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@Guest: Ooo, that sounds like it would be fun! I might try to make one after I finish this chapter. At the very least I can promise you will see lots of the Prince's facial expressions in Wakening! :D
@Merrsharr: M for maybe, maybe not...? :O But either way I'm delighted you are thinking about this! xDb
Excited!
I'm extra excited for this chapter because it's one of the earliest stories I started writing for Now Recharging, all the way back in 2015. Wow! Time flies!
Art therapy
Susan's activity is based on a simple art therapy exercise I learned from the staff at Emily's House to help children who are dealing with the death of a family member or friend. I think it's very helpful for adults too - even though I had a sense of what was coming, I personally found it relaxing and powerful just to knead and to do something and then to see the results. Many thanks to the amazing Heather who did a wonderful demo!
@Merrsharr: I hope this comic helped bring you back to some good memories with her...!
@Merrsharr: I was having a very rough day and your comments seriously helped me get through it. T_T Seeing them pop up was amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through Now Recharging and to write so many cute, funny and sweet words as you went along! It means a lot, and I'm so happy and honoured to be able to know that the story moved you and I hope you enjoy the future pages and chapters just as much! <3
@Just to confuse people I've: Ah! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely message - it made my day to see it! Thank you for all your dedication going through it, and I hope the rest of this chapter, and the one to come, are worth the wait :D
This was supposed to be a very short quick draw but it ended up being practically 2x the number of pages I originally intended.
Happy Family Day
It's Family Day over here, and I've been spending a lot of time with my parents and my grandfather. I feel incredibly blessed to have all of them in my life, and also immensely grateful that I have the luxury of being able to feel that way. Wishing you and your family, whether they are related by blood or not, all the best. <3
@dmr11: That's right :) I made this adaptation based on the fact that in the original series, Hokushin says that he can reach out and grab a rock from 20km away, and his arm is shown stretching in both the manga and the anime (much more obviously in the latter).

Hokushin's never officially identified as a rokurokubi, but quite a few fans made the association over the years. In one of the stories that will be posted in the future (probably mid next week), A House That Holds Long Limbs, I go deeper into the mythology of rokurokubi in the NORTH BOUND universe. Hope you enjoy it! :D
Originally posted December 24, 2018. Original comment: "妖怪がいるのか
Any demons here?[...] Inspired by some old Japanese prints with shadow puppets - one of them included a rokurokubi."
Original comment from January 15, 2019: "And that’s why Hokushin’s still eating humans when Yusuke meets him.

Phew! Another 51 pages done. A new set of the latest North Bound comics and art will be going up on pixiv soon.

1) Some writer/artist problems: dead bodies and blood. I had a lot of discussions with myself about this, and even just now (before hitting post) was like, “Is there enough/too much blood?” Well, it’s a dead body, so no blood pumping… but not dead so long that all the blood has coagulated… so most of the blood on Hokushin is just him making a mess on himself I guess. It’s times like this I’m glad the drawing style I’m using is so sketchy and open to wide latitudes of interpretation lmao

2) I’m at a bit of a crossroads now. I have one more story that’s ready to draw, and then I can go into the introduction of A NEW CHARACTER who is a character already existing in Yu Yu Hakusho. Except I’ve developed scripts for other stories with just Hokushin and Raizen before this other character joins. But I’m tired of putting off the appearance of more characters who will be with us for the long haul. I can always go back and draw “more fun times with Hokushin and Raizen before everyone else showed up” since everything is an ancient flashback anyways right?? Anyways we’ll see what ends up getting done first in between all my other projects.[...]"
Originally posted January 15, 2019.
Original comment from December 5, 2018: "The young man in the flashback is Hokushin’s second lord, who appeared in the previous Part 3′s flashback as a baby."
"Original comment from December 5, 2018: "In Mirror Most Dark, the necklace is the binding mechanism used by Hokushin’s first lord to ensure that demons obey his (family’s) bidding. To a demon, of course, I think it makes sense for it to be perceived as a curse. It doesn’t work anymore as that bloodline is dead, so Hokushin keeps it only as a memento.

As much as possible I try to pull key plot points and build based directly on things from the actual series, because Togashi left so many interesting little tidbits to flesh out. Hokushin’s necklace, as you may already know from my previous posts, appears in both the manga and the anime (see Volume 17 or episode 96 when Hokushin shows Yusuke the energy limiter he’s wearing), and has been greatly expanded upon in the North Bound universe.

Similarly, I took Raizen’s comment about the scent of magic/power that he detected on the kudakusushi, and played it up in depicting his ability to sense and analyze psychic energy. Raizen tracking things down/checking stuff out based on smell is used several times in A House That Holds Long Limbs."
Originally posted December 5, 2018. I like imagining Raizen looking at random things and going "Nice, very nice" apparently.
Original comment from November 8, 2018: "In [this] flashback, Hokushin is maybe late teens to early twenties, with his first lord and his second lord as an infant. This is a fleshing out of parts of Mirror Most Dark - what happened after the death of his first lord’s lady.

There are some historical inaccuracies - some intentional, some I gave up because I couldn’t find details on the type of information I was looking for and I was running out of time, and probably other accidental ones I’m not even aware of. Hokushin’s hairstyle is probably the most obvious, but I stuck with what I’ve been giving him for North Bound and Mirror Most Dark because of the need for consistency (it’s already kind of hard to identify him since I’ve had to adjust his actual series design). The fact that the female servants are just wandering around out in the open in Hokushin’s presence instead of being behind screens is another one. As usual, please forgive lol

TBH I wasn’t thinking this specific comic would get so long… "
Originally posted November 8, 2018. Original comment: "I decided to compromise. The Heian era flashbacks get waterbrush on top of the ink, and the “present day” Kamakura period is just straight fude de mannen inking, no water."
Original comment from October 25, 2018: "Bonus scrap paper doodle while I was doublechecking that their positions for the last two panels mostly made sense"
Original comment from October 25, 2018: "I’m the type of person who turns comic pages around to see how drawings look the other way when people are upside down (and also the type of person who looks at the reverse of drawings when something seems to be symmetrical auuuugh no it’s not lmao). In case you are also that type of person, here’s the last page reoriented so you don’t have to flip your screen[.]"