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[1481] Steamy Appreciation

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[1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by piro » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:20 pm

And yay, next comic. I'm NOT going to go into why this comic was difficult. Gosh, Megumi is fun...

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paarfi Edit: This comic has been posted to Fred's Patreon site today. It will be posted to the main MegaTokyo site tomorrow.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Invisigoth » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm

And anyone who can't see where Kimiko was going is being deliberately obtuse

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by paarfi » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:25 pm

Invisigoth wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm
And anyone who can't see where Kimiko was going is being deliberately obtuse
I figured you were going to be upset because she was moving up Piro's body rather than down. :lol:

So what's in front of Megumi that she's staring up at? Gameru the giant drunken turtle? A re-embiggened ZomZom? Junpei activating his Apache Chief grow powers? Tune in next comic. Same MegaTokyo time, same MegaTokyo website.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by arimareiji » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:45 pm

:twisted: Well, up and down is usually how it goes...

Glad to know Piro won't get Garpified* (at least for now), though it looks like someone will be picking shards of glass out of his back later.

* - For those who haven't seen The World According to Garp and don't plan to (it's decent, but not great):
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A character gets castrated the hard way, when a car crashes into his while he's getting fellatio.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by jkhartl » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:02 pm

paarfi wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:25 pm
So what's in front of Megumi that she's staring up at? Gameru the giant drunken turtle? A re-embiggened ZomZom? Junpei activating his Apache Chief grow powers? Tune in next comic. Same MegaTokyo time, same MegaTokyo website.
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I thought this might happen from the last comic I believe Junpei hi-jacked a mecha.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by maldrul » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:43 pm

jkhartl wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:02 pm
paarfi wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:25 pm
So what's in front of Megumi that she's staring up at? Gameru the giant drunken turtle? A re-embiggened ZomZom? Junpei activating his Apache Chief grow powers? Tune in next comic. Same MegaTokyo time, same MegaTokyo website.
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I thought this might happen from the last comic I believe Junpei hi-jacked a mecha.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Liminaut » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:44 pm

Piro: Kimiko-San? W-W-What are you
Piro m'boy you have problems. Have you really walled off your erotic feelings for Kimiko that much that you need to ask?

Maybe Piro is blending into CA territory as well. It's a trope (will ... not ... link) in VNs that the protagonist is fairly clueless; Piro seems to be picking that up.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by mistersaxon » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:22 am

Clueless Protagonist? There's a sense in which he's always been that, but so has Largo, of course. It's a viewpoint thing and always has been. And lest we forget, just a few short months (weeks?) ago Piro arrived in MegaTokyo as a clueless n00b. Character change takes time - lots of time...
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Initial B » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:41 am

Hmm, Piro has been put into a similar position before.

https://megatokyo.com/strip/701
https://megatokyo.com/strip/702

Invisigoth, I believe you once called Strip 702 Panel 4 "the irrefusable position". But in this case, Kimiko is real so if Piro rejects Kimiko's advances does he win or lose the scenario?

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by garapagosu » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:31 am

So, she's really just upset at herself for going starry eyed over a ninja who caught a bullet for her.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by darrin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:41 am

Invisigoth wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm
And anyone who can't see where Kimiko was going is being deliberately obtuse
Hey, no need to rag on poor Piro like that, he is in a pretty stressful situation right now. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I guess now we get to see Kimiko's "I can feel your sternum (crushing my much-abused nose)" face. 8-)

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@Fred: missing ".>" (period and close-bracket) after "appreciation" in second bubble of panel 2.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by HakuRyoku » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:08 pm

That last panel, that just looks like a look of pure 'omg wth' really interested to see where this leads
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by paarfi » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:03 pm

A fan on another chat pointed out something interesting. Notice now Megumi's accent slips in panel three. She sounds a lot like Mugi. I'll bet she makes an effort to "speak proper", but it naturally comes out under stress.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by iffy » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:01 pm

Well now. Megumi is upset that Junpei hasn't been more obviously actively presently protecting her, she's got notions about him and her, and she certainly is from the same family/area as Komugiko, from how she speaks under stress and when angry at herself etc. Is she like niece Marilyn physically, or with ears and tail and so on. A mystery. But what's being viewed in the end panel; good or bad?

Not clueless, dealing with a sudden unexpected crazy change in the script and plot. But Piro verbally confirms again he's as confused by the incongruent behavior as it first seemed; he's carrying away the story finish as portrayed by Kimiko, but she's moving up kissing. Quite unlike the dearly departed, in a situation inapplicable to either a gone Miho or understanding empathetic coordinated Kimiko. Or what most anyone normal would be doing in the current environment. More than moving up though, she's not answering. Or stopping even as the situation and driving becomes more erratic, until the WHAM! forces its own change in vector. Perhaps a change in behavior, later. Maybe not.

So, it appears that whatever is going on isn't exactly Kimiko being Kimiko. Not being Miho either, at least not where she is dead and the story is over in a cathartic way for the audience. Which then Piro is still expecting the story to go to the end of get the body away and let everyone else move to believing and feeling that things are over finally once and for all as had been foretold and as is required. While Kimiko (or whoever this now is) has moved seemingly to another story, without bothering to tell Piro. She might not be able to. Compelled and such. Or?

Of course, it might be that what was being attempted wasn't the actual plan or goal, and this is exactly the way it was supposed to go. (If somebody is pulling the strings.) Or that it's just something randomly going wrong, that will be giving the fans actual tragic deaths next, as the car is crushed into a flaming pile of wrecked machinery, metal, glass and rubber. Hardly likely, but who knows what it might do next. Something else then. Yet whatever it turns out being, apparently the story isn't over regardless of who is supposed to be dead or not and what it's supposed to cause, and something very odd is going on with Kimiko right now.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Ningen » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:09 pm

I think Piro is well aware of what is going on, he's just confused that it's happening now.

Please to remember, he's had a hell of a day.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by BetaCygnus » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:17 pm

iffy wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:01 pm
While Kimiko (or whoever this now is) has moved seemingly to another story, without bothering to tell Piro. She might not be able to.
That last thought seems likely to me. =)

@Fred: another great comic! You’re on a roll lately, I’m really enjoying the pace!

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by merigold » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:20 pm

Kimiko's line seems incredibly sarcastic, I can't seem to read it any other way. So I can't credit she was seriously doing that. Also so impractical.

I'm not being deliberately obtuse - her line just looks like she's angry, not lustful. Her face looks angry too.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Olba » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:28 pm

merigold wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:20 pm
Kimiko's line seems incredibly sarcastic, I can't seem to read it any other way. So I can't credit she was seriously doing that. Also so impractical.

I'm not being deliberately obtuse - her line just looks like she's angry, not lustful. Her face looks angry too.
You're mistaken, Kimiko does not speak in [1481]. Only Megumi and Piro have lines.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by darrin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:04 pm

iffy wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:01 pm
But what's being viewed in the end panel; good or bad?
Whatever it is hits the car from the side (sound effect is on Megumi's right; she throws up her arm to the right, not in front of her face; Kimiko is pushed up along Piro to Megumi's left), as opposed to Megumi running into something. But in the last panel she looks at it by looking straight up instead of to the right, so it's something pretty big, big enough to have come in from the right but now be basically in front of her. But it must have also been moving pretty fast, she doesn't seem to have seen it coming. Her look to me strongly suggests astonishment but not so much fear, as I would expect if the TPCD had finally caught her.

That all seems to fit very well with 4'33"'s theory. :D Not sure why it's spoilered when it's speculation but Quando in Roma ;)
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It would certainly fit the narrative of her trash-talking Junpei in panel 2 only to have him immediately appear. :lol: Also her look in the last panel is strongly suggestive of her "OMG he's so hot" look she gets when he's in front of her, see panel 7 of 1478 for example.
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Hmm, I guess as a very distant second possibility... Yuki? After all, she needs to get her butt in gear if she is going to be part of the action this chapter. :P But then I am much less confident that panel 6 is the face Megumi would be making in that case... unless her "Huh? A schoolgirl?" face is basically the same as all her other "generally stunned" faces. :lol:
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Invisigoth » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:12 pm

merigold wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:20 pm
Kimiko's line seems incredibly sarcastic, I can't seem to read it any other way. So I can't credit she was seriously doing that. Also so impractical.

I'm not being deliberately obtuse - her line just looks like she's angry, not lustful. Her face looks angry too.
What are you talking about? Megumi is driving and Kimiko is in the back seat under the blanket intent on performing fellatio on a very stressed Piro

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Rapierman » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:27 pm

Well, I'm not gonna say that part re: Kimiko vs. Piro. Wouldn't be appropriate.

As for what Megumi is staring at: Sorry, spoilers. Not gonna say.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Wesker888 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:29 pm

Megumi is quickly becoming the "Best Girl" of this chapter for me.

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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by paarfi » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:00 pm

Fred has started drawing the next comic already. You can watch him draw it live on Twitch
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Yl33 D4 N00b » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:30 pm

What, no airbag? :roll: New comic, already? Go, Fred, go!

I'm thinking Sonada stopped her; been too long since we've seen him, anyway.
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Re: [1481] Steamy Appreciation

Post by Ray Kremer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:55 pm

Invisigoth wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm
And anyone who can't see where Kimiko was going is being deliberately obtuse
Considering that Fred seems to be in a struggle to the death with himself over what direction things are going in, I'm not convinced that he even knows for sure, which renders moot any presumed certainty on your part.
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What are you talking about? Megumi is driving and Kimiko is in the back seat under the blanket intent on performing fellatio on a very stressed Piro
Your mind is always in the gutter, dude. Regardless of Kimiko's ultimate aims here, it's clearly not the time for that sort of thing, and if you were even remotely correct then I expect she'd be there already since it's not that difficult of a thing to initiate.

Now yes, Kimiko's in a weird place right now given that she's not dropping back out of "character" or whatever, and there's definitely some ambiguous innuendo at the very least happening, but Fred's also shown himself to be a master of stringing out sequences like this that seem to be dripping with hidden meaning and having it turn out to be a smokescreen for nothing at all.

Frankly Piro and Kimiko aren't even the focus right now, those panels are kind of a "oh yeah, and Piro and Kimiko are still here too" thing going on.
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