I just finished reading Saiyuki Gaiden... and I will admit that I was crying like a little girl. I can swear that seriously, Saiyuki is the best manga series to ever be written... ever. Usually, when I read manga or watch anime, I just get an itch to write a fanfic about it, all of them either reader inserts or little OCs that I've mostly kept to myself. I guess that's my way of saying, "no, this series wasn't good enough; it needs something like this", or "it was alright, but if it had THIS... oh, it'll be golden", or something like that. But seriously, Saiyuki... it's just wow.
I think I'm writing for it out of habit more than anything. And no, despite how it sounds, it's not negative at all. It's actually hard for me to write up little stories for Saiyuki, because I just really, sincerely love how everything is... as is, really. I've cried several times (yes, literally) while reading this manga (and I remember doing the same while watching the anime) because... I don't know. It's sweet, it's sad, it's everything. And I really, really love it.
Okay, but all that mush aside, after finishing Gaiden, I've decided to just go ahead and try out the little idea I had. You see, the original title for 'Black Prayer' was supposed to be just 'Prayer', but I decided to change it last minute. Why? Well, I'm the type that's actually really, really bad with planning. Even if I plan a whole story out, I end up shooting off in another direction (which is what happened with Trust).
The change from Prayer to Black Prayer still worked perfectly fine for the little storyline I had in mind. (Okay, I had no storyline in mind. Usually, I just conjure up a single scene - nothing too big, really - and run with it. (And for those of you who're wondering, yes, that's exactly what I did for Trust. I'll post up a little 'how I got inspired for my fics' thing later, though I doubt anyone will read that, haha.) That's why I stuck with it. And now, after finishing Gaiden, I can safely say that, no matter how hard it's going to be, and no matter how tempted I'll be to smash my head through the window, I'll just go through with what I've been calling "Part 0" - now to be known as White Prayer.
Alright, pause. I'm sure you guys are going, wtf is she saying now? Well, let me explain (I'm sure my post's all over the place. xD I'm sorry, I can't really organize my thoughts all nicely and blah blah). 'Prayer' was originally supposed to be about a bhikkhuni - that is, an ordained Buddhist nun - that catches the attention of the Sanzo-ikkou and heads westwards with them. Sounds kinda lame, right? Well... it kinda is, I guess, haha. But if you layer it with romance and angst and all that good stuff, it becomes... well... it's still lame. Anyway! That was the original concept of 'Prayer'.
Seeing as how imagined the ending of 'Prayer' first (and then backtracked), I was like, alright, this is awesome! I know how it's going to end now! And... the ending was satisfactory. For me, it held some of that Saiyuki and Saiyuki Reload ending taste, which... was what gave birth to the prologue of 'Black Prayer'. However, as satisfied as I was with this ending, I wanted to end with a little scene of Kanzeon Bosatsu. So I was like, hmm... well, it'd be nice if there was a part two. She could say something that leads into it!
Well, I was playing around with that thought, and decided that no, I didn't want there to be a part two... but rather, a part zero.
0 1 2 3...
Does that make sense? Zero comes before anything. What came before Saiyuki? Saiyuki Gaiden! And at that thought, I was like, wow, that's PERFECT. Helloooo, Konzen Douji! And again, for this, I had a perfect little ending in mind, and am now planning on backtracking.
I'm... pretty damn sure I missed quite a lot of stuff, and I'm sorry if I have. xD I just feel kinda excited right now, despite having run into a bit of trouble (ugh... already?!) with Black Prayer.
I was really impressed by Kenren and Tenpou in Gaiden, far more than Gojyo and Hakkai ever impressed me. (Don't get me wrong; I love Gojyo and Hakkai to death, but in Gaiden, they were just... wow.) So... I think... maybe in the near future, I'll do something White/Black Prayer-esque for them, too. Ooh, and maybe Goku... (TAKE THAT, GIRL-WHOSE-NAME-I-DO-NOT-KNOW! I was like %*@%&@ when she kissed Goku in Saiyuki Reload. -_- ANYWAY.)
But yes. All that rambling and stuff to say that Black Prayer will have a companion fic, White Prayer. It'll be in the same "format" as Black Prayer - as in, it'll be a story, but each chapter will be based on a pre-determined theme: colors. The order will be changed so that if Black Prayer is 1 2 3, White Prayer will be 3 2 1. I hope you guys look forward to that, haha!
Oh my God.