Yokaiden all the way. Saturnalia will be a great project to pickup again in about ten years when all the Internet in-jokes will make some wikipedant go nuts cataloging all the 1995-2005 internet pop culture references.
Yokaiden is cute and a fun read, but honestly? Hamachi being who he is – the cute, sweet, well-meaning protagonist journeying forth with noble intentions – it’s kind of predictable. Hamachi’s lovable, but he’s also kind of generic in that he’s almost TOO lovable, and I can’t really see his character developing much farther than what he already is – because he doesn’t seem to need to.
Now, Saturnalia was something very, very different. Sysreq being who HE is (i.e. an asshole), we as readers have absolutely NO idea how he’ll turn out, what he’ll end up doing, etc. etc. etc. He was embroiled in something way bigger than himself and his own issues, but did he realize this, and would he ever come to even care? WE DON’T KNOWWWW.
That, to me, was what made Saturnalia so special. It was a lot more mature and complex than Yokaiden was (which is really impressive given how young you were when you started it), and that’s why I really, really hope that that’s the one you choose to continue with if you do decide to return to doing free webcomics.
I voted for Saturnalia, as I would love to see it continue. However, that vote would be under the assumption that Yokaiden continues in its current format. I’m actually quite fond of having a physical copy for things- if Saturnalia were ever compiled into a published volume, I’d probably pick it up as well.
I’m pretty much either or, honestly- like Arilla, I’d love to see either (or both) continue on to an eventual conclusion.
I would be very excited to see you return to free online comics! I’m a big fan of your work, especially your gorgeous art blog. It’s a real treat (and the web design is good on top of the pictures themselves).