Note: The following is a translation of what was once a section of Vheen Hikuusen Monogatari mangaka Akari Funato's webpage, Himawari Lamp. The pages translated have, unfortunately, been taken down; I was lucky enough to have saved the accompanying illustrations on my hard drive, though, and have posted the pictures here.|
The pics are actually pages from the original version of "Kokuhaku Suru Kioku" printed in the Asuka DX manga magazine. As explained below, Funato posted them to show her readers a sampling of the differences between the magazine version of "Kokuhaku Suru Kioku" and the later tankoubon compilation (over which she had more control). The differences are noted in the descriptions.
Kokuhaku Suru Kioku [The Memories I Confess]
[Funato's words below constitute a spoiler warning - "if you haven't read the manga yet, you won't know what's going on", etc. If you've read this far without reading the manga (or the translation), I assure you that you've already been spoilered, so proceed.]
[Above is a li'l rough (rough) sketch of the back cover pic of the cast.
Tagak, man of many trades and skills. Sheetmetalworker, artisan. Unsociable.
Rouj, old scholar (hence his name). Child of the old city, born and raised. Chikao Ohtsuka [she means the seiyuu she had in mind for Rouj. Ohtsuka's had tons of roles, but not anything I think instantly recognizable to Westerners; he has done Dr. Eggman tons of times, it seems]. [A scribble between Rouj and Tagak notes that they are parent and child.]
Morris, premier of Vheen. Has a sly, Takeshi Kaga voice. [I presume everyone knows who Mr. Allez Cuisine is.]
(cool sidelong glance away from the camera) Ghaleon at seventeen years old. (Fourth son.) [Note: Funato in several places says she had tons more unpublished story pertaining to both KSK and to Lunar in general; I don't know if the idea of Ghaleon being the fourth son in his family belongs to that material or if it was rejected and Zain is indeed Ghaleon's only sibling.
Zain, scholar. Second son. [See above about this.] Dead older brother.
Latona. Like a foster mother/governess. Vocalist.
[A "character love relationship chart" is next, drawn in the same scribbly style as the previous pic. I tried and tried to modify this chart so as to replace the Japanese text with English text, but my image editing program keeps screwing the image up after I add the text, so I've just added the translated text (which keeps slipping from first to third person and back again) below.]
Zain -> Guildmistress: Though he was gentle with others, he was at times very harsh to her. It was a sort of twisted love... The personal accounts differ, and not all the facts are known.
Guildmistress -> Latona: I respect the magic race.
Latona -> Guildmistress: Vague dislike.
Zain -> Latona: Vaguely senses Latona's feelings, but kind of goes "oh, well" at them - not anything beyond "hmmm, this may be a little bit of a problem".
Latona -> Zain: Quite in love with him. Meaning, she's serious.
Zain -> Morris: Friend [li'l heart!].
Morris -> Zain: We get along quite well, for some reason - particularly seeing how our personalities are different! Sees Zain as a rival - hates him to a surprising degree. [Switching from Morris's voice to Funato's.]
Latona -> Morris: He can't hold a candle to Zain!
Morris -> Latona: Love. Why do I have to fall for women like her...
Latona -> Ghaleon: Like a little brother!
Ghaleon -> Latona: Like a big sister.
Morris -> Ghaleon: He hates Zain, just like me!!
Ghaleon -> Morris: He's always giving me a hard time, and it's like he reads my mind. I hate him!
Ghaleon -> Niea: Like a little sister.
Niea -> Ghaleon: Love. (But she'll naturally find another man when she grows up...)
Note near Ghaleon: Reverse brother complex. He means to hate Zain, but he in fact fervently loves him. Dain and Zain's names have a one-character difference [not unintentionally, I suppose].
Note near Niea: The only character who takes to everyone, human or magic-race. Somehow or another endears herself to everyone. That's the sign of good character, Niea!!
[Now, Funato's typed commentary beside the chart...]
At Beruno Ootsuki's request [kono Beruno Ootsuki tte, dare? Dare ga, oshiete!!], I scribbled up this character relationship chart.
Rouj was Zain's teacher and the member of the magic race to whom Ghaleon perhaps feels closest.
"Kokuhaku Suru Kioku" is a tale set in the dead of winter.
Disclaimer: Lunar, Vheen Hikuusen Monogatari, "Kioku Suru Fuukei", and all related official works are property of Game Arts, Asuka DX, Shounen Ace, Akari Funato, Working Designs, Xseed, and Althena knows who at this point; this document isn't affiliated with any of them. Translation by R. Capowski at RACapowski@sceneryrecalled.com; please don't repost it without permission.