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Reminiscence - Part 30

October 2nd, 2016, 7:44 pm

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Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

And Reminiscence ends!

What a crazy chapter. And would you look at the last panel of this page. :^) But anyway...
Before I start this, I would like to point out that this chapter, as you may have noticed, is complex. As such, if you have anything that's about that complexity to talk about, please read this comment before, so that I may avoid repeating stuff. Thank you. (And as always, feel free to comment / ask / etc about anything about this chapter, as long as it's not asking about something I've already explained.)
Anyway, the idea of this chapter, I will be honest, first just came as "let's make a chapter where these kirbies remember facts from their past". It was like to balance From Time to Time: after a focus on the alternate XXIs, I would shift the focus to the other kirbies that aren't the XXIs, and explain some more of their past; after all, I had never really done that. If you noticed, yes, at first, there was no focus on Keeby, even though I already knew he was going to not be around during this chapter. During Dual Destinies, however, I started to think that maybe I could focus on Keeby instead. Knowing his intentions, I started to realize that showing him in Dual Destinies, then never mentioning anything important about him until his return, wouldn't be the best idea.
But that was a bit risky. Reminiscence wasn't fully planned, but I would either way need to change the chapter a lot. I wasn't so sure at the time, but the comments about Keeby at the end of Dual Destinies got me... And that was my motivation. I mean, it wasn't some sort of positive motivation, something like this came to my mind "yeah, not everyone is buying what Keeby did here, I better indeed try to explain it better". And with that, the chapter was changed to focus on Keeby. At the end, changing the chapter's focus wasn't as hard as I had first thought, thankfully.
And I think that it really was a good idea. Looking back, my original idea was to reveal EVERYTHING about Keeby that you (and the other characters) don't know at like the last chapter of the comic, but that would be too much! You'd probably get lost and feel as if I had created something too complex that's only really revealed at the end, with little to no hints before. So, yeah, I'm glad I decided to do this. Of course I didn't reveal everything, nor did the characters came to a definitive conclusion, but now you have enough hints and facts for the moment.
And, with that said, you may have noticed that I left the ending of this chapter kinda open. Kawpy presented her theory, and it's not proved, but it makes sense and had some evidence to back it up. What's right, what's wrong? It's up to you for now. Of course I know the answer, but with what's indeed up with Keeby's actions, giving it away easily would ruin the fun. Know that Kawpy isn't 100% right, but she isn't 100% wrong either. But then what is wrong and right, you can make your own conclusions! Don't worry, I'm doing my hardest to make the true explanation make sense.
I'm guessing, with that said, you're thinking "Oh, great ANOTHER explanation we don't fully get.". Well, I can't explain because spoilers (well sorry again heh), but I couldn't really leave everything to be solved when you see the deal that's happening with Keeby. This chapter gave you tips on what's going on. Many people claim they know Keeby well, so if you do, you can figure out a great lead about him... Good luck!
So, really, I'll repeat, feel free to comment about Keeby's behavior. Depending on what you say, I may reply, but I won't if everything I can say is spoilerish. Trust me, Keeby makes sense at the end.
And this all I can say before the whole explanation... And you won't have to wait much for it to come. After all, the end of the comic isn't that far! The next chapter will be the last of what I've been calling "pre-end": all the chapters that are doing the final setups for the end of the comic; it started with Dual Destinies. These chapters have been different: first a crime-suspense-detective thing I tried to make work, then a chapter to bring back and show a bit about some characters that you don't know why they suddenly appeared, and now it was a chapter with the characters sharing their memories to try to find out why another did something strange. While these all brought some new stuff, they also left you a bit confused, and that's kinda the idea here. And the next chapter will be about the same, apart from the fact that it will not be a different idea, character interaction, new past facts. It will be... Huh, adventure and with "exposition". It's hard to explain. You better see it yourself.
I also noticed these last few chapters had some really intense criticism towards them. This isn't bad by any means, after all I make mistakes and learn from then like everyone else. But it was interesting. And I know why.
First, Dual Destinies was me trying to do some subplot that was really hard to write. Kudos to the writers from Ace Attorney, you either have talent or had to rewrite the plot lots of times. I reread Dual Destinies and I didn't find it bad, but it was a bit confusing and forced at some times, and that's understandable considering all the struggles I had while writing it. At least, it was fun to try something new.
From Time to Time had basically 45+ characters on it. It had 50 pages. And it was something I had never done before: give a better overview of 21 characters, with the help of 21 more characters and in a short amount of time. It was a challenge that I personally think I handled well, and there wasn't really other way to do it. I can understand that maybe it was too much information, but better to have a chapter like this than nothing.
Then, finally, Reminiscence. While A Memorable Morning was full of flashbacks, it was mostly exposition, and that's easy to do when you know what you want to explain to the readers. But when characters are telling each other past experiences, and to find something new about another character, things get a lot more complicated. First, they won't only bring up important facts, they will bring up facts they think it's important. So, for some time, you, the readers, probably thought the thing wasn't making any progress but, well, if you were there and knew the exact path to take, you would say it already. But that's the thing, they didn't know. Meta Knight knew what to say in A Memorable Morning, but here they basically brainstormed. And that's why at the end I think this chapter was confusing, but in a good way, like it passed the kirbies' feelings to you, they were confused too! And it probably felt slow paced but, like I said, they didn't know exactly where to go, so they got lost sometimes on the way; that's why.
And that's all I have to say in this giant comment. I'm hoping you'll like next chapter, and that the quality of the comic isn't dropping (I get worried about this from time to time, I'm just honestly trying my best). Yet again, thanks for reading the comic, now let's move to the next chapter! I hope you'll like it; it's a lot faster paced than these last ones were.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 7:44 pm

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Warpstar
Posted by Warpstar

I wonder if the next one will have adventure...

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:12 pm

Ultizeta
Posted by Ultizeta

Oh, the chapter's over. Okay then.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:24 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Warpstar:

It will, kinda. It's hard to explain.

@Ultizeta:

Yes, that was pretty obvious...?

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:27 pm

Ultizeta
Posted by Ultizeta

@Gigi19972010: Just kind of felt a bit sudden to me. Maybe because we didn't really learn much definitive, as like you said, it was moreso flashbacks and theories rather than full explanations, which you say will be coming later on. I just wasn't expecting it to be over already.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:28 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Ultizeta:

That's interesting, because I personally thought, at the end, that I was dragging it for too long.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:30 pm

Elemental Kirby
Posted by Elemental Kirby

Looks that Keeby was captured or is somehow being a ghost/inter-dimensional overseer or using the Force which would not make any sense at all.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:40 pm

Nashew
Posted by Nashew

Well, at least Kawpy's theory does halfway justify Keeby's actions at the end of Dual Destinies.

However, I personally feel like I understand Keeby less after this chapter.

If he does in fact have a personality disorder as Kawpy claims, how long has he had it? Why has it only started showing through recently, and why didn't us readers have even minor clues towards the fact that it was a thing before he exploded at the end of Dual Destinies? That's what made it feel so out of nowhere in the first place. The best plot twists are the ones that you can look back on old pages and see the things that were leading up to them.

Although I'll admit right now, there very well could have been hints to it previously that I just don't remember. I haven't read through the archive in a while. If there are, I would like to see them.

Posted at October 2nd, 2016, 8:57 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Nashew:

It's a bit hard to give you a proper answer without spoiling things, so I'll just confirm what I can, myself, then so do something different: I'll kind of let both Kawpy and Kirsy answer your concerns, from their points of view, one from each side. I know this won't be enough, but I hope it will give you some insight.

Yes, there are hints about Keeby during the comic. And the thing with feeling you know less about Keeby... That was bound to happen considering all the circumstances. If you come to think of it, you never knew him exactly well in the first place, so now that you're trying to understand him and you can't, it feels like you just don't get him at all... If that makes any sense.

Now if the characters were to answer you... (Remember that Kawpy's theory isn't 100% right or wrong)

Kawpy: To be fair, you're right, and there weren't any hints... At least, no obvious ones. Like I mentioned before, Keeby probably doesn't have a simple DID, maybe there are more disorders mixed there. Keeby's random bursts of emotionality should be some good examples. Indeed, they aren't exactly hints on a character having a personality disorder... But they were never meant to be obvious in the first place.
I can't speak for the author, but if my theory is 100% right, then maybe this part of giving hints could've been done better. But she might not have done that because there would be no middle term, and it would be too obvious. Kinda hard to hint on that, if you come to think of it.

Kirsy: And that's one of the reasons I don't believe in that theory. It's like suddenly Keeby had DID because yes, and things don't work like that. There are only subtle hints that maybe Keeby has some problem, but that's it... Don't you think it's too convenient? I don't buy it.
If Kawpy's theory is 100% wrong, said hints were only placed in the comic to mislead the reader.

Posted at October 3rd, 2016, 1:02 pm

Nashew
Posted by Nashew

@Gigi19972010: ...And now I feel like I know even less. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what the answers are.

Posted at October 3rd, 2016, 3:09 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Nashew:

I'm sorry about that.

Posted at October 3rd, 2016, 3:18 pm

flareon71
Posted by flareon71

But now I wonder... where is Keeby right now?

Posted at October 3rd, 2016, 5:14 pm

Posted by Fighter Dee

@Gigi19972010: You know it's impossible making a big plot with misteries without people getting confused, but not giving awnsers is not poor writing, it's the opposite as long as its sudden and random, which is how it felt back then in Dual Destinies but there is some sense in retrospect.

@Nashew: Trust me, sometimes a personality disorder appears stronger at later points in the life of someone with apparently no explanation and suddenly you feel like you don't know someone you thought you knew your whole life.

Posted at October 4th, 2016, 2:11 pm

Posted by Darkhog (Guest)

It's kinda sad that you've decided to end the comic after next few chapters, but I understand that you can't do it forever. Hope you'll make something else instead!

Posted at October 4th, 2016, 4:12 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Fighter Dee:

Indeed, and I really hope people understand that.

@Darkhog:

Yeah, stories can't go on forever. I could be here and make endless chapters with the characters, but what for?

Don't you worry, though, as the final chapters will be long, they might even pass 50 pages! There's just so much to happen, and mysteries to be revealed at the same time.

And, well, after this comic ends, it will still continue! ...Sort of. It's hard to explain. But I'll reveal more details about this at the end of this year, probably. Then there's still my other comic, Kirby and the Magic Mirror that might continue and, whatever the case, I'm really thinking I'll be a writer forever, and never stop writing stories. Well, honestly, only time can tell!

Posted at October 4th, 2016, 6:16 pm

primpuff
Posted by primpuff

Cliffhanger of Keeby is very ominous, and I like it. But I have trouble believing he's not just in a rather dark area because he feels like it.

Posted at October 4th, 2016, 7:01 pm

Thenewdonut
Posted by Thenewdonut

Keeby left is forever bye!

Posted at October 11th, 2016, 5:11 pm

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