Nine Lives Minus One :: Characters


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FAQ (Updated: 9/13/13)

What is NLMO?
NLMO is short for Nine Lives Minus One, which is a manga-webcomic produced by Firefly-Raye/Raye/Rachel (whatever you'd like to call me, those are all of my names).

How do you do your pages?
I first sketch out the pages. Then I ink it with some non-smearing black pen-thing. I then scan it in and tone it in Photoshop CS6, using many layers.

Can you teach me how to draw/tone/etc.?
Yes. Email me at fireflyraye@gmail.com and I'll help you anyway I can.

Why do your characters have four ears? Is it intentional?
Is it really that uncommon for a character to have catears and human ears? I know of a few characters that have four sets of ears (such as Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashite, or Dejiko and Puchiko from Di Gi Charat). Yes, it is intentional that they have human ears and cat ears. Please don't be so nit-picky!

Why can't you update faster?!?!
Because, I have school, and school=tons of homework so I can't have a life. It's really hard for me to find the time to work on the pages (especially since they're so time consuming). But don't worry, I will update when time presents itself!

Why are there so many animal-characters?
The animal-people are the central part of the story. There's not many of them, actually, but they band together, and this includes Maemi. There are many humans in the story too, such as Leiko, Nami, Maemi's teacher, all the kids at Maemi's school, etc. The story just isn't focused on humans.

Will we ever find out why (character name) has animal ears and tail?
Yes. Yes you will. Not until MUCH later though. This story is long. It's a three book long story, and I'm still on the second book. And you won't find out until the last couple chapters of the last book. I just need to pick up pace. ^^;

Does this story have a plot at all?
Yes, it's just very slow. This manga is meant to be a long-term project, so the plot spans over three books (five chapters per book). If you want something more fast paced, this is not the manga for you. But I'd be disappointed to lose you as a reader. :(

Are (insert character 1) and (insert character 2) going to end up together?
Well... this is partially a romance manga, so the possibility is great. :3 I haven't quite got all of the ideas out yet, but it's safe to say that two pairs of people will get together. <3

I get that this is a romance and humor manga, but you said there would be angst... where's the angst?
Trust me, by the the end of the second book, you'll understand why it's marked as angst as well.

I see that you're on "book two" right now. How many books are there?
There are three books total with five chapters in each book.

Do you have any other mangas?
Yes I do. I have one other online manga called Graph Paper, which can be found by clicking this link. It's in COLOR! D:

What's with all the grammer/spelling mistakes?
Okay, I admit it, I suck with spelling/grammar. @__@ If you kindly point it out to me (and I mean kindly!) I'll fix it... if I remember to. XD

This manga reminds me of (insert manga)/This character reminds me of (insert character). Copycat!
Eep! Don't accuse me! I'm innocent! >__<;; But seriously, I understand a character may resemble another one you know. I've read MUCH manga, so of course I'm going to incorporate characteristics I like into this! But I'm really trying hard to NOT copy. So please don't say I am!

Where can I send you fanart of your manga?
Ooo! Fanart? For me? You can email it to me at fireflyraye@gmail.com. I can't wait to see it! *o* *loves fanart to death*

This manga is sooo cool! Will you ever publish it?
It's very doubtful that I'll ever publish this particular series. First of all, it took me THREE years to complete the first book of THREE. That means that if I did publish, it would be slooowww. Plus, the first several chapters of this manga are kind of gross-looking, so I'd have to redo those too. Such a hassle! I would LOVE to have this as a published series but... probably not. Too much work, too much of a hassle. Thank you for the compliment though!

If you have any other questions, just ask me!!

Main Characters

Maemi
Toshiro
Hiroshi
Michiko
Taree

Side Characters

Jiko
Oki
Kuri
Reizo
Yoko
Mareo
Nami
Leiko
Satu
Akihiko
Gin
Ebisu
Asano


Main Characters

Maemi

Name Meaning: Smile of Truth
Age: Appears 15
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Green
Height: 5'4"
Breed: Bombay
Likes: Toshiro, milk, bells (particularly the sound), sleeping
Dislikes: School, Oki, Jiko, rain, mashed potatoes, little kids

Maemi is not your typical heroine. She is a quirky catgirl that woke up one day in a cardboard box with no clue how she got there in the first place. She is very childish and sometimes can be obsessive and temperamental. She deeply loves her friend Toshiro with all of her heart and is currently sharing an apartment with him. She's very curious about her existence and is always trying to find out about herself. Maemi tries to live a normal life everyday, but it always seems to just get weirder all the time.

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Toshiro

Name Meaning: Talented; intelligent
Age: Appears 17
Hair: Black
Eyes: Red
Height: 5'10"
Breed: Black Manx
Likes: Peace and quiet, coffee, maturity, steamed asparagus, math
Dislikes: Being pestered, cabbage, cooking, water, Hiroshi

Toshiro is a very subdued, but easily aggravated guy. He woke up one day in a cardboard box with Maemi, but now he shares an apartment with Maemi (that he pays for primarily). He works as a babysitter as it was the only job he could get at the time. Toshiro always seems very cold towards people, but he really cares about his friends.

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Hiroshi

Name Meaning: Generous
Age: Appears 16
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Orange
Height: 5'9"
Breed: Golden Retriever
Likes: Having fun, sleeping, eating, playing fetch (though he'd never admit it), Maemi
Dislikes: Having to work, being ignored, Toshiro

Hiroshi meets Maemi on her first day of school when they end up in the same class. Once he met her, he immediately took a liking to her and declared her his as little sister. He is very sweet and generous and loves to have fun with other people, and he will always put others before himself. He is very protective of Maemi and is always by her side.

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Michiko

Name Meaning: The Righteous Way
Age: Appears 14
Hair: White
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'3"
Breed: Chinchilla Silver Persian
Likes: Music, humming, flowers, making people happy, honesty, plain omelette, hats
Dislikes: Rude people, running or heavy exercise, bees

Michiko is a very polite young girl. She is very attractive (both on the inside and on the outside) and captures the heart of many men (such as Toshiro, although she'd never take him away from Maemi). She is calm and kind and seems to always be smiling. She, like Maemi, is trying to find out more about herself, and so she creates a group of animal people to seek out information about their origins.

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Taree

Name Meaning: Bending Branch
Age: Appears 18
Hair: Red
Eyes: Pink
Height: 5'10"
Likes: Silence, being alone, lollipops, strawberries, observing people
Dislikes: The NLMO Project, lying

Taree is an extremely quiet woman who is a part of a plan called the NLMO Project. Very little of her and the project are known by the other characters. She seems to know all of the animal people and recognized Maemi immediately. She's awkwardly polite and tries to make everyone smile as if she feels incredibly guilty about something.

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Side Characters

Jiko

Name Meaning: Accident
Age: ???
Hair: Turquoise
Eyes: Purple
Height: 0'7"
Likes: The NLMO Project, pancakes, blackberries, authoritative control
Dislikes: Maemi bothering her, people who get in the way

Jiko is a very mysterious fairy that is the founder of the NLMO Project. She seems to always be planning things in her mind and is very cunning. She knows everything there is to know about Maemi and the others.

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Oki

Name Meaning: Middle of the Ocean
Age: Appears 18
Hair: Dark Purple
Eyes: Purple
Height: 5'9"
Breed: Nebelung
Likes: Music, active workouts, breakfast pastries, having a sense of accomplishment, swimming
Dislikes: Maemi, Hiroshi, anyone who harms Michiko and Kuri, being in a large crowd

Oki has a very punkish style and likes to take charge. She, like Toshiro, seems cruel and moody but in fact she is very caring about everyone around her. Her goal in life is to make sure that Michiko and Kuri are safe and live a happy life.

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Kuri

Name Meaning: Chestnut
Age: Appears 7
Hair: Brunette
Eyes: Brown
Height: 4'7"
Breed: Ruddy Abyssinian
Likes: Bubblegum, playing around, Michiko, fudge, conversing with cats
Dislikes: School, swimming

Kuri is an eccentric kid who loves to play around all day. She is Michiko's beloved little sister and is always clinging to her whenever she gets the chance. She's not very talkative.

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Reizo

Name Meaning: Cool; Calm; Well-Groomed
Age: Appears 18
Hair: Light Blue
Eyes: Gold
Height: 6'0"
Breed: New Zealand White
Likes: Pistachios, soda, feeling needed/helping others, rain
Dislikes: Rudeness, bees, criminals, cars

Reizo is the guy any girl would dream of being with. He's handsome, smart, athletic, and overall talented. He's sensitive to a girl's need and always seems to be understanding of everyone. Very sweet and very calm in almost all situations, he can sometimes become a little overconfident and feel like he can handle difficult situations by himself. He saves Maemi from the rain one day and hints to her that he has a slight interest in Taree.

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Yoko

Name Meaning: Positive Child
Age: Appears 12
Hair: Yellowish-Orange
Eyes: Green and Blue
Height: 5'1"
Breed: Gray House Mouse
Likes: Cheese, competition, performing, pranking, Mareo, Reizo
Dislikes: Anything non-dairy, gloomy people, kids

Yoko is always up for a challenge. She seems very small and cute, but deep down she really packs a punch. She met Mareo one day and instantly became his friend, and together they go around having fun and pulling pranks. She is very strong and is also the fastest runner in her town.

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Mareo

Name Meaning: Rare; Uncommon
Age: Appears 13
Hair: White and Black
Eyes: Orange
Height: 5'3"
Breed: Dalmation
Likes: Pulling pranks, stealing, climbing construction sites
Dislikes: Cops, Hiroshi, discipline

Mareo is Hiroshi's only known relative (he is his younger cousin). This boy is well known for being a kleptomaniac. Despite his family ties, he appears to really dislike Hiroshi because he always tries to hinder Mareo's trickery. Unable to "communicate" with Hiroshi, he has found friendship with Yoko who obediently follows him when he is out fooling around. He's courageous, rebellious, uncooperative, rude, and brutally honest. He rarely ever goes indoors.

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Nami

Name Meaning: Wave
Age: 16
Hair: Light Pink
Eyes: Purple
Height: 5'4"
Breed: Human
Likes: Pleasant conversation, tea, cafes, morning walks
Dislikes: Teasing, loud noises, feeling rushed, sleeping in

Nami is a kind-hearted, highschool girl that runs across Maemi on her way to school. She loves to help others out and has a tendency to stand up to others for other people, whether she knows them or not. She is always looking for the best in people, sometimes ignoring glaring flaws altogether. Nami continues to run into and help out Maemi whenever Maemi needs it.

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Leiko

Name Meaning: Arrogant
Age: 16
Hair: Orange
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'8"
Breed: Human
Likes: Reading the newspaper, making jokes, sarcasm, hard-boiled eggs
Dislikes: Oblivious people, being lazy

Leiko is very arrogant, rash, and inconsiderate girl. She can easily talk cruely of someone right in front of their faces and not care. Despite these things, she's open, honest, and can be uncharacteristically nice. Nami seems to put up with Leiko's attitude and Leiko sometimes wonders why. She, along with Nami, met Maemi on their way to school. Even when Nami helps out Maemi, Leiko sticks around for input.

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Satu

Name Meaning: Sugar
Age: 19
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'8"
Breed: Human
Likes: Working at the cafe, regular customers, lazy days, warm weather
Dislikes: Incompetence

Satu is a waitress at the Rosefall Cafe. She is very hardworking and patient (especially when she realizes Maemi has the IQ of a rock). She helps Maemi on her first day at work, and continues to help her whenever Maemi needs it.

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Akihiko

Name Meaning: Bright Boy
Age: 23
Hair: Dirty Blond
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Breed: Human
Likes: Women, his job, more women, vests and ties
Dislikes: Early mornings, rowdy groups of people

Akihiko is a bit of a womanizer. He is the manager at Rosefall Cafe, and hires Maemi (who at the interview is actually Toshiro dressed as Maemi) on the basis of her looks. Despite his despicable womanizing tendencies, he's a very hardworking and trustworthy man.

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Gin

Name Meaning: Silvery
Age: Appears 19
Hair: White
Eyes: Purple
Height: 5'9"
Breed: Havana
Likes: Smoking, hanging out with Ebisu, riding her motorcycle
Dislikes: Thinking about the past

Gin differs from most of the other animal people. She refuses to think about the past, and who she may have been at one time, and continues to focus on the future (and she urges Maemi to do the same). She became friends with Ebisu when she saw him getting bullied by a bunch of kids. Now the two of them share a brother/sister type relationship.

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Ebisu

Name Meaning: Japanese God of Luck and Labor
Age: Appears 14
Hair: Light Brown and White
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5'4"
Breed: White-Crested Guinea Pig
Likes: Carrots, parsley, hanging out with Gin
Dislikes: Being scared, bullies

Ebisu is a scaredy-cat by nature. He is scared by most anything you throw his way. Due to his nature, he often gets bullied by older boys, but Gin is always there to protect him.

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Asano

Name Meaning: Shallow Field
Age: 14
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'2"
Breed: Human
Likes: Modeling, coffee, stalking Maemi, Mareo
Dislikes: Busy schedules, any kind of discrimination, when she rambles

Asano is best described as an oddball; she habitually stalks Maemi and when she's nervous she rambles off nonsense that would scare anyone (for instance, when she talks about pushing babies off a cliff). However, she's a very kind person and she's very interested in the group of animal people. (created by Melly)

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