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[1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

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[1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by paarfi » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:47 am

Fred posted part 1 of this MT side story to his Patreon. He's planning to post it to the main site tonight. [edited by paarfi after hearing from Fred]

Here's the commentary he posted with it:
Kind of a bit of an experiment here... this is actually stuff I DID want to expose readers to as this chapter continued, so a little side story about Mugi and her daughter visiting the family shrine in Oichinaka would cover a lot of things (and be kinda fun too) - and actually sort of important to cover as we move ahead with the current chapter for reasons that im not going to tell you :P
Of course, doing this shrine visit in normal full blown comic mode would take months, so i had the idea of maybe just doing things in story-board format, drawing everything out on a sequence of index cards and and... well, writing it as I went. As usual in how these things come together, i let the characters guide things. It's a bit rough, obviously, and i hope you dont struggle too much with my handwriting but... let me know what you think of this kinda format for some extra storytelling stuff.
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Re: Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by TheSHAD0W » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:57 am

Book 7 omake?

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Re: Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by shadowrider » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:12 pm

Love the idea of it. So I look forward to see how it continues.
I do think this has potential of turning into an omake. It's fun to see this side of them.

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Re: Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Invisigoth » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:19 pm

I'm pretty sure this directly relates to things that are happening in comic but just getting this in the story would take another 10 years or so and there'd be readers whining all the way that it didn't really mean when it said it meant. Better to directly show the whole "dog eat dog" nature of MT with something like this.

For some reason this made me think of a roadkilled racoon I had to pick up in front of the house the other day and I wondered if that was the sort of fate Mugi could have been facing

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Liminaut » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:29 pm

It looks like Mugi wasn't old enough to hear the answer.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Tangent » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:52 pm

I rather liked it, Fred. It was a fun and interesting story and I hope to see more of it :)

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Zandra » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:04 pm

lol!!! great Side story so far. I believe id drop the kid off and book it on home after hearing that.
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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Hetz » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:35 pm

I get a sort of The Eccentric Family vibe from this story only with kitsune not tanuki. Hopefully Mugi stays out of enough trouble so her mom or grandma doesn't decide to take her tail for themselves.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by DrunkenSailor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:38 pm

So we have three paranormal Japanese families now. The Sonada's, the Sawatari's, and the Ninja's (I don't remember, is Junpei's family name known?). The magical girls seem the most outwardly normal, though they scare the TPCD more. Perhaps I'm just seeing their more western dress and home and calling them normal. The Dad hunts aliens, Yuki and Miemi jump over buildings and they have, or had, a pet zombie zilla.

It looks like we are maybe going to get to see some interaction between these groups as well.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Teddy-Werebear » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:04 am

Well now... family almost takes a backseat to the pursuit of power in the foxgirl world. That has got to give you an eerie feeling in yer bones...
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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by portablesounds » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:20 am

First off I really liked this style of comic. It felt like it flowed more naturally than usual, but I think that's just due to it being more character driven (or that I read it all in one sitting rather than over months). Looking forward to the rest.

Second I was hoping someone could clear up something for me: how long has Komugi know Miho? I always assumed Komugi's accent was Irish (even though it's in Japanese duh) so she has been with Miho since close to the beginning. But this comic made me realize that she was Japanese, so has Komugi just known her since she's been in Japan? It always seemed like Komugi knew more about the true nature of Miho's predicament than anyone else.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by BetaCygnus » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:50 am

Hey nice! A Sketchy Side Story! =)

Uhm… Apart from being an MT story addict, I have no prior knowledge of the entire kitsune concept, so you could sell me anything as common knowledge.
I guess that makes me sort of an ideal testing platform for this experiment.

Well… in my opinion, it works great, Fred! =D

You’ve managed to greatly entertain me while exposing me to quite some totally new information in one go. =)

And now for dealing with the new information, which is a bit out of my comfort zone…
I tend to visualize concepts in rather extensive de-tail…
Pun intended.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by richvh » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:05 am

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox, or for a race of shape-shifting, trickster fox-spirits. The spirits are long lived, and the longer they live the more tails they have, and the more tails they have, the stronger their magic is. The strongest and most ancient are the nine-tailed foxes, like great-grandma Sawatori.

There has not, at least yet, been any indication that the Megatokyo kitsune can shape shift.

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by BetaCygnus » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:39 am

Thanks for the additional info, richvh. =)

And… shapeshifting?
Now *that* would neatly fit in with several current story lines…

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Initial B » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:19 am

That was a pleasant surprise. I could really get into the flow of this comic. The interactions between Mugi and Yakugashi seemed very natural and it gives us a better idea of how they interact with each other than the few snippets of comics we have seen them in. So I guess Grandmas are the most powerful creatures in MT?

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Skorpion » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:54 am

paarfi wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:47 am
i hope you dont struggle too much with my handwriting.
I'm not sure I got all of it. Anyone got a translation available?

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by paarfi » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:20 am

Skorpion wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:54 am
paarfi wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:47 am
i hope you dont struggle too much with my handwriting.
I'm not sure I got all of it. Anyone got a translation available?
I'm a couple of comics behind on the transcripts. I'll try to get caught up this weekend. I can see where it'll help particularly with this comic.
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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Ray Kremer » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:03 pm

You know, if this were cleaned up from "row of index cards on the scanner" and the text redone, you'd pretty much never know it wasn't a normal comic produced in the usual way, albeit with oddly uniform panel sizes.
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Uhm… Apart from being an MT story addict, I have no prior knowledge of the entire kitsune concept, so you could sell me anything as common knowledge.
Fred has... unique additions to the mythology that he's been spouting in Twitch chat for a while now. This is the first time it's coming out in a "proper" comic. (That exposition dump seems to rather be the main point of this sequence, in fact.)
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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by iffy » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:16 pm

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Post by Ningen » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:40 pm

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Tiger » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:44 pm

I fully support this story being a full spin-off comic. Can we clone Fred and just dedicate one of them to write this?

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by Aube » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:51 am

Skorpion wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:54 am
paarfi wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:47 am
i hope you dont struggle too much with my handwriting.
I'm not sure I got all of it. Anyone got a translation available?
Here is my shot at transcribing [1490]. Hope it helps.
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Panel 1:
Mugi: <Uwah! It's been a while.>
Mugi: <Feels good!>

Panel 2:
Mugi: <Oi>
Mugi: <Yakugasui>
Mugi: <Ain't ya lookin' forward ta see Great Grandma?>

Panel 3:
Yakugasui: <Do I look like I am?>

Panel 4:
Mugi: <Ahh, right.>
Mugi: <First time down 'ere since ya let yer tails down.>
Mugi: <She gonna tease ya big time.>

Panel 5:
Mugi: <Aww, it won't be so bad.>
Mugi: <Ya can take a li'll teasing, can't ya?>

Panel 6:
Yakugasui: <How about you?>
Yakugasui: <You've been drinking as much as possible since we left Tokyo.>

Panel 7:
Mugi: <Ah...>
Mugi: <Isn't this where ya say "Gee, I can't wait until I can get drunk wit ya, mom"?>
Yakugasui: <No, it's not.>

Panel 8:
Mugi: <Yeah, yeah, I know.>
Mugi: <Sorry>
Mugi: <Well, she's lucky I come back here at all, ta be honest.>
Yakugasui: <Is this about great grandma wanting your tail?>

Panel 9:
Mugi: <Where did you hear dat??>
Yakugasui: <Cousin Youko told me great grandma is really only an eight tail and that when your mom threw you out of the family, great grams was gonna kill you and steal your tail.>

Panel 10:
Yakugasui: <She said that since one-tails like you have no power at all, the only thing you are good for is more powerful kitsune can kill you and cut out your spine and tail and merge it with their own spines and gain the power of an additional tail.>
Yakugasui: <The only reason they didn't is because I was a twintail and they were gonna wait till after I was born to...to...>

Panel 11:
Yakugasui: <I know Youko was just tryin' to scare me and stuff, but still. I know everyone was pretty mad at you for a long time and grandma still won't talk to you and...>
Yakugasui: <And...>
Yakugasui: <I think Youko was tryin' to make me appreciate having two tails and to stop hiding them and...>
Yakugasui: <In her own way...>

Panel 12:
Yakugasui: <Uhm...>
Yakugasui: <Sorry.>

Panel 13:
Mugi: <Yaugasui, your great grandma would never hurt either you or me. Ya should be ashamed o' yerself fer thinkin' dat.>

Panel 14:
Mugi: <Dat stuff don't happen anymore.>
Mugi: <Got it?>
Mugi: <Come on, ears up, girl.>
Yakugasui: <Ok.>

Panel 15:
Mugi: <A certain shut-in cousin of yours needs a few swift kicks in da ass next time I see 'em...>
Yakugasui: <But when you say it doesn't happen anymore...>

Panel 16:
Yakugasui: <Does that mean it used to happen?>

Panel 17:
Yakugasui: <I know that if you have more than one tail your spines occupy the same space and stuff and this is why if you have lots of tails you can do all sorts of magical stuff, so...>
Yakugasui: <Did kitsune kill other kitsune and cut out their spines and absorb them so they could get more tails that way?>
Yakugasui: <I have two tails so I sorta kinda get how it might work and...>
Yakugasui: <And...>

Panel 18:
Yakugasui: <One of great grandma's tails is a different color than all the others...>
Yakugasui: <So...>

Panel 19:
Mugi: <Humty!>
Mugi: <Come on, girl! I said get those ears up!>
Yakugasui: <Gya!>
Mugi: <Ya gonna greet yer great grams all gloomy and mopey?>
Mugi: <Ya can't be a shrine maiden like dis!>

Panel 20:
Mugi: <And here I thought you were actin' funny 'cause ya thought great grams was gonna tease ya.>
Mugi: <But no, ya heard a bunch 'a kitsune myth stuff from a no good cousin and it kinda spooked ya.>
Yakugasui: <Maybe a little>
Mugi: <Ya think great grams is kinda scary now?>
Yakugasui: <A little...>

Panel 21:
Mugi: <Well, so are we sometimes, eh sweetie?>
Yakugasui: <I guess>

Panel 22:
GG: <Nawww...Yakugasui-chan could never be scary.>
GG: <Could 'ya, love?>
Mugi: <Wah!>

Panel 23:
GG: <So unlike yer mama, who's always scary.>
Mugi: <I am not!!>
Mugi: <An' don't sneak up on people like dat!>
GG: <I didn't sneak, deary, you two weren't payin attention.>

Panel 24:
GG: <Welcome back, Yakugash-chan. We've missed ya the past couple of years.>
GG: <The local townsfolk are really excited about seeing you again.>
GG: <You've really grown!>

Panel 25:
Yakugasui: <Great grandma,>
Yakugasui: <Were you going to kill my mom and steal her tail?>

Panel 26:
Mugi: <Yakugasui!!>

Panel 27:
GG: <Yep.>
GG: <I did think about it. Yer mom was such a problem child.>
GG: <Still might, one of these days.>
GG: <It's a nice tail.>

Panel 28:
GG: <If she's old enough to ask da questions, she's old enough fer da answers.>
GG: <Shall we go?>
Mugi: <Um...>

to be continued...

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by maldrul » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:15 am

Obaa-san is right about one thing: Mugi has a nice tail. Sooo fluffy! <3
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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by richvh » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:54 am

Didn't read over the whole thing, but note that the twin-tail kit's name is Yakugashi, not Yakugasui.
Aube wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:51 am
Skorpion wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:54 am
paarfi wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:47 am
I'm not sure I got all of it. Anyone got a translation available?
Here is my shot at transcribing [1490]. Hope it helps.
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Panel 1:
Mugi: <Uwah! It's been a while.>
Mugi: <Feels good!>

Panel 2:
Mugi: <Oi>
Mugi: <Yakugasui>
Mugi: <Ain't ya lookin' forward ta see Great Grandma?>

Panel 3:
Yakugasui: <Do I look like I am?>

Panel 4:
Mugi: <Ahh, right.>
Mugi: <First time down 'ere since ya let yer tails down.>
Mugi: <She gonna tease ya big time.>

Panel 5:
Mugi: <Aww, it won't be so bad.>
Mugi: <Ya can take a li'll teasing, can't ya?>

Panel 6:
Yakugasui: <How about you?>
Yakugasui: <You've been drinking as much as possible since we left Tokyo.>

Panel 7:
Mugi: <Ah...>
Mugi: <Isn't this where ya say "Gee, I can't wait until I can get drunk wit ya, mom"?>
Yakugasui: <No, it's not.>

Panel 8:
Mugi: <Yeah, yeah, I know.>
Mugi: <Sorry>
Mugi: <Well, she's lucky I come back here at all, ta be honest.>
Yakugasui: <Is this about great grandma wanting your tail?>

Panel 9:
Mugi: <Where did you hear dat??>
Yakugasui: <Cousin Youko told me great grandma is really only an eight tail and that when your mom threw you out of the family, great grams was gonna kill you and steal your tail.>

Panel 10:
Yakugasui: <She said that since one-tails like you have no power at all, the only thing you are good for is more powerful kitsune can kill you and cut out your spine and tail and merge it with their own spines and gain the power of an additional tail.>
Yakugasui: <The only reason they didn't is because I was a twintail and they were gonna wait till after I was born to...to...>

Panel 11:
Yakugasui: <I know Youko was just tryin' to scare me and stuff, but still. I know everyone was pretty mad at you for a long time and grandma still won't talk to you and...>
Yakugasui: <And...>
Yakugasui: <I think Youko was tryin' to make me appreciate having two tails and to stop hiding them and...>
Yakugasui: <In her own way...>

Panel 12:
Yakugasui: <Uhm...>
Yakugasui: <Sorry.>

Panel 13:
Mugi: <Yaugasui, your great grandma would never hurt either you or me. Ya should be ashamed o' yerself fer thinkin' dat.>

Panel 14:
Mugi: <Dat stuff don't happen anymore.>
Mugi: <Got it?>
Mugi: <Come on, ears up, girl.>
Yakugasui: <Ok.>

Panel 15:
Mugi: <A certain shut-in cousin of yours needs a few swift kicks in da ass next time I see 'em...>
Yakugasui: <But when you say it doesn't happen anymore...>

Panel 16:
Yakugasui: <Does that mean it used to happen?>

Panel 17:
Yakugasui: <I know that if you have more than one tail your spines occupy the same space and stuff and this is why if you have lots of tails you can do all sorts of magical stuff, so...>
Yakugasui: <Did kitsune kill other kitsune and cut out their spines and absorb them so they could get more tails that way?>
Yakugasui: <I have two tails so I sorta kinda get how it might work and...>
Yakugasui: <And...>

Panel 18:
Yakugasui: <One of great grandma's tails is a different color than all the others...>
Yakugasui: <So...>

Panel 19:
Mugi: <Humty!>
Mugi: <Come on, girl! I said get those ears up!>
Yakugasui: <Gya!>
Mugi: <Ya gonna greet yer great grams all gloomy and mopey?>
Mugi: <Ya can't be a shrine maiden like dis!>

Panel 20:
Mugi: <And here I thought you were actin' funny 'cause ya thought great grams was gonna tease ya.>
Mugi: <But no, ya heard a bunch 'a kitsune myth stuff from a no good cousin and it kinda spooked ya.>
Yakugasui: <Maybe a little>
Mugi: <Ya think great grams is kinda scary now?>
Yakugasui: <A little...>

Panel 21:
Mugi: <Well, so are we sometimes, eh sweetie?>
Yakugasui: <I guess>

Panel 22:
GG: <Nawww...Yakugasui-chan could never be scary.>
GG: <Could 'ya, love?>
Mugi: <Wah!>

Panel 23:
GG: <So unlike yer mama, who's always scary.>
Mugi: <I am not!!>
Mugi: <An' don't sneak up on people like dat!>
GG: <I didn't sneak, deary, you two weren't payin attention.>

Panel 24:
GG: <Welcome back, Yakugash-chan. We've missed ya the past couple of years.>
GG: <The local townsfolk are really excited about seeing you again.>
GG: <You've really grown!>

Panel 25:
Yakugasui: <Great grandma,>
Yakugasui: <Were you going to kill my mom and steal her tail?>

Panel 26:
Mugi: <Yakugasui!!>

Panel 27:
GG: <Yep.>
GG: <I did think about it. Yer mom was such a problem child.>
GG: <Still might, one of these days.>
GG: <It's a nice tail.>

Panel 28:
GG: <If she's old enough to ask da questions, she's old enough fer da answers.>
GG: <Shall we go?>
Mugi: <Um...>

to be continued...

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Re: [1490] Visiting the Family Shrine [part 1]

Post by McTrooper » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:36 am

It is probably just me, but I'm having trouble reading this comic. Is the script available or a fan transcript?

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