ETERNAL: MAGICAL GIRL WITH DELUSION AND A CHURCH FIGHT
The following is the screenplay for the SHAFT inspired picture drama series, ETERNAL.
For the full video version, featuring illustrations by Kenji Wakasa (Animation Director on Vinland Saga and Granblue Fantasy), please visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/MAWARIWORKS
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SCREENPLAY FOR: https://youtu.be/x_XCATuMcrU
DAY 01: 00
???: I’m God!
A man in black sitting on the bench at the park
In front of him, is a flat chested girl standing proudly before him
“One day, I met a girl who called herself God.”
“Perhaps the God of flat chests, because I saw nothing there.”
???: Like I said, I’m God! So move aside already, idiot!
“She just called me stupid.”
“And an idiot.”
MC: You called me an idiot already, you idiot!
???: If you’re not going to move, I’ll just have to force you off!
MC: Do you think you can!?
???: Sussmey Kick!
MC looks under ???’s hoodie
Light beam in the way
“A single stray beam of light among the darkness!?”
MC: Light of Darkness!
??? sits on the bench
MC: Ugh… Damn it…
MC: No, I’m supposed to be the Light of Darkness… So if that light was my light…
MC: Is my existence worth nothing more than a girl’s pair of panties?
MC struggles to move
MC: No way. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up…
???: You can’t stand because I’m not letting you.
???: Because I’m God.
MC: What a cruel God you are…
???: I’m not cruel at all. I’m very nice.
???: It’s true.
MC: There’s no such thing as a God that is nice.
MC: Who do you think God is anyway? After all, in a world like this?
MC: Any God who allows this dump to exist is nothing but an evil.
MC: An evil I must defeat as The Light of Darkness! I am RaiDaaku!
???: Uwahh, the weather is so nice today!
MC: Don't make smalltalk while I’m doing my introduction!
Risu: But isn’t smalltalk default for introductions?
MC: You’re right!
MC: But there’s something awfully wrong with this situation, isn’t there...!?
??? looks at MC with eyes of disgust
??? walks away silently
MC: Hey, where do you think you’re going!? It’s rude to ignore people, you know!
Risu: I’m listening, Rai!
MC: Uwohh, Risu! I love Risu!
MC: So who was that again?
Risu: She said she was God.
MC: God, huh?
MC: Well, who needs someone like that when you’re around, eh, Risu?
Risu: Is it that time again?
MC: Yes, it is that time.
MC: It’s time to finally defeat Father Thompson, once and for all.
Father Thompson’s face across the park
MC walks with Risu
MC: God, huh? Don’t screw with me!
MC: I know better than anyone that you’re a lying bastard!
MC: You, who took away all happiness from this world, have no right to exist.
MC: You meet your end today, Father Thompson.
Play structure in ruins
Sign - [No Adults Allowed Unless Accompanied By Children]
DAY 01: A
View of the Church
MC grinning as Risu stands outside of the stall
Risu: Are you done yet, Rai?
MC: Why not take a look, Risu?
Risu: But that’s the boy’s toilet!
MC: You’re already this far in, aren’t you? You’re already in the Men’s Room.
MC: Besides, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen my Darkness Rod. Come see the vile liquid we’re polluting the Church’s sewage system with.
Risu: Rai, you pervert!
MC: If you’re the one looking, you’re the pervert!
Risu: I’m definitely not going to be a pervert!
MC: Oh yeah?
MC bursts out of the stall
MC: That’s my Risu! My pure-pure Magical Girl Risu!
Risu: Wah! Rai, you didn’t even wash your hands yet!
MC: I rather wash just wipe them on your magical, miracle, little skirt!
Risu: Rai, you pervert---------------------------!!
Risu smacks MC with her magical girl stick
MC falls to the ground
MC: Not even a little?
Risu: Not even a little!
MC: Come on. We have to pander to the masses and show how gender neutral friendly our story is.
Risu: And who are the masses, huh?
MC: The masses we have to save from the clutches of that bastard, Thompson.
MC: Yes, I remember it all so clearly! 10 years ago, when Thompson first set foot into our peaceful little town.
MC: Legend has it he built the Church in a single night. He tricked the masses, also known as the Guided, into falling for his sick and twisted schemes.
MC: They all became followers of the Guiding Light! They all became his minions! Humanity now walks pitifully with blindfolds on, in this town at the end of the world!
Risu: Raison d'etre!
MC: My reason for being!
MC: I am RaiDaaku, the Light of Darkness! The hero bent on saving the world from the False Light and liberating society from his dastardly scheme!
Risu: Risu: Yay~!! Rai’s so cool!
MC: Thank you! Thank you!
Risu: And there’s even one of the masses listening to you right now! He looks awfully suspicious of you though...
MC: What was that?
Risu: The man using the standy toilet over there.
MC: There’s a man here!? And you didn’t tell me earlier!?
Man A: P- Pardon me, young Mario. I just really needed to go.
MC: That’s RaiDaaku: The Light of Darkness!
???: What’s that!? Mario’s here again!?
MC: That’s RaiDaa-
???: I don’t care if you’re rye bread!
MC: No, you see, “Rai” comes from “Raito,” as in “Light”-
Guard comes from under the stall
Risu: Hawawawa! Rai!
MC stomps on his face
Guard A: Guwohhh!!
MC climbs out from above the stall
Guard A: Get back here, Mario! You little punk!
MC: DARKNESS DASH--------------------------!!
MC: We have to find Thompson and fast!
Risu: He could be anywhere! What if we mistake him for a sign!?
MC: Do you think I’m an idiot!? Just because I mistook him in the dark once-
MC mistakes a sign for Thompson
Risu: You can’t tell at all!
MC: It’s because I treat 2D beings with respect!
Risu: You’re supposed to be the Light of Darkness!
MC: I’m in the middle of my Darkness Dash!
MC runs to the elevator
Guard B: Please just calm down, young Mario!
Guard C: It’s dark and you might trip again!
MC: Like that’s enough to stop me!
Guard B: What!?
MC releases a toy from his sleeve
MC: Activate! Z-Blade!
MC swings the blade
MC: Darkness Slice!
MC knocks over a guard
Guard B: Guh!
Guard C: Young Mario, please!
MC jumps into elevator
Elevator door closes
Elevator goes up
MC: There is no way I can lose when I am with the night. Now, let us go to realm of the false heavens!
Risu crouched on the ground
Risu: Wow, we actually made it this time.
MC: What are you talking about? We make it to the elevator all the time...
Risu: It’s been a whole week...
MC: Five days!
Risu: A full work week!
MC: That doesn’t apply when your profession is “hero of justice.”
MC: I... am a hero.
Risu: Yep. That’s what Rai is.
Elevator continues going up
Risu: It sure is taking a while, huh?
MC: Well, the top is pretty far off...
Risu: We don’t even know if Thompson’s at the top.
MC: The Demon King is always at the top of the castle.
Risu: He’s not a Demon or a King though. This isn’t even a castle...
MC: Look, Risu. We’ve searched everywhere but the top. We’ve been searching a whole decade now. He has to be there. He just has to.
MC: 10 years… Enough time for a beautiful young girl to expire into an adult…
MC: Damn it all. Damn it all!
MC: It’s a good thing you’re never going to expire, Risu! After all, you’re…
MC: This isn’t the top!
Crowd of guards standing in front of the door
Guard A: That’s enough for today, Mario.
Guard B: We had to put the whole system on stop just for you.
MC: Don’t screw with me!
Guard approaches MC
Guard C: Come along now.
MC: Don’t touch me!
“This is bad. This is really bad. We’re in a pretty big pinch, aren’t we?”
“It looks like I’m going to have to use that.”
MC: Awaken! Darkness Vision!
MC pulls down his goggles
MC: It’s... getting harder to see…
Risu: Take them off, Rai. It’s too dark.
MC: Yes, I’m too dark!
Guard B: Well, if you're wearing all that black...
MC: DARKNESS EXCELER-
Guards pin down MC
MC: Guh! Impossible!
Footsteps down the hall
???: Nothing’s impossible when you’re with God, Mario. It’s too bad you’re not one of us.
MC: It’s you again, isn’t it!? I knew you were behind this!
Breasts come into view
Zero: That’s Sister Teressa Wong!
MC: ZERO-KO, YOU-
Zero: AHHHHH-------------------------!! AHHHHH--------------------------!!
Zero: AHH----!! AHH----!! AHH----!! AH----!!
Guards are just as confused as MC
Zero: That’s how you sound like, Mario!
Zero: Like a screaming madman! I did an impersonation of you so you can see how you look like!
Zero: Of course, you’re not nearly as beautiful as me! Me! Sister Teressa Wong!
Zero: Oh, silly me. Your goggles are on in the dark again, so maybe you couldn’t get a good view.
Zero pulls MC’s goggles
Zero: Should I do it again?
MC: Please don’t.
Zero: Because you’re so embarrassed of yourself! I get you!
Zero: OHH HOHOHOHOHOHO!
Zero: OHH HOHOHOHOHOHO!
Zero: Come on, boys! Laugh with me!
Guards look at each other
Guards: Hahahaha… Ha… Ha…
Zero: OHH HOHOHOHOHOHO!
Zero: Of course, we’re not laughing at you, Mario. We’re laughing with you!
MC: Do you even know what that means?
Zero: That’s a given, isn’t it? But maybe you don’t know what it means, since you don’t have any friends.
Guard A: Oh my, is that true?
Guard B: If you’d like, I’ll be your friend.
MC: No thanks.
Zero: Don’t bother. A nutjob like him can’t possibly understand the meaning of friendship until he gets his head fixed up.
Zero: You know, at the Correction Facility.
MC: The Facility, huh? So that’s how far you’ve sunk, Zero-ko?
Zero: That’s Sister Teressa Wong!
Zero: Why you...!! I said that’s-
MC: I’m not going to forget those days, Zero-ko. Those days where you were a partner of the Dark and we fought together for what was right.
MC: Even if you’re nothing but a shadow of the past today, I still dream of a future.
MC: Of a future, where one day, you’ll realize you’re mistaken! That shock will be so great, your melons will plop straight to the ground!
MC: LIKE PLOP----------------------------!!
Zero: How dare you!
Zero kicks MC in the face
MC plops to the ground
Guard A: Oh my!
Zero: I can’t believe you. Like heck I would waste good melons like that!
“Oh. She doesn’t even get it...”
Zero turns to a guard
Zero: Can you believe that? Melons can be pretty expensive these days.
Guard B: Especially the seedless kind...
Zero: Perhaps it’s a test by God.
Zero smiles, looking up
Zero: Oh, God, that big lug! He can be so hard on us sometimes, but that’s why we love him!
Zero gives a guard a fist bump
MC: Your inner child is crying...
Zero: Your inner child doesn’t exist! Because you’re still a child! Am I right guys? Tell me I'm right.
Guard C: Sounds pretty right to me.
MC crawls back to the elevator
Zero: And where do you think you’re going?
MC: I have more important things to deal with. For example, defeating Thompson.
Risu: The elevator won’t budge, Rai.
MC: Well, shit. We’ll just have to make it budge then.
MC kicks the elevator
MC: Come on. Move, you piece of junk... We have to defeat Thompson...
Zero: That’s Father Thompson to you, scum!
MC: That man’s cum played no role to my birth.
Zero: Don’t use that kind of language on these holy grounds!
MC: I can use whatever language I damn well please. Especially if it’s him.
MC: That bastard. I swear I’ll avenge the former you.
Zero: You... You...
MC kicks the elevator
Zero: You don’t understand a thing, Mario!
MC: Oh, boy, here we go...
Zero: Father gives us hope for living in this crappy world of ours! He’s a miracle worker! A messenger from God!
Zero: A hero, I tell you! A hero!!
Zero: He helps the poor! He helps the rich!
Zero: He helps boys and girls and the elderly with a smile on his face!
Zero: He doesn’t discriminate against anybody! He makes us happy, I tell you! Happy!
Zero: Tell me, Mario! When was the last time you were happy!?
MC: Well, if you want me to answer honestly, just last night, while I was watching Magical Gi-
Zero: I’ll answer that for you! Never!
MC: What are you getting so upset about? You were laughing just a minute ago.
Zero: Because you went and insulted Father!
MC: Hey, Risu…
Zero: Will you stop talking to your imaginary friend already, you sicko!?
MC standing alone in the elevator
Guard C: So that's why he always mumbles to himself?
Guard D: I always assumed he was on the phone.
Zero: Please. He doesn’t have any real friends, like I said!
Zero: And of course, he couldn’t have been talking to God! Poor boy doesn’t even believe.
Zero stares at MC
MC: She’s not imaginary. She lives in my heart.
Zero: Just outgrow that stupid cartoon already. You’re creeping people out!
MC: Risu, don’t listen to Zero-ko.
Zero: Where’s Ritsu? I don’t see her!
Zero looks around
Zero: Oh where, oh where, could that darn magic girl be?
MC: Magical. She’s right here.
MC: Old age getting to you already?
Zero: I am not old!
MC: Oh, yeah? How old are you now anyway?
Zero: I’m 19, if you really must know!
MC: Uwahh... Way past your expiration date.
Zero: Humans don’t have expiration dates, Mario!
Zero: We are not melons!
MC: Well, your melons are long past.
Zero: I don’t have any melons because they’re so expensive!
MC: I saw a nice pair just earlier today.
Zero: Look, if you talk about melons, you should be making some friends! Like, I don’t know, how about us?
Zero: We’re open for you! Don’t those cartoons of yours always talk about how great friendship is?
MC: Those friends aren’t Guided filth like you are.
Zero: If Risu was real, she wouldn’t like this.
MC: Risu says it’s fine. Right, Risu?
MC glances at Risu
Zero: Get your head out of the clouds.
MC: I’d like to see you do it first.
Zero: My head was never in the clouds. Not since I left you.
Zero: Not since I found out what real happiness is like! Real happiness here at the Church!
Zero: People who love me for who I am! I just want to share that happiness with you! The scum of the town!
MC: If they loved me for being a Guided, I would no longer be me.
Zero: It’s called growing up, Mario! Nobody likes seeing the man you are today!
Zero: I bet you don’t even like it yourself! All you do is negative things! You haven’t accomplished anything since you got out of school.
Zero: In fact, you haven’t accomplished anything in your entire life! And it’s all because of that sick cartoon!
Zero: Just looking at you hurts me... We want to help you.
Zero: Please, Mario. Won’t you stop this nonsense? At least for the night. I’m tired.
Zero: You got me out of bed, you know. I have work tomorrow!
Zero: Well, I guess that’s something someone like you wouldn’t understand.
MC: This goddamn elevator...
All stare at MC
“All I wanted to do was save the world.”
“A world that has already ended.”
“A world that Father Thompson already saved.”
Risu: The bad guy is you, Rai.
“It’s a conspiracy.”
Risu: A conspiracy by the Church?
Risu: They’re attacking you at the heart. What a cheap trick.
“Too cheap. But I’ve got to hand it to them.”
Risu: Congratulate them?
MC: Because I’ve already lost. That’s why...
MC: Yes. Congratulations.
MC: Congratulations, congratulations, congratu-fucking-lations!
MC steps up
MC: You’ve stopped me for the night. You’ve ruined my mood, Zero-ko. You stopped the so-called “evil.”
MC: But remember. It’s the “Light” of Darkness. I’m the good guy here. Not that you’d believe me.
MC: But, let’s fall for the conspiracy for now!
MC: Let’s fall for it. Let’s all fall for it! Thanks a bunch, Zero-ko! Thanks a bunch!
MC: You saved me! You saved everyone! An applause for you, my friend!
MC starts clapping
MC: Come on, you big lugs! Let’s applaud for Zero-ko! Whoops! I mean that’s Sister Teressa Wong!
MC: My mistake! What’s wrong, guys? Let’s applaud!
MC: We should all applaud for the good Sister Teressa Wong, who has saved the night effortlessly! What a great woman she is!
MC: The world loves her! No doubt!
MC: Too cool! Amazing…
MC: Wow... Wow…
MC: That’s Sister Teressa Wong for you… A real hero…
MC: Helping people... out…
MC charges at Zero-ko with his fist
Zero tosses MC across the air
Zero: I knew you weren’t being serious! Geez, Mario! You really need to work on your sarcasm!
MC: Didn’t you need to go to bed...?
Zero: I can’t go to bed until I write a report now! Thanks to you!
Zero: You cause me trouble, you cause the Sisters at work tomorrow trouble… You just cause trouble all around, don’t you?
Zero: First things first, let’s confiscate this toy.
MC: Don’t tell me you don’t remember the Z-Blade...
Zero: The Z-what now?
The weapon that harbors in the darkness where the light can never reach. The hidden blade. Within the blackest of blacks-
Zero looks at the Z-Blade
“Made in China”
Zero: It’s a toy, Mario.
MC: A relic of the old world-
Zero: The old world!? See, this belongs in the trash! I’m going to have to throw this out so we never have to see it again!
MC: How dare you!
Zero: It’s for your own good, Mario! You should thank me!
Zero: Thank me, Mario! Thank me! Thank me for saving you from another one of your stupid acts! Thank me!
Zero glares at MC
MC: Thanks, Sister Teressa Wong.
Zero: And I sure hope that isn’t sarcasm!
MC walks away
Zero: And where do you think you’re going!?
MC: Haven’t you dragged this out long enough?
Zero: It’s never going to end until we fix that head of yours at the Facility!
MC: Right. Well, I’m afraid I just can’t go and agree with that.
MC nears Zero
MC knocks over Zero’s glasses
Zero: What the heck!? My glasses!
Guard A: Sister Teressa Wong!
Zero: My glasses! Where are my glasses!?
MC dashes past Zero
MC: Darkness Dash--------------!!
Zero: After him!
Guard B: Where did he go!?
Zero: I bet he went left! Or right!
Guard C: Down the stairs perhaps!
Zero: Get him!
ETERNAL title sequence as MC dashes out of the Church
MC walks out
[We can be your friends]
MC: That’s how you changed the whole town, isn’t it, Thompson?
MC: Artificial words and kindness. Fooling people with what can be taken as a genuine smile.
MC: You know your shit. I’ll give you that.
MC: But I will never fall for your schemes.
Risu in noise
MC grabs Risu’s hand
Risu starts to recover
MC: I need friends, is it? Friends…
Flash of the girl from the park
MC: If people can’t see you, that actually is a problem, isn’t it?
MC: After all, Risu. You’re a being of the heart. Ordinary people can’t comprehend that.
MC: Perhaps it’s time to spread out a bit.
MC: If we put together a magical girl unit and use the power of friendship, perhaps things will work out for the better?
MC: Maybe you were onto something back there… Zero-ko.
MC: We might just need them.
MC: Some new magical girls.