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Hello,

My name is Marcus and i am the brother of Francis, who you all  know as Tiamat’s Disciple, the owner of this blog. As you know Francis has been fighting cancer for several years and was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Unfortunately this time around he was unable to fight it off, as it had spread to far to fast. He was rushed to hospital early tuesday morning and died at 2:48pm that afternoon.

As for the future of this blog, that will now be in the hands of of the host, Randall Fitzgerald of Dasaku.net. Though it is my hope he will leave the site up until it’s domain expires. When that happens the site will regrettably go off line.

Francis wanted to thank everyone who has supported his blog over the years and wished to say it has been a pleasure to talk with you all. Apparently his only real regret was never being able to attend one of the big american conventions and getting to meet some of you in real life.

All of the best for the future

Marcus Metcalfe

 

 

 

I have received an email from the host, Randall, offering to take over full management of the blog, including the domain management. I have decided to accept his offer, when I figure out how to do it.

When my brother was first diagnosed with cancer he was given months to live, during that time he got more and more into manga and became more of a prolific writer. Suprisingly he was able to beat off the cancer, and then again a second time last year.

His attitude towards things changed drastically as a result of being close to death twice. While it’s certainly true he had become more abrasive, and forceful, and yes at times he was an obnoxious sod, it was because he always said what he wanted to say and refused to compromise his views anymore. He once told me he was sick of pandering to what people wanted to hear, and decided it was better to just come out and say it. As a result he was frequently butting heads with people over issues he wrote about. However he never took these issues personally, and seemed to rather enjoy the fact that people would argue with him, rather than just agree to get the point dropped.

Over the past 8months this blog had become his life, more so since for a lot of the time he was bedridden, making here, and his twitter account, his main source of communication.

I can’t tell you what it’s like to read these comments and see that while my brother was a pain in the arse at times, there were people who liked and will miss him. I have to admit I was against him getting into manga and blogging, because I felt it would isolate him more, and I am pleased to see I was wrong to think that.

Thank you all for your comments, they have made me smile which is something I haven’t been able to genuinely do for many months.

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Well, as you may have noticed posts here have been rather infrequent of late. This is due to a rather severe decline in my health and several extended hospital visits.

As things stand at the moment I’m having to give serious thought to either putting the blog into sleep for a while, or possibly closing it down completely. Since at the moment I don’t have the energy to do reviews after my hospital runs.

I’m currently looking at various options, including passing the blog onto someone else. It’s my hope (and fervent wish!!) that things will take a turn for the better over the next few weeks and I can once again start getting back into my frequent blog posts.

So, I’m sorry for not being as frequent with my updates, and will try to get at least 2 reviews a week from now on. But sadly it all depends on my state when I get home from hospital, lately I usually collapse on my bed and sleep for hours and wake up with a migraine and general yuckyness, but we’’ll see

TD

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About the Mangaka

I couldn’t find any info on Sirial sorry.

About the Manga

ONEFINEDAY_2

Nothing really to say about this volume, other than cuteness to the max!!

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About the Mangaka

Kikuchi Hideyuki is famous for his horror novels, specifically Vampire Hunter D, and has been compared to both Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft.

Kikuchi wrote his first novel, Demon City Shinjuku, in 1982 and has written numerous horror novels in the past 20 years, including the 19 novels about Vampire Hunter D.

Couldn’t find much on Shin Yong-Gwan, beyond him also doing the art for Eternity, which was published by Tokyopop.

About the Manga

9781569701355

What can I say, another great volume that creeped me out to the bone!!

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About the Mangaka

Tanigawa Nagaru is rather unusual as a manga-ka or even as a writer, in that he didn’t train as one. Rather he is a law school graduate of all things >.<. While he is best known for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, which won him the grand prize at eighth annual Sneaker Awards; he has done several other series.

I couldn’t find anything solid on Tsugano Gaku, other than that he or she also did the art for Girl Who Runs Through Time, which was licensed by CMX.

Ito Noizi took me by surprise, she did the art for the Shakugan no Shana novels, but also works for a H-Game company. She has a personal website, though it’s Japanese only.

About the Manga

haruhi_4

I was rather uninspired by this volume, in fact I felt I was forcing myself to read it at the end.

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