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 3~4, Dynasty Warriors 7~8, Warriors Orochi 3, Toukiden and Atelier (namely the Arland and Dusk series') and I enjoy playing percussion and drawing.
I've been drawing manga for a few years now. User Adelle Frost is my sister. I'm also really good friends with NikoshiSenika and Charlotte Potter.
A few other animes I'm into:
Black Butler (actually more of the manga on this one)
Sword Art Online
Death Note
RWBY
I could put this all in a news post, but lets be honest, this way is probably more efficient and direct.
Anyway, I did forewarn I'd be going on hiatus, and as promised these are the details of that.
Bloom will not be updating for a couple of months. Hopefully this hiatus will not last any longer than that.
There are a couple main reasons for this:
Firstly, I have a couple of special projects I'm working on. They'll be revealed in due time, but right now there are some deadlines with them I'm trying to meet and I'm finding I really need to prioritize that right now.
Secondly, it's that time--I'm going to be moving to college! And before anyone asks, no, I'm not an art student. While art has always been and always will be my greatest passion, it's not something I ever envisioned going to school for. I'm actually planning to major in computer science. =P I hope to create video games in the future XD
And finally, I know that I have been inconsistent with the update schedule this past year, and I truly apologize for that. Depending on how my schedule looks at the end of this hiatus, I may or may not change the update schedule to something that I'll be able to adhere to more consistently.

As always, thank you so much for your patience and understanding. :) Bloom will return in a couple of months!
Happy Five Years of Bloom!
Time really flies. I wanted to do something more whimsical this year, and this sort of honors the part that Gracia and Mitsunari's side adventures have been playing in the plot. Sorry I know it's a large piece and you may have to do some scrolling/zooming out to get the whole thing, but I feel it was worth it. =P
It's really weird how time passes. I remember back when I started this comic, and how I was just learning how to use Photoshop and just straight up paint-bucketed all my pencil lines. XD It's really come a long way.
Thank you so much to all of you readers who have stuck with me. I know this past year I've been rather inconsistent, so thank you for your patience and support. Here's to even more years of Bloom shenanigans! :D
I thought this page would be a good stopping point before hiatus.

In the coming week, I will update an extra, and something with more details on this temporary hiatus I'll be taking.
Well a lot of things happened at once and totally distracted me from mentioning on here that I'd be travelling for a week. x_x I tried to put a comment up while I was out, but I had pretty spotty internet and evidently that comment didn't make it on here. Ah well.
I'm sort of back, but do know that Bloom will be taking a temporary hiatus in the near future. I'll put something up explaining in more detail when the time comes, but basically I have a few projects that are taking higher priority and a lot of time. Like I said, I'll explain everything in further detail soon. In the meantime, don't worry, I know I've been inconsistent but I will have a bit more material up on Bloom. Thanks for bearing with me guys >w<
Leave it to Motochika to set the mood. XD
Of course Motochika was counting. You mean you weren't?

...*holds breath as everyone goes back through the last few pages and double checks my numbers*
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Also I'm sorry for missing Saturday's update (again x_x). I had a lot of events scheduled that day but thought I'd have time to finish the page...wrong. Ha. x_x This time I'll at least warn you that there may not be a couple of updates next week since I'll be travelling. But otherwise, hopefully nothing else interferes with the update schedule too much. Thanks for your patience everyone!
Kanetsugu also possesses the ability to sparkle.
@Switzerland: Yep, I took the look from the in-game appearance XD
@Switzerland: Yes! While I may not always be the best at consistently drawing things to scale, it is Saku's official height. =P
Man, this week has been unexpectedly eventful for me.
I apologize for missing yet another update on Saturday...I was having some personal issues. But things are better now for the most part, although today has been an unexpectedly busy day but I really didn't want to miss another update so I took some time out of my evening to finish this page.
Luckily, I'm finally done with school! So unless I am travelling or something unexpected happens, I anticipate regular updates throughout the summer. :)
Volume end!
And this concludes Volume 7.5 Shane Moments! Yeah, when jazz band ended that year, we all went out for ice cream after our last concert. There happened to be a show car on display nearby in the shopping center, and Shane proceeded to shamelessly dance in front of it. What a guy. Also I can't draw nice cars. In actuality it looked nothing like that. =P

I hope you enjoyed this weird and random little autobiographical filler volume, there will probably still be a delay as I rework the story, but rest assured Volume 8 is on it's way. :) Thanks for your patience!
For some reason, walls always pose a challenge to me. =P

Anyway, you may notice in addition that characters page, a few more new site pages have cropped up, in addition to a donate button! I have made a news post detailing all these new pages here: http://bloomconquest.smackjeeves.com/news-archive/posts/147023/new-site-pages/
ONE OF MY PROUDEST MOMENTS!!!
I've never broken an instrument before!! I was so proud of this I had to draw and share it ^_^
Basically, in my school band, one of the pieces we played at our final concert was this awesome tune called ghettoblaster by William Pitts, and it used a lot of bucket drumming in the percussion section. I'm honored to say instead of a bucket, I'm the only one who got to play a trash can. XD We already had buckets and trash cans available to use since we had used them for a previous performance, and a lot of them had been broken. So, having never broken a stick or drum in my entire career as a percussionist, it was my goal that on concert night, I would bust a hole through that trash can. I'm happy to say that during my brief solo during the percussion break, I succeeded!! I'm so proud!!!
@Switzerland: Thanks! Glad you think so. I do think Yoshimoto's was the most profound. XD
Enter a few new warlords :) And once again, if you've read my other comic, SAKOHJU, you may recognize the messenger. =P

EDIT: All of the characters on this page have been added to the Characters page!
Also a heads up there might not be an update tomorrow, I have a concert and the time I was hoping to spend on art today ended up being spent on a Spanish project XD
I have to be completely honest, I don't know when this comic will actually update next. Char and I have been very busy and communication has been sparse ever since I had to move away. I do know for sure that she and her sister are working on the script, but I'm holding off on drawing it until we actually finish writing the next chapter.
I do know that eventually, the next update will happen!

Until then, to those few who actually do read this comic, thank you for reading and even sticking with us if you do. I do enjoy this comic, as Char is a very close friend of mine and this is something that we've been able to create together. Like I said, I don't know when the future of this comic will happen, but please be patient, because rest assured it will.
A Sentimental Note
I blinked and six years have flown by.

This comic holds so much nostalgia for me. Even though I cringe every time I see the disproportionate and anatomical failures that I drew way back in Volume 1, it still warms my heart. Even though things have been slow recently, Volume 8 is on the way and I can't wait to draw it. To those of you who read this comic, thanks so much for reading and sticking with me. Here's to more happy years of SAKOHJU!
...This felt weird to draw but trust me it was actually a lot weirder in real life.

Also, a bit of news...you may or may not have noticed there is now a Characters page on the comic site. It's still largely under construction, but I've been brushing up on my HTML and CSS to code pages for my comic sites and I think a characters page will definitely be helpful for this comic to keep track of the massive roster. XD I will put up a further notice when I'm actually done with it. =P