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In Megatokyo, the popular webcomic by Fred Gallagher, Japanese names are written in Japanese order, with the family name before the given name. The first feature of Megatokyo (a filler art day, referred to as a "dead piro day") which revealed a character's full name had aforementioned character's name written in Western order [1] (given name before the family name). The first time a full Japanese name was mentioned in the actual comic, it was written with Japanese order. Megatokyo is a webcomic created by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston, debuting on August 14, 2000,[1] and then written and illustrated solely by Gallagher as of July 17, 2002. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Fred Gallagher (born 1969) is an American illustrator who has become a full-time web cartoonist. ... Yamada Tarō (), a typical Japanese name (male), equivalent to John Smith in English. ...


Most of the characters in Megatokyo speak English, Japanese (indicated with angle brackets), and/or L33t (usually subtitled). Not every character speaks every language, so occasionally characters are unable to understand one another. See parenthesis for an account of the rhetorical concept from which the name of the punctuation mark is derived. ... An example of a Leet web browser (Text instead of GUI) in Leet language on a Leet language version of Google Leet (often also leetspeak, leetspeek, or l33t) from the phonetic form of the word elite, is a cipher, or novel form of English spelling. ...

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Piro

Piro
Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

Piro is Megatokyo's protagonist, an author surrogate of Fred Gallagher. Gallagher has stated that Piro is an idealized version of himself when he was in college.[1] The character Piro in Fred Gallaghers webcomic Megatokyo. ... The character Piro in Fred Gallaghers webcomic Megatokyo. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... As a literary technique, an author surrogate is a character who expresses the ideas, questions, personality and morality of the author. ...


As a character, he is socially inept and frequently depressed or morose; in addition, he is a fairly skilled artist who refuses to believe in his own talent - an exaggerated parallel of Gallagher himself. From a design standpoint, he was originally conceived as a parody of the character Ruri Hoshino, from the Martian Successor Nadesico anime series.[2] Piro's facing of trials and tribulations as he struggles with his unconfident nature is one of Megatokyo's major ongoing themes. Ruri Hoshino, as seen in Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness Ruri Hoshino (星野ルリ Hoshino Ruri) is a fictional character in the anime series Martian Successor Nadesico. ... Martian Successor Nadesico or Mobile Battleship Nadesico ) is a science fiction comedy anime TV series, and a subsequent manga series by Kia Asamiya. ...


Piro has shaggy-banged blond hair, green eyes, and glasses throughout most of the comic. (He currently does not wear them, as Largo sat on and broke them.) He has stated that without his glasses, he can't see much beyond what is near to him, meaning he is near-sighted. Normal vision for a achromatopsic colour-blind person. ...


Piro and Largo originally fled to Japan to escape the consequences of Largo's vulgar behavior while intoxicated at the E3 trade convention. Since arriving in Japan, he has been homeless twice, once after first arriving in Japan, and once after being evicted from his friend Tsubasa's flat. Homeless, he spent several nights in a park in downtown Tokyo. He and Largo spent months staying at Tsubasa's flat through his generosity, before Tsubasa (with the prompting of Ping, his PlayStation 2 accessory) left Japan for America. Piro's then improved his luck when he accidentally was employed in a game and manga shop, MegaGamers, where he worked alongside Hayasaka Erika as a clerk and mascot. He and Largo then was given board in MegaGamers' third-floor storage room, when his employer felt pity for his state of homelessness. E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


In the story, Piro's feelings of insecurity cause him to have extreme difficulty understanding Megatokyo's female characters, and as such he does not realize the feelings the character Kimiko has for him. Early in the comic, he usually read shōjo manga to try to work out the "correct" way to deal with women and life in general. However, this philosophy changed over time, as he spends more time with Kimiko and other female characters, and more frequently heeds the advice of his "conscience enforcement agent," Seraphim. Gallagher has commented that, unlike Largo, who is the recipient of large amounts of the comic's physical damage, Piro is the focal point of emotional damage[3] - an element exacerbated by his ability to converse with speakers of both English and Japanese, and his skill at understanding l33t, meaning he is one of the few characters who can converse with every character in Megatokyo. Shōjo or shoujo (少女 lit. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... An example of a Leet web browser (Text instead of GUI) in Leet language on a Leet language version of Google Leet (often also leetspeak, leetspeek, or l33t) from the phonetic form of the word elite, is a cipher, or novel form of English spelling. ...


The name "Piro" comes from Gallagher's online nickname, which was in turn taken from Makoto Sawatari's cat (named for Piroshki) in the Japanese "dating simulation" game Kanon.[4]. This article is about the Japanese series. ... Pierogi frying A plateful of Pierogi Pierogi (also perogi, perogy, piroghi, pirogi, or pyrohy) are filled Slavic dumplings. ... Dating simulations (dating sims) are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements. ... This article is about the Japanese series. ...


Trivia

  • Piro has a habit of playing female characters in the various video games he and Largo enjoy. Generally, these appear as female versions of himself, with their names derived from his. Known names include Pirokiko, who has not appeared in the comic, Piroko, providing mostly DPD material and comic relief, and Pirogoeth, by far the most prominent. Pirogoeth was Piro's character in Endgames, the MMORPG in which he met and defeated Miho, as well as first met Largo years ago.
  • The comic has made an effort to show that when Piro is not feeling unconfident and doubting himself, but that he is both a skilled artist and good at showing his feelings. Piro's problem isn't a lack of communication skill or talent- it's his belief that he lacks these things that hurts him.
  • Piro is referenced multiple times in the webcomic Applegeeks, though, he has only appeared once. He appears to be friends with Hawk.

Largo

Largo

Largo is the comic's secondary protagonist, and the comic version of co-creator Rodney Caston. He is an American computer game fan who usually acts before (or instead of) thinking, thus providing the comic's primary source of humor. He is technically gifted, though in bizarre ways: he often uses beer as a CPU coolant, and he often works on computer hardware in the nude to avoid electrostatic discharge. He cannot pass up the opportunity to tamper with anything even remotely technological in nature, and is extremely skilled, building several computers for himself and Piro, and encouraging both his English class and Hayasaka Erika to also build computers. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_largo. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_largo. ... Rodney L. Caston (born 13 May 1977) is an American Unix systems engineer, freelance writer and is the co-creator and original writer of the popular comic book series Megatokyo. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Die of an Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor (actual size: 12×6. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Largo speaks fluent L33t, but no Japanese, relying on Piro and other bilingual characters to translate. In addition, he is obsessed with beer, and, fortunately for him, seems to have a superhuman tolerance for alcohol. He also seems to either have a remarkable healing ability or be subject to a form of cartoon physics, as he has suffered two broken arms and a broken leg since arriving in Tokyo, none of which caused much lasting ill effect. (However, Gallagher does comment in his first book that he consulted his wife, a physician, to determine how long Largo's arm would take to heal.) Largo is also an excellent fighter, and good at using what he can grab-- while Erika was roaming the streets of Tokyo, he managed to run over Dom, a well-armed American friend of Largo's, with a muffin cart when Dom tried to threaten Erika. Using the same cart he ran over multiple fanboys (and also used a fake carrot while wearing a giant rabbit suit to beat some of them). Largo apparently still has the muffin cart, using it as his main source of transportation, as seen in 959 where Largo uses it to transport his computer equipment to Erika's apartment. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Cartoon physics is a joking reference to the fact that animation allows regular laws of physics to be ignored in humorous ways for dramatic effects. ...


Largo often appears to be delusional, confusing reality with computer games. As a result, he occasionally causes chaos and destruction as he battles against zombies and other (occasionally imagined) threats. However, because of the nature of the Megatokyo world, much of what Largo gets himself involved into really is happening. A good example is the battle against the undead swarm, which he describes while drinking at a Beer Garden, which he fought off with the help of Dom. While it's unclear how much of Largo's story is exaggeration and how much is truth, the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division throws him in jail for being involved in the combat, proving that the battle did take place (and judging from Largo's amazing combat ability, he may really have fought off the entire horde).


Early on in the comic, Largo somehow manages to get employed as an English teacher at Shiritsu Daitou High School, where Ping, Sonoda Yuki, and Tohya Miho attend, becoming "Great Teacher Largo" (a reference to the anime and manga GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka). He is extremely well-liked by the students, and though Junpei has had to drag him to his job at various times, Largo is still a very respected and well-liked teacher, presumably due to his unorthodox style of teaching, which involves a great deal of shouting. His teaching style is based heavily in video games and computer knowledge; he once told the class, as homework, to make their "l4me" computers "l33t." He is popular enough that, when he was replaced with the actual new English teacher (Brad Grier of Bioware), the students rioted and spelled out "Great Teacher Largo" with the cafeteria tables. The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Manga )   (pl. ... Great Teacher Onizuka (グレート・ティーチャー・オニヅカ, GurÄ“to TÄ«chā Onizuka), officially abbreviated to GTO, is a manga, anime, and live-action shōnen series created by Tohru Fujisawa. ... BioWare Corp. ...


He was also briefly employed by the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division, but was removed from his position after failing to prevent the riot of Erika's fanboys. (It should be noted, to avoid confusion that Largo was already an ex-police officer during Kimiko's fanboy riot.)


Largo's opinion on women is divided. At times, he sees women as fair game, at other times as evil beings (especially Miho), which he believes Piro has a weakness to. In spite of this, he has developed a relationship of sorts with Hayasaka Erika. Largo, being energetic and lively is a fire to Erika's water. Most importantly, he cares about Erika as a person; despite noticing her physical attributes, he shows a surprisingly deep and friendly side. In the future plot, this unique attribute may lead him to being one of the few people in Tokyo capable of connecting with Erika beneath her hard shell.


Once, when depressed over Erika's apparent rejection, he actually managed to become drunk at the "Cave of Evil" where Miho works. There, Miho attempted to seduce him, but Piro defended Largo fiercely, temporarily making Miho lose composure. During this time, Largo mentally described Piro as a "comrade."


The name "Largo" comes from Caston's online nickname, just as Gallagher is Piro.[4]


The character of Largo (still managing to get in trouble with the law over his delusions of zombie armies) also features in Rodney Caston's own webcomic, Überclocked.


Trivia

  • Largo's penchant for stripping naked to work on computers has been passed on to others. Erika, who has decided to build her own computer to "defend" herself on the Internet, now works on her computer while scantily clad, and tried to convince both Kimiko and Piro to do so (while both were in the house).
  • One of the recurring themes in Largo's storyline is that of a teacher. Largo has worked as a teacher for many characters, and almost despite himself, he is a source of inspiration to everyone he has taught. He currently mentors Junpei, his class, and now Erika, teaching them the way of "l33t".
  • His students in the class while not really understanding most of what he's saying (a situation that has slowly been fixed throughout the comic), respect his energy and dedication. One of his students, Junko, who speaks English (and can therefore converse with Largo), told him that while he was a terrible English teacher, he did teach her to never give up. Likewise, Junpei believes that Largo has become so wise that it's made him strange- he views him as "eccentric". Erika's relationship with Largo is hard to define, but she does respect his skills with the computer to the point of listening to him.
  • All of this plays up one of the major themes of Megatokyo- while Piro is much more calm and collected, and Largo is very strange, it is Largo who has had the biggest effect on Japan so far. Fred Gallagher (as Piro) notes this inside and outside the strip, in his despair, stating that while he's the "expert" on women from the shojo manga he used to read, it's Largo with the relationship; Largo, who as Piro states, doesn't know what to do, ends up doing all the right things anyway. These things reinforce Piro's poor image of himself- he doesn't realize that if he quit feeling like he's not worthy, he could do as well as Largo himself.

Hayasaka Erika

Hayasaka Erika

Hayasaka Erika (早坂 えりか) is Kimiko's roommate. She is a powerfully popular former Japanese idol (singer) and seiyū (voice actress). Though she has been out of the direct spotlight for three years, she still has a considerable fan base; the merest sighting of her has caused riots among fans. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_erika. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_erika. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Voice Animage, a magazine about all things about seiyÅ«. For the retail company named Seiyu, see Seiyu Group. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Erika is very strong-willed, confident, cynical, and hates being protected by others. She was once engaged to a man named Hitoshi,[5] who, at the height of her career, claimed to believe that he was holding her back, and broke off their engagement. Erika was deeply hurt, and that event, combined with exposure to swarms of fanboys and possibly her periodic work as a "booth-babe" at fan conventions, has caused her to adopt a rather negative outlook on men, herself, and people in general. She became even more upset when it became obvious that Hitoshi had lied when he broke up with her and was selfishly thinking that she would be dangerous around his family (this is proven to be true when he told Erika that Chief Inspector Sonoda didn't want her to come near the family and the Inspector told Erika that Hitoshi told him that she was nervous around children and wouldn't enjoy meeting the family). Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... A fan convention, or con, is an event in which the fans of a particular TV show, comic book, or actor, or an entire style of entertainment such as science fiction or anime, gather together to meet famous personalities (and each other) face-to-face. ...


She has made several shocking and cynical comments, once commenting that "All men are fanboys." She is powerful and firm, in direct contrast to Piro, Kimiko, and several other characters, all of whom are portrayed as unconfident. If anything, Erika shares Largo's problem of being too confident, her brashness against her fanboy riot resulting in Largo's firing from the police.


She is, in Junpei's words, "quite capable take care of self," being very strong, and apparently skilled in martial arts.


She works as a clerk and mascot at MegaGamers alongside Piro. She speaks Japanese and fluent English (and seems to understand L33t). Recently, she has developed a relationship of sorts with Largo. They have developed an odd relationship, in some instances appearing to be merely a friendship, and in others something much more. Whatever the case, Erika enjoys teasing Largo at various moments, as seen in comic 961.


Nanasawa Kimiko

Nanasawa Kimiko

Nanasawa Kimiko (七澤 希美子), Erika's roommate, is a Japanese girl who works as a waitress at an Anna Miller's restaurant. She is an aspiring seiyū who sometimes finds herself too shy or insecure to take on roles, but harbors beliefs on matters such as emotion and self-confidence with extreme conviction. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_kimiko. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_kimiko. ... A promotional image for Anna Millers, featuring the trademark uniform. ... Voice Animage, a magazine about all things about seiyÅ«. For the retail company named Seiyu, see Seiyu Group. ...


Kimiko is a kind, soft-spoken person in general, though she has a slightly impulsive nature. Her personality is somewhat similar to Piro's in that she has very little self-confidence and becomes extremely upset and flustered when she injures others, be it physically or emotionally. At the same time, she is prone to mood-swings, quite often causing herself embarrassment by saying things she does not mean. In addition, Kimiko has developed strong feelings for Piro, though she was at first too shy to admit them.


She speaks only Japanese, so she is unable to verbally communicate with Largo without an interpreter, although she has had some success directly influencing him nevertheless (see strips 716 and 957).


Kimiko has landed the role of Kannazuki Kotone (神無月 琴音) in the fictional dating sim Sight, and is earning herself an army of followers to rival even Erika's due to her rant on "Mumu-chan's" radio show, where she came to the defense of fanboys after being angered by the hosts' derisive comments about them. She has mixed feelings about being an idol. However in comic 990 it is revealed that she has quit working on "Sight"
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Ping

Ping

Ping is a robotic PS2 accessory, a non-H (non-hentai; platonic love only) test model of the new Sony-EDS (Emotional Doll System) that fell into Tsubasa's hands somehow. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_ping. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_ping. ... My name is tyler bonin. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Platonic love in its modern popular sense is an affectionate relationship into which the sexual element does not enter, especially in cases where one might easily assume otherwise. ...


Ping is designed to be used with dating sims, and, after playing them, develops her own personality based on the player's choices in the games. To date, she has never actually been used with a dating sim by her various owners, and as such seems to be developing her personality from real-world experiences instead. Although she is learning quickly, there are still times when she acts unrealistically. Her programming has primed her to care for socially inept otaku who have the money to buy an EDS to practice their fumbling dating techniques on. Dating simulations (dating sims) are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements. ... Otaku is a Japanese term used derogatively to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga or anime. ...


Although she has revealed to Piro that she has feelings for him, the nature of their relationship is still not entirely clear. She speaks only Japanese, although she has the ability to have other language "modules" installed.


Due to problems with her prototype software, Ping does not handle rejection well and can be sent into a berserk rage when "rejected" by her human companions. Largo has triggered her rejection subroutine on two occasions so far, once intentionally. When enraged, she has been known to use her incredible strength to pull telephone poles out of the ground to use as weapons, and at one point manages to hurl a gigantic turtle monster through the top of a skyscraper.


Her systems have displayed the ability to change her physical traits, including hair color (from gray to pink) and bust size. Miho claimed that her changes also included height and hips and were caused by heartbreak from the events of chapter 6. In addition, she does not remember ever having been different, suggesting a lack of control over the process, which could theoretically alter her other memories or entire personality.


Miho has befriended Ping and regularly spends time with her. She seems to be able to influence Ping's programming and personality by playing with her, although Miho's exact intentions with Ping are unknown.


Ping, like Junpei, appeared in an issue of Applegeeks, in which the main character explained his stressful situation (ironically, involving a robot girl)to her. Unfourtunantly, Ping, not speaking English, was unable to help.


Although Ping has some similarities to Chi from Clamp's Chobits, Fred has stated that "[I] did Ping before I ever saw Chobits."[6] A group photo of Clamp. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ...


Tohya Miho

Tohya Miho

Tohya Miho is an enigmatic and manipulative young goth girl. Over the course of Megatokyo, she proves to be highly intelligent, and adept at both arcade and role-playing games. She is drawn to resemble a "Gothic Lolita" (a Japanese synthesis of goth and lolita subculture), and is often described as "darkly cute," with Gallagher occasionally defining her as a "perkigoth."[7] Miho often acts strangely and regularly accomplishes abnormal feats, such as perching herself atop telephone poles. Despite these displays of power, Miho suffers from some sort of unnamed illness, which causes her to go into shock in Chapter 2. Miho speaks English and Japanese fluently, and has no problem understanding L33t. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_miho. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_miho. ... Clan of Xymox - Goth band circa 2004 A German Goth with rosary beads and alchemical symbol on forehead. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Clan of Xymox - Goth band circa 2004 A German Goth with rosary beads and alchemical symbol on forehead. ... A Shirololi and punk in Harajuku, Tokyo. ... In sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with distinct sets of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture of which they are a part. ...


Miho knows Piro and Largo from the "Endgames" MMORPG previous to the plot of Megatokyo. Miho abused a hidden statistic in the game in order to control a large number of player characters, befriending and betraying Piro and Largo. In the game, she was a tall, handsome man (dubbed "Niho" by Megatokyo forum-goers) with the same ribboned hairstyle as the real-world Miho. She uses the username "m0h" when instant messaging. An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... A player character or playable character (PC) is a fictional character in a game who is controlled or controllable by the player. ... Note: to create a user account for Wikipedia, go to the login page. ... A screenshot of PowWow, one of the first instant messengers with a graphical user interface // Instant messaging or IM is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ...


Miho is also involved in Erika's back story. Miho's manipulation of Erika's unhappy fans after Erika's disappearance from the public sphere ended badly, with the TPCD cleaning up the aftermath and Miho hospitalized. As a result, Inspector Sonoda wants to keep Miho away from Yuki, his daughter. Miho has briefly hinted at Yuki's mother being involved in the incident as well.


Miho is a frequent subject of speculation and debate, both in the comic itself and on the Megatokyo forums. The two most common competing perspectives on Miho's nature is between readers who believe her to be a supernatural evil, and readers who take the view that she is a mundane evil (or just misunderstood). The latter position was in the majority among forum regulars, but the former had also vocal proponents — its most vocal being in-comic character Largo, who believes that Miho is undead, and in command of an army of zombies. Bizarrely, Largo might be correct in a different way: Largo has a recurring problem with recognizing fanboys of any kind as "zombies", and automatically reacts to them as such. Miho's past manipulation of Erika's fanboys could quite well be what Largo is speaking of when talking about her "zombie" army. Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A group of actors portraying zombies in a film A zombie is an animated human body devoid of a soul. ...


The events of the November 2006 strips put for the first time boundaries for these speculations, showing unambiguously that Miho is indeed capable of superhuman feats: she has been able to evade almost effortlessly both projectile and energy weapons used against her by Ed. In fact, Ed was at least in part aware of her abilities, and has been shown as genuinely frightened by Miho before: a most peculiar fact, as he never seemed to fear anybody else, even Ping, who has caused his person incredible damage (see below). Later, she personally noted and demonstrated similarities between herself and Yuki, suggesting that she too may be a type of magical girl.


It's possible that Miho has some kind of anger at the world; fitting in with a theme of discontent and disagreement with life in general throughout the comic, Miho may simply want to "get back" at the universe and assailing Largo, Piro and others, in her attempts. This may have some basis in reality; Miho's strange illness could potentially give her a "dark" outlook on life. It is also hinted that she has some animosity with her classmates, particularly Junko.


Miho's most common rival is Largo. Largo was the first person Miho met in the comic (after he opened the Cave of Evil, possibly suggesting that she was either trapped in it or was in some way helped by its opening), he is constantly following and challenging her, and she indirectly set him up with his job as "Great Teacher Largo" - he was attempting to follow her in "disguise" when the principal found him, assuming from the English conversation he was having that he was the new English teacher. The relationship between Miho and Largo is not always one of war and pure hatred; Largo displays a surprising honorable streak when Miho passes out in the school's bathroom. He went after her when he noticed her missing in class, and when he found her, he said that he would "not accept... an ending without honor."[2] He had Junpei take her to the school infirmary (from which she was sent to hospital), and thus may be indirectly responsible for saving her life - as she was presenting symptoms of the mid-stages of shock. In short, Largo- who leaps before looking and is quite over-the-top- is the perfect foil for the quiet, reserved, contemplative Miho.


Despite all this, Miho's "greatest" rival may well be Piro. Piro overcame her "Endgames" character despite her abuse of the system, defeating her and possibly expelling her from the game. Miho described Largo and Piro in real life as "one too much like I imagined [Largo]," who is much the same in real life as his "Endgames" character, the other completely different (Piro), who played a brave, confident female character completely different from himself.


She was originally never shown eating, despite describing herself as hungry several times and in odd situations, culminating in chapter 4 when she took Ping, Piro, and Largo to a bathhouse and for cake, claiming she was hungry when they arrived and full at the end (her uneaten cake pointedly displayed). However, comic 897 finally breaks with this tradition, showing Miho taking a bite out of her waffle, proving that she does, in some respect, eat.


She appears to be at her strongest, happiest, and least ill when she is manipulating someone in some way.


Recently, it appears that Miho and Largo's war has "escalated"; she attempted to seduce him at the Cave of Evil (revealed to be a nightclub) and since then, her efforts to either mock Largo or reduce him in stature have increased. When Largo attempted to get his entire class to take their clothes off in order to construct l33t computers without the risk of static discharge, Miho sarcastically said that Largo (who did not understand why any of the classmates would want to look at their female friends naked) only lusted after "machines" that let him live his "puffed up fantasies". This also led to Largo's admission of a "woman he was attracted to." Miho and Largo's battles have taken on a more personal tone- possibly due to his rejection of her in the Cave of Evil.


Another common Miho-related debate is centered around the nature of her relationship with the android, Ping. Ping believes her to be a friend, although when Miho was hospitalized she revealed she was merely using Ping, possibly to influence Piro somehow or to further her own ends. Recently, she has also declared to be aware of Yuki's nature as a magical girl, something that was suspected by readers for a long time but never established.


Miho's family has not been seen yet. When she was in the school's nurse's office, the nurse attempted to call them without success. Miho seems to spend most of her time at the Cave of Evil and is very close to the staff there. One of the employees told Piro that he was glad that Miho was being so playful and that she normally drove people away. He also mentioned that she was a "good girl" and that they almost lost her a while ago.


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Seraphim

Seraphim

Seraphim is a miniature angel, about the size of a doll. She takes the role of Piro's conscience, struggling to keep Piro on the straight and narrow, particularly when it comes to romantic attachments and other personal relationships. Seraphim is very concerned about Piro's attitude, and goes to great lengths to keep him motivated towards going back to the United States. Seraphim is very pragmatic and quick to criticize, and her opinion of Piro's abilities is not high, probably reflecting Piro's own self-deprecating nature. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_seraphim. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_seraphim. ... A Gothic angel in ivory, c1250, Louvre An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... Conscience is a faculty or sense that leads to feelings of remorse when we do things that go against our moral values, or which informs our moral judgment before performing such an action. ...


Seraphim speaks English, but, like Piro, understands Japanese.


She often requests more funding and resources from the Conscience Agency, but their only response thus far has been the assignment of Boo to her as an assistant. Apparently, she can make use of what she calls "Big Mode" [3], which allows her to be the size of a human rather than her normal size.


She has at least two identical sisters, as revealed in Chapter 5, who impersonate Seraphim for a time and influence Piro in less-helpful ways. One advises Piro to be pessimistic and not to waste his time; another cheers him on and encourages him to embrace his patheticness. A possible third sister has only been described by Asmodeus, and seems to have been a "bad girl" and his lover.


Seraphim is modeled after Sarah Wooden, Gallagher's wife (girlfriend when Megatokyo began), who has a penchant for fine clothes and loves cats. Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ...




Boo

Boo

Boo is a hamster with strap-on wings, initially assigned to the role of Largo's conscience, a task made only harder by the fact that Boo cannot speak, but only squeak (occasionally in L33t, e.g. "squ34k"). Largo tends to think that Boo is always agreeing with him. As his character has developed under the influence of Largo, Boo has been known to communicate more often in writing. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Laughing Gull with its wings extended in a gull wing profile Aircraft wing planform shapes: a swept wing KC-10 Extender (top) refuels a trapezoid-wing F/A-22 Raptor A wing is a surface used to produce lift and therefore flight, for travel in the air or another... Conscience is a faculty or sense that leads to feelings of remorse when we do things that go against our moral values, or which informs our moral judgment before performing such an action. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Boo first appeared as a worker from a temp agency sent by the Conscience task force in response to one of Seraphim's repeated requests for aid. After rescuing Seraphim from Belphegor, he was promoted to a special agent in the Conscience task force. Boo didn't appear at all for most of Chapter 7, with the exception of one panel[4].


Boo is actually a reference of Minsc's "Miniature Giant Space Hamster," from the computer role-playing game series Baldur's Gate, who occupies a space in Minsc's Quick Item slots. In one strip, Boo showed up at the display booth of BioWare, the company responsible for Baldur's Gate series, and unsuccessfully tried to get his old job back. Minsc (Pronounced Minsk) is a prominent fictional character in the Baldurs Gate series of Dungeons & Dragons computer role-playing games created by Bioware. ... Giant space hamsters are fictional creatures originating in the Spelljammer campaign setting for the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Title screen of Baldurs Gate, the first game in the series. ...


Boo is also known for the phrase stated by Largo, "Go for the beer, Boo!", a reference of one of Minsc's war cries, "Go for the eyes, Boo!".


Asmodeus

Asmodeus

Asmodeus is Piro's anti-conscience, sent by an organization referred to only as the "other agency." He tries to undo everything Seraphim does, going so far as to tempt Piro to fall in love with underaged girls. Despite this opposition to Seraphim, he coquets her almost every time they meet (he has also hinted that he and Seraphim, or at least one of her sisters, have had a relationship in the past), which usually results in her verbally and/or physically attacking him. She once dispatched him by flashing him in a trenchcoat. Asmodeus speaks English. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... In law, a person who is not yet a legal adult is known as a minor (known in some places as an infant or juvenile). ... For the Walt Disney Company film, see Trenchcoat (movie). ...


His partner is a vicious cat named Belphegor; appropriate as Asmodeus and Belphegor are both demons. Belphegor wears clip-on bat wings to make himself look demonic, just as Boo wears angel wings. Asmodeus (Asmodeus, Asmodaeus, pronounced Ashmed or Ashmedeus in Hebrew, also Chammadai, Sydonai) is a semi-Biblical demon mostly known thanks to the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit; he is also mentioned in some Talmudic legends and in demonology, as he is a leading figure in the construction efforts of the Temple... In demonology, Belphegor (or Beelphegor) is a demon who helps people to make discoveries. ...


He is a comic version of Ken Hashimoto, one of the Megatokyo forum's administrators and, at one point, a co-translator of the Japanese version of Megatokyo.


Junpei

Junpei

Junpei is Largo's apprentice, a l33t ninja. He seems to have near-superhuman abilities typical of a "Hollywood ninja", such as being able to travel great distances over rooftops at high speed without being detected, and bending guns and various other weapons out of shape. Certainly, whatever role he fills seems to leave him with a fair amount of free time, and allows him to cultivate his artistic side — much like a traditional samurai. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... If youre looking for the TV show, see The Apprentice. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Japanese samurai in armour, 1860s. ...


He is introduced when Piro and Largo arrive in Japan, and Largo has no passport. A customs official tells Largo that, in order to get into Japan, he must defeat Junpei in "mortal combat". Largo, being unsurpassable in all matters electronic, easily wins the contest by defeating Junpei in a match on the Mortal Kombat arcade game. Junpei is deeply impressed by this, and the next time he meets Largo, Junpei apprentices himself to him in order to learn "the way of l33t" from Largo (whom Junpei calls "L33t Master"). However, this apprenticeship seems to consist largely of Junpei bailing Largo out of trouble, such as getting him out of jail, and fetching him when he forgets about the classes he teaches at Shiritsu Daitou. For other types of travel document, see Travel document. ... Mortal Kombat may refer to: Mortal Kombat (series) is a series of fighting, beatem up and platform video games: Mortal Kombat (video game) (1992) Mortal Kombat II (1993) Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996) Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997) Mortal Kombat... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... An example of a Leet web browser (Text instead of GUI) in Leet language on a Leet language version of Google Leet (often also leetspeak, leetspeek, or l33t) from the phonetic form of the word elite, is a cipher, or novel form of English spelling. ...


He works for some kind of ninja organization that provides feed services. This includes Shiritsu Daitou hiring Junpei to take Largo to school. He can apparently call upon the services of "Rent-a-zillas" (extremely large, rentable, lizard-like creatures bearing resemblance to Godzilla).


In the aftermath of the fanboy riot, Junpei manages the stream of otaku coming to see Hayasaka Erika - reducing it to one per hour. Otaku is a Japanese term used derogatively to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga or anime. ...


Junpei speaks Japanese, and also speaks poor but understandable English, omitting some words and always referring to himself in the third person; this trend can also be seen in his Japanese, as a joke playing on old, poorly dubbed ninja movies. Junpei also speaks L33t reasonably well.


Junpei has also appeared in the famous webcomic Applegeeks, where he saved the main characters from a horde of security guards. He can also be seen looking sadly at the plane taking two of the characters home, perhaps suggesting he developed a relationship with one of them.


Sonoda Yuki

Sonoda Yuki

Sonoda Yuki (園田 由紀) is a 15-year-old student at Shiritsu Daitou Attached Middle School. She is apparently a diligent student, and has earned the rather undesirable label of "Little Miss Perfect" from her friends. Tohya and Ping are not in the same class as Yuki (a common misconception), since she is younger than them (proven when several of Ping's classmates refer to her as "underclassman Yuki"). Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_yuki. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_yuki. ...


Yuki speaks Japanese, and can manage some basic English.


She comes from a stable home. Her father, Inspector Sonoda Masamichi, is an officer of the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division. Her mother, Sonoda Meimi, is now a housewife but was a magical girl during her youth. Yuki has a relatively normal relationship with her brother Yuuji — there is a lot of mutual antagonism between the two. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Yuki is taking art lessons from Piro, although it is a rare occurrence when these lessons actually occur when planned. She seems to have some feelings for Piro, but often denies or misunderstands them.


Like her mother, she appears to be capable of stealing things without being aware of it [5] [6]. This, and other unusual abilities she is suggested to have (strip 817), have implied that she is a magical girl of some sort too, as her mother. Her status as a magical girl was confirmed by her own actions and Miho's statements. (strip 942 through 944).


Yuki becomes friends with Ping ([7]) after Yuki wants to return Piro's cell phone but is unable to do so because of a sprained ankle. Ping helps Yuki walk and even offers to carry her, telling Yuki "Don't give up, Sonodo-san! We'll find him!! We'll take the city apart if we have to!" Yuki later catches Ping being harassed by jealous schoolmates and tries to tell them to stop (this does little good, however, since the girls have no respect for underclassmen and ignore her more or less).


Miho and Yuki seem to form a shaky friendship also, when they speak on top of a telephone wire. Miho tells Yuki that Yuki is a magic girl and wishes her well.


Dom

Dom

Dom is an employee of Sega's Black Ops, and Ed's best friend and rival. He possesses a seemingly endless supply of weaponry, as well as an unscrupulous personality. Early in the series, he is on a mission to appropriate Ping for Sega, before Ed is capable of carrying out his orders to recover or destroy her. However, after Sega leaves the console business, he seeks to acquire Hayasaka Erika (due to her power to influence the masses) as an asset for his company. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_dom. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_dom. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ...


As with Ed, he often resorts to violence as a first course of action. However, unlike Ed, he is also quite capable of complex scheming, verbal persuasion and blackmail. Dom is the more focused of the duo, in that he thinks about and plans what to do before acting--unlike Ed, who is rather more trigger-happy. For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ...


Dom speaks English and Japanese and understands L33t quite well. He is the comic version of Dominic Nguyen, Fred Gallagher's associate and the creator of the infamous Shirt Guy Dom filler-strips. The character Dom is also a regular character in Okashina Okashi (and has the same background as the Megatokyo incarnation), as Dominic and Okashina Okashi's former writer, Allison Brownlow, are friends in real life. He's also in good terms with Fred Gallagher (Piro) Sarah Wooden (Seraphim) & Edmund Balan (Ed) too.


Ed

Ed

Ed is an employee of Sony's Enforcement Division, as well as Dom's best friend and rival. Like Dom, he seems to have an unlimited supply of guns, and a trigger-happy personality to match. Early in the comic, he is sent on a mission to capture or destroy Ping (a missing prototype belonging to Sony) before rival companies capture her, although his strange insistence on using extreme measures to do so often leads to his own injuries rather than hers. Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_ed. ... Image File history File links Megatokyo_main_character_ed. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $68. ...


After one encounter with Ping in which she hurls a gigantic turtle monster into the skyscraper Ed is standing on, Ed undergoes a plastic surgery which transforms him into a bishōnen. (The transformation is a direct reference to Jack Napier's transformation into The Joker in Batman.) Later, during an attempt of Ed's to snipe Ping with an excessively large and powerful weapon, he is vaporized by an orbital laser strike and subsequently regrown in a growth tank from residual dust left behind after the incident, bearing yet another new face as a consequence. He will probably need such extensive reconstruction again, having been defeated in a fight with Miho when his weapon malfunctioned and exploded with enough force to break windows at a distance. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bishōnen (美少年, literally, beautiful boy) is a specific Japanese aesthetic concept of the ideally beautiful young man. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers practice sniper marksmanship at their firing range near Baghdad, Iraq on February 15, 2005. ...


Ed seems to suffer from at least partial insanity, and is exceptionally sadistic. He derives pleasure from explosions, in particular. Despite his apparent lack of self-preservation instincts, he seems to be terrified of Miho, calling her "the real thing."[8] He speaks both English and L33t.


His real life equivalent is Edmund Balan, Fred Gallagher's associate. The character Ed (with the same background and personality as his Megatokyo version) is also a regular in Okashina Okashi, as Edmund is friends with Okashina Okashi's artist, Emily Snodgrass. He and Dominic Nguyen (Dom) are also friends in real life.


References

  1. ^ Gallagher, Fred (June 8, 2006). i'll take my art back now. Megatokyo. Retrieved on June 20, 2006. A news post by Fred Gallagher in which he states that the character "Piro" is an idealized version of himself (Gallagher) when he was in college.
  2. ^ An interview with Fred Gallagher (December 18, 2002). Retrieved on August 17, 2006.
  3. ^ Contino, Jennifer (September 5, 2002). MEGATOKYO'S FRED GALLAGHER. Retrieved on August 18, 2006.An interview with Fred Gallagher at THE PULSE
  4. ^ a b Megatokyo Panel at Akon 13. Retrieved on July 5, 2006.
  5. ^ Megatokyo Strip 627. Retrieved on 2006-05-19.
  6. ^ Fey, Chris (2004-05-14). Interview: Fred Gallagher. Anime News Network. Retrieved on 2007-01-15. An interview with author Fred Ghallagher at Sakuracon 2004.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Fred. Megatokyo Volume 1. Dark Horse Books, 2004. Pages 90 and 154.
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