I originally intended to have an omake for Ro.Te.O, but scrapped it because two series ran concurrently then.
- Starting transmission 10 (omake) –
Daichi: Oh, you’re filming at the moment, Kai? Why’d you start filming earlier than when you were told?
Kai: [writing and then showing the MB to Daichi and Reika] Just to see if it was working.
Reika: Kai! Over here!
*camera put down*
Kai: Dammit, I want hair like yours!
Daichi: [with a sweatdrop and a sheepish laugh] So that’s why she was doing that the first time I saw her.
:Hanaka’s Guide to Flowers Around ‘The School of Paradise’: [Abridged by Daichi]
- All flowers located somewhere in the building are named after creatures. Mythical creature names like Minotaur are used for the ones on the balconies.
- All flowers in any other spot in the school are given human names.
- All flowers in the school are birds of paradise and are kept in pots. (They need more diversity in flowers.) The ones inside are much better off than the ones outside because of acid rain. However, all plants have adapted to the acid rain.
- There are flowers on the roof which require the most care. They go against naming conventions – they’re named after foods because of the picnics Reika has there.
- There are no flowers on the floor with the swimming pool.
- There are 37 plants found around the school building.
On the Other Side
“The beach! A place for relaxation since the dawn of time,” Crimson declared, looking out over the vast expanse of strangely-not-acid-water (murky brown, but not detrimental to health) and brownish sand. “It looks just like it used to. Except the sand is a different colour and there’s less of it.” He shoved that last comment in quickly.
“I heard from Nic beaches used to have golden sand and blue water in some places. Is that what you’re thinking?” Daichi put in, with an affirmative response from the redhead. “Well, this water has been purified for any traces of acid…” he mused while Crimson ignored him.
A group of tanned guys the duo didn’t know came over hauling surfboards. One wearing a tennis visor raised an eyebrow for a second. “You aren’t from around here. You’re a non-magica. He’s a magica, we know him from the news. Plus he has those long scars on his upper arm.” (‘He’ referred to Crimson.) As Visor said this, Crimson checked and found that he (Visor) was right – despite the accelerated healing that was associated with blood powers, there was a straight slash on his upper arms. Visor finished, “That scar is the mark of a magica.”
Daichi was about to protest but Crimson made a gesture saying, ‘They won’t listen to you. Just go along with it.’
“Join us!” yelled one of the other guys to Daichi and Visor, who’d taken to the water already, so the former did. Crimson started running after them, but Visor stopped him. “Go join your own kind over that-a-way.” The redhead got pointed to ‘that-a-way’, shoved in the pointed direction then left alone.
A wave of sadness and nostalgia numbed his mind as he went to set up the beach blankets. Those guys weren’t magica and they gave him hate just for being what they weren’t. Just like he’d been treated long ago…
Kai had come to the beach to do some training. However, seeing the great Crimson curled into a ball on a blanket made her forget what she was doing.
“Have you ever encountered those guys?” he enquired, gesturing at the guys who were trying to help Daichi surf.
Kai, being a regular to the beach, nodded and added by writing on her MB, “They don’t know what it’s like on the other side.” She gathered some of the ocean water into a wave and drenched the group, avoiding Daichi. “How does that make you feel, Crimson?” she wrote.
Crimson’s smile told her everything she needed to know.
The Making of ‘The Future is Crimson’ 1
Just thinking back, Crimson was originally meant to be my version of a kaitou. I tried bending the conventions but it failed, hence the eventual death of the original story.
After reading the TV Tropes article on cyberpunk, I thought it would be good to revive it through that genre. It morphed into future fantasy halfway through. Kate’s name change to Kai was because it made for more surprise and both could be short for Kaitlyn. The tsundere part was an unintended morph but worked better than Kate did.
I made it close to 3000 AD because the real future would be different to the version I make it out to be and also because of a story I once did where the world was postapocalyptic. I didn’t want to copy that – from there I thought it should be a world where everything’s familiar yet not simultaneously.
On the Other Side was formed from a want of Daichi seeing ‘the other side’ – the tech users – and an image of Daichi talking to some strangers while the girls fought off bad guys in the background. Obviously the second part never got there but having Kai show her kinder side exists in exchange.
- Ending transmission 10 (omake) –
What I meant by ‘there’s less sand’ in On the Other Side is that the sea level rose.
Next time, it’s back to the main story.