Webcomic / Hang in There, Kogasa-san

Ohhh? I may exaggerate, but I don't draw anything false, do I?
Kogasa, when Yamame complained one of his earlier strips tarnished her reputation.

Hang in There, Kogasa-San is a Touhou Fan Web Comic story by Mizuki Hitoshi which tells comedically exaggerated stories from his own life and experiences traveling, attending conventions and Dojinshi festivals, and married life in general. The series' main conceit is that Hitoshi uses characters from Touhou (and rarely other anime and manga) as stand-ins for the people in his life, with Kogasa Tatara as Mizuki himself and Sanae Kochiya as his wife.

It is published daily on Pixiv, and an English-translated and regularly updated version can be found here.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Suwako and Kanako for Sanae. Kogasa's parents are even weirder from a human perspective, but they don't anger her as much.
  • Author Avatar: Kogasa for the maker, Sanae for his wife, and random Touhou characters for everyone else.
    • There's some specific choices: Orange Jelly/Dei Shirou is a muscular guy with a flan pudding for a head; Yuzuna99, the maker of "Hang in There, Kogasa-chan," gets an extra-cutesy Kogasa in her style; and Warugaki gets a simple Remilia, fond of wiggling.
    • Sanae's parents are also portrayed as Kanako and Suwako (obviously), while Kogasa's family...are not exactly Touhou characters.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A lot of the humor comes from Sanae getting annoyed at Kogasa, but there are also many strips that show just how much the two care for each other.
  • Big Eater: Kogasa.
    • A later arc gave justification for this: The author is from rural Kochi Prefecture, where "country folks' hospitality is the amount of their food" and "sincerity is measured in Calories."
    • Yuyuko, much to Kogasa's despair, for two reasons: Her tastes are expensive, and recently she insists on the author eating as much as her, usually when he's on a diet.
    • A friend of his, depicted as Mokou in comic, has an even bigger appetite than Kogasa, easily eating a jumbo-sized bowl of ramen where Kogasa could not.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Remilia and arguably Flandre.
  • Brick Joke: Sanae's Youmu cosplay.
    • In the fifth karaoke marathon arc, the manager of the facility is represented as the male version of Ritsuka Fujimaru from Fate/Grand Order. Fans initially believed this was just a nod to the game's massive popularity, but a few strips later when Kogasa goes to speak with the manager, he instead finds the female version of Ritsuka, with the Real Life explanation that the managers had transferred to different stores in the meantime.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kogasa, most of the time.
  • The Cameo: Look at what Kogasa is playing.
    • Action Bomb: Look at the screen in the last panel of the above. Kogasa's about to be exploded by a Creeper in-game.
    • Kyubey is also a recurring cameo throughout the series. Usually shows up as a less-than-trustworthy convention organizer whom Kogasa ends up trusting anyway, with terrible consequences.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Kogasa, who got drunk once from a single sip of beer.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Changes between Kogasa and Sanae.
    • The less we say about Kogasa's parents, the better.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Sanae, which provides much of the series' fanservice
  • Covert Pervert: Sanae isn't very covert about it, generally drawing attention to phallic objects or things that sound inappropriate.
    • Sanae's mother, Suwako, also shows signs of this, like getting angry when learning Kogasa's first meeting with Sanae didn't immediately lead to "passionate love" and being curious about Kogasa and Sanae's sex life.
  • Creator Cameo: ZUN himself appears in a couple of story arcs; he's actually depicted as himself rather than having a stand-in character like everyone else in the series. In his first appearance, Kogasa thanks him for everything he's done.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Being both an Otaku and a Big Eater does a number on Kogasa's budget. Lampshaded In-Universe.
  • Crossover: Between Touhou and several other franchises when the characters would better suit the situation. The author has incredibly diverse tastes.
  • Cue the Rain: Kogasa always seems to be ruining the day by making it rain somehow. It's also discussed in the Anime Boston arc, where a lack of rain at that event is questioned by a fan.
    • It still rained though, didn't it?
  • Diary: The story is the author's journal.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens more than once to Kogasa, often thanks to Sanae.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Ran is shown to be a demon behind the wheel, though ironically, (s)he was the only one exhausted after that driving trip.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever Kogasa does something incredibly adorable, at least one commenter (and sometimes the author) will remind everyone else that she represents a 40-some-year-old man.
  • Food Porn: Rather frequent, given that Kogasa and Sanae are both cardinal foodies.
  • The Gadfly: Many characters in the comic get at least one, mostly at the expense of Kogasa. Sanae is the most prominent, though, especially with her Covert Pervert tendencies, which leave Kogasa flustered. However, Kogasa is occasionally able to do this to Sanae as well.
  • Gender Flip: The writer is male (as are a few of the other characters). His Author Avatar is female in canon and is drawn as a female (with female underwear, etc.), and yet considered male in-story.
  • H-Game: Kogasa played one of these, with obvious consequences.
  • Happily Married: Kogasa and Sanae.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Yamame is usually portrayed in-comic as Kogasa's friend and fellow artist from Osaka. She speaks in a Kansai Regional Accent (portrayed as a Southern accent in the translations) and is shown to be not that good at math.
  • Karaoke Box: Kogasa loves karaoke, and often organizes karaoke events.
  • Life Embellished: The premise of the comic.
  • Made of Iron: Kogasa.
  • Meido: In one instance, Kogasa has to dress up as this as punishment.
  • Mood Whiplash: Some of the humor comes from either Kogasa, Sanae, or a third party saying or doing something that ruins an otherwise heartwarming moment. For a more serious example, Kogasa had to leave Comiket 81 early because someone she knew had died.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Kogasa is obsessed with food and karaoke, but is still a good person.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Some of the one-shot characters do this. It's unavoidable, due to the author using some of the game's rather distinctive cast members as extras. Averted as of late, as the author reduces non-important characters to featureless blobs, reserving actual Touhou characters for closer friends and acquaintances.
  • No Sense of Direction: Yamame.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Sanae is a Gundam fan, sometimes to Kogasa's horror (usually when she tries to force him to watch it); she's also into Kantai Collection, being part of a KanColle dojin circle along with Nazrin. (Kogasa himself is more into moe.)
  • Potty Emergency:
    • During one trip, Remilia demands that Kogasa stop at a service station, threatening to fill her car with "brown charisma" if she doesn't.
    • On a later trip, while Kogasa and Sanae are stuck in traffic, Kogasa needs to go but unfortunately doesn't make it.
    • Kogasa makes it in time in a strip from July 2014, but only because a random person is willing to let her use his home's toilet.
  • Qipao: Kogasa loves it when Sanae wears these; she's savvy enough to know that if she agrees to wear it, she can get Kogasa to do pretty much anything she asks.
  • Running Gag: Quite a few.
    • Kogasa's obsession with food, which clashes with Sanae's attempts to mind their health; a recurring aspect of this is Sanae punishing any major binges by only cooking sashimi konjac for an extended period of time.
    • If Kogasa isn't eating, he's doing karaoke; as of this writing, he's hosted five different 18-hour-plus karaoke marathons (one each year), allowing fans (represented as Majin Gappa from Di Gi Charat) to drop in and participate. A couple of the "Kappa" have even become semi-regulars, occasionally helping Kogasa at conventions.
    • "The System", a seeming conspiracy operated by Yuyuko and her friends to make Kogasa (and less often Sanae) eat lots of expensive food and avoid exercise, which of course clashes with Sanae's health-consciousness (see above).
    • Yamame gets lost, forgets something vital, and/or arrives late; when other characters do this, the Pixiv comments will label it the "Yamame virus".
    • Sanae is unable to come along on a trip for one reason or another (usually workload).
    • Wherever Kogasa goes, you can expect it to rain (or snow if it's cold enough) the entire time she's there; whenever this comes up in the comic, Pixiv readers will tag it with "Ability to generate rain in America for a week", referring to Kogasa's trip to California, which was marked by an unseasonable downpour.
    • The servant is the one in charge of the relationship, in a reversal of the games' situations. Youmu often keeps Yuyuko on a tight leash, and Ran is strict about Yukari's carefree attitude.
    • Sanae has her own obsession: Penguins. She adores penguins and will never intentionally pass up the chance to see them.
  • Sequential Artist: A certain amount of the strips are basically about the pain of being a doujinshi artist; there are poorly conducted cons that make substantial losses (q.v. the PMMM convention mentioned under Shout-Out below)elaboration , and there've been cases where he had to attend cons that he didn't want any part ofelaboration .
  • Shout-Out: An entire arc was more or less recreating Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Fitting, since the arc was about a PMMM con.
    • When Kogasa meets Sanae's dad, Kanako, who asks if she and Sanae have considered marriage, Kogasa's initial (half-joking) indecision incites Kanako to charge a Satellite Cannon.
    • At a hotel, when Kogasa mentions to Sanae that the food is delivered by a steam train model, Sanae imagines the train from Back to the Future Part III.
    • There have been a few nods to Haiyore! Nyarko-san; Kogasa's claims that he needs to replenish his "Karaokenium" by singing is based off a similar gag where Mahiro's mother says that she needs "Sononium" generated by cuddling her son. Additionally, in one of the karaoke marathon arcs Nyarko herself was used as the avatar for the store's manager.
  • Show Within a Show: Sort of. In one story arc, the characters watch episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • Slice of Life
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: This is considering that the manga is a journalesque affair; the majority of plots are based off of Mizuki Hitoshi's experiences traveling abroad. He sometimes adds commentary to his stories to tell what really happened or to remind the reader that some of the things are embellished.
  • Weight Woe: Sanae has this. It affects Kogasa as well, as Sanae actively weight-watches her mate.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Sanae engages in this sometimes, such as when she added homoerotic narration while watching two polar bears at the zoo.
  • Yonkoma