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_______ Loves Corwin
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______ Loves Corwin is a comedy-romance dōjinshi comic book series written and illustrated by an unknown artist using the pseudonym Nebe. It first surfaced in 2409 on the Earth-Asian colonies in the Enigma sector and has since spread via the Internet and online fan groups to most of the human-settled galaxy. Issues appear sporadically, without any apparent schedule or pattern of distribution.
______ Loves Corwin follows the adventures (romantic and otherwise) of Corwin Ravenhair, a fictionalized version of the International Police technical operative of the same name. Each installment features Corwin having an adventure with a different woman. Sometimes these are romantic in nature and culminate in an implied love scene, sometimes not, though they almost always have at least a subtext involving some romantic tension.
Main article: List of ______ Loves Corwin stories
There have been seven issues of ______ Loves Corwin so far, each comprising a single self-contained story, although there are clear indications in each that they all share a single fictional continuity.
- Utena Loves Corwin (March 2409) - The first story to appear chronicles an adventure with Captain Utena Tenjou of the International Police Space Force starship Valiant, in which Corwin and Captain Tenjou must fight their way across an unspecified city occupied by a hostile ninja army to complete a humanitarian mission. Interestingly enough, though the central romance in this original story was thought fanciful at the time,[by whom?] [ooh, get you - "whom"!] within a year of this story's appearance, the real Corwin Ravenhair and Utena Tenjou would be married.
- Clarissa Loves Corwin (August 2409) - Corwin confronts his childhood nemesis, Clarissa Broadbank (portrayed in this comic as a vain and mean-spirited bully, but not an out-and-out villain), over her attempt to ruin their shared high school graduation. Ultimately her meanness is revealed as a cover for her insecurities over a long-unrequited crush she has on him, and the day is saved by kindness and understanding. Features a guest appearance by the Utonium sisters, who (it probably goes without saying) also love Corwin.
- Kaname Loves Corwin (January 2410) - A flashback story in which Corwin and his pal Kaname Sterling, both aged around 6, spend a curiously unsupervised day at an amusement park in an unspecified city that is probably New Avalon. There's no romance in this one (obviously - it's not that kind of romance comic), but Corwin and Kaname have a grand time, eventually saving the park from mysterious ninja saboteurs (who appear to be the same ninja from Utena Loves Corwin) and being banned for life from the park in the process - having been unable to prove that they were acting against ninja because, well, ninja.
- Toph Loves Corwin (September 2410) - Corwin and a friend of his from the Einherjar, a geokinetic martial artist named Toph Beifong, steal a giant diamond from the treasure hoard of the King of Jotunheim, apparently just for the hell of it. Toph Loves Corwin is unique in the series in that it contains an entire love scene from beginning to end... which takes place in a completely dark room, such that every panel on the four pages comprising it is black except for cleverly deniable double-entendre-loaded dialogue. Some think it isn't a love scene at all, and they really are just sitting around in the dark reciting poetry.
- Lenneth Loves Corwin (April 2411) - One of Rahne Sinclair's Valkyrie Adventures Valkyrie, Lenneth Winternight, joins Corwin on a journey to the far reaches of northern Alfheim in search of a rare mineral which can refuel the Furnace of Beorc - the source of the steam that powers Asgard's World-Engine. Thanks to the vengeful machinations of the King of Jotunheim, this turns out not to be as easy as they thought it would be - and they didn't think it would be easy. Corwin is shown to carry a photograph of Utena (the picture he carries is actually a frame from Utena Loves Corwin) in his wallet, but no mention is made of this by the characters.
- Korra Loves Corwin (August 2411) - Korra (an Expert of Justice with elemental powers) invites Corwin to join her on a mission to Bear City on Ice Planet Halloran V, where they help the city's polar bear chief of police, Magnus Hendriksson, get to the bottom of a series of paranormal murders. Although she appears to be about the same age as Corwin, hints are dropped throughout the story that Korra is considerably older, has known him his entire life, and has only recently ceased to perceive him as a little boy.
- X-23 Loves Corwin (January 2412) - Chief Gryphon teams Corwin up with one of the IPO's special operatives, martial artist and daredevil Laura Kinney (codename X-23), to raid a HYDRA stronghold rumored to be the headquarters of an effort to develop a new and more lethal variant of the GREEN FLU bioweapon. This issue features a reprise of the "suggestive but deniable dialogue in a dark place" gag from Toph Loves Corwin, though it is interrupted when the ventilation duct collapses and delivers Corwin and Laura into a fight scene.
Main article: List of ______ Loves Corwin characters
Corwin Ravenhair - The hero of the series, Corwin is a fictionalized version of the International Police technical operative of the same name, one of Chief Gryphon's sons. He appears to be the same fictional version who also appears in Rahne Sinclair's Valkyrie Adventures novels. Kindhearted and brave but slightly clueless about women, Corwin is generally unaware for most of any given story that the deuteragonist named in the title is in love with him. His formidable technological abilities and fighting skills are commonly emphasized in the stories, as are his kindness and generosity.
Nall - Corwin's companion, a winged, flying cat who claims to be a dragon and has apparent magical powers. Nall is always ready to offer a sarcastic analysis of any character or situation, and to tease Corwin about being slow on the uptake when it comes to the ladies. He always seems to get conveniently distracted or in some other way separated from Corwin at the start of any given adventure, only to find his way back at the end and then discreetly excuse himself once again.
Chief Gryphon - The only other regularly recurring character in the series, Gryphon is usually only seen at the very beginning of the story, often assigning Corwin some mission or another in his capacity as an IPO operative. A running joke in his appearances is that he's almost always seen playing an arcade game in his office, but it's never the same one, sometimes even changing between panels.
Style and Presentation
The presentation of _____ Loves Corwin stories is always comedic and lighthearted, with a high standard of verbal and visual humor. Even the villains, of which there is always at least one, tend to be treated sympathetically, generally being less evil than simply selfish and/or lacking in self-control. (Indeed, the villain of the piece in one installment, Clarissa Loves Corwin, is also the titular deuteragonist.)
Both the storytelling sensibilities and the art style employed in the ______ Loves Corwin comics are similar to those of the Avalon 17 animated television series Lensmen: The Brave and the Bold. Many people assume there is a direct inspirational connection between the two, with some[who?] going so far as to propose that the anonymous creator of the series is someone associated with the Lensmen production staff.
______ Loves Corwin is published in black-and-white, with dialogue and sound effects rendered in a slightly archaic form of Mandarin Chinese. There exists a cottage industry within the fandom of digitally coloring the comics and translating them into numerous other languages.
The series does not have an "official" overall title that is ever referenced on its covers or in its pages; each is only referred to by its own individual story title. The original collective title adopted by the online fandom was X Loves Corwin, but this changed by informal consensus after the January 2412 appearance of X-23 Loves Corwin, to avoid confusion. The standard employed in places such as the Usenet group alt.fan.blanklovescorwin is to spell the blank with six underscores (which aren't allowed in the names of newsgroups) instead of actually using the word "blank"; for consistency's sake, this is the presentation style used here.
The identity of "Nebe", the pseudonymous author of ______ Loves Corwin, is not known, but - unsurprisingly - much speculation has taken place within the fandom. Textual and artistic analysis has led to the common consensus that Nebe is only one person, not a collective or rotating creator.[original research?] Because of the appearance of several characters from Rahne Sinclair's Valkyrie Adventures novels (not least Corwin himself), some[who?] believe that Nebe is Sinclair herself, though she denies it. Others[who?] maintain that Nebe is one of the real Corwin Ravenhair's shipmates aboard IPS Valiant, probably Wakaba Shinohara (who has served as an occasional guest artist on Top Thrills Comics).
Still others[and once again who?] [are you detecting a pattern yet?] dismiss both of these theories, pointing to the distinctive art style (unlike that employed by either Sinclair or Shinohara in their work for Bacon Comics) and the curious fact that every issue seems to originate with its dialogue in Chinese. These theorists point to the animation studios of New Cathay, where much of the footage for Lensmen: The Brave and the Bold is made, and insist that the only logical conclusion is that one of the artists who has worked on the show is also Nebe in his or her spare time.
- The Even Less Official Than You Think ______ Loves Corwin Archive
- Sumire Loves ______ Loves Corwin: A Fan Site
- alt.fan.blanklovescorwin FAQ
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