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(Aiya) The Dorm Room Cat-Girl: An Anime Inspired RomCom!
I have a Quirky Romantic-Comedy with 65k words called:
The Dorm Room Cat-Girl: An Anime Inspired Rom-Com
Aiya is a street cat on the verge of dying from a flu in an alley. Luckily, she is rescued by a cool boarding-school boy, but when her sickness gravely overwhelms her, she is given another chance at life as a human by a magical Cat-God that is slowly losing his love-powered magic. She must compete with the school-boy's crush: his American Child-Actress classmate and childhood friend, while also learning the complexities of being human in order to win the boy's love before the Cat-God's magic runs out in two weeks, or face death a second time.
It's a Romantic Comedy, with more comedy than romance, following a Blue-Haired Cat-Eared heroine who is trying to learn how to be human. The story takes place in a fictional Elite high school in northern Tokyo and explores various facets of Japanese language and culture. It has already undergone professional developmental and line edits.
About me: I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University at Albany, SUNY. While there, I was president of the UAlbany Japanese Student Association and was a live-in member of the East Asian Studies Living-Learning Community. My name is Carlitos J. Serrano; writing as C. S. James. I humbly wish to be traditionally published as well as produce an audiobook version. I've written this book with the intention of making it both marketable and accessible (easy to read), thereby increasing its chances at reaching mainstream success.
Carlitos J. Serrano
Below is the 640-word synopsis:
In an alley outside of the prestigious Kasumi Academy, a dying street cat is rescued and given the name Aiya by Hiroshi Kato; with the help of her mouse assistant, Toshi. Aiya is cared for by Hiroshi for three days, but dies anyway on midnight Sunday. She is resurrected by a magical but weak Cat-God and transformed into a human, at the cost that she must collect “Love-Magic” by making Hiroshi fall in love with her within two weeks before the Cat-God’s magic runs out, or else she must die again.
Antics ensue when Hiroshi wakes up and sees her, but he’s determined to go to school anyway. He is met with the friendly Emiko Tachibana. Emiko tries to remind Hiroshi about her younger brother and his former friend, Ritsu, and asks if they can make up. Ritsu is a student as well, but there was a conflict between Hiroshi and Ritsu, that caused them to hate each other. Ritsu seemingly doesn’t go to school because of it.
When Hiroshi goes to class, a new transfer student arrives; his friend from childhood that moved to Hollywood in the U.S. 6 years ago to pursue a successful acting career. She instantly rekindles their friendship.
In the meantime, Aiya is studying how to be human by watching anime/cartoons on a streaming service in Hiroshi’s dorm. When soccer practice makes Hiroshi arrive back to his dorm late, he debates with Aiya, but ultimately lets her and Toshi stay in his dorm out of kindness.
Aiya convinces Hiroshi to bring her to school where she meets Emiko who then gives her an old uniform. She then meets Ritsu, a genius teen hermit, who tells her about the fight he had with Hiroshi involving how Murasaki was scouted to move to Hollywood. Ritsu hacks Aiya into Hiroshi’s class, gives her a smartphone, and discovers the GPS inside Toshi.
Aiya sits behind Hiroshi in class but immediately becomes rivals with Murasaki. Throughout the next weeks, she fights her bodyguard, tries to out-swimsuit-model her, plays a 4-hour long 1v1 volleyball game, and debates her in a public bath. Eventually, Murasaki convinces Hiroshi to take a private English lesson in his dorm. In order to keep the secret that Aiya lives there, Aiya agrees to sleepover at Emiko’s house on the condition that she and Hiroshi go out on a date on Saturday. Hiroshi feels bad about lying and invites Murasaki over again for Saturday to reveal the truth about Aiya.
On Saturday, the date goes well, but Hiroshi admits to loving Murasaki. In a desperate attempt, Aiya gets on top of Hiroshi at the same time Murasaki arrives at the dorm. Murasaki furiously takes off then a depressed Hiroshi asks Aiya to leave.
Aiya and Toshi go to Emiko’s house, Aiya writes a message to Hiroshi on her dying smartphone then leaves it. Aiya decides to fix the situation, asking Emiko for Murasaki’s address. Aiya then sneaks into Murasaki’s dorm room through her window and tells her the truth. The next day, Hiroshi goes to Murasaki’s and Murasaki respects Hiroshi’s kindness. The two then try to find Aiya at Emiko’s house, but when Hiroshi reads the message on the phone she left, he realizes that Aiya is about to die. The trio go out to find Aiya, but are unsuccessful. Murasaki convinces Hiroshi to make up with Ritsu, then Ritsu tracks the GPS mouse to the alley where Hiroshi and Aiya first met.
Aiya comforts Toshi as she is lifted into the sky by the Cat-God who tells her that all her friends loved her all along, fulfilling her Love-Magic requirement. She is sent back to Earth and all 6 characters share a tender hugging moment. Weeks pass and the story ends with Aiya living in Murasaki’s dorm, and going to the beach where they see Hiroshi and Ritsu, having fun together.