jinnouchi family

What I love the most about Kazuma from Summer Wars is that he was a computer gamer that had supportive parents and a supportive Grandpa to teach him martial arts. 

His relationship with his family is one of the reasons why he goes after Love Machine early on in the movie and he breaks down crying after he loses because he couldn’t protect everyone. Including his baby sister that hasn’t been born yet since his mother is still pregnant in the story. Even before she was born, Kazuma was already going into big brother protection mode. 

About Drift

So as some of you may know, me and my partner in crime spent years developing a bunch of characters for a webcomic called drift.

Since i have been feeling really nostalgic for the days we spent hours plotting and just coming up with crazy ideas I just kind of wanted to talk about what was going on in my head as to the greater themes behind Drift.


How it kind of all got started was Ash and I wanted to make a couple oc’s we could ship together. At first I was in charge of creating the girl and Ash was in charge of creating the guy.

However one day I was driving home from boarding school and an idea came into my head of this quirky guy who knew Danish and liked to travel a lot.

I spent so much time coming up with the design in my head that I completely failed to notice how low the gas tank was getting. Long story short I ended up running out of gas right in front of the 3 mile marker for the town my parents lived in ;; So I called my parents, took my sketchbook and sat in the grass to draw out Acayo for the first time.

A few weeks later I was talking to Ash about this new character and how excited I was to expand on his story more and she brought up this other character of hers that she had created a while back and mentioned that they would probably get along great.

Hours of conversation later someone finally mentioned that the two of us had completely accomplished our original goal, but had somehow switched roles.

Several months passed and one day I was sitting in Nights room which was the norm at the time, and drawing. Around this time she was workingwitha character named Mouse, who I liked a lot. Somewhere along the line someone mentioned that Mouse and Acayo looked a lot a like so we agreed that they would work as brothers.

Over the next few years Ash, Night and I as well as another friend from our school Rachel would slowly add more and more characters to this zany Kanelos family, until their numbers even surpassed the the members of the Jinnouchi family that appear in Summer Wars.

I don’t even know how many hundreds of hours and thousands of words went into developing this group of characters, but I do know that every late night and botched drawing was so very worth it.

I don’t know how Ash saw it, but to me Drift is about the vastness of the world and the excitement that comes from even the tiniest experience. It is about the wonder that is all around us and the connections with other people . How we live and grow and learn through these experiences and even if they aren’t always the greatest they are still ours. Idk just basically the excitement of the possibilities of tomorrow can be so much bigger than the pain of the past and how much there is to see and do if only you are willing to go out and experience.

Basically everything I would think of in quiet moments and dreams of the future as we drift through this thing called life.

Perhaps thats why I feel nothing but fondness everytime i draw these characters or think of a new silly thing that they would do on a whim

Which is why even though we’ve taken a several year long break on working towards the goal of making it a full on comic, I still haven’t given up on the idea of making it happen.