Okay, before I go back to my study, I’ll just write this down.
Have you ever read the manga “Iris Zero”? Yes? No? Well, it’s basically a world where people started to born with special “eyes” or “iris” that allows them a special ability to see stuff others don’t. Each iris can see different stuff, for example, one iris can see a tail whenever someone’s lying, another iris can see arrows above people’s head that points to their crush, another can see wings that change colors every time the person feels different emotion, etc.
The irises are so varied and almost every child born in the newer generation have this and the ones that don’t are called “Iris Zero” and they’re the anomaly. “Iris Zero” are very rare but as you can imagine, they’re often bullied, etc
Interesting? Certainly! If you’re not interested enough it’s coz of my crappy explanation haha. Below are my HCs and some doodles to interest you abt this AU lol.
Anyway. Imagine this:
Sawamura Eijun: iris zero Eijun who’s an iris zero is also bullied since childhood. However, his tough, bright personality just attracts and inspires others that in the end everyone (even former bullies) becomes very protective of him and will fight anyone who bullies Eijun bcs of his position as “iris zero”. His friends back in Nagano are against Eijun’s decision to go to Tokyo and are constantly worried if he’s okay.
Miyuki Kazuya: “butterfly of death” Miyuki’s iris enables him to see black butterflies on people/plants/animals/basically everything alive when they’re dying or about to die. These butterflies grow in number as the person’s death approaches. It also works when the person is about to commit suicide, dying from severe illness, accidents–basically for whatever reason that cause their death. This ability makes Miyuki’s emotion extremely complicated because he had seen butterflies slowly crowd his mother until her ultimate death. Eijun’s bright personality and warm presence has stirred something inside him and gives him certain feelings (ayy cheesy hoot hoot).
Kuramochi Youichi: “love arrows” Mochi has the iris that allows him to see arrows above people’s head. This arrow points to their crush and will move wherever their crush are (sort of like a compass). Mochi never bullies Eijun since the beginning. In fact, he’s already protective of Eijun from the second he knows of Eijun’s state bcs he just can’t stand seeing “iris zero(s)” bullied. And btw he’s kinda frustrated at Miyusawa’s slow progress bcs it’s obvious that they liked each other and it’s driving him crazy.
Furuya Satoru: “wings of emotion” Furuya’s iris can see wings (somewhat simplified version of butterflies’) on people’s back that change colors according to the person’s emotion. For example, when the person is angry it becomes bright red, when the person feels nothing then it becomes white/blank, etc. This, like Miyuki, also makes his own emotions complicated because he can sort of identify lies and other people’s true feelings.
Kominato Haruichi: “flower of happiness” Haruichi can see literal flower on every person’s chest. They may start from buds and it blooms gradually as the person becomes happy for real.
not loving how Iris gets zero agency in a storyline that’s ostensibly about her. her emotional reaction to finding out she’s likely going to die and her desire to make sure her life means something: A+. “I have full confidence I will not die because my boyfriend is a superhero and he will take care of me because he always saves the day so I will sit back and wait for him to fix everything” not so much
Did this for a friend who was looking to make some bookmarks as a b-day gift to another friend. It was kinda difficult to capture Tooru’s look/expression from the original manga’s style, but I did my best. I hope he didn’t turn out too bishounen-like lol.