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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.
...mostly. I want to take a minute to say some things regarding the journey this comic has been on, and where it will go in the future. This will be a pretty long and somewhat personal note, so I apologize for the length. Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you're not into reading this sort of long thing ^^;

When I started this comic, I was a middle schooler with a lot of free time on my hands. I poured that free time into drawing comics and making art. I would draw like a machine and could churn out entire chapters in a very short amount of time with no sign of slowing down, and I loved every bit of it. I just couldn't stop, and I never once dreamed that any of my comics would have to pause.
The first real hiatus came after I finished middle school, and had to move away to a new city on the other side of the country. That was understandable, I still drew as much as I could during the move and once we were settled in I resumed as soon as I could. I didn't want to move though and didn't like the new city, and spent the next four years hell bent on returning to my home town.
The loathing I felt for the new place consumed me, and during high school I needed a distraction, something to focus on and throw myself into so entirely I could forget some of those feelings in order to keep my sanity. That thing ended up being band. I was THE ultimate bandie in high school. I play percussion, so I rose to be a section leader in the drum line, I attended every single marching band and pep band gig, I did jazz band, and most demanding of all, during the Fall Musical season I would do the pit orchestra, which I learned basically meant sacrificing a month of your life to live in that pit under the stage and do nothing but eat, sleep and play music. It was great fun, but also very time-consuming and for the first time I found myself not being able to have time for other things like regularly updating this comic. I always came back though, but as I got older and my workload with school grew I started needing to take a few more short breaks here and there to keep from burning out completely. I also found that as my art grew and improved, it also took me longer to finish pages and art pieces.
Upon graduating high school, I immediately knew where I wanted to go to college. The university in my home town was my ticket back home, my chance to move back to the city I grew up in. I got into the university and my home coming was just about everything I dreamed it would be. And with no more tri-weekly 6 AM drum line or jazz band rehearsals or other extracurricular obligations, for the first time in a long time I actually had a lot of free time to really regularly update my comics again. It was awesome.
That first semester of college was super chill though, and I didn't realize just how relaxed my schedule was until I continued to pile more work onto myself in the following semesters and advanced to some more difficult courses. I'm majoring in computer science, and needless to say some of the coursework is pretty demanding. Where in high school I could get straight A's without ever studying a bit, I'm now learning the hard way that in college I need to actually form some study habits and really put in the work outside of class in order to be successful.
I've had to learn to really prioritize. I've had to take much longer breaks from my comics in order to focus on my schoolwork. While I've still been able to juggle a wide variety of activities with my busy class schedule and numerous personal projects, I'm starting to realize I can't do everything and sometimes I need to make sacrifices.

I have decided to pursue a career in video game development, and hope some day to start my own game company. I already have a couple of pet projects in the works. I love making comics, and will never stop, and I certainly intend to finish SAKOHJU, but as I've gotten older my priorities have shifted and there are other projects I will need to put before this one.
So, regarding the future of this comic: Yes, I have every intention of finishing this comic! The project is very close to my heart and I want to see it through if for nothing else than out of loyalty to my younger self.
The main issue that's holding me back with this comic is the script. Pages for SAKOHJU actually happen very quickly and don't take me very much time, but I've been trying to streamline and at least somewhat improve the story that I originally wrote as a 12-year old. It's actually not that great and there's a lot of things in the plans for future volumes that need to be cut or reworked.
I'm not sure how much I'll manage this summer, considering that I'm going to be taking a couple of summer classes and hopefully getting a job or internship (been applying around and interviewing, hopefully I can land one!), and I have some other projects that will be taking priority over this one.

Again, I apologize for this long note. If you actually read that whole thing...thanks for actually reading the whole thing, haha.
This was my first comic, and it is very near and dear to my heart. For me, it's a really important part of connecting to my younger self. So if you do read this comic, thank you very much for coming on this journey with me, and I hope maybe you'll stick around for the future :)
I LIVE
...mostly. I want to take a minute to say some things regarding the journey this comic has been on, and where it will go in the future. This will be a pretty long and somewhat personal note, so I apologize for the length. Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you're not into reading this sort of long thing ^^;

When I started this comic, I was a middle schooler with a lot of free time on my hands. I poured that free time into drawing comics and making art. I would draw like a machine and could churn out entire chapters in a very short amount of time with no sign of slowing down, and I loved every bit of it. I just couldn't stop, and I never once dreamed that any of my comics would have to pause.
The first real hiatus came after I finished middle school, and had to move away to a new city on the other side of the country. That was understandable, I still drew as much as I could during the move and once we were settled in I resumed as soon as I could. I didn't want to move though and didn't like the new city, and spent the next four years hell bent on returning to my home town.
The loathing I felt for the new place consumed me, and during high school I needed a distraction, something to focus on and throw myself into so entirely I could forget some of those feelings in order to keep my sanity. That thing ended up being band. I was THE ultimate bandie in high school. I play percussion, so I rose to be a section leader in the drum line, I attended every single marching band and pep band gig, I did jazz band, and most demanding of all, during the Fall Musical season I would do the pit orchestra, which I learned basically meant sacrificing a month of your life to live in that pit under the stage and do nothing but eat, sleep and play music. It was great fun, but also very time-consuming and for the first time I found myself not being able to have time for other things like regularly updating this comic. I always came back though, but as I got older and my workload with school grew I started needing to take a few more short breaks here and there to keep from burning out completely. I also found that as my art grew and improved, it also took me longer to finish pages and art pieces.
Upon graduating high school, I immediately knew where I wanted to go to college. The university in my home town was my ticket back home, my chance to move back to the city I grew up in. I got into the university and my home coming was just about everything I dreamed it would be. And with no more tri-weekly 6 AM drum line or jazz band rehearsals or other extracurricular obligations, for the first time in a long time I actually had a lot of free time to really regularly update my comics again. It was awesome.
That first semester of college was super chill though, and I didn't realize just how relaxed my schedule was until I continued to pile more work onto myself in the following semesters and advanced to some more difficult courses. I'm majoring in computer science, and needless to say some of the coursework is pretty demanding. Where in high school I could get straight A's without ever studying a bit, I'm now learning the hard way that in college I need to actually form some study habits and really put in the work outside of class in order to be successful.
I've had to learn to really prioritize. I've had to take much longer breaks from my comics in order to focus on my schoolwork. While I've still been able to juggle a wide variety of activities with my busy class schedule and numerous personal projects, I'm starting to realize I can't do everything and sometimes I need to make sacrifices.

I have decided to pursue a career in video game development, and hope some day to start my own game company. I already have a couple of pet projects in the works. I love making comics, and will never stop, and I certainly intend to finish Bloom, but as I've gotten older my priorities have shifted and there are other projects I will need to put before this one.
So, regarding the future of this comic: Yes, I have every intention of finishing Bloom and delivering the story as it was meant to be! But it's not going to happen very quickly. I will probably be revising the script for the story and streamlining it a little bit in order to help the plot move along faster, and I might cut down on a couple of things, such as maybe montaging battle scenes more instead of fully choreographing the entire battle.
I realized the Hunger Games simulator never finished, I actually do have some more strips for that finished but never got around to actually updating them hahaha, so I will be updating the rest of that soon for you all to enjoy.
Bloom's main story WILL continue to update, but it will be on sort of an indefinite hiatus, updating irregularly for whenever I have some spare time to work on it.
I'm not sure how much I'll manage this summer, considering that I'm going to be taking a couple of summer classes and hopefully getting a job or internship (been applying around and interviewing, hopefully I can land one!), and I have some other projects that will be taking priority over this one.

Again, I apologize for this long note. If you actually read that whole thing...thanks for actually reading the whole thing, haha. Whether you have been a long-time fan of Bloom or are just discovering this comic, I really, truly appreciate your readership. Thank you so much for coming with me on this journey, I am excited to tell the rest of Saku's story and I hope that you will stick around for it :) I can't possibly thank you enough.
Haaahahahaha this is pure gold. Also love Pi's flow chart of Panic hahaha
So good to read this comic again! That mural looks absolutely beautiful!!!
@Switzerland: *looks at comic's profile page* OH GOD IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS SINCE THE LAST UPDATEAa;sldfj

Thank you so much for your kind words! It's true it will probably be a longer break until I have time to really work on Bloom again but I do intend to continue working on it and continue improving. Thanks so much for sticking around! It means a lot to know that this comic means so much to someone else as well!
Cover is finished! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy my little story~
This is my temporary stopping point as I work on catching up on all the pages, but there is more story to come!
Due to time constraints, this page and all subsequent pages will be temporarily posted as lines only. I'll update them as I finish shading.
Hello all, sorry for so suddenly disappearing for longer than I intended. October has been an incredibly busy month for me and I can barely keep up with my homework, much less take the time to work on comics. Once I get a moment to catch my breath, Bloom will return! Until then, thank you for being patient with me dear readers!
I realized Kanetsugu hasn't sparkled in a while. I'm making an effort for him to sparkle more from now on.

In other news, there will be no update this coming week since I'll be out of town to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in tech, which I'm very excited for!
More fun times while I do busy things x_x
Saku on this page is me when it comes to keychains. >w< Oichi would be my sister in this scenario haha.

On a more business-note, so as I've been back in school for almost a month now it's looking like during the school year as I'm busier, I will mostly just update pages on Saturdays. I have some extras I can update on Wednesdays for a while, and occasionally I can do a page on Wednesdays, but Saturday only will be the most consistent pattern while I deal with academics and extracurriculars. Thanks for understanding!
Now that Lindsay's been introduced, here's some of my practice sketches of her for you to enjoy while I do homework XD
When I first saw the merchant in the game I couldn't not think of N.

Apologies for missing Wednesday's update, I'm still getting my bearings as far as balancing my schoolwork with my personal projects so updates might be a little more sporadic than usual. I made a news post on the comic profile that goes into more detail.

Also, I will have a time lapse video of the chapter cover process up later! I'll drop a link here when that's done.
Finally! Chapter 20 begins!
Thanks for waiting everyone. :) I survived my first week of school so we'll see how things go from here.

Also, be on the look out later for a time lapse video of my process for this chapter cover. :)

EDIT: It's rather late but as promised here's the time lapse: https://youtu.be/frixLioj_P8
@Aeon#3547: In that case, you're welcome! I appreciate the support! :D
@Aeon#3547: OH SHOOT
I never noticed that
my bad
I was so used to drawing Dewott at that point and;lfjsl;fja--
I can't believe I never caught this haha well that's probably just gonna stay there as a blatant continuity issue =P
The next chapter is almost ready but in the meantime thank goodness I made a temporary buffer out of this extra. I'm kind of getting back into the swing of a slightly busier schedule with the first week of school so we'll see how things go from here.
Thank you for 100+ fans!!!
I realize the fan count has been over 100 for a while now, but I wanted to do something really special to commemorate this number so I spent a long time working on this piece. In the past I've polled readers for what characters to draw for these things, but I decided for the triple digits, I'd just squeeze as many members of the cast as I could onto one piece of paper!

Back when I started this comic, 100 seemed like a pretty big, elusive legendary number. Honestly, surpassing it now is rather humbling. It's really special to know that people are reading my work, and I hope you all continue to enjoy reading this comic as much as I love making it. Thank you dear readers, you are all awesome.

I'll be starting school again this week, so we'll see whether or not things are as hectic as last semester. But, I will be getting Chapter 20 up and running soon!

Once again, thank you so much everyone!
Travel tip from sakohju: avoid the 6 AM flight.

I am not a morning person to begin with, but getting up at what equated to 2 AM in my usual time zone and then remaining awake for the subsequent 20 or so hours and eating meals at really weird times 'cause I got up so early and then finally passing out in bed with a terrible headache was not fun.

but uh, anyway, aside from complaining about my travel yesterday...I'm feeling a bit better today so I'll be resting and hopefully will have a real update soon. Thanks for your patience everyone.