Gaiji, a happy-go-lucky but unpopular high school student, wants nothing more than to relax and spend time with his digital waifus. One day, his wildest of fantasies comes to life, as he is somehow transported into the world of his newest Dating Simulator, a game titled “Dere Plus.” However, things are not a peachy as they initially seem to be, as the game’s plot takes a cruel twist, and Gaiji finds himself dating for his very life.
Gaiji’s struggle will be one of both survival and social behavior. Being someone who almost never talks to people outside of school (and does not talk a lot on school, to begin with), he gets through the dating sims he plays by simply picking from the option boxes presented to him. But now that he is in the game itself, there are no “option boxes” to be seen. He must learn to deal with his social awkwardness, and persuade, humor, and romance the girls in the game, lest he gets repeatedly stabbed.
The story, setting, and characters are all heavily influnced by otaku culture. As with most stories regarding this culture, it will explore themes of escapism and tell a coming of age story of sorts, albeit in a different way than normal. It will also discuss issues related to video games and video game culture, such as attachment to the fictional and deception. As a tale of otakus, love, and bloodshed, Dere Plus will be THE manga for those who feel their romantic comedies could use a lot less laughs and a lot more stabbing.
Krushicus the Unimpressive
Krushicus, a mighty evil robot, has come to the Land of Unimpressed Dinosaurs, to rule over them with an iron fist. An evil fist. An evil iron fist! Unfortunately, he has one major weakness: His issue with self-image. If he cannot see people flee in terror and grovel at their feet before him, then he feels there is no point in doing anything. Even more unfortunately, the “Land of Unimpressed Dinosaurs” lives up to its name, as no one cares about Krushicus or his villainy. Krushicus must find a way to get the citizens of the Land of Unimpressed Dinosaurs to care about him, so he gains the motivation to rule over them. Meanwhile, he must beware of a heroic robot named Punchicus, who also has a self-image issue, and is convinced that battling a villain will make the citizens love and revere him. Will he be able to spread fear in his name? Will he be able to overcome the inevitable challenge of Punchicus? Will he breakdown in an identity crisis and turn the story into a tale of self discovery halfway through? Probably not, but the first two are still possible!
Krushicus the Unimpressive is a tale of villainy so vile that the it will use pictures of figures instead of drawn characters, because such evil defies two dimensions. As a comedy, it will contain a story to keep readers interested, but without containing a message or precise point, because villainy speak for itself, and does not require such puny mortal conventions. Krushicus the Unimpressive will be the comic to change the world, by showcasing the most powerful of all emotions: Indifference!