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A Tough Audience

[A/N: Chapter 1 of a story that came into my mind as “What if this character was put in this world?” In this case, Fate/’s Elizabeth Bathory as part of Symphogear. Set after the original series, but before G. I don’t really have much beyond that basic set-up though, so we’ll see how and where this goes.]

“But why?!”

“Bathory-san, we don’t believe there is sufficient interest in a death metal concert at the academy,” the student council president said.

Elizabeth Bathory, age 16, first-year student at the Lydian Music Academy. Self-proclaimed top idol at the school, and currently trying to convince the student council to let her use the auditorium for a concert.

“I got four people to sign on. If I ask the whole school, there’s sure to be lots more!” Elizabeth didn’t want to budge on this. Her fans deserved seeing her on the best possible stage.

“How about using the band room in the basement?” the treasurer helpfully suggested. While Elizabeth might not be aware, the president’s patience was being stretched.

“No, only the auditorium will do,” Elizabeth insisted. “Anything less would be an insult to my little piggies.” She thought that much should be obvious.

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An Idol Is Born

[A/N: The prologue for a story that came into my mind as “What if this character was put in this world?” In this case, Fate/’s Elizabeth Bathory as part of Symphogear. Set after the original series, but before G.]

Young Elizabeth, age 7, was an energetic child. She didn’t like sitting still for very long, usually running off to play with the other children whenever she could get away with it. And sometimes when she couldn’t. Her parents had a handful with her, but she was such a cheerful, guileless child that it was hard to stay angry at her for very long. The main issue was that she had trouble recognising that she ever did anything wrong, but aren’t most children that way?

When out with her friends she had a tendency to try to take charge of whatever they were doing. They never really listened to her, though. Perhaps they had learned better, as Elizabeth’s enthusiasm outstretched her common sense. So not only would she get herself in trouble, but them as well.

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All A Dream?

[A/N: I have this small ball of seeds of ideas roughly falling under the label of ‘Hanamaru is too gay for this’, and one of them sprouted into this.]

“Y-You-san?” Hanamaru wasn’t sure how she had ended up on the floor, or how You had ended up on top of her. But those blue eyes were gazing down at her very intently.

“I’ve been thinking about you for a long time, Hanamaru-chan.” You’s voice was huskier than Hanamaru was used to, and the fingers caressing her scalp was making her shiver.

“You-san…” Hanamaru wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, but then You started leaning down towards her. She closed her eyes, and just as she could sense You’s closeness…

Hanamaru woke up.

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Anime Autumn Season 2017 – Early Impressions

Autumn season is steadily rolling along, and I’ve discovered I was wrong about Overlord. S2 isn’t until Winter 2018. Well, at least that means I have an extra slot this season.

I’m not sure I dare make any judgements about whether this season seems strong or weak, considering how wrong I was about Summer. I have certainly found several strong-looking shows, and some that might grow strong. I suppose it will be easier to judge by mid-season.

There appears to be a lot of shows though, but I seem to remember from previous years that Autumn is the most packed season, with Summer coming not too far behind.

Not much more to say, so I guess we might as well get started!

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Night Terrors

[A/N: Just began watching Symphogear G (finally), and this idea sprouted overnight.]

“Finé!”

Her eyes flew wide open, and Chris pushed herself up from the bed. Blearily she looked around, and it took her a good few moments before she remembered where she was. Home, not… there.

She pressed her right palm against her forehead, and squeezed her eyes shut before turning on the light. It wasn’t as harsh as that, but certain habits died hard. Genjuurou had insisted on soft, yellow bulbs for the bedroom. ‘It helps soothe your mind and soul,’ he claimed. Yet Chris didn’t feel very soothed right now.

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Won’t You Look My Way?

[A/N: Another middle of the night idea. I don’t usually write these types of stories, but I suppose I wanted to see if I could.]

She’s beautiful. The most beautiful person in the world. That’s what I think every time I see her.

Graceful, talented, cheerful… wonderful. I have never met anyone like her. Compared to her I am so painfully average. If only she would… I should say something. Hah, I keep thinking that, yet I never do. But perhaps today…

She turns her head, and our eyes meet. My heart can’t decide if it wants to leap out of my chest, or just stop dead. She smiles, a genuine one reflected in those deep blue eyes. One might think blue eyes would be cold, but hers are soft and enveloping, like a warm ocean I want to sink into. I smile back, even though I’m aware it probably looks goofy. Then I realise I’ve been staring. Again.

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Flustered Flower

[A/N: This was one of those ideas that come to me when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night/early morning. Not stuff I’d normally write, but that I just have to give a go anyway.]

“Good morning, Riri~” Mari’s perky voice rang out.

“Good morning, Mari-san,” Riko said as calmly as she could. For Riko felt like she was constantly flustered around Mari these days.

It had started with Yoshiko. She had been the first to call Riko ‘Riri’, for whatever reason. Maybe she thought it was poetic, or dramatic, or something. It was sometimes hard to get what was going on in Yoshiko’s mind.

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Day At The Zoo

[A/N: With everything else out of the way, it’s time to wrap up Daily Demon Dealings with the fourth and final chapter.]

After four weeks:

Dia had invited them to go to the zoo. Ruby was initially worried Maru and Yohane wouldn’t be interested, but Maru seemed quite excited, and Yohane said she might as well come along. If she was excited, she was doing the thing where she was acting like she wasn’t. So now the four of them were here.

Dia paid for entry for all of them, probably with money she had gotten from their mother, if Ruby was to guess. They had picked a slow day, since Dia was aware of how bad Ruby was with crowds. Ruby didn’t feel as nervous as she normally would, though. Maybe she felt safer with having three people she knew there, or maybe being around her two friends from the underworld had made her more used to people in general.

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Anime Summer Season 2017 – Final Thoughts

Thanks to moving to a new place, and various other things happening throughout September, I once again managed to fall behind on my anime watching. I think I did a decent job of catching up though. I’m not that many days behind the last show ending, I think.

For once I actually didn’t drop any shows between mid-season and the end. They were a good (or good enough) bunch of shows I had ended up with. I think the general consensus is that we had a strong season. At least the few comments I’ve seen indicate as much. So if you’re looking for something to binge on now, there’s probably something for you here.

I sadly don’t have anything new to report on the Symphogear or Precure front. I’m in a state where I could use about a month of peace and rest just to stabilise, so it’s a little too easy to procrastinate on things in favour of just doing nothing productive for a whole day.

There’s also no shows I’ve watched that are continuing into the Autumn season, so that segment is unnecessary. Certain things clearly have an S2 coming a little later, but no direct continuations right now. I have however watched a few extra things besides what just finished airing (yes, instead of what I keep saying I need to catch up with), so there will be a bonus section afterwards.

As always, you can check out the early impressions, and mid-season update, if you’re not up to date on what’s been running this season.

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Warm To The Touch

“Ugh…” Watanabe You felt miserable. Wasn’t summer supposed to be over? Yet it was still unbearably warm, even with the sun having gone down. Her brain was fried, so any more studying would have to wait. She’d taken off her glasses anyway, since they just kept sliding down her nose. At least it was slowly cooling down now. Slowly being the key word, as everything was still really clammy. Even sitting still she felt awful.

Suddenly she could feel something pressing against her back, and two arms were lazily draped around her.

“Chi… Chika-chan?” Hadn’t Chika fallen asleep after overheating? Ah, she could feel warm breath against her neck. You shivered, the sensation travelling down her spine.

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