Hey! It’s a comic!

Between the last comic and this one I’ve done a bunch of living, and I kind of wanted to represent that experience in this comic. What I’m trying to illustrate in this comic is two extremes, one which I think is easy to fall into if you’re a nerd like me, and another which is the sort of life we should shoot for–not just in Japan–but wherever we may be. I’d like to think my life right now is closer to the ideal that Tina lays out, but my Japanese still isn’t that great, I still can’t find a nice girl, and I do beg my parents for money on occasion. That said I do have a decent social life, am able to make a living, and I keep myself pretty busy with stuff. So basically my life falls between these two extremes, but I’d like to think it’s closer to Tina’s side than Rets’.

Rets’ situation is probably closer to mine when I studied over here. Again, it wasn’t quite as bad as illustrated in this comic, but it wasn’t as good as my life in Japan now. I don’t know for sure, but I think a lot of nerds who come to Japan end up like Rets and well… that’s not a good thing.

I can’t say when the next comic will be, but I hope it’ll be sooner rather than later.

Completely unrelated, but OLH’s new album is out in Japan now! I’m not there at the moment so I can’t go out and physically buy it, but I’ve been tempering my hunger by listening to the mp3 samples on Amazon Japan. Don’t delay, buy it today!

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16 Responses to Pain

  1. Webber says:


    Seriously though, welcome back to humanity. Thank you for being (almost) as much of a loser as me.

  2. Jayse says:

    Nice to know you haven’t died.

    Sometimes I read these comics and think “Are you me?”

  3. InazumaKick says:

    This is unfortunately the sad reality of what I believe Azrael termed “Lost Souls”, which of course makes perfect sense for Rets. The “Deibiddo-kun” types are especially frustrating for those of us who are actually capable of interacting with society, and wish to not only be in Japanese society but demonstrate they’re capable of participating in it without special treatment, and that Japan is more than one big vending machine for anime goods.

    Hey guys who commented above me, you know wah runs a Japanese culture blog called Analog Housou right?

  4. wah says:

    Yeah dudes was about to say, I got a frequently updated twitter (mostly whinging, mind) and somewhat updated blog. They’re linked down the side bar.

  5. Ean says:

    Are you me?

  6. Webber says:

    I forget there’s actually a difference between the person who draws the comics and the people in them.

    Are you really 3D?

  7. Rebecca Miyamoto says:

    Interesting artistic choice, using actual photographs for backgrounds.

    The effect definitely works here.

    • wah says:

      I’ll probably be doing it from now on because it’s easier. If I take the photos it’s not it’s stealing or anything.

  8. Zelkiiro says:

    Holy shit! What is this? Forged in God’s very flame~

    Do mine eyes tell me lies? A new WAH comic came~

  9. Conan_Edogawa says:

    huh…. somehow i always expected Tina and Rets to hook up.

    • Webber says:


      Tina is Rets’ manifestation of the things he doesn’t want to believe about himself. Thus, he can see and talk to, but not hook up with her. (That and it would make the comic too darn obvious.)

  10. Icy-nee-san says:

    That feel when you’re doing worse then Rets… Feels bad man.

  11. random reader says:

    Wow, truth be told, I wasn’t expecting a new comic anymore but I’m very happy to be proven wrong. Thank you.

  12. Sorrior says:

    Gotta say other than the no friends thing i’m pretty much Rets. Though in my defense i also have alot of other things going on and do work part time. Just not enough to live off of.

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