Niji Chikara is finally here! I've got a LOT to say about it, so here's a few bullet points:
Why a webcomic?
So yeah, I did previously advertise Niji Chikara as an animated series. But my younger self greatly underestimated the amount of time it takes to finish a single episode, let alone an entire series, so eventually I had to concede that this wasn't going to happen any time soon. Maybe someday in the future, there can be an "anime" version, but for now, I think it's better to stick to the manga, so to speak.
That said, there's some stuff that I made for the animated version, including several songs and some storyboards, that I'll probably end up releasing at some point, so stay tuned for that!
What's the update schedule?
I've opted to draw the entirety of chapter 1 ahead of time, which I'm hoping is enough of a buffer that I can work on the next chapters and release them without significant interruptions. Life's a lot more hectic these days, so it might not work out that way, but I can at least guarantee a consistent update schedule of one page every Saturday until the end of chapter 1. (Aside from today, where I thought it would be better to post the whole intro at once!)
Which brings me to my next point...
What about Aiiro No Kunoichi?
Truth be told, I'm not sure what to do with Aiiro No Kunoichi. Unlike Niji Chikara, where I already know the majority of what will happen from start to finish, I started Aiiro No Kunoichi with the idea that I would be able to come up with storylines as I went... which obviously didn't end up happening. That, combined with my general unfamiliarity with the subject material, left me really unhappy with the comic.
But the characters still mean a lot to me, with Cap'n Merritt in particular being a beloved cornerstone of this website, so I don't want to give up on them completely. Maybe Sanori is better suited for being a video game protagonist—I definitely still want to finish Aiiro No Kunoichi: The Game! someday—but I dunno, I'll figure something out.
All that being said, I'm quite excited for Niji Chikara. I've been working on this story for a LONG time, and there's already a few reveals that have been a long time coming (another look at Rising Darkness may prove interesting for you long-time fans). I hope you guys enjoy it, too!