. This is my FAVORITE song, period. When I was in a metal band I tried to convince everyone to do a metal cover of this somehow. It's hard to sing, too, but you can't go to karaoke with me and never hear me try this. Of all the versions I've heard, Queen Latifah's is my favorite. I can't believe she debuted as a rapper! She's got a great jazz voice. 



I am not a big Natalie Cole fan, but I do love this song. It's from the movie Cat's Don't Dance, which is one of my favorite non-Disney animated movies. It's great, if you haven't seen it you are missing out on a really great animated musical... with music by RANDY NEWMAN before he just threw up his hands and went "Yeah, I don't care anymore". The fact he doesn't sing on the album anywhere also helps. And by the way, Sawyer is one of the best female leads in an animated movie XD She was so cynical and funny! More jazz... I was also going to add "He's A Tramp" from Lady And The Tramp but went with this so I could get people to watch the movie :p



I love Korn, but I LOOOOVED their Untitled album and this is the big single from that effort. LOVE IT. It baffles me to hear that Korn fans generally hate this album, but I guess in retrospect I wasn't a fan before this album and that probably explains why I don't like their other albums as much. Not a single song on the album I hate!



Alice In Chains is my third favorite band. They are my favorite thing to come out of the nineties and it is a darn shame the original vocalist died. LOVVVE this band, but everyone who goes to karaoke with me hates me because I want to sing them and nobody else knows who they are. A ton of later chapters in FaLLEN were written with this band playing, as well as the next one. 



I adore Evanescence! I know, most metal fans kind of turn their nose up at them, but it's the combination of female vocals, piano, and metal that I love. This song is my favorite from their newer album, but my favorite song is "Going Under" from their first album... titled Fallen, haha. No, it's a coincidence that my series has the same title, but I did title the first chapter "Bring Me To Life" from the Fallen album as a nod to the similar titles.



While I can't say I'm still a fan of the man, I had some pretty hardcore feelings for Gackt and his music up until about whenever he turned 30. Then his voice changed and got more nasally, and a lot of his music sounded like he was phoning it in. But his early twenties stuff is really amazing, and this has always been my favorite song by him. It does things to my girly parts, I can't even listen to it when my husband is around because I feel like I'm cheating on him. And I probably would, if Gackt walked into my house right now and said "Take me" I'd put on this song and we would make some babies. Just as I know my husband would cheat on me if Avril Lavigne did the same to him... ick. Anyway, Gackt's early stuff was actually what I listened to while writing the first draft of FaLLEN, so even though I haven't bought an album by him in nearly a decade, and I have no interest in his Fried Chickenzzz effort, I am still in love with this song. I think he recently covered this or something because it used to be a really hard B-side to track down but I have seen it pop up here and there in recent years as a remix or something. But this is him before his voice gave out, so this is my favorite version.



Another Gackt, I know... but this time it's just him on piano. This and his piano solo from Malice Mizer titled "Regret" are huge huge huge inspirations for a certain piano piece that pops up in FaLLEN in the next volume. Honestly... if Gackt really does compose all his own music as he says, and that includes his piano solos, I would love to see him work as just a composer. I had a friend in high school who played piano pretty well and she said she couldn't even figure out what he was doing for some of this.



Sakura Taisen's songs are in a whole other plane of musical ecstasy. They are all takarazuka musical-styled pieces and while some are pretty generic, some, like this, are really intense. The seiyuu sing all the songs and, and many of the songs come from actual musicals they put on as the characters. Some are grand musical pieces, some are jazz pieces, some are wacky happy songs... I like the epic musical pieces and jazz pieces best. And many of the seiyuu in the games are better than what's on the radio these days! Other songs I really love are "Ai Wa Towa Ni" and "Kiss Me Sweet". This one used to give me chills, especially in the movie (with Ratchet) and in the actual musical. Sung by Sakura and Maria, who I hardcore shipped.



I'm cheating and adding another song :D I wanted to show examples of BGM I like, too, so here is my favorite BGM from the original End of Evangelion movie, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. This BGM gives me chills, and I love how it builds. I can remember writing a few scenes of FaLLEN with this BGM playing near the end of the first arc...


I guess I'll tag :iconcybervideo:, :iconjadiner:, and :icongalacticpink: to do this, but anyone is welcome. If you see this on my profile and choose to do it, just @ me somewhere in the entry and I'll check it out :D




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The Japanese printed chapters books 1-5 are available on Inkblazers's marketplace at the link below!



There are other things available, too, so check it out!


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  • Listening to: Vince Neil - \"Forever\"
  • Reading: The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Drinking: apple mugicha

Comitia 109 Is Over, Back To Work

Wed Sep 3, 2014, 8:54 AM
I went back to Tokyo over the weekend to see friends and to go to Comitia 109, where I was expecting not to sell very well because this year's sales have been pathetic, and where I was kind of hoping the trend would continue and I would have some assurance that leaving Tokyo wasn't a bad thing, that FaLLEN isn't doing well with the Japanese crowd, etc. Well, surprise surprise, my sales were good. Quite good, in fact. I sold three times as much as I was expecting to sell! I did something different this time-- I had a poster that I attached to a pop stand and had on the tabletop. Wow, that really attracted people! I had a really bad location and thought for sure I would only sell a few books, but I did pretty well! Unfortunately, money is super tight right now (just moved and had to buy a ton of furniture, after all) so I don't think I will be able to go to the next one in November. Instead, I'll be attending an event here in Matsuyama where I'll be selling the usual. I'm not expecting good sales because there are only two-hundred tables at that event, haha. But hey, at least it's cheap and within walking distance of my home!

I combined ch. 6 and 7 together into one book for the Japanese release and had a very limited run, so I will only be selling a limited number of copies of that to make sure I have some to sell in November. I'm anticipating the graphic novel with chapters 1-7 will be released by December, but ugh, everything has been pushed back...

I mentioned this in a recent post but I am way behind in everything. Move-related stuff is basically over, since we got the last of our furniture this weekend and we didn't even have to assemble it, for once! But I did not get to do my cover art for FaLLEN vol 1, my Kickstarter, and the contest winner art like I had hoped. I'm not going to take another hiatus, so instead I'll be posting the comic pages again as scheduled but I'll be working on other things on the weekend instead of during the week... meaning no more days off for me! Oh well, it happens.

I haven't got all the details, but it looks like I will be a virtual guest at a convention in South Korea later this month. Once I get the details I will post the specifics but from what I have heard so far I will be doing a question-answer panel, so if there is anyone interested who lives in SK, check back this weekend for more info!

If you are on Inkblazers, I posted the last page to Ch. 7 this week and the first page to Ch. 8 will go up this Friday.


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The Japanese printed chapters books 1-5 are available on Inkblazers's marketplace at the link below!



There are other things available, too, so check it out!


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ogawaburukku.com/fallen




Shop for FaLLEN and other products by Ogawa Burukku!

:star:If You Like FaLLEN, Please Vote For It Or Add It To Your Favorites At The Sites Below!



  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Vince Neil - "Forever"
  • Reading: The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Drinking: apple mugicha

Journal History

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Brooke Stephenson
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My name is Brooke, age 30, and this is me with my plant Max in my greeeeen DA shirt. I live in Tokyo and have worked as a professional manga assistant off and on but am now trying to get my own work published. I also do a lot of freelance translating and artwork as well as publishing independently for comic shows, and I even did a quick stint as a storyboard artist for a kid's show in the US. Oh, and this is an old photo, I'm like really really fat now. Like a blowfish on steroids.

Check out my webcomic/webmanga FaLLEN! I work so hard on it ;_;

漫画家の世界ってなかなか厳しいっすねー(*゚ー゚)

Current Residence: Matsuyama, Japan
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Favourite genre of music: heavy metal and hard rock
Favourite style of art: manga
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano Gen. 6 green!
Favourite cartoon character: Flower (Bambi) and Fifi (Tiny Toons)
Personal Quote: "Think of them as very well-rounded pectorals."
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cybervideo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I am so crazy jealous of your current living condition. They just announced that the Batman burger is coming to McDonald's, and the North America locations are the only ones not getting it. Waaaah! 
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Details please!
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cybervideo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
It's debuting in Hong Kong, and going from there. It's the first of many? Justice League burgers.
www.cinemablend.com/new/Batman…
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cybervideo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
After watching NC's Top 11 good Avatar episodes (btw, skip that episode otherwise it'll anger up the blood, I passed through most of it myself), I learned that Dark Horse comics got the rights to continue telling the story of all the lost "episodes" that we never got/deleted scenes, and the closure we were all looking for after the finale (Zuko's mom), and even how Aang started the rebuilding of Republic City for a proper lead-in for Korra's story.
avatar.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_…
Truthfully, the only comics we'd need to read are The Promise, which leads to The Search.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Damn, there are a bunch of Avatar comics!
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cybervideo Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
And there's going to be a whole lot more it would seem.
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technicolor-trashion Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks soooo  much for the llama! I was like La la la la La la la la :happybounce: 

I read your interview with dA a few months ago about your freelancing career and have been trying to find you ever since. I haven't taken a look at your comics yet, due to time, but I love your work from what I've seen so far. I'm working on doing the same with my art, but I don't have my name out at all.. All I know is, since you've gone through the same struggle I know you can understand where I'm coming from.

Anyhoo, thanks again girl! You're awesome.La la la la Hug 
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think I actually link back to my dA gallery from my Inkblazers profile, haha XD
But yay! Glad you found me! :dance:

Getting your name out there is pretty hard, but if you can do that you can do anything. I can think of a few artists who gained popularity solely through hype and self-promotion, but it absolutely sucks sometimes to have to talk about how great you are.

I hope if you ever get a chance to check out FaLLEN you like it :D Thanks for the message! Good luck to you in your endeavors ^^
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technicolor-trashion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you soooo much!
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cybervideo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Disliked today's episode of SMC, and it seems the R series will be episodes 14-26. Yay, I guess?
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