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"You are reading 100% genuinely authentic fake manga!"
—Notice at the beginning of each chapter
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Apricot Cookie(s)! is an OEL Manga written by Louistrations. It's a parody of Magical Girl anime with the humor style of The Order of the Stick, set in an Alternate Reality Japan where every girl can transform into a Magical Girl Warrior—that is, except for the titular protagonist, Apricot, who is bullied at school because she can't.

The comic reads right-to-left, although the main website it's hosted on has an option to read left-to-right.


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Apricot Cookie(s)! provides examples of the following:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The Luminary of Light and the Director of Darkness.
  • Affably Evil: The Director of Darkness is generally quite friendly to people, and most of his harsher moments seem to be disciplinary.
  • Anti Anti Christ: Apricot really doesn't want to take over the Dark Dimension.
  • Beach Episode: chapter 3, which lampshades this in the title, "Fan Servicing", and intro with the Director of Darkness.
  • The Call Put Me on Hold: Apricot is the only girl in her school who can't transform.
  • Censor Steam: Used when Apricot is showering during her Opening Monologue.
  • Cliffhanger: When the raffle winner is announced, it's dragged out over 2 comics, which Apricot complains about.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The last existing transformation card just happens to be in a raffle 5 weeks away. Apricot points out how contrived it is.
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  • Curtains Match The Windows: Butter's blue hair and blue eyes, Jammy's red hair and eyes, and princess!Apricot's red eyes and red/black hair.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: What the Director of Darkness wants Apricot to be, but she really doesn't want to.
  • Dream Sequence: The first scene of chapter 2.
  • Elemental Hair: Jammy's red hair to go with her powers of fire.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The Director of Darkness buys flowers for his mom.
  • Everyone Is a Super: All of the girls in Japan have Magical Girl powers, except Apricot.
  • Evil Overlord: The Director of Darkness, although he tends to act less like an overlord and more like an office executive.
  • 555: Apricot's phone number is 324-555-1297.
  • Fish out of Water: In chapter 5, Apricot gets stranded in London. No, she can't speak English, even if her dialogue is presented in English.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: The Director of Darkness really wants Apricot to take over the Dark Dimension eventually, but she has other plans.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Cream Tea is a transfer student from Britain.
  • Foreshadowing: Quite a bit done for Apricot's true identity as the Princess of Darkness.
    • First, the tentacle monster calls her "princess", and the Luminary of Light calls her "An-tan".
    • Then, there's how quickly she gets sunburned during the Beach Episode, whereas none of the other girls get noticeably tanned, implying that she has much more sensitivity to the sun than anyone else.
    • Later in the same chapter, Jammy Smasher brings up how she's naturally blonde, which is extremely rare in Japan.
    • Finally, monsters don't attack her, as revealed in chapter 4.
  • Frills of Justice: Starlet Pony's magical girl outfit is a large, fluffy dress with roses pinned in her hair.
  • Gag Boobs: On Jacques's human form. Even funnier given that Apricot thought that Jacques was male the whole time.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Apricot tells one at the end of chapter 4:
    Apricot: Hey Starlet, why did the brony skip karaoke night?
    Starlet: Hm? I don't know, why?
    Apricot: Because he was feeling a little hoarse!
  • Hurricane of Puns: Cream Tea make 4 successive puns when fighting the giant enemy crab in chapter 3, which the others see as bad etiquette.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Apricot doesn't want to wear her bikini or anything else at the beach. She also never seems to have a sense of modesty.
  • The Lad-ette: Butter's sister Moonlight Spritzer, who wears a surgical mask and has a motorcycle when she transforms.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After Apricot tells the above joke (under Incredibly Lame Pun), Starlet draws her getting kicked out in her manga.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: When the Princess is seeing her Dark Dimension for the first time in years (after an implied Heel–Face Turn), she switches from reminiscence to shame:
    Princess: Stop, you're going to make me tear up
    Director of Darkness: Aww, you do care!
    Princess: my birth certificate so I'll never have to be associated with such a sycophantic monstrosity.
    • After seeing Starlet's manga, Apricot insults the art, and then, seeing that Starlet's feelings were hurt, promptly changes to "badly in need of color".
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Every girl in Japan but Apricot, though technically they're actually called "dainty defenders of light".
  • Magitek: In chapter 2's intro, the Director of Darkness shows off his brand-new 84" Crystal Ball with 6 HDMI ports and 4K resolution, as though it were a plasma screen TV.
  • Mecha: Sunshine Jubilee's transformation, perhaps related to her confinement to a wheelchair.
  • Medium Awareness: A gag in chapter 2 has Butter and Apricot meeting a foreign tourist asking for directions in English. Apricot can't manage to speak to him in English, even though her word bubbles are in English. Eventually, they "turn off" the translation, but they can't communicate because it just puts all the word bubbles in Japanese. At the end, they just dismiss him because he's not story-relevant.
    • During her first (failed) Transformation Sequence, Apricot gets motion sickness from the background behind her.
    • When Cream Tea asks what an "OL" is, you can see someone else's finger pointing to the translation footnote below the panel.
    • When asked who told her a particular thing, she answers that it was someone in "a previous chapter".
  • Million-to-One Chance: Double Subverted in the raffle. At first it seems that Apricot didn't win the raffle, but then it turns out that they just said her name wrong.
  • Opening Monologue: By Apricot, who does it because she wants someone to make a comic out of her life.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: During the Opening Monologue, a photo can be seen of Apricot's family, with her father's face conveniently in shadow because he's the Director of Darkness.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Jammy Smasher's magical girl outfit has wings in the back.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: When Apricot transforms, her hair becomes red and black. She needs her sister to restore it to the usual blonde.
  • Protagonist Title: Apricot's full name is "Apricot Cookie".
  • Recursive Canon: At the beginning of chapter 4, Apricot finds what appears to be a print copy of chapter 1. Subverted in that it's actually completely different and written by someone In-Universe.
  • Sailor Fuku: The female uniforms at Apricot's school.
  • Self-Deprecation: Right after a page of Apricot doing her laundry, she starts reading a manga that she describes as, "It's some slice-of-life story. It's not very interesting to be honest."
  • Shipper on Deck: Jammy ships Butter with Kazuo, the guy who saved her from a tentacle monster in chapter 2.
  • Show Within a Show: The Apricot Cookie manga written by Starlet Pony.
  • Speech-Bubble Censoring: When Apricot is hesitating to put on her bikini in the Beach Episode, her lower parts are covered up by Butter's talking.
  • Speech-Bubbles Interruption: When Cream interrupts Apricot before she can describe the 30 St. Mary Axe, presumably using some… inappropriate words.
  • Stealth Pun: Apricot repeatedly compliments her friend Butter in order to bum a ride to school from her. In other words, she's buttering her up.
  • Surfer Dude: Moonlight Spritzer's boyfriend Hisato, only he doesn't actually surf, he just looks and talks like a surfer.
  • Tempting Fate: Starlet warns Apricot not to lose the card she won. What does she do? She loses it in the very next panel.
  • Transformation Sequence: All of the girls have this, although they aren't usually shown after their introduction.
  • Transformation Trinket: Apricot's skull necklace, Starlet's "Magical Girl" trap card, and everyone else has a bird companion.
  • Transgender: Starlet Pony is actually a boy, and transforms using a rare card in his deck.
  • Translation Convention: All the dialogue is supposed to be translated from Japanese, which is Lampshaded when they meet a tourist who asks them if they speak English.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Cream Tea has bows in her hair with the flag of Great Britain on them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Butter Punch has blue hair with a yellow stripe, and the Princess of Darkness has red and black hair.
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