Soft Duty

[A/N: Another silly Comic Girls idea. This just started from me thinking up the line “you need to be Rukki’s plushie”, and it escalated from there. Nothing indecent, I promise. I like soft girls being soft, and this show is very good at that. Also Kaos’s thirst levels are through the roof. Future episodes might give me more ideas.]

A gentle shaking stirred Kaos from her slumber.

“Kaos.”

A voice was calling to her.

“Hey, Kaos.”

It wasn’t loud, but it was insistent. Kaos thought she recognised that voice.

“Tsubasa-san?” she mumbled as she blearily opened her eyes, but she couldn’t see very well yet.

“Kaos, you need to go be Rukki’s plushie,” said the voice that sounded like Tsubasa.

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[A/N: Wanted to write more BanG Dream, and it just so happened that I had a MisaKanon idea to work on in time for Kanon’s birthday. No birthday theme on it, but that’s because when I came up with it I wasn’t yet aware it was Kanon’s birthday soon. Also sticking to birthday themes for a birthday fic only works if there’s a good enough idea there. This was just a cute idea I came up with due to Kanon’s legendary bad sense of direction. Maybe next time I’ll do a “they’re together already” fic for these two, but this fit this particular idea better.]

It was finally time for Okusawa Misaki to head home after her part-time job. She somewhat amazed herself by being able to be Michelle both in the band, and at work, but it’s strange how much you can get used to. Though she worried that she might get too used to it. She sometimes joked that one day she and Michelle would become one, but she would rather that it remained a joke.

Before she even got out of the shopping district, she spotted a figure nervously pacing back and forth. A figure sporting a familiar-looking head of blue hair. As she got closer, Misaki could even hear the occasional “Fuee~”, leaving no doubt who it was.

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Everybody Likes Girls

[A/N: So this time I wanted to do a short Comic Girls story. My growing feeling with the show has been that Kaos and Ruki should definitely kiss, so I thought up a silly idea for how that might happen.]

“You’re getting better with the computer, Ruki-san,” Kaos said.

“Only because you’ve been a good teacher, Kaos-chan,” Ruki said, and leaned back. Honestly it was all rather mysterious still, but at least she was getting a basic understanding of the art program. Though she couldn’t match Kaos’s speed at all. Almost funny to think of, considering how slow Kaos was with physical tools.

Kaos’s expression was decidedly smug from the compliment. “I guess I have a few skills of my own, hehe,” she said proudly.

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A New Look

[A/N: More BanG Dream fic! I’ve been wanting to write something with these two for a while, even before I started playing the mobile game. But it took me a while to work out how to do it. It ended up becoming really angsty, though it does have a happy ending in case you’re worried. I just like being mean to fictional characters sometimes.]

Himari had gotten a simple text from Tomoe: “Hey, I got some new clothes. Could you come over and tell me what you think?

She was naturally quite curious what it could be that Tomoe wanted her to look at. Tomoe was usually pretty confident in her style, so there being something she wanted an opinion on intrigued Himari.

She didn’t have to wait long before the door opened. It was Tomoe herself who answered. She was wearing a red sweater and some black jeans that fit her usual, cool style, so that probably wasn’t what she wanted Himari’s opinion on.

“Ah, Himari! Come in.” Tomoe stepped aside. “I’m glad you came.”

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A Year of Hearts Entwined

[A/N: It has been a whole year since I got my AO3 account, and posted my first fic over there. Which was the BanG Dream fic “Courage of Heart“, featuring Arisa and Kasumi. So for the anniversary of my account, I wanted to do an anniversary fic for the two of them. With the Bandori rhythm game now finally out in English, it’s a good time to revisit these girls anyway. I wanted to try to stick to the original naming scheme for the series, but I’m not very good at naming fics. So let’s call this close enough, yeah?

With a year having passed, I wanted to portray how Arisa has softened and matured a little, even though she’s still herself. Though Kasumi will always be Kasumi.]

Kasumi put her head down on the table in Arisa’s room. “Ugh… can we take a break?” she groaned.

“Sure! Once we’re done with chapter 5,” Arisa said, immediately snuffing out the hope that had blossomed in Kasumi’s eyes for just an instant.

“5?! But we’re still on chapter 4!” Kasumi’s voice was filled with disbelief and sorrow.

Arisa smirked. “Well, then you’d better hurry up.” Maybe she was enjoying watching Kasumi squirm a little too much, but being aware of that wasn’t about to stop her.

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Tired Backstage

[A/N: I have been playing a lot of Bandori lately, and as such the various girls have been increasingly on my mind. Misaki is easily my favourite of them, though they’re all good girls. While Arisa/Kasumi will always be my OTP for this franchise (can’t get enough of them), I have started to get invested in other pairings too. Like Misaki/Kanon. So I wanted to do a little thing for them.]

Misaki was sitting inside the Michelle costume on a bench backstage after Hello, Happy World’s latest show. There wasn’t much of any movement from the suit.

Kanon walked over to her, carrying a water bottle. “You did good out there, Misaki-chan,” she said in a kind voice.

The bear stirred ever so slightly. “Kanon-san? Ah, thank you.” Misaki’s voice was usually fairly monotone, but it somehow seemed even flatter than usual today.

A hint of concern showed in Kanon’s eyes. “Are you okay?” she asked.

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Anime Spring Season 2018 – Early Impressions

We’re back for another one!

I didn’t know a whole lot beforehand this time, and have been going in more or less blind on most of this stuff. Which has been a bit of a roller coaster, let me tell you.

Nothing for the Actively Avoiding column this time, since I didn’t have enough information to base such a decision on.

Blimey, it feels like there’s a lot this season, though. I’ve been extra delayed for various reasons, so this has taken extra long to get through, but even so it feels like there’s a bit too much. Not to mention that most of it is not terribly exciting. While there’s been a few nice surprises, there’s really nothing that’s blown me away this season. At least not to the extent of last season.

I have also decided to keep my watch list pretty sparse this season. So my mid-season and final posts won’t have a lot on them. I’m thinking of starting with five, plus… two shorts. I have some candidates that might get added if I have time, but for now those five will have to do. Maybe I can do something about my backlog instead.

Let’s just get into it, then. As usual this is just a master-post with a quick summary, while the full impressions are in the links below.

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Damp by Downpour

[A/N: It’s now a little more than a year since I started writing fiction on the regular, and at the time I didn’t really pay attention to birthdays of the Aqours girls, or anyone else for that matter. But this year I am aware that we have reached Watanabe You’s birthday, so! A story! I feel like I could have done better, but I’ve had some issues focusing. That happens sometimes, and there’s not a lot to do about it. In the end I just decided I wanted to post something.

As for the pairing, I decided that via poll. I put up two polls on Twitter, but to keep it kinda random, I didn’t say what the options were for. I had one ship ready for each possible combination, but I maybe should have foreseen that when given three options, people would naturally gravitate towards the middle one. So in the 1-2-3 poll, 2 won handily, and in the A-B-C poll, B won, though it was a much closer call. And 2B was YouRiko. See, the first poll was to decide the year, and the second was listing the names alphabetically. So for example 1A would have been YouMaru, and 3C YouMari. 2C was reserved for Chika/Riko/You, since shipping You with herself, or doing her solo, wasn’t something I wanted in either case.

Making it adult life was simply because that fit better with the idea that came to me. Anyway! In spite of my scatterbrained state, I hope it’s still okay.]

The door smacked close behind a dripping Watanabe You.

“I’m home,” she said in a miserable tone as she peeled her jacket off. The forecast had said it would only be partly cloudy today, but the cloud that had passed over this area had opened itself up, and unloaded upon the populace.

“Welcome back,” said a voice from further inside.

You walked slowly towards the living room as she peeled off more layers of wet clothing.

“Oh wow, it really came down that hard?” Riko commented as the soaked You came into sight.

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Anime Winter Season 2018 – Final Thoughts

The first season of 2018 is wrapped up, at least for my part. It feels like a lot has happened in the month and a half since I last posted about this, and a lot of that has been not anime. I had to tear myself away from BanG Dream: Girls Band Party to actually finish this. The original plan had been to put this out on the day Overlord finished, but that didn’t happen, and then it kept being put off.

Though I whittled my list down to 8 shows (and 3 shorts) by mid-season, it turns out only five of those I actually kept up with regularly. Of the remaining three I watched two of them in a big catch-up at the end, one of them had its production break down in a very public spectacle.

See, I took it upon myself to start a large self-indulgent writing project, which ate a lot of my time, and I didn’t really want to set aside time for other things. Though with Overlord’s finale being a week after just about everything else, it gave me some extra time to get caught up with the rest, but I still didn’t quite get there by that time.

Minor notes: I’ve heard Violet Evergarden and Toji no Miko actually got quite good past the point where I left them behind, so those might still be worth a look. And I assume Kokkoku and Mitsuboshi Colors stayed good as well.

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Everyone Wants A Goth GF

[A/N: The seed for this idea has been around for nearly two weeks, but it only properly sprouted this morning, so it took a while to get started writing. You could say I had a… slow start. Now I have some issues with how Slow Start turned out, but I recognise that it has a lot of good sides too, and Hana and Tama are definitely one of them. As soon as I saw the little scene that confirmed that Hana had some feelings for Tama, I knew I had to turn that into a fic somehow. Including the “goth gf” stuff was just for fun. I’m an unrepentant memester.]

Ichinose Hana could see the stairs up to the meeting point, and before she even got to the first step, she heard someone call from above.

“Hana-chan!”

The excited voice belonged Momochi Tamate, or just Tama-chan for short. Excited seemed to be her natural state.

Hana waved. “Hello Tama-chan!”

Tama had called Hana the day before to ask her to come shopping, and since it was a day off, they had even managed to get going early.

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