Author's Final Note on the Requiem of Annihilation

For those of you who enjoyed Requiem, I am very happy you did and you shouldn't let what I'm about to share trouble you. It is meant for those critics who have repeatedly bashed my work without giving any thoughts on how to fix it; a rebuttal if you will. It's not aimed at those of you who enjoyed my story, even though I may have taken you in directions that surprised you. But I think everyone should know that I never read the Elfen Lied Manga. I only saw the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Yet some of my readers, particularly HK22 here recently, thought I had desecrated the Elfen Lied cannon with my ending by bringing in new twists that apparently departed from what they thought was a sacred cannon of Elfen Lied. I make no apologies for what I wrote or the way I ended it. I do apologize though for taking so long to do it. As a student in a university, many times my schoolwork interfered with my creation of this tale. Stephen King said in an interview some time back about one of his books that didn't make the critic's cut that he wrote what he wanted to and if they didn't like it, they didn't have to read or buy it. It didn't matter to him. I see the same thing here. Requiem is my creation based on the series. The series is the foundation, not the structure itself and never was meant to be. When one constructs a house or story, they start with a foundation and build on it, sometimes changing the plan in the process of building and going in directions others think is stupid or childish. Requiem is no different. Using the foundation of Elfen Lied, which is about the darkest hate, pain, jealousy, social injustice, inequality, and violent bloody retribution, I constructed my tale of the diclonius apocalypse hinted at in the series. Yes, I don't deny using the dark core I just pointed out. It is there, but there is also a subtle element of humanity that counters the dark core in the series; the element of love. It's not just the sad reality of hate, blood, and violence against the diclonius that creates the supposed mystical cannon of Elfen Lied. It's about how the love of one boy, Kohta, redeems Lucy's humanity. That is what I saw in the series. I will admit that I didn't care for the ending in Episode 13, which is what sparked me to create this epic. But I believe that I followed the base of Elfen Lied cannon regardless of what others may think. My story about Lucy and Kohta picks up where the series left off. I set the stage and watched as the characters evolved beyond what is seen in the series. The story gained a life of its own, evolving as it grew. As a soul is born into the world and grows, so did my story about Lucy and Kohta after the end of the series. As they grew, the story grew, moving beyond what some believe is the sacred cannon I spoke of earlier. Just because I integrated some points and things into the tale that may have caused the readers to question my sanity doesn't mean that it violates the cannon.

Some of you believe that by dropping in a dragon, an elemental or two, or even an alien race near the end that I went so far off base that it was the height of childish stupidity and dribble. These characters I used are just characters that may have eventually become part of the cannon had the writers of the sacred Elfen Lied cannon taken that route. Maybe they did and I didn't know it because as I mentioned, I never read the manga. Moreover, they are bit players at the end meant to set up a continuation of the story later, as I mentioned in the author's note at the end of the last chapter. It does not negate from the story's core. It's not stupid childish dribble to end the tale the way I did. What would have been stupid is for me to have ended it with a disneyish "and they lived happily ever after." That would have been a violation of the core for me and I didn't take that route. Or maybe I should have let Calidor win and destroy all life, or have him defeated, but Lucy loses Kohta and the rest of her family and friends in the battle? In each case, I didn't see that a realistic depiction of what could happen under those circumstances. Just because Lucy wins the fight with Calidor and saves the planet from extinction doesn't mean she has overthrown all who hate and despise her and her kind. Having such a complete banishment of hate for Lucy and her people just wasn't logical or feasible. Some rogue elements had to remain in the aftermath of the apocalypse and they had to be part of the ongoing story too. So instead of taking the easy way out and using the other ways I mentioned, I forged a new path for Lucy and Kohta; one that offered a strange new world after the apocalypse to them where things long taken as belonging in myth, fairy tales, and video games ooze into the open as the world sought to restructure itself. The alien factor at the end should not have been a surprise with the existence of the Nexus revealed along with the source of the diclonius fury, Calidor being an interdimensional being. Calidor was an alien from another dimension. It's no getting around that. That behooves the possibility that other intelligent alien life may exist not just in the other dimensions, but in this one as well; a possibility that I used at the end as merely a device to set up the next stage of evolution for my Lucy and my Kohta. For that is what they are at this point, they are products of my imagination. Moreover, the myths and urban legends of aliens making deal with the governments add to this realism. Would the critics have been less venomous in their thrashing of the final chapters had I used angels and demons instead of aliens? Only they can answer that question, but I tend to suspect no. All I can say is that if the critics were so upset with dragons, elementals, and aliens coming into this, they should have walked away from the story the moment I revealed the Nexus, where all possibilities are possible, including the one with dragons and aliens.

I didn't write this with the intention of making it a Final Fantasy crossover, as some of my critics have suggested. I wrote it as I saw it. I suspect the final battle between Lucy, Kohta, and Calidor may have sparked at least part of this incorrect assumption. So let me give you a little background on the swords they used. The sword of the Collective wielded by Lucy and Mamoru's sword given to Kohta are not swords in the regular sense that you would see in Final Fantasy or any other game, movie, or series. These swords are manifestations of the Collective's power. Each sword is comprised of the collective vectors of ever deceased diclonius soul who went to Izanami. They are a super-concentrated vector form that channels the power of millions of vectors into a single spot; a vector form only Lucy as the true Queen and Kohta as the true King could access or use. That's the power that decimated Calidor's Castle Neilfheim. The use of those swords was a device not meant to mirror anything shown in Final Fantasy. If I wanted to do a Final Fantasy fanfic, I would have done it using the Final Fantasy characters, not Elfen Lied characters.

The Requiem is based on the series and the corruption it detailed, but it is not the series. It is an epic unto itself and I have no regrets how I wrote it or how I ended it. I'm grieved though by some of the critical and right down demeaning comments made by those critics. I've always been one to accept constructive criticism. But what I saw with the last set of reviews, I saw a fervent hostility that bordered on fanaticism. With those final chapters, I had ruptured their view of the world and desecrated the supposed cannon of Elfen Lied. I haven't seen that kind of venom since I first started the story when a critic called the Peacebringer ripped my initial attempt of an Elfen Lied sequel to shreds without giving me a single pointer on how to make it right. That is what I saw with the last five reviews from HK22. I don't really care what you think or who you even are. This is my story and I wrote it the way I want to. You didn't have to read it and you didn't have to be so vicious in your comments. In one review, you admitted that you didn't read the chapter, yet you went ahead and ripped it to shreds. What does that say about you? I see it as you having an ax to grind because I demolished your precious cannon. You really should have a more open mind. Just because something doesn't go the way you want it to doesn't mean it's worthy of destruction. It's not meant to be taken so seriously and you should not let your feelings about Elfen Lied drive you so intensely. Remember the story. It's that kind of fanaticism that caused the problems with the diclonius to begin with. Hate only begets hate as blood begets blood. I wrote Requiem as a way to show the fallacy of such bigotry and hate and how even someone like Lucy can change her fate to a better one. Let go of it and just enjoy a fabulous tale, whether regardless of whether I wrote it or someone else. Have some fun and get lost in the story. That's why I wrote it; to allow the reader to become immersed in the tale so he or she could enjoy it. I didn't care about sacred cannons of manga or anime. I was having fun expanding the world in new exciting ways. Everyone should try it some time.

Well, that concludes my final comments about the Requiem. I realize that some of you will read this and scoff at it, saying all manner of mean things about what I said because I dared to cross an imaginary line I didn't know existed. They may say I'm ranting, saying anything to justify my sin against the cannon. They may even go online and review this little discussion, railing against it just as they did with other pieces of my work. All I can say to those critics is rail on. Your venomous comments are not important or worthy of my time. The story is finished and I have put the pen down for now for Elfen Lied. Like it or lump it, it makes no difference to me. I'm sure I'm not the first who has felt such venom among the fanfiction writers on this site and I'm sure I'll not be the last.

But to those of you who enjoyed my story, I first apologize for the somewhat sharp comments I made about my critics. I had to make one last statement to set the record straight about my intentions and feelings toward this tale. Then I would like to say I enjoyed sharing this epic with you and reading your gracious comments. Some of those comments were very helpful too and assisted in the direction of the story. Thank you, those of you who replied as I asked with honest, but kind reviews and constructive suggestions for making the story better. Thank you all, and remember when someone reads your work and rips it to pieces without any remorse or input on how to make it better, don't be put off by it. Such critics aren't worthy of your attention. Shove them away and fight the good fight to write the best story you know how. For every critic who gives you a bad review, I'd bet there are ten who love it. So don't sweat it. With this, I close the cover the Requiem for now. Maybe at some future time, I will pick up the pen and course Lucy's and Kohta's path again the way I want to and not according to some imaginary cannon. Farewell.

Beowulf Caverias