Horizon:Volume 7A Afterword

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Afterword[edit]

Now, that was Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 7-A. Things are really moving now and the characters are thinking about, making decisions about, and doing many things.

In the Warring States period, there was a generational shift or generational change in the commanders. The daimyo and commanders from before Nobunaga were really wild. They were very nearly savages, yet they were weirdly good at ruling their people. But after Hideyoshi, it was more like they were really good at fighting, but they always seemed like they were working for someone else. The image of the world really changes then, if you ask me. Beforehand, each clan and daimyo had a lot of individuality, but once a general image of unification came about, it was like everyone was formatted by it.

That said, there were still a lot of funky people doing crazy things. Like Ikeda Terumasa who was introduced this time. And come to think of it, Kiyomasa, Fukushima, and Muneshige were from that generation too. It’s like they were working under someone else’s protection, so they had a good upbringing but broke free of that cage eventually. I was thinking about that kind of thing while writing this one. Anyway, the chat.

“Got any funny stories from your school days?”

“Huh? Didn’t I already answer that?”

“Well, you told me that story about how you thought RahXephon was actually called Lagephon, went as far as abbreviating it to Lage, and only discovering what you were saying much later, but that’s a little too out there for this.”[1]

“Then how about this? During high school, I would ride my motorcycle to school. I was running late one day and decided to take a shortcut by going the wrong way into an interchange, but I got hit from behind by a dump truck.”

“How are you still alive?”

“Well, I righted my motorcycle, decided to skip school since that was too much for one day, and went straight to my part-time job where I cooked kakiage. But I realized I hadn’t eaten any lunch and started wondering if the kakiage I made was any good. I tried some and found out it was really bad, so I spat it out, coughed up some blood, and went to the hospital. Turns out I had three broken ribs.”

“Every last part of that is your own damn fault.”

Anyway, my background music this time was Ikikiru from Danganronpa. I like how tense and cool it sounds. As for the question this time…

“Who will likely regret this the most?”

Wait just a bit longer for the next part.


November 2013. An unexpectedly cold morning.

-Kawakami Minoru


Notes[edit]

  1. In Japanese, the German word Lage is used to refer to sexual positions.