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Jun. 8th, 2008

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THING #1: A Kazuya Minekura Signing That It's Still Possible To Get In On!

To commemorate the July 25 publication of "Salty Dog V," Kazuya Minekura will have a book signing at Animate Ikebukuro on August 3.

From May 28 to June 30, if you pre-pay for upcoming Minekura art book "Salty Dog V" at any Animate branch in Japan (except the shop in Tokushima, for some reason), you can get a special form to use to enter a drawing for a seiriken ticket to the signing. (You'll need to supply your own round-trip postcard to enter the drawing.)

To reserve the book at Animate, grab a bar-coded ticket from the pocket on the shop's "Salty Dog V" wall display (at the Akihabara shop, for example, there was a "Salty Dog V" wall display with ticket pocket on both the second and third floors), and take it to the cash register. After you pay the book's 2400-yen price and your Animate card has been scanned to connect your name and address with the reservation (if you don't have an Animate card, you'll need to fill out a reservation slip with at least your name and phone number), you'll be given the special form, which is stamped with the name and address of the Animate shop where you made the purchase. (If the staff person doesn't offer you the special form, be sure to ask for the seiriken; it actually isn't a seiriken, just the form to use to enter the drawing to try to get a seiriken, but that will remind them to give it to you.)

After you get the special form, fill it out and glue it to the half of the round-trip postcard that you'll send to the entry address listed on the form (it's also listed in the July 2008 ZERO-SUM; that page also appeared as Page 18 in the last RFB). The return half of your round-trip postcard should have your address, with the reverse side left blank. (The special form includes instructions on how to prepare your round-trip postcard.) All postcards must be received by July 7.

If your postcard is a winner, the second half of your round-trip postcard will be returned, printed as your seiriken ticket. If you lose, the second half of your round-trip postcard will be returned printed with a message from Kazuya Minekura (all will have an identical message, ZERO-SUM points out). Win or lose, the second half of your round-trip postcard will hit the mail to you starting July 14. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

THING #2: 'Journey to the REST' to Rest

The news is about to go up on Journey To The REST, but wanted to explain here first...

Things haven't improved here after life got turned upside-down in March; just been week after week of scraping bottom. And taking care of two elderly pets has chopped down my online time; the computer is in a structure at the top of a steep staircase, up on top of the store attached to the house, and blind, deaf Koji has come so close to getting hurt up here so many times, have got to keep him downstairs. Downstairs is almost entirely tatami-floored, and both pets keep having accidents (my fault; between work on weekdays and class in Tokyo on Sunday, I'm not there for most of the day six days a week, so they've gotten used to just going whenever they feel the need). So I've been spending most of my home time writing in notebooks at the kotatsu in the largest tatami room downstairs, keeping the animals in there with almost every inch of the floor papered with pet sheets. We all sack out together in there, too.

Getting through the day by day by day without my partner, and having to use my online time so carefully, it's been weighing on me just how much of my Saiyuki fan activity is ultimately just duplication of effort.

The JTTR news reporting has been embarrassingly dicey the past several months. I can only poke around online a couple evenings a week--and my timing has been crappy. News that didn't happen today is probably already up somewhere else, and reporting old news is a frustrating duplication of effort--so, lately, I just haven't done it. Which makes holes in the site's news chronology. Which brings its own brand of frustration.

And then there's RFB. Fun as the broadcasts are, TD'ing it takes time, and at the very least scans will be on LJ's saiyuki_manga within the month anyway.

My dad, who passed away at an early age, once told me, "Be sure to spend your time on something worth your time." Saiyuki is certainly that--but it's also got far more folks covering it now than when Journey To The REST started in October 2001.

And life is just plain too short for duplication of effort.

So, after some long thought, have ended most of my fan projects, and put what's left on hiatus until September (my partner should be here and settled in by then, and life will look a lot better). Everything Saiyuki-related is over as of today, except Journey To The REST; that site will be on hiatus until September, when Saiyuki Reload Gunstock will finish at long last. And that will probably be The End (unless I can think of something unique to do on the site--but again, the world of today is a much different place than 2001).

Saiyuki fans have plenty of other places to turn, so I can step away with my bucketful of Lake Saiyuki without leaving a hole in the water. And JTTR will be back in September for the conclusion of Saiyuki Reload Gunstock, complete with prizes (the latest addition to the pile is the commercial DVD of Axle's "Saiyuki" stage play!). Closer to the time to go back live again, I'll be e-mailing entrants and asking them for their top choices from a list of all the prizes, so that the winners and their chosen loot can be announced during Gunstock itself.

Until then, I'll be using the time to pursue some freelance work and try to improve my speaking ability.

Words can't begin to express how deeply grateful I am for all the time people put into reading and participating on Journey To The REST (and RFB), and the support that folks were kind enough to give. Thank you all so much--I really appreciate it! Maybe I'll get to see some of you at the Minekura signing in August (if I'm lucky enough to draw in...) or the "Saiyuki Kagekiden: Go to the West" musical in September--here's hoping! Otherwise, will be back with JTTR in September. Thank you so much again, and 'til next, please take care.

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From:madsqueeble
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Awww. D:

Take care, keep journalling, the whole shebang--and hope to see you around! *sends you e-hugs*
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From:ibr_remote
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
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thanks or all your past effort

keep well

catch you in the internet sometime again

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From:doire
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry life has not been good for you lately. Thank you for all that you have done; it has been much appreciated. JttR was my bible when I first found Saiyuki.

I understand the feelings of obligation that can come to consume you when you've done anything that others enjoyed. You don't owe anyone any more than you want to give.

Good luck in the draw!
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From:flemmings
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
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(September?? Dear god, just how long does a work visa *take* these days??)

Ohhh. Sad news. We'll miss ya, Banri. Thanks for all the scans and the fun and the giggles.

And good luck with the seiriken draw.
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From:avalonjones
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I hope to be able to fill in some of the holes in that particular story within a few days' time. If you would be willing to cross your fingers and wish me luck, I would be extremely grateful.
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From:flemmings
Date:June 8th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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All fingers and a couple of toes crossed.
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From:avalonjones
Date:June 8th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:inque
Date:June 8th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
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*crossing fingers for you!*
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From:avalonjones
Date:June 8th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Many thanks!
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From:naye
Date:June 9th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
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*crosses fingers and toes* LUCK!! ♥
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From:avalonjones
Date:June 9th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much! :D
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From:avalonjones
Date:June 8th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
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As the apparent carrier of what my brother referred to as "a negative two-leaf clover," I can only apologize and hope for the best, and say I'll be there as soon as humanly possible. (And I've got a bottle of super-pet-mess-cleaner-upper, she adds weakly...)
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From:hungry_worm
Date:June 8th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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We're the ones who're really grateful. You might not leave a hole in the Saiyuki waters, but hey, there'll be a current missing.

I'm looking forward to Gunstock, even when it means to more or less put a closure on jttr.

Best of luck with your freelancing and language projects!
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From:genkisakka
Date:June 8th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much for entertaining us these past few years, Banri! Best of luck to you and your partner, and scritches to your pets.
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From:tentiqa
Date:June 8th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Aww. I remember seeing the site some years ago, it kinda shocked me to hear that it was there since 2001, the exact same year that i also started getting hooked onto Saiyuki.

Lots and lots of luck and wishes to you and all your loved ones, no matter where they are.

Gambatte!!
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From:i_am_zan
Date:June 8th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I take a moment to reminisce when I first found you guys (breastfeeding at ass-o'clock in the damn morning) I blame everything wonderful in the Saiyuki way on my girl who is a precocious eight-year old now, from the small fragile preemie she was. Sleepless nights yes ... but I had good company yes. ^__^

Things move on and the small pond that Saiyuki was then is thankfully as you say quite the lake now. As someone above put it, even so, we will be missing a current in our Saiyuki lives.

I have been privileged too in being allowed to follow your epic lives.

Much love, luck and good karma for present and future endeavours. September isn't too long away...but it has been so long already... I had thought even it was all sorted out. I'm sorry it hasn;t. *hugs to both of you*

Hopefully we'll still here news of you now and then.

^__^

Meanwhile take good care. Once again many, many thanks for all your hard work and sharing with us all things Saiyuki.
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From:befanini
Date:June 8th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
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I can sympathize on so many levels.
My baby is now 18 years old, I have to bring him out every 3 hours to do his business. Which means interrupted sleep, etc - but I don't mind, he is a very good boy and he's kept me company all this time.
Saiyuki - I made a similar decision too, recently - on a lesser level, fanfic-wise. There is a wistfulness there, naturally, but the inevitability of it and the practicality of it outweighs any sentimental misgivings and tells me I made the right choice.
I shall always be grateful for your work re JTTR and RFB, you were one of the pioneers and that shall always be your legacy. So many Saiyuki fans are indebted to you, make no mistake about that.
Best of luck to you!
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From:i_am_zan
Date:June 8th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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you were one of the pioneers and that shall always be your legacy. So many Saiyuki fans are indebted to you, make no mistake about that.

Hear! Hear!

The fine and kind lady said it best! God bless you all. Hugs to you too B.
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From:befanini
Date:June 8th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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♥♥♥
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From:yukie1013
Date:June 8th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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*HUGS*

Take care, and thank you for everything. Sometimes you just need a break, and I am NOT gonna begrudge you or go RAWR because of that.

You worked hard, and I thank you a billion times over for getting me further into saiyuki and providing info and awesome goodies for me and others. *hugs*

Thank you so much, again and again.

(If Banri and Ensui need a place to sack out they can come here XD Banri better not steal my cookies though.)
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From:ayonoi
Date:June 8th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this is the end of an era indeed. I remember when I first got into Saiyuki, I found your site and used it as reference so many times, especially after I decided to do the Saiyuki panels at Yaoi-con. I was always grateful to know someone loved Saiyuki as much if not more than I did. And yeah, I never forgot the travel to the corn palace, was it?

Good luck with everything, I am definitely hoping things go smoother for you and your partner (god, immigration sucks in every country!) I wish I could meet Minekura-sensei. This summer, at least I get to meet Seki Toshihiko at AX if I can get into the autograph session.

Take good care and if you are in Tokyo for Comiket this coming Winter, let's get together, I will be more than happy to get you and your partner dinner and talk, talk, talk since I will be in Tokyo at that time.
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From:kickinpants
Date:June 8th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for all your hard work on the site and for everything you've provided. It's been very appreciated. When you do have a spare moment, it will be great to hear how you're doing. :) Good luck with your writing, and I hope everything goes well with the visa in September. (crosses fingers too.)
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From:kintail
Date:June 8th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for all you've done for Saiyuki fans for so many years. I completely respect your decision to put yourself and your family first, and I hope that thins work out and that everything starts looking up for all of you.
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From:elihice
Date:June 8th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for all the hard work. And I'm glad you can see where priorities are. I hope everything goes okay for you.
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From:inque
Date:June 8th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
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You've been working tirelessly for ages, and I'm sure everyone here appreciates it. You've always been there to give us information and even when you were busy. I hope things sort out for you and get better, and we're all still here for you *heart* Much love to you and your sister :) And I will send you my well wishes.
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From:susan_voight
Date:June 8th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Cheers and thanks.
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From:mscongeniality
Date:June 8th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
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You'll be missed. I hope things improve as they're supposed to.
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From:mezza
Date:June 8th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
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{{hugs}} You don't even owe us any explanations, but it's a true testament to your character that you're still concerned about all of us in trying times of your won. Do what you have to do! Thank you for incredible efforts.
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From:iapetusneume
Date:June 8th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much for your past work for the fandom. I don't remember exactly when it was that I first saw Journey To The REST, but it was fairly early on from when I became a Saiyuki fan. Besides the obvious awesomeness of it being a news site, I loved your doujinshi section that included title and circle information for a huge selection of pairings. It helped me identify many of the titles I currently own, but had bought at cons and I can't read Japanese very well at all (especially not kanji).

I hope life lets up on you a bit soon! Take care!
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From:incandescens
Date:June 8th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for everything you've done for Saiyuki fandom.
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From:andmydog
Date:June 8th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Thank you so much for all the effort you've put into JTTR and RFB - words cannot adequately describe how much you rock for maintaining both sites for as long as you did. Enjoy having some more time to yourself (and, in September, not to yourself!)
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From:summer_queen
Date:June 8th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for all the wonderful things you've done for fans over the past few years -- it's all been so very enjoyable.

Keep comfortable during the rain and the muggy joy of Japanese summer and we'll see you on the other side, when things have hopefully settled for the better for all of you.
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From:flower_miko
Date:June 9th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
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You put in so much effort and work into your site and all of the Saiyuuki goodness you've provided with us over the years, I can only imagine how you've lasted this long! I know I could have not, but you had the strength to do it, and I commend you for that.

We'll really miss you, but we'll always remember the legacy that you started. Best of luck to you and your partner and hope everything will work out.
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From:snapdragon76
Date:June 9th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
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Sorry things are a little dicey for you right now. I know I for one always look forward to your information and tidbits, but you need to do what's best for you.

Take care and hopefully you won't stay away TOO long. ;-)
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From:rasetsu_sp
Date:June 9th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
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Thank you for all! Journey to de rest always has helped me to know better the new news about Saiyuki. I'm sad the things go bad for you.

Good luck!!!!
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From:naye
Date:June 9th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
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Oh, KQ. I'm so happy that you're able to do what's best for you, and lay aside things that have begun to feel more like obligations than fun to you. At the same time, your contributions to Saiyuki fandom really will be sorely missed! Don't underestimate your own influence - I don't know about buckets and lakes, but I know how incredibly much richer my own Saiyuki experience has been because of you. Your fantastic, generous spirit and energizing sense of fun and wonder has made not only my fannish experience, but my real life a better place. Just so you know. No virtual hugs could ever convey all the gratitude and joy I feel at having had the opportunity to get to know you, but - *hugs tight*. Thank you. For everything. お世話になりました. ♥
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From:martapenguin
Date:June 9th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
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Thank you so very much for all you have done. Have a great summer and i hope everything will sort out. I will miss you!

Marta
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From:mousmonkey
Date:June 11th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
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I wish I could do more than offer thanks and sympathy from halfway across the world when you've done so much for us. Your site was my main connection to this fandom and your contests and posts were beautiful things. I wish you well and will be eagerly waiting for the month of September to arrive. Best wishes and once again, 10-Q, KQ! :D
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From:hieronymousmosh
Date:June 15th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
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The best of luck to you and to your partner. I've truly appreciated and enjoyed both JTTR and RFB. They were something of a lifeline in my keeping current with Saiyuki so thank you, thank you, thank you for all your time and effort!
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From:leeteng
Date:June 28th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)

My hearfelt thanks to you!

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Thank you for all your effort these past years. Not knowing any Japanese, you were my vital source of Saiyuki information in the early years. Thank you so much for giving us all the vital Saiyuki information even during your most busy times. All the best to you, your partner and pets. Take good care of yourself.
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From:ri_seki
Date:July 3rd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Wow, it has been a long, strange, but awesomely COOL trip!

Discovered this place back in gee, wow, 2003, and JTTR was, and is, THE place for all Saiyukiness. I do understand about the lack of time, I certainly dropped to zero time online once I had my little girl. (My poor Saiyuki fanlistings are loved, but do not get the same attention anymore)

I want to say "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart for your tireless hard work and info--you never ceased to amaze me how incredibly well you kept this all up. And all these years! Your site will never go unappreciated by me or any Saiyuki/Minekura fan! It's an institution!

I sincerely hope all will improve, and it will in time. Please take care! I wish nothing but the very best for you and your loved ones!
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