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Ken and Yumiko met as kids? That’s the sort of unbelievable coincidence you might expect in a comic book.

Or… y’know… maybe there’s a deeper explanation that we just haven’t revealed (or come up with) yet.

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  • darkside000

    Huh… so they knew each other. That explains her not killing him, but why didn’t he remember her? Her disguise doesn’t seem that complete.

    • Anothis Flame

      Because puberty changes appearances a lot and and Daisuke isn’t the most observant person in the world.

      • suburban_samurai

        This is a good explanation.

    • sylverdrag

      Would you recognize someone you met 20 years ago as a kid?

      Heck under ninja garb you wouldn’t even recognize someone you met 2 weeks ago.

      • suburban_samurai

        This is the most likely explanation.

    • some random viewer

      I guess Ken wasn’t concentrating on her face (which is mostly covered by the way), but observed other … details … which don’t really help you in remembering, unless you happen to be well acquainted – which I doubt. 😀

      In any case, YAY for a fellow clan member! I do hope for some kind of romance, although Yumiko probably deserves better… 😀

      • suburban_samurai

        This is a better explanation.

    • Thiago Kurovski

      Alcohol causes long-term memory problems. At this point, Ken barely remembers the name of his clan.

  • Anothis Flame

    Daisuke: Damnit! This is going to ruin my brooding image!

    • suburban_samurai

      Nah, now he’s just got a brood buddy.

  • leavescat

    Her comment in the last page seems a little hard to interpret without audio. With this page, I imagine it was like she was thinking out loud, like “*sigh,* save us(using the royal we, I think) from this darn sentimental daisuke.” Referring to Yumiko, of course. Previously I thought she was reading the message, and was going with the “Genchu left a note there” theory. It seems that Yumiko may be unable to speak, as part of the injuries she received.

    • suburban_samurai

      Suzuka’s previous page comment was intentionally vague, leaving this page to clear up her meaning, which it seems it did!

  • Hut

    At last, someone who shares the pain. Someone I can talk to.

    • suburban_samurai

      No doubt all Ken’s anger shall be abated…!

  • Sunwu

    If you like Killing Wataro! and getting caught in the rain!

    If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain!

    • John Smith

      That…makes absolutely no sense at all. [pause] I like it! 😀

    • suburban_samurai

      Do these just pop into your head or are you putting a lot of time into them? Inquiring minds want to know!


      “escape” Rupert Holmes
      For the kids :)

  • Mike

    Ken: “That’s all well and good. You still hit me with a tree trunk.”
    Daisuke: “In my defense, you were swinging a sword the size of said tree trunks at me.”

    • suburban_samurai

      “I didn’t have anything smaller that seemed to be working.”

  • Hfar

    D’aaaw! They used to know each other! And I’m willing to bet twenty bucks she used to kick his butt back then too.

    • Sunwu

      ooo I hope she saved him once from bullies

      • TheMaskedFerret

        Nah, she probably WAS the bully.

        • suburban_samurai

          OH SNAP! We’re just gonna change some script now because that’s too delicious.

          • Thiago Kurovski

            The question that we all (or perhaps just me) want to know: has Ken remembered his childhood-friend-that-fought-with-him-against-bullies already? The flashback seemed to imply that…

    • Have a rock

      I’ll second that!
      …I so knew it!!

  • Breakfast

    Oh, so Ken’s banter while he was playing lumberjack wasn’t just idle chatter after all ‘eh?

    • suburban_samurai

      He could not have known that at the time!

  • Scila

    Now make babies! Repopulate the clan!

    • Thiago Kurovski

      In the fifth square:
      Ken: “So it’s a deal, if we’re not married until our 21st birthday…”

      • Sunwu

        there first child shall be named Kenmiko

        • Thiago Kurovski

          The second shall be named Shoryuken.

          • leavescat

            Oh god.

      • User Unknown

        Not only will they be ninjas, they’ll be ninjas with giant swords!

    • suburban_samurai

      That’s a lot of work, and Ken is kinda lazy…

      • Sunwu

        wouldn’t be the first time a Big Zambato sat around and did nothing while the woman did all the hard work.

  • poopmouth

    Man these guys are good at throwing paper around.

    • suburban_samurai

      well duh, they’re NINJAS.

  • AmberOne

    I guess this makes me a dumbass, but it took me a very, veeeeeeery, veeeeeeeeeeeeery long time to work out that Yumiko was the eyepatch chick. I mean…if she’s the one that decided not to kill Ken, then why isn’t Suzuka like:

    Bitch I don’t care if he was the love of your life,
    kill this fool before I rip out your other eye.

    or something.

    • suburban_samurai

      Suzuka’s a surprisingly chill ninja commander. She sort of just rolls with things, she’s very Jack Sparrow-esque in her ability to update her plans with the changing situation.

  • Dylan


    I ship this now.

    • Kid Chaos

      Ship it! Ship it good! :)

  • Rio_Shinn

    Wait. “He?”
    Who’s talking on that last panel? Is it Ken?
    If it’s Ken, that ninja he’s looking at is a… man?
    Forgive my failure to understand the situation if I’m wrong or something. A little lost here.

    • suburban_samurai

      Yumiko, the silent ninja in black, wrote the note and gave it to Suzuka, who dropped it on the previous page. So Ken is reading Yumiko’s note in which she referred to him as “he” and herself as “I”. I may have over explained that!

      • Rio_Shinn

        Ah, I thought it was Ken who said that thing because… he’s near the last panel.
        Sorry for not reading the comments further below if you already explained that thing repeatedly.

  • Ben Johnston

    Yes! I’m shipping Ken and Yumi more with every page!

  • User Unknown

    Sure, just give us even MORE reason to ship ’em why don’cha?!

  • SotiCoto

    Wait… she might be his sister? In which case they can’t romance? Am I missing something?

    • Kid Chaos

      More like distant cousins, or something. 😜

      • SotiCoto

        I ain’t judging, even if they were siblings. I play CK2. Sisterwives are the next best thing after daughterwives. MOAR ZWEDODAH!

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