This Croc Will Die in 100 Days is a free, single page web comic where a single page was released every day by the author for 100 days. It’s safe to say that this thing has gone viral as the final comic has reached over 1.5 million likes on Twitter, the comic had a mention on Japanese News, and the author has commented on a movie being made.
The premise is that a crocodile who is seemingly living and ordinary life in Japan will die in 100 days or 100 issues since the comic was released daily. This comic is mostly a slice of life and a comedy, with the supposed twist in the title being the death of the character in 100 issues.
I read through this comic in a single sitting and what surprised me most is how much the ending affected me. Like most people, the protagonist is just living his life. He has friends, a crush, a job and aspirations. Like in most slice of life stories, you can’t help but get attached to the character and his group of friends. All of this exacerbates the impending sense of doom that you know is probably coming.
And the thing about the ending is that your not sure if the protagonist will die or not. Will it be a joke death? Will it be a dramatic death? Will he come back to life? I had no idea, but my feeling as I headed toward the end of the comic was that it would be an emotional end. You’ll have to read it for yourself to form your own opinion.
The art is very shoddy, but it is deliberately so. It adds to the comedic nature of the comic and how nonchalant the story is, despite the very serious title. It fits the tone of the story well.
Overall, I enjoyed this short comic. There was an interview with the author that this comic was inspired by his experience with the death of friend he had years ago. And I definitely felt that as the ending was very real to me. It becomes that much more real by the fact that much of the world is under quarantine for this life threatening disease. This comic definitely made me spend a moment to think about life and death. If you have thirty minutes to an hour to spare, I recommend you Google this thing and give it a read.