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春の陽気

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先日2巻が発売されました!とても嬉しいです。新しいキャラクターがたくさん出てきますので、ぜひ読んでみてくださいね。

–私は自転車で行動するのが好きで,多少の距離なら自転車で移動します。dibrasiという折りたたみ自転車を愛用していて、整備をしながらかれこれ6、7年程度乗っています。私はこれをとても気に入っているのです。特に荷台がkawaiiです。
先日良く晴れたので、気分良くdibrasiに乗り買い物に出掛けました。春の芽吹きも感じられ、とても気分が良いです。

修学旅行の団体中学生の横を気分良く颯爽と走り抜けようとした時、バキッっと言う音がして同時に大きくよろめきました。まるで酔っぱらいが自転車に乗っているように!最初何が起っているのかわからなかったのですが、再び発進しようとしたときに全てがわかりました。なんとペダルが折れて飛んでいってしまっていたのです!!長い間酷使した結果、折れてしまったんですね。団体中学生には笑われるし、その後無理矢理に不安定な状態で乗っていると見知らぬ人から「大丈夫?」と声をかけられたりしてとても恥ずかしかったです…。

–私は夜に毎日ジョギングをするのですが、先日面白い感覚に遇いました。その道はいつもは明るく照らされているんですが、その日は停電なのか,街灯がたまたま故障していたのか、月明かりしか見えない様な真っ暗な状態でした。遠くの街灯の光しか見えない状態で視野が殆ど真っ暗な状況の中、何か花の香りがしてきたのです。平衡感覚が無くなった様な感覚。ipodから流れる小林靖宏(COBA)のアコーディオンの音…。まもなく街灯の明かりまで走り着き、いつものジョギングに戻ったのですが、それはなんともいえぬとても不思議でした。

ではmatane!

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Kasumi’s hottest guys


A long time ago i had mentioned that i was going to list my favorite guys in Kasumi. i had to wait a while before i could finally reveal this! ^_^ i didn’t want to spoil the fun so early then but now’s not a problem cos vol.2 will be out within the month! So here’s my vote on my favs:

1. Ryuuki – my all time favorite – dark, brooding, the loner type who actually cares for people but doesn’t like to show it. I think some readers might have the wrong idea about him. It’s true he didn’t save Kasumi from the RSF but that’s the aloof, selfish side of him. The good side is that he really does care but doesn’t want Kasumi to be caught up in his world. He is one of elite so he behaves in an elite way…but then…if he’s so perfect, there will be nothing for him to change. *hehehe*

2. Seiji – the flirt with a brain. Don’t let his good looks and his groupies and playboy ways fool you. There’s more to him than meets the eye. I think he gives Ryuuki a run for the money. It’s hard for me to decide but i always like my guys with black hair!

3. The mysterious guy in vol.3 preview – I’ve a thing for the bad boys and that’s all i can say. i didn’t show him here cos it would be a spoiler.

As for the rest of the guys, they’re all cool but not boyfriend material for me. That being said, Yuuta (heard he’s really popular among the readers) is super nice and totally dependable and Isamu is the quiet, giant knight/samurai. As for Tsutomu, anyone would want to have a little bro like that and then again maybe not…especially when he’s pulling one of his pranks on you. :p

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2 more months to vol.2!

The suprise is out! I’m finally allowed to reveal the all too awesome cover for vol.2! It was really hard to keep mum about it especially when Ryuuki is so jaw dropping cool. I’m sure by now most of you have figured out that Ryuuki is a gifted too. He’s able to go through things when he closes his eyes. The question is has Kasumi figured out that Ryuuki is a gifted? She’s a little dense and slow, as you can tell from vol.1. It took her forever to figure out she has powers but who can blame her? Who in the right mind would think that you can become a superhuman just like that? :) Hahaha…Oh, btw, I’ve also added sneak peek pages and new characters so…to all fans, please check them out!! :)

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Kasumi vol.2 out late March 2009!

To all Kasumi fans! Just wanted all of you to know that Kasumi vol.2 will be out late March 2009. You can start preordering Kasumi 2 on Amazon if you like. I’ll post more on the main site with sneak peeks in a few days. So, hang in there and thanks again for your support!! ^_^

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A new addiction…

Of all the things to like…never would i expect that i would like to read about vampires. No one was more afraid of vampires than yours truly. Gosh…i can still remember putting a small pillow over my neck every night when i slept. Seriously…me and vampires are like me and leeches. What does that mean? Nothing really, just that i hate both of them and get jitters just thinking of it.

So, when i heard about the popular series “Twilight”, i was very reluctant to read it. Even though i’ve heard lots of people talking about it and raving about how good it is. I just couldn’t do it and wouldn’t even dare the synopsis. >_< But, curiousity kills the cat and when the movie came out, i thought i would check out the reviews. And then…BAM! I was hooked and since then…i’ve read all 4 books twice in a week! Hahahaa!

I think what’s appealing about Twilight is that it’s a romance novel for the teen (- the “R” rating) + superpower cool. Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? Just like who wouldn’t want to be a “Kasumi”? ^_^ By the way…because of my addiction…i even managed to find a babysitter to watch “Twilight”!! That’s a big deal cos I’ve not seen a movie in 6 months!! Alrightee….Twilight otaku signing off! :p

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It’s been a while…

Hi to all our friends and fans!

Sorry i’ve been kindna out of touch lately. ^_^ Lots of things have been going on and i’ve been kept super busy. We’ve a new addition to our family and here’s his picture below. ^_^ His name is Gabriel and he’s a cutie. Anyways, i shall not continue or i’ll never stop.

Kasumi, vol.2, is almost done. We’re in our final stretch and boy are the deadlines looming fast! Sugimoto-san has been pulling all nighters and dayters (if there’s such a word…:p) and we’re going to make it cos “Goonies never say die!” *hahaha*…nostalgia…

i’m getting excited myself because the pieces are finally coming together. i’m working on the last chapter dialogue and trying to focus on keeping it interesting and stop myself from adding jokes that only i find funny. *harhar* Stanley always shakes his head when he edits my work. i should learn from past experiences when i had to explain the jokes and he’s still not laughing…hmm…

Oh! Fall is finally here and daylight savings should be coming up soon. Darn! Time is flying too fast. i’ve not had the chance to decorate for Halloween yet! Today is the first day it rained in many, many months. i think i might have mentioned before…rain makes me extremely happy. i can smell the fresh cold air after the rain and it’s invigorating me. So, i’m going to finish up my dialogues now…so till then…adieu! ^_^

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When it rains…it pours…

I’m really bad at idioms…I hope I got that title right. :p Our deadline for Kasumi, vol.2 is looming closer and there’s still so much to be done! *slightly stressed*. Sugimoto-san is working round the clock to get all those wonderful chapter sketches inked. It didn’t help that Surt-san had dropped a “bomb” on him and told him that she is changing the sequence of the chapters and thus some of the sketches. Yeah…I’m the bad guy. *sigh* Trust me…this was not an easy decision, being that we’re this far in our project.

These changes will make Kasumi rise to another level and weave the themes and stories so much tighter. We’re already seeing the difference with the changes we made and I’ve no regrets. Kasumi is becoming more and more magical with each drop of ink. :)

I’m trying to be ahead of my game too especially since I’m going to be out of commission soon with our baby… :) So, I’m being proactive and adding the dialogue as Sugimoto-san works on the inking. Usually, I would wait till the end but I want to get as much done earlier than later… since I’m told that I would probably be too exhausted for anything after. :p Here’s a sample from chapter 4 that I’m working on. Even though it’s a sketch, it already looks great!

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Up, up and away!

It’s been about 2 weeks since Kasumi’s launch. Who would have thought this day would finally come. It’s official, I’m a manga writer! :) We spent the past weeks checking out bookstores and looking for Kasumi. I’m so proud of it that I want to tell everyone that this is our book but in the end…I’m always too embarassed to say anything. ^_^;

Sugimoto-san and I are so happy and are still amazed to have the book in our hands. I really wish from the bottom of my heart that Kasumi will be embraced by all. There’s so much of Kasumi that exists in all of us and I hope that everyone will feel the pull and magic of Kasumi’s world. :)

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Farewell…

I used to think that I am invincible when I was young and that time is on my side. However, as the years go by, I begin to feel my time is running shorter and perhaps it’s because of that which spurred me to create my manga and do what I love now rather than wait till the “time is right”.

But, somehow that belief didn’t cross over to the thought that my loved ones will not always be there to support me and celebrate my happiness with me. July is suppose to be one of my happiest months this year. Kasumi vol.1 is finally going to be released and my dream of being a manga writer will be fulfilled.

However, on July 11, 2008 at 10am, my dad suddenly passed away. To say it was a huge shock was an understatement. His death rocked the core in me and left me to slowly pick up the pieces. He was my inspiration, my mentor and I was his “daddy little girl”. Of everyone in the family, we were the most alike, from the way we look, to what we like to eat, our personality to our positive outlook in life. It really didn’t help that I couldn’t be there with him when we heard of his emergency admittance 2 weeks ago. We are countries apart and I couldn’t leave because of my late pregnancy.

Everyone tells me I need to be strong, at least for my baby. I’m trying my best and putting aside my grief in a little box in my heart. Part of me realize that this is the reality but another part of me is still living in denial. How can a man so full of life, positive energy and ambition, surrounded by so many who love him, be struck by such tragedy? It doesn’t make sense, it didn’t seem fair. He was so young, there’s so much he wanted to do. He was going to be a grandfather for the first time.

But, time waits for no man and looking back, there was so much I would have said and done if I had known but it’s too late now. I’ve been looking at the pictures that we’ve taken and the fond memories we had together. I found the most beautiful picture of him that we took during our last family vacation in Europe. He was smiling happily, with so much joy, in front of the Lucene Lion in Switzerland. Maybe it was fate telling us something…a hint that I should have picked up but didn’t realize till now…The image of the dying lion, a symbol of the strength and pride of the soldiers who fought bravely all the way against all odds and adversity. In many ways, he was just like the big, generous lion who persevered and lived his life to the fullest.

I need to be strong and life will continue on. It will take a while for me to overcome this but I will because I know he’s watching us from above and will want us to keep smiling and live our lives to the fullest. You made me who I am today and I’ll forever cherish our memories together. I miss you Pa and I will always love you. 

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Way Back Into Love…

 

I’ve been looking for a song to inspire me…and my recent fav is “Way back into love” from the movie “Music and Lyrics”. Who would have thought a cliche, love movie like that could capture my heart and inspiration! *hahaha* I think there’s something special about it that I just can’t pin-point, which pulls me into that mood. Maybe it’s the doki doki feeling that I’m always looking for…the same feeling that I always look for when I read my shojo mangas…the same feeling I hope to give through Kasumi. :)

So, here I am playing the song over and over again…I wonder how many times I need to hear it to become sick of it? In the meantime, my creative juices are flowing again… Perhaps I should use it for my new story? Afterall, I’ve been working so hard on Kasumi that I deserve a break, don’t you think so too? :p

Oh, btw, check out the updates I made on the site. I’ll be updating it constantly from now onwards till Kasumi’s “THE DAY” of release. We’re really excited about it and are trying our best to promote Kasumi. I really wish everyone would give Kasumi a chance and hopefully to fall into Kasumi’s world and embrace its magic and mystery. *_*

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