When Hayato’s eyes slide to the aquarium wall a second time, the boy is still staring after the rowdy group, absently holding his arm. His eyes are distant, though, full of something a little like resignation.

Hayato unconsciously turns his head to see more of the boy’s face, and the small movement must have caught the kid’s attention, because he flinches so hard his feet lift off the ground.

He wobbles back into balance after a moment, and there’s a split-second where Hayato wavers between giving the tiny brunette a comforting gesture or just walking on.

AU where Gokudera hears about a Japanese Vongola around his age, and decides to visit Namimori every now and then in hopes of finding him. Instead of a Vongola, though, he keeps bumping into this short kid who seems to be absolutely petrified of him.

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this post is a microcosm of your entire deal: sassy anime criticism with a header of a young shirtless boy

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Real talk: the function of the Dying Will/Criticism bullet distracted me a LOT
Like, Tsuna gets hit with dying will, Tsuna becomes a screaming berserker who’s entire reason for living is like. taking a hella nap. sure, whatever
But when Kyoko and Haru get hit with the bullet, their behaviour is pretty similar to tsuna in hyper dying will mode (very calm and quiet, though without the ability to use rational thought), which begs the question: is there some underlying circumstance that modifies behaviour? How does this lead to the Criticism bullet?
Here is my theory: With a Dying Will bullet, the natural disposition and level of willpower is important. Kyoko and Haru are calm because they have unremarkable personalities (in that they’re not particularly wilful or fearful), and Tsuna is screaming berserker because he’s cowardly and full of nervous energy (notice how he has to announce what he’s ready to do? He’s psyching himself up for it!)
Which brings me to wonder about the Criticism bullet, and what’s up with that. Why would being scolded remove your internal limiters? Until you remember that Tsuna is completely resigned to criticism; when he was hit with the Lament bullet, his reaction was literally “eh, whatever, I know”. His reaction to criticism is open acceptance! The Criticism bullet probably would not inspire Hyper Dying Will mode in anyone else, it’s tailor-made to Tsuna’s personal disposition. 
Also, for someone who has extreme flame levels, extreme desire to fulfill his objective, and an extremely harsh disposition, shooting Hibari Kyouya with a Dying Will bullet would without a doubt summon a demon from the depths of hell. Terrifying.
(Accompanying art is just a doodle of Tsuna if his end-of-series disposition affected his usual Dying Will mode. Still nervous-energy berserker, but a much quieter one.)

Real talk: the function of the Dying Will/Criticism bullet distracted me a LOT

Like, Tsuna gets hit with dying will, Tsuna becomes a screaming berserker who’s entire reason for living is like. taking a hella nap. sure, whatever

But when Kyoko and Haru get hit with the bullet, their behaviour is pretty similar to tsuna in hyper dying will mode (very calm and quiet, though without the ability to use rational thought), which begs the question: is there some underlying circumstance that modifies behaviour? How does this lead to the Criticism bullet?

Here is my theory: With a Dying Will bullet, the natural disposition and level of willpower is important. Kyoko and Haru are calm because they have unremarkable personalities (in that they’re not particularly wilful or fearful), and Tsuna is screaming berserker because he’s cowardly and full of nervous energy (notice how he has to announce what he’s ready to do? He’s psyching himself up for it!)

Which brings me to wonder about the Criticism bullet, and what’s up with that. Why would being scolded remove your internal limiters? Until you remember that Tsuna is completely resigned to criticism; when he was hit with the Lament bullet, his reaction was literally “eh, whatever, I know”. His reaction to criticism is open acceptance! The Criticism bullet probably would not inspire Hyper Dying Will mode in anyone else, it’s tailor-made to Tsuna’s personal disposition. 

Also, for someone who has extreme flame levels, extreme desire to fulfill his objective, and an extremely harsh disposition, shooting Hibari Kyouya with a Dying Will bullet would without a doubt summon a demon from the depths of hell. Terrifying.

(Accompanying art is just a doodle of Tsuna if his end-of-series disposition affected his usual Dying Will mode. Still nervous-energy berserker, but a much quieter one.)

the only rule about being an alice in wonderland nerd is that if you shit all over the canon you do it using the books as a reference

Compact version of this pitch btw

(made tomoki way cuter because his loser trashbaby design was actually starting to make me actively uncomfortable)

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Also, some character concepts for Cei Adri! Full demon lord on the left, purified on the right. 

All the routes are narratively linear and kinda short, but you can pick whether or not Cei Adri’s demonic traits are removed. Since Cei Adri’s personality drastically changes after full infection, each route gets an entirely different narrative depending on which one you picked. So 6 main stories!

I don’t know if Cei Adri’s design will actually change for purified routes? Maybe just in specific routes? Ehhh??? 

Redid the protagonist’s art so you can actually see his whole outfit and he actually looks 20

The main character and demon lord, Cei Adri! (The ‘C’ is pronounced ‘Ch’). His name is both an old-man name and a generic name; it means ‘under the flames/heat’, which is a common subject for Maruk Tei names, but the most modern name is ‘Adridae’, which means ‘the burning sky’s heat’. ‘Adri' was coined before people started catching wise to the fact the sudden surges of heat are caused by the atmosphere, about two centuries ago. 

Haha! Worldbuilding. 

Cei Adri is entirely passive and the cult of Hienom that is infecting him is the one with all the demon lord tropes, so not much to talk about on that front.

I kept the metal bits on his design, since no one is going to put bits of metal directly onto their body in consistent 40 degree weather unless they themselves are metal as hell. Perfect for a demon lord!