An Ordinary World

Kotomi and Unmei meet while buying a new collector's edition DVD of a magical girl show. They hit it off pretty quickly, too.

Date: 2019-01-04
Pose Count: 19
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 01:51:01 102229
Tokyo is a city of magical girls. For example, the first season of the Vampire Warrior Aurora reboot was just released on DVD and BluRay! While there was some controversy about the reboot, the general consensus among the fans of the old series has been that it was faithful to the original, and is actually better-written in some places.

There's a bit of a line at the video store to get the collector's edition (featuring glow-in-the-dark fangs!). Standing at the end of the line -- well, a little ways back from the end of the line, really -- is a shorter young woman with shoulder-length black hair and purple eyes. Kotomi Kobana is wearing a navy blue jacket with a trans flag button pinned to the lapel, a multilayered purple dress, a necklace with Aurora's transformation pendant from the old show, and an expression of nervousness about the prospect of being at the front of the line.
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 01:57:12 102230
Unmei Tama was near the front as well, wearing her... She was wearing an ACTUAL cosplay outfit of the girl. Complete with her controversal blue wand(which, most fans would say, while it WAS cooler, was also a gratuitous cop out because they didn't want to give her the black one that she SHOULD have had, before it went to Dihydra and...

Anyway, she was... "Hey!" she said to Kotomi. Why? Because she didn't see many girls at this. Like. Ever. So actually SEEING another girl was kind of cool! "Are you excited?" WELL DUH! IF SHE WASn'T, WHY WOULD SHE BE HERE?!
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 02:06:59 102231
Kotomi briefly gets a faint smile when she catches sight of the cosplayer. Oh, someone in her age group, that's nice. Exactly zero chance that Kotomi would actually just walk up and talk to her --

Suddenly, the cosplayer is talking to her! Kotomi tenses up, and manages not to shrink back. "W-well, um, yeah, obviously!" she says, a touch defensively. ... She doesn't exactly have the girliest voice, really, though it's still obviously feminine. "Um. I. Watched the original series, and that got me interested in the new one, too." She's trying to backpedal on the defensiveness and actually have a friendly conversation. "So, uh. Yeah."
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 02:21:58 102233
Unmei Tama nodded. "Right! I've been looking forward to it ever since I heard about it. Though... I'll be honest," she said sheepishly. "I saw the new series before the original. By the time I had access to it, the new series was coming out and I only JUST heard about it and I decided to see it. Seen both, now though. I'm Unmei!" she said happily.

Well, it mgiht seem odd she had a magical girl outfit... except... She kind of made it. With magic. So she cheated. "When it first aired I was way more into Magical girl Choo gal. She was wonderful, but I think this series was better in the long term."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 02:22:26 102234
Kotomi frowns, slightly nonplussed at Unmei's lack of a full name. "... Kotomi Kobana," she says hesitantly, before managing to put together a quick, hesitant smile. "Um, nice to meet you, Unmei-san!" ... She genuinely is glad to meet a fellow magical girl fan, she's just bad at expressing it. "Um. That's, that's a nice costume, too, by the way!"

... She is utterly oblivious to the existence of magic. She's just one of the many people in Tokyo who are oblivious to the danger they're in pretty much every day. The possibility that it might be an actual 'magical girl costume' doesn't even occur to her.
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 02:24:48 102235
Unmei Tama nodded. "Right! Err, sorry. I'm not bothering you... am I? Sorry. I don't usually see other girls here. So... I thought it'd be nice talking to another one..." she said with a sheepish smile. "you're.... probably here with your boy friend and I'm probably really annoying you, aren't I? Sorry...." she mumblbed, lowering her eyes and her rod, sheepishly squirming in place.

"I'm just a big magical girl fan..."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 02:30:24 102236
Kotomi almost panics at the fact that she seems to have hurt Unmei's feelings! "No, no, it's fine!" she says quickly, only half-truthfully. "... heh. No, no boyfriend, at all whatsoever. I ..." She shrugs, and decides not to overshare and come out to a stranger she just met.

She blinks at that last bit. "Well, no, I'm kind of a big magical girl fan, too!" she says. "I've sort of ... been on a magical girl kick for, um." She grins. "... at least six or seven years now?" She shrugs, and gestures with her pendant. "I, I paid for this necklace myself! I'm just, um, not good with ..." Well, there's one thing she feels like she can't avoid saying. "... people, basically."
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 02:48:53 102237
Unmei Tama nodded. "Oh, me too! I was one since I was eight," she said with a sigh. "Ever since I first saw a magical girl on tv. Their pretty dresses, the outfits, all the cute animals, the way they were so kind and their family's loved each other and everything turned out in the end... so wonderful..." she whispered with a happy sigh. "If only life was like that, right?" she asked with a soft giggle.

"Have you seen magical girl Choo? How about Ana the young witch? Have you seen..." And then started listing off all the magical girl anime, her eyes glimmering with excitement.

"And it's okay if you're bad at people, I'm a terrible person!" Then... urked. "I mean... I'm terrible... at... peopling too...."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 02:59:04 102238
Kotomi smiles, and actually starts to relax. "Yeah," she says softly. "I, I was ... wait no, I was definitely eight at the time. And, and I saw a manga that caught my eye. Mostly it's manga I read." She grins. "And, yeah, tell me about it. If magic was real, I dunno if I'd stop transforming whenever I could!" ... Uh-oh.

She nods as Unmei starts listing off shows. "Yep! Oh, no, I haven't seen that one ... Ah, yeah, that's a great one!" Pretty much all the no's are shows that don't have a manga or book version; seems Kotomi is a prolific reader.

She blinks at Unmei's slip-up, and then giggles. "I am pretty sure I've stumbled over my words in exactly the same way before," she says. They reach the front of the line at that point, and Kotomi grabs two copies of the limited edition and hands one to Unmei.
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 03:07:10 102239
Unmei Tama nodded. "Oh, I know! I transform all the time!" she paused. "I WOULD transform all the time," she said sheepishly. "As long as there weren't any real consequences, I mean..."

She blinked and then giggled. "Big manga reader? I was more of an anime watcher. I loved being able to see how they moved and jumped and how they talked," she said with a happy sigh. Totally not like she kept imitating them... Unmei takes the copy, grinning.

"So, are you from around here? I don't meet a lot of other fans who... don't kind of scare me."
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 03:18:44 102240
Kotomi blinks at the transform-all-the-time slipup, but ... once again, she just has the non-reaction of most mundanes. "Yeah, definitely," she says.

They move to pay; she smiles and nods. "I just like reading a lot in general," she says, as they move to pay. "Reading magical girl stuff ... actually helped me figure out ..." She glances downward at her jacket, where the trans flag pin is prominently on display. "... Uh, hold that thought," she adds. She doesn't want to open that can of worms right in front of the cashier ...

She frowns sympathetically at the mention of scary fans. "Tell me about it," she says. "But, uh, I live in Uminari, my family's lived there my whole life. I go to Verone Academy, by the way. What school do you go to?"
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 03:34:47 102241
Unmei Tama nodded and... "So, if you could be a magical girl, what kind of magical girls would you want to be?" she asked. "I mean, of all the tropes there are. There are so many different types, right?"

She'd follow along, paying happily, hugging it and giggling happily as she walked with the other girl.

"I go to infinity university. And I live... well... I moved here a few years back. I used to be from italy," she said with a smile. "It's pretty cool, aving been born here in Japan," she said with a giggle. I've always wanted to come here when I girst... came," she said sheepishly.
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 03:45:37 102242
Kotomi considers this as she pays for her own copy. "Well ... I think I like Vampire Warrior Aurora's style the best," she says as they head towards the exit, collector's edition under one arm. "It's the whole ... monster-aesthetic, I guess you can call it? Usually vampires are evil and stuff, but Aurora-chan is a hero!" She pauses. "But I'd also want to make it my own style, pretty much. If that makes sense."

She nods as they step out of the store. "Oh, cool," she says. "Yeah ... Japan and Tokyo are pretty cool, I guess. I mean, I've never been ... out of the country. Even in Italy. But that does sound cool!"
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 03:58:10 102243
Unmei Tama nodded and then flushed. "Vampires are pretty cool.... I mean... And they don't always have to be evil, nope, I'm sure some of them would be nice if they were real... And cute. I bet there'd be a lot that were cute. And kind." Mental note. LAcrima needed a hug.

She nodded. "Yeah... I don't... really go anywhere else. I was really lucky to come here," she said with a sigh. "Woulda been back home forever if not for some things. Hey, do you wanna come by my place sometime and watch some of these?"
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 04:03:08 102244
Kotomi giggles. Once again, the magical subtext goes right past her. "Yeah, probably," she says dryly.

She almost comes to a screeching halt when Unmei invites her over! "Oh! Uh. I ... guess I wouldn't mind!" she says, trying to push past her anxieties. She takes a deep breath. "Um. Sorry about that," she says, managing a smile. "I, I wouldn't mind at all!"

She pauses, and looks Unmei in the eye. "I'm trans, by the way," she adds. That's ... a surprising lack of anxiety for her. Well, she is wearing a trans flag pin on full display ... "In case that, uh, wasn't obvious."
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 04:13:43 102245
Unmei Tama smiled to the other girl, walking with her and... Then she said that and Unmei stumbled a bit and then... Turned and eyed her for a moment. Then... "Huh," she said with a blink or two. Finally... "Cool. If you ever need to talk to someone, I know a few people. And I'm... familiar with the idea," she said with a smile. She almost said she was but... She just... Didn't... want to. It was a bit selfish, but... She really didn't want to tell this magical girl 'I was changed by magic' because, frankly, that wouldn't be fair. Then paused. "Err... You're a girl... right? Trans girl?" she asked sheepishly. "I'd rather not get it wrong... Oh, and I'd still like it if you wanna come over some time!"
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 04:19:01 102246
At Unmei's apparent hesitation, Kotomi looks like she's about to panic. But then she nods when Unmei starts talking again, visibly relieved. "I've got all the support I need," she says. "I'm just comfortable with where I am and where I'm going, basically. But, um, thanks!"

She blinks, and then nods. "Yep, trans girl," she says, managing a faint smile. "One hundred percent girl, here! Or, I mean, at least on the inside." She's talking about it very easily, actually. "And, um, sure! I don't mind coming over at all, so, yeah. I just ... need to be ready in advance. People-ing is hard."
Unmei Tama 2019-01-04 04:53:50 102247
Unmei Tama nodded and then... Reached out and gave her a big hug. "If you ever need any help, or anything... I really mean it. I know how cruel, how... awful people can be. So I'll.,.. always be here. Okay? I'll give you my number and..." She then gave her the number and address and then... "Oh, shoot! I gotta go! I'm so sorry! I'll see you later, though, okay?" she said, before running off. "Call me before you come!"
Yasumi Yumeji 2019-01-04 04:56:37 102248
Kotomi lets out a not-particularly-girly squawk at the sudden hug! "Ah! Um, o-okay!" she stammers. "And, um, here's my number, too!" She smiles weakly as Unmei leaves. "Um, o-okay! I'll be sure to do that thing!" she says. "Later!"

She sits down on a nearby park bench, and wipes some sweat off her brow. She's smiling, though. She made a new friend! One who's into magical girls, even!