Comic 1341 - Barbecue

13th Jan 2021, 7:48 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Jocelyn 13th Jan 2021, 7:48 AM edit delete
"But if graduation isn't the end of the story, then what else is there?"

The answer? Quite a few things! ^_^

The interesting thing about a pool party is that it potentially addresses a smaller loose thread we've left dangling for a while. And the Kaminari air date? We've been waiting on that one too, as a matter of fact! These are some of the smaller ones on their own, but may be worth noting, I think. ;)

But what do you think of this development? Besides that "these things will happen now", what would you expect from such an event?

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Aster 13th Jan 2021, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I remember seeing the Kaminari release date somewhere before, On the side of a book or something.
Jocelyn 13th Jan 2021, 8:35 AM edit delete reply

You've seen that date very recently on Rain's phone. ^_^
Drake Zephyr 14th Jan 2021, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Oh and those are the Kanji for month and day of the month. Nanagatsu and Mikka, correct me if I'm wrong.
japes 13th Jan 2021, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
omg it’s gonna be on my birthday!!!!!!!
Drake Zephyr 13th Jan 2021, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
2 days short of mine, lucky.
train 15th Jan 2021, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
the day after mine
mai 13th Jan 2021, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
It blows my mind that Rain and Emily have been dating for half the story lol. It feels like just yesterday it was her and Rudy lol.
William Melton 13th Jan 2021, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
I agree with Chanelle. That would be the perfect date for them to have a group get-together.

Hope Ky will be there too!
Lilith 13th Jan 2021, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
I really love this story (secretly I would almost hope it never ends). Maybe I missed something about this, but are there any plans for Rain Volume 6 so far? I really want to complete my collection hehe!
Jocelyn 13th Jan 2021, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

There will be a Volume 6 (and 7), but I haven't announced anything yet. Last year kinda threw me off my game a lot. But hopefully, I'll have something to share on further books later this year. ^_^
Phrown 13th Jan 2021, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
On average how many chapters does each volume have? And what chapter did volume 5 end on?
November 13th Jan 2021, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Volume 5 ended on chapter 33 and the number of chapters varies but it’s around 6, plus one extra back story chapter not posted online and Rain Delays etc.
(Volume 1 had 6, volume 2 had 8, volume 3 had 8, volume 4 had 5, volume 5 had 6 and a second bonus chapter)
Larryn 13th Jan 2021, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Swimwear is a huge hurdle for me. I chicken out very often.

I think Rain’ll be braver than me though :)
Haelwenn (lanodan) 14th Jan 2021, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
I guess she could use either those quite childish swimsuits with lot of frills or use those split skirt over-bottoms that I've only seen in anime so far.
Frost 14th Jan 2021, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Personally I'm probably gonna try to find swim shorts. They're no unheard of for teens rn
Dark Niwa 13th Jan 2021, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
I wanna see this Kaminari anime!
Guest 13th Jan 2021, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Cool that's literally my birthday!
bgb16999 13th Jan 2021, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
So that's 11 days from now. Any guesses as to whether Rain and Ryan get to meet before then, or will this big party be Ryan's first time meeting most of the main cast?
bgb16999 13th Jan 2021, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Oops, I forgot to update the Rain Favorite Character Tournament in my previous comment. You can now vote in Part 19. The top two will proceed to the semifinals!
Phrown 13th Jan 2021, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
When they get to the pool I imagine Rain being hesitant to come out. She’ll talk with Emily, who’ll support her decision. That gives her the strength to step out in a flashy splash panel (it could even be a full page). Everyone will be supportive and applaud Rain. Rain will be happy because it’ll be one more validation that she’s as female on the outside as she is inside.
Guest 13th Jan 2021, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
idk about others but actual applause would be like an "OMG you're so brave!" moment to me
Tipsie! 13th Jan 2021, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn, I want to take a moment to thank you for making such a wonderful comic.

also can you please update the characters page
meta 13th Jan 2021, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
my prediction:

trevor and frank have a tiff until they get thrown in the pool. someone else shows up to make trouble.. but they'd get thrown in the pool too. the worst thing is the vegan barbeque food gets wet so some people will have to order takeaway from a place we haven't seen yet.
Emerald_Kitten_Tail 13th Jan 2021, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Bet Gavin dad will recognize Rain a little bit and connect the dots to when Gavin asked him about transgender people way back in the beginning of the school year.
meta 13th Jan 2021, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
oh .. wow, that's a thing ..

it means even if our new ryan isn't coming out, the name might be spoken near enough to cause a confusion ..

oh well, more people will have to be thrown in the pool then!
bgb16999 13th Jan 2021, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
No need for Gavin's dad to connect the dots, because Gavin already explained things to him.
arkathenia 13th Jan 2021, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Woooooah, we get another arc coming! I did not see this! I am soooo excited! ^^ <3
Kyla 13th Jan 2021, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
It's been so long reading this webcomic I can't trust my memories anymore.
Did he say Dad's boyfriend? Did I miss something?

I clearly need to do a re-read.
Jocelyn 13th Jan 2021, 4:44 PM edit delete reply

Yep. Gavin's dad's boyfriend hasn't appeared since Chapter 13, I believe. But we have seen him. ^_^
Yuriko 13th Jan 2021, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Of course, a beach/pool episode is an essential
00Stevo 13th Jan 2021, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Did they turn Chibi in panel 5?
either way it is super cute.

flamecid 14th Jan 2021, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
hey there, love your webcomic so much, a couple of panels ago you posted the anime and games you watched in 2020. I am a HUGE ANIME nerd so i thought i'd recommend my favorite anime (got a list ready for my bro a while back)
flamecid 14th Jan 2021, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
that time i got turned into a slime, the promised neverland, assassination classroom, log horizon, BOFURI, magi-labyrinth, master of ragnerok and blessed of einherjar, overlord, samurai champloo, and finally, made in abyss
drs 14th Jan 2021, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Did Maria make her tie-dye?
Guest 15th Jan 2021, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
no she bought it from pre-factory era etsy
Gabi 14th Jan 2021, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Aww! This reminds me of when my friends and I would get together on MLP release dates! It's so cool that they can do that! And getting to see Gavin's dad will be nice too.
Kyla 14th Jan 2021, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
So is James(from team rocket) going to show up in the background wearing he's magical swimsuit. ☺️ Just asking for a friend. 😉
Chrissy 14th Jan 2021, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm.... So, is Ky going to go for trunks? Or a bikini? Or trunks and a bikini top? Maybe even a rash-guard with compression?
Mild Lee Interested 15th Jan 2021, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
I don't remember Gavin sharing that his Dad is gay with the group. Clearly they know, but I just don't recall it ever being raised.
Also, in Australia at least, board shorts with a bikini top (or even a full coverage rash vest / long sleeve top) is totally ok for teen girls swim wear. Plenty of people don't like form fitting bikinis and one pieces.
Jocelyn 15th Jan 2021, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
@Mild Lee Interested

It's an extremely minor point, but Gavin tells the group about his dad in Chapter C (the bonus chapter in Volume 3). That said, even if people didn't read that and didn't know about that interaction, I felt it was safe enough to assume it wasn't the kind of thing this group was going to get hung up on even if they did. XD

Gavin: "My dad and his boyfriend have a pool and-"
All: "They have a pool!?"
Mild Lee Interested 16th Jan 2021, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the reply.
You are right that it's a minor point. And it's obvious from the exchange that they all knew. I was just annoyed at myself that I couldn't remember the detail, but if its in a bonus comic, t yt? At explains it! Thanks for clarifying.
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