Dream Diary - 2.5

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我站在一个小巷前。面前有两盏灯。

一盏,挂在左手边的墙上,灯是蓝色的。灯下面是一张破旧的办公桌,不知道是谁不用了丢在那里的。

另外一盏,稍微靠后,挂在右手边的墙上,鲜红色的。灯照亮了下面的一扇门。但奇妙的是,不像蓝色的灯那样,有灰尘在其中飞舞,红色的灯光中没有灰尘。光柱反倒像是什么实体一样,散发出象牙般的光泽。

我上前去试探红色的灯。我的手触摸到了坚硬的物体——好像这不是灯光,而是一块巨大的红宝石。

有点麻烦了,我想。我手上拿着这扇门的钥匙,可灯光却阻挡着我进去。

我回到外面,试图找到一点线索。当我眼睛瞟过那张破旧办公桌的桌角的时候,一抹白色引起了注意。

我凑上前去端详。是一副 3D 眼镜。不像现在常用的那种墨镜一样的 3D 眼镜。这是一块纸板,夹上红色和蓝色的透明塑料片做成的那种简陋的 3D 眼镜。

现在怎么还有这种东西,我心想。

我捡了起来,翻来覆去地查看。没有什么异常。但没有异常就是最大的异常,这东西不属于这里。

我看向两块塑料片,红色和蓝色

搞不好是这样,我想。我带上了这副眼镜,除了世界变得单色以外,好像没有什么变化。不对。

起先发出光泽的红色灯光,现在失去了那份光泽。好像光泽转移了似的,蓝色的灯光开始带起光泽。

这个世界因为你所见而不同,我想起不知道谁说的一句话。

总之现在是可以通行了,我掏出钥匙,开锁进了屋子。


进了屋子,一股腥臭味扑鼻而来。

拿了东西就走,不在这里呆着了,我告诉自己。

可这股腥臭味实在是令人难以忍受,于是我寻找窗户,给屋子换气。

我到了厨房,厨房的窗户紧锁,上面落满了灰尘,从里面看不见外面。这房子是几十年没住人了,我一边感慨,一边打开锁,推开窗户。

出现在眼里的是尸体。人的尸体。像垃圾一样堆在外面。垃圾桶里更是趴满了软体动物一样的死人,血顺着垃圾桶流下,汇聚到下水道。我感到一阵寒战,空气里腥臭味仿佛更浓了。

我立马把窗户重新关上,试图将刚才的景象赶出脑海。

我要找的东西是一个小盒子,首饰盒那样的。我很快就找到它了——它被放在靠里的卧室的床头柜上。我转头,想赶快离开这个鬼地方。

“我等你很久了。”背后突然有女声叫住了我。回头。女性坐在窗台上,黑暗中看不清她的脸。

外面打起了闪电,她的影子直伸到我脚下。

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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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