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!

*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.
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 honestly couldn't of asked for a better send-off duel from the Pro League than that! Getting to duel Johan again was amazing and it was so much fun!! I really hope that everyone who watched enjoyed it just as much as we did!

I am really going to miss dueling in the Pro League a whole lot.

After the duel and a few interviews, Johan and I spent some time catching up with each other. I hadn't seen him in so long and there was definitely a lot for us to catch up on!

But I guess I am now closing one door and opening a grand new one.

I'll be working on the merge of the Spirit Foundation and the Arcadia Movement over the next month. I'm aiming for it to be ready to open in the New Year under the new name of the Spirit Arcadia Institute, or SAI for short, and it will be based in what is currently the Arcadia Movement building.

((OOC: The log of Juudai's retirement pro-duel with Johan can be found here: ))
I got an e-mail today from one of the companies I e-mailed a week or so ago. The President of Leo Corporation in Maiami City e-mailed me directly to say he was interested in my cause and wished to support it. He even offered to send some technicians to install their solid vision system that's used for action duels!

With this extra support from Leo Corp and Noriko's Company, the Spirit Foundation and the Arcadia Movement merge can definitely happen! I can even do some extra things and make sure equipment and what not is completely up-to-date.

I guess that just leaves one more thing for me to do.

Private to Midori-san

I need to come over and talk to you at some point.
Hey, Noriko. I have something I need to chat to you about.



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