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Fan art, gift art, contest subs, and commissioned art I have received for my series FaLLEN and others! Check out the artists, they have some amazing artwork!


To iPhone users: Can you access my website?… 

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Because I like reviewing things, I reviewed Frozen. I had like 8 people ask me what I thought of the movie and I am only just now getting around to watching it. I posted the review to Inkblazers, which you can read in full here:


I'm pretty analytical about it. I could have gone on but I was already kind of rambling... haha.

Okay, on to FaLLEN stuff.

So... FaLLEN is going on a kind of hiatus, sort of. For a month. Sort of.

I say "sort of" because I'll continue posting the rest of Ch. 7, but only one page a week. If you can't wait, you can subscribe to Inkblazers and read the rest of the chapter, which should be up by the end of the week. I'm about to post page 16, with three more pages going up Wed/Thurs. The hiatus is going to last about a month and really only affect Inkblazers, since nothing new will go up until September. So, why the hiatus? Well...

We (supposedly) get the keys to our new condo this Thursday. Yes, that's right! I moved across the country in May, but we've been living in temporary housing owned by my in-laws that is insect-infested, filled with holes, and only one room with a partition dividing it. We didn't have plumbing for the first few weeks and I can't really do any cooking because there is no counter space, there is only one burner, and there are so many bugs I lose enthusiasm for just eating let alone cooking. Two humans, a bird, and a dog is too much for this place, and it's been really hard on me to keep working with my out of work husband laying on the floor next to me sleeping or watching Hulu or whatever. All. Day. Long. On top of this, we haven't been getting along because I am a really private person and I just don't do well if I can't have any me time. I like to work alone, I like to eat alone, I like to watch Breaking Bad alone, etc. Mix that with finding a new home since the one we were promised was no longer an option, having to choose tile/wallpaper/etc for remodeling, dealing with lawyers and having to register an address for a condo we still don't live in (because the previous owner was still living in our home until... actually, he may still be there)... AND having to do 15 pages a month? I'm surprised I haven't murdered anyone. With all this going on, I couldn't find time to work on putting together FaLLEN vol 1 and now it's a week before I intended to put the book on sale and... yeah. Not going to happen.

What is going to happen is I'm going to take a break from making new pages so I can buy furniture for our new home, get moved in, go to a comic event in Tokyo for a few days to sell my new books, update my Japanese website, make-up with my husband, spend time with his family, put together a Kickstarter for vol 1 and finish the new artwork for vol. 1. So while there won't be new pages on Inkblazers for a while, I will be posting new artwork for FaLLEN, as well as the prize artwork for the three winners in the contest I had going for vol. 1. I'll also have the Kickstarter going sometime next month for sure and I'll have a new trailer for that and I'll likely be driving everyone nuts trying to get people to check it out and support the kickstarter. On the bright side, the book will look good because it won't be rushed, and it will now have a Fall debut... and isn't that appropriate?

I am hoping to have things put together by the end of August so I can do pages again in September, but if I have to push the hiatus into September I will. I'm not going to sacrifice quality (and my sanity) just so I can hastily get this thing finished. I kind of need to plan out the second book as well since I'll be starting Ch. 8, the first chapter of Book 2, as soon as the hiatus is over. 

Sorry to have to do this, but I'm beat. This move and all that's come with it has had a larger affect on my work time, marriage, and overall sanity than I was expecting. What was supposed to be a two-week temporary thing has turned into nearly 4 months (because though we get the condo this week, at last, we won't be able to move in until renovation is complete) and I don't even have a proper desk to work on. The one I'm using now is about 10 lbs and will tip over if I rest my arm on one side too long. So hiatus it is, starting next Monday. You guys on dA will still get updates, and I'll still post art, but I need to patch things up with my family because living AND working in the same small space for months in the summer heat with bugs is maddening for everyone (even the dog has cabin fever). No new pages (as in, Ch 8 pages) will be posted until I've finished putting together FaLLEN vol 1 and moved into my new home.

And somewhat unrelated... does anyone know a good software for making trailers? I use a mac, so it has to be Mac compatible. Is Blender worth downloading?

  • Mood: Anguish
  • Watching: Hunter x Hunter
  • Playing: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3

(copy/pasted from my Inkblazers blog I made last night...)

Well, about thirty seconds ago I finished watching the first episode of the new Sailor Moon anime on NicoNico Douga while a frittata bakes in the oven and my husband made cracks behind me. It's a weird experience to be able to watch Sailor Moon during its original broadcasting time...


Obviously, Sailor Moon is hugely influential to me and most people who enjoy the magical girl genre. It introduced the team aspect to magical girls and the original anime had the best magical transformation sequences, hands down. So how does the reboot hold up?


It... well, it held up, actually. I honestly had the lowest of low expectations ever since they announced Momoiro Clover Z would be doing the theme songs (so, you know, since the day they announced it). From then on it was one dumb thing after another... the Tribute Album was released and was utter garbage, the staff was announced and I was not impressed, delays delays delays, they announced the show would not even premiere on TV... what a mess. They revealed the character designs and artwork on the website, which all pointed to the manga as the main inspiration and not the old anime, and my hopes had officially sunk. The final blow was hearing the transformation sequences were done in CG... so I even considered not watching this. But then I popped dinner in the oven with forty minutes to go, and it just happened to be 7 pm. So I watched. And it held up.



I'm really glad they kept Usagi's original seiyuu Kotono Mitsuishi. She brought such humor to the show with her performance, and it's nice to see some things never change. The opening sequence with the planets was nice, too. The animation, in places, was actually a lot better than I had anticipated, especially since I don't think this version is planning on recycling much of its footage. The opening sequence wasn't bad (not the song...) and though I initially hated the idea that the series would be based on the manga, it does make me feel like this series will sort of be something new. I just read the manga again this year when it was re-released and the first episode was almost exactly the way it is in the manga. It's going to be interesting to see how some things happen, and if the series makes it past this season it will be REALLY interesting to watch the R season animated, since that part of the manga is the only part of the manga I feel may actually be superior to the anime. (After R the manga really goes downhill for me, but the first two arcs aren't bad).

Another good is Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask, or "Hentai Oyaji" as my husband calls him. The opening shows him with glasses like in the manga (yay!) and though his original seiyuu didn't make it to this version, uh... I gotta say, I'm happy for that. The original female seiyuu for the show were fantastic, but the men in the first few seasons sounded TERRIBLE in Sailor Moon. So I like the new Mamoru's seiyuu, and I think he and Jedite actually look pretty good in this art style.



I complimented Usagi's voice, but her seiyuu does not go with Usagi's new design. The art director seemed to think Usagi needed to be beautiful in every shot, so while the original Usagi (in both manga and anime) was constantly making goofy faces and spazzing out, there was little to no goofy reactions from meatball head in this version. She was gorgeous in every single frame. The original anime was very good about only drawing Usagi really beautiful when she was in her princess outfit, or in some cases her uniform, usually near the end of a season when she was being benevolent and badass at the same time. But here her lips are always glossy and her eyes always doe-like, her hair always waving in the wind, etc. AND SHE'S SO THINNNNN. But whatever, it's trying to be like the manga... I actually wish they had used her original manga design with the mask and all that, since that is one of my favorite parts of the first manga arc. Her costume was really neat before Takeuchi went in and splashed red all over her. So the animation style is definitely not something I like for Usagi. I think it will look better on the girls, and it actually wasn't so bad for the guys as previously mentioned.

I do not hate the opening theme song "Moon Pride", or even the ending, but goddamn I hate Momoiro Clover Z. I think there is one of them who can actually sing okay, but the other four are awful, particularly the main girl (the Ebi Jump girl, I forget her name... the ugly one with super dimples and snaggleteeth). Guh. GUH. I thought the opening song would have been better if someone else was singing, maybe a singer and not an idol... because idols are not singers. Did you know in the initial stage of auditions for idol groups they don't even ask for a voice sample? So no, not singers. Needless to say, I won't be buying the single for this, haha. But the fact that I'm not putting them in the UGLY section is actually pretty impressive. If I zone out I can kind of stand the opening, I think.

Didn't like Luna's voice... she doesn't sound as cute. She just sounds like a normal teenage girl to me... but she's a mentor cat. I don't want her to be cutesy, and I'm glad she's not, but I adore her original seiyuu Keiko Han. I can't say how I feel about the other girls because they haven't been introduced yet, but we shall see. Expectations set to LOW.



NicoNico Douga really really wants you to be a Premium member. I am not a Premium member; I have used the site a total of three times in my life, so I'm not going to pay to use this site. That said, the non-paying version of the show was... awful. Low quality, the video stopped several times, the audio was missing from several scenes (never got to hear Shingo's voice) and anytime the animation looked kind of good the screen would pixelate. I knew this would happen when people from all over the world are tuning in at the exact same time, so this is why I wish the show would be on TV... HOWEVER, I currently do not have TV accessible, so maybe it's a blessing for me that they chose to debut the series on NicoNico. It certainly gives fans an incentive to buy the Blu-rays, anyway... which I probably will because ALL THOSE GOODIES.

Finally, the part I was most upset about was the CG animation for the transformation sequence and part of the opening (if there was more I missed it thanks to the slow video connection). One of my favorite things from the original series were the amazing transformation cut scenes, which must have been a pain in the ass for animators but showcased some of the best animation on TV at the time. I don't know if I would have been so inclined to keep watching the show when I saw it in my early teens on American TV had it not been for those neat transformations and attacks. Now it's just a CG doll of Usagi, with her ugly CG hair not flowing, but clunkily hovering in the air above her. I got a real Pretty Rhythm vibe from those scenes. If an animation studio approached me and said "We want to make FaLLEN a TV series, but for scenes difficult to animate we want to use CG dolls... is that okay?" I would fire the director and take over as producer. Long live 2D animation!! (even though it's probably dead). I think the planets in the beginning were CG, but meh. What's strange is that the tiara action scene didn't seem to be in CG, and looked fine! Well, as fine as a pixelated monitor could look... I'll have to double check when I watch the series again on BD.


So yeah, a lot of negatives, but I'm actually going to make time to watch the second episode. That is really saying something. I can't really recommend the series to NEW fans, since you should just go and watch the original series instead, but to old fans it is kind of interesting. I didn't get that nostalgic feeling I expected to get. I did, however, think over and over that I would really like Sailor V to get her own origin story OVA at long last... But yes, I'll be buying the BD. The storyboard for the opening sequence is included as a bonus *drools* and the show wasn't nearly as bad as I had assumed it would be. That's not to say it's great, but I am curious to see where they will take this. So good for you, Sailor Moon Crystal.

  • Mood: Neutral
  • Watching: Hunter x Hunter
  • Playing: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2

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Brooke Stephenson
Artist | Professional | Varied
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.

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


Current Residence: Tokyo, Japan
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Men's small
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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Epiklandia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Burukku! I love your Webcomic/manga, FaLLEN, and added to a list of my favorites on my website. Though my following is small (Like... really small!), I wanted to make sure that anyone who read my Webcomic would also know that yours is kick ass, too! I hope that's okay! Now that my piece is said, I can wander back into obscurity!!
cybervideo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
SMC merchandising time, it would seem.…
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Yeah, they announced those a week or two ago. They look pretty cute, but if I bought them I don't know what I'd do with them...
cybervideo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Neither would I, but two guesses who originally shared it with me with the subject title "WANT!!!". :P However, I do find it curious that it's the retro series items being promoted here, and not the new ones. Although, that's not really fair to say because there's a lot of similarities between the original and new series items.
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
cybervideo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So, just found out from my friend, Jeremy, that if SM Crystal is popular enough, we could possibly be looking at a 16 ep mini series of Sailor V. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Probably because I can't see Crystal being popular enough for that to happen.
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I actually can't gage its popularity in Japan right now. I know it is a great topic of discussion for people but I'm not sure how many people really like it. I have met maybe two people who like it? But they liked the manga and I have actually heard that the manga was not a big deal here, that the popularity came solely from the anime. I could be wrong about that, but I read a lot of comments on forums in Japan that made me think that. Also, there has been like NO merchandise featuring the manga artwork, which you'd think they'd release if it was as popular as the anime.

I really do want a V OVA or something, but not if it is going to echo the art style of Crystal, because I really can't express in words just how much I hate the new anime designs XD
cybervideo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are not alone. So many people are hating on SMC's style right now. And by "many", I mean a ton of people on Tumblr not from Japan. By that, I can gauge that it's not doing so well outside of Japan. Some people have already dropped it, and others are just watching it for the sake or watching it/seeing how bad it gets. Then there's those who legit want to watch it because they think it's amazing (aka crazy people).

And now I'm off to work a 14 hour day. *dies*
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think the new episode goes up this weekend, so I'm going to try to watch it on NicoNico to read the comments. When I watched the first episode I turned the comments off because they were annoying but people were really really excited when it started. I wonder how many Japanese people are still watching. I hope the show is making a ton of money in merchandise featuring the older artwork, at least. But god, yes, those designs are so terrible. They are like spindly spider people. Not gonna say people who like it are crazy, haha, but I think fans of the manga are finally getting an anime adaptation true to the manga. Not being a fan of the manga, though, I'm just hoping a BD of the original series is released :p
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