Woo! We’ve reached the end of another volume and here are some words from the author.
Here we go:
“Hello, long time no see. Or, perhaps, it’s nice to meet you for the first time.
I am very happy for this book to be in your hands like this!
There has been quite some time since the first volume came out, and I cannot raise my head to the people who have been waiting for the second volume without forgetting or abandoning it.
At the time the first volume was completed, I felt a sense of accomplishment (arbitrarily) along the lines of “I can die whenever now”, so when the next publication was decided there was no pleasure. I remember feeling tense about having to work harder and give even more than the first volume. And so, to not become “lax” because it’s the second volume, I pulled myself up again and strove to give all of my best to the point of death.
With that, I took up the brush with the mental state that though this was called the second volume, it was still one volume, and continued “Light Beyond”. The general flow of the story hasn’t changed from the net version but episodes have been changed and added, and actually there are more revisions from the net version this time than there were in the first volume.
In the first volume, I put in efforts to write original episodes that weren’t in the net version, but this time I wrote with emphasis on the changing feelings of Yuna, the heroine. I have good memories of getting together with the director and thinking carefully and carefully and carefully and carefully (the rest has been omitted) about what kind of feelings Yuna is acting on. If I was asked “What would easily express Yuna’s image?”, the answer would have been “A good girl” up to now, but now I feel like I would say “A good girl but actually–” and trail off.
The other characters also took different actions compared to the net version. Some characters have more appearance scenes, and other characters have less scenes…… but it’s my intention to pour my love equally into all the characters. “He’s a really sad person,” is what the director said about Aeneas though, so I might have poured too much distorted love into him (lol).
Lastly, to Mr. Y who worked hard on the publication of the second volume and thought about this work with more passion than even I, the author, thank you very much. To Mr. Kishida Mel who drew these lovely illustrations that I couldn’t look away from after seeing it once, thank you very much. To all the people who were involved in the publication of the second volume of who I was unaware of in my carefreeness, thank you very much. And then, to you who picked up this small book, thank you so very much!
Well then, it will be a pleasure if we can meet next time in the third volume of “Light Beyond”.