Blade Bunny is a fantasy/humor OEL Manga webcomic turned print comic by Eric "Drowemos" Kimball and Erwin Prasetya about Bunny, an assassin-for-hire in a mash up of feudal Japan and ancient China. Hired by Lord Farnalan (when his own personal ninjas failed) to kill the Head Clan of the Asaki Clan.
Things go well at first, until Wolf Fang enters the picture. Then things go down to hell, becoming embroiled in a war with spirits? and the journey to find some kind of... pearl?. It's confusing, mainly because the story is told from her point of view and she tends to fall sleep in the long boring speeches.
She wears a pair of bunny ears and a fluffy tail on the back of her skirt, oh and no underwear. While it could be considered SFW, it's very heavy in blood and doesn't pull punches in the most brutal deaths.
Blade Bunny is also published in tankoubon form by Gashu Group. The first volume was released in February 2013. Unfortunately not long after that, the comic had to go on hiatus because Erwin got a job drawing another series for VIZ Media. Then he got back to Drowemos with more pages and indicated they could start up again in September. As of March, 2017, the domain, and thus the archives, are gone. The comic is now released in print form only.
Blade Bunny provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Bunny herself.
- Affably Evil: Bunny, beside her figure and snarkiness, she is pretty much a complete sociopath with no sense of guilt whatsoever. Before Character Development, that is.
- Anachronism Stew: This is a setting done in a mash up of ancient Japan and China, with: kimonos, ninjas, samurai, daimyos, onis, kamis, 4 Great Gods and the Celestial Bureaucracy. It also posses robots, automatic weapons, laser beams and leg jets.
- Animated Tattoo: Kyoto has one in the shape of a dragon. Taken to its logical conclusion when she uses it to provide her with wings.
- Animesque: The design and visual style is specifically drawn to appear like a manga, although it's not Japanese in origin.
- Armed Legs: Bunny extends and wields a blade boot here.
- Ascended Meme: Bunny meets the Octobus
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Bunny, it may be an act.
- Becoming the Mask: Bunny says that she's been Bunny instead of herself for so long that she doesn't even remember her name, let alone how to be herself.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever tell Bunny to shut up. Or imply she is a pet. She doesn't like that. Not one bit. Or take Kyotos dragon. This deed so devious, it puts her in an even for Bunny uncharactaristic, calm unstoppable Rage
- Blue with Shock: Yeah, no matter how polite they might be robots are scary
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: From the info page.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: The title character has bunny ears. Why? It makes her look cute.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Bunny ears assassin.
- Captain Obvious: Bunny.Bunny: You are fast.
Wolf: Yes, I am.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In Book 5, Bunny decides to randomly make out with a cute guy while in a restaurant. He returns in Book 12, where it turns out that Bunny's decision wasn't so random after all...
- The Chosen One: The old immortal protecting the pearl who turned out to be just a terracotta guardian to Jin, the son of the Sun Goddess.
- Comically Missing the Point: Half the time when Bunny does this she seems to be avoiding the subject. The other half...
- Compliment Backfire: Either averted or was Insult Backfire.Bunny: No offense, by the way. You are really horrific and I would be totally freaked out by you if I wasn't running from a dragon
Random Passerby: What a polite girl.
- Country Matters: "I wonder what else rhymes with Bunny?"
- Covers Always Lie / Contemptible Cover: Lampshaded. The second Antarctic Press release of the comic has a cover depicting the Noodle Incident of Bunny and the overly affectionate octopus, with a chibi Bunny acting as Gag Censor and complaining about the cover. At the author's insistence, a bonus page was added where Bunny warns the octopus off and complains about the editor.
- Covert Pervert: Kyoto if imaginary Bunny continously flattery is anything to go by. Might be the case of low-self esteem thought.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Bunny is extremely competent in combat and anything to do with killing. Outside of it not so much.
- She claims her skill set is "Anything involving sharp objects" after demonstrating skill at sewing.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Either she is the greatest actress in history or she is simply incompetent in any non "Kill everything that moves" situation.
- Darker and Edgier: Most of the origin stories are downright nasty.
- Deadly Dodging: Bunny uses this to kill some mooks, then uses it against Wolf to drop a building on his head.
- Deadpan Snarker: All the characters in the series, but Bunny seems to had it coded in her DNA.
- Deal with the Devil: "Sherri" has come to control an entire town through these.
- Death Glare: Holy crap, man.
- Demonic Possession: The demon "Sherri" appears to have an entire town under her control.
- Determinator: Wolf will take any amount of abuse and keep on coming afterwards. Even having a building dropped on him by Bunny doesn't do much more than slow him down for a while.
- Didn't Think This Through: Almost quoted word for word here. Leads to a case of Didn't See That Coming.
- The Dreaded:
- Ao-lung is the only one so far who can shut up Bunny with a simple glare.
- The Bounty Hunter is pretty much Bunny's nightmare made real.
- Kyoto's "slip" had made her this for Jin. So far, he trusts Bunny more than her although it could be because Bunny never lied, or treated him with disrespect.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The "what could have been" bonus strips here show what normally would have been Bunny's quick solution to being attacked by a demon wielding Kyoto's powers. In the real strip, however, she's actually let herself get to like Kyoto.
- Fantastic Slurs; While they mean... well and it's because of the setting, the Bounty Hunter feel annoyed at being called a "demon" He is a multi-agent cognitive architecture, thank you very much.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Kyoto and Bunny had become quite the team after being nearly killed over a dozen times to the point of self- sacrifice.
- Flawless Victory:
- Most fights with Bunny ends in No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. It doesn't matter if they are soldiers, ninjas, armies or demons, they all go down fast and hard except against robots. Two times she was barely able to survive and the second time only thanks to the help of Kyoto.
- The third time she only got away because she confused his internal program. And is following them waiting for her to slip to kill her until his memory is updated.
- Floating Advice Reminder: After the battle on the bridge Kyoto developed an inner bunny, down to her "unique personality".
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Wolf doesn't let anything stand in the way of his prey. Not even a legendary warrior/oni/spirit? in the middle of a climatic battle of his own.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Played for laughs when Bunny expresses disgust for being stared at by a big gooey dragon's eyeball that is bigger than she is. The dragon then voluntarily shrinks down small enough to punch out.
- For the Evulz:
- Bunny kills a man for four good reasons. It was really funny counts twice.
- Sherri gets called out for killing someone she didn't have to and replies that that's the point of power, you don't have to do anything.
- Godiva Hair: Here.
- Good Is Not Nice: The Bounty Hunter. Calm, polite and will not hurt an innocent, but if you are suspected to be an accomplice of his "target" he will end you.
- Groin Attack: Negotiated.
- The Gunslinger: A cowboy robot, infinite ammo, bean canon bounty hunter from ancient Japan flavor
- Hero Antagonist: The Bounty Hunter. Bunny is a remorseless serial killer that is working for the "good guys" on penalty of death after all.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: More of an student/daughter relationship but Ao-lung, dragon of the south wind makes pretty clear what would happen to Bunny if anything happens to Kyoto.
- Implacable Man: The Bounty Hunter (especially so since he isn't sure Bunny is the Hare, he is tagging along, waiting to see if she is the Hare and kill her if that is the case.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: It may be an act.
- Insistent Terminology: "IT'S BUNNY!!!"
- Kimono Fanservice: Kyoto after Bunny's "help". She is either starting to like it or is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Book 12, Page 29:
- Literal Metaphor: Bunny proudly states to her latest employer that she isn't tripped up easily. Then a bystander points out that her bootlaces are untied (again). Bunny trips and faceplants.Bunny: That doesn't count. I was being metaphorical.
Lady Kyoto: I am beginning to believe this plan was an horrible mistake.
- Literal-Minded: Bunny.Kyoto: I'm sorry, I can't let you leave.
- Logic Bomb: Averted repeatedly.Bunny: Calculate this out. Can God make a rock so big he can't move it?
Bunny: ... Really?
Bunny: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Wolf: 3079 pounds of wood per year.
Bunny: This statement is false. What do you think of that?
- Once more:
Wolf: It's stupid.
- Loophole Abuse: The Chrome Cowboy runs on this trope; if there is any way to abuse a loophole to his advantage, he'll take it.
- MacGuffin: The Pearl, though Bunny doesn't believe it is real.
- Magic Feather: At one point Bunny loans her rabbit-ear hairband to Kyoto, who manages to hear some monks whispering about the two of them. She believes that the ears enhance the wearer's hearing, but Bunny says no, Kyoto only thought they did.
- Magic Skirt: Several images appear to look upward at Bunny when she is, by her own admission, wearing a miniskirt and no underwear. It remains SFW. Most obvious here.
- Metaphorgotten: Bunny's attempt at a Bond One-Liner here.
- Neck Lift: Wolf to Bunny.
- Neck Snap:
- No, Mister Bond, I Expect You to Dine: "Free food? Yeah!"
- Noodle Incident:
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- Bunny can't even work out how to use chopsticks. Until she gets an opening to use them as a weapon.
- The dream(?) sequence starting thispage confirms that it is in fact all an act, that she is in fact much more intelligent than she lets on, possibly even a genius level intellect.
- In Book 5, Bunny sees a cute guy and tries to make out with him, only for Kyoto to drag her away. Seven books later, we learn that her real goal was pickpocketing the MacGuffin off of the guy while distracting him with all that talk about making out.
- Officer and a Gentleman: The Bounty Hunter. Of the southern variety.
- Oh, Crap!: Wolf survived having a building dropped on him.
- Poisonous Friend: Honestly, going with the setting, it's debatable whose influence is worse to whom: Kyoto or Bunny.
- Pun-Based Title: Word of God states that the title started out as a contrast to a Gun Bunny type of character.
- Punched Across the Room:Bunny: So what? You got no more guns. You're completely helpless.
[She was wrong.]
- Qipao: Bunny wears one in the home of Ao-Lung.
- Really 700 Years Old Jin turns out to have been 10k Years old all along.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Yeah, she is kind of an idiot like that.
- Rule of Cute: By Bunny's own admission, it's the reason she wears a fluffy tail on her butt.
- Scenery Censor: When Kyoto blocks her own view of a naked Bunny, she coincidentally blocks the reader's as well.
- She's Got Legs: Her outfit from Kyoto.
- Show Some Leg: Bunny's attempt to make out with "Lucky" was just a ruse to get close enough to him to pickpocket the MacGuffin pearl.
- Shrouded in Myth: The epilogue to the pearl storyline begins with a summary of the legends that sprang up as a result of Bunny's actions in that world.
- Split Personality: Don't push Kyoto. Just don't.
- Super Strength: She is insanely strong, far above even Super Soldiers and warriors but a complete weakling against robots, who toss her around like a rag doll.
- Super Reflexes: It comes with being a ninja.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Done deliberately - she really didn't do anything, she just wants people to slow down while they work out what she did.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Many times, but stopping to taunt your victim's bodyguards with a poem when they have arrows is not really a good idea.
- Tempting Fate: Really, Bunny, you have to stop underestimating your opponents so much.
- Thank the Maker: Inverted. Meeting his maker is why the Chrome Cowboy considers religions to be wasteful. When told someone is a god in human form, he rejects the notion that this makes him something special.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Kyoto's origin story
- Trapped in Another World: Implied with Bunny herself.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: When told the immortal's true name, the Chrome Cowboy complains that it takes too much drive space to store and too much time to shout in anger.
- Too Much Information:Bunny: Yeah, you sound like my ex. "All I want to do is talk" and then the bondage gear comes out.
- Vapor Wear: Bunny claims that she isn't wearing underwear in the first storyline.
- Villain Protagonist: Bunny is a remorseless serial killer hitwoman. She has traits of being a Nominal Hero since she's working for the good guys, but that's only under the threat of death.
- Visual Pun: Claiming that it is a popular request, the author provided an image of Bunny suffering a Wardrobe Malfunction. Meaning she is fighting a malfunctioning wardrobe.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Discussed in this "what could have been" bonus strip.Bunny: You robots are all defective. All you do is talk about killing me instead of just killing me.
- Why Won't You Die?: Wolf's sheer toughness and determination elicits this reaction from Bunny.
- Worth It: When discussing other animal-themed ninjas, a mantis-girl is summarily rejected after it's noticed she's trying to hide the corpse of a decapitated naked man holding a sign with this printed on it.note
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Parodied to hell and back with Bunny by various characters but done honestly by Bunny, both real and imaginary, to Kyoto.