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*Please comment only on this and previous chapters to avoid spoiling.
I feel like this thing needs debugging still.
The chapter outline for 1.9 was originally about 1.3 pages long, to give an idea of how detailed I outlined Reito/Shizuru’s dialogue and the related scenes. This is because this dialogue would open/close doors for future plot, so I had to leave enough room to both lay certain issues to rest and keep the door open for future work, if any. Succeed? Maybe. Maybe it just sucks. However, it ended up being way too long of just Shizuru talking with Reito (at least I thought so–I realize some people may not mind long chapters of talky :P). Anyway, I managed to cut a substantial chunk (nearly half a page of outline) that will instead go in Part 2, but I think it still flows fine.
On the other hand, I had neither the time nor room to go into Reito’s backstory; I might make an omake of it, but there are two aspects to his backstory that are simply “open book”: the Minagi to Kanzaki issue, and his relationship with Shizuru, if any, prior to the HiME festival. It’s actually frustrating. :P You can consider my version of Reito to be “out of character” since there’s absolutely nothing canon about any of this anyway. Still, I decided that Shizuru needed to have a more mature kind of friendship.
I also identified another timeline issue while writing this chapter. While ifuritka helped me work out the general timeline for major HiME events, having the last scene of 26 occur in the spring (note the sakura) still has another problem: Why are Reito and Mikoto still injured from the OL fight? Seriously, if Shizuru went psycho around November or whenever the autumn maple leaves fall, it wouldn’t make sense for her to run around like that over winter and through the spring, then have the OL fight occur shortly before spring break. On the other hand, having the OL fight occur shortly after the Shizuru/Natsuki thing was sparkly-resolved and then having Reito and Mikoto remained injured (and they seemed pretty minor to me) for months are contradictory, too. Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that, from the technical standpoint, I UTTERLY HATE THE LAST EPISODE. Unless someone can explain this to me nicely and slowly. T_T
University of Tokyo (sometimes called Tokyo University, I think) and law:
The information isn’t terribly explicit, but it looks like you can go through their law program as an undergraduate instead of the traditional setup here in the U.S. According to Wikipedia, their law program is pretty famous.
For Azami’s preferred hairstyle, think of a blonde version of Miwako from Honey and Clover. (At least, I think that’s a bun. Chignon? Not sure. ^_^;) In writing the section with Kosei, Yukio, and Azami (hereafter known as “KYA!”), I had to spend some time rewriting/checking over my Part 2 outline as well, which is still fairly fluid at the moment. Extra work. Parts of this chapter may change later on as I get further into the whole story because of all the details I’m trying to keep track of–I’m definitely going to lose track of some of them. Maybe I’m being impossibly ambitious. I’ll appreciate the help in keeping track of details. :P
Origami crane? :)
I decided not to “publish” the letter in this chapter. The actual contents will be made known eventually. (Admittedly, I was tempted to end at “Shizuru opened the card with trembling hands” just because I was tired. But that might be mean.)
Oh, and by the way, people: It’s GO. Not chess. Chess is for Western posers. Go is the true game of strategy! Get it straight. :P
“Although rules of Go can be written so that they are very simple, the game strategy is extremely complex. Go is a perfect information, deterministic, strategy game, putting it in the same class as chess, checkers (draughts), and reversi (othello). It greatly exceeds draughts and reversi in depth and complexity, and transcends even the complexity of chess.”