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The Great Nitpicky Live Blog of El Goonish Shive
Mr AHR

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Strips 231-240 (A Crappy Fight to End the Attack of the Psycho Bisexual Clone...and Goo)
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Strip 232

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Strip 235

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Sketchbook Strip 112302

MARY SUE

Strip 236

I hate this strip. I hate it with every fiber of my being. I hate it so much I don't even want to bother using bullet points. You couldn't have let them fight, Shive? Not for one microsecond? This goes past Missed Moment of Awesome. This is not only blatant favoritism, shitty writing, this is just pathetic.

And you know what? This ain't gonna stop. I've read this series many many many many times. Almost every fight in it, every climactic encounter is the exact opposite of that. They are the most anti-climactic things I have ever seen. There has only been ONE fight that I would say averted this, and that would be a fight that happened very recently. As in, September 24th, 2010 recently. And even that had horrible artwork (comparatively speaking) and someone else showing up to steal the majority of the spot light.

You could at least have set up an Eigen Plot with lots of little mini goos or SOMETHING but noooooo! You have to go and make your imaginary girlfriend be the special super powerful super cute super hero of the friggin fuckin day!

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Sketchbook Strip 120102

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Strip 240

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AC Drawings

You have been to high school, right?
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Yes. I don't recall ever seeing a girl wearing only a piece of cloth that just barely covers her chest, and nothing else.

Keep in mind, Nanase's "shirt" ends just as her rib cage separates. I want you to put your hand there, until you reach your nipple, and go up a bit more.

That is ALL she is wearing. It's almost the equivalent of wearing this◊ to school.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Gilphon:

So, to continue with my tradition of nitpicking the nitpicks

lso, I just realized something, ain't it kind of a dick move to send Nanase in just because she's a girl? I mean, I get she won't be losing any genitals or anything, but her breasts are gonna grow a couple sizes, her hair will grow ten fold...wouldn't that be REALLY annoying, ESPECIALLY since they don't know how permanent it is. No, scratch annoying, it's fricken horrifying. Sure you can cut your hair but do you really wanna spend the rest of your life looking like THIS?.

Yes, it does have an adverse effect on women as well, however: I'm unsure if they know what the beam does to females yet and even if they do, That still wouldn't be as bad as permanently switching genders, unless I'm greatly underestimating the weight of those things.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Well, the first point I'll give you, but I doubt that sending someone in without knowing how it will affect her is that nice.

As for the weight thing, breasts are fat. That's really all they are. They're not balloons of air, every ounce of that is human fat. There are also other health problems due to breast size as well.

Normal breasts weight about a pound each, with double d's weighing about four pounds each. That does not seem like a lot, but carrying that around 24/7 can be strenous for those who are well endowed.

Now keep in mind that Nanase is already easily around that ball park, and that she could have only gotten bigger from that point.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
e X:

Wait, who's General Shadetail again? Is he from the Lord Tedd dimension?

Anyway, the name itself will never be not lame. It is just such a generic "cool name", that you should really never name any serious character after it.

And this fight continues my suspicion that Dan Shive watches, or watched, too much anime. This fight feels like a scene from a bad magical girl anime.

Some site characters appear, fight the monster a little bit without doing much damage, get slapped around, more side characters appears, same thing happens, main character appears, monster folds.

It makes fight incredible bland and predictable when you know in advance, that none of the characters present will beat the monster, because only the power of the main character can do this. If you go with this, why even bother having the site character fight * a lot of shonen has this problem too, btw?
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Yes. The Lord Tedd dimension. The alternate of Grace.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
e X:

Ah, okay thank you.

Two things, though:

First, he looks a lot like Son Goku◊ here. The way he stare at you, I mean.

Second, that makes him look rather menacing. Honestly, this guy had no influence on the story up until now asides from this picture, and I still find him more interesting then the rest of the current main villain. He looks Bad Ass! * though I could be easily biased here, because he looks so much like Son Goku
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Shive has a tendency of making his AU s more interesting than the main story. Especially the one that Ellen receives. Now THAT is a universe that I would not mind reading about.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Gilphon/holds up hands

I'm perfectly willing to accept that breasts are quite heavy, and I'm sure that would be quite a bit of trouble, butů well, I have trouble seeing an extra few pounds of weight being added as being comparable to your entire life being uprooted.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Well, yes, the physical aspects would not uproot your life. The social aspects on the other hand, much likely to cause an uproar.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Cakman:

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240

Hey, AHR, when does Shive start including blog entries to his strips? That'll give us something extra to comment on.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Not for a very very very very very long time.

Wait for the art to improve first.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Cakman:

:-(
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Goggle Fox:

. . . I'm just going to shake my head at the argument near the end of the last page and walk away for now.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
236: At least you can take solace in the fact that Grace totally looks like a dude in that last panel, breasts notwithstanding.

239: Grace is so important that the monster surrenders as soon as it recognizes her, aborting the fight scene. Woo!
Brickman 28th Feb 11
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