Boys! Flowers! Hearts! Love! Boys! Nice hair! Magic! Boys! Magic Boys!
Back in high school a friend and I had a dream of creating an epic shoujo manga to end all shoujo manga. It would be both parody and subversion of the often ridiculous tropes of manga for girls. It would pay cynical homage to such classics as Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Fushigi Yuugi, The Rose of Versailles and even non-shoujo stereotypes like Rurouni Kenshin and Dragonball Z. There would be an 11-year old cat girl with the body proportions of a grown woman, a mysterious and handsome masked character who would periodically save the two schoolgirl protagonists from mortal peril, and every single prominent character would end up in a schoolgirl uniform at least once throughout the series.
11 years in and out of hiatus later, I think I’ve come to terms now with the fact that I’m probably not the person to illustrate this project, as much as I’d love to. I get distracted by other projects, I lose confidence in my ability to draw beyond living things and stop, I prioritise life over art (disgusting, right?). Basically, as far as this project goes, I am the writer, the character designer, the storyboarder… everything but the illustrator.
All that is really required to make this project a success is your passion. The script is fun! Here is the premise:
Two schoolgirls are sucked into a magical book which transports them to a fantasy world that needs their help… or does it?
Here is a small sample of the notes written up at the onset of its conception:
- Protagonist is labelled as some kind of ‘Chosen One’ but never actually achieves anything or saves anyone from anything
- Any romance is purely based on appearance
- ‘The End’ appears quite often, but the story keeps going
- High pitched, badly sung, annoyingly catchy, irreverent theme song
- Everyone’s hair is always perfect
- Bad guy stalking good guys, looking very obvious
- Recurring interruptions when bishounen companion starts talking about his “dark past”
- Bad puns throughout
- Protagonist questions the possibility that she may be evil and the cause of all their problems. Doesn’t get any attention or sympathy
- Someone has stink lines
- Big, long, drawn-out transformation scene. In the end just get fed up and go into the changeroom. First time only.
Here is an excerpt of the script with accompanying (badly-scanned) storyboards for most of the pages:
And finally, here’s a video of my notebooks from the last 11 years about this project (there are many more pages of notes on my computer that aren’t included in the video, including detailed character profiles, plot synopses and ideas):
If you’re interested in learning more about this project, please please please let me know your rates or demands and what-have-you! I love working with fun people and I’ll probably love working with you too!