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 about Kogasa Tatara and Sanae Kochiya being happily married and living together. Both are famous manga artists, and the story describes their daily lives between traveling, conventions, and general tasks for work. The catch is that all the storylines are based on the life of the author, Mizuki Hitoshi, comically exaggerated.

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


Tropes:

  • Acrophobic Bird: Sadly, only the acrophobia part of the trope applies to Kogasa.
  • 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, obviously, portrayed as Kanako and Suwako, 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.
  • 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 who Kogasa ends up trusting, of course, 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. Not too covert, though.
    • 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 Kanako and Sanae's sex life.
  • 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 30-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.
  • 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.
  • No Sense of Direction: Yamame.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Sanae is a Gundam fan, sometimes to Kogasa's horror. (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.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kogasa orders a meal, only to get the wrong one or nothing at all.
    • Yuyuko brings Kogasa or Sanae to restaurants that are massively overpriced for the couple.
    • Yamame gets lost, forgets something vital, and/or arrives late.
    • Yuyuko forces Kogasa to eat a lot of food when she gets the chance.
    • Sanae is unable to come along on a trip for one reason or another (usually workload).
    • During the first "trip to America" arc, Kogasa shows an uncanny ability to attract rain, enough to cause record-low temperatures in places.
  • 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 loss (q.v. the PMMM convention menttioned under Shout-Out below)elaboration , 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.
  • Show Within a Show: Sort of. In one story arc, the characters watch episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • Slice of Life
  • Weight Woe: Sanae has this. It affects Kogasa as well, as Sanae actively weight-watches her mate.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: 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.
  • Yonkoma