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A compilation of short stories:
It is the year 2272 A.D. A computer continues to live on in order to complete a mission in a world where all life, including Mankind, has gone extinct. This is a record of those 27 million years of its heroic struggle.
Hotel is about a struggle against time. A struggle to last as long as is humanly possible in a world ravaged by global warming. As long as is humanly possible, except our main character is not human, it’s an AI. Louis Armstrong is a computer that is the last thing humanity ever built. The manager of a Hotel of sorts that houses DNA. Louis’ job is to keep the DNA alive and viable for as long as possible so that when the Earth is habitable again, he can restart life. The only DNA that is not in this Hotel is that of humankind… [Zindryr]
Hanako suffers from a terrible disease. After awakening from a deep slumber, Hanako has only three days to live. During those three days, her husband, Takao, must endure a heart-breaking experience, knowing that the person Hanako really loves isn't him.
• Subete wa Maguro no Tame da (It Was All for the Tuna)
Tuna have become extinct and Jun Shiozaki will do everything possible and imaginable to bring them back.
Set in modern-day Japan, our main character Noriko finds out that she is pregnant with her lover Matsumura’s baby. He, however, is an important doctor with a family and everything already. Noriko wants to have the baby, but Matsumura says that it’s actually a rapidly growing cancer and that they have to remove it immediately. It might also be neither of these things…
A "Diadem" is a word for 'crown' that has its root in Greek. "Stephanos", which appeared in "Mandala" 01, was also a 'crown'. It seems that we could consider this the second work in a continuing series of shorts that should perhaps be called a "Crown series".