In accordance with Murphy’s Law, when Tubalcain Alhambra (alias the Dandy) finally appeared in the OVA, his coloration was completely different from what I drew. Rip: …so we need someone who speaks the language to come with us and interpret. Will you? Dandy: …I shall. But first, my dear, you must play a little game… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad 10/20
Go Fish: the official card game of Shine. (Except Schrödinger, who thinks it’s horribly unfair that there are no real fish involved.) Dandy: Pick a game, any game. Draw, Stud, Texas Hold ‘Em. Or we can devise a variant of our own. Whatever you desire, I shall play. Rip: …I don’t know how to play… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad – Christmas Cards
I almost started drawing the characters walking out in bulky coats. Then I remembered: southern hemisphere. Rip: Christmas is not supposed to be this hot… Schrö: I am everywhere and nowhere. Like the quantum state demonstrated by Schroödinger’s cat, I am here and not here. I’m only suffering thru the heat ’cause you, Dandy, are… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad 11/20
Schrö: Ooh, candy! Dandy: Choose quickly. The hour of one AM is nearly upon us. Rip: They’re bound to have something the Major will like. Even if it’s not pfeffernüsse. Help me look. Schrö: How about this one? Se-quil-hos de coco? Dandy: Sequilhos de coco are composed of little more than sugar and butter. Rip:… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad 12/20
[Notes in brackets are translated from Portugese.] The shopkeeper’s name is Cassandra, and she’s secretly a superhero whom I created for an AP Psychology project. (This has no bearing on the story.) Clerk (Portugese): How will you be paying for those, sir? Schrö: Can I have one? Just one! Dandy (Portugese): Why, my dear, you… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad 13/20
Schrö: Please? Rip: Schrö, you already ate my first gift. Why would I let you touch this? Clerk: Feliz Navidad! Clerk (Portugese): You are an adorable couple! Good luck! Rip: No! Down, kitty! Schrö: But I didn’t! Rip: What did I say? Dandy: She said that I am quite handsome. Rip: Ah. The hypnotism.
Cameos: Ashura and a bunch of others from CLAMP’s RG Veda. There is much more ethnic diversity in Brazil than depicted here, but the manga is full of tan people. Dandy: Oh dear…the hour of one has arrived. Rip: You mentioned that before. What does it mean? Dandy: It means we must make haste, for… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad 15/20
Dandy: We have escaped the revelry of my countrymen. Rip: This country is crazy. Major: Rip Van Winkle! Tubalcain Alhambra! Schrödinger! All: Yes, Herr, Major! Major: We’ve been waiting for you and the food is getting cold. Get in here. Doc: “Operation”? You shouldn’t have! Captain: … Zorin: A hemp tattoo kit? Dandy: Now you… Continue reading Feliz Nazidad – Christmas Dinner
Dandy: These cards are unusual indeed, satisfying the “quality” test… …and they are certainly not deficient in “quantity”. In “variety”, however, my gifts leave something to be desired. Rip: I thought this might happen, so I got you an automatic card shuffler.
Dandy: This is a fine gift, my friend. I take my hat off to you. Rip: It was nothing. People always get me opera CDs, but nobody ever got me a case for them. So I figured the same thing would happen to you… Dandy (thinking): Mistletoe! Should I…or should I not…? Schrö: MISTLETOE! [chu]