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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. [link]
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.
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