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Yori just wants to go home! If only everyone there he cared about didn’t want to kill him. But, you know, family!

I want to throw out a reminder that we’re updating the archive with the reformatted/rewritten pages that will be in our printed Volume 2 book! Those new pages start here at page 111, and are currently updated to page 141. We’ll continue to post new pages to the archive throughout the week, so keep checking back. Since they’ve been so heavily rewritten (for the better), it’s kind of like getting 5 or more updates a day, NICE!

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  • Unhooked

    “Why do you ask?”
    “Well, a nurse not-nurse boss ninja with sunglasses and a cigarette told me I should check up on the other stories occurring in the party.I figured I’d start with the other main character.”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      How all such conversations start…

      • TheMaskedFerret

        Do you wanna have my subplot?

        • Lexy A.

          It doesn’t have to be *my* subplot.

          • Dusty Coyote

            Win.

    • charles81

      Poor Ina.
      Only now does she realize that her story was a side quest.

      • Speedy Marsh

        “This princess doesn’t need saving! Where’s the princess that needs saving???”

        • charles81

          In another castle 😃

  • charles81

    burn

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      How bout we put some salt on that burn?

  • Sam DunKley

    There’s that Dignified!Yori, still letting us know that this is a mostly-serious arc…or that Yori has gone though enough character development that the old gags just don’t work on him anymore.

    …my god. Yori’s become…the strait man. When did THAT happen?

    Also: kiss him already Ina SHEESH

    • YukoHoon

      I think… about the time he had to confront Ryoku (the blind Demon of Sorrow). I think Yori’s straight-ness has evolved together with the art.

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Yori tends to go into ‘straight man mode’ whenever he talks about his family. He’s got a very Kenshin-esque goofy/serious personality thing going on. We may actually learn where he gets it from in the not too distant future!

        • Flaming Squirrel

          I’m guessing a certain one-samurai-army fisherman everyone thinks is dead.

          • jojo

            bunzo?

          • Flaming Squirrel

            First of all, he’s a ninja, not a samurai. Also, unless I missed something, nobody thinks he’s dead, do they?

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Yes, Bunzo!

        • Guest

          something tells me he inherited it from a single sleeved manly goofball

  • John Smith

    Sooooooo, what about Ina & Yori’s marriage? Are they officially broken up, or is there still a chance?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Well, Masuhiro likes Yorikiro well enough, but there’s no political benefit to the marriage at this point, and now they’ve got a lot of stuff going on and I don’t know if this is the appropriate time to be talking about marriage!

      • John Smith

        Well, since we actually have 5 minutes where nobody’s being attacked…or kidnapped…or acting in a crazy-ass kabuki play…this is the perfect time to talk about their marriage! 😀

      • charles81

        Marriage to Eijiro, on the other hand, could certainly be of political benefit in shutting down this clan war crisis for good.

        • John Smith

          EIJIRO??? That little punk almost started the war all by himself (with Nataku’s help, of course, but still…). No way, man; Eijiro can just take a long walk off a short pier, if you get my meaning.

          • charles81

            Oh come one, Eijiro’s plot is foiled. Hirotomo will discipline him, push for the marriage again (which was his idea) and peace will reign… particularly when Masuhiro is assassinated and Eijiro takes control of the Senshin clan.

            And all they have to do is convince Masuhiro… Yep, the Senshin clan’s survival rests on Masuhiro not being fooled… DOOM!

          • John Smith

            Like I said; Eijiro is all wrong for Ina. Yori is the only man worthy of a woman like Ina.

          • Xinef

            In the end, Ina will be married to Rrrrrricardo! Because he’s the only man worthy of himself.

          • John Smith

            Ricky? Seriously? That gun-running goofball had better keep his grubby paws off the Lady Senshin, or else!

          • Dylan

            Into a lake made out of swords. And by “walk” we mean “Ken throws him”.

          • Kid Chaos

            Works for me. 😁

  • Sunwu

    I hope that kickstarter Sketch Idea was an awesome enough Idea Alex, I should have added that you can just draw the 2 characters from the Torso up if you need to and not the full body

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      It is a wonderful idea and I shall do my best!

  • Astralfury

    “Oh because this shades wearing ninja mentioned it when I was accusing her of-DAMNIT classic misdirection!”

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Ina: “Cho, if you had the choice, would you not destroy the world?”
    Cho: “Hmm… only if the tao willed it.”
    Ina: “And if it didn’t will it, would you do it?”
    Cho: “In a heartbeat! This place is lame.”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Cho “Destroyer of Worlds”. Because worlds are lame.

      • John Smith

        Better than “Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds”

    • jojo

      cho wanting something other than the tao’s will makes me feel sad for some reason

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Hot dogs. Cho will always want hot dogs. In fact, I’m sure the tao told him to stop eating hot dogs, he’d drop the whole monk thing and open a rolling hot dog stand.

  • Sunwu

    Ideas For Stretch goals for Vol. 3 KickStarter: at a certain goal maybe the top three up voted comments for each chapter could be put in the volume? AND/OR Alex and Joe Will sing a cover version of one of the Bushido bards from Kung fu klobber?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I do have a lovely singing voice…

      • Kid Chaos

        Can you sing “Far, Far Away”? 😜

  • TheMaskedFerret

    The forest scenery is beautiful.

    And so is the surprised and hurt look on Ina’s face.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Thanks, Ferret! I’ve been trying to build up some new painting techniques that look good and don’t take forever and I think I’m finding a happy medium.

  • sylverdrag

    Sooo long… has it even been a month since the beginning of the story? 😉

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      that’s a good question! The main cast assembled all in a week, then in week two there was the whole Kyoto fiasco, and then they spent some time getting to the village and rescuing it, which took a couple of weeks, and then some days to travel to the ninja cave, so it’s probably been a little over a month that’s passed in comic time since page 1.

    • jwkovell

      Yori was wandering around on his own for at LEAST 1 month before the comic began, so… 2 months…

      • sylverdrag

        Yori left because he didn’t want to have anything to do with the plan to marry Ina and take over the Shenshin clan. Ina ran when she heard of the deal, so Yori had a few days headstart but probably not much more that that.
        I don’t remember anything suggesting Yori’s been on his own that long.

        • leavescat

          You mean besides the word of god right there? There’s the part about how it’s probably not easy to travel from the clan home of one clan to the clan home of another clan in a few days, especially if it wasn’t really your destination. He left from his house and wandered around until he somehow ended up right in the center of Senshin territory. Yori probably left right after it was finalized and it took a week or two for word of the treaty to reach Misaki, who blabbed about it within a day or two.

  • Nameless Marauder

    I have a question…

    Why Yori didn’t recognize his mysterious benefactor walking right in front of him?

    Does Matrix and Lex have some sort of invisibility device? (not to literary turn them invisible mind you, but a device that instead make people lose awareness of their existence, seriously there is no way that no one wouldn’t notice a black guy with dreads all in white walking in the middle of a road and than vanishing without raising a commotion or in this case someone who gave you a much needed sword

    • IDPounder

      It rather easy in Matrix’s case, actually. She’s a hot redhead with an awesome rack. The memory processing power of anything male is going to more or less shut down at that point. No coincidence that Ina was the only one making note of more than that…

      For Lex…I got nuttin’. Sure is a snappy dresser, though.

    • charles81

      Yori didn’t recognize her ‘cos she’s in disguise 😉

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Lex and Matrix may have the ability to be seen by some and not by others at their own convenience. That’s all I intend to say about it! I also want to point out that Matrix gave Yori his new sword, but only indirectly.

      • Andy Nguyen

        Final NN4B strip:

        Matrix: “Hah! I told you, Lex, I could beat you at Crusader Kings LVII while only manipulating one couple!”

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