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So I'm guessing that most if not all of you know about Danish cartoonist/artist Humon's webcomic Scandanavia and the World (a/k/a SATW), which seems to be her answer to Hetalia. I was poking around her DeviantArt site the other day and found that she has another webcomic that more or less fulfills my ideal combination of cuteness plus sexy stuff: Manala Next Door (also known among fans as "Jacob and Nini") [WARNING - mostly very NSFW!)

Manala Next Door is a comic about mythology and cultural assumptions. Jacob is a yaksha (nature spirit from Hindu mythology) who was raised by demons (yes, Humon knows that "Jacob" is not a Hindu name). He's still basically on the side of good, but he's pretty earthy (to say the least). Nini is a sweet adorable little female kappa ... complete with just about all the real habits and behaviors of the kappa from classical Japanese mythology. They are in love. And ... smutty hilarity ensues.

Some links:

  • Modest Demons (this one is actually worksafe): Jacob and Nini looking very cute in traditional clothing from their respective cultures
  • Nini the Cute Kappa (NSFW): how they met
  • The Yokai Bar (NSFW): Jacob takes his new sweetie to meet his buddies at the bar, including Ruth (!), the big blue oni.
  • Sweet Nothings (NSFW): The things Jacob does for love. This is probably my favorite comic of the set.
  • Foundling (just a little semi-nudity and brain-breaking-ness): Yes, Nini is a demon.
  • Girls' Night (NSFW): Nini invites five of her best friends over to get to know Jacob.
  • Surprise Fail (NSFW): Jacob's the one who has an unpleasant surprise.

Enjoy!

ETA: I have created an LJ feed for this, manalanextdoor (it will need to front load for a bit - nothing's showing yet). Enjoy!

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sovay
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Manala Next Door is a comic about mythology and cultural assumptions.

How long has this been running? I've never heard of it!
chomiji
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)

It looks like Jacob first showed up as a hallucination (!) of a character in one of her other webcomics, Niels, in January 2011 (according to her DeviantArt gallery dates). Nini shows up in July 2011. I'm not sure when she decided to actually turn them into a series - recently, anyway, I guess. And SATW remains her most famous comic.

sovay
Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
It looks like Jacob first showed up as a hallucination (!) of a character in one of her other webcomics

That's really charming.

I'm not sure when she decided to actually turn them into a series - recently, anyway, I guess.

Well, I'm enjoying everything there is of them so far!
smillaraaq
Apr. 19th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
You need to let me know which Nini pic you're planning on iconing, so I don't steal your thunder. She's such a toon after my own heart (and Hartman Hips!) ;)
chomiji
Apr. 20th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)

I'm having such trouble deciding! I want something equivalent to my Yukimura "Happiness" icon, but I can't find the full-face "squee" expression I'm visualizing. The one of her in the butler suit is close ... .

I'm wondering whether I can get the one of her and her kappa friends together, too, because that is such a "fangirl"-looking group.

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