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Comment ID #243624

Love is wonderful isn’t it?
I am really surprise to see Lucy actually ask that. So… what buried Lucy’s feelings? Mike she basically said she liked you. This is going to end poorly because if it didn’t we won’t be shipping MikexLucy in would be MikexLucy. Hopefully by having this flashback he will come to understand Lucy a bit better.
Mike she likes you and you fail to see it! Yes you are an idiot.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone April 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #243625

Wow… smooth. Though, admittedly, they do seem quite young, so you can’t blame him. I mean, Lucy doesn’t even have her sideburns yet so, you know. I’m curious as to what Mike is thinking right now though, and, if this is a flashback, which it likely is, how he is going to respond to this memory.

Actually, this must be before seventh grade. Mike isn’t wearing his scarf, and in Lucy’s flashback to then in Pillow Talk, Mike doesn’t have a scarf either, and Lucy suggests that he get one, which likely means he got it soon after. Also, in that same chapter, which is almost certainly after this, Lucy turned Mike down, but, as shown here, she clearly had feelings for him.

Nikita April 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #243626

nice page… sissy mike jajajjaa

Knight-A April 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

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Sanchan April 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #243628

Hahahaha. X3 How cute!
I really do wonder… What made him think back to this? What will this mean for later on? Is he still going to leave the table like he said? Has he not forgotten how he said he hated Lucy?

…Is him remembering this kind of hypocritical to what he thought of her in December? Just me and my wondering thoughts… Will he apologize? And will Lucy forgive him? I think it’s best to come to a clean slate and just treat Mime as a friend and nothing more. I mean… Give him his space and all that.

Julia KaNeko April 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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Pirari April 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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lucyxpaulo27 April 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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JMoonbeams April 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #243632

Bravo, Mike. Bravo. (butwhydidshecallhimanidiot)

DarkCrystal828 April 22, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #243633

Aaaaah ohmygosh this is so cute~! :love:

Oceanus92 April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243634

Lol.Great job. Just imagine Mike at the wedding stands. Pastor: Do youtake er as your wife? Mike: Uhh I don’t know.
God Mike is helpless with women most of the times.

Broffesor Jones April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243635

Just goes to show old Lucy was more complicated.

SkyyKirby44 April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243636

Lucy popped the question a bit early.

Puppo April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243637

If I were Mike, i’d be like,
” .. Women. You know what ? Eff it all. I’ll just go gay. ”

lampshade April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243638

d’awwww, Lucy is so cute….and kinda bratty. -_- no surprise there.

kiki April 22, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243639

I feel upset. I wanted to know what his answer would be. :( oh well… :x

I Am Who I Am April 22, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #243640

5 more pages.

Sanchan April 22, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #243641

If this flashback means anything it would suggest that Mike remembered this question and will have to answer later on. That or he is starting to fall for Lucy…again. 8-D

Blaze33405 April 22, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #243642

“I dont like you anyway! B-baka!”

Tsundere Lucy is Tsundere

Mad Lucy + :unsure: forever

Frodomann1 April 22, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #243643

Awwwe. Cute! Mike you just failed XD

cherry panda April 22, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #243644

you had one job mike, one job.

shmidny April 22, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #243645

Sooo cuuteee! X3

eagle April 22, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #243646

That was pretty abrupt.

Yxela007 April 22, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

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Gea April 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #243648

All we need now is the benny hill theme.

…And Mike to chase after her, for once.

Empha April 22, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #243649

Is this spaghetti?

etyb April 22, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #243650

Lucy embarrassed? Daaaang :love:

Midstrike April 22, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #243651

Ah the wonderful wonderful childhood awkwardness! Poor kids. xD

Crabmaster April 22, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #243652

Ok I admit it, this page is very darn cute :love:

Darf14 April 22, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #243653

I am not going to post some relevant, insipid comment here that 10 people have already said and that 40 more will say later. No, I’m using this for something else.

I’m using it to say goodbye.

Not goodbye to the strip, certainly not! Goodbye to the comments section. What’s the point? I never have any really insightful things to say. Taeshi is the sole person allowed to know what will happen; all I can do is make foolish and completely off-target remarks.

So Comrade says farewell. I am finished writing; this will be my final post. In the future, if I have something particularly important to say on a certain comic, then I may say it; but for Comrade, it is done. Any new posts will be under a new name, which is likely to be changed several times, not gaining a niche.

So I say goodbye. I leave you with a few parting words:
In 1941, after the successful invasion of Greece, Hitler was persuaded to send the German airborne army- the last untested weapon of Blitzkrieg- against Crete in the Mediterranean. The German paratroopers were sent in without adequate support and bad intelligence; they were massacred by the island’s Allied defenders. Still, the fall of Maleme airfield on the second day allowed Germany to mass an overwhelming number of men on Crete until the Allies were forced to abandon the island. It was a Pyrrhic victory, however, as 6,000 German casualties were suffered to 2,200 Allied, and the German airborne army never undertook another large-scale operation.

Au revoir, comrades!

Comrade April 22, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #243654

Poor Mike never going to understand
If you pies off Lucy your former life will spiral into a cornicopia of shame, hatred, and pain, lots of pain
All in all its a good page but needs more HAPPY LUCY WITH LIFE EYES

N-master April 22, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #243655

Wow… I just finished reading the comic today, and I’m hooked!

Cilicia April 22, 2013, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #243656

last panel mike is pretty ****ing adorable. <3

Rachel Peculiar April 22, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #243657

I’m sure this is a flash back, but you gotta think about how much things changed over time. Like here, as you can see Mike not having the scarf yet, goes way back to where they’re elementary/middle school ages. Seems like anything said during this time can be forgotten, and it may not be so serious during the time.

Later on though, as we’ve seen in Lucy’s flashback to her and Mike’s ‘bittersweet’ first kiss during her birthday party (I’m not gonna refer the chapter. Too lazy to look up in the archives), this was sometime after Sandy moved out when she and Mike were together in person. Now I do believe MIke was having a hard time, and pretty much saw Lucy as a bit of a ‘rebound’ or the only person he could lean onto during this time. When they had that kiss, Lucy didn’t really felt the situation was right, which was why she pushed him away when he made the first move.

As we have seen how Lucy progressed through her lifetime, she wasn’t exactly sure how to sort out her feelings for Mike until the end of that vacation overseas.

Mike, was probably falling for whoever was more convenient, and went back and forth between Sandy and Lucy. Maybe he still didn’t know how to sort out his feelings during the time as well. Hey may had some idea for how he felt for Lucy, but he didn’t really think about how she felt.

And now we come to the present, where in that one moment during the play, as Mike looked into Lucy’s soulless, dead, broken eyes, he finally understands why Lucy seemed so confused about her feelings back then, and how she progressed to where she is right there in front of her.

After the play, Mike will have to decide what to do with what’s going on between the 2 of them, because right now, the only person who can probably even help Lucy in this critical time, despite the cruelty is him.

Sorry for the ridiculously long comment, I just felt I should put something to think about. :unsure:

Dudeler April 22, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #243658

These flashback pages have all been very cute. Friday’s page was my favorite so far, but this one is a close second. I really like the flustered Mike in the 3rd panel, and Lucy’s face in the 4th. #^_^# Looking foreword to Wednesday’s update. :)

Marissa April 22, 2013, 12:33 AM EST.

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Shazbot April 22, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

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iti April 22, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #243661

@Dudeler: Darn. Now someone has to offset your long, deep, insightful comment with something redundant and short.
…but I got nothing. Although, he might not have to do that deciding part…just because he remembers good times doesn’t mean he’ll feel obligated to consider being nicer to her, or make up at all. Although I kinda hope he does…dead-eyes Lucy is just depressing. :(

Oceanus92 April 22, 2013, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #243662

Dang Mike. She really liked you. This time, you made her numb. To a point where she has no life in her eyes. Did you see it when you danced with her. Yeah you did that. She made you cry, but she supported you when you fell for Sandy she actually was the one who encouraged you two to get together. And you made her numb. That’s worse than making her cry. Huh. Guess you regret it now.

I mean if he wanted to break ties, there are ways besides making her feel dead inside. A numb Lucy is a very scary Lucy…

Loving the page, Takeshi!<3

Gabria93 April 22, 2013, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #243663

I wonder how old they were in this?

shaaa April 22, 2013, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #243664

Oh… okay. So THAT’s where he gets his obsession with calling Lucy mean. I guess ever since this moment, Mike has used “you’re mean” as a way of hiding his true feelings for her.

Makes sense. When he was a kid, that was all he could say because he was shy. But as the years went on, it just got easier and easier to tell himself the same lie. Now that he’s older, he still can’t seem to get past that emotional barrier he made for his feelings all those years ago.

Poor Mike, you misunderstood kid.

Bertemai April 22, 2013, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #243665

lol, they’re both so emotional. It’s more obvious that Lucy is emotional by the way she storms; Mike on the other hand is a closet emo, you know the kind that smiles and tries to be Mr. Sunshine till he goes nuts and yells at people.
Just look at them both stutter, jump to conclusions, and cut each other off.
But seriously, how old are they and Lucy is asking if Mike would marry her? How long has this woman been digging Mike, but still can’t get him? Talk about your rabbit holes.
Luce, I am talking as nothing more than another human being here: you’ve spent fruitless years trying to get this guy, can’t get him, and he’s blown up in your face. Don’t you think it’s time to let by-gones be by-gones? Time to move onto something else or someone else?
As for Mike: wow, the boy seems more sensitive than the girl. It’s obvious he’s attracted to the opposite sex at this age and with all his blushing and “duuuhing”, I’d say he’s very fond of the Lucy-kind. It’s not a life-or-death question Mr. “it’s the law to get married at 18”. Just say, “Yeah, I might marry you” and smile, idiot, she’s fishing for complements, so give her some bait Sherlock. It’s not like saying you would means you will; it’s just a stupid indulgence, like most other stupid indulgences.
In addition: Lucy, give the flower-picking kid a chance to digest the weird-as-hell questions you ask. Also, stop jumping to conclusions. Just because he stutters like the genius he is doesn’t mean he has no attraction to you. In fact, if you get a brain, it might mean he really likes you and is afraid to admit it because you might not feel the same.
See people? Feelings: biggest source of BS to date.

Blank On Purpose April 22, 2013, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #243666

It probably takes place before the Pillow Talk flashback where Mike was using Lucy as a “replacement goldfish” for Sandy and maaaybe before Sandy appeared at all as they, you know, talk nicely to eachother here.
I’m not trying to make the bad guy out of Mike here, but if people are making his age an excuse, why disregard that Lucy was young too and very impressive? I mean, after something like this I would think twice before talking to a boy/girl I like… and reconsider doing so at all.

HIC April 22, 2013, 1:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #243667

Dang D: . Ya know what, guys? I’m starting to think that they’ve each had moments where they never seem to meet all the way, romantically, and are just going about it in circles. Here, for instance, Lucy is basically telling Mike she likes him, and Mike looks pretty nervous to give a proper response (its pretty obvious the idea didn’t repulse him, but I guess he just had trouble expressing that). Then, Lucy takes this as a rejection and walks away. So then, flashback to Lucy and Mike’s first kiss, where they’re probably a bit older, it’s LUCY who rejects Mike. And then they’ve probably gone on a cycle since then; from whether it just doesn’t feel right to the other being taken. It’s no wonder it would take a toll on their friendship at some point, that and other things/faults in their friendship…. It’s almost like they were never meant to stay friends in the first place.

This is probably nothing new, but I feel like this page just 100% confirms this. Hopefully, the flashback will make Mike realize somethings off about Lucy. He’ll probably shove it somewhere on the back of his mind, until it eats at him though, and will just try to talk to her “because Sandy so”. Mike is not really heartless at all though, and maybe will genuinely try to do something about it, and hopefully Lucy won’t be too far gone…. I’m mostly afraid that she’ll be spiteful and take out her frustrations at Mike. Hence, once again, not fixing any problems in their relationship. It’s like a vicious cycle with those too (with everyone else being forced along the ride) :(

Also, wonderful page, Taeshi. I really think the colors go well with the situation of this flashback :)

Subaru April 22, 2013, 1:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #243668

Heartbreakingly hilarious! Classic case of child innocence.

Monas April 22, 2013, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #243669

He didn’t call her mean. Lucy was just being impatient.


StushiJaguar April 22, 2013, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #243670

All grown up and I still would have answered the same way.

deathblow_6 April 22, 2013, 2:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #243671

Yeahhhhh, I think this is spaghetti. So much of it.

etyb April 22, 2013, 2:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #243672

cute i asked a guy that in elementary school XD
but i is happy with my current bf
mike and lucy are such a cute kittens :love: i want themm :3

Madi_mew101 April 22, 2013, 2:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #243673

This makes me wonder: is it Lucy that’s having the flashback or Mike? Hmm. If you think of it that way it makes this whole page very mysterious.

Desmonaea April 22, 2013, 3:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #243674

Mike you idiot. You could have said something nicer, something like, “look were good friends and all, but I’m only___ years old and I am not really thinking about stuff like that”, also I think this explains why Lucy is so shy about her feelings for Mike in the first 40 some chapters. And because Mike, once again, did/said something stupidly mean to Lucy about her crush/s to make her dislike him. If he had handled, I am sorry if my spelling is wrong as I can’t spell worth jack, this situation better, Lucy might not have been so shy around him and she might have told him she loved him well before she actually did.

@HIC.your right people, should not use Mike’s age as an excuse if Lucy was thinking the same thing at the same age if not younger than Mike. But the thing is, Mike is usually worried about here and now, not things down the line, as far as I can tell, he would not have thought about marriage unless he was in a successful long term relationship that had lasted about a year I guess. In the comic you almost never see Mike worry about the future.

Devin April 22, 2013, 3:16 AM EST.

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Also note how sad and regretful Mike is in those last three panels, also he was nervous when he spoke and he could not formulate his thoughts into coherent sentences. He obviously regret what he said so I think that he will chase after her to apologize, then in present time he will do the same thing, regret what he said, and apologize to Lucy. Also I think this memory is Mike’s, as the focus stays on Mike in the last three panels, and that this memory is Mike realizing how much he met to Lucy and how bad he hurt her when he said what he said in “December” also this memory is likely a reminder to Mike how he did not always hate her.

Devin April 22, 2013, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #243676

Soo mutch complicated crap, also a lot of ****ing up on mike haff…

lov/hate/hurt April 22, 2013, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #243677

The art is fabulous! :love:
I hope everything will be alright between :unsure: and Mad Lucy along with the rest of the cast.

poppynhi April 22, 2013, 4:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243678

*Cackles* They always seem to be missing each other’s marks. Mike said he liked her that one time when he tried to kiss her and Lucy booted him out, and now he messed up when Lucy pretty much spells it out that she likes him too. Still so much daaaaw. <3

Alamoraine April 22, 2013, 4:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #243679

How is Mike ****in up? He doesn’t want her, can’t find the right words to say that in the few seconds Lucy was willing to give him, and she storms away. If anything, its impatient Lucy that messed up, but eh, young, she’ll learn in time hope fully, or she’s just going to ruin her life with her stubborn and silly ways.

Donny April 22, 2013, 5:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #243680

Can we just stop for a second to laugh at Taishi’s ironic “say the most obvious stupid thing you can about this page” shtick as of late? It’s ****ing hilarious.

Biblioholic(retired) April 22, 2013, 5:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #243681

Don’t worry Michael, this is not the worst mistake in your life! You’ll have plenty of time to do much worse :/.

Cavara April 22, 2013, 5:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #243682

Great, great. We see Lucy has feelings for Mike and Mike has feeling for both Lucy and Sandy. Big whoop. Just because he turns Lucy down doesn’t make him an idiot.

Gate-Senpai April 22, 2013, 5:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #243683

nice job, a+

Whimsicott April 22, 2013, 6:04 AM EST.

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Your proposition is reasonable and thoughtful, but I don’t think anyone recognized the post. One of those tl;dr things.
Maybe it was the history lesson. From my experiences SOME people don’t like history or learning in general.

Bluecaptain April 22, 2013, 6:07 AM EST.

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hah, thats kinda cute, I wasn’t expecting her to say that.

Kitmit April 22, 2013, 6:08 AM EST.

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It is not scientific enough at all!!!
—complaint from a bookworm (Er… Not really, still acceptable.)

Maybe commander Vera can still be better in conversation-writing.

Okey, I will go on sending one comment per day. This page is the continuation of the one before.

@Nikita: I agree with your comment. Add one more thing, they are much cleverer than before, aren’t they (at least Lucy is) ?

Henry Wang April 22, 2013, 6:16 AM EST.

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they have no toes :o

cat mage of space April 22, 2013, 6:27 AM EST.

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@Comrade: You needn’t to do that. Maybe only Taeshi herself knows what is going on, and we can only guess, but at least sending comments is a way to show your attention to BCB.

To follow your history class, let me start a chemistry class.

How to produce TNT:



(May be useful:




CH4: Natural Gas
C7H5(NO2)3: TNT

Henry Wang April 22, 2013, 6:28 AM EST.

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@Donny: I don’t think that Mike didn’t want Lucy at this point in their childhood. a girl asked a boy a question, and he didn’t immediately give her a straight answer. regardless if this was before or after Sandy & Mike met, they are still very young and some things in life never change. kids have no filters, so if Mike didn’t have ANY feelings for Lucy he would have quickly said no, or why would I want to?

on the other hand I could be wrong. :D

sen April 22, 2013, 6:35 AM EST.

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Clearly this is the moment where it all went downhill. You can trace it all back to here somehow. Pure genius!

Lainy April 22, 2013, 6:47 AM EST.

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@Carava: That is what Mike refuses to admit.

Henry Wang April 22, 2013, 7:15 AM EST.

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@sen: To add the last sentence “on the other hand I could be wrong” is a clever way.

Henry Wang April 22, 2013, 7:18 AM EST.

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Heheheh. Women. Amirite? In all seriousness, I think the next panel (or the next next one, if Veronica is feeling particularly trollish) is going to determine who’s flashback this is. I have a distinct feeling Mike is gonna mumble something like “Yes…” after she has already left. Seems kinda… BITTERSWEET. Ehhhh ehhhhh?

Miaaa April 22, 2013, 7:21 AM EST.

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Hahaaaa this is the beginning!!!

@Henry Wang: Better use H-C≡C-H, its more simple

2CaO + 2 Coke (C) = 2CaC2 + O2
CaC2 + H2O = H2C2 + CaO

H2C2 + O2 + Δ = BOOM!

@Cavara: Childhood is cruel, some people never forget the past

Nocturne April 22, 2013, 7:35 AM EST.

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If a girl asked me the same question out of the blue, I’d also freak out. But if we’ve had a notable history together, really close or both, I’d… wait… no, I’d still freak out… :(

It’s okay, Mike, just make it up to her next time. …However long it takes. :)

Prius April 22, 2013, 7:45 AM EST.

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I have a feeling that this is Mike’s Flashback/Daydream. Though the colour of the panels would suggest a female mind, i think we can all agree mike isn’t that…manly..Pfft i kid, thats not the only reason. In the Play Cut-scenes mike seems to be getting very… emotionally flustered, especially when hes dancing with Lucy. Now lets think about this…after a couple get married, what happens? Normally there’s a first dance at the reception. Its true, Mike and Lucy have alot of history together, and theres no doubt that over time, you develope feelings for somebody. Whether or Not Mike is re-considering his decision and regretting shutting Lucy out is still to be decided. But i have a feeling Mike will do something very impulsive…Lucy may still have feelings for Mike, but his actions have pushed him away from her, and her close bond with Paulo just rose to the next Level. all i can say is one thing…DRAMA~

ThatOneGuy April 22, 2013, 7:46 AM EST.

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Lucy: Do you wanna get married?
Mike: I’m too young to even think about it.
Lucy: Would you wanna marry me?
Mike: Didn’t you hear what I just said…..

Lucy is still at fault.

Marik April 22, 2013, 7:49 AM EST.

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Mike mentioned about being 18 to be able to get married.
She asked after that question.
Meaning she’s saying “would you want to get married to me when were 18”
Sheesh. Do some analysis before you post things.

Annnddd I don’t see how Lucy is at fault. Majorly.
Shes a small girl. Probably never ever ever had a boyfriend. All these emotions are killing her. Practically. And now when she’s feeling to tell Mike how she feels, he goes and admits his crush to Sandy.
If you go back to the flashbacks of them in kindergarten, you’ll see both of how their sides of the stories on their relationships.
Mike left Lucy.
Lucy became too big of a bully for Mike and he found comfort through Sandy.
Again. Analysis.

Smfh -___- April 22, 2013, 7:54 AM EST.

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My opinions on this:
Maybe Mike really loves Sandy, but I think there’s some lust in it too. It’s fun having a girlfriend model.
If Mike liked Lucy at one point, it’s long gone now. Any feelings that would suddenly pop up would be pure lust, nothing else. (Or maybe Mike is a tsundere? :O)
Lucy loves mike. We’ve seen it in many shapes and forms. After getting rejected so harshly, (of course she could have been nicer) I’m not surprised she’s simply dead on the inside now. After all, Mike was her closest friend.

Silvyx April 22, 2013, 8:06 AM EST.

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If a girl asked me the same question out of the blue, I’d also freak out. But if we’ve had a notable history together, really close or both, I’d… wait… no, I’d still freak out… :(

It’s okay, Mike, just make it up to her next time. …However long it takes. :)

Prius April 22, 2013, 8:29 AM EST.

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Yeah Mike, how dare you try to explain, as a child, that you might not want to marry a mean tempered little brat. She likes you and therefore you should obviously dedicate your life to her.

Do some of you people read your comments before you post them?

I admit, I have very little patience for tsundere characters for various reasons, so I’m fairly biased myself I suppose, but jeez people.

Dee April 22, 2013, 8:53 AM EST.

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You done goofed Mike. You done goofed.

Senorange April 22, 2013, 8:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #243703

Everyone say it with me.

Zombi April 22, 2013, 9:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #243704

Tsundere! :3

Julia KaNeko April 22, 2013, 9:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #243706

SoooooonnnnnnDeeeerrrrrrraaaaaaaayyyyyy. 8-D

Stickman18 April 22, 2013, 10:05 AM EST.

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This is truly saddening, you were always one of the people I looked for, and not because I know anything at all about military history. But I can see why you feel that way, between endless comments ‘d’awww’ or ‘so cute!’, which (while true!) will be repeated ad nauseum, and the next cycle of character or plot second-guessing, which is fun but ultimately has no bearing on what will happen, it can seem a meaningless effort to post at all.

So what is the purpose of the comments section? Is it for Taeshi? Well yes, we get to show our support for everything she does, and I suppose like a stage performer she gets relatively immediate feedback (although whether this is more useful or irritating I have no idea). But more so I feel it is for us, BCB by itself is meaningless just like any story, hobby, or art, but like art (and I really shouldn’t say ‘like’ art because it ‘is’ art) each new viewer brings their own perspective and incorporates that with the story to make something new and unique. And when you begin to create an emotional connection with the story and the characters in it that is when you elevate what before was unsubstantial to something that has meaning, something important, something powerful.

So what is the point of the comments section? Is it for Taeshi? Well yes, but more importantly it allows us to communicate with one another, to share our viewpoints on something individually meaningless that we have given meaning to. By reading other people’s thoughts and reflections on BCB we see a side of it that we might otherwise have missed, one that comes from a different background and from a different perspective.

And this is why I am sad to see you go, not because of the military history (which if I am being honest more often than not i read then immediately forgot), but because your opinions on BCB were always interesting and different than my own, allowed me to see it a different way from a new angle.

At least, that is how I feel about it.

Alfador April 22, 2013, 10:38 AM EST.

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So much dramaaa.
Classic mike and lucy.

Rylan April 22, 2013, 11:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #243709

@Nocturne: I know that acetylene is a kind of unsaturated hydrocarbons, and can burn into more than 3100℃ with pure oxygen. But it is still a kind of fuel, it means that it can’t burn fast enough and can’t replace the explosive.

You made a mistake,
it should be CaO+3C=high temperature=CaC2+CO ,
not 2CaO + 2 Coke (C) = 2CaC2 + O2 .
The reason is: 2Ca+CO2=lighted=2CaO+C

(English is not my first language and I am still in grade 9, haven’t entered high school yet. So, maybe I made several mistakes in writing.)

Henry Wang April 22, 2013, 11:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #243710

Mike tends to act first, and then reflect upon his poor decisions, and then go to apologize for them. Maybe that’s why I like Mike so much, kinda similar to me….

Mike wants to apologize to Lucy though since December. He tried after seeing Sandy and was pushed away, and was considering it before the play, but realised it wasn’t the place. The apology will come soon… after 5 more cute pink pages and a David cameo

foreveryoung5 April 22, 2013, 11:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #243711

Wow. You peeps, Mike has a right to say no.

Icsifil April 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #243714

Wow, folks. Okay, let’s put this in perspective, shall we? I think a lot of you are seeing mike sans scarf and assuming this is before “left behind” when mike was also sans scarf. But remember mike was also sans scarf when he was a kid too. Now it could be either or, but let’s look at the last page. His answer to the marriage thing was very much how a child would view the world. It’s definitely not the answer a high schooler would give (which was the other time mike was without his scarf). So we can assume this is child mike.

That said, to some of you, I pretty sure he isn’t going to give a definitive answer to that question. He’s way too young to even know what marriage is, let alone know when and who he’s going to marry. Some of you REALLY need to take off the anger shades and stop getting your panties in a bunch about the actions of a friggin’ KID.

strider April 22, 2013, 2:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #243715

wow this is the most tsundere thing i have ever seen

isabelle April 22, 2013, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #243716

Judging by that look of clarity Mike has in the second to last panel, as well as the growing blush on his face, I think he already knows the answer to her question!

But he has Sandy now, and he made it quite clear he doesn’t want to be around Lucy…

Now I’m REALLY curious as to what is going through his head right now.

13lackout April 22, 2013, 2:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #243717

I like how they hang out at the same tree 24.png

wr3h April 22, 2013, 3:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #243719

Here’s to hoping he doesn’t mess up because the flashback is distracting him

Laufente April 22, 2013, 3:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #243720

“Would you wanna marry me…?”-Lucy
“Uhh,What?” Mike should have stopped there.

“You’re kinda… I mean…” Ok what is that? I imagine that would not go well if ANY person at ANY age said they liked you.

He is NOT going to go after. Sorry he isn’t! Think about why! IF he did in the present it would be MikexLucy not MikexSandy. Think about it. If he went and tried to explain she might be mad, but even Lucy couldn’t stay mad if he showed he care at least on some level. With him and Lucy ‘liking’ each other when does Mike leave Sandy for a girl he likes?

Lucy said Paulo was her 1st crush. This page tells me otherwise.


TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone April 22, 2013, 3:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #243721

second to last panel = the face of realization

Extrementalis April 22, 2013, 3:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #243722

This is the most awkward friendship I have ever seen. Lucy opened up enough to ask that question to Mike at such a young age. Wow, now i’m wondering how Mike could forget about Lucy at all… seriously, Lucy mentions marriage and Mike put that thought away only to remember it now? Sure he looks like he is thinking about it in the last panel, but to ignore those feelings afterwards… can Mike really be that oblivious?

If Mike had chased after Lucy and they properly talked about this then maybe they could have been together, but that does not seem to be the case. Same goes for Lucy, if she had taken the time talk instead of just calling Mike an idiot and running away, then she wouldn’t have spent the previous month in a depressed state. *sigh* Why couldn’t Mike and Lucy just talk to their parents… I’m sure they would have tried to make sense of all this.

Oh who am I kidding? The parents would of found a way to make this extremely awkward, besides why would Mike and Lucy talk to their families about this? Why should I expect a couple of middle school kids to be mature about this(even high school students would rather keep quiet than say anything to their parents)? What could possibly make me expect young Mike to got chase after Lucy and calmly talk to her in order to make sense of this conversation(He hasn’t even done that yet)? How can I expect a happy ending between these 2 when there is so much emotional turmoil in there history(I might as well ship no one and be glad with whatever results I get)?

If you read this then sorry for all the questions, but I needed to vent and you definitely don’t have to respond to any of this.

supertails19 April 22, 2013, 4:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #243723

the feels. 8-D

Toxic-Flare April 22, 2013, 4:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #243724

wait, did someone actually not understand that in this flashback they are kids? geez…..

boh... April 22, 2013, 5:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #243725

Good ol’ Mikey and his “puppy dying because of sugar overdose” attitude. Now let’s see some of that beast lurking inside…

Commander_Zero April 22, 2013, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #243726

That kids, is how you talk with the ladies

Ifoundtehmuffinz April 22, 2013, 5:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #243727

Hey! Mike’s face panel 2 is a lot like Sue’s face panel 3.

Same expression for the same kind of caught-off-guard-ness situation.

Bluecaptain April 22, 2013, 6:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #243728

This is before 3rd grad at as taeshi stated in Formspring. They are 7 or 8.

Yeah we can pretty much expect Mike to do nothing. Cause if he didn’t would him and Lucy be really close? Why should Lucy be rational? Mike is the only friend she has and they aren’t really even friends. So Lucy probably still feels lonely even though Mike talks to her(not present Lucy). I hope he doesn’t go after here. Remember this didn’t work I would rather have it end now before it gets real ugly.
Maybe this is popping up in Mike’s mind because he might starting to feel guilty that he ‘abandoned’ and rejected her and he is remembering the first time he rejected her. He feels sorry that he rejected not once but at least twice. I am surprised Lucy ever worked up the courage to ever try again.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone April 22, 2013, 7:19 PM EST.

Comment ID #243729

Remind me why Mike is still labelled as a nice guy if I can’t remember the last time he did something out of the goodness of his own heart (unless it was taking Daisy out that one time, which was actually a long time ago and thus should prove my point). XD Also, DEY LOOK SO ADOWABLE!! :3

I'll Eat Yourself April 22, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #243730

Wow, not that one either huh? Kinda surprised you don’t have a character face for that emote yet. XD

I'll Eat Yourself April 22, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #243731

@I’ll Eat Yourself
Well he was nice for most of Volume I.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone April 22, 2013, 7:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #243732

@ Smfh -___-

Obviously you’re having a hard time reading, go back a page and analyze .

Previous page(past 2 actually)

Lucy: Mike, would you ever get married?
Mike: What?
Lucy: You heard me
Mike: Well, sure I guess! BUT I’M TOO LITTLE TO THINK ABOUT IT.
Mike: I mean I’m not 18 yet.

That statement right there show’s how young and immature he is, he doesn’t even want to consider such things nor should he have too as such an age.

Lucy almost stunned when she found out people “marry at 18” then asks Mike, who already told her he was too little to think about things like that yet, if he would want to marry her. Obviously she’s pretty self centered if what he said just flew in 1 ear and out the other, then stomps off when not getting a proper answer.

Yeah she is at fault, she’s not actually listening and when she hears something she doesn’t like she stomps off.

Simple analysis really.

Marik April 22, 2013, 8:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #243733

Heh no tact at all that young kitten. adorable.

Steel Wings April 22, 2013, 8:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #243734

Ah Mike…you made a bad habit of digging yourself into holes…hopefully you break that habit after your forced interaction with Lucy.

Trubeque April 22, 2013, 8:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #243735

And yet again, classic bitchface over-reacting. Honestly bitchface (lucy) stop being stupid.

Otter guy April 22, 2013, 9:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #243736


Rue April 22, 2013, 9:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #243737

Mike is going to screw the play up like everything else…, lol :3 :p

Kleitos April 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #243738

This is one weird play. Mike is a *******.

The Pornographer April 22, 2013, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #243739

you failed mike.

Nitro April 22, 2013, 10:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #243740

I hope most of you realize mike was young when asked this question (probably 9 years from wat I know) and could not come up with a logical answer at the time, since the question was right off the bat.
Who ask a nine-year old if they wanna get married and expect them not to fluster or stutter. Quite a hard question even for grown men and women.

Guest April 22, 2013, 11:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #243741

@Henry Wang Uh… yes, I did a mistake. well, it isn’t a real explosive, but a had a funny accident with it in the laboratory. And what about ANFO?

@Ifoundtehmuffinz Sure! childrens!! Cmon here!!! xD

Nocturne April 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #243742

I support this Product.

Blastion April 23, 2013, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #243743

Guys, no one here is even “at fault”. They each reacted as best they could. From what I hear, they are 8-9, very young. Mike was caught off guard and stuttered. Lucy took the stutter as more rejection, which she gets often from everyone else at this age. She got upset that the closest person to her started their answer with “Uhhhh, what?! You’re kinda..”.
Put yourself in their shoes. You would react in exactly the same way.

Adrian Fife April 23, 2013, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #243744

shes a bit too abusive for my tastes too. I don’t blame him

someguy April 23, 2013, 4:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #243745

@Nocturne: That’s it, ANFO is almost the easiest explosive to produce, especially when you want to get some home-made bombs. You just need to mix fuel oil and ammonium nitrate together.
Ammonium nitrate can be easily made:
NH3+HNO3==water solution==NH4NO3 (“ammonium nitrate”)

p.s. I found something online:
China produces about 95% of the world’s calcium carbide. And I found that acetylene has one more nickname “air coal(风煤)”.

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 6:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #243746

now kiss B)

iliketrains April 23, 2013, 6:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #243747

Tsundere is bestdere.

Rivvil April 23, 2013, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #243748

@Nocturne: Although acetylene is not explosive, it is still very powerful, a kind of special bombs contains CaC2 and water are used to destroy tanks by make their engines melt down with too high temperature.

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #243749

@Nocturne: Er… Welding gas explosion, it must be more powerful than coal gas explosion, I do not want this really happen in a lab, maybe this can kill several classrooms of students.

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 6:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #243750

Well, all of you who say Lucy still likes him, perhaps he’s just….. Remembering.
Because, think about it.
Paulo. Lucy. Before the play.
And plus, I don’t think that Taeshi ships MikexLucy anymore.
Or at least, she didn’t.

Kryph April 23, 2013, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #243751

@Kryph: Agree with you. You may be right.

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 7:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #243752

@Nitro & @Blastion : For your names, check my comments before.

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 8:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #243753

I dunno, if I were in Mike’s situation with a girl that I DID like, it’s hard to say if I’d react differently~

Huh? April 23, 2013, 9:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #243759


butterflyslicer April 23, 2013, 9:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #243760

It’s hard to see this, then think about what’s been going on recently. I’m all for getting rid of Sandy, and Mike coming to his senses about Lucy.

Aquaczaz April 23, 2013, 11:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #243762

“GREAT JOB MIKE”—by Taeshi.
What for???

Henry Wang April 23, 2013, 11:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #243763

It was pretty obvious this is a flashback before sandy, because when you think about it lucy had yashy when sandy came in the picture, and mike was a big baby when she left, if this was during or after sandy left, the egg would be there or mike would of mentioned fancying marrying sandy one day.
A lot of you guys get confused with the timelines and i…cant see why??? Its not that hard to figure out :B.

yeah April 23, 2013, 11:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #243764

I am still all for team Paulo 8-)

Shilo April 23, 2013, 12:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #243766

awww poor lucy mike is such a dimwit for not noticing and seeing how sandy is tearing his bond with lucy ~ i know this is in the past :/

senyormoustache April 23, 2013, 7:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #243768


A simple analysis made more debatable than need be. The egg not being there could be story teller’s prerogative or a red herring to obscure the time frame. It could also be simply explained that Lucy didn’t have it with her at that moment. It was never clarified if Lucy kept egg-yashy with her at all times or if she had an incubator for times when she couldn’t carry it with her.

A simpler explanation would be the fact that Sandy isn’t there and Mike isn’t in a depressive state, it’s pretty much been explained that wherever Sandy was Mike was and after Sandy left Mike went depressive for a while. However, going back to my above statement, this could be post sandy, after Mike got over his depression of Sandy’s leaving, and that Yashy has been hatched already and is elsewhere.

So the best explanation would be to say this is in their childhood pre middle school, with no exact timeframe. Also keep in mind that there’s a big gap in time between sandy leaving and when the story starts with them being in middle school. So, it could fall in that timeframe, even in the river incident mike was sans scarf. There’s also the issue that they look a bit older (read: bigger) here than they did when sandy was around, but that too is tough to determine because of art style changes since the last time the kid versions of Mike and Lucy were shown.

So let’s just say that they’re younger here than they were at the start of the comic and leave it at that.

strider April 23, 2013, 7:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #243769

@strider: 450573111046207015 “Before Sandy.” -Taeshi.

This was back when Lucy still trusted Mike enough to kind of open up to him. After Mike left Lucy for Sandy, Lucy became more distant to Mike. Now, I’m thinking there was another reason for that. Hmm :x.

Looks like I made a mistake in my previous post… Mike and Lucy are in elementary school, not in middle school. Well that’s what I get for venting and not thinking properly about what I say :/.

supertails19 April 23, 2013, 8:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #243770

I get waaay too emotional :x when you comment after not having commented in a while. I WANT TO HUG YOU sir or madam… O.o
“This was back when Lucy still trusted Mike enough to kind of open up to him. After Mike left Lucy for Sandy, Lucy became more distant to Mike. Now, I’m thinking there was another reason for that. Hmm”-supertails19
Why Lucy is distant from Mike? That is easy, she knows she is a replacement. And all this time it seems that is all she ever was. Funny how Mike bitches that Lucy uses him, because I recall he had a like MID LIFE CRISIS when she left and he used Lucy a replacement till Sandy came back. So it is pretty easy to see why she would be displace and hide her feelings. IT really explains why she rejected Mike in the “Pillow Talk” flashback, she didn’t trust that if Sandy ever came back that Mike would stay with here. Wow being put that way Mike seems like he has been a dick to Lucy for a long time, but unlike Lucy, Mike’s is more sudden and only known to Lucy.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone April 23, 2013, 9:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #243771


I was more doing counter-analysis based off the comic presented and pointing out how focusing on yashy being (or not being, as is the case) there could be easily countered. It kind of spun into it’s own thing of me calculating the approximate possible period of time it could be considered to be a part of and ultimately deciding that it was pointless to try and estimate exact time of the flashback beyond it being before middle school (comic’s start) as the art and drawing style has changed a lot since then so determining if this is an post or pre sandy version of the characters is virtually impossible visually.

That said, I don’t pay attention to stuff like formspring. I believe any clues to the comic should be presented in the comic if the writer wants it to be a specific period of time. As there really aren’t any clues beyond this being a younger version of the characters then it’s probably best to just say they’re younger and leave it there as Taeshi apparently didn’t feel it necessary to clue us in own an exact time frame in this flashback.

But that’s just my opinion.

strider April 23, 2013, 9:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #243772

Lucys much cuter younger. Lol and mikes an idiot no matter how old he his.

JustSomeCritic April 23, 2013, 9:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #243773

… Why did things like this never happen to me? Whose great idea was it to not let me be a cat?!
This page is awesome/hilarious/cute all at the same time, btw.

Alaystus April 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #243774

Mike has ALWAYS been an idiot. XD

Mikika April 23, 2013, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #243801

I love the coloring done here.

Wafneihe April 24, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #243911

you can only be ****** for so long until you see what made you friends to begin with

A Fan April 25, 2013, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #264240

Omg lol, that face on Mike’s face in the end tells me what he really thought… KAWAIIIII!!!!
Mike + Lucy forever :D

Iti November 3, 2013, 5:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #284598


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