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Fuyuhiko always felt a little strange walking into bookstores. Unlike the regular customers who were undoubtedly there to buy textbooks, do-it-yourself manuals, or actual novels, he was there to look at magazines and manga. As a result, he always felt out of place going to bookstores and would often go shopping with his friends to try hiding the fact that he was there for comic books. But ever since he and his family moved to Shibuya a year ago, he'd been a little short on friends. Everyone else either already had their cliches or were too distracted with their studies. Everything would be fine, though. Plenty of people came to the bookstore just to buy comics. He'd gone shopping by himself before, so it's not like this time would be any different. Still, the familiar sensation of being judged caused his chest to tighten slightly.
He pressed on, dawdling through a few other isles to make it look like he was just browsing, though he was actually just making a detour toward the manga section. After a minute or two, he arrived. There were so many options to choose from and, with such diverse genres, it made deciding what to pick up a difficult decision. He was up-to-date with or had otherwise finished most, if not all, the manga at this store having to do with superheroes. He'd dabbled in trying to read some romance and supernatural stories, though they always fell a little short. Fuyuhiko silently scanned the shelf in front of him, occasionally pulling out one with an interesting title or preview picture on the spine. When he saw someone moving in his peripheral, he hurriedly shoved a manga with a half-naked cartoon girl on the cover back in its place and resumed his search.
Post by Daichi Yoshimura on Aug 9, 2019 15:44:51 GMT
Whenever Daichi gets one free day there are two places one will always find him, in the park drawing something or in the bookstore going for a new manga or comic book to add to his collection, the teen has a nice variety of genres in the bookshelf of his room, going from classic shonens to mystery and slice of life, genre is not much of a problem as he enjoys reading and most of the time he takes notes of certain artist style to improve his own drawing skills.
Today he was again on the local bookstore going directly to the "Young/kids" aisle and start looking, today he didn't felt like anything in particular so whatever had a neat arts style would be the ideal choice, of course if we talk about neat art style you have a lot to chose depending on what you want, from tall muscular men to cute little girls and viceversa... Then you have the more "questionable" choices but let's not focus on that for now...
As he started looking through the mangas he notice another Teen going through them too, been a regular customer in the store he kinda knows most people that come through this place, but this guy was a new face and seeing that he was having a dificult time trying to pick something Daichi decided to be friendly and help.
"Hi, new here? My name is Daichi" He introduce himself with a smile "Looking for something in particular?"
Fuyuhiko glanced at the individual out of the corner of his eye as they asked a question. There was a brief moment of silence as Fuyuhiko was uncertain whether the stranger was speaking to him or someone else, but upon turning his head, he realized that they were looking directly at him. So it seemed the question about whether or not he was new to the bookstore was meant for him. In response to the stranger's question, Fuyuhiko shrugged. This wasn't his first time at the store, but he wasn't exactly a regular customer either. But how could this kid know that? Did he work at the store? He looked younger than Fuyuhiko, so the probability was slim. The shrug and puzzled expression didn't seem to detour the stranger either, for he introduced himself as Daichi. "Hi," Fuyuhiko said, not sure if he ought to introduce himself too. He decided to be polite and return the gesture, "I'm Fuyuhiko."
Just as he was about to ask what this guy wanted, Daichi asked if Fuyuhiko was looking for anything in particular. So maybe this kid did work here. "Not really," Fuyuhiko confessed with another shrug. He looked back at the bookshelf in front of him and cleared his throat when he realized Daichi probably saw him with a promiscuous manga in hand. He moved passed this fact and instead decided to talk about what sort of books he liked. Maybe this stranger could help him find something new to read. "I like superheroes," he said, glancing at the floor briefly to hide the fact that he was somewhat embarrassed about his hobbies. He glanced back at Daichi and began to list off some of the series he could recall reading.
After a solid thirty seconds of spewing titles, some popular and some obscure, Fuyuhiko cut himself off. "Well, you get the idea," he said, "I think I've read all the hero comics this place has, so I'm just trying to branch out now." He motioned to the shelf in front of him, hoping Daichi would chock the naughty manga up to curiosity rather than interest. "But I guess I'm kind of picky when it comes to other genres, so it's been tough" There was a brief moment of silence before Fuyuhiko cocked an eyebrow in Daichi's direction and stuffed his hands into his pockets. "What about you? What kind of stuff do you like?" With any luck, this kid would recommend something that Fuyuhiko could actually get into. Who could say, maybe Daichi actually knew of a superhero manga that he had yet to read!
Post by Daichi Yoshimura on Aug 22, 2019 18:35:55 GMT
One thing was sure for Daichi, the young man was a person of not many words and if anything he seemed a little annoyed or uncomfortable with the teen's presence, well taking a quick look at what he was going to grab one could understand that, but Daichi didn't mind it nor point it out, it wasn't necesary to be honest, some can pick anything if it means having something new to read.
The guy introduce himself as Fuyuhiko and told him that like heroes comic giving the brunet a small list of names of what he has read, Daichi was impressed it seemed that Fuyuhiko has read a lot of heroe stories so finding something he hasn't it surely will be a test
"That's amazing! I think I have something let me take a look" He said and started looking through the books "I'm a fan of super heroes too, shounen in general I love the stories of the underdog, the character that is the weakest at the beginning but trains to keep up with everyone and gets rewarded in the end for his hard work" He explain as he finally found the book he was looking for, the cover show a teen not above the 17 holding a mask and one spirit behind him "This one is about a group of people with the special power of seeing what the rest can't see, ghost, spirits and Yokais, our protagonist fights to keep peace in our world and the supernatural away, the very first chapters are episodic showing small adventures of the protagonist going through haunted mansions and things like that to help the spirits haunting the place reach their peaceful rest and stop haunting the place, but the story develops rather quickly"
Daichi belives to be a nice start since the episodic nature of the first arc can help Fuyuhiko think if he wants to keep reading or not, if he does once the full picture is reveal and the story starts developing in the second arc, Daichi was sure he'd love it
Daichi's disregard for the naughty novel and his confession about also liking hero novels helped lower Fuyuhiko's defenses. This kid was actually pretty cool -- a thought that was only solidified further when Daichi went on to explain that he liked shonen manga; namely, stories involving underdogs who train hard to become the hero. Those were just the sorts of stories Fuyuhiko liked too, though he was more into the hero-is-blessed-with-superhero-abilities cliche rather than the hero-trains-really-hard-to-become-strong trope. His preference wasn't that big of a deal, he'd read any hero story that was put in front of him, but it was a difference that Fuyuhiko made note of.
Daichi led the way to another shelf and carefully scanned the book spines until he found what he was looking for. As he retrieved the novel, he went on to explain the plot. Fuyuhiko took the book from the boy and studied the cover art as he listened to Daichi's explanation. Apparently, the series was about a group of kids with the ability to see creatures that the rest of the world couldn't see. Fuyuhiko had a difficult time figuring how how the cover related to what Daichi was saying, but the ambiguity made him curious to read it in order to find out. Perhaps the mask was what allowed the teens to see the spirits? If there were a group of protagonists, why was there only one character on the cover?
The supernatural yokai aspect wasn't exactly Fuyuhiko's cup of tea, but he was interested enough in what Daichi had said to consider buying it nevertheless. He was sorely lacking new content for his bookshelf, and ghosts weren't the worst things in the world. Besides, according to Daichi, the series would change from an anthology of spirits to a proper story in later arcs. "Hmm, you make it sound pretty amazing," Fuyuhiko admitted, flipping the book over in his hands to examine the back. "Alright," he said after a moment of reading the synopsis, "I guess I'll get it." He glanced up at the boy in front of him and offered a small smile. "Thanks." There was a brief pause before Fuyuhiko finally said what was on his mind, "Do you, um... work here? You seem kind of young, but..." With that, his voice trailed off.