So someone mentioned picturing this story as an animated series - which, TBQH, I do whenever I'm scripting or drafting, but, uh, their comment made me think "haw haw, wouldn't it be funny to make a fake Newtype Magazine spread, complete with overblown headlines and cel shading and ridiculous tilty dramatic horizon" and well
Looked at some old Newtype issues for reference - all the skies in the real spreads were blue, but screw that I wanted a sunset :I
Hand-painted/eyeballed the background from a stock photo I purchased for reference (rights included).
The cel-shading was actually pretty fun. I usually hate working with uniform line width and no undertones, but it was a fun challenge to balance the warm light and cool shadows in cel style.
Anyway, three days later, and with awesome translations by my buddy Paul, here it is: the most weeaboo shit I have ever done. If you read Japanese, you might get a larf or two.
SO ANYWAY THIS IS WHAT I DAYDREAM ABOUT SOMETIMES
p.s. Yes I know Nakai Kazuya doesn't speak English but his tone and timbre are what I have in my mind for TJ