Yotsuba&! Volume 13

Yotsuba&!, volume 13, by Kiyohiko Azuma. Translated by Stephen Paul. Yen Press (New York): 2016.

I have on my shelf a twelve-volume set of Kiyohiko’s instant classic Yotsuba&!, right underneath my twelve-volume set of Sailor Moon. The twelfth volume had ended in 2013 on a more-or-less satisfactory note, and no more volumes came out for about three years, so I simply assumed the series was over.

I am happy to be wrong. The thirteenth volume appeared in Japan in November of 2015 and in America in May of 2016. Continue reading “Yotsuba&! Volume 13”

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 15

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO

CHAPTER 15: A NEW PRIMA DONNA

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Chirops trembled as he slipped out of the stream. In a flash of dissipating magical energy, he entered Urbanopolis. The jagged rubble gouged his feet, and the cool air made his fur stand on end. It had been many ages since he’d been here.

All things considered, not much had changed.

The demoniac wasn’t hard to find. Near a collapsed building, he stood, perfectly balanced on the tips of his toes, on the top of a broken wall that now leaned at a forty-five degree angle. Blood and dust streaked his cheap suit. He gazed at the full moon, his back to Chirops. But soon after the bat appeared, the demoniac, with the sound of popping vertebrae, twisted his head around backwards. His mouth spread into an impossibly wide grin, revealing sixty or seventy sharp, crooked teeth. He flexed long, bony fingers, which at their tips had six-inch, razor-sharp claws. Continue reading “JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 15”

Whew.

Featured image: “Magical Girl Sam Winchester” by mythicbeast. Been a lot of these dudes intruding into magical girl territory lately. Sorry, but I’m not okay with this. Ain’t no plans with a man. This is the Eighties and I’m down the ladies.

Rough couple of weeks on my end. In any case, we should have more content soon, and the web novel will still update this weekend as usual.

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 14

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO

CHAPTER 14: THE THIRD TEST

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Magical Girl Lady Paladin Andalusia stared up at the sky. When the stars began to sparkle, she turned to Jake with a wan smile and said, “Much as I would prefer company, I must send you to bed. This night, I stand the long watch alone.”

Jake nodded and rubbed his arms. The air was chilly. “I admit I’m not looking forward to the shelter you described, and I doubt I’ll sleep anyway—”

“It’s a favor to Pretty Dynamo. If I lost you, I’d be sure to hear about it.”

“She’s less attached to me than you think.” Continue reading “JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 14”

Jake and the Dynamo Tonight!

Featured image: “Alpha Ultimate Magical Girl” by Lun-art.

Haven’t been on much as I’ve been busy, but I have finished editing chapter 14 of Jake and the Dynamo, so the story will update tonight as usual.

I intend to spend the rest of the day drafting another chapter, but I have a review in the works that will go up tomorrow or in the near future if I have time. Of course, I also need to finish an essay for another venue, so I might need to do that instead.

The Magical Girl Wikia

There are a lot of blogs and websites dedicated to magical girls, naturally enough, but from what I’ve seen, most don’t stay active. A lot of them that I’ve stumbled upon look like legacies from Web 1.0, or haven’t updated for three or more years.

I did, however, recently come upon the magical girl wikia, which has possibly the most complete catalogue of the genre I’ve seen anywhere.

It has this partly because it’s decidedly generous in what it considers magical girl. Its timeline starts as early as the 1940s with titles like the film Down to Earth. I assume this is because they’re cataloguing the predecessors of Bewitched, which inspired the genre as we now know it.

It’s a good site. Go take a look.

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 13

JAKE AND THE DYNAMO

CHAPTER 13: THE PALADIN

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Jake couldn’t remember the last time he was this tired. They’d been hiking for hours, and the sun was dipping toward the west. His stomach ached, and the inside of his mouth felt rough and gooey. He hadn’t eaten or drunk anything since breakfast. His calves and the arches of his feet burned. His left foot swelled up, and his shoe felt tight. He limped, and every step sent a shock of pain up his leg. No matter how long he smelled it, he couldn’t grow accustomed to the fetid stench of rotting zombie flesh, which clung to the blood and gore covering Pretty Dynamo, and to the severed hand grasping his leg. Every once in a while, he fell into a fit of retching. Continue reading “JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 13”

Art and Update

Featured image: title and artist unknown. Found on Rachel Renee’s wattpad account during an image search. This is probably what Sailor Moon would look like if Hollywood got hold of it. Not sure if want.

I haven’t been around enough because I’ve got a few different things on my plate, and any time I previously dedicated to writing and blogging I should probably spend job-hunting. Chapter 13 of Jake and the Dynamo should go up tomorrow at midnight as usual even if it kills me, but after that, there may be a hiatus, probably not longer than a couple of weeks (meaning one update will get missed).

My time online is also being consumed with bringing J&tD up-to-date on the other sites where it’s hosted. But once those are caught up with this blog, then they’ll update weekly as well, and will become less time-consuming. At present, they update daily.

I’ll try to avoid saying this very often, but don’t forget we have Patreon and Paypal accounts. Absolutely no pressure, as the content is free, but if you feel like living a tip, we’d be most grateful.