Y, Mediator, and the Assistant must find a way to escape or risk losing their sanity.
Mediator acting like a Sparta
Mediator and Y find themselves trapped in a manga. After they open a door, they find Mediator's Assistant napping. Mediator proposes that they should do something exciting to make things happen, and she asks Y about other manga genres. Mediator's Assistant shows a chessboard drawing, and Y goes off tangent about personifying chess pieces. Suddenly, the room descends and gets darker. Y wonders if they can draw, and the assistant proceeds to draw a flower on the wall. Y does a "pop" action, and as the assistant draws things, the room ascends and a door opens up. Y acts out a scene to open another door, and she thinks that they can make the room go up if they can make things interesting. To make the room go down, they have to make things boring. The Mediator asks Y what happens to a manga when it is canceled. Y's answers make Mediator cringe a bit. Y states that the lighting in the panel depends on how many readers are reading the manga. During an exciting fighting scene, Y tells Mediator to act out with passion. After a montage of several scenes they had acted out, the three rest a bit. The Mediator asks them if they can draw a door to get back to the previous panel. She opens the door that her assistant drew only to find the Fairies who are editors. The Mediator reads their message and asks the Fairies how they leave. The Fairies tells them that they can leave once they have an ending or if the manga is cancelled. She asks the Fairies what will happen to them if the manga is cancelled. When Y comes in, the Fairies run away. Y learns that they can leave the manga once they have enough popularity. The three stumbles upon a list where they find what ranking they are in. Y discusses her strategy with her cohorts.
Y's plan: add cliffhangers
After their little meeting, Y does a dramatic scene, and the Mediator asks Y who she killed. When Y states she kill Cock Robin, they find themselves in fifth place. Y suggests that they should add cliffhangers to every panel. During a montage, Y acts out with passion until they reach first place. Mediator points out that the story is in shambles. When she wonders how this would end, the Assistant proposes to check on the editors. Taking the Fairies' advice, Y quickly acts out the scenes only to find out they went down to 3rd place and then fifth place. She goes out to talk to the editors, and she pulls something that expands the panel. In a western scene, Y and the others finds themselves going up but it goes down. Mediator explains that people are tired of the same gimmicks. They find themselves on the verge of cancellation, and when things get dark, Mediator sees Y and herself reverting to a storyboard form. Later, Mediator falls into the abyss, and the Fairies makes references about the manga industry and hands a letter to the Mediator. She learns her series is cancelled and that she has to carry on the family business. She wakes up to see her grandpa. The Mediator thinks the Manzine has disappeared once it served its purpose.
Points of Interest
- This whole episode makes references to the manga industry and manga can quickly become popular and fall easily.
- Japanese Name: "Yōsei-san-tachi no, Sabukaru" (妖精さんたちの、さぶかる)
- Opening Theme: "Real World" by nano.RIPEHitomi Harada
- Ending Theme: "Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume (ユメのなかノわたしのユメ;My Dreams Inside of My Dreams)" by Masumi Itou