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I really don't like this page.
The content is relevant but its portrayal has room for improvement at best and is pretty darn shit at worst. If I wanted to do it like this, I should have at least shown what N's hair symbolises for the characters - it would have at least made it somewhat character developement. But like this? Nah, it doesn't even really work.
Not to mention most people will be like… "Uh… but cutting off your hair really doesn't do much." Which, yeah, you have a point but there is a logical reason. This page is just… not doing the ideas justice at all OTL

Still, as I said I'm not meddling with my initial plans. I'll do them even if they don't really satisfy me.

*curls up*

An update's still an update.
Yes, I got another Tablet. I'm back to drawing and I'm not gonna stop anytime soon. :3

Just overlook the glaring faults of this page and stay tuned for the next page(s). Which may turn out to be more interesting. I hope.

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Opinions expressed by Characters may not necessarily reflect my own. Friendly discussion is encouraged, insults and flame are not.
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MaxTagher Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I just finished reading! Really great work. I thought it was always much better than you were giving yourself credit for. I'm sorry it's over but I understand, since you were putting an unbelievable amount of effort into it to begin with.
This Nuzlocke definitely had the most flawed, intriguing human characters of any Nuzlocke I've ever read. I especially liked how both sides had their pros and cons thoroughly examined and weighed against each other. And there were so many innovating ideas, the modded Pokeball stands out the most, that kept this so interesting. You never knew where it would be going. This was a intense ride from start to finish and I'm disappointed that it won't see a proper ending. But as the author that's your choice.  
Jose1000000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
No, what? How is this is the end?! 
jennykim610 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Student General Artist
minneal Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... The best ones never get an ending, it would seem.
Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
It is getting summary pages with illustrations that intend to keep the tension and not be infodumps. There's only one more left to be done. I recommend checking them out, maybe you'll like them.
minneal Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Are they on the same folder?
Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student General Artist
should be. Else, just look on my gallery. They're the majority of my submissions.
Immaturety Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Discontinued... If the comics end here, can you at least summarize what happens next so this isn't where it ends, like landwalker?
Discontinued, and right when the story was reaching an amazing climax, too. :iconcryforeverplz:
isahbellah Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014

damn, this is one of the most interesting runs out there. in all the nuzlocke runs i read, NONE had the protagonist just... release all her pokemon and pretty much give up on gym badges and everything (and even team up with N!). PLEEEEAAAASSSEEEEE, you must NOT give up on it!!
IndigoBlackbird Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Oh, it's discontinued.... sigh.
supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
sniff thjis was great please i beg you really beg you
PokeSpeBanette Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
DISCONINIUED? ...........goddammit, it's always the ones with the best plots, isn't it?
wakalover2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
*falls to knees* NOOOOO
NOT HIS HAAAIIIIRRR NOOOOOOOOOOOO-*flops over and wiggles like a worm* =^=
freeza-frost Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet!  are all three in the anime?
Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
uh… Evera is an original character.

I also thought I should mention this comic is discontinued.
freeza-frost Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh okie.

sorry! ^^;
Livinggreey Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have ernd my watch! keep up the awesome story!!!
hedgepaw Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
cinapsi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
ed665 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
incredible!!!!! N is one the few guys that after his cut can look more like a girl than b4 :D
heliwatte Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
What do I want? GYMS!!!
When do we want it? AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!!!
(Way to much plot and way to less pokemon)
Fabusol Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You got a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong wait, buddy.

And it makes me happy :)
jack4rogers Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
You, sir or ma'am, win the internet.
Fabusol Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you want gyms... better leave now. She's already said it won't follow the game.

Sucks to be you, I guess, but since you can give out free Internets.... I guess it may not suck to be you.
turano-chan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a typo in one of the top panels- it should say "Is the League indeed TOO weak..."
castformrain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dear Wasserbienchen,
It's obvious from your commentary on this update and recent ones, as well as in your latest journal entry, that you're no longer happy with how IBAW is going. As much as I love this comic, it depresses me a little to always read a great update and then scroll down to see your disappointment in the description, especially knowing what you said in your Journal entry. I can definitely understand where you're coming from when you say you don't want to abandon the comic in the middle, because the majority of nuzlockers end up doing that. It's great that you want to keep going, but not so great that it's such a burden for you.
So, if you're disappointed with the story... why not change it? I know it seems drastic, but you said you weren't happy with carrying out your initial plans for the story, and is it really worth it to take all this time to draw comics that you're not proud of? Maybe the reason you're disappointed in these recent updates is because you didn't have much hope for them when you started drawing. I know you've probably planned out the ending for a long time now, but I think it'd be best for you and us, your readers, if you changed the remainder of the comic into something you enjoy. 
These are just my thoughts... I really don't know all that much about your situation besides what you wrote in your journal. Ultimately though, you should just do what makes you happy. Because if you're happy, we're happy, and that's really all that matters.
Lua96 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
N! Your... your hair q_q Why... No... N... You could`ve dyed it or something, why, just why did you cut it off Dx
... I think, even if you didn`t show how important the hair was for the other characters, most of your fans seem to have thought of it as pretty important. Well, hair grows back... Eventually...
emex093 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zazu75 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo Not the hair!!! ; o;
AnimeFlight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
N, what are you do- NOO!!! NO!! N, WHY!?!? Your gorgeous mane!!!
it's gone.

oh no N! you now look like Wally. . .

Dracona-Wynne-Hale Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Hahahaha, oh god, N, your hair...
I think we get some sense of its importance from Evera's expression, but...  Yeah, probably could've been done better.  Ah well, I still really enjoy it!
So... They burned it down in retaliation because White burned down their... Lab, was it?
bringina Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
NOOOOOO sob... he look better before... but Žkay, continue :D
5th--Dimension Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I don't understand the symbolism.
redturnedblue Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
My dear Wasserbienchen: Only a few short hours ago, I stumbled upon to your Nuzlocke and thought I would read a few pages, to see how it is. My first impression? Meh. It was alright, but the themes felt too heavy, and I decided to look for more amusing nuzlockes. But...something stopped me. And I continued reading. And slowly but surely, I was drawn into this world that you had crafted over the past couple years. Yes, there are plotholes and whatnot, but this is quite a wonderful story. When I read a lengthy tale such as this, what pops out at me most is the character development. And I must say, you have very masterfully allowed your characters to grow up and mature in unique, inspired ways. It was gradual, and felt natural. Well done indeed. I understand that this massive project you have undertaken may not have progressed in accordance to your expectations, but I am certainly glad that you chose to continue it. I look forward to part 103.
NightAuctor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess things with the League and Team Plasma are really... -puts on sunglasses- heating up. /brick'd to Satin's Heck and back

Did you miss my text walls? Yes? No? Well, in either case, have a massive one, even for me. :V I'm overtired and not going to bother editing for brevity. Don't judge me. OTL

Okay, first off, I absolutely agree that the symbolism regarding N's hair just... doesn't work. The way it is now, both N and Evera seem really... well, to put it bluntly, dumb. You're right, N's going to need a lot more than just a haircut to disguise himself; I'd assume that he improves upon this new look in the next few pages, but with him saying "Now I can" implies he's just going to stroll right up to Team Plasma as-is. Cutting hair does seem to be a common symbolic motif for someone believing themselves to be an outcast/in exile/etc. so the symbolism's execution (or lack of thereof) can slide. My gripe is more with the immediate aftermath of this, at least on this page. No, N, cutting your hair is not going to make you look wildly different all of a sudden, at least not in any media where the art style actually doesn't suffer from same-face-syndrome (at least not at this point). Even then, though, N's hair must have some pretty huge significance, at least to Evera, to have its removal cause her reaction. She really, really doesn't need to be all "No... NO!!!" just because he cut his hair. Frankly, even with symbolic context, it's a reaction straight out of crack.

But enough of my ranting about N's hair (or lack of thereof). Let's move on to the other major character here, White. Oh, White. Stupid, impulsive White. It's about time you realized exactly what kinds of consequences your poorly-thought-out actions can have, but it's just a liiiittle late now. Very curious to see exactly what she plans to do about this; I doubt N's going to let her take action like that or get directly involved with what he does again, so my bets are on this alliance being severed if desperateness doesn't trump any ideas like Hm. She's not really a good ally if she keeps going around doing her own thing and burning stuff without even consulting the rest of us. Maybe we should not. But he's clearly grasping at straws here, so maybe White gets to stick around and keep blowing stuff up without another thought. Here's hoping she's learned her lesson about thinking things through.

Aside from that, I guess everyone kinda forgot about the Nimbasa bombing, eh? If I remember correctly it was confirmed that that wasn't Plasma's doing, but did the League ever make this news public? I'd imagine that, if not, rumors are flying about that being Plasma's doing, in which case the news regarding the Subway should be no surprise to anyone. And if so, why hasn't the League stepped up their security?
...Disregarding whether or not the League (or we as readers) ever found out who bombed the Nimbasa Pokemon Center, I'm now starting to wonder if the burning of the Battle Subway is actually Plasma's fault. Yes, Ghetsis was all "this means war," but is the League just blaming things on Plasma again like they did with the whole Cold Storage thing? Or maybe this is just aimless speculation and the news isn't exaggerating about the Subway being "a symbol of pride for the League and all trainers."
Speaking of which, the news in general is another thing I've got to mention. It's all standard right up until the "The Question that is in everyone's minds is" bit. This seems really over-emotional and even colloquial for a professional, region-wide(?) news station. I'm not sure if this was intentional on your part (for example, I'd expect something like this from a personal testimony, but in terms of the comic it might slow things down to switch from the standard "just-the-facts" report to a "and back to you, John" or "we turn to Driftveil Gym leader Clay for his take on this" sort of scenario so I won't go on about that too much) but the part "Is the League indeed [too] weak to defend the people from the terrorist attacks happening lately?" definitely piques my interest and leads me to believe that the League actually hasn't figured out who bombed the Pokemon Center--or, if they did, for whatever reason they're not telling anyone.
If this is anything to go by, the public is paranoid. Team Plasma's on a rampage and the League seems helpless. Caitlin might regret the whole Cold Storage setup because now people are wondering if the League really has any power. It's the perfect moment for N to sweep in and PREACH/convert/turn the general public against both the League and Plasma... if, of course, he's going to appeal to common interest instead of directly and foolishly going straight to authorities.
Or maybe I'm just over-analyzing a throwaway line and need to sleep. OTL

In any case, screwy symbolism and all, still enjoying where IBAW is going and looking forward to the next installment~ Also, since, I wasn't at your stream today, a belated congratulations for getting a working tablet and of course finishing the page! /throws confetti And if you haven't already, start feeling better or I will brick you to Satin's Heck and back (best way to make people feel better: throw blocks of construction material at them, I know) and you can take WassX and--where was I going with this.
Mewitti Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really, really like how nice and clean and smooth your shadingless pages look. It may not be as elaborate as before but you make the simplicity look great. 

I feel your pain... it's always really disappointing to have an idea of meaningful symbolism but no time to flesh it out.

Love how Champ is just lounging around all over White in those first few panels. Reptiles do like their body warmth...
CoffeeIncluded Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Yeah, it might have been better if you had put in more info on how important N's hair was--maybe always have him running it through his fingers when he's thinking or something. But this is a common trope and one of the most common things we see with N is his long hair, so it's not too out there.
A-H-R Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Heh, now he looks oddly more feminine to me, for some reason.
Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, but this is just a temporary hair cut. He'll have it shorter. XD
SoraIsMyHomeboy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
royalP Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha wass, you always point out the flaws in your comics.  

the whole time i was reading this I kept thinking how the art was good in the beginning but now it's so great and uniquely you.

don't sell yourself short.  this is a transitional page anyway.

also i love/will love the plot regardless.  i really wanna know who attacked the battle subway. 
Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmm… thank you ^^""

I do see a lot of flaws in the comic, but… yeah. Hope it'll at least be alright overall :I *curls up*
Hipopotamo90 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Looks like Armin now.
LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, it's surprising that N cut off his glorious mane because at the beginning of this page I was just thinking "What great hair N has."
A-Zetka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His fabulous, green hair :noes:
Chiara14 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the differences between the two ladies' expressions regarding N's hair XD One of them is like 'No! O_O' and the other thinks it's 'not that severe, really' xD
jsunny Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist
ahhhhh this is all too great ;v;
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