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Yonkoma Nuzlocke: Fire Red

Yonkoma Nuzlocke: Fire Red

by eworm
Doug Runner and Gary Green Oak are best friends who embark from Pallet Town to journey across the Kanto region. They have different personalities, goals and struggles ahead of them, but both end up deeply involved in the brewing war between the nefarious terrorists calling themselves Team Rocket and the Pokémon League. Watch them and their Pokémon (as well as an absurdly immense cast of other characters) grow through fierce fights, ridiculous relationships, hypothetical headcanons and plentiful plot twists.
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Loose adaptation of a finished Pokémon Fire Red Nuzlocke run. As the name implies, consists mostly (but not exclusively) of humorous four-panel strips.
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Yonkoma Nuzlocke: Fire Red

Doug Runner and Gary Green Oak are best friends who embark from Pallet Town to journey across the Kanto region. They have different personalities, goals and struggles ahead of them, but both end up deeply involved in the brewing war between the nefarious terrorists calling themselves Team Rocket and the Pokémon League. Watch them and their Pokémon (as well as an absurdly immense cast of other characters) grow through fierce fights, ridiculous relationships, hypothetical headcanons and plentiful plot twists.
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Loose adaptation of a finished Pokémon Fire Red Nuzlocke run. As the name implies, consists mostly (but not exclusively) of humorous four-panel strips.

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getting juicy
I guess... there are some things even Mewtwo can't do...

If you recall, Sabrina has vowed to regain her eyesight and even decided not to cut her hair until she does. But here we have it - it's not happening. Even Mewtwo can't restore her vision. I've been rather vague about her inner conflict thus far, suggesting that she just wants "respect" despite her height or that she wants her eyesight back - but I hope it is now clear that it's not just about that. Gary was way off in his assessment on the previous page - Sabrina would love nothing more than to be "ordinary" and she is far from proud of her powers. But she's been trapped in a loop of needing her ESP due to the suffering her ESP caused. It has caused her to become visibly "abnormal" - short and blind - even when she's not using her powers at all, and don't get me started on her luck with... parents. She hates her powers, but she needs her powers... and will always need them.

So if that late title drop felt like a sentencing to you... yeah, it was meant to. I don't usually use my comic format itself for dramatic effects like this, but I ain't missing that good of an opportunity to really punctuate the point. And yes, this three-parter has a clear "title theme". Is Sabrina a "Blind little girl"? Is she a "Monster"? Or maybe...?

I teased you how the trio visiting a grave would be important later on... Well, this is pretty much their purpose realized. They have unknowingly taught Mewtwo a little thing about a certain human tradition and the meaning behind it. And you know what mutually understood symbols and meanings allow for? Communication. Mewtwo can actually be "talked" with, who knew. Doesn't speak though... which kinda reminds me of someone, but I can't quite put my stinger on who...

Next time on Yonkoma Nuzlocke's Shipshipping Month: Gary... dies?
Stay tuned for the finale on May 30th!

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Gotta be honest.
I thought it was Seat Rice XD

Those expressions are so good! Sabrina really hit a nerve cuz Gary looked PISSED. But then him running to help her after that flash back is super nice : )

I love the diversity of Sabi's team! So many regions represented here! I love the detail of that cat thing's ears opening up and there are EYES?! I dont know anything about gen 6 pokemon so thats really interesting to me!

Oh no! Poor natu baby fell out! Sabi's a mon, a HUmon!
Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Aw XD
Koga's worried dad face is cute! Also I thought the nurse was saying "anzu" in the first panel, and then I thought the nurse's name was Yip XD
Actually.
Without his glasses, he's quite the looker.

(but actually actually now i'm super curious!!!!!)
Ah siblings XD
HAHAHA Doug's face in that last panel, THE NUMBER COULD NOT BE REACHED I'm dying XD

I was talking with a friend about page size working with the tone and style of the comic and I instantly thought of yours. Each small 4-koma delivers a joke, but then you take longer updates for more narrative and story sections. It's really great!
@ParaFox: No, this is the first time Brom met Seatrice. He didn't even know he had a living family - like you said, all he's ever known is Oak's lab.

@Meta-Akira: Well, you assume Mewtwo is particularly interested in Sabrina... Maybe so, but for now it seems like she's the interested party, no? The reason Mewtwo is here shall be slightly hinted at on the next page - for now, just don't rule out the possibility that this meeting was pure coincidence.
just saying
caterpie cant realy use Bug bite cause of its low attack stats. But I always train my weedle up to level 15.
Oh snap, psychic showdown, this can be interesting.

Also, I'm curious to see some Brom and Seatrice interactions. :3 I don't know/remember if they've ever met or not, since Brom was in a lab as an egg.
So is Mewtwo interested in Sabrina since she's the one who woke him up? Or is it more of a "you have psychic powers so I must defeat you and become the best"?
Nice going, you two, I name this "Shipshipping Month" and you immediately decide to actually have your first genuine fight and split up. Let's hope you can get over it quickly, because this Mewtwo customer doesn't mess around. Neither does Sabrina, but does she stand a chance with her Pokémon defeated?

If you remember the last time we had a three-parter, you might notice that Sabrina's team has changed slightly since then. We've met Novina the Delphox already, but when she was fighting Erika's Trevenant army, she was accompanied by a Mr. Mime, not present here. And the reason for it... To be perfectly blunt, I just didn't think a Mr. Mime would fit this fight. Its claim to fame - that is, walls and barriers - is not something Sabrina could hope to overpower Mewtwo with. A Pokémon with a defensive theme (as inaccurate as it is in the games, because in-game Mr. Mime has the bulk of a wet tissue paper) had to take a back seat in this case. It also gave me the opportunity to draw new mons. That's the Doylist explanation. The Watsonian one? Sabrina is free to swap her Pokémon around whenever she wants; don't question her choices or you're getting the Lava Cookies treatment.

Breaking the monthly theme, we also have a brief moment with Brom and... his mother! What do you know, apparently Blaine's horrific experiments had their share of survivors (partially thanks to Mr. Fuji) and Seatrice here ("sea-a-trice", not "sea-trice" and definitely not "seat-rice") was among them. We'll come back to these two later in the next chapter, but their sub-plot's introduction in this three-parter is not thematically unfitting as you will see soon enough.

Next time on Yonkoma Nuzlocke's Shipshipping Month: Mewtwo... speaks?
Stay tuned for May 16th.

♪~Comment if you care, follow if you fancy~♫
Darwin Shoefog sounds like it could be the name of a pet bird, going by the years it lived 49 years.
Thusly it must have been a pidgeot that died during a nuzlock challenge while the father was going for his 8th badge. The mother has too much snark in her eyes to be grieving and the daughter is too young to have known the deceased (ground types have rock type moves while fire types lack any type advantage that would enable a fast ko, hence why this wasn't the 7th badge. And if it were sabrina's gym they would have reacted more to her presence. Could have been koga, but unlikely as his gym is pretty easy to take down when one is high leveled)
Now that I've taken my shot in the dark too seriously, I will take another: This dad is a member of the International Police and/or a friend of Doug's Dad
I noticed 'em
Good thinking in making graves for your dignity and Pokémon Z
@eworm: Nah, I'm really hyped for Mewtwo, but I had a feeling he was gonna be making an appearance soon, with all the little plot breadcrumbs you've been leaving.

And you should definitely be proud of these two, because they're both unique takes on characters that have been rehashed many times by other people. They're very refreshing versions to see! In fact, I 'd say these are my favorite versions of the characters in any Nuzlocke I've seen! uvu
eworm
April 26th, 2019
@Meta-Akira: I know I'm the one who has just announced Shipshipping Month, but it still hilarious that it is indeed the ship people are commenting on, rather than freakin' Mewtwo ^^ He's the common denominator behind almost everything in the comic - and yet. Should I be proud of my work on these two or worried that the main plot is too boring? Or maybe I should worry about being in the same camp myself?

@ParaFox: Wow, long time no see. Glad you enjoyed coming back - and even glader that you missed my own "distancing". Hope you'll have fun riding this train(wreck) of mine and remember the age-old rule: ♪~Comment if you care~♫ ^^

It's pretty freaky to think that this comic has been going on for so long that my readers can actually have "grown up" and be quite different people than when they started. Of course this applies to me and the comic itself as well, but man, we've been at it for a while!
ParaFox
April 26th, 2019
Wow... My last comment on this comic was on April 17th, 2016. I kind of distanced myself away from smackjeeves for years, but then I remembered your comic and felt like rereading it. Many hours well spent :P

I remember when I first read this I wasn't all too interested in shipshipping, but now that I'm older I definitely am. I love their dynamic, so this is going to be an entertaining month ^^
*rubs my greedy little hands together for incoming shipshipping*
Meta-Akira
April 25th, 2019
*points excitedly at my son*
eworm
April 25th, 2019
WHO'S! THAT! POKÉMON?!
It's...!
...actually just Mr. Fuji in a costume!

Nope. Making his first real appearance in the story (all the prior ones were flashbacks, remember?) is Mewtwo! Better stop bickering, you two, because this is going to be one hell of a wild encounter. We have three dangerous Psychic types clashing... What is going to happen?

Prepare yourselves, my Yonkies, for Shipshipping Month! A three-parter that starts on May 2nd and will, coincidentally, last the entirety of the month - focusing on Gary, Sabrina and Mewtwo. This is not the Pokémon Tower subplot you know from the games (big surprise), so stay tuned for Chapter XII's big finish!

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