I am bored.
So incredibly bored.
I get it. Character development.
What happens in this strip? Honestly?
We get a reinstatement of sexuality, and further prattling about Nanase and Ellen. More than half the strip devoted to walking around a point.
This strip is also pointless, since it totally could have been merged with the other Justin strips from before.
About three needlessly extended jokes in one strip.
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I'd believe you way more Shive, if you didn't put so much emphasis on crushes and relationships.
Only one of those interactions are plot important. The super tiny Tedd freak-out.
Sarah finds female Elliot hot. That's all that happens in this strip. It's pointless dialogue that shows a clear lack of understanding to any type of sex except for basic vaginal sex.
And now they're repeating stuff that we already knew, except for the handwave as to why Tedd didn't need his male clothes.
So, all of this, for like one line of an explanation.
Oh, and this pointlessly long gag.
That lasts two entire strips
I want you to read this strip very carefully.
Now, I want you to tell me.
What does this contribute to the plot?
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Hahah. It's funny because they look like sluts.
Not to mention the joke would have been better if Elliot just shut his damn mouth. DON'T EXPLAIN THE JOKE.
OK, look, another hinting at a subplot, the rest of the strip being devoted to an inane explanation for an inane gag.
- Phew, after 1 month of pointless banter, we get to something of a plot.
- So, our first actual plot point is that different people = different dolls for Nanase.
- Also, skinniness is genetic. If you're scarfing down that much food, you're either yes, requiring such a diet to keep your normal weight, or you're just built that way.
- Considering how Shive is not exactly skinny himself, I suspect that this is how he justifies them being fit, since clearly, normal people must be like him! Right?
- Good to know even the male fairies are just as creepy looking.
- Although, note it's generic boxy shape, when an exaggerated male structure would be a Y shape, as opposed to a )( shape of an exaggerated female.
- Yes, this bugs me.
- Because when I'm being pleasantly surprised by the way South Park females are being drawn, there is something wrong here!
- I don't think this strip goes anywhere.
- Dammit, don't make me revoke bullet-point privileges again!
- SUSAN HAS NO FINGERNAILS
- POOR SUSAN.
- I TAKE BACK EVERYTHING I EVER SAID ABOUT YOU.
- This is just painful to read.
- Also, if this was true, what about ftms? Why hadn't Susan done research on them?
- And you know, considering all those speeches Grace gave about fully functional females not happening for a while, she'd probably use that as an excuse as to her nonmanliness.
- Or how about the fact that Tedd still acts depraved as a female?
- She could make an argument it's the brain, something that apparently doesn't change too much, unless you want your entire personality to be rewritten.
- Or...I dunno, start talking in a scandinavian accent...
- OF COURSE!
- Susan isn't sexist because she hates men!
- It's because she loves her father, and wants to excuse his behavior.
- She is planning your death with every grin.
- This is the arc that I love to hate.
- Go ahead.
- Defend this.
- Defend the use of a voice based contest in a visual form of entertainment.
- Hell, don't bother.
- No matter what you say, no matter what point you try to make,
- NOTHING can save this series from the unBELIEVABLY shitty result to this karaoke shitfest.
- It's shit.
- Shitty shit.
- Fun fact, that last panel was used as a reaction image the first time I announced I was going to be writing a blog on EGS.
- This joke is...OK...
- It's not too explained.
- It's generic, but as far as generic things go, it's certainly refined genericness.
- But it's just more and more of things being put off.
- Hooray for informed abilities.
- Why singing?
- In a COMIC?
- Also, is it just me, or is everyone acting kinda like a dick?
- I mean, most people who sing aren't too keen on singing well.
- So most people, frankly wouldn't care if it was bad.
- So...yeah...Grace is kinda right, but it's not something that should really be explained...I think...
- Isn't this fun?
- Are you excited?
- Remember those fairy guys?
- Remember how they were fighting the shadow guy named Magus?
- The plot that made no sense?
- Don't you frakking miss the plot?
- I know I do.
- God I hate Ellen.
- Do I need a reason?
- I'm quirky!
- BLUH BLUH
- HUGE BITCH
- YOU'RE NOT QUIRKY!
- YOU'VE NEVER BEEN QUIRKY!
- GRACE, MAYBE. TEDD, SURE, but YOU?
- HELL NO!
- AND PLEASE, if someone said that in real life, I am pretty sure it would be pressed on more than it is here.
- WHY IS THAT A VALID EXCUSE?
- GOD YOU'RE SUCH AN ATTENTION WHORE.
- Yes, this pisses me off way more than it should, why do you ask?
- On the brighter side of things, we see a slightly ok dynamic between Tedd and Susan, although they seem to be more annoyed with each other than bffles over insulting.
- I mean, these guys aren't even real people. They're lead by the carrot on the stick to follow the plot.
- I swear, if there was any character arcs that were more "plot" driven than this, it would be a YA romance book!
- Let me clarify, sometimes, in series, stupid things will happen for the sake of "the plot"
- Like, people will hold onto the idiot ball, or not talk to each other, stuff like that.
- Only, instead of the plot, it happens for really bad characterization.
- Look at Elliot's hair.
- It's like two solid pylons.
- Can he walk using those as legs?
- I'd say It's not what you think
- But I'd be lying.
- It is EXACTLY what you think it's going to be.
- And I am proud to say that I get to take this chance to say, tune in next time, because the bad drama is gonna hit the ceiling, and I will be there, to watch it burn.