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The Great Nitpicky Live Blog of El Goonish Shive
Mr AHR

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:3 ...Eh. I'm pretty much coblogger now, so I think I can stop with the colon threes.

Also, I suppose I should ask this because A_H_R is too shy to: How many people are reading this blog as we post? If you do regularly read it, could ya give us a notice in the thread? We like to know that people are reading.

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Cakman 11th Dec 10
AHR said:

Grace's character fluctuated. A lot. Same with Sarah.

Elliot slightly less so, Tedd, barely.

Also, fuck you.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
Endark Culi:

Well, I'm regularly reading. And I should admit that I'm finding this banter between the two of you to be just as, if not moreso, entertaining as the comments themselves. It's like a classic comedy routine, with AHR as the straight man and Cakman as...the other guy, whatever he's called. I can only wonder how things will develop as you slowly approach the more modern-day strips...
Cakman 11th Dec 10
Gilphon:

/raises hand

I'm reading it, and have no plans to stop doing so anytime soon.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
AC Drawings:

Normally I'd be replacing Cakman as the straight-man to AHR's overly-indulgent complaints, But I don't feel like deconstructing every single one of her arguments, it's being pedantic over pedantics.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
Cakman:

Well, originally, I would just AIM her remarks about the liveblog and post :3s, describing how her jokes went over and whatnot, but I actually find it remarkably therapeutic to do it on my own.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
e X:

Of course I am reading it, I was the one who requested it in the first place and I am enjoying it very much, especially since we are getting finally to the actual comic, means no more less filler and joke strips and more plot and, sadly, characterization.

Also, on the comic itself, I finally realized what I dislike Grace so much. Well, I do detest all of the characters, but all for different reasons. Except Elliot, maybe.

So on Grace, and by extension Tedd, the problem with her characterization is the lack thereof, besides her attraction to Tedd.Thats it, she likes Tedd. Even after the introduction of her siblings and Damian, it never gets anymore complicated than that. Yes, we don't even get a reason why she actually likes him.

So, what Shive actually did, he recreated the female main character from any romcom and harem anime there is. The girl whose whole motivation is to be with the main character, despite having an awesome array of special powers. Why? Because she is in love with him. What does she loves about him? Well... . We never get a real reason for her affection to Tedd, neither, and maybe more important, do we get one why she is only interested in him. The only other trait she ever displays is that she is a Cloudcuckoolander. Otherwise, after the Damien arc, she has little influence on the plot at all, even her own party.

The counterpart for this is Tedd/Elliot, your typical harem anime main character, just split into two. One gets the Straight Man tendencies this character usually displays towards the whole situation he is in, the other gets the Accidental Pervert part. In the beginning anyway, both of them actually do get Character Development. Actually, you could call Tedd a Pino, a pervert in name only, because he never actually does anything "perverted", outside of the Sarah-Bikini filler, he only talks about it. You could assume thats because he has Grace now, but he continues to act in the same way. One of his most annoying character traits.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
Fusionman:

I'm reading regularly. You need the nuts one to your group? Cause I'm here.
Cakman 11th Dec 10
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Yeah, Grace is basically a Magical Girlfriend (not to be confused with a Magical Girl, who is usually the main character of the story, rather than playing second fiddle to some guy). Stop me if you've heard this one: an ordinary teenage boy meets a strange girl. She is usually supernatural or alien in nature, ignorant of normal human social behavior, and utterly devoted to the male protagonist. Her sole purpose is to make his life more interesting, for better or worse. Bonus points if she's naked when they first meet.

As to why he doesn't ask who she is or where she came from? I don't know. He's probably thinking she'll start crying again and about how would that look with Elliot and Grace around.
Morgikit 15th Jul 13
...with Elliot and Sarah around. Sorry.
Morgikit 27th Jul 13
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