- Were those ears there last strip?
- —tries to find the same position—
- finds one
- Hm, must be the enlarged size.
- Here we see what could actually been a funny joke, ruined by overexpositing. The cutaway panel should be the PUNCHLINE, Shive, not a really bad explanation of it.
- However, this strip is amazing. You know why? Because it in no way implies Nanase is a lesbian! Is Shive improving? We will see!
- Hey look. Another student. Shive has a habit of only ever doing ONE extra per strip, sometimes.
- Oh my god. Dots. Get out of Elliot's gi. When I blur my eyes I can't even see the blackness.
- And they're sitting on the circle! Sneaky bastard...
- Oh. There we go. Nanase's orientation has been confirmed. Dodged a bullet there.
- Justin has a point here. When have Grace and Justin even TALKED? Or Grace and Susan? They've been in the same room, yes, but they never actually interacted. How does she know their names?
- Of course, Grace and Nanase apparently bonded over stoner talk, so Justin should really be saying "I barely even know," not "we."
- But I guess Nanase and Justin only talk to each other about how Nanase is not gay, so he wouldn't really know that, now would he?
- Also, knowing someone isn't actually a huge requirement for a party. Well, not the highschool ones, mind you. Those are more party-party, and less privatey.
- As for Nanase saying yes out of nowhere, it's not like she has any characterization, so it's not that out of the blue. The reactions are pretty interchangable, in my personal opinion.
- She has her reasons. They involve turning into a male and fucking Ellen. A plan so bad, even Nanase realizes how stupid it is. Eventually.
- Yes, blame Tedd. It's almost like Mr. Verres doesn't exist at all. And Tedd masturbates. We can't have Grace exposed to that, now can we?
- Also, that's kind of a dick move. Go to a party, not because you want to enjoy the person's company, or enjoy the party, but because you feel sorry for them, or feel the need to save them from some sort of evil. If you're gonna do that, why not do it when they're giving you free cake?
- Or, y'know, you can just go to the party AND NOT TRANSFORM.
- Is that so hard to comprehend? I doubt Grace will tell you to GTFO if you do.
- And look. A gay joke and a needlessly explained poppish culture reference! Two cheap shots for the price of one!
- Wanna know a secret? This whole hair thing, out of universe, is just so Elliot doesn't look like Ellen. This could be avoided if Ellen was turned into a guy, or if Elliot's hair just stayed the same length, but no, we will have equal opportunity fanservice, dammit!
- So long as it only turns on guys!
- You know, if Justin is so obsessed with hair to the point of compromising his morality, why doesn't he just grow out his own hair? Or keep wigs?
- Or find a vice that isn't so easily exploited. Sure, I could probably get Cakman to turn unironically neo-nazi if I just waved a Suda51 videogame in front of him, but at the same time, he'd be the type of person to probably willingly go to a neo-nazi party anyway, because he's just that type of crazy idiot.
- ...I think I just lost my point.
- Oh. Yeah. If he is that easily bribed, he needs help. Now. An addiction to something readily available is rather...worrying.
- Why would Elliot let Justin dry him off? He needs to change his outfit, chances are, why doesn't he just do it himself?
- I mean, I guess it's because it's ELLIOT's hair, but he'd basically be playing with Ellen's hair, who he seems oddly not attracted to at all, even though they should look exactly the same except for boobage...
- I'm not saying he should be attracted to Ellen, just that he should be able to recognize the familiar traits, and be a bit weirded out by it.
- ANYWAYS, this whole thing ends up going nowhere, because Justin doesn't even play with Elliot's hair, making the whole thing a pointless bust.
- HoooWAT? A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL— TEACHING...SELF DEFENSE?!! Oh. My. God. O____O
- For those who know nothing of martial arts, or have never seen any karate parody ever, martial art's whole schtick is self defense.
- Even my karate teacher, former cop from the bronx, who is EXTREMELY harsh, and all for people beating the living fuck out of each other, has told us time and time again that in the street, you hit them, then you run away.
- Hell, my school is abnormal!
- Most are for the sport! Most will focus more on the confidence building then the actual fighting thing.
- So why Elliot doesn't know this is just...just...bwuh?
- And technically speaking, while Grace is a special little butterfly, most people only get into, what, a handful of actual fights in their life? Greg doesn't know about Lord Tedd, why should he assume it's of the utmost importance she learns right now, and not any of the other people out on the streets who can't defend themselves, and even worse, don't have magical mystical powers of deus ex machina?
- Plus, Grace has telekinesis, or did everyone forget about that? She levitates the guy, leaves, and that's it, problem solved. Why is this power so conveniently forgotten? It's almost like Shive knew it ruined the plot and quietly took it out.
- Only her claws, huh? Damn. Guess we're all fucked then, huh?
- She has frikkin fire proof fur. Don't tell me she can't use that as a supreme mega tail shield.
- Oh wow. Not only is there a couch, but a wall of a different color!
- Tedd thinks you're weird for acting like a cat. I'm more shocked that Grace isn't asking what's the bump in his pants...
- OK, so Grace is angsting about Damien. Guess I was wrong.
- Nope, wait. She's not angsting about trauma that has affected her her entire life, or seeing deaths. Nope. She's wangsting because she doesn't deserve to use her powers.
- Really goes to show her value system, eh?
- What was that about hating violence again?
- Also, Tedd seems oddly unenthused by the idea of cuddling. I know it's because he's worried, but he doesn't look worried either. He just looks disappointed.
- See what I mean, one extra, and then no one. No, Elf-lady does not count, the same way I don't consider Noah to count. They are not extras.
- Heh, remember when this comic series was supposed to be progressive in its gender roles, and Sarah was supposedly a character whose "prefereces" were not defined by her gender?
- Yeah. Neither do I.
Don't worry Shive, you're not totally wrong, I hate you. :3
- This is a strip I have no desire to complain about, mostly because it has nothing to do with EGS. It's just...a school joke. It plays off of none of the character's traits, and it's not really that new of a joke either.
- That being said, the execution in the first panel is downright clunky.
- But other than that, I could pretty much see this joke being done in any strip, with minimal problems keeping it relevant. That's...not always a bad thing, but in this case, I wanna say bad, if only because it makes EGS lose any distinction it might have, and makes it more bland.
- Whadid I tell ya, one extra and HOLY SHIT I CAN JUST KEEP SCROLLING AND SCROLLING I THINK I JUST ORGASMED.
- This uninteresting male child will not have any importance on the plot, and instead be completely overshadowed by yet another lesbian. Fun.
- And so the school uniform arc starts!
- But first, we have one year of non stop party fun! YAY! In fact, there is probably only one reason he introduced the school uniforms before the party...
- Yeah. See that girl's outfit. It's going to be very important in the upcoming plotline. And by very important, I mean fetish bait.
- Although, the girl's eyes are...weird.
- And she has no fucking wrist.
- Oh, yeah, guy is overweight and unattractive, girl is generic paragon of perfection. Whee.
- And Shive has issues when drawing the principal. He looks like hitler. No wait, he's just a fat man. No wait, he's a caricature. Nope, he's just a goomba.
- Also, where did all the non-white people go in this school?
- Do you know for a long time, in the actual EGS thread, no matter what I said, everyone assumed I was just overreacting?
- Wanna know why?
- That was a rhetorical question. If you don't know, reread this entire blog. Now.
- FINE, it was because I am rather sensitive to gender roles, and I occasionally, OCCASIONALLY, nitpick the setting and the characters.
- As a result, people would assume ANY point I made, regardless of how obvious or how unnitpicky it was, was just me being the straw feminist that I was, and brushed it off.
- They weren't totally wrong, after all, I do the same thing. I tend to not listen to people I disagree with on principle. I just scroll past them or zone out.
- So, why do I say this?
- Because Susan has been protrayed as nothing but a sexist misandrist pig, with absolutely no justification as to why, except the double standard that allows her to beat up Tedd.
- This ruins ANY impact her words might have, and makes it seem much easier to brush off her statements as Susan being Susan.
- How effective is it? For a split second, I was ready to deride Susan for being offended by skirts.
- The same person, who not one entry earlier derided EGS for not having any of the 'female' characters dress up in dresspants, but skirts.
- I'm not saying skirts are evil, they're not, but I'd be just as pissed as Susan, if not moreso.
- Especially since winter is fucking freezing.
- So, I merely say this, Susan's characterization has pretty much ruined most sympathetic moments she can get, at the moment. She'll get better as time goes on, but even now, she's still in a rather annoying state of stagnancy.
- So, that's about it for this review,
- Well, wait, there is one more thing.
- SHIVE! YOU! HYPOCRITE! FLARRRRG!
- Now I'm done.