Webcomic: Contemplating Reiko
Four girls. Countless bodies.
A one-panel webcomic created by Vincent Grisanti. Reiko Mouryou is a typical 6-year-old girl. Except she's a demon. A very violent, darkly sarcastic little demon girl. She lives with her three sisters: Shihoka, whose eyes are always hidden behind a pair of sunglasses; Shirabe, a serial dater (and date killer), and Shinobu, a tomboy ninja. Along with her pet crocodile, Lucy (short for Lucifer), and imposing yakuza
father, Mitsugu, they live a typical family life. By that, we mean that people frequently meet a violent end.
Featured on Grisanti's Web site Tainted Ink.com
This webcomic provides examples of:
- A Love to Dismember: Provides the page photo.
- Art Evolution: Reiko has evolved slightly since the comic began. Noticeably, her face became rounder, and she lost a pair of worn looking lines under her eyes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Mitsugu.
- Big Sister Instinct : When she sees Reiko getting repeatedly pelted by snowballs, Shinobu deals with it like you'd expect. As in, she stabs the girl throwing them through the back with her sword.
- Black Comedy: Oh boy, is it ever!
- Black Widow : Shirabe. Men who go on a date with her rarely survive the experience.
- "The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach!" Literally.
- Blatant Lies: I didn't do it◊.
- Blinding Bangs: Reiko has these, though they don't hide her eyes. They hide the budding pair of horns growing out of her forehead.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: As demonstrated here◊.
- Bloody Hilarious
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick "Reiko broke my dolly/dinosaur/arms and legs".
- Chess with Death: He apparently always wins too.
- Continuity Nod: This panel◊, featuring Shinobu skateboarding in the house, is followed up by her punishment◊ for it two strips later.
- Remember◊ Shinobu saying she wanted to wean her Guinea Pig off of vegetables, and onto human flesh? It worked◊.
- Deadpan Snarker: Reiko mostly, but others have their moments too.
- Deliberately Monochrome : The comic is done entirely in black and white, with red being the only color used. Certain strips have an option to view them in color, but the feature seems to have been dropped as of the sites update.
- Dem Bones: Shirabes friend, Bonny.
- Dye Hard: Shirabe.
- Eats Babies: Pretty self explanatory.
- Eyes Always Shut: Reiko's mom Fumiko.
- Eye Scream: "Eyes on your own paper, Petey"◊.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: The end result of chili dogs and onions day.
- Four Is Death: A recurring motif in the series. There are four sisters, all four years apart, a blushing Reiko is seen offering four roses to The Grim Reaper, and so on.
- Friendly Sniper: Fumiko. A rather polite Yamato Nadeshiko, who can apparently shoot the wings off a butterfly from 1000 yards.
- Happily Married: Mitsugu and Fumiko.
- Headless Horseman: Irving. Though he's too much of a Butt Monkey to be a threat.
- Hidden Eyes: Shihoka, whose eyes are concealed behind a pair of sunglasses.
- Horned Humanoid: All the Mouryou's have horns. Reiko's are hidden under her bangs.
- Infant Immortality : Averted.
- Kiss of Death: Parodied here.
- Mama Bear: Fumiko.
- Meaningful Name: Reiko is a common Japanese name, but the kanji of her name is spelled atypically, reading as "Ghost Child."
- And her sisters all have names beginning with "shi"—which is a homophone for "death".
- Shinobu takes it one step further, as her name is very similar to shinobi(ninja).
- Missing Mom: The comic went on for five years without even a mention of Reiko's mom, her whereabouts, or even whether she was alive. She finally appeared in 2010. Her excuse for the long absence? A fishing trip. With a dead whale to prove it.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: As demonstrated here.
- Multiple Head Case: Zenith (Zeni) and Nadir (Nadi) Tweeling.
- Noodle People: Pretty much everyone in the Mouryou family aside from Mitsugu.
- Obliviously Evil: It's often hinted that the Mouryou family isn't so much intentionally malevolent as they just consider random murder, mutilation, and torture a completely normal and reasonable way to deal with others. It's not completely consistent on this matter, though.
- Odd Name Out: Reiko is the only one of the Mouryou siblings, whose name doesn't begin with "Shi-".
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Every member of the Mouryou family except for Shirabe and Mitsugu.
- Pointy Ears: All the Mouryous.
- Police Are Useless: No smoking◊
- Precocious Crush: Reiko appears to have◊ one◊...on The Grim Reaper of all people.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Reiko and Mitsugu.
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: A very borderline case. The comic started out as an extremely bleak Sadist Show with death and murder. Newer strips are still dark, but they revolve more around monster-related jokes with the family than Reiko's gruesome exploits.
- Sadist Comic
- Scary Teeth: Whenever her mouth is open wide enough, Reiko's wicked◊ chompers◊ are visible.
- Schedule Slip: The comic has experienced two notable ones, the most recent being the drought of new pages starting after the New years 2012 comic.
- Shout-Out: Shirabe apparently attends Gein High School.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch! : "Don't fuck with my sister, bitch".
- See the above "Big Sister Instinct".
- Too Dumb to Live: A large majority of Reiko's classmates.
- For two examples, they talk about how awesome and adorable Reiko's boa constrictor◊ is after it's eaten them alive, and eagerly pay to get their picture taken with a "Santa"◊ who's very obviously a vicious child-eating ogre of Japanese mythology, and actually has the lower body of a half-eaten child still dangling out of his mouth.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Par for the course, actually. At least, for demons.
- Tongue on the Flagpole: Demonstrated here◊, by Shinobu.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Fumiko is the demon world version: a doting mother and House Wife whose hobbies include flower arranging, calligraphy, tea ceremony, katana wielding, drinking booze, and bounty hunting.
- Youkai: Uncle Kenzo◊ is an oni.
- Yubitsume: Mitsugu appears to have undergone this. It's hinted elsewhere that it's just his wife's response to touching her cooking before it's ready to serve, though.