Horizon:Kimitoasamade 4B Afterword

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That was Kimitoasamade 4-B.

This volume brought the Gagaku Festival to a close. This story took place at a time the characters look back on in the main story, but I wanted to show you how exciting things were back then too. That group is always up to something.

Anyway, this was like having a serialization for a year and a half, so I learned a lot about pacing. It was different from serialized magazine short stories and it let me experiment in ways I can’t in the main series. I am thankful to everyone involved for giving me this opportunity. After all, I knew nothing about the etiquette for writing bonus novels and it reminded me that I still have so much to learn even after a dozen or so years doing this.

I was also reminded that to create is not to “create something to give to others”; it is to “create yourself to give to others”. Also, I always enjoy seeing the illustrations because there’s usually something like the back shots on the covers that make me say “oh, you can do that?”

I hope to do a lot more in the future too.

Now for the chat.

“Have you at least read to 2-B?”

“Huh? I decided to wait until they put out a box set to buy it.”

“Damn you!”

“Get a load of this: My dog ran away when it was snowing the other day. He left footprints in the snow, so I followed those and ended up rescuing the neighbor’s dog who I found caught in a pitfall in the park.”

“Can I ask what became of your dog? And don’t dig pitfalls in the park.”

“I didn’t do it. Why would you assume that? When I got home, mine was in front of the house and he pissed himself with happiness the instant he saw me. And he looked really proud of himself afterwards. Then one of the neighbors saw me shoveling that snow to the side of the road, but I’m pretty sure they thought I had done it. But c’mon, I don’t do it in front of the house.”

And where do you do it?

Anyway, thank you very much, everyone. The main story occurs about a year after this and a lot of new things lie in store for Asama and the rest of Class Plum between now and then.

Like what, you ask? The Student Council Election, the Chancellor’s Officers Recommendation Exam, the School Festival, and lots more. I suppose I might write about those if I have a chance.

The background music this time was Kimitoasamade from the end of the story, but my question is, “Who did it ‘fit’ the most?”

And with that, I hope you will continue to follow this group’s adventures.

Another snowy morning in 2013.

-Kawakami Minoru