Something I’ve been dying to do for a long time, gender-bent Yuma!
In this universe, Yuma is the only person whose gender has
changed. She’s a spitfire little tomboy who idolized her father and wanted to
be just like him when she grew up. Kattobingu and the golden key still mean the
world to her, but in this universe, Yuma had a negative reaction to her mom and
dad disappearing. Rather than immediately latching on to the key and making
‘kattobingu’ her motto, she was angry and felt betrayed. She rebelled for a
while, and became kind of like how Shark was at the beginning of the
series—even joining a dueling gang, and maybe she and Shark had a bit of
rivalry on the streets. It’s even more poetic because she and Shark know each
other, in this universe she knew Rio and went to school with her. I don’t
actually know when Kazuma and Mirai disappeared in canon, (something like 5 years prior to the series start?) but in this universe it happened two years prior to the series start and right
around the time of Rio’s accident, so it was a triple blow to Yuma.
Akari and Haru tried to get Yuma back on the right track;
they talked to her, grounded her, tried to get her into therapy, but they were
dealing with their own grief and it was hard on all of them. After a while, Haru
realized that Yuma needed to find her own way back, and Akari agreed. Yuma
spent somewhere between 6-9 months being a delinquent before she snapped out of
her funk and realized that this wasn’t what her parents would want for her. How
did she snap out of that funk? She was in her attic and she happened to open a
box and find the golden key, along with her dad’s adventure journal. She cried
all night reading the journal, and in the morning she put on her uniform and
went to school, key around her neck.