Kiwi Blitz is a Pretty Cool Webcomic by Mary Cagle! It updates irregularly at the moment due to Cagle having a teaching job over in Japan, but aims for around once a week.
Steffi Frohlich is a mech fighter and heir to the Mecha Machen robotics company, living with her dad and hanging out with her best friend Benzene. But this 14-year old gal has a dream… a dream to be a famous vigilante and fight any bad guys that the underfunded and ill-equipped NYPD are unable to handle themselves. And when her father shows off his latest creation, a giant mech named “Kiwibot,” it’s the perfect chance to make her dream come true!
Of course, being a superhero is far from easy, and anyone just in it for thrills will learn that very, VERY quickly. Fortunately Steffi has a sizable support network when she’s fighting crime as “Blitz,” including NYPD officer Bahia Reed, Benzene, her father, and the mysterious robot only known as 42, but that’s not always enough when it gets down to the actual life-and-death battles. Will Steffi’s determination and prowess at robot battling see her through?
Ever read a superhero comic and think “man this needs more fighting robots?” Ever read a fighting robot manga and think “man this needs some superhero action?” Well then, Kiwi Blitz is the comic for you! There’s a strong appeal to Cagle’s work that manages to delve into serious territory about the dangers of fighting crime without losing its charm and sense of fun. It also brings up some of the politics of crime fighting, especially the trope of the police always seeming to be useless, and turns it around as a way to show exactly why that happens and the trouble officers have to face when robots, costumed criminals, and vigilantes get their business everywhere, which is a nice take on the idea.
Kiw Blitz features several scenes of violence up to and including limb loss, and is recommended for teens and up.
[Spoiler warning for Chrono Cross’s first few hours!]
The secondary protagonist of Chrono Cross is Kid, a mysterious thief with a bad attitude and an inexplicable Australian accent*. Her hobbies include revenge, stabbing things with knives, and slowly dying of incurable poisons. Kid shows up with a “not so fast” and a slow upward pan to save Serge from being arrested for Ghost Crimes shortly after crossing into Another World. A recurring thing that starts in this scene is her saying she’ll “kick [the enemy’s] arse so hard they’ll kiss the moons” which is a charming and extremely viable threat, as the game’s rude fantasy moons are way up in their planet’s business.
Kid ends up as Serge’s biggest ally, but the beginning of the game kind of incentivizes you to make him be a huge jerk to her. After saving Serge from capture, she gives a speech about their meeting being fate and suggests that they travel together. The typical RPG player would say “yes,” but there’s an optional party member you can only recruit by being like “ha ha, nah.” Just for kicks you can keep treating her like a weird stalker for a while after. Not too far later on you can peace out on her when she’s coughing up blood in a backwater clinic, which is the only way to recruit Chrono Trigger Reference/avoid recruiting Angry Speedo Guy. But don’t worry, a mysterious vision in the game’s first ten minutes prophesies you totally making it up to her.
All in all, though, Kid is a cool character with neat theme music and a cool story**. Also I just realized I am basically writing an extended Cracked article about Chrono Cross and I have to go lie down.
*One possible explanation for Kid’s accent is that it is actually a Cockney British accent, a manner of speech which all young orphans develop independently. It’s either that or Australia is canon.
**…provided you took detailed notes on Chrono Trigger.***
***(jk, i played cross before trigger and enjoyed it all the same)
This one’s from a week ago; I was thinking “what would the first chapter cover of Hanako look like if I started drawing the comic today”
I like the idea of each chapter being named with a single word/Kanji
Thoughts on chapter three of A Dance With Dragons from “A Song of Ice and Fire” by a first-time reader.
Hidden behind the cut for your spoiler needs…
As far as Sansa is concerned, towards the middle of Feast for Crows it is subtly implied that she is coming into her Warg powers as well, though they were likely stunted by the long period she spent without any animal companionship.
While at Littlefinger’s holdfast, the narration very subtly implies that she warged into the old dog she spent pretty much all of her time there with, who scared off the minstrel who was aggressively hitting on her.
Since I tend to walk the line between the western comics world and anime land, I get a lot of questions from people who’ve never watched anime about what a good starting point is. My first question back is always “well, what do you like in general?”
So I decided to finally make a “IF YOU LIKE…
Laughing forever at the “If you like My Little Pony, watch Madoka Magica!” I do kind of get where you’re coming from though.
But yeah nearly all of these shows are really great (I haven’t watched Nichijo, and I’m not a fan of Ghost in the Shell).
Blitz: Uses nonlethal methods, to the extent that even her giant mecha uses nets as a primary weapon.
42: Unable to harm humans.
Raccoon: Technically a villain, still very careful not to seriously injure people even uses proper safety for tools that aren’t meant to be weapons.
Donner: FUCK DAT NOISE, I’ve got a katana and a GUN, you break da law I will straight up kill your ass
Pyromancy: FUCK YEAH fire everywhere! Fire whip! Fire orb! Iron flesh! Burn, baby BURN!
Sorcery: Soul arrows! Life orbs! No fall damage! Magical weapons and arrows! I am the ultimate Mage!
Miracles: I can turn into barrels and heal myself and make a harmless shockwave. Woo?
You forgot “OH SHIT DUDE IS HALFWAY BEHIND ME BETTER SPAM WRATH OF GODS 15 TIMES IN A ROW”