The Staples

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  1. Ryufire

    Awesome indeed Grape! :D

    • VOLK

      I think that looks like it points toward Peanut… but it ends closer to Grape’s mouth… ARGH…

      • Keldor

        I think it’s Peanut saying that since his mouth is open (though we can’t rightly tell if Grape’s is from this angle). Also, “awesome” seems more like something he’d say, while Grape might be more reserved.

        • anon_omis

          I’d have to agree because normally Grape only gets excited about the Pridelands. Peanut however gets excited about everything since he’s a dog…that actually reminds me of a comic I read in the paper once

          • duke777

            the way i read it, they were both saying it at the same time

        • VOLK

          But he doesn’t look like he’s talking… just drooling.

    • Kohaku Nightfang

      I think it’s Grape or both saying it because fish is on the table. i mean what cat doesn’t like fish?

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  3. IceKitsune

    lol nice Grape is completely right it is awesome

  4. Yehoshua

    Ok, Itsuki is becoming more of a member of my list of favorite characters with ever strip.

    • rtlstien

      He jumped to my top three when he appeared!

    • lucamaster

      he’s right up there, just below king
      (no one’s higher than king)

      • rtlstien

        Peanut, King, and Itsuki are my top 3

        • Yehoshua

          King, Fox, Peanut and Itsuki.

  5. Daggy

    He is rather adorable. :3

    • anon_omis


  6. SilverZeo

    Another a nut joins this mad world in which Easter Egg Hunts that end in fire and carnage….

    • 1boredcanadian

      and that in no way is a bad thing

      • SilverZeo

        Unless he joins the Good Old Dog Club… Bino might pass a rule against foreign dogs because Itsuki seem to have a grasp on his cutural background than those 2 Russian dogs who talk in broken Russ-lish like from the movies…

        • deathcloak

          i dont think he’s a dog, is he?

          • Dena

            Tanuki are dogs.

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            Well raccoon-dogs anyway

          • 1boredcanadian

            to quote Pete “oh, details”

    • rallyjr

      it also ended with the promis of a water gun fight that later become a war
      Ps: Nicely done Rick

  7. leaffly

    Aye! That is too much rice! But hey! That how we Asians do it! :D

    • anon_omis

      What?! Too much rice?!? No such thing I say!!

      • Tommyrazor

        Agreed! ^^

        • Vire000

          You can never have to much rice….at least thats what I say

    • Frank

      He really has rice like water!

  8. Sandeon

    Kawaii desu ne!

    • TLV

      NO. Put the Japanese down and back slowly away! Leave Desu alone!

      • WingedWolfGirl

        leave em’ alone. if the Japanese can cuss in english, we can say “is cute” in Japanese.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Desu desu desu desu desu!

      • C.S.

        Dosdan deska…thats pretty much all the japanese i remember from my 8th grade katakana class

  9. Jinxed

    I think the majority of us really saw the last panel coming. I know I did.

  10. AuvaAkita

    Peanuts face = Nothing else in the world matters at this moment in time!

  11. Snowmon

    :D Ha, You can never have too much white rice!
    :( Just not enough butter…

  12. VOLK

    Itsuki = WIN

  13. Shiranai

    I don’t want to be “that guy” but I need to point something out:

    The way Itsuki bows is generally how girls usually bow.
    Guys tend to bow with their hands at their sides, while girls tend to bow with their hands together.

    I’m sorry! Please don’t kill me. I have major OCD issues.
    Other than that Itsuki is a cute edition to the HP! series.

    • Shiranai

      Oh and BTW:
      Rice is nice in my spice of life. :)

    • xhunterko

      Considering the viewpoint we have of Itsuki…

    • darkgloomie

      Now that’d be an interesting twist, wouldn’t it?

      • Keldor

        Itsuki was clearly referred to as ‘he’ multiple times in the first comic of the arc. Of course, given that this is Housepets, the other Frank could have been mistaken, and Earl simply repeated the pronoun…

    • Robin Bobcat

      It may be so he can continue holding onto the towel… or it may also be that’s a culturally-accepted way for tanuki to bow.

  14. rallyjr

    connection to Peanut and Grape has bin established; now he is one of them, forever…

    • xhunterko

      I will not slip down that meme. Someeone else can. :p

      • Summercat

        One of us, One of us, One of us

  15. xhunterko

    Too much? Nahh. Plenty left for sugar and butter rice desert afterwards! ^^

  16. UmberGryphon

    I don’t speak Japanese, but my Googling says “Mondai arimasen” = “Not a problem”. I can’t find a good translation for “Sou nee”, though.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      “Let me see…”

    • kurowolfe

      Yup, “Mondai arimasen” means “No problem”, but “Sou nee…” actually means “I guess so…” but the meaning might change a bit depending on the situation of which this is spoken.

      Now I officially love Rick, he adds an Asian into the mix, and uses Japanese too! ^w^ All the years of watching anime is finally paying off XDD

    • Robin Bobcat

      It’s used in this context as a sort of “Weeeeellll…”, “Now that you mention it…”, “Not in so many words…”, or even “Yeah, you got me.”. He’s not saying ‘Yes’, but he’s not saying ‘No’, either, and he’s using a shade of ‘Maybe’ that’s leaning positive.

      It’s one of those Japanese things, where they don’t come right out and SAY something, even if they want it. Better to be indirect and subtle… Plausible Deniability is very common when asking for favors.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Hai, hai…

      • Frank

        I always love it when people point out the wierd things in other languages, overlooking the wierd things in their own

        • Argent Stonecutter

          English – a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary – Urban Dictionary.

          • darkgloomie

            total win

        • Dena

          Language or culture?

          You could hear the same thing in a stereotypical ‘college’ situation when someone needs a little extra cash.

          Parent: “… you didn’t call to just say you missed us, did you.”
          Child: ” … wellllll ….”

  17. Tendo

    Guess I’m going to have to get out Google Translate whenever this guy is around :P

    I don’t fully understand what Earl is getting at in the last panel though.

    • Robin Bobcat

      Well, the implications are that despite inviting a family of four (ok, two humans and their pets) over for dinner, all he can afford to put out for dinner is rice, noodles, and a single mid-range fish. Even when he’s trying to impress/thank the new boss. Rice and noodles are dirt cheap – even US students have discovered the joys of ramen noodles – and the whole meal probably cost Itsuki less than ten bucks.

      He’s a college student, so it’s not unexpected to be living on as small a budget as possible.

      • Rick Griffin

        AND the apartment is absolutely puny, but it was hard to draw that in a way that gets the point across

        • gaboris

          I got the apartment point more then the small meal to tell the truth. :D

    • Frank

      He doesn’t know if the appartment is tiny because he’s japanese, because he’s a tanuki, or because that simply is all he can afford. Same for the food.

      • Keldor

        Of course, the Japanese tradition of eating on the floor doesn’t help to dispel the oh so poor college student image XD

    • gaboris

      BTW I’m a bit at a loss as well…
      Why does he say “Hancho” all the time to Mr. Sandwich?
      Lucky thing the others already translated the other things. I don’ like googling things. :B

      • SnowFox102

        Hanchou means leader basically. He’s using it as an honorific to show he accepts and respects Mr. Sandwhich as his boss, the same way an English speaker would just say Mr. or Ms. to their boss. That’s where English gets the term “head hancho.”

        • gaboris

          Yeah that’s the weird thing. I always thought that Hancho was spanish for boss(please don’ hit me if I’m wrong X( ) so how come he uses it?
          Other then “If you’re in Rome act like a roman.” :)

          • SnowFox102

            It could be used in Spanish too, I don’t know. I just know it means boss in English and Japanese. :D

          • darkgloomie

            I think you’re thinking of “honcho”, but I don’t really know the origin of the term or its use, it just strikes me as a mexican bad-guy term

        • Argent Stonecutter

          That’s “head honcho” in English, courtesy of US servicemen during WWII.

          • SnowFox102

            Meh, minor spelling error. You all know what I meant. :P It’s hanchou in Japanese, which is why I spelled it that way. And I don’t hear honcho that much.

  18. gaboris

    Okay I heard that apartments in japan are small for a good reason, but that looks like a closet so far. XD

    • Robin Bobcat

      It might well be one. He’s used to it, and for a Tanuki, it’s probably plenty spacious. He’s a broke foreign student, he’s gonna go for any place he can get.

      I’m currently living in a 12X12 room, and some of the other rooms in the house are only 8X12, so yeah, small is cheap.

  19. Tara

    His head looks so cute and fluffy in the first panel! I just want to pet it so badly! :D

    What does ‘Sou nee’ mean by the way?

    • Robin Bobcat

      It’s one of those Japanese phrases that means a lot of things depending on context. In this case it’s a ‘You could say that’ sort of thing. He’s not coming right out and saying that yes, he needs the money, but he’s not disagreeing, either.

      When dealing with Japanese Politeness, one has to read as much into what someone DOESNT say as what they DO.

  20. Keldor

    Is Itsuki actually wearing anything in the last panel, or is the loincloth (I’m *sure* it has a more appropriate Japanese name…) considered formal, like a man in a suit?

    • Dena

      It could be hidden by Peanut’s head. But, seriously, does it matter? Even the wolves go around pantless…

      The clothing is most likely a fundoshi. Not really … formal, as I believe one type is commonly used as underwear, and another type of fundoshi is used as a swimsuit. Could be wrong, it’s been a while.

      • Keldor

        Mind you, formal is pretty relative here – Itsuki decides that it’s improper to go to an important job interview wearing nothing, so he at least puts on some underwear… <.<

    • Frank


      • Dena

        If they’re worn outside of sumo circles, maybe…

  21. Valerio

    to quote an old spot they used to air in my country, “With that cuteness, you can ask for whatever you want” (and get it)

  22. Draven

    Looks to be slightly larger than my closet, that really is a horrible appartment.

    • kurowolfe

      The trials and tribulations of a student in a foreign country…

      • Argent Stonecutter

        When I came to college in the US I lived in a minimally converted garage. It was bigger than that.

        • darkgloomie

          yeah well, you’re supposedly much bigger than Itsuki too, so that doesn’t count.

  23. icarus

    rick do you need someone to help you with the cutesy japanese, cause it’s a bit clunky and unnatural
    i lived there for three years so yeah

    • Rick Griffin

      Oh probably; I just have been going with what I can look up, not necessarily anything contextual. Because I don’t know Japanese.

    • Frank

      Bah, it’s like having a German say “Hein” or a Russian say “Da”. It’s just thrown in for the heck of it, even if the character speaks in otherwise perfect English.

      • 1boredcanadian

        what about a canadian saying “eh”?
        that seemed to do well in movies

        • Keldor

          Like an Australian saying “mate” and “toss some shrimp on the barbie” perhaps? *Thinks of certain kangaroos*

          • Charles

            We don’t call them shrimp X3, they’re prawns mate.

      • spiritkitsune

        I’m german and i have never said or heared “Hein” in my life.
        What does it mean? O_o

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          I think that’s a typo. it should be “nein”

        • Frank

          “Hein” is usually used as “You dig?” “Got it?” “Understand?” or “Savvy?” The word is actually French, but since it’s just used because it’s gratuitous foreign language, it’s not like people care who they give the line to

      • gaboris

        Or a Hungarian saying **** *** … DANG IT! Why can’t we have uncensored quotes of our own? XD

        • Rick Griffin

          My hovercraft is full of eels

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            you’re even more awesome than usual for that reference, Rick. ^_^

          • gaboris

            OH yes…yes-yes-yes… THAT show had so many things wrong that it was just great. Thx for bringing it up man I had a great laugh remembering that part. :D

            Up until the point I ended up on TvTropes somehow and went on a WikiWalk till 3:30am… XP

          • 1boredcanadian

            I feel like a tool for saying this but “I dun get it”

          • gaboris

            Heh don’ worry even I needed a quick search to get it. XD

            I guess it shows how shallow I can get when I only love this clip the most for the reason it has us in it. X”3

          • 1boredcanadian

            Thanks for the link I now get it about halfway through I fell out of my chair laughing and Rick was right Monty Python references are the pinnacle of modern comedy and I think I just woke everybody up. So if I am never back again remember as Dr. Evil once said “What’s a farjer?”

  24. WingedWolfGirl

    You’re right Grape, that meal looks awesome.
    As near as I can tell (for those who are wondering) Sou-Nee means “that’s right” or “I agree.”

  25. Griff the Wolf

    The gratuitous Japanese may be cute, but it’s nowhere near as cute as Itsuki! Also, Peanut’s expression=win! Now, here is an HTML tag demonstrating the win on his face: *is a massive computer nerd* Maybe I could just create an Internal Style sheet for peanut, since I would use those exact same values in pretty much any tag. And yes, I am a nerd, but I am proud of it!

  26. Tom Flapwell

    Um, why did Itsuki get naked for dinner?

    • Robin Bobcat

      I don’t think he’s naked, I think Peanut’s head is just covering up whatever shorts he’s wearing.

      Plus, it’s not like the other animals wear much around the house.

      • Dena

        Or much, period. How much time did it take to convince the wolves to even wear a tie?

        • Robin Bobcat

          I think they did that themselves, to try and convince folks “Hey, we’re being you know, civilized. Not gonna try and eat you, really.”

  27. Spirit Studios 2010

    Considering Grape’s past experiences with raccoons, I’m wondering just how this will turn out.

    • Dena

      Dog, not coon.

      (Tanuki are canids, not procyons…)

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        but they look like raccoons, and Grape may judge a book by its cover, not its taxonomy.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Raccoons and dogs are more closely related than dogs and cats, when it comes to that.

    • Indagare

      Probably pretty well, since he’s invited them to dinner and isn’t stealing their garbage.

      • darkgloomie

        or founded a religion based on her unwilling neighbour…

  28. Ozimul

    I want one! I need plushies of this guy!

  29. Matthew

    Question how did they fit in there whats his origin and is he gonna get invovled with anything?

    • Foxstar

      If you were paying attention, you would know the answers to the last two questions.

      • Matthew

        I mean like any of the other story lines like king,tarot, peanut and grape.

  30. Disk333

    Curses! Foiled again by my old nemesis Speech Bubble. I’ll never be able to see Mr. Sandwich’s face! Curse you Speeech Buuubbllllle! (and you too Panel Borders!)

    • Draven

      I think it makes him like a super hero, or the parents from Cow and Chicken, or the red hair lady from Power Puff Girls.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        Ms. Bellum

        • Kohaku Nightfang

          Haha totally epic references. I miss those shows :D

      • darkgloomie

        are we even sure Cow&Chicken parents have anything higher than their waist? I remember them not even having shadows… or something…

  31. Hobbes

    What I love about this series:
    As far as I can tell, the Japanese is perfectly accurate.
    Hey, after listening to the mangled accents my friends use on me, this is a wonderful discovery! XD

  32. Authur

    Rick…can I love you forever now? *loves the Japanese and wants to go to Japan btw*

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      I already loved him forever.

  33. Firewolf

    Mandarin Orange Chicken+White Rice=THE BOMB!

    • AuvaAkita

      FRIED Rice is the bomb :p

      • Draven

        Fried rice + general tso’s chicken sauce = the bomb

        • Kohaku Nightfang

          A lot of the food in buffets are not really Asian foods though. Really the only thing I know of on the Chinese food menus that is Asian is the Wanton soup and teriyaki. Although teriyaki is Japanese in origin and not Chinese

  34. Parry

    Oh so THATS who the sandwich honcho was. Mr. Sandwich!

  35. Draven

    Can’t tell if extremely subtle, or not at all.

  36. JokkePokke

    I never thought Peanut like fish? Well, at least he’s fully and completely satisfied, as always, unlike certain others!

  37. metaecho

    “No Mr Sandwich, I dont need any extra money, I’ll keep warming my hands with bowls of rice.”

  38. Tara

    Something I just noticed is that he seems to be more detailed and ‘realistic’ than Peanut and Grape, you know?

    Ignoring the fact that Grape is purple, of course.

    • 1boredcanadian

      she’s not purple she’s periwinkle my short attention span and a previous comic told me so

      • Tensa Zangetsu

        Wow you’re observant!

  39. Kohaku Nightfang

    OMG Itsuki is so adorable in the first panel! I really agree with Sandwich-san. The Japanese is really cute though. I hope the Housepets gang enjoy Itsuki’s dinner. He really does need the money :( Weel I hope Sandwich-san takes care of him for us :D

  40. anonomus

    it reminds me of the coco cola commercial where they go and and get alot of other stuff

  41. Tensa Zangetsu

    This reminds me a bit of Cowboy Bebop.

  42. Willmax

    What animal is Itsuki supposed to be?

    • Chip Uni

      Itsuki is a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon-dog.

      If you don’t know the reference, see Wikipedia for “tanuki” and “Pom Poko” (a Studio Ghibli cartoon about them).

  43. doggy 2 hotty

    HAHA! I like this new character

  44. FantasticMrWolf

    OMG he’s so freaking adorable!!! Can I keep him? XD

    • Frank

      He’s a japanese citizen. I’m pretty sure that means “no”

  45. One-Who-Howls

    It Took Me This Long To Realize That Was Grape And Peanuts “Dad”. XD

  46. Gabi

    some people are too smart for their own good.
    (そうねえ? XD)

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  48. Profesor Rod

    Gratuitous Japanese in comics is cute.
    Gratuitous English in anime is silly.


  49. Sansash

    Peanut’s tongue is so long :P