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"And this is why Gurren Lagann fans should never be allowed to retell deconstructionist anti-war stories."

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An Interactive Comic by Captain Lhurgoyf, based on Daniel Remar's game Iji, hosted on MSPA Forum Adventures. Well, mainly based on Iji. Because it has become a Mega Crossover of epic proportions.

The adventure initially follows the story of a killer game, starting in Iji's house on the morning of Bring-Your-Children-To-Work day. But a few differences appear quickly: For starters, Iji's mental state is already not that good. Her father being a Mad Scientist and her brother having a crush on her probably didn't help...

And it goes downhill from there as the Alpha Strike happens, Iji wakes up and starts killing, and the boundaries of the universe weaken even more.

Link to the adventures (It's not mirrored because the Four Lines, All Waiting story format doesn't interact well with the mirror's format)


Tropes:

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    • Additionally, one of the major morals of Iji, in addition to War Is Hell, was inevitability and the inability of one person to change the ways of a group of people no matter how hard they tried. It might not be best suited to taking on the ethos of a series containing a song best known (if mistakenly) as "Row Row Fight The Power".
    • A more subtle example is how the Alternians coming back from the dead and taking over large areas of Earth is portrayed in a positive light (in fact, out of the three alien races, they're the nicest - while the Tasen want to wipe out all life on Earth and then colonise it and the Komato want to blow the planet up, the trolls just want control over the planet) - Captain Lhurgoyf has said elsewhere on the forums that he thinks it would be cool being a troll on Alternia, and despite Andrew's clear intentions, he believes that the things the trolls do make complete sense for what they are. After all, when you recruit everyone on your planet to help maintain your empire, do you want to keep someone who's physically incapable of fighting around?
    • In a subversion, Captain Lhurgoyf has made it clear that he knows perfectly well that his interpretation of the game is the complete opposite of the original intent, but he's just having fun going along with it anyway.
  • Dub Name Change: Asha's name here is Vexorg, a name borrowed from a The Far Side cartoon. Rule of Funny at work here.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Vexorg Asha Surnamedoesntmatterinsten. He was named after his aunt.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Komato have been retconned as being evolved velociraptors, like many people thought they were supposed to be before it was Jossed by Word of God. But Captain Lhurgoyf liked it better that way.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The cyborg gorilla.
  • Expendable Clone: Ron has plenty of them. He's already gone through more than four hundred before the adventure.
  • Expressive Mask: The original game made extensive use of Faceless Goons, and the author didn't have any idea how he'd draw them unmasked, but needed them to show expression, so...
    • In fact, at one point, Krotera closes his eyes...which causes his visor to narrow down to a single line.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Lots, notably Zorspoink, the Non-Euclidean Bat. And the null driver.
  • Fail O'Suckyname though Name McAdjective: The names Krotera and Vexorg used for their imaginary fiends, Stupid Idiot McMoron and Foolish Imbecile McBraindamaged.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Although Homestuck is canon to the adventure, everything after and including Tavros's death is disregarded (as well as a few plot points before that that Captain Lhurgoyf thought were bad ideas, such as the ectobiology update), as this is when Captain Lhurgoyf thought the comic had Jumped the Shark and stopped reading it.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Flanderisation: In the original game, Iosa was a relatively calculating, intelligent person who just so happened to be fanatically devoted to battle and a berserker in combat. In the adventure, she's basically an Angry Marine. Within the adventure, there's also Iji's relation to Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff - originally, she was just supposed to like the comic, the joke being that she's too oblivious to realise it's supposed to be ironic) and, before the adventure was placed in the Homestuck universe, it was uncertain as to whether or not she realised it was supposed to be a Show Within a Show. After Dave himself started making appearances and Iji visited his blog, she ended up being a giggling fangirl who wants to bear his child.
  • For Science!: Just about everything Ron does. The sole exception being devising the plans for Iji's cybernetic enhancements, which was intended as a defense against the Tasen. Sometimes, he even shouts it.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: There are a lot of plotlines, and they're technically all going on at any given time. They only intersect when they happen to veer in that direction and none are allowed to seriously change the course of the "main" plotline. Virtually every update includes scenes from multiple groups who have never even met each other.
    • The huge recap in sector 8 is 12.5 pages long in Word. It required multiple corrections due to events the author himself had forgotten about and plotlines that hadn't been revisited in a while.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: With a "FREEM" sound effect.
  • Fusion Dance: Broboa.
  • Game Mod: The first one made since Daniel released the sources of Iji, no less! It mainly adds weapons, but also some other elements like Asha's new name.
    • Find it here, in the spoiler block of Shwart!!'s post.
  • Gaydar: Andy is somehow able to "tell people's orientation by looking at them." Mostly, this was because one command had him explore the outside of the Komato base in Sector 3, and Captain Lhurgoyf liked the idea of him having a crush on Denise but knowing that he'd never get with her due to her being both a Tasen and gay.
  • Granola Girl: Ansaksie, maaaan.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Iosa.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Well, technically more like Hilariously Neglectful Childhood, but it is implied that Ron does use his children as test subjects.
  • Hot-Blooded: The author has admitted that Iji here has more in common with Simon than her canon counterpart.
  • Hulk Speak: "CYBORG GORILLA SMAAASH PUNY SPACEMEN!"
  • Imaginary Enemy: Both Krotera and Vexorg create one they want to humiliate and torment (resp. named Stupid Idiot McMoron and Foolish Imbecile McBraindamaged), but those quickly turn the tables on them.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon:
    • Dual-wielded four-barreled sawed-off imaginary phantom hammers with chainsaw lightsabre bayonets, a product of Krotera's active imagination.
    • Foolish Imbecile McBraindamaged later gets chainsaw shotgun crutches.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Ron and Vexorg.
  • Irony: A Running Gag in the prologue was characters denying the existance of anything that anyone who played the game would know would happen. In a meta sense, despite his treatment of the source material, Captain Lhurgoyf is an Actual Pacifist (he just doesn't have a problem if it's not real people being hurt).
  • Klingon Promotion: They actually call it that. Apparently, this is how the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (most notably Death) work.
  • Late Arrival Spoiler: If you haven't played the game prior to reading the adventure, prepare for having a lot of plot points revealed sooner than they would be otherwise.
  • Lighter and Softer: To the nth degree.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The author used to keep a list of character stats in the first post. It got too big to continue after Sector 3. As of now, it's on Sector 9.
    • Not helped that, due to the limits of the original game, a good deal of them look exactly the same.
  • Mad Scientist: Iji's father Ron.
  • Man Bites Man: Dan bites Vexorg when kidnapped, Which somehow nano-enhances his teeth.
    • The Magic Touch: Said nano-enhanced teeth have the power to temporarily augment anything they bite with the same capabilities as nano-weapons (allowing them to damage things with nano-field shielding as though said shielding didn't exist). The first thing Dan does with this is bite his hands and punch Komato.
  • Manipulative Editing: Some times, Captain Lhurgoyf has to edit his screenshots to make them match up with the events of the story. Usually, this comes from editing the numbers on the ammunition counter, but on one occasion he recoloured an Assassin to have Iji have a proper fight with Vexorg after using the Nuke in the original boss fight.
  • Memetic Badass: reallyjoel's Dad makes a cameo fighting flying sharks with lasers on their heads over the Himalayas and Imaginary Gensokyo goes into Spiral Nemesis when Chuck Norris, Mr. T, Theodore Roosevelt, Vin Diesel, and Kamina stop by. In-universe, Flip Hero has Chuck Norris-style "facts" written about him.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe, Iji thinks that Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff is unironically hilarious. Out of universe, the author intentionally puts himself here by taking the killer run of Iji and playing it for laughs and awesomeness.
  • Modern Major-General: Krotera. He handles his job as a military leader by being an asshole to everybody, but his imagination makes him a borderline Reality Warper.
  • Next Sunday AD: It takes place in 2016, apparently too early for there have been no apparent technological or social innovations but just enough for Iji's lust for Dave Strider to not come across as Shotacon.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted, as Captain Lhurgoyf has stated that the Tasen and Komato, who are descended from dinosaurs in this version of the story, don't have breasts. This isn't mentioned aside from one note of commentary, though.
  • Noodle Incident: In "an epic adventure the likes of words can never describe, other than that it involved a dumpster, a ceiling fan, and ARADIA", Crabsprite ended up on earth.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Invoked when Death Demonhead Mobster Kingpin, Bec Noir, Team Sleuth, and every single Touhou character other than Team Sanae get into a giant battle...when we only see a reaction shot from a spectator describing how awesome it is.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with General Tor and Tor Johnson.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: In the game, Nanofields are supposed to be impenetrable to the majority of non-Nanoweapons. In the adventure, Dave slices countless Tasen apart with an ordinary katana. To the point where he ends up Atop a Mountain of Corpses that is apparently so tall it leaves his sword in throwing range of space. If this was the original game, not only would he not be able to do anything, he'd probably be killed in seconds... Unless he was actually wielding a Dragon's Tooth from Deus Ex[2], probably obtained through Alchemy.
  • Reconstruction: Of the action genre.
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 Captain Lhurgoyf: I was looking at the original game and the people who played it, and saying, "Hey, what are you doing feeling guilty over engaging in virtual explosion-filled sci-fi combat? Have you forgotten it is AWESOME?".

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Notes

  1. although she also has traits from Kamina, Yoko, and Nia
  2. Invisible War version since it's a katana
  3. It was actually sent by Franz Harvey Wallace by accident when he picked up the Crystal Skull, as stated in Pulp Archaeologist Adventure
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