Goddamn it brain. Stop crossing over things.
Super High School Level Student Council President, Shizune Hakamichi.
SHSL Translator, Shiina Mikado.
SHSL Painter, Rin Tezuka.
SHSL Track Runner, Emi Ibarazaki.
SHSL Conspiracy Theorist, Kenji Setoh.
I can’t make Hisao, Hanako or Lilly fit the pattern, sadly.
Horrifying Thought For The Day
*Hyun-ae Kim is mute/has an autoimmune disorder and has the same character designer as Katawa Shoujo.
In art class today, I had to draw a dude with my right foot.
I am the Rin Tezuka. It’s me.
It even turned out really good. The stuff I drew with my offhand was fucking phenomenal.
On writing romance
It surprises me now how much I like the Anna Lin / Joshua Preston relationship I’m setting up given how deeply fucked up I imagined it to be, and my reservations about including that plotline at all.
It’s hard as hell, of course. It’s not sweetness and light tinged with courage like Sara Smith’s story is. It’s not the self-aware desperation and flirtation through freudian slips of Meredith Baker, or the ‘fuck this gay romance’ subversion of yaoi bullshit that’s Derek’s path. And it’s not my trying to rewrite Gabriel’s storyline to avoid her retreading Mari Minikami or Rin Tezuka either; I don’t quite have the handle on Gabriel Invierno that I want.
Anna path was always meant to be harrowing. She’s 17 in a world that’s been at war for seven years running and where your 18th birthday is heralded by funeral bells. She’s a former gang leader who has seen the worst excesses of the tyrannical, petty dictatorships of street gangs. Not to mention some other things that made me frankly frightened to write for that pairing.
But I just wrote the capstone scene of their romance. Their interaction at the halloween party just after the first boss of the game. And I did it in a way that made me root for them. Hell, this is Tumblr: I ship Anna/Josh, now, in a way that I didn’t before.
(My OTP has always been Josh/Sara, but I can dig the other romances or I wouldn’t be writing them.)
Joshua and Anna ended up asking each other the questions I was asking about that romance, as a writer. Of course. I shouldn’t be surprised when that happens anymore - when I put my questions in the characters hands and have them answer. And it clicked.
I saw shades of Jane Shephard and Garrus Vakarian in the solution to that narrative problem, and that suits me fine. But I was finally able to understand how they could hook up because of who they were, not in spite of it. A way to make it seem inevitable, after the fact.
I have a deeper respect for those characters, now.