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I may be shooting myself in the foot here, but I felt like sharing this.
As many of you know, on the 9th of October, it will officially be 4 years since I released Super Mario bros Z episode 8 to the masses. It'll also be almost 19 months since I officially laid SMBZ to rest.
But, with the assistance of a friend, I was able to reacquire Flash and felt like trying out sprite animation again to see if I could re-ignite my passion to work on the series. As practice, I remade the first scene of the first episode of SMBZ. After a few months working on and off, this is the result.
Don't take this as confirmation that I will be working on the series again, but if I did, I would like to remake the series from the ground up. There were numerous things in the older episodes that I felt could have been done better. Namely the fight scenes, the story and the godawful dialogue. Here are some of the key changes I would implement.

1: Mecha Sonic will be replaced by Metallix.
For a supposed upgrade to Metal Sonic, Mecha Sonic was a visual downgrade. The design for Metallix just looks more imposing than the original faceless design. Metallix was going to appear later in the series anyway as Mecha Sonic's perfect form after he got all the Chaos Emeralds.

2: The Pipe maze episode will be removed
The whole episode in general was filler suggested by a fan of the series because I didn't know what to do for the 5th Chaos Emerald. With that said, I feel it was poorly executed on my part. It was too dialogue heavy. It spouted out unnecessary exposition that had no bearing on the plot. And who can forget the ridiculous Deus Ex Machina moment with Kolorado's stopwatch. The 8-bit parts were kinda cool, but to me it couldn't save it from being a bad episode.

3: Captain Basilisx won't be in the remake
While Basilisx was well received by fans, I feel he was shoehorned into the plot. He just showed up out of nowhere with no backstory or buildup. I feel that also distracted from the anticipation of Mecha Mario's appearance and would have undermined the upcoming battle against the Koopalings.

For the time being, these are just ideas. I want to make sure that I would be willing and committed to work on this series again. I don't want to cancel it twice. Until then, enjoy the practice animation.
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ZatchZ Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!
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mwrspeedy23 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I would love to see this appear again.  I was a huge fan of it, and even though this'll be a remake with parts removed, I would love to see how it'll turn out now!
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DarkDrago22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
So like.. are you going to remake this or not? It's been about a year and a half since you made this post. An update would be nice, instead of just leaving us eager and hopeful like this. :/
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keydu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Alvin can open a patreon account or something like that,there is fan games that receives a good amount of money,i think that there are many donators that support smbz,it is just a suggestion.
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Dragon-Tamer795 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
While Sega and Nintendo do allow fan-created content to go largely unharassed, they appear to draw the line at profits being made from their IPs. A kickstarter to create a film of SMBZ was given the c&d treatment soon after it began.

Your best bet at supporting Alvin would probably be to do it directly, under the radar of lawyers. I understand he does commissions - perhaps seeing a couple thousand credits in his bank account will give him the motivation to continue.
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MerrickSimms Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Writer
I don't know if Alvin will remake the serie one day, but a new guy wants to finish it apparently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6-yN… (His part starts at 6:33)
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supersenic Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2015
what about episode 9 you made the first part but when is the rest of the episode ready? cause weve been wating for more then 5 YEARS!!! does it take that long to make an episode
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ElderxChildx6 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
He had canceled the series shortly after he had finished part 1 of Episode 9. If you had read the description, you would have learned that he had canceled it.;P It is up in the air on whether he is going to "reboot" the series or not. Hence why he made this flash clip. It gives those who still love the SMBZ series a small hope that maybe one day, he will gain his passion for making the series again and then REBUILD it from the start. We just have to be patient and wait. We can't rush him. It is ultimately his decision if he chooses to do them again, and if he does, he's starting the series over from scratch. There are some fans who feel that some of the things he'd fix shouldn't be, but ultimately it is his decision and we can't stop him.

The reason it's been more than 5 years is because the series was cancelled. Whether it will be continued or not is still up in the air. It is best not to pressure him. We all are fans who love the series and wish that it would continue or even be rebooted the way he envisions, but if he doesn't have the inspiration to continue the series, the series would suffer horribly. I don't know about you, but I don't want the series to go south because of the fact that he lost his inspiration, but continued it anyway to make fans happy. I'd want the series to be as good as it possibly can be. And if that means that it has to be cancelled before it becomes horribly wrong, then it's for the best.

Cherish the episodes that you have gotten to see and can still go back to watch. If he makes more episodes, then be happy that they will be just as good--if not better--than the original because he has taken the time to look back at what he has done and developed ways to make it better. But the key to this is patience. It is hard, sometimes, but it is worth the wait if the series can be better.
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supersenic Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
oh my how could have been so blind and stupid *sigh* Alvin-earthworm if you readthis comment then i want to say im sorry for asking you with every other fan of yours when episode 9 came out i promise i will now have all the patience i have and we all hope that one day SMBZ would return
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SgtSigma Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
I vehemently disagree with you on Point 2.

You're way too hard on yourself in regards to that episode.  In fact, I'd say the pipe maze episode was one of the best episodes BECAUSE it was dialogue heavy.  It displayed a tremendous amount of intelligence.

Especially that part where Goombella and Kolorado were arguing over who was going to stand in front of who. Very sharp-witted stuff.

And just because certain details don't necessarily fit into the plot doesn't mean they aren't worth anything.  Granted, nobody really needed to know about the attempted genocide against the Koopas at the hands of the Mushroom Royal family, but it added more to the mythos of SMBZ.  And it served to make the place all the more sinister and foreboding.  Not to mention shedding light on the fact that Peach's family has not always been historically innocent of bloodshed and of racism as it appears today.  It added a dark undercurrent to Peach's family history by elucidating the Royal Family's potential for wickedness and cruelty.

Would the story have proceeded with clarity and coherence without that part?  Yes.  But something would've been missing nonetheless.

Also, I will agree with you about the stopwatch.  It would've been more believable had Kolorado came up with idea somehow on his own as a result of an adrenaline-fueld epiphany of sorts, instead of Luigi simply stumbling onto the solution by breaking the watch.  The fact that he knew the watch came from SubCon would've planted the seed, a seed which would sprout as he and Goombella are hiding from the battle.

Maybe Goombella would point out how Kolorado has been holding onto his father's stopwatch a lot more than usual since they had arrived.  Kolorado will point out that he always felt a strange comfort from holding on to that watch, much like his grandfather.  It's not just the sentimental value, it's simply the nature of the object.  

It's been said all objects and artifacts, even the tiniest of trinkets and souvenirs, from the land of SubCon have a history of having a mysterious, fascinating hold over people.  For better or for worse. 

At any rate, it's been that way with him since he was a child but he also has to admit that being in the Minus World has made him feel alot more compelled to hold onto it, like holding onto a life raft after falling overboard during a storm.

They blah-blah blah some theories and ideas and eventually deduce that the watch may have the potential to dispel the energy of this evil place after Kolorado remembers studying another artifact from SubCon with the Professor, during which the Professor noticed that the artifact had an energy signal like nothing he had ever seen before.  An energy which seemed to resist and repel all other forms of energy around it.  Most particularly energy of an evil, mystical origin.

At some point, Kolorado comes to the heartbreaking conclusion he's going to have to break the stopwatch irreperably after tripping and falling, causing a small crack in the watch to appear and, for a brief moment, the Minus World is reverted to normal for a full ten seconds or so.  He and Goombella deduce that if such a tiny crack was enough to dispel the energy for only ten seconds, then it means the watch is is going to have to be broken entirely if they want a real chance for everyone (preferably sans Mecha Sonic) to escape.

They break the watch.  The Professor comes through on the radio, Goombella hastily explains the situation as Kolorado picks up whatever pieces of the watch he can gather.  The battling heroes and their vicious opponent pause their battle, befuddled by this second, albeit significantly lengthier return to normality and then make a mad dash for the exit, the good guys scooping up Goombella and Kolorado along the way with Mecha Sonic not far behind right before the Minus World becomes flooded with its own evil energy once more.
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RepiteoHD Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
If anything came of this, it's proof that, even after all these years, SMBZ is still very, very fresh on the minds of many.

While I deep down hope you regain your passion someday, ultimately, you should do what is best for you.

(Though, for however little it's worth, I do disagree with the notion of replacing Mecha Sonic with Metallix. He's such an iconic character for the series, and to drop him entirely just seems... I dunno, off? Might just be me, I dunno.)
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SkyDayYan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind about the change, the only thing im scared of is how your gonna change the fight. I really love the fights especially the one in episode 8
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Demonzero677 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
My my, I do have to say your skills with sprite animation have improved quite a bit, this is considerably better then even the latest episode of SMBZ you release. That's a good thing.

as for consideration on the series, if you feel the passion to do it, then do it. if the passion is not there, do not force yourself to do it, it's honestly that simple. 

If you do decide to work on the series again, I support the series, if you choose not to, I support your decision. that's what a loyal supporter does.
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YumaMan9 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member
It's good to have you back man! I like this a lot better than the first one you did. Replacing Mecha Sonic with Metallix was a great decision. I do hope that someday, you can complete the series. I understand that you may have lost your passion, but I still love the series and it is truly one of the greats. ;) I hope you can regain your passion sometime! Good luck friend! :):)
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jindo5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was great, I'd love to see you back in action again, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Poor Goomba, though...
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Good job.
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Djlightness Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
You should a Kickstarter on this pronto, my friend. Who's with me?
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Dragon-Tamer795 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
That's already been attempted.
It was shut down after a c&d from Nintendo.
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Rovaen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member
HES BACK AGAIN
AND ABOUT TIME TOO
AND THIS TIME
HE'S IN THE MOOD
"Oh Pauline" 2 
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JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Hopefully he will be. Its his decision.
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wh000ooo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
When I saw episode 9 come out like last year my hopes went up, but I figured you were just dumping what was left of a dead series.
This is amazing, and just know that your real fans will back you up whatever you do, I hate that people only complained about SMBZ back then, it was bad.
You and monty oum are my idols, so thank you for making smbz a thing, Alvin <3
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, this looks pretty neat! I like Metallix's design and it is definitely a visual upgrade from Mecha Sonic. 

Makes it look more like him, you know? Still gonna miss the name, though. 
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demidrummer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I felt like I was just discovering the internet again when I watched this this is very good my friend keep it up
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FrenchGuyZ93 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Y-y-you are going to remake SMBZ? Oh please tell me you will! oh please please please please please please! Please  I beg you!
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Tyler-Redick Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Many moons ago, you taught me how to do basic flash animations. Not sure if you remember or not. You've inspired me on many levels and I now have my own Nintendo series going called "Nintendo World" on YouTube which is doing very well. 

I just wanted to thank you for all you've done and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 
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JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Beautiful. Super Mario Bros.. Z inspired me to go and my own fan series. Sadly I lack the skill but I got some people to help.
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TSE1130 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Rukaisho Hello! :)
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DJParsley3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I am sad that you Alvin decided to stop making the series. I understand that you don't get paid to make these (unless you decided to make a patreon on youtube). In my opinion I think i remember you stating that you wanted to make seasons and movies... which is probably where you really shot yourself in the foot. You set a goal that you wanted to achieve but, realized that life does get in the way. We all will or already understand the decisions that you have made and will learn to accept that SMBZ may never receive another episode. Most people would love to be in your shoes, you have fans and you know you have done good when people in the chat will "defend" you. Good Luck and best of luck to you.
P.S www.patreon.com/
in case you were wondering 
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tomlom165 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
after watching this i don't even care if you remake the series from the ground up that was the best animation i have ever watched
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ElderxChildx6 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
To be completely honest, I was sad to hear that you had cancelled the series. However, I can understand the fact that sometimes, you just fall out of certain things. Either because you just don't find it fun anymore, or your interests have moved on to something else and it's just something you may not want to do, anymore.

I loved watching the series. And whether you decide to do a complete revamp, or leave it as it is and move on to other things that YOU want to do, at least we have the episodes that you have made thus far, and we are still able to go back and see them and enjoy them as they are. Would I be sad that you don't come back to this, in the end? Yes. I would. But I also understand and realize that if it is something that you don't want to do, anymore, then there's nothing that I can really say or do that can make you change your mind in the whole thing. It would be great for you to come back to this, especially with these new graphics and the editations to the series that you want to do, should you decide to come back to it. But don't feel that you have to simply because of other people really wanting you to do it. I consider myself lucky to have been introduced to the original episodes that you have created and am thankful to not only have been apart of it, but can still go back to those original episodes and watch them over and over again when I desire to.

You are a very talented and gifted person, and just because you decide to not come back to this, doesn't mean anything. It just means that you have found interest in other things and are pursuing what you want in life. And Super Mario Bros Z was a stepping stone in that pursuit. If you come back to it, great, if not, that's fine. Those of us who truly see your talents and respect your wants and feelings as a person will understand and continue to support you no matter what. (And considering that you made this back in 2013 and it is now the beginning of 2015, I'm pretty sure that decision is a solid "I'm not coming back to this". But you never know.)

Either way, just continue doing what you love to do. And us as your fans will continue to support you in whatever way we can.^^ I don't know if you will ever read this comment or not, but it would certainly be nice if you did, and I hope it helps you in whatever future decisions you make, as well as whatever decision you decide to make with SMBZ, if you haven't already decided on it, yet.

Thank you for creating it. It will continue to hold a special place in my heart for years to come. And I was glad to have seen it, and after a fashion be apart of it in terms of sending you this comment.
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god i missed this
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Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Dont We all?
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i mean he had an entire array of adoring fans
and he suddenly stopped. glad to know he's considering to restart at least
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Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
:/
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
something tells me you're not satisfied with just that XD
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michael91brandon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Professional Interface Designer
Your animations are by far the best I've seen. But do what you want, do what you absolutely love. 
Don't listen to those who want you to do it because of their wants, they have to learn that what you do shouldn't effect their lives. 
I've lost a passion once because it wasn't fun for me but EVERYBODY wanted me to keep doing it because I was "talented" and they could make $$ from me.
I've since rediscovered my passion after focusing on MY wants, and why "I" want to do it.
And it's like you do something people don't expect they shit their pants lol. But you're your own person and what others think of you doesn't matter at all.
You probably know all this already.

But know that there's people who support you for the right reasons and ultimately want to see you happy :-)
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i second that!
i would not have said it myself =D
there is just soooo much love for these series around
and seeing it finished now more than ever would be what many would wish for so badly.
the appeal is amazing
and i would maybe have suggested a donation based system
maybe it's going a bit far or someone already suggested it before but damn i wish i could see this through the end
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DragonbloodRain Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
dockidds
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Sonicchaosc Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Ah, My childhood. I remember watching your flash animations since I first started browsing the internet and Newgrounds. Your work was so amazing that I was looking forward to your next animation. Each episode was epic, exciting, and amazing. After EP 7 and some years past, I lost hope in seeing another epic episode. Now its 2014, and we havent gotten past episode 7. Of course, I dont mind, I moved on. Seeing how you possibly have a job, a wife and some kids, or a girlfriend to socialize with, I understand why you stopped making these. This animation was amazing, and I love every single piece of it. Every part of it was amazing, seeing from you it was no surprise. Continue what you love best, and remember that you still have some old fans out there that doesnt mind if you make something or not.

Now for the remake, it'd be nice to have the Old Mecha Sonic sprite until Mecha Sonic gets a "Self Upgrade" so he can get even stronger, where his sprite is now "Metallix" Or the other way around. I like both sprites, simply because Metal Sonic is one of my favorite characters in the Sonic Series. It'd be also awesome to see Metal Sonic and Mecha Sonic fight eachother.
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PokeVoreMaker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Episode 8 was the last episode. It came out like 5 years ago, not episode 7.
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KVENOM Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
So, long time, no see.....
Nothing new, Alvin?
Or should I better call you Rukaisho?
You have abandoned us once, fooled us with false hopes of something, which was nothing, but a spoiled meat, and then abandoned us again!
That's not very awesome, don't ya think?
I am not against furries, but is all you really want is just drawing pointless hentai, Mark?
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Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
F u
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was just insensitive. He has a life, you know. Plus, do you even know how long it takes to do an animation? It's people like you that he "abandons" the series. You guys kept forcing him to continue a series that only pleases yourself.
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KVENOM Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
I was gentle. I was hoping. Untill this third time he abandoned us. What did he gave us, beside false hopes of continue? Nothing. If he decided to quit, I would understood this, but why fooling us? What for? This is sick. Seriously I was his fan from the begining of his works in 2005, but now he is just going into hentai, and nothing else. I understand his affection to that kind of art, but why abandoning us? Why not telling us the truth? "I quit. I will never be continuing this series. Thanks for your watch and support." - THAT'D BE ENOUGH. I would understand. We would understand.
Mark, for god sake, TELL US, WHAT DID YOU DECIDE ABOUT THE SERIES, JUST BE HONEST, THAT'S ALL WE ASK! Not this "maybe or maybe not". Not this silent threating. Just truth.
Why am I even bothering? Ah yes, because I am still his fan. Even after all of this lying. I still like his works, even if they are only furry hentai art. 
The only thing, which made me burst, is his infamous tactic of waiting. Silently waitig with no news. Just as always.
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Translation: U DONT HAVE 4 LIFE WAAH PAY A10SHON 2 MAH GR33DI3 N33D5!!! WAAAH EVEN DOUGH U SEID DAT U QIT N IT WAS STATED CL33RLY, U ABENDUN US...BCUZ I SEID SO!!!11!!1!ONEHUNDREDELEVEN N EVEN DOUGH U SEID IT WAS TEST WAAAAH!!!!


Look, good sir, like I said: people like you were acting like spoiled little kids, Mark clearly stated that he quit a long time ago and this is just a test. Technically he did said it. So, he never "abandon" us, if that's what you wanted to call it. The reason why you're even bothering is that you don't have a life outside of the internet. Good day, sir.
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh blah, blah, blah YOUR needs
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JeremyBoateng Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
OH MY GOD... WHAT HAVE I DONE... i never thought of it like that... THANK YOU FOR showing me what I've been doing wrong! Seriously!
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob. Just make sure to be careful of you say and everything will be good. ^^
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KVENOM Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Hahah. You begin to sound like a charlatan, who acts himself like some sort of psycholigist. I like that.
Yes, Rukaisho once said about quitting. But then all of those empty promises began to arise. Unfinished episode, few years of this silent threatment, and then a reboot promise. I would've been silent, if he did not started to give us all his infamous silent thereatment again.  
You, on the other hand, are a  typicall fanboy. I admire your protecive attempts, for I was once on  on your place.
But wait, I know what  you are really here for. Let me warn you just once: in chase of cheap popularity, you will have to face  some terrible and very powerfull people. This is not youtube or some other inferior social network, this is deviantart. The people here does not want cheap popularity. They want to show their art. They want to talk to their favourite artists. And even some gruesome trolls here obey the rules. But, if provoked, rules can be broken. See you soon, white knight of the internet! =3
P.S. You are typicall member of your order, for no white knight night ever got the sarcasm!) JeremyBoateng, I give you my respect.
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TVnGames Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconeyebrowraiseplz: Bro, you're making it REALLY hard to tolerate you...
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