Kiwi Blitz is a Webcomic by Mary Cagle (known elsewhere on the net as one of a number of variations of "Cube Watermelon"), updated either bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays, or weekly on just Wednesdays, depending on how busy the watermelon is.The main character is 14-year-old Steffi Frohlich, who under the guise of "Blitz" fights crime in a future New York City using her bird-shaped Mini-Mecha, Kiwibot. She's assisted in this by her best friend Benzene who acts as Mission Control and later the Robot Girl 42. Of course, that's just what she does during her free time, when she's not busy with her day job as a junior Robot League combatant.Along with the ill-equipped NYPD, Steffi/Blitz battles masked criminals, rogue military hardware, and most importantly, her own boredom.Current Tracks are, in order...
Action Dad: Heinrich Frohlich pilots Kiwibot in his daughters place during Track 17
Allergic to Routine: Steffi, Gear, and even Raccoon seem to be motivated by boredom to some extent.
An Arm and a Leg: Steffi and Gear suffer this to some extent, since they have prosthetic limbs. Reed becomes a new addition after Gear cuts his right arm off.
Animal Mecha: Kiwibot is a kiwi bird mecha, hence the title.
Not to mention the majority of the other mechas we've seen also have animal designs.
Animesque: The artist commented on her style on her Twitter account: "Note that that isn't a complaint at all. I enjoy living on the edge of animeish/animesque/pseud-anime/kinda-anime/ like those Pokémon people".
Arms Dealer: Steffi reveals that her family's company initially started off as a weapons developer and made huge profits during World War III. Steffi is clearly not very comfortable with this fact.
Army of Lawyers: When Steffi's Clark Kenting utterly fails, Reed tells her that the only reason the Police haven't questioned her and her dad is that the latter "has like fifty lawyers" thanks to being CEO of a big company.
Big Damn Heroes: Although Reed is holding his own in the fight, Blitz entering the fight (here and on the following page) comes across as this.
Bilingual Bonus: Steffi is fluent in German (English is her second language).
Cast of Snowflakes: The artist works this. Minor characters and even nameless bystanders get unique faces and designs.
Chekhov's Skill: Early in comic, it's mentioned that Steffi had taken taekwondo lessons. This becomes useful later on when she's forced to fight the Raccoon in hand to hand combat.
Ditto for Ben and his encounter with Gear.
Clark Kenting: Averted. The media quickly begins to theorize that Steffi is Blitz, pointing out they physically resemble each other and that Kiwibot is similar to other Frolich mechs.
Cliffhanger: Track 8 is relatively uneventful, showing Blitz and The Raccoon break the Kiwibot out of storage with the only real action being the stunning of three people. It ends with Gear appearing at the exit, waiting for them, saw-arm covered in blood.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: During his second encounter with Gear, Reed correctly deduces that she would try to escape in the nearest manhole and intercepts her. He even points out that villains like her are painfully predictable.
Five Rounds Rapid: The police don't have the budget to deal with sufficiently high-tech threats, so they are rather helpless against criminals like Gear, whose cyborg augmentations render her immune to their taser pistols.
Freudian Trio: Steffi is the Id, Benzene is the Superego, and 42 is the Ego.
Genki Girl: Steffi, when faced with a new mech for her birthday, immediately decides to fight crime in it, and throughout the story seems to dive into situations with relish when she should really be thinking about them. She seems to get the trait from her father, who also exhibits some rather fun-loving tendencies.
I Call It Vera: Some military robots had a program called ARIS installed that gave soldiers feedback via a female voice, since it was believed it would keep them calm in battle. However, it worked a bit too well, and many pilots grew dangerously attached to their robots.
Noodle Incident: The characters occasionally mention a war that had taken place some time ago that involved the use of military grade mechs.
Never Heard That One Before: When Natrix explains that his name is the scientific name for a type of grass snake, Steffi mentions that she just thought it was Matrix with an N. Natrix has obviously heard this many times.
Translation Convention: Most of the German is left untranslated, but for extended passages it switches to English in angle brackets, just like in Megatokyo.
Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. 42's a rather cute Robot Girl, but it's a little unnerving to see her open her mouth and have a grown man's voice come out. She's even more so when's she turned off. Both Steffi and the author (see the cast page) lampshade this.
42's mannerisms, constant smile no matter what the subject, and tendency to show up right behind people gives people the willies. Despite having no combat capabilities and intentionally built to look like a cute Robot Girl, she manages to be vaguely creepy all the time without trying.
Goes further into it during the confrontation with 35- she backflips on her head and keeps the same facial expression throughout.
Was It All a Lie?: When Jones turns out to be a mole working for Alter, their colleague and significant other asks if it was all just a ruse. They answer it was completely unrelated to their criminal dealings.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Reed's greatest dream as a child was to be a policeman like his father. It's revealed later that Reed's father is the current police chief.
Wham Episode: Track 17, it includes an attempt to kill multiple police officers, the reveal that Jones is The Mole, the triumphant return of kiwibot (piloted by Heinrich Frohlich no less), Ben's first outing as the hero Donner, and him actually shooting the enemy leader, and lastly, 42 has been compromised.
And this bombshell after Steffi reveals the above plot twist to Chief Bahia...
Chief Bahia: Frohlich, you had better not be joking right now.
Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: The Raccoon has a TON of gadgets such as the claw hook, smoke bombs, a taser knuckle, knockout patches, and more. It's quite amazing considering that she's just a young girl. It's implied that all of the gear is supplied by a larger organization.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aside from Steffi, Announcer Lady has green hair, and Employee Lady has light purple hair, and 42 has purple hair...let's just say a lot of the cast.
Gear's is a subversion since it's just a wig.
Also, Steffi's hair is dyed. Flashbacks reveal that her natural hair color is blonde.
Benzene's hair is actually brown, so his is also dyed.
Reed's hair is dyed its shade of dark green, since a flashback shows his hair is naturally brown. We can pretty much assume all unnaturally colored hair is dyed, or a wig.
Being a robot, 42's hair is naturally a wig as well. This trope is thoroughly justified for a large portion of the cast.