(Must Read!!!) The Leijiverse Integrated Timeline 3rd Edition
The Leijiverse Integrated Timeline is an amazing document. It’s the sort of thing that even a person not interested in the Leijiverse could flip through and enjoy reading. And of course for the Leiji fan it’s required reading and a great resource. And now its author Richard Mandel has just come out with a 3rd edition, promising more eye-opening lore!
The 3rd edition’s 18-page introduction is a must read on its own right. Mandel does a great job of defending his project (namely, the creation of a single unified timeline of all the major events in the Leijiverse) by setting it in the context of Leiji Matsumoto’s metaverse and the master’s mysterious notions of time. Essentially, he begins by proving that his project is viable and ends by giving good arguments why it is profitable as well. In another section he presents his own system of periods for Leiji works throughout the decades, providing some great background information for new Leiji fans to situate themselves and start exploring.
The body of the work is of course the timeline itself, in which readers can lose themselves for hours (I’m not exaggerating, the timeline is 250+ pages).
And I need to make special mention of footnote # 1, where Mandel lays out his own interpretation (or model for visualization) of Time in the Leijiverse. He posits a Master Ring of Time shaped like an n-dimensional toroidal (something like a super-dimensional bagel) with multiple Rings of Time tracing (in terms of a simple bagel, now) circles or ellipses that can be mentally constructed by slicing the bagel at various angles. And guess what lies in the middle of the bagel?! I won’t spoil it. And now I’m hungry.
So while I go buy myself a bagel do check this project out, by a fan for the fans, as the best projects usually are~