A Day in the Life is an officially licensed 4-panel web manga based on the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes. Since the game is light on plot, the manga focuses on comedy with a short gag-per-chapter format.
The comic draws on knowledge of a number of in-jokes, characters, and mechanics that aren't properly elaborated upon in Heroes itself, and so seems to be aimed at long time series fans rather than casual players.
The comic initially had no official translation, but it eventually got an official English translation starting with chapter 100. The home page for the English version can be found here.
A Day in the Life provides examples of:
- Angst Dissonance: In-Universe Example. In Chapter 8, Masked Lucina solemnly reflects on her duty to find a way to fight the despair and ruin of her homeworld. She is then immediately passed by an alternate Lucina and Chrom, happily celebrating in their Easter costumes. The sight moves her to tears.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: In Chapter 42, Azura gets tired of singing the same song the same way repeatedly, so she gets together a band and performs a rock version of her song.
- Battle Strip: In Chapter 28, Bruno, after being called looking weak by Hawkeye, tears off his top, cape and armor... by flexing his muscles, showing off his muscular figure. They then proceed to beat each other with their fists, instead of with their magic.
- Big Brother Instinct: In Chapter 98, Anna offers Gunnthrá a free swimsuit (a bikini naturally) if she'll pose for some pictures, which Anna intends to sell for a fortune. Not willing to let his sister be exploited, Hríd shows up completely out of nowhere with a bag of gold to buy the swimsuit instead.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes, the characters in the manga are aware of game mechanics and UI elements.
- Chapter 14 has Shanna and Clair fool Setsuna into thinking she's weak to them, when it's actually the other way around, by covering their effectiveness symbols with paper-mache weakness symbols.
- In Chapter 19, Kiran commands his team to take advantage of mechanics that have appeared throughout the series, only for the team to quip that they can't as the mechanics they mention aren't in Heroes. Kiran then throws away his sacred weapon, angrily shouting "What CAN I do in this game?"
- In Chapter 27, Leo mentions that Odin excels at being skill inheritance fodder.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The summoner in the manga is portrayed as a bumbling oaf. Even then, they're still the one who calls forth the heroes and commands the battlefield.
- Clothing Damage: The subject of Chapter 38, where the summoner's team has all fallen and their clothing looking worse for wear. In anguish, the summoner begins tearing their own clothes off.
- Cuteness Proximity: Exploited by Halloween Hector, who has Lilina act so cute that everyone passes out.
- Damned by Faint Praise: In Chapter 26, Robin accompanies the summoner on a mission. While the summoner is directing the team, Robin looks as if he's about to say something about their commands, but says it's fine and to carry on. The summoner then remarks that Robin should just say if he has an issue with their directions.
- Furry Reminder: "Blind as a Bird" points out that much like real birds, bird Laguz have poor night vision, as shown when Tibarn accidentally hits Elincia standing behind him with his folded wing.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: In Chapter 28, after his Battle Strip and being called weak, Bruno challenges Hawkeye to a fist fight. Anna takes pictures of the resulting fight.
- Hope Spot: In Chapter 22, Kiran offers Arden a speed boosting seal. Arden is a heavy knight whose only dream is to be nimble so people will stop bullying him for being slow, so naturally, he's overjoyed. He tearfully declares that finally he'll be the fast one "faster than the horses, even!" Kiran doesn't quite have the heart to break it to Arden that the seal only boosts his speed by +1. The worst part? The chapter itself is called "Even fully upgraded, it's only +3!"
- Horse of a Different Color: In Chapter 100, when Seliph and Leif express a desire to ride horses like their fathers, Kiran suggests they ride the Cat Laguz Lethe and Ranulf, since they're classified as cavalry. The next panel shows Seliph and Leif riding a livid Lethe and an embarrassed Ranulf respectively, while getting a glare from Ares, who already rides a horse by default.
- I Am One of Those, Too: In Chapter 7, Lucina is summoned while still in disguise. Just like in her original game, she introduces herself as Marth, silently vowing to never reveal her true identity. Cue the ACTUAL Hero King Marth, who says "Woah! So your name's Marth too, huh?" at which point Lucina, flustered, promptly chucks her mask to the ground and begs for his forgiveness (as well as his autograph).
- I Hate Past Me: Downplayed, but in Chapter 70, after telling her son Shigure not to be rude to other heroes and greeting Brave Lyn, Azura covers her face in embarrassment after the both of them see Young Azura clinging on Lyn's fur sling on her back and rubbing her face in it in comfort.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Lucina is consistently portrayed as a complete Marth fanboy, imitating him, asking for his autograph, and in chapter 58, even going so far as to take an identity card meant for him.Sharena: Wait! Where'd [Marth's] picture card go?
Lucina: I've been keeping that one nice and warm.
Sharena: Please control yourself.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In Chapter 73, Hel gets a taste of her own medicine by being cursed by Tharja with a chain letter, right after the ruler of Hel cursed Alfonse with 9 days to life.
- Lost in Translation:
- The basis of Chapter 21's joke centers on there being two characters named Kamui specifically, the ones from Gaiden and Fates. However, overseas, the character from Fates (the avatar) has Corrin as their default name, so the joke is lost unless you understand the source.
- The basis of Chapter 96's joke centers on Byleth's name being written differently in Japanese depending on gender: roughly "Bereto" for the male and "Beresu" for the female. Since both are translated as "Byleth" in English, the joke falls apart.
- Mistaken for Gay: Robin observes that Kiran and Alfonse share an intense bond, calling Alfonse Kiran's "other half." This leads to a couple misunderstandings:
- In Chapter 16, Kiran shares this observation with Alfonse, and wonders which of them is the "top half" and which is the "bottom half." Alfonse is initially shocked, thinking that Kiran interpreted Robin as thinking their relationship is sexual.
- In Chapter 17, Sharena begins the comic by complaining about how hard it is for her to make friends with the heroes. She than sees Alfonse declaring himself as "the one and only other half" to Kiran, at which point she tearfully confronts him thusly:Sharena: Brother! How could you! You big dummy!!! I've gone through so much trouble to make friends from other worlds and you do this! Just how long have you been bending over as the lower half of all these great heroes anyway, huh!?
- In Chapter 74, Florina's shy nature has her hiding away from the other heroes until she's found by Nina and Soleil. Nina thinks Florina is spying on the guys because she's another Yaoi Fan Girl, while Soleil thinks she's avoiding the men because she's another lesbian. It ends with both fighting over who gets to hang with Florina.
- Mythology Gag: Child Marth in the Imagine Spot from Chapter 79 wears the same outfit as Marth's art from the original Shadow Dragon.
- Oh, Crap!: In Chapter 57, Grima mocks fellow dragons Myrrh and Nowi for returning beaten up, and goes off to fight the opponent. She finds herself staring down a bunch of people wielding dragon-effective weapons against her. The chapter ends with Grima having a deer-caught-in-the-headlights kind of face as she realizes she's utterly screwed.
- One Steve Limit: There have been a couple of jokes based on this:
- In Chapter 21, Leon confuses Corrin with Kamui (whose Japanese name was also Kamui), thinking that the summoning process somehow managed to make Kamui into a Bishounen.
- In Chapter 56, Cherche's wyvern mount is named Minerva, who she affectionately calls "Minerva-chan" or "Minervykins". The human Minerva thinks Cherche is calling for her, and proceeds to get teased by Cherche over the cutesy nickname.
- Refused by the Call: Chapter 11 opens in the really heartwarming way, with Wrys explains his to Sharena his surprise at being chosen as a hero, being the "washed up old man" that he is. Sharena disagrees strongly, and Wrys, touched by her enthusiasm, claims that he feels young again, and will fight as hard as he can. They agree to be friends, at which point, Kiran storms in, and immediately sacrifices Wrys as skill fodder. The last panel is Sharena crying.
- The emotional fallout of this moment is used to rather hilarious effect in the next comic. Sharena declares that she's going to make a thousand friends... and ends up making friends with a thousand copies of Wrys.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Chapter 9 has Faye being summoned. However, when she asks if Alm is with the summoner, they answer that he hasn't been summoned yet, prompting her to leave immediately.
- Skewed Priorities: In Chapter 32, Loki reveals herself and shows off her shapeshifting abilities. Anna is distraught because Loki can change into famous heroes, and then she could take pictures and make serious money off of them.
- Squee!: Chapter 7 has Lucina... er, the enigmatic swordsman Marth fangirl over meeting the real Marth.
- The Strategist: While Kiran supposedly serves this purpose, it's a Running Gag in the comic that he's actually a really terrible tactician.
- In Chapter 3, despite Soren pointing out his clear fatigue, Kiran keeps abusing Ike because he's currently a score-bonus character.
- In Chapter 19, Kiran completely forgets which mechanics are present in the game, and gives his units multiple orders they can't follow. When Gray points out that evasion doesn't exist in Heroes, Kiran even goes so far as to say that he "only managed to clear the previous game thanks to luck and evasion!"
- In Chapter 25, Alfonse points out that Kiran hasn't given any of his units support skills, and accuses him of not knowing how to use them. Kiran can only raise one counter-example in his defense: using shove to force Draug forward through a cramped hallway (which, to be fair, isn't actually a terrible strategy, but the comic treats it like it is).
- In Chapter 26, Kiran summons Robin, Chrom's legendary tactician, who spends the entire rest of the chapter silently judging Kiran's bad tactical decisions.
- This comes to a head in Chapter 41, where the series' best strategists Saias, Soren, and (female) Robin are gathered together for a planning meeting (even Katarina's there, in the back taking notes). Kiran finds himself completely irrelevant in the face of these legendary tacticians, and is told in no uncertain terms to shut up and let them do the planning.
- A more minor example than those above, but in Chapters 33 and 53, Kiran twice fails to come up with a team comp that suits Lon'qu.
- Throne Made of X: Deconstructed in Chapter 86. Hel's skeleton throne is not very comfortable, as she ponders to herself about how it hurts after sitting in it for an extended period of time. She even thought of replacing it with a throne of soft things, though she worries that would mar her image.
- Wall Pin of Love: In Chapter 18, Gray puts his hand next to Clair while he's declaring his love for her.
- Waterfall Puke: In Chapter 6, Draug pukes up rainbows after he moves too swiftly from his allies' support.
- Wrong Assumption:
- In Chapter 18, Xander catches wind of the fact that a number of women in the army have been complaining about someone harassing them. Assuming that it must be his womanizing retainer Laslow, he marches off to lecture him again... only to find that it was actually Gray who was harassing the girls, and Laslow's been on his best behavior.
- In Chapter 78, Mikoto gives her granddaughter Kana a closed envelope as a gift, telling her if she's going to eat delicious food, she can use this. Kana's father, Corrin, assumes that Mikoto just gave her money and is spoiling her. When he get his hands on the gift and opens it, however, he finds out that Mikoto just gave her chopsticks. Despite this misunderstanding, he is happy about this and goes out with his daughter to eat.