Currently reading – and now watching, thank you Crunchyroll! – Aoharu x Machinegun. There’s a reason for that. Yes, beyond the lovely animated fight scenes.
(Though that would be a good reason all by itself. You can never have too much fight scene inspiration.)
As far as “where do you get your ideas?” goes, sometimes it seems like most writers I’ve read will say “X, and then I had it!”
For me, it seems to be more of a… collection of sticky cobweb-type things. I run into X, say, “Huh, that was interesting, note that.” Then later – days, hours, weeks, who knows – I run into Y. And then Z. And… well. You get the idea. I usually accumulate a small pile of “that’s kind of neat” that starts jostling together in my head before I get any full-fledged Idea.
But one of the more intriguing parts of the process is when I have what feels like the start of an idea, and end up picking up things that don’t – on the surface – seem related at all.
Aoharu x Machinegun is one of those things. Saw it on a bookstore shelf, bunnies went “ping!” so I took a chance and bought the first volume.
On the face of it, it’s completely unrelated to what I want to write, especially in Leatherbound. It’s real-world based, not a trace of magic; the main characters are running around in survival games, and there’s some serious psychodrama going on with the main characters. Not to mention the facepalmy aspects of Hotaru’s Quest for Justice!, team leader Masamune’s obsession with opposing team leader Midori (who saved Masamune’s life and then turned out to be a sadist), and Tohru’s… shall we say, distinctly uneven social skills.
On the other hand… it has several elements that do, indeed, fit very well. The main characters lead “double lives”, given they tend not to bring up what they actually do for fun around most people. Hotaru’s thrown into a completely unfamiliar setting, figuring out how to adapt, and sometimes failing badly. Combat happens. (Granted, it’s not meant to be fatal, but combat it is.) There are Suspicious Characters, doubts about “do I really want to be mixed up in this situation?”, and there is a Villain.
There’s also the fact that the bunnies say Hotaru is what happens when you get a Shonen Hero attitude in someone stuck in ordinary reality. *Amused*
Personally one of the things I like about Hotaru is that she is upbeat, determined, and outraged at the injustice of the world. There’s a lot of injustice out there. If she can only learn to channel that instinctive bloodlust and those combat reflexes, interesting things could happen….
So. Planning to get the next volume, and see some more eps. Research! 😉