The End of Summer
IMPORTANT UPDATE 5th DECEMBER
Following some feedback I have decided to keep the Screenplay/Script version of End of Summer up. I will upload the Novel version starting asap and uploading probably a chapter a day. If fanfiction dot net decide they don't like the same story up here twice in two different styles then the Screenplay/Script version will be the one to go.
The End of Summer is the story of Shizuku Tsukishima and Seiji Amasawa (two fifteen year olds attending their first year of high school), in the city of Cremona, Italy during several weeks in July, August and September 1995. The story is set in the year following the end of Whisper of the Heart, a beautiful and enchanting anime directed by Yoshifumi Kondo and produced in 1995 by the Japanese anime company Studio Ghibli. Note that Whisper of the Heart seems to end on November 11th 1994. By the time this story begins the teenagers' relationship has matured over the intervening eight months.
Note that this story is written in the style of a screenplay/script for an anime movie.
Music. I perceive the soundtrack to the film being mostly reflective mood pieces and swelling heart-warming pieces for strings. It goes without saying that Joe Hisaishi is the composer. Interspersed with the main theme and mood pieces is some retro-techno that Seiji listens to on his headphones. These play during some flight sequences. There are a couple of western folk tunes too which come from car radios. Some music played during the Earth Shop scenes towards the end of the story is lifted direct from Whisper of the Heart, and is intended to take us back to specific scenes in that film. The music played on the descent to Milan is trash80 "pain fade down" and the music for the landing sequence is dma-sc "visitors from dreams". The piano solo played on the return flight is trash80 "faces of a fashion". Dma-sc's website is http://dma-sc(dot)atari(dot)org. (follow the link marked "PC"). Trash80's website is http://www(dot)trash80(dot)net While Seiji is a budding artisan working with his hands in a traditional manner I see him as a bit of a rebel as well, his love of retro-techno is another mark of rebellion. Hey, he's just an ordinary kid.
Oh, and one last thing before I go. I have set up a forum. You can discuss The End of Summer, The Attic Room and The Other Side of the World if you wish. If you feel a burning need to tell me my work is complete pants then please do it there. I'd like to use the forum for C&C, feedback etc so that any discussion is public rather than in the form of replies to reviews which I hate because I lose them. I'll probably use the forum as a species of blog where I'll discuss what is happening / may happen in The Other Side of the World; thouights about stuff I plan to write; why I wrote things the way I did; and the price of fish. In case you are having trouble finding it, it's in the Anime/Whisper section.
Now the boring but important bits:
What follows is a work of fiction, it has no connection whatever with Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaka, Yoshifumi Kondo or any films or other works produced by that company or those persons. It is purely fan fiction. However I have borrowed very heavily from the film Whisper of the Heart many locations, characters and concepts. I have read both of the manga by Aoi Hiiragi that have the Seiji and Shizuku characters in but apart from one character and a couple of incidental snippets lifted from the manga, this fiction borrows only from the anime. It probably contradicts the sequel manga directly in that it's taking place at about the same time. Feel free to download this story (if you really think it's worth it) and you may upload it elsewhere but if you do it MUST NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY WAY. You must include this introduction and notice with the story and the end notes and please don't claim it's your work. If you upload it elsewhere please provide me a link to its location. And you MAY NOT charge a payment for the files (as if anyone would actually pay to read this… agh…). If anyone reading this wants to comment in any way, positive or negative then feel free to do so, I'm online at the Ghibli Tavern and Wingsee forums as user Saddletank and my e-mail is saddletank(at)dsl(dot)pipex(dot)com so now you have no excuse not to have a go at me.
That's quite enough of that stuff. Now, are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin…