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Blitzkrieg1701, October 8th, 2019, 5:28 pm


These days, memes are about the only way I even hear about new shows anymore, and it can be a pretty disorienting experience sometimes. Especially since this is ANIME we're talking about, so it's not like it can't be confusing and weird even when you KNOW what's going on.

So, this is actually the second draft of this comic. The first take involved more characters and a lot of exposition about what on earth this dungeon coffee shop thing is supposed to be about and why anyone would be inspired to make a coffee cup body pillow... but thankfully I didn't make it too far into the penciling process before realizing I was missing the point of my own joke. You all need to be left in the dark, at the mercy of your own morbid imaginations, to conjure up an explanation that disturbs you the most. Have fun!

And speaking of morbid and disturbing, I'm pretty much certain that SOMEBODY out there is already been compelled to make and sell a coffee-themed body pillow, but I'm too afraid look and find out.




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Darius Drake (Guest), October 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm


@ Dungeon Coffee Shop: It's a story about a teenage boy who reincarnated into another world with a cheat power, expecting to enter a dungeon and become the most powerful person ever in the world! Thing is, the world's unexpectedly used to people reincarnating with cheats into their world, and all the dungeons are actually just commercial traps. The MC, not knowing this, entered a dungeon specializing in Coffee Shops, was (as what happens in Dungeons in this world) immediately teleported via a trap into the middle of the Dungeon, and needs to escape while using his cheats in unexpected ways so to earn enough money to have meals while searching for an exit.

@ Meme: MC had a hissy fit about there being nothing to drink apart from Coffee in the Coffee Shops, including their adamant refusal to sell water, milk, or tea. When a "free cup of coffee" was given to him to persuade him to stop making a ruckus, he knocked it over and tried to start a fight. He was immediately sedated via dart from the guards.

@ Coffee Themed Body Pillow (making things up, but pretty sure these would exist): Sure, which one do you want? The one with a picture of a hot guy/girl bringing you hot coffee? How about the one with a Hot Genie made from Coffee?

@ Also: Could you give some of those details down in the comment section? I'm curious as to how close/far I am from your initial concept.


Ed8, October 8th, 2019, 9:46 pm


I guess some people like coffee, and some people really like coffee.
:)


Ed8, October 8th, 2019, 9:53 pm

More knowledge you can never un-know
https://www.zazzle.com/coffee_sweet_pattern_body_pillow-256676028989269956


Blitzkrieg1701, October 9th, 2019, 9:44 pm


Ed8: That pillow is actually a lot less horrifying than I was bracing myself for. I'm both relieved and horrified at myself over this.

DD: I like that you put a lot more thought into the plot of this anime than the summary I wound up not including. In my treatment, the "actual" plot was just glossed over to get to explaining the meme: that the author of the original manga was clearly WAY more interested in talking about coffee than writing a fantasy adventure. Like, there'd be page-long descriptions of different types of coffee beans, the art depicting the coffee related stuff would be WAAAAAAAAY more detailed than any of the characters or settings, and the only real merchandising tie-ins would be coffee-related. Thus, the joke would be spread around that, despite the series being full of cute monster girls, the REAL fanservice was the coffee. Internet artists would then run with the joke, drawing "lewd" art of coffee and claiming it was fanart. And thus, we get the coffee body pillow.

Also, I do like the idea of a Genie Made From Coffee. That should be a thing.


Darius Drake (Guest), October 9th, 2019, 11:16 pm


@ Blitz: There would still need to be sufficient plot for the Managers to Green Light the project. And it doesn't explain why the backside of the pillow is a spilled cup of coffee. That said, if we combine our two ideas, we get sufficient story with a notable difference between episode.

Also, I'm the type of person who comes up with ideas like that, and then spends more time writing the post to explain it than I did thinking about it. In this case my thought process was "How did the MC get trapped in a Dungeon? Isekai and Ignorance. Done. Why is there a Dungeon filled with nothing but coffee shops? Weird World Quirk. Done. What does the MC for money, given that he needs to buy food (and coffee)? Use OP Powers in weird ways to make money? Use OP Powers in weird ways to make money. Done. Now to explain an imaginary meme."


Blitzkrieg1701, October 10th, 2019, 12:02 am


I cringe a bit having to say this out loud (write this out loud?) but I was trying to capture the spirit of the "lewd on this side/LEWDER on the flipside" formula that most of these body pillows seem to follow.

Also, I'd sort of imagined that the various monster girls in the show were the proprietors of the various coffee shops, and as the main character would of course be one of the few humans down in the depths of the dungeon, they'd all be flocking to him harem style, except they'd REALLY want him to become a dedicated patron of their particular establishment. And I guess I sort of figured he'd be living off of free samples, as the girls would be too desperate to one-up the competition to actually get around to charging him for anything.

...though now that I actually write that out, I guess that wouldn't really support more than a few chapters/episodes, even WITH the extra focus on coffee facts and trivia.


Darius Drake (Guest), October 10th, 2019, 12:47 am


@ Blitz: Lewd/Lewder Formula: I completely understand, but don't know how that would become a meme, cup. Two alternatives for it would be the "Lewd" side would be an empty Coffee Cup and your full Coffee Cup as the "Lewder" side", or you have your full coffee cup as the "Lewd" side, and make the "Lewder" side a cup with coffee overflowing/a pot of coffee instead of a cup.


Also, unless all the Coffee Shops are Owner's the Sole Employee (which is possible, but boring), it's unlikely that they're the one interacting with the MC, particularly if you want a harem of girls following the MC as he tries to leave the Dungeon. Instead, each race has it's own franchise, and, hearing that there's a Human Potential Customer, sends girls with a few Free Samples to try to make him into their brand's repeat customer. They keep following him because they weren't told to stop, and it means they get to travel around the different stores. That way you can also have a subtheme plot of the MC trying to avoid the harem of girls who are following him around trying to make him solely spend the money he makes on their brand, giving each episode a bit of tension and theoretical character growth among the focus on coffee facts, trivia and tastings. This also means that the MC actually has to discover new ways to make money regularly, because the girls quickly learn his money making tricks and search for him attempting to exploit them.


Ed8, October 10th, 2019, 7:44 pm


@Darius - there wouldn't need to be sufficient plot for the mangers to green light the project - the entire thing is funded by the Japanese National Coffee Council. There was no requirement for plot at all. If you get any plot, it's an extra unexpected bonus. The only requirement was enough prominent placement of coffee and it's importance in each episode. They just didn't realize ahead of time that it would increase the sales of lewd coffee-related body pillows more than the sales of actual coffee.


Darius Drake (Guest), October 10th, 2019, 8:59 pm


@ Ed8: The show would still need to be green lit by the Japanese National Coffee Council... or, rather, the All Japan Coffee Association, because that's apparently an actually real thing that exists to promote Japanese People drinking coffee. And without a plot, the story's watched for a single episode or two before being dropped.

That said, if the Anime was bankrolled by the All Japan Coffee Association, then the meme associated with Blitz's body pillow changes drastically. Rather than the MC asking for something that's not coffee and knocking over his own cup, someone maliciously knocked over his coffee because he didn't enter their store, making the MC despair. Making the two sides of the pillow are "Love & Despair".


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