Webcomic: Amazing Agent Jennifer
Beautiful. Deadly. Classified.
A prequel to English-language manga Amazing Agent Luna
. Follows the early career of Jennifer Kajiwara, as she enrolls in college and is recruited by a government agency. Published in two volumes, it was also released as a webcomic.
It can be found here
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Of the jerkass variety. Benjiro openly calls Jennifer a disgrace after she leaves them for good. Jennifer's mother isn't much better either. The first thing she does when the family starts falling apart is blame Jennifer for it, when it's more than clear that it was Benjiro's excessive strictness that drove Jennifer away. And in their appearance in AAL, they're apparently acting like nothing has happened, and even trying to guilt trip Jennifer for leaving them.
- The Ace: Jennifer. Any hobby or activity that she decided to take up, she pursued till she was one of the best in the field. For example, she made the US Olympic swim team, and only backed out because her father objected to it being a distraction from what he wanted her to do.
- Anyone Can Die: Three characters are safe because this is a prequel and we see them again in AAL. Everyone else is in dire danger.
- Bland-Name Product: Hoogen-Dash ice cream.
- Blood Knight: Agent D can get a little...excited during fights.
- Call Forward:
- This scene, referencing Jennifer's motherly role in AAL.
- "Dammit, Trainee K, I'm unimportant!" Like mentor, like pupil...
- Code Name: Agents are expected to only know each other's code letters and not use real names. At the end, Jennifer suggests that the Agency get rid of this rule to prevent another rogue like Master Control from creating his own splinter agency, and by AAL, the only one to use a code name is Jennifer (Control) herself.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to Amazing Agent Luna. In contrast to Luna's high school escapades, Jennifer's story is far more serious.
- Exact Words:
- "Were you able to drop your classes?" "Yes, Father." But Jennifer didn't mention which classes she'd dropped...
- When Jennifer talks to Kim about Dan's death, she doesn't lie, but she doesn't spill any secrets either. She doesn't have to, since Kim's already written her own version of the story in her head, and what Jennifer does say fits right into that.
- Face-Heel Turn:Agent Elyse Douglas was assigned to get close to the count's younger son as a lover. When the count was killed and his older son found to be responsible, Elyse got engaged to the younger one, and later helps his soldiers track down her former teammates.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Jennifer's father, who considered anything that distracted her from taking over the family business, including any extracurricular activities to be 'fantasy'.
- Gambit Pileup: During the mission to Bruckenstein, everyone except Jennifer herself is involved in something.
- Genki Girl: Kim, Jennifer's university roommate.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Averted
- The Handler: The job of a Control agent, most particularly Master Control.
- Homage: The Volume 2 cover◊ directly homages the iconic cover of Days of Future Past.
- Honey Trap: When infiltrating Bruckenstein, Agent D is instructed to "get close" to the Count's younger son Heinrich. She's to do "whatever it takes."
- Honor Before Reason: Jennifer and Master Control are trying to escape and Agent L is covering their escape. Instead of taking that opportunity to escape unnoticed, Jennifer fights Agent L to have him answer for treason...which drags on their escape long enough for Agent D to catch up with them... and Agent L ends up dying taking a bullet for Jennifer.
- Hot Librarian: Invoked with Kim, who decides Jennifer can pull of the stern and attractive look.
- Kick the Dog:
- Jennifer, you're not supposed to say to a dying man who just took a bullet for you and whose last (attempted) words were that he loves you, that he doesn't love you and that he doesn't even deserve to say it.
- Jennifer's parents' treatment of her for choosing a path in life other than that of their family business is this to serious levels, and reaches its worst in the "Coming Home" arc.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Vol 2, Crazy enough to take a freelance wetwork job against a head of state. And then there is Agent D. No wonder Jennifer froze over even more before AAL.
- The Makeover: After Jennifer shows up at her door, Kim wheels her around town, buying her new clothes, makeup, taking off her glasses...before deciding she looks better with glasses after all. Which gives her a new idea, and they re-do the makeover with a Hot Librarian in mind. Jennifer comes out looking like a Hot Scientist instead, but they both agree that works too.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: The beginning of one is shown. Master Control is in charge of teaching Jennifer, who will go on to create, raise and train Luna.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jennifer starts out averting this, and at one point defies it; her outfits are much less racy than the ones she wears in Amazing Agent Luna. However, we eventually get to see her transformation, courtesy of Kim, into the Hot Scientist from Luna.
- Never Be Hurt Again: This is why Jennifer is such a hardcase in AAL. She is betrayed by almost everyone in her life; first her parents, then the boy she loves, and finally her mentor and father figure. It gets so bad that she pushes away Kim, the one friend she has left, because she can't take the chance of trusting her and being betrayed again.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Kim, who is the one comedic character in an otherwise serious manga.
- Rogue Agent: Every agent in this series goes rogue at some point, and the main plot is a collision of two renegade operations controlled by the same agent.
- Secret Test of Character: The final training exam is an unannounced invasion of the Agency by "terrorists" who "incapacitate the active agents," which determines whether the young trainees have the courage and resolve needed to become agents themselves. Only two trainees pass.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Jennifer bails on the Agency after coming to the conclusion that they ordered the hit on the Count von Bruckenstein. She returns when she figures out that, while they let it happen, they weren't actually involved in the Count's murder.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Master Control is trying to break away from the Agency and go independent with his star pupils so they can have a life of their own and be together.