Yuji the Mop

Today I posted the following on my facebook page

Things to do with a sick Yuji; use him as a heater, watch Sailor Moon with him and laugh at his commentary, use his unbrushed hair as a mop, and he makes an excellent cat bed!

Our friend Yasu drew us this picture!

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Thanks Yasu! That made our day!  IF you click on his name, it sends you to his DeviantArt page.

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The True Purpose of Sailor Moon Crystal

Only now do I realize the true devious nature of Sailor Moon Crystal! It’s mediocrity is a calculated ploy to blue ball fans of Sailor Moon to yearn once more for the glory of the original anime series, which is conveniently now available on Blue ray! While I may not be the biggest fan of Sailor Moon I know a waste of animation when I sit through 12 episodes of incrementally bad anime. If anything it’s made me appreciate the effort and smart decisions made when the original was created. You may criticize the original’s recycled animation, monster of the week formula, and more comedic tone, but when you look at the only other alternative approach that is Sailor Moon Crystal, I think we should be grateful that so much effort was put into that first attempt.

 

EDIT!!!!: The crazy Sailor Moon fan is Tea.  The one who wrote and illustrated this comic was Yuji.  We do have a crazy Sailor Moon fan in Random Encounterz!  This comic is Yuji’s perspective of a crazy Sailor Moon Fan, as well as his perspective of his experiences discovering Sailor Moon for the first time.

Sailor Moon Crystal: Lunacy

Thyrza brought this observation to me over the course of watching the new Sailor Moon Crystal. While I  don’t mind weird cat anatomy that much when watching the show, it sure was fun to draw this comic. I relish in any opportunity I get to have fun goofiness when drawing. Additionally I really needed to introduce the third cat of our family, Loki, and this seemed like the perfect subject to do that. I’ve written a couple Sailor Moon comics now as I’ve enjoyed watching the new Sailor Moon anime. Now I just have to wait until the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime returns from break and I can have both sides of fabulous in my life!

Yuji, out!

Tea here!

Luna and Artemis in Sailor Moon Crystal really bother me. When I watched the first episode I had this annoying feeling in my mind that something was wrong, but I could not figure out what it was. This particular annoyance took root, and with each passing episode it grew….

This comic began with a simple unrelated question. I approached Yuji and asked him if he had any ideas for his next comic. He quietly shrugged, and looked up at me

“Not yet.” He responded “Do you have an idea?”

“Yeah” I responded “Its been a while since we did another cat introduction comic. Why don’t we find a way to introduce Loki?”

“Hmmm…” Yuji responded. After a few quiet moments, the annoyance had blossomed into a beautiful flower of fan frustration. At that very instant I understood! YES! OF COURSE!!! SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL!!! YOU HAVE FAILED ME!!!

I understand that Luna and Artemis are cartoons and cartoons are not required to be anatomically accurate.  That being said, cartoons can mimic real life by tricking our brains to accepting the reality it creates.  Sailor Moon Crystal did a good job melding anime and manga but failed to do so with Luna and Artemis.

This is Luna and Artemis as they appeared in the original Manga…

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This is how they appeared in the original Anime..

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One of the reasons I love Sailor Moon is because its a beautiful example of what comic book art can be.  In both the original Manga and the original Anime, Luna and Artemis were lovely simple negative shapes.

Then Sailor Moon Crystal happened…

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I’ve found that looking at the comparisons makes all the difference…

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If this was not Sailor Moon, I would just think the cartoonists had never seen a cat before.  Certainly I would not be so picky.  This is Sailor Moon and when your working off of an artistic legacy like that, there is simply no excuse.  Sometimes less is more.

 

 

 

You Guys Rock!

I’d just like to take a moment and thank all the Sailor Moon fans who enjoyed Yuji’s recent comic and shared it with their friends.  Thank you!  Come back Tuesday for a new comic by Tea.  Yuji’s comic will be posted on Thursday as usual.

Thanks again for sharing us!

The Beginning Begins with Sailor Moon and Red Wine

When I was a child I had Hot Cocoa and Sailor Moon.  Now that I’m an adult, I have Red Wine and Sailor Moon.

I have a condition called severe fibromyalgia.  All you really need to know about severe fibromyalgia is Stress = Pain.  I am not referring to emotional pain.  I am referring to physical pain;  Phantom pain that gets worse the more stress my body and mind accumulate.  This can be good or bad stress.

I’ve learned the trick with Severe Fibromyalgia is to recognize the difference between something that helps relax and something that helps distract.  Distraction is a coping mechanism meant to distract from my problems rather than deal with them.  Something that is relaxing is a tool that is helping me deal with my fibromyalgia, rather than distract me from it.

One of my goals for this website is to discuss the things that help me with my condition.  When I was first diagnosed I started surfing the internet, trying to find ways to help me gain some form of relief.  During my first internet search I felt like Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin, when she escapes the castle and enters the market for the first time.  ‘BUY THIS BED, its GUARANTEED to get rid of your pain!’ ‘Buy these electric needles, stick them in your body, get rid of the pain!’  ‘Take these vitamins, you’ll feel relief in no time!’

There are so many people with ‘snake oil’ cures its really hard to figure out just what helps, and what does not.  I hope by writing about my experiences and what helps me, it can help other people suffering from chronic pain.  Random Encounterz isn’t going to be all about pain management, don’t worry.  There’s going to be plenty of silliness and storytelling.

Discussing fibromyalgia in my first post is also an easy way to talk about how it may effect the comics.  My content may not come as quickly as I may like, or I may miss deadlines in regards to comics.  I would prefer to work slow and make sure I do a job right than try to move too quickly and end up doing a sloppy job.

So it begins with Red Wine and Sailor Moon.

Firstly I would like to state: I do not believe in using alcohol (or any other form of drugs) as a way to distract.

One of the major challenges I’ve had in dealing with my chronic pain is breaking the habit of ‘comfort eating.’  I grew up being taught that when I don’t feel good its nice to have some comfort food (or drink) to help you get through the nasty experience.  After gaining over fifty pounds, I realized my definition of ‘comfort food’ needed to be redefined.  (Food is a expansive topic. I will not elaborate on this because I am not a trained professional.)  Gaining weight is just about the worst possible thing anyone can do when they suffer from a condition like mine.  Extra weight puts a lot of extra stress on your body which just translates right back into pain.  I like red wine because it tastes awesome, its lower in calories compared to other alcoholic beverages and, most importantly, its a drink that is intended to be drunk slowly.  A single glass of red wine can last me a few hours. I’ve learned when it comes to the ‘comfort’ part of comfort food, its the taste not the quantity that counts.

As for Sailor Moon

The anime Sailor Moon is awesome. I am willing to acknowledge other people may not consider Sailor Moon as awesome as I think it is.  In this case, its not Sailor Moon that matters but the function it serves. When I am in pain and I need to relax, I need to let my thoughts relax. ‘Turn off the Brain’ so to speak. I’ve found this is a very challenging thing to do. Maybe some people are capable of turning off their brains whenever they want, but mine has an annoying habit of wanting to think all the time. If I lay in a quiet room my brain will FIND things to think about.  Its like leaving a toddler in a room with nothing to do (and almost as disastrous).  Sailor Moon is bright, sparkly, happy and easy to follow.  It has a repetitive mantra like quality to it that really helps.  When I am not having a bad pain day I love Sailor Moon just as much, but I can only watch a few episodes before I need to move onto something else.

I am proudly a member of the ‘geek’ subculture, I love watching cartoons and playing games (tabletop or video games), reading comic books and/or fantasy/science fiction novels.  Before I understood how my condition effected me, I became very frustrated because I did not have the stamina to keep up with all the things I love to do.  For example: I would want to play Blizzard’s World of Warcraft but I would be unable to sit at my computer desk for more than an hour or my brain would be working too slowly to keep up with the games pace.  Often in games like World of Warcraft, you need to react quickly to a problem that arises and figure out how to counter the problem before you and your friends die.  There were more than a few party wipes because I could not heal the tank quickly enough…

I’ve worked the past several years to figure out how to manage my condition while continuing to do everything I love.  I plan on creating a sub page in this website that will include my list of the games, cartoons, comics, novels and other activities I love to do while I am also in pain.  I call them my ‘pain games.’

My master list and expanding on this theory will eventually be posted.  For today, all I have in me is this blog post 🙂 Now off to make Chicken Rice.  NUM!