KNI风E or Knite is a flash webcomic on deviantART by Yuumei. Set in China, the story follows a curious group known as the Knites, who fly kites with lights attached to them into the night sky from tall buildings to give a semblance starlight to the smog filled Chinese city below, from which the protagonist, Sen, is a member of. The story begins on a morning when another boy, Kai, unexpectedly shows up to "thank" Sen, but things are not as they seem... The characters are realistic yet deeply flawed and the story explores important themes relevant today. Coupled with the artist's skill, it is a beautiful and poignant story.Yuumei has annouced that Knite will probably span 8-10 chapters, with 4 chapters and omakes that have been released so far. It can be read on the dedicated DeviantArt account. If you like Knite, then it is most likely worth it to check out Yuumei's other work.
Abusive Parents: Sen's stepmom tried to strangle him because of a remark he made.
Animal Motifs: So far Kai has been associated with a squirrel, Min-Min a bunny, and Sen a swallow.
Curtains Match the Window: Sen, Kai, Min-min, Ling...in fact most, if not all of the characters fall under this trope as Yuumei colours their hair in pretty realistic hair colours.
The Cynic: Sen's attitude suggests he has some aspects of this, and surprisingly, this is who Kai really is.
Defeat Equals Friendship: When Fei, annoyed by Sen's antisocial behaviour and refusal to let Fei and Ling help him put stars in the sky, she proves to Sen how she can put more stars in the sky because of her friends. Sen relents and this is how the Knites were formed.
Ironic Nursery Tune: How the first chapter starts off. It is a real chinese song from the 1950s when China was industrializing, and what makes it truly ironic is that they really did not know the detrimental effects industrialization would have on the environment at that time.
Chapter 3, the song that Sen's stepmother sings is a Chinese nursery tune "世上只有妈妈好" (translation: Mother is the best in this world) Draw some parallels as to how Sen's stepmother is singing this to her imaginary child (she is infertile), how Sen's real mom left him and to Yuumei's past of parental divorce.
Jerkass: Sen comes off as one. Kai isn't much better, only that it's hidden under his amiable facade.
Dickson is one as well, flying his own kite at night just so he can cut the Knites' down to make his statement about how the Knites are just hopeless dreamers.
Meaningful Name: Kai in Chinese means open. Kai, the charismatic, teasing, sociable guy who is open to everyone.
Also Dickson. Three guesses why, and the first two don't count.
Misplaced Retribution: The business of Kai's corrupt father causes environmental degradation. Guess who ends up paying for it? Min-Min. Oh, and lots of women who end up infertile or have miscarriages, like Sen's stepmother
Missing Mom: Sen's mother left when he was five years old.
Mr. Fanservice: Kai. Dear god, Kai. The comments of fangirls throwing themselves at him will not stop.
Rage Against the Author: Yuumei drew a comic where Sen had learned that Knite was going to be published, and was worried that people wouldn't be able to read it online for free anymore.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kai gives one to Sen about how the Knites' actions have resulted in excess battery use and further pollution, and how Sen is ignorant and naive and would not understand anything about environmental conservation because he doesn't go to school. Also a Wham Line which shows his Hidden Depths
Write What You Know: The kites, corruption, dumping, child abandonment and sickness were all pulled from events from the creator's life. These events were not all connected in real life.
If you're a fan of Yuumei, you should know how her parents' divorce influences her work.
Write Who You Know: Kai's father is a corrupt politician who allows chemicals to be dumped into the water supply. Yuumei's father was a corrupt business man who dumped chemicals into the water supply.
Kai and Min-Min seem to be the author split into two people, the young boy who is struggling with the fact that his father brought illness to hundreds, and the little girl who is constantly sick because of her father's ways.
Yaoi Fangirl: While none have appeared in the Knites, the number of people shipping Kai with Sen is rather astonishing.