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August 6th, 2008 (02:40 am)
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And because I was looking through the doujinshi papers put out by Ono Fuyumi tonight, here's some info that was originally written in there. Some of it might contradict (to a degree) what was later written at the end of one of the manga vols...? Not sure. I haven't gone back and cross-checked. :P

Parts of this is more summary than true snippet. The copy quality's not the best so I can't make out some words. >.>


Yasuhara Osamu
BD: March 1
Blood type: AB
Lives in Chiba Prefecture with his family
Attends top ranked national university, Dept of law
Height: a little over 170cm
Weight: average for height
Eyesight: Fairly poor
Intellect: Quite high
Physical strength: Not very strong
Psychic ability: None
Personality: As you've seen
Special Ability: very glib
Family: Father (typical officer worker)
Mother (house wife; originally from a wealthy family)
Younger sister (typical HS student)

Naru (Oliver E.C. Davis)
Height: mid 170s
Weight: Quite a bit lighter than expected for height
Eyesight: A bit weak
Intellect: Extremely high
Physical strength: Relatively high, but sometimes weak
Psychic Ability: Extremely high but with conditions

Gene (Eugene J.A. Davis)
Eyesight: Good
Intellect: Probably exceptionally high
Physical strength: Relatively high
Psychic ability: Extremely high

Lin
Height: ~190cm
Weight: Quite a bit lighter than expected for height
Eyesight: Left - good; right - 0

Bou-san
Height: ~185
Weight: A little under expected

John
Height: ~160
Weight: Average

Mai
Height: <160cm
Weight: average

Masako
Height: ~155
Weight: Average

Ayako
Height: ~165
Weight: Lighter than average
Eyesight: Bad (uses contact lenses)

*****

That said, ugh on what I'm trying to read. >.> Something about how Naru categorises people: as pumpkins or not pumpkins. People deemed as pumpkins are completely and utterly ignored and there are times when he forgets those people exist. When a person's deemed to be a pumpkin, he forgets what they look like as well as what their name is, and when spoken to, he gives only the barest of responses.

People who aren't pumpkins are separated into two groups. Pumpkin people and other. Pumpkin people are like pumpkins but for some particular reason can't be ignored like pumpkins. He remembers these people's names and faces, and when spoken to, he will respond (complete with sarcasm), but they're no more than that. And if they're not in front of him, he forgets they exist.

The 'others' are teachers and the weak. Teachers are those who he sees as having more knowledge than he and has something that they can teach him. To them, he's a model student, but if he decides that they no longer have anything to teach him, they might fall to pumpkin level. The weak are just that. Despite how he seems, Naru's actually quite the champion for justice. He is after all, an English gentleman. However, when they're not in front of him, he'll forget about them, too.

And there are a very few people who don't fit into this category.

It's not that he necessarily likes them. Most likely Naru doesn't feel that way about anyone. But they're people he can't ignore and forget. These people are forgiven for most things. If they say foolish things, he won't abandon them, and if they do something he doesn't like, he'll put up with it. If he says no, when pushed, he'll give in.

There's no way to determine who will fall into this group. Mostly likely, even he doesn't know why he can't ignore them, so it's impossible to determine who will become part of this group. However, it's easy to see who's in the group. If they say something completely foolish but aren't ignored, they're in that group. Alternatively, if the person were to hug him and not be pushed away, they're in that group.

Shortly after Martin and Luella adopted the twins, the two new parents couldn't help wondering if Naru didn't like them. So Gene told them that if they kissed Naru and he didn't slap them, he didn't hate them. If he hated it, he'd make how he felt clear. While he might not care for it, he didn't hate it so much as to eliminate them from his mind. So while he might not look happy about things, he'll put up with it.

While Naru won't let people into this group, once they're there, he's very weak against them. So Gene calls that group the 'inner group'. There aren't many people in that group: Gene, Luella, Martin, the psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Hinels (sp?), sleight of hand master and ventriloquist Jan Viani (sp??), and head of research Madoka. Gene didn't know whether co-worker Lin was in that group or not. Lin wasn't the type to say foolish things or to seek skin-ship.

While he could find out if he scanned Naru's mind, after reaching a certain age, Naru doesn't let him deep into his mind anymore. Regardless how much he might beg, Naru wasn't going to release his consciousness, and were Gene to do so forcefully, while he'd get angry, Naru would allow it, but ability-wise Gene could no longer force his way in like that.

[* refers to an earlier part where, when they were young, Naru and Gene could chat to one another over very great distances (with the Atlantic Ocean between them), but lately, that distance has shrunk and they now needed to be within the same country. Likewise, they could no longer force the door open and enter the other's mind. Apparently, Luella can tell when the two twins are chatting, but they don't know how/why she can tell.

L: You two chat when you're up to no good.

?: Not at all.

Naru looked away. Luella placed his plate before him.

L: And Naru looks away like that when things aren't going in his favour.

]

Gene's categorisation of people is in a way very simple: either he likes them or hates them. Normally, as long as he doesn't hate them, they fall into the 'like' category. Generally speaking, he likes people. Even so, he can't just accept being asked major things like Naru's (request to take his place). Things he doesn't like, he doesn't like. So it might be Gene is the more complicated.


Whoops. Getting late. ^^;

Comments

Posted by: Hybrid Paradox (yunaura)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
DTB

lol~The ones without a set reason/category as to why they like/don't like something/someone do tend to be the more complicated one since there aren't any set rules by which to sort people/things into. Late night ramblings don't make sense...

Nice to see you back. ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)

*laughs* I'm not entirely sure which I find to be the more complicated. :P

Cheers! ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)

Pumpkins! Oh, my G-d! Too funny! But... it's good to know that Naru has his weaknesses too. No wonder Madoka pwns him. XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)

*laughs* More of his weakness gets seen in the latter half to this SS (assuming I ever get around to typing it up... This copy is really hard to make out so half the time I'm seriously guessing as to what's written. I can only hope that what I think is written is what's actually there. ^^; )

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)

I love that pumpkin people thought xD. I didn't know about their secret talking thing.

These snippets are really cool, so keep writing 'em!

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
gh//Naru

The thing on Naru's eyesight kinda surprised me.

sleight of hand master and ventriloquist Jan Viani

Ahaha! Now we know possibly where he learned it from!

Memeing this for possible later use! Thanks!

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
gh_teddy_bear

L: And Naru looks away like that when things aren't going in his favour.
I expected you to comment on this, Yami, since it's something we've discussed when we were talking about Naru's quirks.

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
gh//dream//naru3

ok Ill cave and admit I skimmed some of this since I was in a hurry and didnt even see that...BUT glad that I wasnt going crazy when I started my little hunt for that reaction XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)

Y'know, I can understand sleight of hand, but I can't think offhand why Naru bothered learning ventriloquism. Does that one actually serve another purpose...?

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)

To entertain Mai, of course xD

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
GHOST HUNT

Skill not so many people have so chalk up another notch for the Naraccist.

And you can throw your voice... someone faking a haunting might do that.

Or maybe Naru just likes to use it to scare some of the persistent pumpkins :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)

Point on fakers. Scare the pumpkins or trick a certain pumpkin into letting her guard down around him? :P

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Gintama

Yeah the obvious methods of wooing wouldn't occur to him ^^;;

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
gh//dream//naru2

Maybe he did it just to do it, its not something that is that easy to learn, so maybe he saw it as a challenge or something. I wish he'd done it more often in the series.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
gh_recording

Pumpkins. Pumpkins?? How very un-Naru of him. I love it. It's quirks like that that make him such a special character. I would love to know what categories Mai & the Irregulars fell into. I assume that at the least, they're not pumpkins since he regularly invited them to help out on the investigations.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

*laughs* I keep wondering if there's some alternate meaning to 'pumpkin' that isn't showing up in the dictionary. There's one compound word that could be extrapolated, but... :P In any case, what's being implied is pretty obvious. Still, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being referred to in that way before. ^^;

The one thing I really like about these papers is the insights we get into the various characters. :P It's that insight that makes me wish I could get my hands on and read what's in 中庭同盟. *sigh*

When I think about which of the irregulars are in Naru's inner group, I can't help feeling most if not all are in there at the end of the series. I'll admit, I'm least clear when it comes to Ayako though. The other thing worth noting is that the revelation of pumpkins vs non-pumpkins was when Gene was still alive, so it could be that Naru's changed a little since then, too. (Hey, you never know! :P )

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
gh_naru_head shot

When I think about which of the irregulars are in Naru's inner group, I can't help feeling most if not all are in there at the end of the series. I'll admit, I'm least clear when it comes to Ayako though.
Naru's opinion with regards to Ayako is something of a mystery to me. Of all the irregulars, he belittles her the most and seems to have the least respect for her abilities. About the only thing he uses her for is making charms. Yet he invites her on the cases. Why? John, he seems to respect in general. Bou-san, he finds useful even though he probably considers him lazy. Yasuhara is very useful. Masako, he needs a medium plus she's blackmailing him to a degree. But why Ayako? Does he sense she has power that he's waiting for her to reveal? It's something of a mystery to me why Naru invites her on the cases.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)

Um, yes and no. He really doesn't treat her well, but he's also aware that, when conditions are right, she's pretty much the most powerful among them. The problem with Ayako is that her true ability has very specific requirements, so without those requirements being met, she's not very useful.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
gh_dreams

but he's also aware that, when conditions are right, she's pretty much the most powerful among them.
When does Naru figure out that Ayako can be very powerful? In the manga, we don't learn it until vol 09. And Naru slept through that, although I'm sure he heard about it later. More importantly, that incident happened over a year after Naru met her. What I'm trying to figure out is why he kept inviting Ayako on the cases during that year before her power was revealed to us. Did he know earlier than we did?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)

Naru would have learned about it after waking up towards the end of the Yoshimi case.

If you think about things though, they weren't called in on that many cases beforehand. With the Morishita case, Ayako and Bou-san came in separately from SPR. With Yuasa HS, I can't recall why she was called in. Same idea as with Ryokuryou, where there were so many different incidents that the more hands they had, the better? Bou-san was there because he's the one who brought the case to SPR in the first place though. I'm pretty sure Ryokuryou was one where he wanted as many people there as possible because of how many things were happening. Also, Masako would have been able to tell if her prayers were having any effect at all since, while she couldn't actually see the spirits there, she could sense their presence. Was it in the Urado case where Naru commented he'd like to see what Ayako could do soon...? Maybe earlier? Can't recall, but there, he specifically asked to what extent he could count on her abilities since the place was so dangerous.

Essentially she was called in by SPR on 2-3 cases before the Yoshimi case. ......Of course, there's also the very first clue about any of them having any ability at all: the psychics the school principal at Mai's school had gathered to get rid of whatever might be in the old school building all had some ability. I can't remember when this fact was remarked upon or by who. ^^;

Posted by: lys (lysiithea)
Posted at: October 7th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)

I think it was remarked by Bou-san in the last novel. He was telling Higato (sp?) about a lot of monks and what-nots are fruads.

Posted by: lys (lysiithea)
Posted at: October 12th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)

My two cents here. Maybe Naru invites Ayako along to keep an eye on Mai? Since otherwise, it'll be an all-men's team (not counting Masako of course), and it won't be appropiate for Mai to be alone?

Then the other thing is that, when I read the novels, I don't get the feeling that Naru actually belittles anybody (with the exception of Mai, he really questions her intelligence.) He only gets sarcastic with Ayako when she goes against him (usually saying silly things to him, so she deserves it). I think he ignores Ayako most of the time, treats her with indifference, and has this attitude of 'ok if you can, then do it, if not ...shrug'. The more hands the merrier kind of, no harm trying anyway.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 15th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)

......I wonder... For one thing, it would also mean that Naru's actually aware Mai's a girl! ^^; Somehow, I wonder if he's even remotely aware of that really. (And I mean beyond the obvious 'she's female' aspect. ^^;; )

Hmm... Well, there's a time in the final (White Heart) novels when he clearly states that he doesn't want to waste time on 'people of low intelligence' when talking to Hirota... ^^;;

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 6th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
GHOST HUNT

Interesting... thanks for sharing!

Wonder what category pumpkins actually fall into for Naru? ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

Hrm, 'dinner'? He is more vegetarian after all. :P

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
GHOST HUNT

Oh no, he just ate one of the people he can't ignore :>
(yes, heat has fried the brain cells)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)

*laughs*

Of course, if said 'pumpkin' were to be Mai... ^^;;

Yikes! I think the heat's fried my brain as well. ^^;

Edited at 2008-08-07 05:25 am (UTC)

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
GHOST HUNT

Unh-oh I smell a crack plunny being born (with an adult rating) ^^;;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)

*laughs* And we all know how well I can't write anything adult! ^^;

That said, I had weird images of things like this:

N: Hey, you.

M: It's Mai. Remember it already, will you?!

N: Why should I bother to remember your name?

M: ...

N: Fine, you're a pumpkin, so I'll use that.

Later...

N: Hey pumpkin. ......!!

M: ?? What did you call me?!

N: *slightly flushed* Nothing.


******

And we'll leave that there. This is getting a bit too amusing and with definite potential for silliness to run rampant. :P I'm still trying to catch some plunnies to keep going with my fics. Granted this might get them to spawn but... O_O;; I prefer more controlled breeding programs. Uncontrolled breeding could be equally troublesome. ^^;

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Gintama

Mai: Is... is that a bottle of nutmeg in your hand?
Naru makes use of his slight of hand skills. I have no idea what you're talking about. I want you to make more tea.

Mai wasn't sure who needed a break more from this case, her or Naru.

Oh well, somethings best left in the head. ^^
Did you see the GH AMV akinarei posted the other week?


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)

*laughs* I agree with some things being better left in the brain. :P

Did you see the GH AMV akinarei posted the other week?

I did. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
geek

Heeee! Pumpkin people!

Shortly after they'd been adopted by Martin and Luella, the two new parents wondered if Naru didn't like them is dangling participle. It makes it look like the new parents are the ones who were adopted.

Lookit all that lovely information about shiny boy! Am I the only one wondering if I should fear or pity Yasuhara's younger sister?

Pumpkin people!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)

*laughs* I loved the 'pumpkin people' too. ^^;

is dangling participle. It makes it look like the new parents are the ones who were adopted.

Yes'm. *ducks head* ......Shoot, I'll have to think about a proper rewording for it. ^^;

*laughs* I really liked the info for shiny boy as well as for Naru. (Hey, I like the guy! He's so much fun to toy with!) I'm thinking I'd pity his sister, but I wonder about his parents. Pity his father and fear his mother? Other way? I wonder where he picked up those traits... ^^;

Posted by: ArianaTaniyama (arianataniyama)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)

More likely, pity those who run afoul of his family. Imagine 3 or 4 Yasuharas.

Pray you stay on their good side...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

O_O;; Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. *laughs*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
geek

That's a terrifying and delightful thought. It makes me very happy. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
geek

"Shortly after they adopted the boys, M & L…" maybe?

The thing is if little sister is anything like shiny boy… Hee! Maybe it's genetic. That's bloody scary! (Do we know little sister's name?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

Nothing mentioned in the description. I'd have to check all the little bits to see if there's any info elsewhere. There was some odd comment by Ono Fuyumi about a game character 'Norio' ending up getting married and having kids, specifically fraternal twins (boy and girl). The twins would then be named Naru (boy) and Gene (girl). :P

Posted by: Witchy (witchuntress)
Posted at: January 1st, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)

I just wonder. What does J.A. or E.C. mean in Naru and Gene's English names?? o.O

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 3rd, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Silveryayu

I think the reason why he has ayako around is because the group is pretty big with Mai, Masako and Yasuhara around that cannot arm or really protect themselves against those spirits and evil stuff. Not forgetting that Naru himself can also hardly defend himself,there are not enough people to attach the defenseless to. The only people who has proven to have a bit of spiritual defense are Bou san, John san and Ayako san and Lin san. Therefore, since out of the defense group Ayako is the weakest and Masako is the strongest of the defenseless group,they are also paired together for protection and survival chance.

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