Neil, a good hero and a good headbutter.
Looks like Neil’s developing hir method. Not even blinking on impact. That takes control.
NO! NOT THE SUNGLASSES!
Headbutt the oni…!
Mugger Boy may have been more fortunate than we realised at the time, surviving being nutted that way, if Bluebelle’s preferred opening attack on something this big and tough is a forehead smash.
So does this mean Neil’s greatest foe would be a Goat Oni?
Maybe the Staypuff Marshmellow Man or a rubber oni.
A Gomu Gomu oni?
Gummy Bear Oni
Bouncing here and there and every where
Sticky, gooey and oh so chewey
We are Hydra! Cut off a head and two take its place!
What about smashing the head?
You get THREE heads! (We’re running a sale right now)
So how old physically is Neil’s transformed state? Looking at the appearance, she looks possibly pre-teen.
Which seems appropriate, given that his boy state is also pre-teen. Thirteen, at the oldest.
Per the introductory chapters, the whole Magical Girl Inheritance thing was explicitly triggered by Neil turning 16.
(Now that I look back on it, Pessimistically Angst-Filled Teen Misanthrope Neil probably expected his birthday to be mildly irritating at best; and more probably, invasively fraught with unblockable well-wishes from offensively cheerful family members. Involuntarily being required to risk his life for the greater good of people whom he mostly only tolerates as the path of least resistance — in an incorrectly-gendered fake body, no less — kind of broke the odds on just HOW bad he should have expected it to be.)
Anyway, yes, as explicitly stated in-story, Neil was 16 at plot mechanism ground zero. As it was (also as explicitly stated) magically crafted as a precise fit to him at that moment in time, it’s therefore probably safe to assume that the Bluebelle body is perpetually 16 years and zero seconds of age.
TV shows and movies featuring characters of that age have, in some ways, led us to unconsciously expect real 16-year-olds to look like the actors who portray them… actors who, in many cases, are actually anywhere from a couple of years to almost a decade older than the varied youth whom they are playing. I was rather startled to discover the sheer magnitude of this discrepancy when I was informed that a yearbook picture’s subject had in fact been 16 when it was taken, rather than the 13-14 I had uncritically estimated.
Tl;dr — 16-year-old children are, in fact, children. Who knew.
Zero seconds? Didn’t Neil’s resisting actually delayed the creation of Bluebelle for several days? Not that it would matter that much …
Dude, I’ve got a teenage daughter, I know darn well that few teenage girls look like the Hollywood portrayal (which is almost always played by a 20-something anyway).
But that doesn’t change that girl Neil looks significantly younger than my 16-year-old daughter and her friends. As does boy Neil.
Fine, they’re 16 because the author says so. But at best, they’re a very-late-blooming 16.
Oh, I agree his two forms are noticeably on the baby-faced side (always assuming, of course, that that’s the right word I should be using to describe a full-body attribute). That’s far from unheard-of, though; I had a classmate from grades 6 through 12 who was built the same way. Even as an early-twenty-something post-secondary student, when I occasionally crossed paths with her in university, she didn’t really look any older than high-school age.
After some thought, and mentally reviewing the appearances of the other characters canonically stated to be in the same / nearby age cohorts, I have concluded it’s most likely a deliberate part of Neil’s character design. Perhaps S9 was trying to limit the amount of creepy perving that would show up in these threads? Judging by that earlier post talking about Neil’s divine-body legs going all the way up and down, which honestly came across as skeezy enough to genuinely dusturb me given that she does indeed look that much younger than is usually the norm for a girl in her upper middle teens, I think it either didn’t work very well, or was actively counterproductive.
Any insights you’re inclined to share on these points, Satellite Nine?
Fair points all.
As explained in the introductory chapter, The Astral Body doesn’t age, its always 16 and it amplifies the original body’s energy. The older the orginal body is the more energy it produces,. That’s why his mother’s Astral Body cracked and the feedback destroyed her own too.
Now she’s a cute wittle bunny rabbit.
It’s a hydra! Don’t go knocking off heads.
Found ya and following ya!
I see that Neil is ready to bust some heads. Now that’s what I call strongheaded.( yeah, yeah I know, it’s a horrible pun)
Although Neil probably could have let the kids stay. Never too young to get a headstart on superhero-ing.
Neil sure tackles things head on. He’s not afraid to head problems off at the source.
MGN: “Get your family away from the beach!”
So what do they do? They stick around to watch!
Be happy they don’t pull out their cell phones …
though no doubt someone will.
The fight or flight impulse has a third option that gets ignored – freeze. Living in a tornado-prone state I’ve seen it more often than I expected. The classic ‘deer in the headlights’ look. Especially in large scale events like tornados or oni, their mind just locks up. They can be spurred into action, but until something happens they’ll just stand there until the shitstorm swamps them.
Thus demonstrating that Neil is headstrong even in his magical girl form, even if s/he can’t possibly be cocksure…
“I give them headbutts” (whistles) “HEADBUTTS!” (whistles)
I love how the sand was drawn, it looks so realistic
Tackling problems Head On is just Neil’s style.
Neil knows he is facing more than one head right? He’s going to need some industrial strength headache medicine when this is done
One way to get inside your enemy’s mind.
Neil used Headbutt!
It’s Super Effective!
“Apply directly to the forehead!”
Classic Neil style!
RIP Sunglasses. Never forget.
“It worked last time…”
Famous last words, when the enemy tosses you to the other side of the beach.
Somehow, I don’t think this is going to go as swimmingly (badump) as assumed.
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