Comic 418 - Wake-up call

2nd Mar 2016, 6:00 PM in Chapter Seven
418 - Wake-up call
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
rufiangel 2nd Mar 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Wednesday y'all! :D Hope you guys are having a great middle-of-the-week so far!

Here's an appropriate video for today's comic... Kinda. Sorta. Maybe. XDDD

I'm still thinking up ways of dealing with the Friday gap, with everyone's suggestions in mind. :) I'll probably spend this Friday trying to finish up some things that need finishing up outside of the usual strip stuff, though. Like the Saera race info, and so on...

Hope you guys have a great week, and I'll see you guys next Monday! :D Thanks, as always, for reading!

KAM 2nd Mar 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
[Sports Announcer Voice] Oh, and she follows up with tears! Will it be effective?
Kat 3rd Mar 2016, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
I'm actually surprised that Jinn faltered when he saw Nemi crying. Come on Nemi, keep at it, make him shut up a bit and be decently civil!

(please come back Mike...)
mjkj 3rd Mar 2016, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Lukkai 4th Mar 2016, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Whatever he expected, that seems not to have been it.

Or he just never thought it through, which is highly likely.

Maybe this will act as his starting point to see beyond her ears and tail and the actual person behind. Mike had one when he and Nemi fought through the cave. Jinn didn't have one so far.
Let's be honest here: None of us save rufi can be sure as to whether Mike would have acted any different towards Nemi without that cave stuff happening before they realised each others racial affiliation.
And Nemi herself was struggling with the fact that Mike was a Danrir. And from what we've see would not have tolerated him if it wasn't for the cave.
Kat 4th Mar 2016, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
You have a fair point there. But even in that situation, I can't imagine either of them being as openly rude as Jinn has been so far.
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
I don't want to comment too much on the responses in this thread, because I am always super happy when readers come to their own conclusions, but I will say that I agree with many of the points y'all have made so far. :)
CiciEnixa 2nd Mar 2016, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
... I'm just waiting the inevitable sads all around, this is too worry-inducing and I just don't know if I'll be able to survive until Nemi starts saying her side. At least, I feel she has her own sads to smack right across Jinn's face.
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Nemi is crying for several reasons, one of which is she's just intensely frustrated XD so it's not always just the sads! *busses Nemi's head* Well, that said, we'll see about Nemi's side of things. Maybe. :P
azureXtwilight 2nd Mar 2016, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Gosh that slap is so well-deserved. Nuuu Mikey take over your body back please! D:
TheD-Wrek 2nd Mar 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
What Azure said~ !_!
mjkj 3rd Mar 2016, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
What IS Michael doing, anyway? XD;
Kat 2nd Mar 2016, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
*whacks Jinn on head* There's something called tact, sir, which you are greatly lacking!
(*apologizes to Mike because technically I just hit him too*)
*goes to tell the same to Nemi, but without hitting her*

I'm trying to give Jinn a chance. I really am. But he's really not letting me. So far he's just been a rude, obnoxious jerk :/
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
No worries, Mike can take his share of hits without really taking damage XD he's built for tanking purposes!

Think of it this way: if you guys like Mike, remember that Jinn is Mike's best friend. There has to be something about Jinn, right? ;)
Kat 7th Mar 2016, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
That's why I'm giving Jinn a chance. I'm trusting that Mike is not a terrible judge of character...
C'mon, Jinn, gimme a reason to think you're not so bad after all. Don't leave me hangin'
Jarvi 2nd Mar 2016, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Okay, that puts things a bit into perspective. I'm guessing Mike was not the only one affected by Kijini person, that Jinn has something in there too, that he can't easily get over.
But.. once again Jinn... Mike doesn't care for what Nemi is, because he sees her as a person, responsible for only her own actions. You need to learn that too.
Lukkai 4th Mar 2016, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
And maybe he will now. Let's not forget that Mike had the advantage of getting to know Nemi the person first and learning of her being Kijini only later. Jinn didn't have that advantage.
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Ah, Jarvi-nii X3 <33
Again, I don't want to comment too much since I think it's best for readers to come to their own conclusions regarding this current scene, but for sure it's important to remember that there are a lot of factors affecting the situation~ >3<
(Thankyew for your thoughtful comments, Jarvi-nii <333)
Prayformercy 2nd Mar 2016, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Next time use the daggers nemi (Yes im willing to sacrifice mikey at this point)
Headgamer 3rd Mar 2016, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Well technically he's already dead so really Nemi just needs to learn how to preform an exorcism.

That or steal that soul binding necklace of his and crush it. You never know that might work. Problem is Mikey would probably hate her for it. >.>
Kat 3rd Mar 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Uh, but that might kill Mike instead, and that would be absolutely terrible O.o
But yes, even in the other case Mike would be very unhappy about that
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
XD This is just an aside, but regarding certain terms in Archaiea: the necklace has a 'wishing stone' on it, also known under another name (but that's spoilery so I'll refrain). Michael's body is technically now the 'soulstone' that acts as something able to contain another soul in it, and it's able to do so under the power of the 'wishing stone'.

Now, 'soul binding' in Archaiea is a similar concept to 'marriage' in our universe. So let's be careful with terms here, last time I checked Jinn and Mikey were not soul bound! XDDD
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
LOL mercy XDDD poor Mike!
Seabiscuit 2nd Mar 2016, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Woah... So Mikey's history was like that. Oh gosh. S-still, to be nice to her despite that... D:
Awww, Nemi... I hope he feels some regret now... ;~;
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Yesh, seamuffin... plenty of regret to go around, really XDD
Headgamer 3rd Mar 2016, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
I'm not surprised, but that still doesn't excuse how he's acting. It's not like Nemi herself killed Mikey's parents. Even if Mikey had to struggle he showed himself the bigger man by getting past the broad stroked brush and seeing Nemi as an individual not as a race. That's in contrast to Jinn who shows himself to be quite petty indeed (but then we knew that).
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Nemi really brings out the worst in Jinn :'D
Though I suppose the same could be said, vice versa...
Spellodello 3rd Mar 2016, 4:31 AM edit delete reply

Omg Nemi babu ;_;

Wow, I was wondering when the racial tension would all come out in full force but I think it's here. I'm so excited to see how it unfolds in the story!
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply

But every Wednesday is a happy Wednesday no? :'DDD lolol XD
I'm excited that you're excited!! :D <3 Yay!! XD
I hope to do the theme some justice while going through this chapter and the next! >3<*)/ Thankyew Spellu for being so encouraging!! <3
mjkj 3rd Mar 2016, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that was low - even for you jinny...

*hugs Nemi*
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Jinny is the name of one of my cats, incidentally. XD;;
Kat 7th Mar 2016, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Isn't that kind of ironic?
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
It absolutely is XD
mjkj 7th Mar 2016, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
So, does your cat have similar traits?
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
It's kind of weird because I didn't have cats at the time I created Mike and Jinn, but I suppose both Jinn and Jinny can be petulant creatures! XD
mjkj 7th Mar 2016, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Matt Knab 3rd Mar 2016, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
*pats Matt's shoulder and gives him some choco*
Crestlinger 3rd Mar 2016, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
'Good shot.'
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
So it would seem! XD
MizuNoRyuu 3rd Mar 2016, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
:o Nemi hit Michael so hard that she almost knocked the panel off the page.
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Lol! XD Thanks for noticing that Mizu <3 hahaha XD
MST3KFan 3rd Mar 2016, 12:10 PM edit delete reply


At least SHE was the one doing the hitting, but now her even made her cry, Making Nemi cry is unforgivable.
mjkj 4th Mar 2016, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, she was hitting jinny - but was hitting on Mickey...

rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Really, Mjkj? Really? XD;;;;
mjkj 7th Mar 2016, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Sowwie, but I could not refrain... XD'
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Apparently so XDD well, I'm glad the lynching mob is headed towards Jinn!Mikey and not me XDDD
*puts on a helmet just in case*
Kaiki83 4th Mar 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Am I the only one thinking Nemi kinda brought this on herself because she was the one who lashed out at Jinn when he was actually making a valid point on Archer? I mean Jinn's an ass for sure
Kaiki83 4th Mar 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
But Nemi also
Guest 4th Mar 2016, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Also said her share too. (damn phone)
Lukkai 4th Mar 2016, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Nemi has at least proven not to be above racial prejudices herself. She's not without fault here.

Mostly however I think these are things that, harsh as it (and them) sounds, had to be said. Now it's out in the open. Now it can be dealt with.
And the last two panels look like Jinn is finally realising he's not dealing with a racial stereotype.
kaiki83 5th Mar 2016, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
yes and we can finally have the love triangle *koff koff*
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Readers have warmed up to Nemi, I think, which makes it easier for them to gloss over her faults. :P But Jinn's certainly not doing himself any favours. XD;;

We'll see how things go! Like Lukkai has said, some things just need to be broken properly before they can be fixed from a foundational level. Though whether they can really do such a major paradigm shift remains to be seen.

*zips lips* ;)
HeSerpenty 5th Mar 2016, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
How did I miss this page?!?!

Omg D':
This really says a lot about Mikey tho.. who he is as a person. To be so kind with Nemi despite having a perfectly good reason to hate Kijini--- I like that he doesn't lump every Kijini into one generalized category because of how he was wronged! If only OUR world could be this way X'D
rufiangel 7th Mar 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
No worries Serpy! XD We can all catch up with each other at our own comfortable paces <3
Anywhooo! Mike does seem to be a rather unassuming attitude, despite everything. It would help if our world had more unassuming humans in it, yes. XD;; Maybe he and Jinn might balance each other out a bit? XD; We'll see~~
Outlaw 12th Mar 2016, 3:15 AM edit delete reply

This is a freakin' outstanding page. Dialogue, atmosphere, art... All of it. Bravo, my friend. Seriously.
rufiangel 13th Mar 2016, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Awww, thank you so much Outlaw for taking the time to let me know what you think!! <333 it's always so encouraging and wonderful to hear your supportive words! ;3;***

I'm very glad this page comes across that way, it's always a challenge to do tense or dramatic scenes! @_@
Centcomm 29th Mar 2016, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh man.. that was.. just.. Horrible.

( great page though! )
rufiangel 29th Mar 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Centy~~~ <3 X3 *hugs* Haven't seen you in a whileee I hope you're doing okay!
and lolol I'm sorry about this page XDD;; much dramallama :'D
Mylandah 27th Jul 2017, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Jinn is so meannnnn. Regardless... I'm waiting for a love triangle thing to happen here xD
rufiangel 31st Jul 2017, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
XD;; oh boy, a love triangle in this situation would be sooo weird... actually, I just realised - Samurai Deeper Kyo had a similar thing going on in terms of practical situation I think XD