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sakohju
I'm a huge fan of Pokemon and a Greek Mythology nerd, as well as a hobbyist yokai researcher and avid reader of Chinese classics.
I'm also obsessed with Koei games like Samurai Warriors, Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi, Toukiden and Atelier (namely the Arland and Dusk series) and I enjoy playing percussion and drawing.
I've been drawing manga for quite a few years now. User Adelle Frost is my sister. I'm also really good friends with NikoshiSenika and Charlotte Potter.
Fans of Japanese folklore might recognize the story Motochika is telling. =P

Anyway, I'm going to be out of town for the weekend so *auto-update*
There will probably be one or two more of these fillers next week and hopefully after that I'll have the actual chapter cover up >w< Thanks for bearing with me everyone!
Hi folks, another filler update while I work on the next chapter cover ^^; it's gonna take me a little while.
I'm also going to be out of town this weekend, so unless I get a random burst of energy and get the whole cover colored tomorrow, the next update or two will also be fillers while I get the next chapter prepared.
Thanks for your patience everyone! :D
And that's it for Chapter 19! The chapter 20 cover might take me a bit of time so depending on how fast I'm able to pull that together, there may or may not be more strips of the Hunger Games Simulator rolling out.
Chapter 19 End!
Me: *realizes there's only like three panels of the chapter left and it won't fill up the entire page*
Me: *fills negative space with Motochika's face*
My sister: Why does Motochika look so epic and have half the page to himself?
Me: I HAVE NO GOOD REASON I JUST NEEDED TO FILL UP THE PAGE

Anyway that marks the end of this chapter, which was refreshingly short after those 50+ pages I drew for Chapter 18, hahahahaha......as usual, next update will be a filler while I work on the next chapter cover. Thanks for reading!
Happy 6 Years of Bloom!
I can't believe it's been 6 YEARS. o_o Anyway, I was really excited for Saku to rank up so I could draw something like this. ^^ Thank you all you dear readers who have stuck with me over this journey, whether you've been reading from the beginning or are just discovering this comic, I deeply appreciate it.

EDIT: As promised, a time lapse video of my shading process: https://youtu.be/DenOgt3mpoI
Keiji returns!
...but none of you actually thought he was dead, did you? I don't think I really had anyone fooled hahahaha...

Anyway, thanks for bearing with me this week. Hope you all enjoyed the filler updates.

My family all caught colds and I'm afraid I might be catching it too...but on the bright side whatever bug is going around is better than the pneumonia I had a couple weeks ago. x_x Anyway, as long as I'm functional updates should resume as normal and hopefully I can avoid the plague.
I've set up a few of these to update every other day this week while I'm preoccupied. Hopefully auto-update continues not to let me down >w< I'll move them to unchaptered once regular updates resume
Hi all, thanks for being so patient. So turns out I had pneumonia. x_x After being sick and doing nothing but lying under a pile of blankets for a week, I finally saw a doctor and got some antibiotics, and thankfully now I'm feeling much better.
And I've recovered just in time, because I'll be hosting a friend from out of town this week. I haven't seen her in a really long time and its her first time visiting me in my hometown, so I'll probably be preoccupied most of the week.
However, to thank you all for waiting, I will set up more strips of the hunger games simulator to update during the week. I've even set up a few extra to make up for all the delays.
Thank you all for reading and I'll be back with more pages soon!
Hello folks, I want to apologize for the delay this week. Unfortunately I got sick over the weekend. x_x
And I am...still sick. x_x I haven't felt up to working on much, so updates will resume once I'm feeling better. Thanks for your patience.
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Hello all! I'm back! Apologies for the slight delay, I was very jet lagged (still am a little) and I was having a few issues with my computer monitor. No worries, the issue has been resolved for the time being, so I can get back to work. :)

As for the HG simulation, that'll get completed too eventually. I might have another absence coming up in a while so I'll probably save it for then.
Thanks everyone. :)
@SomeWarlord: Thanks! Haha yeah the placement here is just temporary while I've been absent, once main pages resume I'll be properly moving this over to unchaptered :)
@dog lover: You're right on. It has been better with the passing of time, and we finally were up to getting a new dog about three years ago and he's been wonderful, but I know I'll never really get over losing Zero. Thanks for your words here, I appreciate you taking the time.
And the games begin. =P

Not actually being familiar with the Hunger Games, I took some liberties with the cornucopia thing.
DISCLAIMER: I have never read or watched the hunger games. =P My sister has read the books though.

So if you didn't get the memo, I'm in China and hopefully this is auto-updating correctly as it's supposed to. I didn't want to leave this comic on another complete break while I'm gone, so in the meantime, here's a fun little short I put together.
My sister found this Hunger Games simulator where you can plug in names, so I thought it'd be funny to plug in the Bloom cast and draw the result for your enjoyment XD
Initially I kinda forgot about the district numbers until my sister looked at this strip and went "What districts are they all from" so I had to kind of add them back in and that's why they're all out of order on here. Also, with normal pages I draw my lines traditionally then scan them, but for this I just sketched the lines digitally with my tablet, so it's a bit of a different feel. Anyway, I hope you find this entertaining. ^^

(Also here's the link to the simulator: http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)
Hi all! A little news update, the next couple of weeks I'm going to be out visiting relatives in China, and I'm not counting on having internet. But! This does not mean updates will cease entirely during that time! This comic has been on hiatus enough that I don't want to do that to you again for this, so I have a few fun little extra strips set to auto-update in my absence (hopefully auto-update won't let me down, it hasn't so far ahahaha...). While I'm gone, you can enjoy those and then regular pages will resume once I return! Thank you all for reading! :D
7 Years!!?
Wow, I miss drawing Lenore. This has definitely been the longest break this comic has ever taken, but rest assured I have on-and-off been working on reworking the script so that I can get back to drawing future volumes. I can't believe it's already been 7 years since I started doing this whole comic thing...thank you all so much for reading and sticking with me! SAKOHJU will return hopefully soon!!
Motochika has spoken. Oichi is officially Saku's friend.
He's gonna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To draw them all is his real test
Commissions are his cause

He can draw perfect hands
And that second eye
Anatomy, he understands
It's the artist that's inside
I remember this being a real plot twist for me when I first played the game. They look nothing alike!