Comic 318 - Guest

29th Jan 2013, 7:08 PM in Ch 13: Togetherness
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 29th Jan 2013, 7:08 PM edit delete
This is a weird page. First off, there’re a lot of panels in this one. And only three of them actually contain dialogue. Instead, we get an unusual amount of visual cues from facial expressions, and two shots of the TV for the game. (Funtendo Park, by the way. It comes free with the Yuu Us.)

I really like this page though, because Rain does something rather bold. I’ve built her up for nearly 300 pages now to be an incredibly shy and non-confrontational person. So of course, she’s not going to be able to come up the right words on the spot, no matter how upset she is by what she’s seeing. It’s just not in her to do that. It’s not to say she can’t get mad though. One could argue (and many of you have) that Aiken’s feelings are at least somewhat justifiable. And I believe that too. But his insistence of having only a male avatar made for her on her own game is indeed something of a passive-aggressive attack. To which Rain passive-aggressively retaliates.

So, let’s take focus off Aiken for a moment and look to Rain. Should she have just played along to placate him, as this is sure to open a can of worms? Or do you believe Rain has done the right thing here, because he has to see how serious she is about this? I would love to hear your thoughts. ^_^

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GigaNerd17 29th Jan 2013, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Rain's expression in Panel 5... wow. Subtle, yet so powerful.
j-eagle12212012 29th Jan 2013, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
She did the right thing here
Aislinn 30th Jan 2013, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
I'd say Aiken has it coming. He was even warned that Rain wouldn't care for it - but he didn't listen.
rachelevil 30th Jan 2013, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
No way in hell I'd have played along, I can tell you that much.
Jude P 30th Jan 2013, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
As I'm cis, and society has only rarely argued with me about my gender, I wouldn't care as much if my sibling set up my profile with a female avatar instead of a male avatar.
Of course, if one is trans, and has spent years having one's identity denied, then it's another matter. In Rain's position, I'd probably have done the same.
DrunkenGrognard 30th Jan 2013, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
I'd call that a polite, understated, absolutely justified 'fuck you, brother.' I think she made the right call. Aiken's reaction is going to make or break the whole deal... and I for one hope that he at least decides to muzzle whatever the first thought that popped into his head was; it's almost certainly not going to help anything.
CyberSkull 30th Jan 2013, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Not cool, bro, not cool.
Julia KaNeko 30th Jan 2013, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
Julia KaNeko
Whatever game is played, kick his ass in it. Kick. His
Nexus 30th Jan 2013, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
what makes me wonder is why theres so many guest characters dont you have to set each of them up (though I never played a 'Yuu Us' lol so I dont know) maybe he was testing her to see see how'd she react
Jocelyn 30th Jan 2013, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

In my experience, many games that force you to have an avatar (or in this case, a Mii) in order to play usually also have a stock of premade models as well. I guess the idea is so you can still play even if you don't want to bother making a character or don't have time to spend on it.

The screens above are largely inspired by the character select screen in Nintendo Land. And what that game seems to do is it shows the Miis of everyone who has an account, plus the rest as "guests". So I see my Mii, my wife's, and six randomized guests. I just kinda played off that concept.
Adri 30th Jan 2013, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, I think she did the best she could, given who she is. She didn't give in to his silent demand to stop being what she is...but she also didn't cause a huge scene or fight. I agree with previous comments, his reaction will likely make or break their relationship for a while. Let's hope he has some tact, yes?
The T.C. 13th Aug 2016, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
I think if my lil bro did that I'd throttle him with the gat dang controller.

I'm glad the only person that really was like this was my mom, tho even then she wasn't this salty (at least not perpetually)
Lex-Kat 17th Nov 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I love her determined look in the sixth panel. I silent ____ ___ wouldn't be uncalled for in this case.

She really was happy to sit down beside him and begin playing. That is, until Baby Bro appeared.
Some Ed 12th Jun 2017, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Not all passive is aggressive. In my experience, *most* passive is not aggressive. It's just that passive-aggressive really gets noticed when the bomb goes off.

I think Rain is being passive-assertive here, rather than passive-aggressive. It's probably the best way to handle this particular confrontation.

Whether Aiken is passive-aggressive or some other kind of passive remains to be seen. By his expression in the last panel, he's not happy. And we didn't expect he would be. But if he's passive-aggressive, the bomb hasn't gone off quite yet, so we don't know for sure until we look at the next page.
Guest 16th Aug 2018, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
I don't think anyone is saying Rain is passive=aggressive.
She mostly seems fairly passive in general, actually, beyond asserting her desire to be herself.
Aiken setting up the controller with a male icon for Rain IS passive-aggressive. Passive in that it is not a physical attack, but aggressive in that it is trying to force his version of reality on Rain.

I'm not Trans, but my gut feeling I would have said FU and stomped off. But, of course, that is a guy-type response. Rain's workaround makes perfect sense.
I'm curious to see how this works out - Next page, Ho!
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