Chapter 31.1


Translated by boilpoil
Edited by boilpoil

Thanks to Sun Wushe’s inspiration, Cheng Zhaoci’s comic writing has become much easier.

After two days’ hard work staying home and thinking hard, he has finally got the plot details done.

It’s still a short comic. He’ll release it in three batches, with nine chapters in total.

After this short story, Cheng Zhaoci thinks he’s ready to actually start working on a long serial project. The little zombie king doesn’t count because it’s more like a 4-koma that doesn’t take up too much effort. Everything went cutesy and moe after the battle scenes of the first chapter.

It was, after all, his way to test the insectoid market’s reception to his style of drawing that he chose a slice of life-type comic that didn’t need too much preparation.

And, given that it isn’t too demanding on his brain cells, maybe he can keep up both comics? Both? Cheng Zhaoci puts his hand near his liver. Ah, he can feel its pain.

Still, he’s doing everything from the plot to storyboarding to rough sketches and background plus colouring all the way to post fx. He should probably get an assistant, not that it would be easy in insectoid society.

He’s setting up the protagonist for his new short comic as a male insectoid who is more withdrawn from society.

It’s actually through Zhou Luoluo that Cheng Zhaoci came to know such a silent minority in insectoid society.

They’re introverted in personality and enjoy keeping thoughts to themselves, so they are less inclined to conversation and interaction in general; it means they’re unable to deal with the onslaught of passion from all the shemales and demis outside, and often, they have their contacts or such flooded by them. They had no choice but to isolate themselves in their own shells.

They do not leave their homes if they can help it, and only keep the company of a very small circle of other select males.

While they are a largely marginalised and unknown minority, but according to Zhou Luoluo, if they do marry at all, they only have one cijun, because more would be too anxious for them to deal with. And, since they’re soft-spoken and just really soft in general, the families they form are often free of arguments and disputes.

So being a minority without a voice, and being generally frugal, given they only have one cijun as the breadmaker, is what makes these veteran hikikomoris so obscure in the eyes of society.

It’s only because one of Zhou Luoluo’s close relatives – his nephew, to be precise – belongs to this group that he knows about them.

Meanwhile, he’ll make the male lead, the demi, much more active in personality, as a foil to the male. He’s sociable, always all smiles, living life to the fullest and happiest.

As males do not need to work, the protagonist, who will still be a bachelor, will be cared for by his family. He will be like how a frog whose whole life was spent in a well would not have a sense of the largeness of the world. The demi will be a reporter who travels places a lot and so knows a bit about basically everything.

One day, he will have to retrieve stuff he bought online; there will be too much, and, not wanting to trouble his step-uncles, he will go alone. So he will end up dropping all the stuff he’s carrying on the ground, the things scattering all over the place.

It takes place somewhere not frequented by passers-by, so the male will be helpless and lost, not knowing what to do but almost tearing up.

But then the demi will pass by, and seeing the young male so flustered, he will quickly pick up and put the stuff in the bag he’s carrying for now, while soothing the male who’s unable to mutter a single sound, that he’ll keep it secret and what not.

The young male will follow him the whole way, and finally, at the male’s home, the demi hands the whole bag over, telling him to simply return the bag to him when they meet again.

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