Crazy Sunshine http://www.crazysunshine.com Artwork & Comics by Jkun Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:41:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Onwards to 2015!http://www.crazysunshine.com/2015/01/onwards-to-2015/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2015/01/onwards-to-2015/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:37:20 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=5029 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hello!

It’s a brand new year and I am totally psyched to get back into drawing more often. Naturally, my studies and work will still come first, but the good news is come summer time, these shouldn’t be a problem any longer! I will be leaving JET and Aomori in August and hopefully starting a new job teaching nearer Tokyo. This means no more dealing with snow for half of the year, and no more hour-long drives to meet up with my girlfriend as we plan to save up all our pennies and move into a new apartment together.

If all goes well and I manage to find a job and a new place to stay, I should have more than enough time to start working on Crazy Sunshine again and pump out these last two chapters of ORIGINS. I can’t wait! That’s the plan, but who know what’ll happen between then and now…

One way you can really help me out is by donating to Patreon if you haven’t already! I know I keep going on and on about it, but it really is an awesome system! As mentioned in a previous entry, donations are no longer on a fixed, monthly payment. Instead, you can pay whatever you like per project from as little as $1, with your donation going towards keeping the site running and the eventual return of the Crazy Sunshine comic.

What’s a project? Every 1-2 months I will start working on a set of illustrations or comics that you can help fund. if you want to take part, your pledge will net you some incredible rewards, like behind the scenes sketches and blog entries, access to weekly live art & gaming streams, Q&A streams, the chance to hit me up on Skype and even a personal commission! If you don’t like what you see, no worries! Maybe the next project will spark your interest.

I want to be able to finish each project within 1-2 months. There’s even one going on right now for fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion that is almost complete, it’s never too late to donate!

I will be announcing projects on here, Tumblr and Twitter, so keep checking back for more every month or two! Hopefully these little projects are enough to tie you over until I bring the Crazy Sunshine comic back. It’s great being able to draw something different for a change, and even greater knowing all my hard work is going towards keeping the site alive and kicking thanks to your generosity.

So yeah, that’s about it! Go, donate!

I should be getting my preliminary Japanese test results back at the end of January so stay turned for another update around then! I’m not thaaaat confident about passing, but that just means I’ll have to study even harder until the resit in summer!

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Happy Holidays!http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/12/happy-holidays/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/12/happy-holidays/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:56:15 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=5022 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Happy Holidays!

Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

First of all, Happy Holidays and a big thank you to everyone who has been frequenting my streams. I was trying out a lot of new techniques with this year’s Christmas image, and everyone’s input, advice and brainstorming really helped in making it look as good as it does!

Secondly, who is it? If you follow the webcomic, you should know one of the protags, Peppermint. Well, this isn’t her, this is her Mother! Merry Christmas, have a spoiler; she is still alive, kicking and just a little bit crazy!

Look forward to more Crazy Sunshine comics in the future once the hiatus is over – the ride is just getting started!

Here is a recap of what has been up:

★ I took the JLPT N2 test, and it was much more difficult than I thought! Results will be here in February, but I am not confident at all…!
★ Alice’s visit was amazing though. We almost died driving back and forth different places due to the weather, haha. Speaking of which…
★ It’s snowing hardcore now. Like, harder than hardcore. METALCORE. Every day is like battling Shiva on steroids.
★ I bought Xsplit! I am using it to stream games on Twitch and artwork on Picarto. Come along sometime and see, hear and feel my pain all at once!
★ My best friend ever Drobvirks drew some Crazy Sunshine fanart right here! You cna see her comic, Seed, here! Do it!

Thanks for a great 2014, here’s to 2015!

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It can’t get much worse, right?http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/12/it-cant-get-much-worse-right/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/12/it-cant-get-much-worse-right/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:50:24 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=5004 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hello!

My big Japanese test is this weekend, and I’ve been studying for it since summer. It’s kind of the reason I put Crazy Sunshine on hold! I’m not very confident that I’ll pass, but there’s always next summer if things don’t go so well!

Speaking of things not going so well, they really aren’t! Here’s a couple of awful things that have happened recently:

My poor car’s rusted front axle snapped in half in the middle of a busy intersection, but I managed to barely avoid a disastrous death by handbrake skidding into a nearby sidewalk. It took hours for the Japanese Automobile Federation to arrive at the scene and – naturally – the police also came to avert traffic away from the crash site. Well, I say crash, but I was told by the cops it was the neatest and most compact accident they had ever seen. Since no other drivers or objects were damaged in the process of skidding to an almost untimely death, I didn’t have face any charges, but the towing and repair bill made my wallet weep.

Winter is here. You know what that means by now. Snowstorms, hailstorms, and mountains of white, fluffy bullshit. I have turned into such a sloth that even getting up and going to work makes me want to just curl up in a ball and hibernate the moment I step outside. Despite my car being fixed and outfitted with winter tyres, it’s still making an awfully scary rattling noise near the front wheels! My gas stove is also on the brink, despite it just being fixed, and of course, who could forget the classic phrase “Sorry, I can’t come into work this morning, my shower is covered in ice” finally came into play for the first time this year.

Over the weekend, Rie and I put up the Christmas tree for my third Christmas in Japan and my last Christmas in Aomori. It wasn’t all tinsel and glitter though, as some sort of bug bite, dust allergy, or maybe even a Yuletide poison swept through the room, as we wound up with giant lumps all over our faces the next day. It turns out that after five years of living in this run-down shack of a house I have finally caught a rare skin disease that only affects either people living in run-down shacks, or goats. Great. I am on antibiotics and currently spring cleaning the entire house in the middle of Winter. My butt is frozen as I type this.

Leading us back to the test. It’s on Sunday. My incredibly close friend Alice is visiting Japan this week and wants to hang out this weekend. I can’t turn down the offer, especially since I have no idea when I will see her next! Awful timing, mixed with a face that looks like the backside of a baboon, and a car that is almost on its last legs, all while being covered in sixty eight blankets of snow.

Isn’t life just grand sometimes?

Thanks for reading!

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Long Lost Hypehttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/long-lost-hype/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/long-lost-hype/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:45:37 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4990 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Remember two years ago, when the Wii U felt like an add-on to the Wii, and many gamers were confused by its existence? Moreover, remember when Bayonetta 2 was confirmed to be a Wii U exclusive? A lot of fans, including myself, got really pissy. A lot of us just wanted to play the sequel to a game that touched our hearts using the console it was released on. Reflecting back, it sure was an immature thing to rant about, given Platinum Games’ position. As always, before anyone could cool off and apologise, the joke that is gaming journalism swooped in and ratted out those who engaged in such comments, naming and shaming them all for Nintendo fans and “true” gamers to throw rocks at.

“Fucking Nintendo Fucking Wii U fucking everything up fuck. I want Bayonetta 2 on a real console!”

It’s actually quite hilarious how mad I was back then, and just goes to show what changes over the years. Personally, Nintendo’s Treehouse event at E3 2014 was a turning point in my life, that made me appreciate how great – and fun – their games can be. Their hardware on the other hand… Let’s just say I would be more invested in buying new products if they didn’t constantly update ‘em with better versions all the time.

Recently, I’ve been getting back into my Wii and DS by buying second hand Japanese games in order to improve my Japanese. maybe I’ll also grab a 3DS should the new Super Smash Bros be as good as everyone is anticipating!

Lastly, it goes without saying that now I have had time to appreciate the Wii U, I am stoked for Bayonetta 2. It’s looking a lot better than I expected it to be two years ago!

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New Project! Children of Adamhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/new-project-children-of-adam/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/new-project-children-of-adam/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:18:54 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4977 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Recently, the new Neon Genesis Evangelion remake movies appeared on Japanese TV, and I managed to catch a few. They made me want to go back and watch the original TV anime, one of the first anime I grew up with as a kid that really influenced my art style!

Despite the series being incredibly complex, convoluted and downright impossible to follow without a trip to Wikipedia, re-watching the series also rekindled the love I had for the robotic character designs, especially those deadly Angels. Before I knew it, I had to draw not some”thing”, but some”things”!

CHILDREN OF ADAM is going to be an illustrative collection of all 15 Angels from the original NGE TV Series in full colour, and will be featured in Crazy Sunshine’s gallery when finished!

If you want to see the project develop with loads of work-in-progress sketches, livestreams, or even live Skype sessions with me, why not donate to Patreon? A donation as little as $1 will get you access to the Patron-only Activity steam, donating more will get you, well, more goodies!

Let’s revisit Tokyo-3 once again, and explore every bone, mask, and AT Field of these notorious bad guys together! I hope you enjoy watching these works come together as much as I will enjoy creating them!

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A Whole New Worldhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/a-whole-new-world/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/a-whole-new-world/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:31:29 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4959 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Final Fantasy XIV celebrated its one year anniversary last week! I’ve been playing the game since beta and loved every second of it. I even made a little blog to document my travels! Now that I think about it, I’ve been playing Massive Multiplayer Online games for a long time. Almost ten years now!

My first memory of adventuring with random strangers online was probably in Ragnarok Online. Man, life was so simple back then! Because Ragnarok was my first MMO, I played very casually. Yet somehow, I managed to get hooked on the grind. I would stay up for hours hunting down a single type of monster hoping they would drop a single type of card in order to make my Assassin’s gear stronger. It was almost an addiction, saying “the next one will be my last” or “the next will will drop for sure” over and over again. Little did I know, ten years later I still have the same mindset, only I’ve started to treat MMOs like games. Y’know, considering they are!

I learned this the hard way, as my addition continued all throughout university with Final Fantasy XI. I clocked over 600 days – almost 2 whole years of play time – over the course of eight years, which is not something I am proud of. Don’t worry, I managed to successfully graduate university with flying colours and land a job in Japan, so it didn’t eat away at my brain too much, but it did destroy my ability to socialise offline and didn’t exactly help with keeping my body healthy as I would binge until 4am for weeks on end.

I left FFXI last year to focus on Crazy Sunshine full time. I’m just surprised it took me 8 years to realize how much of my time could be spent not chasing down equipment for Puppetmaster and being creatively productive instead. Enter Final Fantasy XIV. You’re probably thinking; “Heh, this Jkun dude just never learns, does he?” Well luckily, I am a lot smarter than I was ten years ago. Unfortunately, a lot older too.

FFXIV was originally released in 2010 and after flopping miserably, was taken offline before being re-released in 2013 under the title “A Realm Reborn”. With a new development team and incredibly talented producer, the game was revamped and repacked as an MMO for every type of player – from casual to hardcore. I am somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. As a veteran from the hard-as-nails XI days, XIV seems a little too easy to me, but at the same time, with my job and other commitments, I can’t play as much as the hardcore crowd. Which in a sense, might be for the best!

Man, videogames are great, aren’t they? Thanks for reading!

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XXX of Wonderhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/xxx-of-wonder/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/xxx-of-wonder/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:50:16 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4946 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hello!

I want to start using my blog to ramble again instead of just talking about site news, so here we go!

There’s a new Japanese group that formed recently called XXX of Wonder (オブ・ワンダー) and I’ve taken a huge liking to them. They are a Japanese pop/techno group consisting of five members, each from different backgrounds across many fields of creative art;

  • Nanba Shino, a singer who has released multiple mini albums and worked on projects with other famous artists like Hyadain.
  • Dr. Usui, a musician who worked on many CM arrangements and mostly know for his work on the Pretty Cure anime.
  • Fureneshi (Frenesi), a mysterious member who hides her face behind popular decorative her art and composed over 50 songs in just two years at age 20.
  • Kishida Meru (mellco), an exceptionally talented illustrator who has worked on games such as the Atelier series and So Ra No Wo To‘s character planning.
  • Julie Watai, a digital photographer, musician, model and more with a love for electronics, videogames, robots, and anything cute.

Recently, these five collaborated together to make XXX of Wonder’s first debut mini album WONDER of WONDER and uploaded their lead track Lucid Dream Madonna (明晰夢マドンナ) to YouTube, which I’ve embedded up there at the top of this blog entry. Give it a watch!

I plan on buying the mini album in order to support this amazing new collaboration of talent, and hope that others will also enjoy whatever they produce from now on!

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Devblog Update #20 – Crazy Sunshine Homepage Updated!http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/devblog-update-20-crazy-sunshine-homepage-updated/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/devblog-update-20-crazy-sunshine-homepage-updated/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:47:00 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4820 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> The Crazy Sunshine Homepage has been updated, but is still a work in progress!

Additionally, the Forum, Wiki and Tumblr have also been updated with the new style. Check them out!

I will be fine-tuning the site and creating brand new splash, about and blog pages in the future, but for now the basic construction is done!

Stay tuned!

★ Still to-do list:

  • New Wallpaper
  • New Banner
  • New Splash page
  • Update Links
  • Update navigation button colour scheme
  • Update About page
  • Update About page (JP)
  • Font/container colours
  • Expand Gallery with recent work
  • Create new ads
  • Create new Livestream channel banners & video
  • Create new Youtube banner
  • Update Patreon

☆ Notable additions & fixes:

  • Menu shuffled and some itemswere renamed for consistency:
    • Gallery → Artwork
    • Archive → Comics
  • Condensed the content wrapper and menu bar from 1024 pixels to 800 pixels wide.
  • Moved the comic above the content wrapper/sidebar and centred it.
  • Removed all ads. Considering re-adding some Google ads for slight revenue.
  • Optimized the background for 1366×768 resolution displays (the most common resolution as of 2014).
  • Optimized Project Wonderful ads.
  • Unlocked the Extras page, no more need for a password to view.
  • Added shadows under copyright info, making it easier to read against a complex background.
  • Finally enlarged the blog’s paginav “Prev” and “Next” links, also added shadows underneath them.
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Fade to Blackhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/fade-to-black/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/fade-to-black/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4791 2014-07-30-fade-to-black

Introducing Liquorice! A mutated maniac with one simple goal; to control the entire Surface! Now that Lacie and the gang’s memories are sealed due to this lanky, green-haired bastard’s magic, there’s no way we’ll get to know what happened during O.R.I.G.I.N.S! Thus, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Introducing Liquorice! A mutated maniac with one simple goal; to control the entire Surface!

Now that Lacie and the gang’s memories are sealed due to this lanky, green-haired bastard’s magic, there’s no way we’ll get to know what happened during O.R.I.G.I.N.S! Thus, Crazy Sunshine has no other option but to go on hiatus!

Please read this blog entry for more details!

Since August 2011, Crazy Sunshine has thrown out over 180 comics, received over 12,000 comments, was enjoyed by over 400,000 returning readers and has been stumbled upon over 14 million times.

Thank you to everyone who stuck around, and thank you for a fantastic three years! Don’t forget, while the comic is going on hiatus, I am not! Please remember to follow my Tumblr and Twitter for future illustration updates, doodles, blog entries and more!

Jkun

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I’ve Ran Out of Comic Titleshttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4784 2014-07-23-ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles

A freaky new character makes a rather unexpected appearance in this week’s Crazy Sunshine. Who is he? Where did he come from? What’s with Massive Metropolis getting destroyed again? ..and why on earth am I just about to leave on […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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A freaky new character makes a rather unexpected appearance in this week’s Crazy Sunshine.

Who is he?

Where did he come from?

What’s with Massive Metropolis getting destroyed again?

..and why on earth am I just about to leave on hiatus next week with yet another cliffhanger?!

Stay tuned, only one more page to go!

You can Like the Facebook Page, Google+ Page, or follow me on Twitter! Also, if you really can’t wait for next week’s page, why not watch it being created live via the Livestream channel? Thanks for all your support!

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