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A Comedy with a side of Slice of Life, Sakana, created by Madeline Rupert, is one of the more popular webcomics hosted on Smack Jeeves. It follows the lifes of two awkward Japanese brothers working at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Taro, the older brother, while a Nice Guy and very protective of his younger brother, is kind of a sociopath, and the younger brother, Jiro, is a talented register worker, but terribly afraid of girls. Other important characters are their friends, family and co-workers, especially Taisei, the slightly silly and always cheerful best friend of Jiro, and Yuudai, the gruff and snarky primary register worker, who bears a constant grudge against Jiro for being better at selling fish than he [Yuudai] is.

The plot revolves mainly around the awkward yet hilarious situations the brothers encounter, such as Jiro's misadventures with girls, but is not afraid to delve into more serious matters.

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The comic is also available on mangamagazine now, check it out!

You can find more art and info at Mad's Deviant ART account here and at her Tumblr here.


This comic contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: Like many webcomic artists, Mad often answers questions about her characters on her tumblr blog, which often leads to this. But, in an example of Tropes Are Not Bad, she keeps details which are crucial to the story to herself and answers only questions that help build the world and the characters even more, making the characters even richer than they already are in the process and giving way for lots of possible fanwork.
  • Adorkable: Most of the characters, but particularly Jiro.
  • The Alcoholic: Taisei is "drunk 50% of the time".
  • Anime Hair: Jiro has this due to it looking like a shark fin. It apparently grew this way over time, since he didn't had it as a child.
  • Animal Motifs: Each of the primary characters' design is based on some kind of seafood: Jiro has hair similar to a shark fin, Taro's design is based on a whale, Taisei's hair looks like jellyfish and Yuudai resembles an eel.
  • B Side Comics: SAKANA Sundays is a collection of various lighthearted short stories that don't interfere with the main storyline.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever try to do something bad to Jiro. Taro WILL hurt you.
    • Oh, and for those concerned, don't ever mention in front of Yuudai that Jiro is the better register worker.
    • Yuudai is pretty sensitive to people talking about his scar.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Taro is a pretty cool big bro, he cares a lot for his little brother, and is always there to help him out, threatens Yuudai with a knife when he's about to say something bad about Jiro (and later punches Yuudai in the face when Yuudai's seemed to do that again) and is always concerned that Jiro may be hurt. This also applies to the time when Taro was a delinquent, but then it was taken to rather hilarious extremes:

  "Cashier Girl": No! You haven't done anything wrong! I'm the monster here! I've felt guilty for so long I just have to say it! I'm sorry, Jiro Sakana. I'll never forgive myself for what I did in preschool.

  • X Marks the Hero: Subverted, while Yuudai is a main character, he's not really heroic.
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