[Seven] Detour

This is about a certain town built on a slant.

townConstructed on the side of a mountain, everything in this town ends up slightly off-kilter. The old buildings that line the cracked roads lay jumbled and crowded together. The steepness of the upper slopes necessitated stairs that extend for as far as your legs can take you. At the top of the hill sits a coal mine – the dying heart of the town, and at the bottom, ruins of a spaceship – the roots of this odd place. All kinds of people inhabit the town: miners and priests, old soldiers and young spirits, possessed typewriters and crazed inventors.

The air here is polluted but clear, the people, peculiar but delightful. As far slanted as this town may get, the denizens of this corner of the world slant back to make up the difference. Their oddities and the oddities found elsewhere here level out the town to make it much more than simply inhabitable, it becomes strangely captivating.

This unusual town, the place of Kieli and Harvey’s extended stay, is just one of many curiosities strewn throughout the world of Kieli. They’re what makes this world come alive and embody the feeling of melancholic wonder so prevalent in the series, a feeling that’s kept me enamored with this lovely little series.

“Kieli, do you like this city?”

Hers was a short and honest reply.

“Yeah, I like it pretty well.”

Thanks for reading,



This is my sixth of twelve posts that I’ll be publishing as part of the 12 days of Anime event. Be sure to check out all other amazing writers that are participating in this year’s event here.

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