Comic 1401 - Kaminari - In Medias Res

23rd Aug 2021, 12:22 PM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Kaminari - In Medias Res
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Jocelyn 23rd Aug 2021, 12:22 PM edit delete
Subtitles! XD

I really wanted to do the subtitle effect, to give it a more authentic anime feel, but naturally that limited how much dialogue I could contain in each panel. So, to address this and allow myself the space I needed, you might notice that this one page is slightly longer than one normal Rain page. The next couple pages will also be one-pagers, but likewise, they'll be longer ones.

Also, new Kaminari characters! Whenever I thought about Black Wings Kaminari with regards to Rain, I mostly stuck to the title character and her three companions: Aneko, Hokori, and Rei. I didn't actually have an antagonist in mind. So, meet Onajimi (Oh-Nah-Jee-Mee). She's not "the big bad" or anything; just a standard Episode 1 baddie. That said, I like her a lot. Her messy hair and sharp eyebrows were a pain to draw, but I think she looks cool as a result.

We've seen the other man with black wings once before. He's never named in comic, but I tend to call him Genten in my notes (hard G, like great or gold). I figure I'll just share that information to avoid too much confusion if anyone feels the need to talk about him (it's less of a mouthful than saying "that other guy who ruined black wings for everybody" every single time). XD

Finally, panel 10, shows off a tiny Princess Kaminari (age 7 or 8 or so), with her father, the king (never named; I only ever call him the king).

Anyway, a lot of the dialogue on this page is nothing new. I've kinda gone over Kaminari's origin story in way more detail a long time ago. But also, that was about half the story ago, and unless you reread Rain, I wouldn't be surprised if you forgot the details by now. But rather than write that all again in excessive detail, infodumping through the first episode, I opted to skim through the origin real quick, just lightly introducing Kaminari's past while she deals with a different situation in present day. You know, the Fullmetal Alchemist in medias res opening. It felt appropriate. ^_^

That said, if you would like the full recap, you can refresh yourself with this link.

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Absentia 23rd Aug 2021, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
i see a very familiar cheek mark on Genten...
Katie-- 23rd Aug 2021, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
OOooo very interesting stuff, can't wait to see what happens next. Great job as always Jocelyn :D
bgb16999 23rd Aug 2021, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
So, any guesses as to whether the episode one baddie corresponds to a Rain character?
Discoh 23rd Aug 2021, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
ooh, only one page in but I'm loving it so far!
really dig the character designs and composition, it's really got that classic anime feel to it. opting for those yellow subtitles instead of dialogue bubbles is a really nice touch. (also, gotta love that smol Kaminari in panel 10.) can't wait to see where this goes.
ngl I would watch the shit out of this if it were a real anime... make it happen Jocelyn!!
stag 23rd Aug 2021, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Y'know, the title being "Black Wings: Kaminari" implies that it's only the first installment in a larger franchise(I think?) So... What else is out there in the Black Wings series?
Jocelyn 23rd Aug 2021, 3:12 PM edit delete reply

Actually, the title Black Wings Kaminari (no colon), is more a play on other classic anime titles. See stuff like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, Martian Successor Nadesico, Serial Experiments Lain, Samurai Deeper Kyo, and the list goes on and on and on. It's really just that three word title structure that I was going for.

But just like in the case of all these examples, people very rarely use the full title (many fans who watch every episode may even be completely unaware of the full titles of a lot of these shows), and it usually gets shortened - usually to the final word, only. And that's what I wanted to do with Kaminari.

Heck, if I can go real deep on nitty gritty, in order to best attain that structure of a mouthful three word title, I specifically wanted Kaminari to have a long name. Black Wings is easy to say, so when I was trying to find a name for the character, I thought it would flow best if her name had four syllables. It was just a stroke of great luck that Kaminari (meaning thunder in Japanese) actually lines up really well thematically with Rain's name.

TL;DR - I'm just a nerd and a weeb. XD
Harper 23rd Aug 2021, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
It does whAt???? omg i never knew!!!!!
Pseudonym 24th Aug 2021, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Serial Bawler Rain
Homosex Queen Rudy
Surprise Freshman Ryan
Chimera Maiden Anastacia
Kylie 1/2
TK 24th Aug 2021, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Ey is that last one a Ranma 1/2 reference?
Pseudonym 24th Aug 2021, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
It is. The moment it hit me I couldn't have Ky's stupid anime title be anything else. I apologize for nothing.

Well, I apologize a little for Rudy's. That one dips from stupid into a bit insulting. But strip #314 taught us that homosex is a word now, and no other would capture the Strongwell energy.
Some Ed 25th Aug 2021, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
I feel it's up to Rudy to decide if that title is insulting or something to own. I think, due to animosity toward his parents more than anything else, Rudy would choose to own it.

To be clear, I don't mean that Rudy would choose to own it by being a slut. There's a lot of ways to be a Queen without fraternizing with the whole kingdom. Queendom? Land? Without fraternizing with the whole land.
Pseudonym 27th Aug 2021, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
I'll take your word for it. I am unsteeped in the mysteries of homosex.

But "chimera maiden" sounds like an awesome gig. The sort of job that comes with crimson battle armor.

Kenzie 25th Aug 2021, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Now the real question, is she going to become an ally like a lot of early antags in aime 👀
SometimesIReadComics 23rd Aug 2021, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
So is this scene late in the episode or is it starting with the "How we got here" cliché?
Jocelyn 23rd Aug 2021, 3:57 PM edit delete reply

This is more or less how it opens. The page title, "In medias res", means "in the midst of things". It's often used for longform stories, where the actual beginning might feel a little confusing if the story opens there, or maybe doesn't represent the story as a whole too well.

So, in short, the Kaminari anime is starting a bit later in the story to better represent the overall feel. The idea is that there'd probably be a later episode that goes into Kaminari's origins more in depth.
00Stevo 23rd Aug 2021, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Man I miss the old Yellow Subs of Anime.
AliJ5533 23rd Aug 2021, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, neat! Though I do wonder what your plan will be for the longer page when it comes to the next physical volume.
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