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.
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 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: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ich4ijv0e6cflw/Juudai%20vs%20Johan%20Retirement.txt?dl=0 ))
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.
Scenario for Asuka

*It's late in the evening and Juudai is sat on his own at his desk at the Spirit Foundation. Everyone else had long since gone home, but he decided to stay behind to work on something and lost track of the time. Asuka, it's way past the time he usually comes home, so maybe you should check to see if he's at the Foundation and what he's doing!*


Scenario for Everyone Else

*Juudai is sat on a bench in the park and appears to be looking at something in a notepad that he has with him. He seems a little troubled. Want to talk to him?*
[Private to Shinoko]
Word has gotten to me about how you've been acting lately and I'm concerned.
It seems that you feel you can't trust us and with how you've been acting, it makes me feel the same way about you. The Foundation doesn't work on secrets, Shinoko. You were, what I thought, was a trusted member of my team I could rely on, but I'm not sure what to think any more.

I didn't want to do this but... effective from today, you are suspended from your position here until things are sorted out and I feel I can trust you again, or until you let me know what is going on.

I'm not angry at you, disappointed, but not angry and the Foundations doors ARE still open to you if you wish to talk to me privately about what's going on.

I will listen to you and I will help you.

[Private to Noriko]

I get the feeling I may know what the answer will be to this, but I promised I'd ask so...

...that young girl, Slate, was asking me a lot of questions the other day about people suddenly changing genders and if there are ways to change back. I... think something happened to her.
I told her I knew someone who might be able to help and I think that only person is you.

I'm still keeping out of Shian's side of things, just so you know. The girl just asked and it seems like an important issue.
The other day I met a young girl who had come over here all the way from Russia because her mother is opening a jewellery shop in town.
I started chatting to her because she actually looked very physically similar to the Samasu family and wondered if she was a relative, but she'd never heard of the name before, so guess not! But I had a really interesting conversation with her and she seemed a little interested in spirits which she obviously wouldn't have experienced back in Russia.

I told her that she can come by the Spirit Foundation anytime to see some more and meet Tomoko, since she was a little unsure about making friends and Tomoko is the only person I know who is the closest in age to her.
So, I came across this little guy the other day.

[Here is a picture of a very cute looking creature, which looks almost like a cat or a rabbit that's swallowed a balloon since it's so round. The texture of it looks smooth and solid.]

I have never seen a spirit like this before and wondered if anyone knew anything about it.
Despite how cute it is, it's quite aggressive in nature, so I currently have it in a cage in the Spirit Foundation until I find out more about it, or until we are able to calm it down.
I went to the Spirit Foundation this morning to find the place had been broken into. How they broke in without activating the alarm I have no idea. What confuses me even further is how they managed to get into the safe. That thing is a solid as a rock and I made sure there were extra reinforcements after the last time it was broken into. It had both a combination lock AND a padlock. Only I have the combination and key for it.

Looks like whoever broke in was after the Numbers, they were the only thing that had been disturbed. They were thrown over the floor... guess they were looking for specific ones, which means I'm going to have to go through them and find which ones are missing...
So. Haven't updated here in a while. Things got a bit crazy. Really crazy actually, but things are starting to improve now.

Well, January was mostly a good month. Spent a week in Germany for a small tournament and the spirit foundation was as busy as ever the rest of the time. Ruka and I spent time checking up on spirit communities, seeing how things were going as well as doing some talks, lots of positive things!!

Then at the beginning of February things sort of went downhill.
Asuka came down with the flu, then I got it only a few days later. It hit us pretty hard too. I can barely even remember that week, I was so out of it and what I can remember I am never sure if it was real or not. Our high fevers pretty much made us lose any sense of reality for a while, I think. Ruka was amazing though, as well as Yubel, Winged Kuriboh and the other spirits, who all helped Ruka look after us when we were at our worst.
By the second week, we were getting better, but slowly. We still felt very under the weather. It was taking some shaking off.
But then Ruka came down with it last weekend and well, long story short, we had to call an ambulance. She complained about having sharp pains in her chest at first and she eventually started having trouble breathing, she became distressed from it which made it worse.
The hospital told us that she had pneumonia which had arisen as a complication from the flu virus.

While her fever was at it's worst, she was unconscious for two days, but after her fever broke and she woke up, she steadily began making progress thanks to the care the hospital gave her. Today, a week later, they have allowed her to come home, but with medication and orders for strict bed rest for the next two weeks. If she has problems breathing again, we have to rush her back, but she seems to be doing okay. She's tired and still very ill but the hospital has said they expect her to make a full recovery.

Asuka and I are... better, not great but better. We're still feeling a bit under the weather and generally run down, so for the next couple of weeks Asuka is off work and I have no pro-duels and I'm only going to be occasionally popping into the Spirit Foundation to see how things are. This way we can fully recover and at least one of us will be at home with Ruka.

That said, all this has made me really behind on things, especially with any spirit foundation work and on-going issues ect. so if anything needs my attention, let me know, even if I can't look into it or do anything straight away. Minor issues can be dealt with through the foundations volunteers and other staff, who are thankfully staying on top of things a bit better than I am at the moment.
Got a little bit more info on this blonde woman, as I have suspicion she's not only giving out those rank-up spells, but making those belts too. Apparently she wears some sort of futuristic Gothic Lolita type clothing. If any of you recognize someone of that description, let me know.
I managed to get the cartridge from the belt of that hero lizard guy. The cartridge looks just like the lizard did. Is there anyone who might be able to analyse this thing for me? Maybe find out what it's made?

Other than that, I also dealt with these weird creatures who were incredibly strong. I stood up against one and even with two monsters I was barely making much of an impact! Then all of a sudden there was this loud screeching sound and this weird ghost-like creature with fingers similar to claws showed up and then vanished with the other creature. I then saw it happen again moments later.
I have a report that the same day, someone wearing black armor was doing weird chanting in the park, so that maybe connected.

These kinda came up at a bad time, since I'm heading to a pro tournament being held in Hong Kong on Thursday for the whole weekend, but I'll brief everyone else at the Spirit Foundation about all this so they can keep an eye on things while I'm gone.
To Saiga and Desdemona-san:
Just letting you guys know there seems to be a bigger number of Skull Servants about than normal, selling fake WRGP goods and breaking into houses, so we need to try and keep an eye on the situation the best we can. We've been getting a few concerns through the Spirit Foundation about them and it sounds like the cops are having a hell of a time with them lately too.

Dealing with Yliaster and the WRGP is top priority right now, especially for myself and Desdemona-san, so Saiga, since you're not as involved with the WRGP, think you'd be able to keep an eye on them when myself and Desdemona-san can't?

...I just hope this doesn't turn into them trying to sell people's genders or minds, or something like that.
You know what I kinda miss from the Academy? Tamagopan! I wonder if Tome-san still does that there and if everyone has just as much fun trying to get it as we did!
Heh, random thought for the day, I guess!

We're already into August, I swear it was July the last I looked. My birthday is next Friday. I'll be 23. Geez, when did I reach that age?
I dunno if I'll find time to do anything for it, I might do, but I've had my mind on a lot of things lately, like Ghost, the WRGP, the Spirit Foundation and the masked woman who attacked the park the other day, though that's more Isabel's fight than mine. Don't think I was much help the other day anyway.

The Spirit Foundation is going great! There's still some things that need sorting out, but the building itself was finished a while ago. We still need someone to help us with the paperwork for the place, which will be a paid position at the foundation. I was gonna advertise about it after the WRGP, but if anyone reads this and you're interested, let me know! We'll be opening up to anyone who wishes to spend any free time to help us as well!
I don't know who sent that newsletter to my e-mail, but it got deleted straight away. I really don't care for stupid gossip things like that.

Anyway, Saiga, I got a result from talking to Manjoume!
Also, Isabel, you still looking at building that house thing for the spirits?



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