Dev Blog Update #23

Welcome to Crazy Sunshine! Here’s what’s changed over the last few years.


  • Hosting was moved in order to improve site speed, performance, uptime, and security via SSL.
  • In addition to this, Crazy Sunshine is now running on a 100% responsive mobile and tablet friendly theme.
  • Due to massive real life changes, Crazy Sunshine is no longer a webcomic, but a simple portfolio site that is updated whenever I can find the time. Due to this change, comments have been disabled.


Works are now seperated uploaded into two categories:

  • Original Works
  • Fan Works

Sister sites

  • Streaming and Social Media sites have undergone similar theme changes.
  • The Crazy Sunshine Wikia has been closed.
  • The Crazy Symphonium forum has been closed.
  • The Crazy Sunshine TVTropes page has been abandoned, but a huge thanks to everyone’s awesome additions over the years.
  • The Crazy Sunshine Patreon has been closed.


  • The Links, Extras, and Streaming pages have been removed in order to streamline the site.
  • Multiple outdated blog entries have been removed.
  • Multiple broken pages, links and images have been removed.
  • Multiple new images have been added to previous blog entries.
  • Multiple new art has been added.
  • The About page has been updated.

I really hope you enjoy this version of Crazy Sunshine as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for all your incredible support!

Dev Blog Update #22


Good news first! Thanks to Crazy Sunshine, I managed to land a new job! Which is directly related to the bad news: updates.

Simply put, I have no time to put into making webcomics like I used to. When I started drafting Crazy Sunshine, I was a little designer making a name for myself in Japan with all the time in the world. Five years later, I have grown enough roots to get back into what I love the most: making videogames.

I am in the middle of finishing up the little cliffhanger arc that I started last year, and will be releasing it before the year is over. During 2016, I will be focusing on changing the direction of Crazy Sunshine entirely.

Don’t worry, I have no intention of abandoning the universe and its host of crazy characters. Instead, I would rather the site move away from a webcomic format and focus more on utilizing it as an outlet to grow and improve my creative skills.

In order to streamline the site (and not confuse new visitors) the current comics will be taken offline in order to revise the cast of characters, redesigning them as I originally intended. There’s lots of ideas running through my head, but for the time being, I need to tie up all these loose ends and get settled in at my new job.

Thanks for all your support over the years. It’s been a blast. If it wasn’t for you guys and Crazy Sunshine, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Living in the city!

I’ve finally taken my first, gigantic step into the heart of Japan! It’s been an incredibly busy month, with work starting mere days after I moved in, and the apartment, beautiful as it is, is nowhere near furnished!

My battlestation is all set up and ready to draw! The first thing I noticed after setting up my PC is that for some reason my apartment’s internet is…free? It’s some sort of weird package deal that comes with the place. Lightning speeds, though, so no complaints. This morning I was clocking in at around 110 Mbs over Wifi and 200 Mbs through cable.


Oh, I also somehow succumbed to the poisonous grips of to Final Fantasy XI yet again! Not even a new job is enough to separate me from my beloved MMOs, as I managed to finish my first and only Mythic Weapon, a rare item that took over 300 hours to complete, working on-and-off since it was released.

Obtaining this item is a monument to my love for the game, and gives me a feeling of closure at last. I’ve also been playing a ton of games with my other artist buddies over Steam. They’ve been great at keeping the loneliness and homesickness at bay!

That’s all there is to it, really! Once the apartment is looking a bit better I’ll upload some more pictures to Twitter. Until then, pray that I don’t melt in this unusual summer heat, and wish me luck making it in the big city!

Thanks for reading!

So long, and thanks for all the snow!

Apologies for the radio silence! It’s been one heck of a month, but I finally have some free time to blog!

It’s been five years since I came to Japan. Back then, I only knew three words in Japanese, was incredibly homesick, and had no idea how to drive a car, let alone know how to use Japanese money to buy one. Over these five years, I have gained so many friends and acquaintances, taught over a thousand different classes, and noticed so much personal growth that I can’t possibly include it all in a single blog entry, so I’ll try to keep it short.

While it can be a new and exciting experience for some, teaching in Japan was quite stressful at my local school, as it is one of the lowest achieving public high schools in the prefecture. In Japan, you don’t only teach kids English. You teach them English in order to pass tests, and in a country where the only thing that stands between children and their future is a long series of tests, this can be quite a challenge.

However, I never once felt like I was alone. Over five years, I met hundreds of different teachers, parents, and friends from outside of work. Living in such a small town meant I was a regular everywhere I went. My barber, my mechanic, even the entire staff of my local LAWSON convenience store knew who I was, and when I would pay them a visit. My barber even “closed” at 4pm every Wednesday just in case I decided to show up for a shave and a massage after work, which I often did!

During my fourth year, I had to make a choice: Go back home or finally realize my childhood dream of being a game developer in Japan. Taking everything into consideration, I picked the latter, and applied to many places before being accepted as a game designer in Tokyo.

Looks like all these years of sticking at Crazy Sunshine while I was teaching paid off.

I’ve spent the last two weeks packing five years worth of stuff, and yesterday the movers picked it all up. Speaking of which, moving in Japan is expensive. While not as expensive as moving into an apartment or house with all those unneeded, nonrefundable fees, you have to make sure you only take what you need. The smaller, the better.

The moving company I used doesn’t determine cost by weight, but by the total dimensions of a variety of cages, and charge you depending on how many of these cages you fill up to the brim with boxes you have to obtain yourself. Add a flat rate cost of transport between the two prefectures, a mandatory insurance fee, and you are looking at upwards of $800-$1,000, plus a 2-3 day transport period. Oh, and as always, a ton of paperwork.

Cost aside, the psychology of moving out of this frozen wasteland is really messing with my emotions. I’ve always been a country bumpkin, living in a tiny hamlet for most of my life. This tiny town and all of the people here remind me so much of my past, it feels like I am leaving home for the second time.

The most devastating thing is that the ancient, wooden house that has looked after me over these last five years is being torn down after I move. Unlike my last two apartments which I fell completely in love with, I have mixed feelings about this.

In a prefecture where winter lasts 6 out of 12 months a year with an incredible amount of snowfall, this tiny, wooden shack has put me within inches of death numerous times. In summer, bugs dominate the floors, walls, ceilings and take over the inside of this PC.

In spring and autumn, the obnoxious fumes of nearby rice field pesticides and burning crop smoke fill every room. It really has been an adventure living here, and while it’s been a roof over my head, I am a little glad that by tearing it down means whoever was going to move in just avoided a very gruesome fate.

But the house isn’t the only thing that is breaking down after I move. My heart is, too.

Five years ago I bought a little, red, Subaru Pleo in order to survive living far away from, well, everything. I passed my driving test when I was 17, and hadn’t driven once since I came to Japan at 25. My mentors helped me pick out the car, re-taught me the basics, and luckily, since the UK and Japan have almost identical driving rules and regulations, I could drive again.

This little rust bucket quickly became part of my family. I nicknamed it after the Touhou character Chen.

Without Chen, I would have never met my fiancee, or the hundreds of other friends I made over these last five years. Without Chen, I would have never been able to survive all those winters, safely travel to other schools, or even make it to interviews for new jobs. Chen is the reason I was able to stay as long as I could, but last month I had to let her go.

Chen was old. Super old. Almost 20 years old and had broken down more times than I can remember. Some of you might remember, last year I had an awful accident where one of her front wheels came clean off by simply turning a corner! She would never survive the trip down south, let alone driving around there without a huge amount of repairs. So, one last time, I cleaned her up, got her fully repaired (something I could never afford), and sold her to my mechanic, who is going to remodel her into a rental car that local customers can use when their car goes in for repairs.

Saying goodbye to your first car is almost like saying goodbye to a dying family member. My friends tried to help me get over it by telling me that Chen was never the car itself, only the spirit of the car we all believed in. But nah, that’s bullshit.

Chen was my friend. My little, rusty, broken, dilapidated friend, and I’m going to miss her like hell.

I said I would try to keep this entry short, but I also said I would try to make a webcomic and, well, here I am a year into hiatus! I move my butt down south on Monday. After I unpack and buy a bunch of furniture, everything should be back to normal. Only this time, my dream will have come true. Here’s to a new chapter of my life in Japan!

Dev Blog Update #21

Here comes a new Dev Blog update!


  • Replaced broken image links
  • Deleted outdated Gallery posts
  • Fixed broken Blockquote CSS
  • Fixed broken Header CSS
  • Fixed loads of typos
  • Probably made even more typos in the process
  • As a spam countermeasure, all blog comment sections will be automatically closed after 30 days (this change does not apply to comic pages)

Bug fixes

  • Selection colour when dragging the mouse over text/images was changed to reflect the site’s new style.

Again, I really want to use this blog for more than just site updates, but I am always so busy to sit down and write about stuff! Hopefully I will get some time off this week to put something together. As always, thanks for reading!

What’s Up!

Source: Workaholics /

Hulu Japan has expanded immensely since it start started up last year, and there’s so many series I have gotten into that I really want more people to see, despite them being around outside of Japan for ages. I’ve binged the recent season of Doctor WhoUtopia, Whitechapel, and all of Workaholics.

Man the ride never ends with that show.

Source: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure /

Don’t even get me started on anime. Last season’s Yowamushi Pedal and Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls are over, but Kyoani’s Hibike! Euphonium, the adorable Oremonogatari serialization, and the continuation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure are just around the corner! A new Digimon movie series is also starting soon! Get hype!

As for gaming, with news of Final Fantasy 11 stopping its PS2 service and introducing its final expansion before it goes into intensive care, I went back for a while to see how much of the world has changed. Sadly, the current community is rotten and I still yearn for the good old days!

I’ve also dusted off my Vita and really getting into Final Fantasy 10 HD. I played it for a while as a kid without knowing anything about the franchise, but now—after years of experience—I’m tackling it again! Some parts—especially the awful English voice acting—make me cringe every time anyone opens their mouth.

Speaking of Final Fantasy, FFportal’s Triple Triad app was released for smartphones and tablets in Japan. It uses a similar UI as FFXIV’s Triple Triad minigame, and comes loaded with over 300 collectible cards and is incredibly addictive. There is even worldwide matchmaking, and all the classic music and rules from Final Fantasy 8. It’s a damn good app, even if you have never played Triple Triad before.


Kantai Collection is still part of my daily grind as I slowly reach Admiral rank 40. I managed to craft Yamato, one of the rarest and prettiest ships in the game. But nothing will tear me away from my love of Kongou!


Lastly, Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty finally came out on Steam and holy hell, it is incredible. A full HD remake of the classic Abe’s Oddyssey game, with brand new graphics, music, and level design. It also has full Japanese support so even my friends can experience the strange world I often explored as a kid!

As always, thanks for reading!

JLPT N2: Passed!


Seven months since this blog entry, I have been studying every day in order to pass a gargantuan Japanese exam.

Today, I got the results!

After what felt like the hardest test I have ever taken, I somehow managed to scrape a pass at a measly 97/180.

Listening was my strongest area with reading being my second strongest, thanks to making the shift from manga to light novels and anime to Japanese dramas.

In the end, the passing grade is all that matters for employment, and N2 is undoubtedly preferred over N3 and N4 in Japan.

However, I still feel my Japanese is extremely lacking, especially with grammar, keigo, and handwritten kanji.

In short, a pass is a pass, but I still want to get better.

Kanji is still a dick.

Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and has kept checking Crazy Sunshine throughout its hiatus so far.

There’s still a fairly long path ahead of me as I try to find a job and a place to stay, but once all of that is done and dusted, I can finally get back to making some content.

For now, the hardest part is most definitely over!