Tasuki Project – Brittney Sabo

Let me tell you about Brittney Sabo. She is an awesome artist, really likes cats, shares my love of yaoi, has a distressing fascination with mermen, and does the webcoming All Night, which you really should be reading. Brittney enjoys anime, so she was a natural choice for this little fanart project of mine and let me tell you she did not disappoint!

Art by Brittney Sabo, 2013Thank you, Brittney! I adore it!

Tasuki Project – Jodee Rose

Here is the first piece I have received in my collection of Tasuki art. It is by the delightful Jodee Rose, who also goes by @fattieart on Twitter and is the mind behind Da Cheeseblarg, which is lovely and you should read. Once you read one post, it’s hard to stop. She not only drew him for me, she colored it too!

art by Jodee Rose 2013art by Jodee Rose 2013

I love that it’s Eikouden Tasuki. Y’know, the series where I no longer feel like a cradle robber (at least until I hit 40 and can call myself a cougar). Ahem.

Anyway, thank you Jodee!

You Had ONE Job.

Ha ha ha, what am I saying? Oh, right, I GOT A JOB. In case you were wondering why I never update this thing anymore, it’s because I not only got a job, it’s also because I just finished studying like a madwoman for my state exam to get back my credentials as a Registered Vet Tech. And even though I haven’t seen the results yet, I would like to go ahead and let you know that I kicked that scantron’s ASS.

The job has been going well. It has its ups and downs, like any job, and there have been some days lately that I have been pretty stressed. Friday I ate 10 Tums over the course of the day for various reasons. Immodium, Pepto, and I have become besties, as well as my Ativan and Xanax (not at the same time, you goof). I am a ball of stress, constantly worrying that I’ll make a mistake and get fired. That’s normal with experiences like mine, right?

Anyway, I have about two weeks to go before I will be through my 90 day learning period and while I am still terrified of dental radiography, the doc said he gave my last set of rads “a solid B+.” Coming from him – he’s super-hypercritical – that was like saying he was giving me a key to the clinic. (j/k, I already have a key. And an alarm code. I rule.)

Now that I’m getting paid on a regular basis, I have embarked on a project that has been in the back of my mind for a long time. I call it the Tasuki Project and it is fantastic. Basically I commission different artists to draw my beloved manga husband of (OH MY GOD) 17 years in their own styles and collect them, to be hung in my manga library like the shrine to Gen-chan that he deserves. I plan on posting them here as I get them, of course. Because why shouldn’t you be subjected to my insanity?

And now, to put on my scrubs again and go up to care for a hospitalized patient. Glamour and glitter, fashion and fame, and all that jazz.

Yes, I did just go with both Jem and Chicago. What of it?

Lollipop WHAT now?

Apparently I’m talking about video games this week or something. Today’s victim is Lollipop Chainsaw, Suda51’s latest WTF-fest.

As is the fashion, I have a complaint about the complainers. I keep hearing people say “it’s not weird enough to be a Suda51 game.” It’s a video game featuring a cheerleader named Juliet Starling who hunts zombies with a custom chainsaw that has a rainbow effect when she swings it. Her family are demon hunters and she trains with a pervy old sushi chef. She wears her boyfriend’s reanimated, decapitated head on her belt. How much weirder do you people want this to get?

The head in question.

It’s not a very long game. Mister E beat it in two days and is on his second playthrough, which is mainly because he’s after all the achievements. And let me tell you, the achievements are hilarious. There’s one for peeping under her skirt called “I swear! I did it by mistake!” and when he got it he spent hours trying to get another achievement so it wouldn’t look like he was some sort of pervert by only getting that one during his session. Unfortunately, the other two he got during the same session were called “Fingered” and “Watch Out for the Balls” so it didn’t make it much better.

The game is pretty much on rails the first playthrough, but as you finish the different stages you can go back and try to beat your score or your “Dad’s” score to get achievements. At times I sort of felt like I was watching a really sophisticated platformer (and not just in the retro section) but in a good way. There are also pickups and stores everywhere, so the chances of your dying in combat on the regular or easy setting are pretty slim. Mini-games are a different story, as Mister E will gladly swear. Repeatedly. And with vigor.

All in all, it’s a really fun game to watch him play. Juliet and Nick (the head) have great lines, the rest of her family is equally hilarious and my new favorite phrase is “my sisters and I wear our vaginas proudly.” With all the vagina-talk going on in Michigan, I think it’s an excellent time to be proud of one’s vagina. I know I am.

I was kind of worried when I first saw the promo pics for it because I was a little afraid of how they were going to portray Juliet. Thankfully, she ended up a lot more like Buffy than Lara’s latest incarnation. You know, if Buffy acted like an actual teenager instead of a scowl-factory. Don’t get me wrong, I like BTVS as much as the next guy, but I also like that they didn’t make Juliet a snarky thirty year old in pigtails and a cheerleader costume.

Yes.

Also of interest is the fact that Tara Strong, who does the voice of Twilight Sparkle, also does the voice of Juliet. This is both awesome and disconcerting, as I’m pretty sure that even on her worst day Twilight Sparkle has never said “what the dick?!” That fanart there is from Tara’s Twitter and I am very fond of it.

So if you’re wondering whether or not to play Lollipop Chainsaw, I’m recommending that you do. Mister E tells me that it’s as much fun to play as it is to watch, even if he can’t seem to Sparkle Hunt more than 4 zombies at a time and I keep telling him to put on the Mom clothes. It’s not a game that requires much heavy thinking, and you can put as much or as little time in on it as you want. If you’re planning on a single playthrough situation, though, I might advise waiting a couple of months for the price to drop a little.