Published by Hyoron-sha 1995, Japan
Online version awarded the best online novel prize 2006 SF fan convention in Japan
The theme of the sequel is The Great East Japan Earthquake, the nuclear accident at Fukushima and US Military Baces in Okinawa.
only in Japanese
Claire is a 15 year old minke whale and a devoted mother of her twin children.
She is busy bringing up her twins in the Fertile Sea of the Antarctic.
One day she loses her twin boy, Joy, when an unknown group of killer whales abduct him.
Unable to get much help from her group, she makes up her mind to set off on a long journey to search for her son by herself.
Three member whales of the fellowship came together with Claire's journey: Cherokee, a coward humpback; Douglas, an aged historian blue whale; and Jansen, a blunt yet strong sperm whale. During her long hazardous journey she meets some interesting dolphins and whales. They never foresee at the onset while they are suddenly attacked by the abductors or get involved in other unexpected events.
The journey of twenty thousand miles long, begining at the Antarctic Sea and reaching across the equator to the north Pacific Ocean, ends in an unknown ocean they have never seen.
What surprises are lying in wait for them?
Can she find and get her lovely son back safely?
|Claire||Minke Whale||female||15||The heroin of this story. The devoted mother of twins.|
|Joey||Minke Whale||male||0||Claire's son. Lily's twin brother.|
|Lily||Minke Whale||female||0||Claire's daughter. Joey's twin sister.|
|Rex||Minke Whale||male||20||Claire's husband. The father of twins.|
|Anne||Minke Whale||female||16||Claire's friend.|
|Maurine||Minke Whale||female||31||"Chief Governor" of Claire's "District".|
|Fieble||Minke Whale||male||19||"Narrator of the Future" of Claire's "District".|
|Margoria||Minke Whale||female||60||"Narrator of the Past" of Claire's "District".|
|Cherokee||Humpback Whale||male||11||A young, bubbly would-be "Vocalist".|
|Douglas||Blue Whale||male||72||An elder "Historian".|
|Jansen||Cachalot Whale||male||35||A fickle lone wolf.|
|Mel||Minke Whale||female||0||Prisoner child same as Joey.|
|Sharon||Orca||female||17||"Apprentice Governor" of North Vancouver "District" of Orca.|
|Dick||Cachalot Whale||male||Albino. The character in the legend of Cachalot.|
|Dokugan||Neo Orca||male||The commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|Sakahire||Neo Orca||male||The vice commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|Mitsumata||Neo Orca||male||The asistant commander of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|Rangui||Neo Orca||male||A stupid member of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|"Doom Foreseer"||?||male||The sperior of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|"The Highness of Whale Oil Barrel"||?||male||The highest sperior of Neo Orca Schutzstaffel.|
|Volume I||Volume II|
Prologue: Birth of Twin Whales
Part 1: Antarctic Ocean
1. Fertile Sea
2. Searching for Lost Son
5. Tale of Six Brother Whales
6. Claire's Decision
7. Floating Rock
8. Testimony of Dolphin
Part 2: South Pacific Ocean
9. Storm Zone
10. Heartbroken Humpback
11. Singing Contest
12. Death Wall
13. Cherokee's Hometown
14. Negotiation with Shearwater
15. Tale of Flying Whale
17. Hidden Relic in South Sea
18. Loud Noise
19. Aged Blue
20. Lost Paradise
21. Triangular Fangs
22. Capricious Cachalot
Part 3: Northeast Pacific Ocean
23. Across the Equator
24. Dolphin Rescue Mission
26. Contract between Cachalot and Squid
27. Furless Seal
28. Welcome by Orca
29. Salmon Fishing
Part 3: Northeast Pacific Ocean (continued from Volume I)
30. Noble Hearts
31. Rubbing Beach
32. Super Pod
33. Douglas's Memories
34. Moby-Dick, I
35. Groaning Sea
36. Banquet at North Sea
Part 4: Northwest Pacific Ocean
38. Claire in Crisis
39. Disastrous Islands
40. Marine Snows
41. Spirit of Death
42. Bloody Cove
43. Moby-Dick, II
44. Moby-Dick, III
46. Creation by Meta-Ceti
48. Icon of Death
49. The King
50. Showdown; Jansen vs. Moby-Dick
51. Desperate Situation
Epilogue: Toward Whales' Ocean
..."Now, all of you in the audience are invited to voice your opinions.
Please step forward if you'd like to speak with the Governor."
The program director yelled at the audience.
Those who came just to observe moved back to the outer circle, while those who wanted to make some requests came forward to the front. The speakers were picked one by one clockwise, just like whirlpools that form in the Southern Hemisphere. The first speaker, an elderly male, swam halfway in front.
"Dear 'Chief Governor', Maurine."
This older male bowed, spreading his breast fins sideways as if to show his respect to her.
"I'm a 'biologist' by profession, keen on observing living organisms. Lately, however, I have become a little interested in arithmetic. The new applied theory you just presented has impressed me a lot, your Honor. Please allow me, however, to present my humble opinion on the decimal system currently employed, in which I find some flaws. There are at present no living things with seven or nine legs. We, the whales, should not select the number of the inferior squid's feet as a calculation unit. First of all, this mathematic system was advocated by cachalot whale who ate squids, so it's wrong for us minke whales to use such a system. Therefore, I have developed a new mathematic system after researching for many years. Please let me present my newly developed theory. Among all, our whales..."
He spoke with eloquence and grand gestures of flipping his pectoral fins up and down.
"He may be better cut out as a flipper performer, rather than as a mathematician."
Rex whispered in Claire's ear.
"...I have come to the conclusion that two fins are sufficient for counting. I repeat, two! The number two is in fact the basis of all numbers. Look at us: we have a right fin and left fin - which keep us in balance. Left! And Right! While just one fin is not enough by itself, but we need just the one more fin to propel us freely through the water. Left! And right! Two is enough, and too many numbers, like squids and sea anemones, make things complicated.
"Please consider. The world in which we live consists of the base number of two. Left and right fins, head and tail fin, air and water, day and night, life and death ... all things exist in pairs. Don't forget about the gender of us whales, male and female. We travel back and forth between the 'Fertile Sea' and 'Embrace Sea'. Our clans also consist of 'front' and 'back'. Though the 'front' group has seven districts among them, which I consider not so important. "As I just now explained, the whole of our universe is based on the number two. Therefore, the binary system is the true and correct counting system. It is easy to remember and will become a handy tool for all of us. Left! And Right! The number of our fins suffice for all, even simpletons.
"'Chief Governor' Maurine, your Honor, I earnestly make a request now to adopt the binary number system in next year's census. In addition, I hope you will approve a new profession, 'Engager in Numbers Theory'. I have no doubt that the new profession will be an asset to your administration, your Honor."
Maurine, unable to break her promise she had earlier made to not interrupt others while they talked, listened patiently, but the moment he finished his speech, she promptly asked him a question.
"The way you count, is it not hard to count large numbers? Your proposal is interesting, but your method may not be fit for counting large numbers of whales. However, you are free to do research on numbers, and I encourage you to do so. When you come up with a more practical idea next time, we 'Representative House' would be happy if we could utilize it. Regarding the new profession you proposed, I approve a new 'Measurer' occupation. The new occupation will count the number of whales in the 'District census'. Naturally, you are gifted and knowledgeable in numbers theory. Though we lose one 'bio-observer', I don't think that will affect much on their job if they restrict their observations mainly to krill and killer whales."
The elderly "bio-observer", now newly appointed "Measurer", seemed unconvinced by her reply and, muttering and blinking his eyes, retreated. Through the end of the assembly he had no inkling that his proposal had been rejected.
The petition by the general participants continued after that. It seemed to Claire, and also to Maurine, that most of these appeals were of small and minor matters. One was are request to name a new born baby because the mother could not think of a good one even though six months have passed. Another asked a question about education, and still dealt with a complaint between a male and female whale. The young governor had only to say a few words in each case as she delegated most cases to her administrators. There was one dispute, that surprised Claire, two females engaged in claims for custodial rights a newly born whale.
Maurine's ability as a administrative officer to judge those cumbersome problems was brilliant. She and her administrators handled each case, some quite intricate ones, speedily and smoothly. Thus as patient and efficient Maurine started feeling fatigued, Claire's turn to speak came at last. ...
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