Warning: IMAGE HEAVY
As you can see, the SOW doujinshi is bigger than a regular-sized doujinshi. And it's soooo nice. The cover is all textured. 8D So I'm sorry, but I really, really don't want to scan this. It's too pretty to bend. But I took pictures!
(Has anyone noticed that this world apparently has two suns?)
Annnd the full cover illustration:
Some of Hayashi's comments amuse me:
"As you know, above and below are the "erotic" cuts!! (＾０＾I had so much fun drawing them~~~!!!"
"This is a vital cut for Simon!! Since he's the prince coming to the rescue (lol)"
Btw, this image was in the corner of one of the title pages and I don't think I've seen it anywhere before?
Everything on the titles pages have been included in the limited edition booklet or this doujinshi...except this. :( I'm so curious now. I want to see the full image.
So before, we've theorized that Nia looking up at him in the flashback to when she gives him the red stone could mean Simon looked the same back then (aka he doesn't physically age). And then on page 33, right under that key animation drawing, Hayashi wrote a comment saying "there's a meaning behind the top-down perspective..." And if that wasn't confirmation enough:
*The girl (3 or 4 years old?) comforts the boy who is depressed (because something bad happened)*
Nia: There, there
Simon: (What's with this kid?!) *he thought at first...*
*The girl gives him her treasured stone*
Nia: I'll give you my treasure. If you have this, you won't be lonely...
*Goes dokyuun!! in all sorts of ways*
*When the girl was young, she used to smile a lot...*
I find it adorable and fitting that when they first met, she was the one comforting him. And of course when they meet again, this time he's the one looking out for her. Makes me think Nia probably had a big impact on him back then, though she doesn't remember.
From what I can make out, I think this is what they say?
Simon: Because this guy is like me, he's falling apart
Simon: As long as it can still move, I can think it's still okay
Nia: *irritated face because she doesn't get it*
Nia: When it can't move anymore, isn't it (something)? You should just throw out something that's so old
Simon: You're right...
Yoko: You always have such defeated-looking eyes...
Yoko: Do you have any idea how he felt saying that...
Yoko: The way you are now, I'm sure you'll never understand...
Nia: !! *a little ashamed*
*from here, she starts showing more human-like expressions*
;_______; WHY SO ANGSTY.
I just noticed he's wearing his jacket on his shoulders here. :O (And fffff, I know it's silly but I always love when he has rolled-up sleeves post-timeskip so I love that he has rolled up sleeves here too.)
Also included are all the drafts they went through in writing the lyrics, and even a screenshot of Hayashi's iTunes playlist showing how the song went through ten arrangements before it was finished.
In the afterword, Hayashi explains that she was planning on including a new manga at the end of this doujinshi, but ran out of time. "When I planned this book, I thought of drawing a sequel, but then I thought if I'm sticking it along with the mook, it should be about the adult(?) characters who weren't touched on much in the story, and so I organized it as a story set in the past. This sketch is a guest character from that (she isn't Nia!!). Maybe someday I'll suddenly release something somewhere???"
OH HAYASHI-SAN, YOU AND YOUR ENDLESS HINTING. u__u;
The FMA doujinshi is by the staff of the FMA Brotherhood anime and it's full of many cool illustrations. I meant to only take pictures of my favorites, but I ended up taking most of them ahaha.
On the right: Hagaren Obentou by Yoshimichi Kameda. Left: By Director Yasuhiro Irie. (The cover is drawn by the character designer, Hiroki Kanno.)
By Yoshimichi Kameda again:
HELL YEAH ADULT MEI:
"Mei and Xiao Mei spin-off! Please!"
Ahaha I love this one. Al, being thoughtful, tries to do laundry, hoping it will make Mei happy...but he screws up. XD
Irie-san takes questions from the staff. I love the blunt way he answers. XD
Q: What did you lose by doing Hagaren?
A: My appendix
Q: Winry's breasts are huge!
A: Are you Ed
Q: How many inches did Selim grow in two years?
A: Ask the Mrs.
Q: What book was Father reading?
A: Travel guide
Q: Mei Chan became sexy!
A: Are you Al
Q: If you were to get automail, where would you like it?
A: My teeth
Left: "This is the peak of my life" Awwwwwwww!
Left: Kameda yet again. "For some reason I love Roy burning things......"
This person's favorite characters. XD