Comic 494 - New focus trick

24th Mar 2017, 2:15 AM in Chapter Eight
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494 - New focus trick
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)

Author Notes:

rufiangel 24th Mar 2017, 2:15 AM edit delete
2:15am! Well, I aimed for 2:00am in best case scenario, so 2:15am really isn't so bad! :P

I'll add a more coherent A/N tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the update! ;v;*
rufiangel 24th Mar 2017, 4:13 PM edit delete
RIGHT, slightly more awake now (though I am going to mega crash once I get back home for sure)! :D

I've got lots to catch up on with comments and pagery, so good thing for me that next Monday is my allotted day off, as it's the last Monday of the month! :) The next update will be on Thursday the 30th of March, so please tune in then for a new page X3


For Friday Flare this week, I posted two sketch requests:

★ Sketch request for Cain and Kylie (this is a popular request XD;)

★ Sketch request for Madou and spoiler-girl

I know it's been a while! I hope these two make up for the gap a little bit, and I hope guys enjoy them~ ;v;*

And this is still open!


I'll be keeping them open until the next update. <3 Thanks everyone for your wonderfully creative submissions so far! :D

Okay, that's it from me for now. Have a lovely weekend everyone, thank you for reading, and catch you next week! :D



mjkj 24th Mar 2017, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow, poor Kylie...

...and that so called defender is even ridiculing her... *dislikes him even more*

Wow, you updated after 2 am... =O *hugs Rufi and gives her a fast recovery and refresh and stamina potion* rest well and quick, Rufi <3

Edit: @alt text: when did she have time to learn that? O_o

Kattapuss 24th Mar 2017, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
It seems to me like he isn't ridiculing her; I'd understood it as him being concerned, because both he and Kylie are in a very tight spot and they both depend on her winning this.
Unless I misinterpreted something?
DLKmusic 24th Mar 2017, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
That's how I would like to read it, Kattapus, but I still have a questionmark over Sir Bradley's head (good-guy or bad-guy).

He has left the rest of the group alone in prison, unattended by guards, Just like he was asked to by the Zirconian Guild.

Michael/Jinn and Nemi have already been attacked, and Rufi has been VERY quiet about what's happening to Cain so far, and I'm pretty sure we aren't going to like it when we find out.

I do get the feeling though, that several people in this tournament are involved in the ZG (Fatal Rose being one of them), and it is to Sir Bradley's benefit that they be taken down a peg or two publicly. As it were, A way to show them that they can't have the run of the city, and without fear of reprisals against the citizenry.

Bottom line, there are bullyboys/girls in this tourney that need to be put in their place, and Kylie is Sir Bradley's best hope to do that with.
Lukkai 24th Mar 2017, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
He's not a good guy. He's not a bad guy.

He is just the guy!


Kylie's problem, apart from the special seals of her opponent in his fight, is that she must try to go through the whole tournament without revealing her nature as a Lethian Knight. Which isn't all that easy, when you've trained your whole life to implement it in your fighting style. Sure, the Guild gave rigorous training without powers as well. And yes, she's travelled quite a while without use of her powers. But they're still part of who and what she is and big part of her actual combat strength.
Kattapuss 25th Mar 2017, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
I'm not saying he's necessarily what we'd consider a "good guy", but I don't think he's really a bad guy as far as I can tell right now, and I don't peg him as the type who'd ridicule Kylie. I agree that his first priority is, as you said, making a statement to Zirconia without affecting the citizens. And for this he depends on Kylie at the moment, which is why I interpret his thoughts here as genuine concern.
I dunno, I may be wrong, but that's how I've understood his character so far... But then again, I'd say multiple interpretations are perfectly valid at this point, nothing's been very clear yet *shrugs*
mjkj 24th Mar 2017, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Wow, two great friday flares... <3 thank you, Rufi *hugs*
Centcomm 24th Mar 2017, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Rock on! - love the page and I love the blur effects. damn nice trick I need to remember that one! and Im wondering how bad shes really hurt. .. and what persist does!

Thank you for the page!
Headgamer 24th Mar 2017, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
So dedicated, both you and Kylie.

Enjoy your well earned rest.
MST3KFan 24th Mar 2017, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Time for a power-up for Kylie it looks like.
Proxy170 24th Mar 2017, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Wow, there is a lot you had to draw on this page, and you did it very well--you can def feel the speed of the attacks! You really are awesome for delivering this page to your fans on time! *hugs* (and yes, it's still Thursday here so it counts!)

I wonder if Persist will giver her the time she needs to do an AOE attack that her opponent can't escape?
Matt Knab 24th Mar 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Woah, awesome effects!
And stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish? Yikes, get some well earned rest!
Alicia 24th Mar 2017, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
She... cut the scarf? What did that scarf ever do to you?! D: GET HER, KYLIE!!
Kattapuss 26th Mar 2017, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Nuuuuu not the scarf!!! Poor scarf :(
Does that count as a casualty? I thought killing wasn't allowed here!
sketchdoll 24th Mar 2017, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh, new move! I hope it helps her on the next page :P
Seabiscuit 24th Mar 2017, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
...And she IS more of a challenge. OUCH! ... Love them blood effects though. <33
SunnySideUpSmile 24th Mar 2017, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
...persist sounds scary.
garbud 24th Mar 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Kylie really need to take advantage of the fact that "Lethal Rose" has a massive blind spot with only one eye
Lukkai 24th Mar 2017, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm not so sure about that. We've seen all kinds of tricks done with items and I've got a hunch that mask may be more than just decoration as well.
Outlaw 24th Mar 2017, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Your action scenes are so well done, my friend. Can't wait to see Kylie drop this chick and show everyone what she's made of.
Crestlinger 24th Mar 2017, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Sentinel mode seems like. Slow as all get out, but can't be harmed as much.
KAM 24th Mar 2017, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa 25th Mar 2017, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm a little worried on what Persist means, because it sounds like she's going to endure everything that's thrown at her (including random falling aqua whales from the sky) until Fatal Rose either gets too tired to go on or Kylie manages to throw a wide enough shot to hit her wherever she may be.

The worrying part is if Focus ends BEFORE Kylie manages to do either...
Kattapuss 25th Mar 2017, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
I love all the effects on this page, but mostly I really like how you did the dynamics of Kylie's hair. It looks really good with her movements, I'm impressed!

(C'mon Kylie, show 'em who's boss! or, er, princess in this case)
HeSerpenty 25th Mar 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Rufiiii you're soo good at these action scenes! TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! Haha <33
Okay I need to see what trick Kylie has up her sleeve to get through this one! Don't underestimate her!!!
Lukkai 27th Mar 2017, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Great Friday Flares, both of them. Even with the roughness. (Or maybe partly because? It does hold a certain charm to it.)

But I must admit: I'm not getting the reference with "spoiler girl". Might be me being a bit too tired right now, but some help would be appreciated.
Kattapuss 28th Mar 2017, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing it's this:
Lukkai 28th Mar 2017, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Thanks a bunch! It's been quite a while since the story touched on that particular side of Madou. So I actually had forgotten about her.
Thomas Dimensor 28th Mar 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Thomas Dimensor
OwO wat's this? Kylie has a new trick up her sleeve?
HawkguyZero 28th Mar 2017, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
I just finished reading through the archives -- this comic is AWESOME! The only downside to being caught up is that now I have to wait for updates like everyone else. :D

I'm pretty excited to see this new Focus trick in action.