What else would you like to see?

It seems the Mashou and Kayura doujinshi well has run a bit dry lately. Meaning I can’t find any new ones to add to this site. So I’m addressing this to you my dear visitors. What other content to you want to see posted or shared here?

Here’s some of my ideas that I’ve been thinking about.

  • Fanfiction blog posts:
    Since I switched to WordPress and have a blog, I can make blog posts advertising/linking to Dark Warlord/Mashou and Kayura fanfic. I can tag these with character names, genre (horror, sci-fi, romance, comedy, tragedy, adventure, next generation/future, etc), give the author, have a small summary (that author submits hopefully) and a link to the fanfiction. May make it easier for us to find fics dedicated to these characters. Of course I would allow stories that have the Warlords/Mashou and Kayura with the Ronins/Troopers too. Though the fanfic, like this site, must be Warlord/Mashou and/or Kayura centric or at least have them playing a very big part in the story.
    It’s been a long while since I’ve dipped into the fanfiction area so I would need to depend on submissions to do this.
  • Fanart blog posts:
    I can also use the blog to link to fanart I find online. Basically a copy of my Tumblr, but with the added advantage of using WordPress’ tags to make it easier (hopefully) for you to find a certain character or artist. Full credit will be given with the post.
  • More merchandise images:
    I do have some of the original Mashou toys, some model kits, etc. I can take pictures or scan some of those up. I have obvious gaps in my collection though and I’d need to find images online for whatever I’m missing.
    The advantage to this is hopefully people will submit images, or links to images, of merchandise they have. Like the trading cards I’ve seen and obviously don’t own. Or cell images. Basically sharing around all our wonderful finds for other fans to see and drool over. And again credit to the person/their website/etc will be listed. 🙂
  • Make Icons or Avatars:
    I’d have to do some research on what sizes people need and find images to scan up, but other than that it should work fine. And again if other people have made these on their own, I can link to them and give credit.

Like I said these are just some ideas of mine. I’m hoping some of these ideas will lead to other fans submitting links to their work so that they can be posted here. That way other fans can find their work easier. And as you’ve certainly noticed the trend, I will give credit in any form that person wants. (Email, website, artwork website, blog, etc.)

Feel free to suggest your own ideas in the comments.

Thank you in advance!

Soul of the Seasons turns 18!

Soul of the Seasons turns 18 years old today. I try to imagine back to the beginning when I was in college and first started this website, under a different name¹, on Geocities.  I think it moved to a different Geocities ‘area’ before moving to Roninweb, then my first domain cakuni.com, and finally it’s own domain name.

My first ever image from the series was made possible by a digital camera². (Image posted below.) This was mid 90s so digital cameras were bulky back then and expensive. I remember the square memory card you had to use. And you had to put that in a card reader on your PC or connect a cord from the camera to the PC to access the pictures. So yup I froze screenshots on my VHS tape and then used the camera to get a digital copy to upload. Mostly if I wanted images back then, it had to be artwork that I scanned up on one of the few scanners my college had. (In a special small computer lab no less.)

Dais/Rajura, Sekhmet/Naaza, and Cale/Anubisu

I kind of miss the days back then. I would chat on IRC with other fans. I would print out fanficiton to read. (Because I got eye strain from reading from a monitor for too long.) Once I got real lucky and met a Ronin Warriors fan in person who was also at the time running a fansite for the series. These days, alas, the fandom has shrunk drastically and it’s left me feeling very lonely. I miss all the online friends I had to chat with back then. Many of them I have completely lost contact with. 🙁 I wish I knew how to return some of that old spark I miss so much.

But I best not dwell too long down that road or I’ll get depressed. And this is a day to celebrate, to be nostalgic, and remember all the years fondly. And to be very grateful for the fans that have stuck around over all these years.

And I decided to wear gray and black today as a subtle nod to the Dark Warlords/Mashou. (That’s the colors of their armor symbols.)

“It has begun..” – YouTube Video
(Because you can’t embed a YouTube video starting at a certain time.)

Does this mean at year 20 I finally get my own shakujo? (Please don’t say I have to wait for my 25th year. :/)


 

1. The website was originally published as Archdruid Unacera’s 3 Dark Warlords page, dedicated to Cale, Dais and Sekhmet since at the time the info for them was either very little or incorrect. Eventually I added Anubis and it became Archdruid Unacera’s Dark Warlords Page. Finally I renamed the website to Soul of the Seasons since it was more fitting by then.
2. The digital camera belonged to my mother. She wasn’t using it. Hadn’t for some time. It just sat in a box in the hallway at home. So I borrowed it, with my father’s permission, to use it. Of course when my mom found out she got upset and insisted I put it back before something happened to it. So it sat again in that same box, not being used. *Sighs.*

FYI: I’ve been a fan since Ronin Warriors came on the air the summer of 1995.

Ronin Warriors Complete Collection box set rant

Note: Original rant about Complete Collection set (release date September 28, 2004) has been condensed down. (It was originally a 2 part rant on my old website.)

Ronin Warriors Complete Collection

First of all, it’s not really a box. It’s a slip cover with 4 sides. It goes over the DVD set. Second, they changed the DVDs to slim cases. Anyone who bought the DVD volumes separately have no hopes of purchasing a box to house their collection in now.

I was also surprised at what seemed like the lack of effort to put a quality box set together. Just to give you fans an idea, here are some pictures of the Japanese box sets.

TV Series Box Cover Art:
YST TV Series Box

OVA Series Box Cover Art:
YST OVA box cover art

Closer Looks:
YST DVD box covers
YST DVD box covers

Included with the set(s):
YST DVD Box set extra goodies.

Now those are quality box sets! Why couldn’t we have that?!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad a box set is finally out. I know a few people who have been waiting for it. It will probably create more fans of the series. I just wish it was done differently, more like the Japanese version.