Hehehe. Even animals from Asia get the sterotype! x3
I would be one of the students trying to hug you!
Alas, so would I. : /
Same here but only at first.
…for being Asian
Well, Itsuki does have the body of a god… Budda.
I’d hug him, pet him, rub his belly… wow, I’m weird.
On the other hand, I do that to my brother too.
I would after I got to know him….but only because I would know it bothers him. :3
I went Awwww on that alt txt
poor fella, he’s cursed with adorableness!
I would only hug him if he said it was okay and after I got to know him a little. Although I think he is completely adorable and would want to hug him… maybe surprise attack hug after getting to know him and he says no?
If he wasn’t so hugably fluffy it might be different. No it wouldn’t I’d still want to hug him.
Itsuki looks so adorable! ^^
Wow even animals go to universities in Japan and they can go in America as well. I wonder how common that is.
Or I wonder if he can go only because he is considered a Japanese Citizen?
So if I brought my dog to another country he could get into school because he is a US citizen right?
Not unless the law about citizienship in the US was changed, I’m afraid.
Wait… oh smack! What if Itsuki inherited a fortune like the Miltons!?!? How else can he do all of that? But he is actually… discrete and responsible with his money?
He did say tanuki were citizens. That probably means they have the same rights as humans. Loans, contracts, etc.
Also, it’s his family that’s probably fronting a bit of the money. They want the business, and he’s one of the family…
You know, life is sometimes graded on a curve.
(otherwise known as a bad shclock mercenary reference)
i going to enjoy watching this guy
I wonder if we consider Bald Eagles (or any type of animals at all if not them) to be American citizens for that matter?
Breaking News! It has been irrefutably declared by officials worldwide, that every citizen has deemed Itsuki Kitamura to be of the highest caliber of cuteness.
So what happens if he, King, and Zach are in the same room?
or just adorableness.
i would think nothing, at least until fans find out where
Wait, are you saying it depends on the room?
no. he’s saying something once the fans can witness the three of them in a room.
Shhh, you’ll give everyone heart attacks!
….to be standing in the door frame…
having a cuteness-induced heart attack.
Ah, information! So the civil rights of animals varies drastically from country to country. There must be limits (or it may only apply to “mascot species”) – but I suspect we can bet on Pandas being citizens of China. Kangaroos (unless a specific subspecies is chosen) are probably a bit too common for Australia – but there must be other good possibilities.
As I have it figured out for now, full citizenship is not terribly common, but it does happen in a few countries. I think I settled on four countries that have it legalized for select species (one not compulsory), while most countries limit citizenship to individual cases.
Protected species are different; they’re not exactly citizens but they DO have legal rights.
The deal is that, traditionally, most wild animals were just not interested in civilizing.
I’d imagine not, although if you look at Miles it does seem to happen.
What about foxes in Japan?
Considering tanuki are revered in Japan, they probably make tanuki citizens so as to not tick them off.
Oh, I was just betting on Pandas in China because they’re rare enough that it would cost China’s government little or nothing to grant them citizenship – while paying off in the public-relations-with-the-rest-of-the-world department.
I like Itsuki already! This is going to be interesting lol
Tanukis being/becoming Japanese citizens. Hm… Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah I remember. It was a japanese movie that couldn’t pass the american censorship. I’d offer a link, but it doesn’t pass my censorship either. I guess that would make sense as to why he’s not a pet.
I’m certain that being Japanese isn’t the reason, but the 70% GPA is. However, them expecting him to get those grades just because he’s Japanese might be racist… If most Americans weren’t dumb donkeys.
But . . . Pom Poko was released uncut by Disney.
It was… I had to go on Youtube for it.
Wow, I was right then?
umm…..whats Pom Poko? Never heard of it
The basic summary is its a movie about a bunch of tanuki (the yokai/magic version not the real life version) trying to save there forest from being destroyed.
Its a pretty good movie IMO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom_Poko
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hmm interesting and very odd too….
Eh, it’s Japanese culture. It’s not like there isn’t worse than that in the world.
Disney movies are a LOT more graphic outside regular censorship. Incidentally I don’t know if Tanukis are ever kept as pets.
And it’s a good movie, too. I strongly encourage people to watch it, if you have the time and inclination.
It was aired once on tv in Hungary, but I didn’t get to see it from start till end so I guess now I’ll look it up.
Yes, I liked it a lot, once I got past the strangeness.
Ha, whenever I call it “strange,” I just think of a Japanese guy saying “silly Americans.”
Omg I remember that movie I watched it last year at the club I’m in. I liked it. It was very strange though
The footage was uncut, but the dialog was changed. What are obviously the male tanuki’s….uhm, well, I don’t know all the rules for commenting here, so I won’t go further…the male tanuki in Japanese folklore (and in real life, actually) has a particular feature that can be shown in child-friendly settings in Japan due to the cultural significance, but can’t in the West. So said feature is referred to in the dub as a “pouch.” I think there are other examples, but I never saw the dub.
I thought the same.
LOL I don’t get it, but I LOL all the same! XD
He is so adorable. Tanuki really don’t get enough exposure.
Also, the whole citizenship thing is really interesting. I look forward to more info on the storyline, it looks to be a good one.
Awww! It must suck to be a tanuki in a country that doesn’t have them x3 meanwhile, i’d probably hug him at least x3
i just have to wonder do the animals make as much as humans or when they do jobs they have like slave wages?
So there’s probably a pretty distinct Glass Ceiling for wages and such on animals, right?
Okay since I’m hungarian I’m a bit lost here. So what does the last thing Itsuki said mean again?
70% as in a grade? Cuz in that case I can understand no matter where you are in the world most of the students are too lazy to put in actual work into learning.
Yeah, pretty much 70% as a grade. This is usually a ‘C’, or ‘Average’ (not to be confused with a ‘C Average’ which is all your classes)
However, some classes/teachers grade on what’s known as a ‘curve’, where you are judged against the rest of the *class*. In these, typically half the class recieves an average C score, with the higher and lower grades falling on either side. So if everyone is getting 70%, then the person who gets 75% will receive an ‘A’. Slackers love these classes.
The problem comes when you have one or two smart people who ‘blow the curve’, by actually getting doing the work, getting high scores on tests, etc. As a result, what would have been an easily-aquired ‘C’ now becomes a ‘D-minus’, or even a fail.
Ahhh! Sounds interesting… and a bit confusing after our PLAIN grading system… specially that I still need time to get used to talking with letters not numbers about grades.
Yeah, a few American classes are on a sliding scale of mediocrity.
Okay, Thank you!
Now I get it, Itsuki ruined the grade for his fellow class mates. Ha Ha!
This guys so cute. I think I’m going to enjoy him being a recurring character
Alas, I am one of those students who aim for 70%. Mostly because all I need tomdo is pass until I graduate high school. It would be amazing to have Itsuki for a study partner.
Itsuki is cute kuz he’s chubby, which is a nice break from the otherwise muscular dogs.
So does Itsuki live in Babylon Gardens or is he commuting?
on a temporary permit, yes.
He’s in the USA on a student visa. That doesn’t mean he lives in Babylon Gardens. When I was in the US on a student visa I was commuting to college from another city.
Well, Babylon garden is a suburban community, and Itsuki just applied for a temp job at a local mechanic in a pet-friendly community. Would make just sense if he lived in BG as well, rather than commute or being taken to work.
He’s already going to college, so he probably lives close to campus… and I think if there was a university in BG it would have come up by now.
So, animals are citizens in Japan. …Hm….
Only the raccoon dogs, from what Rick has told us. Raccoon dogs are revered creatures in Japan. I guess you could compare them to giant pandas in China, and bald eagles in America.
Awww! Poor Itsuki! I can see that you spent a while coming up with Itsuki’s appearance and character Rick. I always get up thirty minutes earlier on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays just so I have extra time to read the newest Housepets! comic. I have never regretted doing it, since this webcomic is SO FUNNY! Have a nice Friday and enjoy your weekend Rick! You deserve it.
Of course it’s annoying to hug you Itsuki but how can anyone resist!
I have this sudden feeling…
That Itsuki is the guy come to collect King’s ‘watch’…and have some fun in the meantime.
That’s a bit of a stretch Val. Why would Itsuki seek out Mr Sandwich first and look to get a job with him if he was the person sent to collect King’s watch?
To start getting closer to King’s friends… making him closer to King…. so he can finally STRIKE!
Nah, it’s kind of a stretch. I also hate trying to predict the next part. I’d rather be surprised
Well, Fox, I find it an odd coincidence that of all foreigners who could be introduced in BG, you get one who’s got a strong bond to Japan’s myth folklore. Tanuki are also considered magical, shapeshifting creatures, so this *could* be a disguise.
Just a coin toss, mind me.
I dont. I just always give my all
Pom Poko Tanuki song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QjWYjxyvo
“Mr Raccoon, Mr Raccoon, won’t you come and play with me somehow!”
“No I can’t, I’m eating dinner now.”
“What’s for dinner I want some.”
“I am eating pickled plum.”
“Can I have a little crumb?”
“No you can’t you greedy bum, get your own.”
Oh wait, Can I add links… Crud if not, forgot. Going to go re read comment posting rules…
I would be a dangerous student for him, I would keep hugging him
me. I respect personal boundaries.
hugs make the world go round… =(
a-men to that!
So okay tanuki are the only animal to be citizens of japan? I hope not! Japanese otters would be way more cuddly then Tanuki’s XP
Nowhere has Rick said that Tanuki are the only animals to be Japanese citizens.
I suspect foxes (kitsune) are too.
gotcha! now the next question! where would he keep his wallet?
Well, he is wearing… whatever that’s called
What’s A Tanuki?
It’s a type of carnivore related to canines but looking a bit like a raccoon or badger. You can find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanuki
It’s also a being of Japanese folk-lore.
But then, the foxes are too, so I guess they’re just used to having one supernatural and one natural version of several animals.
Come to think of it, both kitsune-spirits and the magical tanukis are shapeshifters.
i did not realize it was Mr. Sandwich until i read the tag
ai dun get it ._. ………..
Lol to Itsuki being a smarty-pants. More stereotypes weeee. Haha anyway I hope we get to see a lot more of Itsuki and I really hope Miles gets to meet him. Then they can both discuss being citizens. I would find that to be a very interesting discussion.
guys guys and gals of course calm down i mean b4 all of this we hav 2 know is he goin 2 be an offical character first rick dont ruin this
Mr. Sandwhich? If he hiring animals, then maybe he should train his pets to sow wallets or something.
LOL I AM SO CRUEL.
Grape would just go to sleep and fall behind while Peanut couldn’t pay attention long enough
He is so cute. I love him. ^-^
I can’t wait to see him in uniform and a tie! ^-^
I just KNEW he was a tanuki, though most people think of tanuki as raccoon-dogs. They’re supposed to have comically large… erm…
On another note, I have one of those things he’s wearing (I forget what it’s called) and a vest thing to go with it from when I went to Japan. Since I don’t remember the names of the garments, I just collectively call them a “happy”.
Really? Did you have to go there? Pom Poko told me a few too many things I didn’t want to know
Raccoon dog IS the English name for tanuki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_dog Though sometimes tanuki can mean the fictional variant, much like saying kitsune instead of fox. Or if you just don’t know the English word. ;P Granted, the term is very misleading. But so are a lot of things in English.
I like how hes asian what was your inspiration for this character?
C is for continue
C is for close enough.
C is for calculus?
C is for CUTE!
C is for catastophe.
or celebration if you prefer
C is for C-C-C-C-COMBOBREAKER!!!
The joke has played itself out. That’s enough.
Yeah, don’t worry. I wasn’t planning on randomly saying COMBOBREAKER to any comment I saw. That would be tedious. Instead, I shall write a program to do it FOR me! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Joking wolf is joking* now where did I leave that ominous lightning button…
Have u checked by the CD of dramatic music
Oh there it is! *pushes button to create eerie lightning* MUHUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!
this chain of comments has been C-C-C-Cancelled due to lack of interest
I love tha constant face expresion change, dont know why
wow.. I have to say I think everyone expressed on how cute Itsuki is.. and I have to admit they are right he is really really adorable and I would hug him if I see him. but better yet I like his personality his look and his clothing and this build make me suspect that…. he may have been or is currently a sumo wrestler, just a feeling.
Itsuki is so adorable, absolutely love how you’ve drawn him =D
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