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Lovely card above by the incredible Angel Zakuro!<3 Thank you!<3

Hiya everyone~ ^^ Welcome to my little world!
This is probably just a place where I'll put my posts and such~ otherwise, probably not much is going to happen here ^^;
And the rest, I'll leave to you guys!~ Enjoy~

Art trades: Closed(sorta)
Requests: Closed
Gifties: Open(but only at my discretion, naturally)

A bit of information about me:

Name: Sayura/Sayura-chan(so friends call me)
Birthday: October 14th
Age: 20
Hobbies: Drawing, golfing, archery, playing piano, singing(some) and some other things ^^

Likes in no particular order(manga/anime/movie/game-wise):
Howl's Moving Castle-Howl/Sophie
Final Fantasy Series-Cloud/Leon/Tidus/Yuna/Vaan/Rasler/Ashe/Serah
Kingdom Hearts Series-Cloud Strife/Riku/Roxas/Namine
Hana Kimi-Izumi Sano/Mizuki Ashiya
Code:Breaker- Ogami Rei/Sakura SakuraKouji/Hitomi/Toki/Hachiouji Rui
Tegami Bachi/Letter Bee- Gauche Suede/Lag/Jiggy Pepper/Aria /Zazie
Claymore- Miria/Isley/Clare/Riful/Teresa/Raki
Bleach- Kuchiki Rukia/Kuchiki Byakuya/Kurosaki Ichigo/Ishida Uryu/Toshirou Hitsugaya
Heart No Kuni No Alice-Blood Dupre/Julius Monrey/Alice Liddell
Gakuen Alice-Mikan Sakura/Natsume Hyuuga/Imai Subaru/Ruka Nogi/Tsubasa Ando
Rurouni Kenshin-Kenshin Himura/Sojiro Seta/Aoshi Shinomori
The Gentleman's Alliance Cross-Takanari Togu/Haine Otomiya
Alice 19th-Kyo Wakamiya/Alice Seno/Frey
Shugo Chara-Ikuto Tsukiyomi/Amu Hinamori
Yu Yu Hakusho-Kurama/Hiei/Yusuke
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle-Fai D. Flourite/Syaoran Li
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion-Lelouch Lamperouge
Gundam SEED-Athrun Zala/Cagalli Yula Atha
Watashi Ni XX Shinasai-Kitami Shigure

The list goes on to pretty much anything =P I've read many more manga so if you want to strike up a discussion about a mangaka/game/anime/movie creator on this list, don't be afraid to ask! I've looked at many works by each of the above authors/artists!

-My Deviantart(active)

Something random you should know: I LOVE it when people draw the character's personality is intact(in other words, unchanged)~ it really gives the picture a better feel because they act the same as they were made to be.

Day by Day + New Art!

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Hello everyone! I know it's been a little bit since I last posted, but I just wanted to say hello to you all ^^ I think I'll slowly get myself back into the drawing vibe...there's just so much for me to do nowadays! haha I've been sick for the past week or so with a stomach bug so I'm still getting over it *sigh*, but I know I'll be better eventually so I'm staying optimistic and not letting it stop me. ^^ I'm definitely living a little more day by day!

So yeah, I finally submitted my 100th art piece yesterday! I really wanted it to be a good one that was for me and no one else (but with others in mind), so I'm happy with it. Then back to my to-do list and other things I've wanted to complete! >.<

I think I'm slowly making myself a much happier person in some ways by taking some steps I should have taken YEARS ago haha. It's a great feeling being a part of a process to better myself and really work on boosting my confidence!

Also, my good friend, Ryu-chan(Ryuchu) is currently looking for people to draw for for the Pay It Forward challenge! So if you're thinking you want to participate, I'm sure she'd be happy to draw for you! Just let her know ^^

So anyway, I hope you all are having a fabulous time with everything! I will try to get around to commenting on works/World posts today if I have time, but ultimately I'm pretty busy nowadays so things are a bit overwhelming @__@ I'm working on it though!!

I love you all so much!! Take care and have a fabulous Labor Day!<3

Short post on life ^^

Hello everyone! I'm so sorry I haven't been more active on here...but I've really been having too much fun with everything that's been happening right now haha. It's been crazy busy, but I'm getting more and more used to it and I'm trying to get in time to draw here and there too. So far though, I've been paralyzed by my to-do list again, so I might have to do what I did last time and just cut out some of the things from my list of stuff to draw for other people OTL. I'm going to try not to though, because I owe people some things. But art trades are a definite thing I have to fulfill, so I'll take care of those first and foremost.

Otherwise though, lots of stuff has happened in the past couple of weeks! I finished out my Summer B semester really well, and I'm really enjoying my classes for this Fall! It's nice being around my friends and I love love loveee my Japanese teacher, so it's all going nicely. ^^ As a plus, I'm spending more time on taking care of myself and my health, particularly by exercising everyday, though I still haven't found my rhythm. I just keep thinking of the day that I'll get to see my friend again and that keeps me motivated. <3

I have a lot of stuff I need to take care of in the coming year, but I'm really trying my best to work on everything I need to and want to do! I've decided on double majoring in Japanese and International Studies, because I found out that doing Graphic Design would require me to throw out Japanese or any opportunities to study abroad there completely(including summers because I would have to make up classes then), so I'm going to stick with my plan and hopefully love every minute of it! I'm liking the idea so far, but we'll see. I'll keep you guys updated on how it all goes ^^

Otherwise aside from that, well...my friend and I have been keeping in touch. He's been pretty busy too, trying to get his own new apartment in Kyoto and all, but we try to keep in touch as often as possible. I met his mom on Skype the other day and I also talk a lot to his sister--he really has a nice family and I really hope I get to meet them in person sometime. My really good friend, Maggie, has been so supportive of me lately but I'm a little bit concerned about her seriousness regarding learning Japanese and getting into the program. There's gonna be a lot she and I need to do in the time before then, so we'll see. I know she's serious though, so hopefully she gets in! >.< It would be strange not being in the same place as her for a year since she's pretty much one of my best friends. And that goes both ways, if she gets in and I don't. >.< There's also a chance both of us could not get in, in which case I don't know when I'd get to see my friend for a year. She's a Japanese minor, which doesn't get as much priority compared to a major, so we'll see. I guess it's all just really a lot to take in.

In any case though, I really hope you all are doing well! I feel like I've been neglecting my online life a lot, but that's just what happens when real life gets in the way haha. I'm enjoying how life is working out for me so far though, especially since my parents and friends have been giving me their support 10000% and that includes you guys! I appreciate everything you all have done for me and continue to do for me as friends so so much!! You all deserve the best in every way possible and I hope all is well! Let me know how you're doing and take care!! ^^

And a month later...lots to update!

Hello everyone! Long time no see. I've been absolutely awful and negligent about keeping up with my online life on DA/theOtaku and it's been horrible of me, but there has just been too much happening for me to possibly wrap my entire head around! There have been so many positive changes in my life that have happened since I last wrote...I can't believe so many things can happen in such a short amount of time! I can confidently say that this is probably the best summer I've had--because usually I do nothing during the summers haha, but this time I was busier than I've ever been and it was just the right amount for me to handle!

So...let's see, where to begin.
I guess I'll start off with the biggest piece of news?

I talked to my parents and....they fully support my being a Japanese major!

I was quite in shock haha because they were so against it, and I think somewhere they still are (just because they're nervous about me being unable to get a job with it), but to be honest I think I can handle it and I'll find out exactly what I want to do. There's so many different options I can take with this and who KNOWS where I'll end up in several years! I'm just going to focus on the aspects of it that I love since I'm really passionate about learning the language and understanding the culture, so I think it'll be okay. I just hope my parents come to have more faith in me as time passes, but I know they're trying hard to trust my decision and support it! So yeah...I've officially switched my major from Journalism to Japanese!<3 And I couldn't be happier.
Well actually, yeah I could hahaha. But I'm just appreciating what has happened so far. ^^

In any case, you know all the drama I mentioned before about my two friends? Well thankfully with some good advice from friends, it all sorted itself out, thank goodness! And I actually ended up gaining a REALLY good friend in the process. So I've spent the past month and a half really getting to know him well and now he and I are pretty much best friends (though honestly... I think I really like him a lot and that wasn't supposed to happen because that's not how it started when we met...lol). But yeah, I'm just appreciating him for the great person he is and for the great friend he's been and I can't be more glad about that. He left back for Japan though on Sunday, so I'm still emotionally recovering from that whole thing. I was doing just fine at the time he left, but that night I just couldn't stop crying, so it was a rough night(plus I also had an essay to write and a presentation to prepare for the following day). But I know it'll get easier over time, so yeah. My hope is that we'll be able to see each other again in a year if I make it into the study abroad program, and we'll keep in touch via Skype and Facebook, but still, it doesn't make the goodbye that much easier haha.
On that note, because he's inspired me and taught me so much, I've kinda had a bit of a mindset change about how I really want to work hard and turn my life around-- particularly health-wise. I'll be honest and say that the shallow part of my thought process just wants me to be more attractive for the future, but I know that I genuinely do want to work on becoming more confident while loving myself and taking care of my health and my body more. I'm going to start speaking Korean at home so I can improve, even though that's always been something I've struggled with since I came to the states when I was two, and I'm really going to make an effort to learn as much Japanese as possible. It's going to be really tough and probably the hardest part of my life so far effort-wise haha because I'll be testing my ability to be patient and get out of my comfort zone, but I think if I can do it successfully, I'll truly be able to do ANYTHING.

He even gave me a calendar haha so I can start counting down and crossing off the days until I possibly see him again! It all depends on whether or not my dad says yes to me going after he checks out Osaka in the Fall though, and my getting into the study abroad program. It's going to be pretty tough, but I'm going to try to do my best like never before!!

There's so much that I want to do in the next year-- and it'll be tough, but I think it'll be worth it! I have a hard time with saying things and not actually going through with them, but I'm going to make sure that this time I actually do. There's too much at stake and too much I want to achieve in order for me NOT to go through with my goals and ambitions.

So yeah, those are the big things that have been happening this summer. I'm taking one summer intensive class, Japanese Culture, and it's going pretty well! It's pretty tough, but there's only a week left so I'm excited for it all to be over! All I have a two-part final exam and then I'll be done! It's been a really fun and interesting class though, so I'm really glad I took it this summer. I've also been tutoring a little first grader girl in English writing this summer, and today will be my last day tutoring her and seeing her family. She and her family are great.

Art-wise...well you all could probably obviously tell that I haven't really had much time to focus on it haha. I'm going to MAKE time for it though, because if you truly love something, you will absolutely MAKE time for it no matter what! And I know I could never drop art for good..I just love it too much. And I love you guys too much, so that only motivates me more in my endeavors! haha

The SS X-Mas in July event is pretty much wrapping up, but there are still a couple people who haven't submitted their gifts! So I'm going to be figuring out what's going on with those >.< I feel like I've been awful and horribly irresponsible about this event, but Ryu-chan has been keeping it all together, so give a HUGE thanks to her guys! I really owe her a lot for helping me out with this!
And thank you to everyone who's posted up their gifts!! You all have created some beautiful and gorgeous gifts, so I'm happy I could co-host this event! I'm working around a busy schedule but trying my best, so bear with me guys >.< Sorry!

In any case, I hope you all are doing well, and sorry for such a long return journal! haha But I hope you guys are having a fabulous summer and I'll see you around on DA and theOtaku! I love you all so much and take care!<3

Up to my neck....

In work! haha
But it's surprisingly not bad! =P I'm enjoying life a lot right now, despite some stress from my classes.

I'm so sorry I've been so quiet, everyone!! I'm really behind in my two classes, so I need to catch up @__@ They're summer intensive, so they're really moving fast wahhhh! >.< But yeah, I'm trying to keep up with things as best as I can here!

The Secret Santa Christmas in July event is still happening, so I hope that all of you who have entered for it haven't forgotten! >.< I'll post a reminder tomorrow on the World about it!

Take care everyone! I'll try to get back into the loop of things, I promise!

Back home/Old pictures+sketches unseen!

Hello everyone! I'm back from my trip to Texas and I'm REALLY glad to be back!! I can't wait to be in the company of friends again. ^^ It's just great to have a nice mix of fun and busy-ness haha.
I thought I'd share some things that some of you guys might have not seen/haven't seen that I didn't really find quality enough to submit here. Some were Gaia commissions, others were just sketches I did that I didn't want to finish. Hope you guys enjoy!~

A sample drawing of Miharu and Itou in 2010

DreamWeaver sketch for UnknownRumors I never finished...

30-minute Kisuke Urahara from early this year

Lelouch from Code Geass..I think from 2009?

Riiya formal dress draft from 2009 done in red colored pencil

I also recently finished a pretty nice sketch but I have it posted on DA. I really want my 100th submission on here to count and be something memorable, so I'm going to work hard to make it nice. That's kind of why I've been holding off on submissions haha. Sorry guys! But just bear with me a bit longer >.<

Take care guys! Hope you enjoy!~