The summer is coming to an end, but here I am still feeling jitters from the August Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct. I was stoked when they announced King K. Rool, especially because the official version matches my fan concept version pretty closely!
As for my Patreon and Ko-fi, I’m thankful to all those who continue to support Ogiue Maniax. Thanks to the following!
Thank you to…
Sue Hopkins fans:
Hato Kenjirou fans:
Yajima Mirei fans:
The past month has been quite comfortable overall for Ogiue Maniax; even the strange Patreon non-payment issue didn’t affect me too much. Instead, what I’m struggling with (though “struggle” is a bit over-exaggerating) is trying to strike the right balance between how much I write about anime and manga and how much I actually engage with the stuff. I’ve been spending a lot of time recently watching and reading more than blogging, and it’s helped to refresh my mind and inspire new ideas. However, if I write less than I usually do in a given week, I can feel myself getting a bit lazier, and wanting to put things off more and more. It’s as if there’s a groove that I can ride to putting out lots of good content, but staying with it for too long can wear me down.
That said, here are my favorite posts from August.
Kio Shimoku’s Kagerowic Diary and Its Influence on Genshiken and Spotted Flower
Some of Kio’s old manga is getting new special-edition releases! Here’s a look at an early work of his, and the footprints it has in his more recent titles.
Otakon 2018 Interview: Kawamori Shoji
My one-on-one interview with the creator of Macross, Aquarion, and more!
After about a two-year hiatus, I’ve gotten back to drawing Smash Bros. character concepts in celebration of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! So far, I’ve done Tatanga and Turrican.
Chapter 7 of Kio’s new manga has some introducing new characters. Among them, one awesome mom.
A look at artificial intelligence, love, and agency.
I of course am also stoked for Castlevania being in Smash. Let us celebrate with some fine tunes: