恋爱喜剧害死人

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小千的一天从开始就很忙碌。

只听见她咚咚踏踏跑上楼,跑到一个卧室门前。

深深地呼气,深深地吸气。

用最大的嗓门喊:“起床了!!!哥哥!!!”

“今天的早餐是小千特制的培根煎饼和鸡蛋,记得吃哦。”她把装着早餐的盘子摆到餐桌上的空位前。

吃完早饭,整理好后,她对着门廊说:“我先走了。”

这就是小千的早晨。


小织是市立高中的二年级生,现在上完一上午课的她,正准备去吃午饭。

她收拾好桌面,抬起头,闯入视野的是她的两个好朋友,各自手里拿着午餐盒。一起吃吗,其中一个问道。

“哈哈……”她露出尴尬的微笑,但没说什么。

两个人互换了一下眼神。第一个人点了点头。

“你们去吃吧。”小织起身说道。

“回见。”点头的人说。

“保重。”另一个人说。

小织抱着午餐盒,慢慢悠悠地朝着社办走去。


课上,每个同学轮流朗读昨天留的作业:我的梦想。

轮到小夏的青梅竹马了,小夏看着他站起来,站得挺直,开始念道:

“我的梦想是成为一名消防员。这样在人们遇到危险的时候,我就能解救他们。

“在他们需要帮助的时候,我就能帮助他们。”

“我在电视上经常看到消防员们,他们舍己为人的精神深深感动了我,所以我也想像他们一样,成为一个消防员。”

……

当轮到小夏的时候,她醒了。小夏坐起来,环顾四周,她发现自己在学校旁公园的长椅上睡着了。

我当时的梦想是什么,是新娘吗?她问自己。

小夏笑了。夕阳在她背后,她一个人走在回家的路上。


小千回到家,发现餐桌上摆着一盘煎饼和鸡蛋。于是她倒掉了。

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今天没打游戏。

小说

磨了一点 Your Diary 的感想,就没动了,买了另外一本三秋的书,加上一本书凑免邮。反而是看纸城境介的继母的拖油瓶是前女友看到快 6 点。

很有趣的小说。男性向的。

因为看轻小说不用带脑子,所以这也是不带脑子的评论。这也是我的一种心理安慰。一个人如果因为一本无趣的小说而熬夜,那未免也太空虚了吧。

在访谈中,关于连载,作者纸城大致是这么说的:如果小说被印刷成书出版,那只能让读者享受 3 小时;而如果放在网络上连载,则能够让读者每周都享受 168 小时。

关于这部书有趣的地方,作者大致是这么说的:我写这部作品,就专注于这一点,而不是加入学园祭等各种元素来充实内容,这使得这部作品非常纯粹。

因为我记的不太清楚了,所以就不加 quote 了。当然这也不代表我个人观点,虽然说人会把记忆改造成自己想要的样子,但我觉得这观点怎样都好,所以就忘的差不多了,更别说根据自己的好恶改造了。

我个人觉得误会是这部作品的一个支撑,也是全篇反复出现的一个要素。男女主人公因为小小的误会,关系出现了隔阂,导致最终的分手。男主自认为讨厌女主,但心里还给女主留着位置,他并努力和女主保持着适当的距离;而反观女主,男主在面前的时候针锋相对,不在面前的时候变身大花痴。导致怎么看,都是变相秀恩爱。

这让我想起了作品时间和现实时间同步的一部网络小说,其天气也是忠实于日本某地的天气。可名字忘了。

今天下雨。

看了一点人间失格,感觉不能理解。先不管三张相片是想表达什么(从内容上看推测是概括了主角的一生),几页看下来,大致是一位神经性厌食症少年的独白。具体是不是还要继续往下看。

摄影

我不摄影。

看了一篇关于 Magnum Contact Sheets 的博客,讲的很长很详细,地址忘了。

Contact sheets 是在底片时代,摄影师为了降低成本,就先把底片的缩小版印下来,再在其中挑选想要的照片。从 contact sheets 中可以看到摄影师的思考,过程,以及失败。Magnum 是有名的摄影师社区,其成员都是经过遴选的,因此这本书里的 contact sheets 也可算是大师级别的作品。

看到 Dali Atomicus 的时候,我以为里面的人是随便一个演员,结果一查是达利本人,而其创意也来自达利的画 Leda Atomica,里面的物体都是漂浮着的,在照片中该画被悬在右侧。照片里的猫也是真的,是助手丢出去的。大概那时候没有动物保护组织,可以随便来。照片一共拍了28次,可以说不管是摄影师,达利,打扫的人,还是猫都辛苦了,猫还会被水浇到,所以可能最辛苦。

总而言之,文章想对广大摄影爱好者表达的几点建议,一个是多拍,一个是拍了要看,一个是以前拍的也要看,说不定会有新的发现(因此不要立即删掉觉得不好的照片)。

字体

方正面向移动端阅读,推出了方正悠宋。当然要钱,而且不能发布。因此我没用。当然如果遇到什么好的免费的衬线体,大概是会换的,不然英文是衬线,中文是黑体,不免有些不协调。

注:移动端是这样,电脑端可能不是这样。

Hymmnos 字体也会加回来的,大概。

其他的记不清了。

想不到要写什么了。

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Headnotes:

  1. Kagami no Kuni no Iris(literally Iris in the world of mirror), is a parody of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, which is translated to Kagami no Kuni no Alice in Japanese.
  2. Iris refers to SCP-105, who once had the name of Iris Thompson.

When I see the poster, I was like, OMG Akira is writing something about SCP! Shit I’m gonna buy it! Wait, it’s only 330+ pages and costs 1200 yen! That’s twice the price of an ordinary lightnovel!

The price makes me hesitate for a while, but I bought it anyway.

I think it is inevitable to showcase SCPs’ effects when introducing them. We are reading a story, not just a piece of description. We expect to see SCPs in action, not in tales or behind hardened glass. So the choices are limited: we need them to breach, to break free, in order to unleash their full power. Keeping them in containment wouldn’t provide us much opportunity to diverge from the original description text and go further in terms of creation and originality. And that’s what their poster suggests, A large scale containment breach.

The poster from Bookstore Hifumi, before its release being delayed to Sept. 4thThe poster from Bookstore Hifumi, before its release being delayed to Sept. 4th

Moreover, something deep in me is curious and excited to see a brand new breath blown into the somewhat gloomy and serious SCP objects. Akira is well known for writing abnormal things: he wrote for Yumenikki, and also that ECHO1 song by GUMI/Megpoid. Therefore, it is completely sensical for him to put his hands on the SCPs, which is also a symbol of abnormality.

Admittedly it is a hard take: you may end up with an amalgamate which lets everybody down and pisses off readers from both side. But it’s Akira we’re talking about, maybe he can make it. At least that’s what I thought when I saw him on the cover.

And here’s Shidu, who has made PVs for almost all Kagerou Project songs(some others done by the hands of Wannyanpuu), then the illustrations for the KagePro lightnovel. I just mention him by the way, though I cannot think of someone better than him to handle illustrations for cool things like the SCP.

That’s what I thought before reading it, and after reading, I would say: that’s what one would expect out of Akira.

The one and only good thing is that it is good for an introduction to the SCPs. In the novel, the specialties and backstories of the SCPs are carefully covered. Like how Iris discovered her ability, and the tragedy MTF Rho-71 “Origami Toads” encounters during their exploration of the carnival of horrors(SCP-823). And it even goes to length about what an SCP is, and what the Foundation is for. So almost everybody could enjoy this novel without looking up everything and wonder what on earth they are talking about.

Maybe it is also the reason for why almost all SCPs involved lie in the range of 000 ~ 999: they enjoy more popularity. However, it’s just a possibility.

But one thing a reader might notice is that there are some changes to the original SCP stories. For example, in the SCP-823 expedition, Akira saved one of the Rho-71 soldiers from forced sexual entry into the eye. Instead, he killed the poor soldier with a SCP-173 style neck-snapping by the hippo mascot, and then blow up the displaced head as if it is a balloon. It’s OK, since usually the mascots are the ones that hand out balloons to visitors. I guess Akira had to do it because “forced sexual entry into the left eye” may be too much for a casual lightnovel reader, let alone for himself to depict such a scene.

Something making me feeling unsatisfied is that we are dealing with safe objects most of the time. Except for the Teddy bear, the carnival of horrors, and Dr. Bright’s pendant, almost everything that plays a part in the story is safe. Some other unsafe objects, like the old man, the young girl, and the sculpture, are only mentioned orally.

The thing that confuses me the most is that almost everybody does not treat the main character as a D-class personnel, even though he’s wearing that orange jacket all the time. For example, he’s allowed to operate the coffee machine, which needs security clearance 2 to do so. And he’s not terminated on sight by those MTF soldiers when in the amusement park: they should kill any straying D-class personnel, but in the end they leave him alive. So effectively the main character is just cosplaying a D-class personnel, nobody takes it for real.

And the most distressing part, there is no large scale containment breach as the poster boasted, which is a huge let down for me. Probably we can witness one in the sequel(it’s Kagami no Kuni no Iris 1, so there will probably be a 2, if the sale goes well of course). But first thing first, Akira needs to set up the stage, and Book 1 might serve such a purpose.

However, the book ends in a way that even if Akira won’t write a book 2, it will be still alright. To be exact, the protagonist, ███, is found a visitor from a parallel universe. His ability, with Iris’ help, makes this inter-world travel possible. In the epilogue "Milestone Iris, he’s sent back to world he belongs to, so the whole story is wrapped up where it begins.

It’s, well, not that bad. Everyone’s doing it. Even though I like the way of leaving a cliffhanger and keeping everybody in suspense, like what Falcom did with the Cold Steel, the reality is hard: one don’t know when he stops until he stops. There are many obstacles to the sequel: the sales, the reception, and the worse among them, the writer himself. And if one keeps the expectation too high and fails to answer it, it will be a hard landing. Although Akira’s nowhere near Hikari Sugii and Hitoma Iruma, he is still eligible for one of the guys who are the best to start a story, but the worst to conclude it. He’s not working on series(including the cases where he tried but failed) since the end of Sasami, which is Nov. 2013. So it might be hard for him to maintain the momentum and continue the adventure. So such an end may indicate his lack of confidence, or simply his lack of ideas for the second volume.

So the best we can do is to be patient and hopeful, to wait for the sequel of the story. I can give no final judgment until the final piece is in place.

Footnotes

  1. It has millions of views on Niconico and Youtube but I don’t know what the hell’s going on. Can someone tell me please?

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Memories, Off

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The title of this post refers to the galgame series produced by the once existing KID, though there is no obvious relevance between the game and this article(though the protagonist in Yubikiri no Kioku does have a memory loss and mistakes himself for someone else). By the way, an eighth installment of it is near its publication by MAGES, the franchise’s now owner, along with GloriaWorks. It was once decided to be a homage to one of the songs of Jin’s Kagerou Project, but you are not seeing it here because I forgot that and went for this one.

This article contains spoilers, which may harm or even completely ruin your playing or reading experience of the works, including but not limited to:

Game Shichinen go de Matteiru (waiting for you seven years later), fumi_md Lightnovel Tosho Meikyuu (the labyrinth of book), Juuji Shizuka, Shirabi Lightnovel Boku no Shiranai Rabukome (the love comedies I don’t know), Kashimoto Tsubame, Pyon-Kti Lightnovel Owari no Album (album of the end), Sugii Hikari

Note the pen names are kept as is: their surnames – if those could be called surnames – sits before their names. Make sure before reading on.

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