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Underground Apartments Available Now!
Author: Kairi Aotsuki
Specifications: ISBN  978-4591150849
268 pages
10.5 x 15.0 cm / 4.2 x 6.0 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2016
www.poplar.co.jp
Buy now: amazon.co.jp

Synopsis

Author Kairi Aotsuki debuts an all-new, fantastical, light-comedy series set in an extradimensional underground apartment house and featuring a cast of highly distinctive and appealing characters.

Kazuha Katsuragi is kicked out of his parents’ home for spending all of his time playing online games when he’s supposed to be attending college classes. His sister gives him the address to a rental apartment she has found for him, but when he goes there all he finds is a single-story general store bearing the sign “Gēte” (written in kanji that are homophonous with the Japanese pronunciation for “Goethe”). He inquires with the storekeeper, who confirms that this is indeed the location of the “Babel Apartments.” The storekeeper and landlord identifies himself as Mephistopheles, the devil.

Kazuha is given an apartment on the second basement floor, and he become friends with two residents. One is the handsome android MAXIMUM-β17, Maxy for short, who speaks in a mechanical voice and insists he is a cat robot. The other is a cute young runaway girl going by the name of Kaoru, who takes on modeling jobs—except she’s actually a transvestite guy.

It turns out that the underground apartment building has extradimensional characteristics: stairways leading to lower and lower stories appear in accordance with the collective karma of the residents, and as the apartment house acquires deeper floors, each floor opens on an earlier geologic age. The arrival of new residents who, as bank robbers, bring heavy burdens of bad karma appears to extend the building dramatically deeper, and a baby velociraptor wanders in from the late Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era. The velociraptor is given the name of Tama and becomes Kaoru’s pet. But then it becomes clear that the building has not actually reached the late Cretaceous period in the underground strata, and this gives rise to the question of how a velociraptor could have appeared. It turns out that Mephistopheles’s powers have been blocked by Abaddon, an incarnation of calamity who had been asleep deep within the earth, causing Mephistopheles to lose control of the underground strata.

As it happens, Maxy is an android sent from the future in order to thwart Abaddon. If Abaddon were to get out, it would bring great calamity to the earth. In order to prevent this, Kazuha and Maxy move to close up the portal leading to lower strata. In spite of the fact that Maxy is an android, strong bonds of friendship have developed between the two. After they have successfully sealed Abaddon away, Maxy prepares to return to the future, but he discovers that he doesn’t know how and is forced to stay on at the Babel Apartments.