Friday, January 22, 2010


If you've been reading this site's news regularly, you'll notice the "Monthly Update" lists projects that are never heard of again. This is an unfortunate thing that happens a lot. We start doing something, then it just kind of falls apart or we go on to other things.

Please do not think that everything goes this way. We shall try, as best as we can, to finish "Ketsueki no Iro" and to release it on time. The same goes for a couple of other projects. We won't tell you one of them, but the other is the Light Novel "Kari^2" we've been working on.

Honestly, "Kari^2" is more like a cyberpunk action-oriented RPG video game in style, which, to put in Shocky's words, brings this to mind:
"You know, if we ever got decent 3D game creation software, to go along with our 2D stuff, we could make lots more games. First off, I say we make Kari Squared into a game!! *insert maniacal laughter*"

Well, that's just wishful thinking on her part, but it probably would make a seriously cool game, so, like so many other things, it's been put on the almost-mythical "List of Upcoming(?) Projects":

List of Upcoming(?) Projects (Which may or may not ever come to final fruition, though I for one would like them to, eventually)
Kari^2 - Light Novel
Kari^2 - 3D Action Video Game
Legend Lore 2- Fantasy RPG Trilogy (Actually, this one is about 1/3 done as of...2008, 2007? Been a LONG time since we worked on it...)
Legend Lore 3- Fantasy RPG Trilogy
Blood Infinity (Bl∞d) - Short Story Series (actually revised the story some and wrote out a really cool ending a while back...there's good hope for Kimi Mélana Tepes' story yet!
[Untitled Mecha Novel] - Novel (Started this a while back, and the beginning is really cool, the characters are interesting, and it keeps your interest....until it suddenly and without warning stops. For some REALLY unknown reason, we stopped writing it...)
Ketsueki Otaku (Satsugai Series) - Short Stories from Ketsuki (Wow...these might actually be the original, final-lasting fragments of what became "Ketsueki no Iro"...or did we write these after the idea...Regardless, they formed the basis for most of the plot for "Ketsueki no Iro" and several characters. [Hmm..we should finish these...]

Well, that was interesting.
We seem to have found a new thing to quickly revise and publish.
"Ketsueki Otaku", each story being labeled "Satsugai 1/2/3/etc.", is a smallish series of short stories about victims of Kamiko's lasting evil in Ketsuki, commonly refered to as the "Yan Virus" (from "Yangire", as an in-joke). Each Otaku, as they're refered to as a member of this group, are obsessed with a particular method of, or tool used for, killing. If I remember correctly, Inoue Rissa was actually going to be a member, though that never worked out well (she eventually evolved into a magical girl instead).

So without further ado, KAMINARI presents the first in the series of "Ketsueki Otaku", a sidestory detailing minor events referenced in "Ketsueki no Iro"

"Ketsueki Otaku - Satsugai 1: Kogatana Otaku"
Chiyo/Chi, the "Kogatana Otaku", is a girl with a murderous dissocociative personality. Chiyo is obssessed with knives, and believes firmly that to kill someone you need not just anything, but a weapon that reflects the personality and being of the person being killed with it (so, even if she had dozens to choose from, she wouldn't use a weapon unless it was the perfect match for the murder). Chi, on the other hand, is cruel, ruthless, and enjoys inflicting massive psychological damage on her victims before killing them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ketsueki no Iro wa... Character Profiles Vol.3

Now, to profile the siblings of the main protagonist (you), Inoue Kyashi:

Inoue Rissa

Rissa is Kyashi's younger sister (two years younger) who attends the Public High School as a First Year. Her best friend is a blue-haired girl named Sekisetsu Suiko (a pseudonym), who is virtually obsessed with water. Rissa hates her mother for suddenly leaving one day almost a year before the game starts, and hates her twin brother even more for the same reason. Her dream is to one day become a doctor, so she has a massive collection of medical textbooks.
She is rarely seen without the ankh around her neck, a souvenir of a trip to Egypt when she was little, and the last remaining memory of her father, who died when she was 6. Though she isn't aware of it at the start of the game, Rissa is actually a fairly-powerful magical girl.

Inoue Rai

Rai, Rissa's older twin brother, attends the Private High School, and takes advantage of its boarding option, meaning he lives there. He has a job working at the convenience store near the school complexes, which allows him to sustain himself. The reason he uses this situation is to alleviate financial pressure off of his sisters, since the three were barely managing to survive until Rai and Rissa entered high school. The original plan was for all of them to attend the Private High School, but the severe lack of funds made it so only one of them could attend. Kyashi and Rissa both agreed that Rai (the only academically-focused one of the siblings) deserved it, so Kyashi transferred to the Public High School, the same place that Rissa had enrolled in.
Rai is blind in his left eye. When he was leaving, Rissa got very angry at him, accusing him of being "just like their mother", and punched him (rather hard) in the face, causing permanent damage to his eye, which rapidly lost all sight.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Three new stories!

Hello, KAMINARI fans! Today we have a treat for you! An actual story! But no, not just one, but three! Yes, THREE stories!

"Pocket Guide to Ketsueki no Sekai"
One of several "Pocket Guidebooks" put out by the fictional "Kaminari Corps", an omnipresent entity in the KAMINARI Verse. This Guidebook features information on Ketsuki, also known as "Ketsueki no Sekai", the setting of "Ketsueki no Iro wa...". Included are details of its denizens and its history (including mythology), among other points of interest.

"The Legend of Kamiko"
Somewhat spoiler-ish, one might say, but in truth it is a vital piece of backstory, detailing the true history of Kamiko, Tenko, Tanno, and Eki, the four super-powerful supernatural beings in "Ketsueki no Iro wa...". Included in this tale are the origins of how Tanno became a KAMINARI employee, the full story behind "Claire and the Lilies" (see the "Pocket Guidebook to Ketsueki no Sekai", under the Mythology section), and the details of the climactic battle that took place thousands of Ketsuki years previously.

"The Short Days of Summer"
(NOTE: Not for the squeemish, or those who do not like blood, death, or the idea of 7-year-old murderers)
An original short horror story about a young girl who discovers a fun game to pass the time during one fateful summer.
[Note: Revision 2 Version - The orginal "extended ending" of all of a paragraph didn't really fit well with the overall feel of the story, so we eliminated it. Now, the story flows MUCH nicer.]