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SNIP SNAP SNIPPITY SNAP!!! No leaf is safe from dual wielding Yorikiro!

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW!!!! … is one of the dumber time travel adventures I’ve seen (the dumbest still goes to Looper). I mean, I love the CW’s Arrowverse, way more than any recent DC related movie, but I do admit I spend the majority of my time watching these shows with my head in my hand groaning at the sheer cheese of it all. If they weren’t so much fun, I would have no reason to be invested. Rotten Tomatoes gives LoT a solid 56%, which, I think, is about right. The show feels like they squeezed all the awkward dialog and cornball plots of Arrow and Flash into a syringe, and injected it straight into Legend of Tomorrow’s veins. The premise itself is so dumb it hurts my brain. I mean, If you’re a TIME MASTER, maybe recruiting a bunch of unknown quantity superheroes (and a super villain and his brother) and taking them through time to fight an immortal dictator while giving them only the bare minimum of exposition as to why they’re there and just trusting they won’t horribly alter the timeline seems a tad reckless. But I suppose if your family had been horribly murdered by said immortal dictator, maybe you wouldn’t be thinking clearly, such as thinking that maybe going to just before your family was murdered and whisking them to safety ahead of time might be the easiest solution. But, as Looper has taught us, the general audience doesn’t want to wrap their heads around the semantics of time travel, they just want to see stuff explode. And I did notice plenty of explosions in Legends of Tomorrow!

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  • Crowlitch


  • Leo

    …Is it really convenient to have both sheathes on your left if you are dual wielding?

    Sure, you could place it backwards so that the blade has to be pulled down instead of up, thus placing your hand in the right position, but it sure sounds more inconvenient than using both sides of the belt.

    To be fair with Legends of Tomorrow yeah, the whole plot revolves around them not being exactly the best team for the mission so they are bound to screw up. And I think Vandal Savage would have killed the guy’s family regardless of where he took them…

    • Crowlitch

      physics and convenience mean nothing if you’re a samurai

      • jankmaster98

        Put ya guns on!

      • Purphoros

        That guy needs more swords.

      • suburban_samurai

        Date proves you can hold as many swords as you have spaces between your fingers and toes!

    • suburban_samurai

      And I went to so much trouble to make sure he was properly wearing the daisho! I do agree that it would make more sense to wear the swords on both sides.

  • KungFuKlobber

    Wow, Alex. It’s like you read my mind about Legends of Tomorrow. All I have to add is that Hawkgirl could use to be less bland. Her character was done so much better in the DCAU’s Justice League, and even on Smallville.

    • suburban_samurai

      OH MAN KUNGFU, I just totally forgot how much I love DCAU’s Hawkgirl! Ugh, now LoT hawkgirl is going to depress me every time I see her.

  • cu

    Trust the NNFB crew to keep punishing trees for their sins.

    • Chronos

      New from the folks at NNFB: the two-handed Yorikiro! He slices! He dices! He makes Julian Fries!

    • suburban_samurai

      they better not turn their backs to any trees in the future…

      • Anothis Flame

        Durkin of the Order of the Stick would be pleased.

  • David A. Tatum

    Impressive! But what happens to his new style when he inevitably loses one of those swords?

    • suburban_samurai

      likely the other sword will osmosis into two. Or he’ll have to adapt, quite possibly his true ultimate technique!

      • purplelibraryguy

        He’ll juggle the one sword from hand to hand at lightspeed, creating an illusion of two swords.

  • The Other Mike

    On the other hand, LoT has Arthur Darvill as a time traveller. It’s the next best thing to having Rory Pond back.

    • suburban_samurai

      I don’t recall Rory being especially brilliant at manipulating time, so I guess I can’t disagree! I didn’t even catch they were the same actor until you pointed it out.

  • Astralfury

    If we can somehow convince all Yori’s opponents to wear a leaf suit…he’d be all but unstoppable!

    • suburban_samurai

      Unless Yori dresses up as Air Man, who is weak to leaf shield. (yeah, I dropped a Megaman reference)

  • Xinef

    1. I’ll be disappointed if on the next page none of his body parts fall off. Or at least his hair.

    2. Again fighting the trees? I mean sure, they’ve taken out Ken once, so they are a formidable opponent and a real threat, but so did Nataku and so did brothers Wu and Tang. It almost feels like Naruto Abridged.

    • suburban_samurai

      Hey, never underestimate the power of trees! Remember the battle of Orthanc.

      • Xinef

        I would NEVER underestimate tree power!

        (for the record, that’s Tree Hugger, Treebeard and wannabe-tree)

  • spas

    A-as to going back in time to save wife/kid, he waxes poetic about changing the time line more than Dr Who
    B-as to the team, he got the hawk-couple, the most likely people in universe-history to be able to knock of Savage. Then he beefed them up with some other super-hero-ish stragglers who were at loose ends enough to agree to go along. Hardly the red-shirts that Felicity’s Dad hired to fend off Team Arrow!
    C-yet…I agree that the team hasn’t come together and melded all that well yet, even post-Carter, but I appreciated the progress with Ray and even Sarah – they are working on character development and build-up early (this usually comes later once we’re already hooked) instead of perfectly written and executed episodes that each work well on its own. I’m hoping this will still happen, though…and that the team will become more impressive as they unite and harder to take down. As he keeps saying, while watching the timeline not change, he hopes they’ll become legends. Let’s hope it’s sooner, rather than later. Savage is a great nemesis for max one season – and I’ve had enough of him already. Stupid Malcolm Merlin!

    • suburban_samurai

      I say the hawk couple are the most likely to be KILLED by Savage, since it’s kind of what he does ( and by the end of episode 2, he seems to have done again). Sarah Lance was my favorite under-used character in Arrow, and she was/is the character I’m most excited to follow going into LoT.

      • spas

        agree to disagree on sarah lance. she’s hot and fearsome, but not the best actress. the ongoing arguments between martin and jax have gotten so tiresome that it’s like the editor took off to mexico letting the writers repeat the same storyline out of absence of anything new…? what is that? they already got past that. done. move on. finito.

  • BeigePaladin

    Yoriko’s actually posing like that to try and make sure no-one notices he dropped his swords in Panel 4. It’s all a lie. a trecherous decietful lie

    he learnt well from them ninja

    • suburban_samurai

      Yori’s so fast, he can drop his sword FIVE TIMES without anyone noticing.

      Wait, you want these DC shows to have MORE CHEESE? I’m feeling a bit lactose intolerant at this point!

      • Anothis Flame

        DC is MADE of cheese. I mean let’s just look at their poster boys Batman and Superman. One dresses up as a flying rat and spends money he could use to fund a private security force to be a vigilante because he has issues and the other has EVERY superpower.

  • Kid Chaos

    Super Stylin’ Samurai! Nice work, both with the swords and impressing Ina. 😎

    • suburban_samurai

      One of those is significantly harder to do than the other!

  • IronFox

    Nitpicking warning:
    Years ago, my Eskrima teacher was very insistent to never let go of the sword hilts when whirling. Probably because it opens up a weakness for others to remove the swords right out of your hands. Thing was, with some practice in wrist mobility, most stuff worked without. Not that doing so was very comfortable…

    • yomi

      In a fight, I would pretty much agree to your teacher, but currently Yori isn’t in a fight, but impressing Ina. And that seemed to have worked even without permatnent grip on the hilts.

    • Xinef

      In a fight, is there any point to whirling at all? No matter how you do it, it is neither blocking nor attacking. Nor does it look like a good feint, since feints are supposed to look like real attacks.

      The only reason I can think of would be to do so in order to trick your opponent into removing your sword… since that would result in him acting predictable, and as such could enable you to attack him with your other hand. (also, that would be extremely risky, require a lot of skill, and probably wouldn’t work anyway).

      • IronFox

        I know it’s practiced. How well one can use those whirling techniques in an actual battle is beyond me. Does maintain the weapon momentum, however, for whatever that’s worth.

      • David A. Tatum

        I was once told that you can use those whirling techniques to get your sword inside an overly defensive-minded opponent’s guard, but from I’m not sure that it’s a very practical technique even then. I’ve never seen anyone actually use it that way in a sparring match or competition.

      • purplelibraryguy

        I think it would be unwise to do it for long, but if someone hasn’t run into it before it could be a good buy-a-moment defensive move especially against a thrusting, rapier-type weapon (if you kept your grip) because it might take a bit to figure out how to get a thrust home past the twirling blade.

    • suburban_samurai

      It’s totally impractical in a fight, but it still takes plenty of hand eye coordination and dexterity to twirl a blade. Yori’s just feeling it out and getting in a swording mood, I suspect!

  • Sunwu

    Next time on NN4B: Yori, Ken, and Cho Stumble upon a large abandoned Shinto temple, home to a powerful Kodama tree demon known as the Lorax and his army of forest Yokai and Oni! After they get ambushed and captured it’ll take all their training just to stay alive long enough for Ina, Matrix, and Yumiko to save the day.

    • suburban_samurai

      This sounds vaguely familiar… But also significantly better than the vaguely familiar thing I’m recalling.

      • Sunwu

        its a creative process

  • Flaming Squirrel

    I cut leaves out of the air sometimes, saying “Ayyyyyyyo! I’m Yorikiro!”

    • suburban_samurai

      Daylight comes and I want to cut leaves.

  • Scila


    • suburban_samurai

      At long last!

  • Purphoros

    I’m currently watching the Arrow series on a binge. So far I’m halfway through season two and quite enjoy it.

    Although, some dialogues are so over-the-top melodramatic that I wonder how many takes they needed until they got through the scene without laughing their butts off.

    • suburban_samurai

      Have you watched the great Arrow outtakes on youtube? I’m guessing their dramatic scenes require a great many takes.

      • Purphoros

        No, but now I most probably will. Thanks ^^

  • madsniper

    Ina’s golf clap XD

  • CK

    The blade went snicker-snack!

  • Sam DunKley

    So…what exactly is Yori wearing on his arms? I thought it was armor, but it seems…stretchy? I mean, the plates on the backs of his hands are denfinately armor, but the rest of it looks and moves like black spandex.

    • suburban_samurai

      They are kote, but I’m drawing them much more form fitting than they historically would be because I like drawing arm muscles! I’m also not putting much detail into them so it takes less time to draw and ink.

      • Sam DunKley

        Ah, that makes sense, thanks.

        …so, he spandex-armors the guns and wears his kimono open at the chest? He’s really showing off for Ina, heh.

  • multilis

    Boys train on trees and leaves. Men train on rocks!

    • Xinef

      Rockvenge is coming!

  • Da’Zlein

    Looks like you missed a few, Yori!

  • Warcodered

    This is going to make raking the yard much more difficult.

  • Nos Rin aka CTCO

    the position of those hands is a bit weird.

  • Insane Disciple

    The leafs never stood a chance

  • Frank Royce Harr

    Ooh! She’s into it! I need to find a thing she’s into.

    Not her, another her. You don’t know her.

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