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Ep87: Taking Inventory by TenthCharm Ep87: Taking Inventory by TenthCharm
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Yuki takes stock of everything she has. And as sure as Usagi is growing up, so is Yuki's baby...

Sorry all the labels are in English. I don't know Japanese. >_<
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Notra Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
:tears: This is so sad for the mom and the child. I do hope everything will turn out alright for the both of them. :heart: I thought the child would be Ami-chan but reading most for the comments here, I'm not sure for myself now. >< This is going to be one of those "kick you where it hurts" because once you tell everyone who she is, we're going to be like "No way! That was her! =O".
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EndlessDestiny Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I always thought that she was Minako. Something about the personality seemed more like Minako than Ami. As for Hotaru, I was wondering if she'd be Makoto's little sister. That or it'll turn out to be Mamoru. Who said the baby had to be a girl?
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Mamoru! That's a new one! ;3
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Ivory664 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
For a long time, I thought this kid could be Minako, just because she was always with that toy cat, but looking at all those comments down below, I'm kind of doubting it now. You ARE planning on revealing who she is in the future, aren't you?
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Of course. It would be kind of anticlimactic if we didn't. X3
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Ivory664 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Not to mention you'd have to deal with a lot of pissy fans...
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
We're mean but we're not THAT mean. 0:)
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Ivory664 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Yep. I'm that way too. Your comic inspires me so much, and the artwork makes me sooo jealous.
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asuraludu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet merciful cuteness. :XD:
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minxiekitten Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
SO CUTE!

(I'm sorry, I suck at decent comments :( )
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Vampire-kun Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
The Money looks so much until you think away the last two 0s knowing they're Yen...

btw, Yen bills start at 1000, 100 and 500 are coins (says wiki) (... and now my own imagination punches me in the face while imaginary you answers "In MY world [...]")
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Yeah, 10000 yen isn't like 10000 dollars at all. Sorry, Yuki. ;>
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Looks like she hasn't as much supplies or money as she'd like...
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TheKid965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
If you were in her situation, could you blame her?
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
True...
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TGP Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Hm. I think my Minako theory is losing water. Except that Yuki IS getting money from Karaoke!!! Singing?! SEE??!?!?! I"M NOT CRAZY!!!!
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TheKid965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I still think the kid's supposed to be Minako, though I must admit, the thought she could be Ami is an intriguing one. That'd be an interesting direction to take things...
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vjohnson Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Just need to add <> around all the words to show it's translated. <nods> Very nice otherwise.
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Brackets just didn't fit in well with the advertising typography. X3
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TheKid965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I could be misremembering, but haven't you done a thing in past strips where dialogue that's supposed to be in English gets the "<>" treatment? (Thinking back to the Christmas strip here, with Setsuna commenting on "Conjunction Junction"...)
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Yeah, but I didn't think brackets would look very good on food labels.
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TheKid965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Well, yes, but what I meant was that it's like when we see English writing and "hear" English spoken in the strip, it's really Japanese. If I were a character in the strip, I would see and hear Japanese, though it would appear to the reader as English.

And if you don't buy that as an explanation, how about this: The packaging for many Japanese food products frequently contains English text anyway, so it's not all that far off base to see it here. ^^
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Good enough!
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TheKid965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Heh. I have a nasty habit of overthinking things sometimes... ;)
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rodentfanatic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Is the baby Ami? That's just been my guess up till now, given that her mother's name means ice, and now the little tyke seems to be doing math or counting of sme type :>
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
She actually seems to be imitating her mom. If you compare the panels you see Yuki organizing items and in the next her child is organizing things (pebbles, sticks, paperclips, etc). Then you see Yuki counting out and sorting bills and her child shreds the paper and starts putting the strips in piles.

I'm wondering if it could be Rei since she has longer hair than Ami usually does, and it would be a nice pun ('fire and ice').
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Haruka had long hair in her first episode, if you recall...
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I know. :) It's just fun to speculate.

Since Ami's father was something of a dead-beat dad, it could be her. To me, she looks a bit more like Rei. With the light-colored hair she could be Minako.
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rodentfanatic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Oooh, I didn't consider that, that is a cute pun!
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :)
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StudentArtTeacher Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Never know though, could be Ami since hair can be cut. mimicking is one of the best ways to learn when you're little.

I think if it was Rei, her hair would be darker when inked. My bet is still on Ami. With tuna as her main food, it's no wonder Ami's least favorit food is always listed as yellow tailed tuna.

God knows for a similar reason, to this day I will not eat mac and cheese.

Whoever she is, the cross hatching in panel 4 gives the impression that she's down right durty. And her hair looks disheveled in every pannel, which implys that Yuki simply can't afford to take care of this kid, and that's not evn looking at the small amount of food.

(oh by the way this is Thundermouse)
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, all we know is who it's not: Usagi, Haruka, Setsuna, and Makoto

That leaves Ami, Rei, Hotaru, Minako, or even Michiru. Or she could be someone else entirely.
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girlcanrock Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
In the coloured splash art, Hotaru is depicted as younger than everyone else, so I don't think it can be her.

I'm guessing Michiru is the daughter of Masa's uncle - the fact her mother's name is Midori and they're in France might refer to how cultured Michiru is.

I'm guessing Minako, because of the white cat plush. :)
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I know, Hotaru would be pushing things, though I'm not sure if she's actually that much younger. Hotaru looks a bit sickly in the color splash, and this sickness could translate into her looking younger than her actual age.

My guess is Michiru is the daughter of Masa's 'uncle' as well, especially given Haruka's remarks.

In all likelyhood she's either Minako or Ami though, like I said, Rei could also qualify even though her hair seems too light for this.
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LaMorte1313 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
My guess would have been Minako based on the light hair and that her Mom was making money at karaoke. You guys have good points too though.
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Indagare Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well she could be Minako. :) Until her name is actually mentioned (or see her in color) we won't be sure.

Minako's life tended to mirror Usagi's - here Usagi has a single mom, so it's entirely possible for Minako to have a single mom as well. As :icongirlcanrock: pointed out, there is also a white cat plushy that hints in Minako's favor.
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LaMorte1313 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Even then maybe not, in a lot of the colored art, young Haruka has light brown hair and the older version tends to show roots.
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StudentArtTeacher Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
. . . . I was so sure it was Ami this time. But now I have no idea again. Could be Minako.

. . . lol some times I wonder if even kae and liz know!
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TenthCharm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
As well as a chunk of money from her babysitter/friend.
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