UH OH LOVE 23-SIDER
Of Dooooooom, its always of Dooooooom.
Dude! He’s totally trying to kill Leslie! Fuck him up!
Ninja Rick: What a dick.
He’s just a little short sighted, thats all….
A little? I’m legally blind and I am pretty sure I would have winged her at least.
Nice double meaning you have there.
Leslie’s a Honeybadger, she doesn’t give a shit…
Honeybadger, the most badass creature on the planet.
Honey badger don’t give no fuck
Love Ninja Rick comics!
Heh. For a second I thought you were calling Rick, “Love Ninja”. Instead of Archie Comics, we now have “Love-Ninja Rick Comics”! o_O
“Magical Love Rick.”
I now want to see Ninja Rick go through a magical girl transformation…..
Five words for you:
kore wa zombie desu ka
He represents much of the fanbase.
If he was targeting Malaya then yes, but he was attacking what he thought was Leslie.
She is officially immune.
Wait a minute. Rick has a thing for Malaya?
Yes, because she looks asian and for some hardcore Japanphiles, asian looking is good ebnough.
Wait? Since when is Ninja rick hot for Malaya? Did I miss a comic somewhere?
She’s asian, I think, so…it’s kind of to be expected.
Yes. Yes you did. Probably Rick’s last appearance (click his name in the tags).
Since she first arrived at the store.
‘Cause Bugs looks totally anime…
More accurately, anime looks like Bugs as the anime style was based on things like Disney and Loony Toons.
And Astro Boy
Mostly just Disney.
And Jean Giraud
Eh. what’s up, dork?
He’s not attacking the Bugs Bunny display because he thinks it’s anime. He’s attacking it because he thinks it’s Leslie.
I’m reminded of the Burt Lancaster/Kirk Douglas/Dana Carvey movie TOUGH GUYS and their near-sighted enemy.
“報復” = Retribution. Now you know.
Panel 3, the woman isn’t looking towards Rick. I think she can actually see the word Retribution hanging in the air.
Rick must be fairly old actually. Anyone know what age he is? Older than Ethan, I believe.
Man it’s going to be weird when these past few generations become elderly. Imagine seventy year old Otakus.
I don’t have to. I know a 55-year old one (my Sempai) and I knew his father. Easy enough to extrapolate.
By sempai, do you mean your boss? Because from what little japanese I know, sempai means senior. But I have a hard time figuring out the context of “senior” in that statement.
The founder and chief of our Fan Club.
thanks for clearing that up
In her first appearance, Ethan said that Rick is “ten years older” than Malaya. So, we can probably stick him in early- to mid-thirties–just the right age for him to be slightly creepy in hitting on girls who are technically legal age.
Baseball season! (I wish)
It’s Ninja Rick’s statement in the last panel in Japanese. I recognize “RESUBIAN” and “kawaii malaya-chan”
Why is “lesbian” a word you know offhand in Japanese?
RESUBIAN is how the Japanese pronounce lesbian, modern Japan uses lots of Engrish words in their vocab.
Besides, it’s “rezubian,” isn’t it?
When you’re learning a language you always want to learn the important phrases first.
Looks like there’s a few errors too. Possessive seems off – seems it says “Malaya is me” rather than mine to me – think there should be a “no” (or “no” mono”) after the watashi. Could be wrong though.
Sorry, gonna have to do Romajii since the computer doesn’t do kana and the phone is a pain to type on.
‘Watashi no’ for sure, but if it follows the usual trend there’d be a different word for people/animals than objects so ‘mono’ seems doubtful. ‘Josei’ (woman) would probably do, but there’s also probably a specific word for the subtext as well. Also, it should probably have ended with ‘yo’ for the intensifier, assuming it’s standard Japanese.
I would have asked one of my coworkers (I teach English in Osaka) but I was busy trying to learn how to conjugate adjectives, and I try and at least pretend to be professional at work.
Ninja rick would be lucky to get anywhere near that close anyway. There’s no way he actually knows Japanese – at least, he doesn’t know any more than I do, and I only know enough to understand Ninja rick.
A year late, but oh well: 彼女 (kanojo). Also used for ‘she’.
Really? ‘マレヤ は 私 です’ for ‘mine’? I’ve only been learning 日本語 for a little while so I’m pretty limited, but I would have read that as ‘Malaya is me.’
I thought possession for people used いる、or おる for Osaka/Kansai ben.
But then I could be wrong, and it IS Ninja Rick.
Katakana for Malaya, ha for wa, last bit is “me”. So I believe you’ve read it correctly.
It’s pretty poor Japanese, actually.
But that kind of fits:-D
Yay! Ninja Rick has returned! Actually, I’d really love to see him explained and expanded on. Just because he’s a Japanophile doesn’t mean he can’t have hidden depths – let’s face it, Leslie started as a joke name.
Yeah, but any depths Rick has would likely be horribly depressing and/or disturbing.
Just what Shortpacked! could use…a little Ninja Rick! And just in time for the holidays to boot
After the original “retribution” comic, randomly shouting “RETRIBUTION!” has become part of my regular vocabulary.
We need way more Ninja Rick.
Haha, Ninja Rick. I missed that dude sometimes.
Ninja Rick rolled a one.
Rick rolled? Tucker, you sneaky bastard. It’s a compliment by the way.
Aizat, you know I could never give you up.
Twice in one day, in fact.
I’d always assumed Rick just squinted all the time in an effort to look grim and purposeful.
and now it turns out that he’s going blind from masturbating to too much Naruto hentai.
… With BURNING JUSTICE?
Hey, I thought this comic was low on ninjas recently.
Just how long has that Bugs Bunny candy display been there? Didn’t we see that years ago … hasn’t the candy gone bad?
That Bugs Bunny Candy display is the only part of the original store that remains from before the renovation.
And sadly, it’s dead now. Nothing remains…
The handy-mans tool; Duct tape. You think Galasso will buy a new display?
Besides the fact that it’s “secret weapon,” I’m utterly impressed that somebody quoted Red Green XD
If she can’t find you handsome she should at least find you handy.
You guys from the great white north, or did they actually play that show south of the 49th? Of all the Canadian TV that doesn’t go south, I’d be shocked if Red Green was the one XD
As much as I have warm memories of that show, it’s not exactly a piece of great television history. Not like the bulk of Sci-Fi’s that get filmed in Vancouver =P
Red Green aired on public television in the US.
Well no kidding…
KERA, the Dallas Texas area PBS station airs The Red Green Show and a few other CBC shows that I forgot. I’ve also seen the DVDs for sale around here. I’ve never been any farther north than District of Columbia, personally.
My family has a video of Red Green stuff. And we’re in Texas. I have very fond memories of him making two cars into a “hummer” and loling like crazy as an eight year old. xD
Hearing about the Red Green love kinda warms my heart. I’d become cynical about the American media’s apathy towards Canada, even though we’re a super important trade partner and all that (such as having the last 3 generals in control of NATO, etc).
I dunno about other Canadian TV shows, but as far as other media, there’s also much love for Scott Pilgrim among geeks down here. I know at least a couple of fans of Metric. I happen to think MSTRKRFT and Chromeo are pretty badass too.
I personally quite like Matthew Good. Beautiful Midnight (of the former Matthew Good Band) is one of my favourite albums of all time.
Willis, you draw a hell of a Chekov’s gun then if it’s been waiting here all this time just to have a shortsighted otaku take it out.
How evil-genius would that be if it was actually Chekhov’s Gun? XD
After all the times Bugs Bunny spent pretending to be a girl, it’s understandable Ninja Rick thought Bugs is a lesbian.
Oh, and Rick? You can have her… >:P
Ninja Rick, like Faz, is a fate I would not even wish on Malaya.
Thank you; now I am totally shipping Ninja Rick/Faz/Malaya ^_^
Okay, so this bugged me because this is one of the few grammar mistakes I notice, but it should definitely be, “He’s been badly needing…” as opposed to “He’s badly needed…” because his need for glasses is current and enduring, whereas the second sentence suggests that the need for glasses has ended. (If you care, it’s the difference between using the present perfect progressive form of a verb as opposed to the perfect past tense.)
You overlooked the “for a while”, which puts the statement in the past tense, so using the present tense form would be incorrect.
Dictionary slap XD
“For a while” does not change the fact that the sentence -should- be in the present perfect progressive tense, which includes states in the past, states that currently exist and states that could possibly extend into the future. Rick has needed glasses, he continues to need glasses and will continue to need glasses for as long as he has eyes that work suboptimally. It is not the difference between a simple past tense and a simple present tense.
Regardless of that fact, the_do is correct and people often do not speak with correct grammar because it sounds weird. But I do so hate to be “corrected”.
unrelated note: I tend to ignore grammar mistakes if they are made in a statement the character is making, mainly because people make grammar mistakes in casual conversation all of the time.
In the vein of Garfield Minus Garfield, this comic’s a lot funnier if you mentally remove Leslie’s dialogue in the last panel
Even better, remove all the dialog. Then it becomes a story about a woman reacting in horror because Ninja Rick is randomly attacking Bugs Bunny for some reason.
Better still, remove Leslie altogether.
RETRIBUTION minus Leslie
Deft use of PhotoShop, my friend. Deft use indeed.
Ninja Rick is gonna steal a Malaya, and then brush its hair, and then put it back and then poop on Leslie’s yard.
AH, so Malaya is also the target of multiple suitors!!!
. . . why is she here again?
Ninja Rick spends all this time away and now he’s after…Malaya??? I admit it makes a certain bit of sense considering Ninja Rick is a weeaboo, but this is still pretty out of left field. XD
Click “Ninja Rick” in this strip’s tags, and read the next most recent Ninja Rick strip.
Your icon makes that comment strikingly appropriate.
Ah, thank you. XD I completely missed that strip. On the upside it didn’t make this one any less funny to me.
What is this? I finally caught up with the newest comic!?!
Took me long enoug (whole archive took about 3 months; working on Roomies&others, on July 200, 2000)
It doesn’t take that long if you get a weekend off work, forget about your studying, and find a little Rum. I think my last Walkyverse (sans shortpacked) read took about 2 days between my computer and tablet.
Emphasis on the time off and shirking responsibility, though. When you read it in rapid-fire, it’s like an awesome novel with jokes abound.
Kill the Wabbit!
Is Leslie helping Shirley out in this strip?
And don’t call me Shirley.
Surely you cannot be seriously quoting from such an old movie.
…EXACTLY what I was aiming at.
Les is a closet Bugs fan, thus this is a clever ploy by Rick to coerce her to break up.
Why are all the women in this comic people with terrible childhoods who end up dating self absorbed arseholes? Is there something you’re going for there?
Also, as far as I know, the only people dating in Shortpacked! is Mike and Amber. Looks like possibly Malaya and Leslie soon. In the rest of the Walkyverse, even Joe turned out to be a good guy. And, if I recall, on balance, there weren’t that many horrible childhood stories more for women than men. I mean, in It’s Walky! they were all abductees, but most of them had good families.
Heck, I think Ninja Rick can have Malaya. I’m one of the probable few still hoping for Robin and Leslie.
Bye the way I spent my whole day reading the archive, as I only just discovered the comic. I’m really loving it, good work David.
Yeah, Team Robin!
No! Bugs Bunny is my favorite big eyed, giant mouthed, and small nosed anime character!
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