Spoilers for Neko’s story in side:black&white
Neko was a victim of the Kagutsu Crater. Her true name was never revealed, but was always written as XX. Neko has been a Strain since she was young, and she was also very clever. Clever enough to not reveal this ability of hers to anyone, all while testing out her power on various people to get an idea of how much she could do. Her father would read her the story “Wagahai wa Neko dearu”. She met a cat later on, who seemed to be immune to her abilities, surprising her.
One day, a person responsible for her mental development check-ups came to Neko and told her that she was a Strain using her powers to deceive her ‘parents’. Her ‘parents’ actually lost their child, a boy, at a very young age, and Neko filled in that gap with her ability. Neko realized what she had done, and dispelled her illusions. Her ‘parents’, now freed from Neko’s ability, called her a monster. Neko remembered the cat she had met before, and vowed to become like that cat, who could live on alone. The story ends with her saying, “Wagahai wa Neko de aru!”
are the novels like actual books?? i really want to get them but idk what to expect! do they follow the K plot but from each side?
hello~♪ yup, thick books of several hundred pages with a bunch of text and about a dozen illustrated pages each!! and nope, not exactly! actually… they’re honestly much more interesting than the anime’s plot from what i know so far HAHAHA (｡=ω=)
side:red turns around homura’s past, from it’s creation by the three founding fathers, to fushimi, yata and kamamoto’s joining, to random shenanigans everyone’s involved in, to a large part dedicated to anna’s past and how she came to be under mikoto’s care. there’s also a lot of fascinating details on many things of the K universe such as more on the strains, the gold clan, the effect of clan auras, and various powers in general!
as for side:blue, it’s about the blue clan’s past! it’s about half the length of side:red, but also covers many interesting things of the universe such as the seven king system, its history, how clans function, previous kings, and etc.
sadly both novels are out of print pretty much everywhere by now, so i doubt it’s still possible to easily buy them… and they’re in japanese, naturally (｡;;~;;) but!! some kind souls are translating them, not to mention that a lot of tumblr users have been sharing various trivia from the novels ((THANK YOU SO MUCH))!!
☞ SIDE:BLUE prologue
☞ SIDE:RED prologue