You avatar. perfect. XD
I thought you said they didn’t like each other, Cube…what happened?
Also Ben looks cute with his hair messed up.
I can make a hormone! :3
Bucc-i, no, you are too young to be making hormones all by yourself.
Hormones should not be made without proper adult supervision.
Wait, that just sounds creepy. Froget I said anything.
That better not be a double entendre I’m seeing
No you have to say LIKE like or else he won’t understand.
Cube, this page is proof you need to stop watching anime for a while. I don’t want KB to suddenly get all stupidly sappy now, k?
S-Stupid Steffi, it- it’s not like I, I LIKE you or anything!
Tsundere!Ben is an idea I can get behind. Just for hilarity ensuing reasons alone.
Cube didn’t get this from anime. In anime, no one ever asks this question. Trying to ask generally results in blushing, a complete collapse of vocal cords, and/or death, and alien invasion. Heck, even sitting in a situation where you might even contemplate asking will spontaneously result in the cognizant character to put at least several additional feet of space between themselves and their potential SO, if not walls and sudden onset strange mutant abilities.
girl is entitled to know where she stands. Also, ben has been suspiciously non complainy as of late, and noticeably not in the too beaten down to care, but the I have made my stand thought on the issues and decided choose a course of action in supporting you to absurd lengths. He’s not one of those guys just willing to help you dispose of the bodies without good reason.
You’ve never seen Teacher Teacher then, but then again one of the main characters in that IS an alien…
Or to ask a simpler question, what is the purpose of our existence? The head trauma from the cover page hasn’t worn off and I’m in a questioning mood.
Brace yourselves for the impending Oblivious Male sequence
Ben is too smart for that. He may be flummoxed, in either the “no duh, haven’t you been paying attention, yes” or the “I friend-zoned you several years ago, what’s all this then” way. Tears will occur. They will be delicious.
There, I am braced now.
Also, I do approve. Kinda hoped this would happene ventually… yet also kinda forsaw it.
Honestly I’m expecting a blunt “I don’t really know” here but I could really see it going either way.
Regardless of how he feels Ben has probably thought this situation through before. Steffi just thought about it five seconds ago.
OH MY GOD SQUEEING NOISES AH AH AHHHHHHH
I don’t see a problem with this as long as it doesn’t become the main theme of the comic.
Seconded. (Or thirded?)
Awkward response in 3…2…1…
dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun!!
Steffi got guts. The awkward kind of guts.
In before “Of course I like you. You’re my friend.”
Oh no, my OTP! 8C
everyone’s going “oh my gawwwddd Ben’s going to be an oblivious male and Steffi’s a kawaii anime” but I’m calling it as the other way around. next page, Ben’s going to freak and turn red, and Steffi’s gonna be all “what? what did I say”
That’s my prediction as well.
My hopeful prediction for subverting tropes:
Ben: *Bonks Steffi on head* “Of course I like you, dummy. Just not the way you’re probably thinking of.”
I could back this response.
Steffi might need to go to the ER to get that mood whiplash looked at…
Also, bad start if he’s beating you up BEFORE you go out.
Dontcha know, ladies like a man who beats them up.
…That was a joke.
*Starts to say something. stops*
And I thought the second-panel was just a joke on Tumblr like you do sometimes. XD
And I just giggled at the Solid Snake line.
….. kick him in the Solid Snake…. damn…
“He’s flattering me (trying to tell me I don’t suck in fight when I have clearly seen that I do) and he’s forgiving me for kicking him in the family jewels. Clearly, that means he’s in love.”
I think the reasoning makes sense.
y’know something, I think you statement is logical.
I always thought there was something humorous about a character named Solid sneaking around in a flimsy cardboard box.
Other than the fact that he’s an assassin sneaking around in a cardboard box.
way to pop the question
Wait WAIT! That tactic would only work on Solid Snake if his “junkpack” was the active accessory selected.
Ben… do you think love can bloom on the battlefield?
Yeah, Steffi, I do. I think, at any time, in any place…people can fall in love with each other. But…
but…. love IS a battlefield.
Kiwi Gear Solid
Pretty much seemed to lead up to that, didn’t it.
Cube, your site has never been the fastest, but it’s been abysmally slow lately.
Not in any way complaining, just thought it was worth bringing to your attention and consideration.
ugh. slow connection, you have failed me for the last time!!!!
Sorry for all the double talk people. Im going to have my cup of shame now.
his answer: http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/videogmegirl/kiwijerk.png
I WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPENN.
I WILL NOT REST TILL WED MY TIME
I can’t stop looking at the title page caption.
Oh dear. XD
The endorphins are running high.
When we get to the furry bar. Let’s yiff Ben.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
(Where’s the Brain Bleach when you need it…..)
The best part is his user icon is Steffi’s dad.
So wrong on so many levels… and yet oddly probably still in character…
YES! Search your heart, you know it to be true!
(And Snake Guy will watch)
Tentacles good, yiffing bad. You get another point. Don’t ask me for a total because I’m not literally keeping track.
The above was for Shockpulse but it was kicked to the bottom of the queue.
No, yiffing is fine. Just not for 14-year-olds. (The age of consent is 16 around these parts.)
Raccoon will not stand for this!
I can certainly hope she won’t!
inb4 “Of course I like you, you’re my best friend!”
(Your style has matured so well, Mary. Looking better each page )
Ben Kenobi, “Well, from a certain point of view.”
BOOM! The shipping bomb has been dropped!
Secret track unlocked! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fqKND4J7Ig
Oh no just hearing that song makes my legs start spazzing in four directions!
PANEL 4 PANEL 4!!!!
MAKE IT HAPPEN
OR U WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FANGIRL SUICIDE K?
JUST AMKE IT HAPPEN.
*DEATH STARE* >.>
I see your fangirl plead and counter it with a yuri fangirl card.
You know it’s a solid character OTP when you root for it before you find out that there’s a polly oliver in the mix.
Finding out who The Raccoon just added to the want, but at the same time shattered any hope it would happen.
What are you talking about? Cube is awesome and has stated before that “in the greatest stroke of realism in Kiwiverse, nobody cares who you like”, which is basically the primary reason for Cube’s rise from “Great Comicker” to “GREATEST Comicker”.
If it doesn’t happen, it would be because Steffi isn’t receptive to Chandra’s feelings. Not because of “ew, lesbians” (an ideology I quickly learned to resent as one).
For the record, I don’t really care about shipping. I just find it fun to do so (this is literally the only fandom I even think about it in), and accept whatever Cube does. If they happen to coincide with my own silly ideas, then it’s great! But I don’t hold resentment when things go badly.
If it seemed like I’m all dramatic and disliking the idea of Steffi X Ben, pouting and all, that’s just me being silly. I’ll accept whatever is best for the story.
(But if Steffi X Chandra actually became a thing, I would genuinely be ecstatic.)
I’m glad to hear there are people out there who are able to stand up for their beliefs without shoving it down ones throat, like so many gays and lesbians I know.
I am straight, but I don’t believe in forcing it on anyone, it’s your life live it how you want to. Unfortunately too many gays seem to think hat just because I’m I automatically hate them and they have to keep shoving gay philosophy in my face. I wish more people could be as accepting as you, so thank you for being an accepting person.
Ah, you’re welcome! I try to be as understanding and accepting as I can (though I don’t abide mean people and unfairness >3<) but when it comes to my own opinions and being annoying, the worst I get is bugging someone to play a trading card game with me. XD
Though I do tend to ramble a LOT and talk a lot.
Also, just to mention, the yaoi fans are all crying over in a corner…
But with yuri shipping comes yaoi shipping by result!
Only if there’s at least two guys left to “console each other.” Ben is the only potential focus, everyone else is confirmed straight, or is a bit player. Also, either they a) don’t know Ben or b) are Steffi’s dad (no. Stacey’s mom is sort of amusing, in a schadenfreude sort of way; Stacey’s dad? Nuh-uh – straight over dramatic irony into chew toy territory, and Steffi turns into woobie, destroyer of worlds))
You’ve activated my trap card! Love Triangle!
What if Ben has a crush on The Raccoon? (I don’t think he’s met Chandra yet).
Now we have yuri/yaoi (even if by misunderstanding)/whatever-hetero-is shipping combined with a love triangle.
Naw, love triangles don’t need hypotenuses – point in fact, if they had hypotenuses, they become OT3, and much sexiness is had by all.
See: My reply to Stonefoot, below.
Well, if he’s still talking to ya after you’ve kicked him in the nuts, you might as well go for the big question.
O-hay, drama, it’s you again.
Steffi is so brave. I can’t even ask that to someone I know for certain likes me. >_<
My prediction: Ben says, "Wtf. No. We're friends. You're cool with that, right?"
And Steffi says, "Yeah, totally, I don't like you either. Just checking. So, you wouldn't mind if I totally went after Reed then?" <— Totally my ship.
WHAT no come on Reed’s way too old for her D: Seriously though. Gross.
I agree with this!
If he can honestly say yes after she just roshambo’d him, it’s going to last forever.
YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WAIT ‘TIL TUESDAY?!?!
(Okay, posting this again NOT as an accidental subreply~)
AGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH FREAKING WED!! COME SOONER!!!! MY FRIDAY IS ALL MUSHY AN SCREWD UP NOW AGHHHHHHHHHHHH (in Australia time)
Wait what? Okay I figured this would happen sooner or later but it still caught me off guard.
Okay, I’ve given it all day, before finally posting my comment (partially for shipping reasons and mostly for sluggish loading times)…..
First off, that first shot of Ben’s face. Just….DAT FACE. I feel like I’ve stumbled into “Kiwi Blitz: The H Game” —- Ben: “P-please, be gentle….”
Gaaaaaah nuuuuuu, Steffi, stick with Chandra! I know you don’t actually know she likes you yet, but don’t crush her dreams like this. ;3; *Paranoid Yuri Fangirl Moment*
….for all I know, Ben likes Cliff Trench.
She popped the question!
Is my SteffixRaccoon ship taking on water?
I’m waiting on bated breath!
I think he’d rather take another nut shot than answer that question.
I could see that.
At least she cuts through the usual gordian knot embarrassment makes of such questions. Refreshing.
…so this is the part where he chucks that helmet at her head, yes?
And in a plot twist, Ben says no, and she says “cool” and they continue with their lives like sensible, non-anime teenagers who fight crime.
(Also, I have to second the person above who says the sites been moving slow lately. Sorry!)
… Omigosh! Totally out of the blue, but if they start going out that would be kinda awesome and I would most definitely approve it. <3…
Am I the only one who think that this MIGHT be Steffi trying to catch Ben off-guard so she can land a punch on his face?
Awwww Ben looks so cute with his hair all messed up. >3>
I check through my webcomics and find this comic. I subsequently expect the most comments I’ve ever seen for the first time I’ve seen an update. I come again later when I have time to read the comments, expecting many more and practically all of them to be about people’s shipping dreams, or attempts to subvert standard tropes. I was proved completely correct on all of these counts. I have evidently been on the Internet too long.
Also, Cube, try as hard as you might but you can’t stop the shippers. They can and will carry on regardless, just with AUs instead of ‘canon’ unverse. I felt the need to point this out as no-oone has done so explicitly yet, despite there being SEVENTY comments on romance.
I now wonder why I felt the need to write so much on a matter I ultimately care very little about. The curiosity to see where the comic goes vastly outweighs any desire I have to try and predict it, because that just ruins the fun.
TOO EARLY! CHANGE IT!
Shoot. I already know what’s gonna happen. There was no lead up, no awkward romantic moments.
She asks, he says no, they stay platonic, and my ship sinks D:
Running around in the woods, beating each other up, and getting sweaty is REAL LOVE!
Not in most cases, but I think it’s an official part of the Action Girl Courting Ritual.
I predict that one of two things will happen:
1.Ben promises to tell her if she beats him in a fight. Due to his skill, he will most likely win.
2.He declares his undying love for her. And then Steffi wakes up.
Plot twist: He declares his undying love for her. Then he wakes up
That… took me by surprise. BEN, YOU BETTER SAY YES!
Also, in regards to a higher up conversation, while I ship BenxSteffi primarily, if SteffixChandra became canon I would squee even louder than I did with all of the Ben-awesome-moments and BenxSteffi moments combined!
OK, partly because Shockpulse said “Cube is awesome and has stated before that “in the greatest stroke of realism in Kiwiverse, nobody cares who you like”; second, just because I like to shake things up; but mostly because I really would like to see this happen, I’m shipping SteffixChandraxBen, not as a love triangle but as a mutually attracted group of three.
Oh? An OT3, then?
Let’s never forget Robert Heinlen’s immortal words, “The more you love, the more you can love”!
As a card-carrying polyamorous panromantic person, I can fully approve this.
(Disclaimer: Not a silly shipping “complaint”/comment, like usual, but a genuine expression of interest. As with everything in KB, absolutely nothing is predictable.)
Wrong e-mail, didn’t get my Gravatar. Arrrrrgh!
Also, an accidental test for those who were wondering a few strips back: The post with the mis-typed e-mail and no Gravatar went to “Waiting Moderation” while the one with the Gravatar went straight in.
At the risk of sounding confusing or easily being misconstrued (it is 03:00, after all), and to clarify the silly, crazy-sounding comments I always make:
I honestly have no expectations for “Kiwi Blitz”, so it’s not like I’m ever genuinely angry over developments. I always take each page at face value, and am constantly intrigued. If there’s on thing I learned from very early on wih KB, back before the first chapter even finished, it’s that there is almost nothing you can accurately predict, so it’s best to except nothing and accept everything. Actually, thanks to this attitude KB’s taught me, it lets me be a lot more collected for unexpected events (such as my co-homepage website, the tab next to Kiwi Blitz, having a big announcment declaring its closing in a month).
(^w^) I totally stole the 100th comment, nyahahaha!
(Serious comment tiems)
Coming back to the past, not to drop spoilers, but….
I didn’t even DREAM of the next pages. I’m not sure ANYONE did, actually.
So, just goes to prove my theory: KB is entirely up in the air and Mary Cagle is an imaginative GENIUS.
I wonder… if she kicked with her metal leg? I also wonder how much of a difference that would make?
Meh Cube is a good writer Im sure this will turn out to be a decent point
BOOM! BOOM! ULTRA-KILL!!! UNFRIGGENBELIEVABLE OUT OF NOWHERE QUESTION!!!
PLEASE PUT THEM TOGETHER.
(not this way, though. we need conflict. and hard decisions. and. and……
But in all seriousness I really love the relationship between these two. Steffi makes Ben miserable yet Ben seems to keep coming. And Steffi. Well, she’s Steffi. There’s beautiful chemistry between the two -and it’s original and fun.
There’s no real relationship between the Racoon and Steff, there’s just a childhood crush (and fanservice)
Ben and Steffi have something. SO PUT THEM TOGETHER, JUST NOT LIKE THIS.
But I trust you something fun in store.
I can see the response now:
“Why else would I put up with you?”
I kinda wish I had been drinking something when I read the last panel.
Would’ve been a nice spit-take.
To be fair, this is a fairly legitimate sort of time to bring it up… despite some folk seeming to find this somehow odd…
Violence gets me in a funny mood too.
Try to remain well stoic most of the time, but if I get my violence on then things start to get a wee bit intense. Upper brain gets oxygen-starved and the lower brain takes over.
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