Well, I suppose technically it should be that franchise Kikaider; as I understand it, there was a live-action version that predated the anime by a few decades. But I know the anime -- few episodes that there were -- best, thanks to its Adult Swim run. I liked the show; in fact, I liked it so much that I thought, “Hey, what if I made a story like that?” And it didn’t take long for a story to start taking
form. And by “form” I mean pretty much a carbon copy. Only instead of a grim and introspective yet gentle fighting machine, it featured a grim and introspective yet gentle fighting fox-boy. And instead of fighting furious robots, my guy would fight furious mutated animals. And of course, it wouldn’t have been a story without that much-adored “I have amnesia that obscures incredibly vital details” angle. And he would be such a deeply-disturbed and fragile little flower; hell, the
plan was to actually call the story “Altered Soul.” Consider yourselves fortunate that it was just a phase, and that the story never got too far past the concept and initial planning; call it an evolutionary dead-end. That story has long since been buried, and the characters therein have either been erased or transformed into entirely new entities with entirely new personalities. Is it better now? I think so, most definitely. Is it good now? Theoretically, I think it stands a chance. Do I like it more this way? Well, I have to say
[WARNING: FATAL SYSTEM ERROR. FATAL SYSTEM ERROR. ENTROPY LEVELS CRITICAL. BOUNDARY STABILITY AT HIGH RISK.]
Uh…do what now?
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Okay, now THAT I understood. So what do I do about it?
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Oh, you’ve gotta be…! I haven’t even started on my bucket list!
[ESTIMATED TIME UNTIL UNIVERSAL COLLAPSE…well, who’s to say, really? It could happen today, tomorrow, or even yesterday. Don’t you just love how unpredictable the fabric of reality can be?
Oh nuts. It’s that time again, isn’t it?