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Webcomic / Kurumi's After Hours

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The senpai who notices you, and at the same time doesn't.


Kurumi's After Hours is a slice-of-life comedy comic from Black Manta, creator of The Fourth Wall, but by a different artist. It follows titular protagonist Kurumi Aoi, and her daily interactions with her Psycho Lesbian best friend, her Hopeless Suitor, her Nietzsche Wannabe dog, and the Creator himself. Puns, fauxlosophy, and love triangles ensue. Also more puns.

The comic can be read here.

Kurumi's After Hours provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The creator decided to turn the gag-a-week comic into a longform story, but didn't go through with it after the first two pages.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Sakura has an 18-year old daughter, but could easily be mistaken for her elder sister.
  • Adorkable: Mashiro's attempts to impress Kurumi and his tendency to spout terrible puns.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Kurumi asks the Creator to tackle "mature" issues in the webcomic. The Creator obliges by drawing in a bunch of tentacles.
    • Subverted later in that the tentacle monster is a Happily Married software engineer.
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  • Art Evolution: Compared to earlier episodes, the new ones are more colorful. Justified since all the comics were drawn using a mouse until early 2016.
  • Author Avatar: The artist of the comic is represented in earlier strips as a shadow-like entity with white gaps for eyes and mouth. After the Art Evolution, he's drawn as a nondescript, dark-skinned man with the same blank white eyes.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite her ruthless trolling of Mashiro, Kurumi has shown many hints that she likes him back. Not that she'd admit it.
  • Better as Friends: The concept of art itself friendzones the Creator. Ouch.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played with in that while Nagi is genuinely nice, her murderous bouts are just as genuine.
  • Bland-Name Product: Mashiro sets up a videogame streaming account at Twatch, and the cast's social media network of choice is Facelook.
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  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: In the MMORPG-themed strip, Nagi discusses how difficult it is to acquire an Infinity +1 Sword called Durandal, which has a notoriously low drop rate from a very difficult boss. Cue Kurumi waltzing in holding one. Asked about how she got it, she responds:"Cash points, bitches!"
  • Chekhov's Gun: An early episode has Kurumi hurl a hammer outside the screen. A few eps later, it hits Mashiro, right after he executes another Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Parodied in one strip. A boy and a girl bump into each other and lock gazes for a few seconds . . . then politely exchange apologies and move on with their separate lives, never to meet again.
  • Crossover: A few times during the comic's early phase, with its sister comic, The Fourth Wall.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Mashiro. He's a very sweet, kindhearted young man, and even buys Kurumi a phone, a puppy, and takes her on a date to France. Kurumi's response is to ask whether he really wants to get friendzoned that badly.
  • Exact Words: Kurumi tries to sell her father off to buy manga after being told that family is worth more than anything in the world.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Sophie is one, from the US.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nagi and Mash have a dinner date to make Kurumi jealous. Kurumi says the two can date whoever they want while she just stays at home and watches videos from her computer. Said video is a live feed from a drone she sent to spy on the two's date.
    • Nagi sees Sophie talking with Kurumi on the former's her first day of school. Nagi proclaims she "hates that bitch," the first time she ever swears with something other than "heck."
  • Hair Decorations: Kurumi has a weird, three-pronged white barrette that ties her hair back, Nagi has two hairclips that hold her bangs in place, while Sophie has a clip shaped like an angel's wing.
  • Hidden Depths: The tentacle monster in one of the first chapters? He's a software engineer, and also Happily Married. No really. He is!
  • Hopeless Suitor: Nagi and Mashiro. Though later episodes are hinting that Mashiro's not all that hopeless.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Kurumi tries to emulate the Two Gamers on a Couch webcomic format with Nagi, before finding out that she doesn't know how to operate the game console. However, other than game consoles, Kurumi seems pretty adept at operating a computer.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The very first episode has Kurumi despairing over starving African children, nuclear war, societal unrest, and 12-year old couples, lamenting that all we're doing is sit back and watch like a lamb in a slaughterhouse. She then proceeds to watch cat videos.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Nagi is the Girly Girl to Kurumi's Tomboy, but she's very much Kurumisexual.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kurumi, hands down.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Kurumi's dog. Yes, seriously.
  • Off-Model: Nagi and Kurumi discuss this tendency of the artist in one episode.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Nagi used to have a pair of swirly pigtails, but the Creator cuts it off for being too hard to draw.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kurumi, though only with Nagi. She is perfectly aware of Mashiro's feelings, but her being her, this doesn't do Mash much good.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Played for Laughs with Nagi, who welcomes Mashiro into Kurumi's circle of friends by tying him up and boiling him in a giant pot.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Kurumi has no problems changing in front of Mashiro, who of course is flustered beyond belief. Her reason is that they're close friends anyway, so she doesn't mind much.
  • The Gadfly: Kurumi likes teasing Mashiro, that's for sure.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Kurumi kisses Mashiro's cheek in the Christmas update.
  • Town Girls: With Kurumi as the Butch, Sophie the Nether, and Nagi as the Femme.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Kurumi's father is rather plain-looking. His wife is far from that.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sums up Nagi and Mashiro's dynamic, being rivals for Kurumi's affections but also being her best friends.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-Universe example. Kurumi's dad tries to draw a children's comic starring a heroic figure named "The Chiropteran Person". Said hero then electrocutes a kid and shoots a ghost with a gun.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Kurumi's afraid of bathroom spiders. And so is her father.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Kurumi's favorite manga is "Magical Yaoi Fairy Ranger Toranosuke-chan." Once she gets trolled into watching Boku no Pico by someone who foisted it on her as a "mecha anime", she pauses in surprise for a moment, then says it's might just be the show she was looking for all along. Nagi also turns out to be one.
  • Yonkoma: The comic's format.

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