i_like_red: (Awkward Smile)
I've not really made a big thing of my birthday the last few years, aaand there's been a few years where I've even forgotten about it entirely.

I wonder if I should do anything big for my 30th next year.

Guess I have a whole year of being 29 to figure it out!

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the Duel Festival! Seems like something really fun for everyone!
Ruka came to me with an idea about possibly setting up a small duel spirit 'petting zoo' for the festival, so people can meet and learn about Duel Spirits and get to interact with them. I think it's a pretty good idea, so it's something we'll be looking into!
i_like_red: (Calm Conversation)
I've been having physiotherapy since the New Year and thankfully it's been helping me to get back to my feet. While I still can't do anything too strenuous, I can at least move around with more ease now.

I'll be returning back to SAI this week, albeit on restricted hours for this first week or two. I'll be mostly stuck with just the office work for a while and maybe giving talks now and then.
No working out in the field for me for a while yet, which is going to drive me crazy, but that's how it is.

In short, I'm getting better, but the healing process is slow.
i_like_red: (Explaining Something)
I was finally allowed home yesterday, so I'll be resting up there for the next week.
My next appointment is in a weeks time, so I'll probably be starting the physiotherapy just after the New Year. I'm hoping to get back on my feet as soon as possible.
i_like_red: (Explaining Something)
Firstly, thank you to everyone who's been visiting or sending your well wishes, it's been really appreciated.

I've got somewhat good news. After being seen by Souha, they feel that my power and Yubel will repair and heal, but both are very damaged, so it's going to take a long time, but for now, I'm going to focus on the fact that it will fully heal eventually.

Physically, I'm still doing a lot of healing there too. They're hoping I can be out of the hospital by the end of the week, but I'll be on strict bed-rest for at least another week, then after that, they'll assess me again and if the injury to my back has healed enough, I'll be starting some physiotherapy.
Walking hurts a LOT right now because of the back injury, I kind of hobble around like an old lady. They don't want me moving too much though in case I bust open the stitches, so I only really move around if I need the bathroom or something and even then Asuka or one of the nurses has to help me.
I gotta admit, that's one of the hardest and most frustrating things about all this right now. Not being able to move much on my own.

Chances are the injury will leave a lasting scar, even after it's healed, but it'll be my only really significant scar in what is many years of dealing with dangerous supernatural stuff, so I think I should count myself lucky there.

Thankfully I know SAI is in good hands while I'm not there, though I'm sure I'll still be able to answer e-mails and manage a few things from my laptop while laid up, but otherwise, my staff is currently fully in charge of things for now, including keeping the New Horizons Project going.
i_like_red: (Thoughts on My Mind)
*Laying still in his hospital bed, all Juudai could do was stare up at the ceiling of the room he was in. It'd been a while since he had last found himself in this kind of position, but his luck was due to run out eventually, right? He'd been unconscious since returning from the warp and had only just regained consciousness a few days after it. All he knew was that he definitely didn't feel 'right', he felt like there was more wrong with him than just physical injuries and even though he could still feel Yubel's presence in his soul, he hadn't heard from them. He'd even noticed that some of the injuries he had sustained while protecting Alex's life energy were not healing as fast as they usually would.
Somehow he felt like he had a long recovery ahead of him.

Feel free to come and visit him.*


The New Horizons Project is beginning this week, so I thought I'd write up a bit more about it and what you'll be doing for those who are going to be taking part!

This is a joint project between SAI, Duel Academy and LDS which will allow students from LDS, Duel Academy and Domino High School, as well as graduates, to take part in gaining experience and learning about the supernatural, including Duel Spirits and those with unusual abilities. We hope by the end of the project that you'll have a better understanding of our mission and of the supernatural in general.
For the duelists among you, LDS' side is there to help give you more experience in your dueling, especially with the Action Duel system and will be aimed at giving you a better chance of getting into professional dueling. You will be able to compete with your fellow duelists on the project in exhibition matches and may even get to show off your skills to potential sponsors who might visit and watch.

At SAI, you will be working in groups in various different areas of our work, including;
- Working in our 'Spirit House' in order to help look after and interact with the smaller spirits that reside there and help in the assistance of the guided tours.
- Helping with public talks in areas such as schools, community centres, town hall ect.
- Helping to handle small controllable problems on the street, under the guidance of a SAI employee/volunteer. This might include helping to diffuse small issues peacefully, or doing such things as re-locating a small spirit that may have made it's home in an unwanted place.
- You may also get the chance to help educate some spirits in human customs and culture.

SAI employees and volunteers will also be providing you all every now and then with talks on various areas of our work; our goals, the issues we wish to tackle, things like that.

The project will take place twice a week, allowing those still at school to attend regular classes for the rest of the week, though this project will help to count towards your grades at the end of the year.
For those who are graduates, if you happen to find an area of work at SAI that you feel passionate in, you are more than welcome to do any extra volunteer work for the extra experience!

I think that about covers it! I am really looking forward to the start of this project!


I've stayed kind of quiet on here during the tournament, mostly because if I wasn't preparing for, or taking part in matches, I was working on doing final preparations for the joint project we'll be launching at SAI next month, as well as other things I've been working on, so I haven't had a lot of time to really sit back and reflect on things.

Guess I have some time now, though.

I kinda just entered this tournament for fun at first. I really missed being a Pro Duelist and taking part in the first Action Duel World Championship was really exciting, so I entered without a second thought. Now I find myself here at the finals, against one of my closest friends and I know the two of us will give everyone a duel they won't forget!

Isabel asked me the other day what is was that I wanted to do when I first started at Duel Academy and I gave her an honest answer. I just joined to have fun duels. I had no plan, no idea for the future, I just wanted to duel and have fun with it. Then, things gradually started getting a little crazy at the Academy. A lot of bad stuff happened and I learned things about myself that were frightening at the time. Things just kept happening and I had a power I was struggling to control. I started to wonder back then what I was really dueling for, as I found myself dueling more and more to protect my friends and the Academy. I lost the sense of fun.
It took me a while to come to terms with a lot of things, such as my power as the Supreme King and the fact that duels aren't always fun. Sometimes you do have to protect those you care for with it.
By this time I'd chosen to become a Pro Duelist, but I struggled to start off in it. I wasn't happy and it reflected in my dueling, and then more stuff happened and ah...
... well, lets say I kinda realised I needed to stop being so concerned with the past and letting it effect me, because life was short and I wanted to live and experience things. Granted, this was before I found out that I'm not really ageing, but, hey!

I started my career as a Pro Duelist and I had a great time getting to go to different tournaments around Japan and then in a few places in the world. It was fun! Also taking part in the WRGP with Team Spirit, right up until my retirement duel with Johan! I was pretty sad when I left my dueling career behind, but I decided to concentrate on something I felt was a little more important in current times.

The Spirit Foundation was small enough to run beside my dueling career, but merging it with the Arcadia Movement to create SAI was a big move and a big commitment, but a move that I really wanted to do. Something I felt was needed. We'd worked for years on human-spirit relations, but those in the city with Psychic Powers were losing a source of support and I realised that with my own experiences with supernatural powers and those of friends of mine, I could be a source of support and guidance for others with abilities like this, the sort of guidance myself, nor my friends, really had.
My power has a terrible history to it, one I was constantly told I was going to follow, which was why it took me so long to accept it fully as a part of myself. I often found that I couldn't talk to people about it or how I felt about it, so I feared it silently, which lead to a pretty rough time of my life. Sometimes, these things are unavoidable, but having someone there to support you and understand a little of what you're going through can really help. I wanted to help support those with supernatural abilities, give them a place to go, to learn about their abilities, to talk about them, to feel welcome, as well as educate others ... much like the similar work we'd been doing with spirits.

Now I look at where I am now, standing at the finals of this tournament. Thinking of all this makes me realise how winning it could really help promote SAI and get our message out there about Duel Spirits and supernatural abilities and how they shouldn't be feared. I want to better send this message and our work out beyond Domino City!
There will always be people like Touki, and there may always be people who'll use tragic events such as Heartland to twist the blame to things they don't understand, but with better knowledge being available more widely, I think more people will understand and not fear things that they feel are 'different'.

That's my main goal. That's what I want to aim for by winning this tournament.

Though... there is a little something else too. Something I felt I never really managed in my pro career.
I want to be able to stand equally with someone. Someone I have a lot of respect for and someone I really owe my dueling too. He was my mentor growing up. Someone who re-introduced me to the game and taught me to have fun with it.
I want to be able to stand as high as he did.
And I might not get another try at this for a while.

I talked to him a little bit earlier today too and I know he'll be watching. I know he wants to see me reach it as much as I do.


We've been getting a lot of interest on the project that we have running alongside LDS which is great to see! I really hope this project benefits everyone who joins it.

The project will officially start when the new school year at Duel Academy begins in the first week of October. This was decided since next month will be finals month for Duel Academy, so students will be focused more on that.
For those who won't be graduating this year, the project will count towards your school work as an 'extra credit' thing and allowances on your timetables will be made for it.

If any of you have any questions regarding the project, feel free to ask!
i_like_red: (Calm Conversation)
Hey. Do you have a minute? I'd like to talk about something, if it's okay with you.


*In Juudai's office at SAI, a meeting has begun between himself, Onni and Tenjou Kaito.
Stood up, leaning slightly against his desk, Juudai looks over to his two guests before speaking.*


It seems we have a lot to talk about.
i_like_red: (Cheerful Smiles!)
I haven't posted anything about this yet, but gradually we've been converting the former Spirit Foundation building on Sakana's grounds into two 'luxury' apartments. They're not super fancy or anything like that, they just have slightly more bigger rooms than at Sakana itself and both apartments will also have kitchens of their own.

So far the upstairs apartment is finished. It was the easiest to convert as it was already set up into separate apartment-like rooms.
This apartment has two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living area and a bathroom.
The upstairs apartment also has access to a balcony at the back that goes across the top of the former spirit house, which is now being used as an indoor temperature controlled greenhouse for all Sakana residents.

The bottom apartment is still being worked on, but it's nearly finished. We're expecting that one to be done by the New Year. This one just needed a little more converting due to it's layout.
Just like the upstairs, it'll have two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and bathroom.

Both apartments will have some basic furnishings, like beds and sofas. Just items of furniture that we used at the foundation which we didn't need for the SAI building, and since it's still good funiture, we decided to re-use them for the apartments.

I think that's all the details I needed to cover!
If you want any further details, just contact either Kawasaki Sayuri-san or my wife, Yuuki Asuka who both co-run the Sakana apartments together.
i_like_red: (Serious Face)
It seems a bit 'one thing after another' at the moment with the Numeral Hunters, rank-up cards and then the demons. I also feel that I've lost the friendship of someone who I was very close to through all of this, which I won't lie and say it doesn't hurt, because it does, but right now our opinions differ greatly, so I'll respect the wishes or her and her partner to keep my distance, unless I have a good reason not to.

The issue at the momentum reactor was solved, but we now have the issue with a woman named 'Labrys' who is apparently searching for some 'Legendary Numbers'. What they exactly are and why she needs them, we don't know, but apparently they exist.
I don't have anything against Labrys, she did help out with the demon situation which I'm very grateful for, but I'm suspicious over these 'Legendary Numbers'. A title like that makes them seem like they aren't like the regular Numbers.

I also got to speak to Labrys myself and I questioned her a little on the Rank-Up cards. She said the one she gave to Yuma was something she was given with expectations that she was to give it to someone who was fighting against the demons, but that it was also a prototype for 'something more', but didn't know what that something more was. Nor could she answer anything on the other Rank-Up cards that have been around, though she seemed more surprised about Inner Demon's Force being mentioned. I feel like that one she definitely didn't know about.

For now we'll be investigating into the 'Legendary Number' that we have a location for.
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Well, at least I didn't forget that it's my birthday today, unlike last year. There's a bit too much going on to really celebrate it though.

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Event Post

*If you want to wish Juudai a happy birthday in person, or give him a present, he can be found either in his office at SAI or around Sakana!*
I need to speak with you rather urgently.
So this morning I found that there was a hole in one of the windows at the Spirit House at SAI where something had obviously broken in. I also found a bunch of the smaller spirits basically unconscious and seemingly drained of their energy.

I don't understand why the security system didn't go off to alert me though! For something like this it should of gone off straight away. It doesn't look like it's been tampered with. The security camera in there also didn't pick up anything at all.

I'm really not happy about this. Especially about the spirits. A window can be replaced, but these spirits were innocent and were preyed upon by something. They're in a terrible state and it wasn't pleasant having to tell Tomoko that a bunch of her spirit friends that she works so hard with aren't well right now.

I'm going to have to isolate these spirits for now, keep an eye on them and see if they gain any energy back, but I am really angry that this happened to them and I have no leads on what caused it.
I just finished a very interesting conversation with someone. She mentioned some odd goings on with some of her classmates, including erratic behaviour and one that seemed driven to duel obsessively.

After asking about it, this classmate of theirs that I talked to was able to tell me that the girl who was dueling mostly used XYZ monsters and also used a 'Rank-Up' spell card. She confirmed it was to bring out a monster that had 'Chaos' in it's title. This is something that we've seen before, people using these 'Rank-Up' cards in order to bring out Chaos XYZ monsters, but the difference this time is that the girl that used it collapsed from exhaustion a few hours afterwards.

Right now, my running theory is that someone was influencing her to constantly duel and it's possible that her Duel Energy was drained away. It's only speculation right now, but it fits with other experiences I've had with things that drain duel energy.

So the question is, if someone is doing this, then why?

I want you all to be careful and if you come across a 'Rank-Up' spell card, or come across someone using one or handing them out, please alert me or another member of SAI immediately.
Hey. I'd like to talk to you, if it's no trouble.
Hey. I need your help with something fairly urgently.

At the moment, a monster is at the airport making sure no planes leave for France and it's threatening to blow itself up and spread a darkification virus around the city if any do. We believe this was a distraction Number 96 set up for us, as obviously this is where Shinoko and Shian are headed in order to try and find Dark Mist.

Right now Asuka is trying to buy some time, but we need a way to safely stop the monster from self-destructing itself. I figured with your time manipulation abilities, that you may be able to help.

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