Author Notes Edit
Upon finishing this page and rereading it, I noticed I packed a LOT of information into this one page. So much so, I probably could have drawn it out into two or maybe even three pages. Whether it be laziness or stubbornness though, I don’t know; but it didn’t end up happening. It’s still just one page. ^_^
First off, despite the occasional parody reference to real life products and franchises (like Porter’s Books, Funtendo or FaceSpace), there are in fact three wholly original products in the Rain universe. Namely, these are “Black Wings Kaminari”, “Mad GigaKaizer X”, and now lastly, “Halloween Princess Pandora”.
Whereas Kaminari is supposed to be something of a cult hit manga, and Mad GigaKaizer is supposed to be a classic old giant robot anime, Pandora is meant to be a bit more of a modern and mainstream title with both an anime and a manga adaptation. The idea is that it’s extremely well-known and can even be seen on TV outside of Japan, but TRUE fans buy the DVD (or pirate it online) to get the uncut version. Anyway, the concept of the story is that it’s a “dark magical girl” story; like an unholy lovechild between Sailor Moon and Hellsing (which probably really WOULD be quite popular).
You might not remember (or perhaps didn’t even notice), but you’ve seen Pandora before back on page 43.
And uh… Maria used to have long hair, I guess? Presumably very long, judging by Pandora’s pigtails. That is, incidentally, supposed to be a picture of the character, Pandora, however… not of Maria dressed as Pandora. In this case, anyway. ^_^
Final note: I have a hard time NOT smiling at the second panel. It may be one of my new favorites.
Why don't you do a cosplay costume? I bet you'd make a cute Kaminari.
Er... I dunno. My hair's too long and I don't want to dye it green.
Not to mention, I don't have the materials to sew it.
Also, I can't sew.
Maria can sew. It's like the one girly thing she does. She made this wicked "Halloween Princess Pandora" costume for an anime convention a couple years ago.
Hm. I never imagined you for a Pandora fan.
And I can't picture you with long hair like her's.
Oh, she used to have long hair. Looked good too.
Really? Why'd she cut it?
Dunno. She just came home like that one day. Our mom actually cried.
Tell you what, Rudy. I'll tell you why if you tell me what happened to your face.
Well, nevermind. It's not that big of a deal anyway. See you tomorrow, Rain!