Crabcake Confidential: Nerf Now!!
Ah, Japan. It’s the only country in the world that can turn anything into a teenage girl. Most people would find no inspiration beyond pure academic purposed in, say, the Nazi Luftwaffe. But you know some intrepid Japanese anime out that is saying to himself, “Yes, I CAN see dewy eyes and perky, barely covered lady lumps in that Messerschmitt Bf109.” Or, “God, I seriously don’t care how much we piss off China! I simply must make girls out of their air force!”
Judging from his name, I assume that Josué Pereira is not from The Land of the Rising Sun. Yet his webcomic, Nerf Now!!, is undoubtedly a love letter to Japan’s glorification of the adolescent woman.
Thus far, Nerf Now!! contains two distinct story arcs. Both deal with video games. The first rectifies an unfortunate oversight in Team Fortress 2: where the women at? Pereira tranforms the TF2 dynamic from testosterone-fueled macho posturing to testosterone-fueled macho posturing where you have to save the girl. When the art is distinct and inspired by J. C. Leyendecker, you don’t have to do much to modify the designs of the existing characters. The fun is trying to see which design elements work when you turn a couple of them into girls. This is, for some reason a popular past time on the internet. Pereira is hardly the only person wondering what TF2 characters would look like if they were softer and squishier.
Pereira is far more original with his second story. For the life of me, I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted to turns Zergs into teenage girls. Well, OK, I’m sure there’s some novel depictions of Kerrigan out there. Can any of them top the depiction of the Zerg Overlord as a four-eyed teenage girl with a balloon tied to her back?
When you think about it, Japan’s obsession isn’t so bizarre in the context of … OH GOD NOW I CAN’T GET THIS SONG OUT OF MY HEAD AAAGGGHHHH
Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down….
Posted on July 2, 2008, in ? Stars, comedy webcomic, Crabcake Confidential, manga style webcomic, The Webcomic Overlook, video game webcomic, webcomics and tagged Nerf Now. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.