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Allichigoteration Romajimaro

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Strip by: Nyperold

Miu: I've got a bad feeling about this. I'm thinking "Pin-Pon Pitch"!
Nobue: Huh?
{Miu rings the bell.}
SFX: Pi-n po-n
Chika: Here comes the pepper!
Nobue: {off-panel} Bring it OONN!

The author writes:

So, I was reading some more manga, looking for things to edit and send in, when I saw the first original strip. (See the list.) I noticed that Miu said "Ding-Dong", as is understandable and arguably correct for a work translated/adapted into English. However, the katakana for the sound effect works out to "pi-n po-n", so I changed it to that. Having done that, I made the third word alliterate with the others again. For that, I needed to reach back for the final panel. (I suppose I could've used something from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, but I leave that to others.)

Ichigo Mashimaro, called Strawberry Marshmallow in English, is a slice-of-life comedy manga series by Barasui, adapted into a 12-episode anime. The main characters are four preteen girls and a girl who is 16 in the manga and 21 in the anime. (She drinks and smokes, which cannot be shown in anime if the character is under 20, Japan's legal age for both. Apparently, manga doesn't have the same rule.) It is frequently amusing and adorable, but a word of caution: there are a couple of panels* that might cause an onlooker to get the wrong idea about you. (Or, given the same idea, one would hope it's wrong.)

*Out of the five volumes I have; there are more volumes, but Tokyopop... well... read up on it here. Sufficie it to say, in North America, there are five volumes if you don't want to make a special request.

Original panels: Ichigo Mashimaro (Strawberry Marshmallow) vol. 2, episode 12 "Ana's House", p. 29 "Totally Mod"; vol. 1, episode 6 "Outside in the Cold", p. 95.