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Webcomic: Hang in There, Kogasa-san
aka: 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 story lines are based on the life of the author, Mizuki Hitoshi, comedically exaggerated.

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

Tropes include:

  • 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 to 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 due to two reasons: her tastes are expensive and recently she insists on Kogasa eating as much as her, usually when he's on a diet.
    • A friend of his, who is 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: The last panel of the above, look at the screen. Kogasa's about to be exploded by a Creeper ingame.
    • Kyubey is also a recurring cameo throughout the series. Usually as a less-than-trustworthy convention organizer which Kogasa of course ends up trusting, with terrible consequences.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Kogasa, who got drunk once by 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 first meeting 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: Happened more than one time to Kogasa, often by Sanae.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Ran has shown to be a demon behind the wheel, ironically though she (he?) was the only one exhausted after that driving trip.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever Kogasa does something incredibly adorable, at least one commenter 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 gets at least one, mostly at the expense of Kogasa. Sanae is the most prominent though, especially with her Covert Pervert tendencies which leaves Kogasa flustered. Kogasa however is able to do this to Sanae occasionally 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 usualy portrayed in-comic as Kogasa's friend and artist from Osaka. She speaks in a Kansai Regional Accent (portrayed as a southern accent in the translations), as 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 of 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 a trip Remilia demanded Kogasa stop at a service station and threatened to fill her car with "brown charisma" if she didn't.
    • On a later trip, while Kogasa and Sanae were stuck in traffic, Kogasa needed to go but unfortunately didn't make it.
    • Kogasa made it in a strip in July 2014, but just because a random person is willing to let Kogasa to use his house's toilet.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kogasa orders a meal only to get a wrong one or nothing at all.
    • Yuyuko brings Kogasa or Sanae to restaurants that're massively overpriced for the couple.
    • Yamame getting lost and/or arriving late.
    • Yuyuko forcing Kogasa to eat alot of food when she gets the chance.
    • Sanae for whatever reason being unable to go on trips.
    • During the arc where they go to America, Kogasa having the uncanny ability to attract rain. Even so much as causing record-low temperatures in places.
  • Sequential Artist: a certain amount of the strips was basically the pain of being a doujinshi artist; there were poorly-conducted cons that made substantial loss (q.v. the below PMMM convention)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 re-creating Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Fitting, since the arc was on a PMMM con.
    • When Kogasa meets Sanae's dad, Kanako, who asks if she and Sanae considered marriage, Kogasa's apprehensiveness causes 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 3.
  • 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 that,and it affected Kogasa as well, as Sanae is actively weight-watching Kogasa.
  • 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

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