- Episode 6: Without Even Trying –
Remembering Keisuke’s advice, Techno concentrated on the small board behind the angel. Suddenly, it detached from the wall, crackling electricity and causing nearby spectators to evacuate.
Loki, squinting at Techno, realised the hero had a smirk on his face and found himself grinning along with him. The god had no idea what the battler was planning, but the atmosphere gave the impression there was at least a small chance of Techno winning.
As Azrael landed, his eyes faded to brown, and suddenly he was curled up whimpering about what would fall next. With a gesture that looked like Techno was flipping a table with his left hand, the screen flew into the air like it was controlled by Carmen’s telekinesis. He was about to bring it down on Azrael but then the Spirit intervened by head-butting the technopath. (The Spirit may have been a bunch of shadows, but the head-butt still hurt.)
“Foul! Intervention,” came over the loudspeaker with the Spirit and Azrael forcefully removed from the ring by bodyguards in the sunglasses-suit-combo. “Automatic win to Techno.”
Just after Steve left the ring the same way he’d come, he dashed up to Azrael. “You know you don’t have to be so gloomy.” Suddenly, he beamed at the angel. “I’d be happy to be your friend.” The still teary angel gave a thinking face like Keisuke had done earlier that day, and then whispered into Steve’s ear. “I’ll see you later!” the bespectacled boy called, waving as he left. One small step for him, one giant leap for his dream.
Later, Steve stepped into the concrete courtyard with his costume in hand, only to get pelted with mid-autumn torrential rain and have to put it over his head instead. To his left was the path leading to the dorms so he dashed up it, his feet crunching on the gravel as he took another left to get to the male dorms. He was heavily panting by the time he made it up the stairs and in his room.
After passing by the mirror, he paused then put on the headset that he’d received from the stadium. His glasses caught the twilight, making him imagine the many adventures to come…and seeing Techno actually win some battles for once.
He was snapped out of his stupor by a voice shouting: it was the guy in the room opposite his, Tetsuya, trying to get his friend Ryou to understand something. Steve would have told them to quieten down but it was already time for dinner.
The next day, Theo delivered some packages to the four boarding members of the project. While they (and Keisuke) had been busy acquainting themselves with their powers, he’d been working on a device which, when attached to an ordinary phone, would enable them to talk to each other even in circumstances where a phone wouldn’t work. In Carmen’s case she’d be able to use telepathy if she were holding a phone with the device on it.
- End –
Some gods in Kamigami no Asobi are represented in this story. The reason for having Loki in the story was to poke fun at that show and to combine its particular incarnation of him with Matantei Loki…
- Profile 5 (omake) –
Name: Loki (his surname for school purposes is ‘Laevatinn’, the name of his staff)
Age: ?? (appears to be in his teens)
Powers: manipulation and creation of fire, shapeshifting… (Theo may have put some limiter on him to make him on par with the other members of the project.)
Personality: A trickster and charmer at heart. Loki, despite his reputation, is actually a rather nice guy but has to warm up to people (pardon the pun) first hence the reason why he’s at Castlechase. He’s very chilled, calm and able to kick butt unless any water god or any large body of water is involved – he’s hydrophobic. Like the element he represents, he can be destructive if given the right incentive.
Relationships with other members of the project (and Susanou):
- Theo: Not the best relationship between these two. Loki’s always been shunned by other Norse gods including Odin (Theo) but knows that if he were to bring up his reputation with humans that wouldn’t be the case. Odin still has faith in him though.
- Keisuke: Loki wants Keisuke to talk. Conversely, Keisuke senses that he and Loki are similar in some way.
- Steve: Loki likes his attitude and friendliness. Steve doesn’t really like him though due to his reputation.
- Carmen: No interactions as of yet. Carmen doesn’t like guys like Loki, she thinks they’re show-offs.
- Minako: If she weren’t brainwashed the two would be good friends. With brainwashing, the two don’t really trust each other but the two haven’t had any interactions yet.
- Susanou: The major god to interact with Loki. Susanou keeps Loki in line whereas Loki makes Susanou act out of line – the perfect representation of frenemies.