To the man who would be king we from the King’s Court Gazette say only one thing: we want more! We’ve snagged an incredible opportunity to interview the NSI’s one and only Direktor Mar-K.
One sunny afternoon your friendly local reporter went to the imposing NSI office to sit down with one of the most brilliant minds of the 22nd Century, in the flesh. We were granted this interview in honour of the upcoming Abunai! Fes- We mean Mar-K Con, of course. The NSI will be heavily present, including a recruitment booth where visitors can come and apply for a job, and in addition can gawk at the NSI’s most famous products.
The NSI, Niwatori Supēsu Incorporated if you’re nasty, aims to reinvent the values of old into a renewed but strict hierarchy, combining the strengths of many into a single structured conglomerate, with the intent of unifying the world under a single banner: that of the NSI. The NSI believes that their total dominance will benefit all who live in the city and its sectors.
The NSI as a corporation operates on meritocracy. Only the most brilliant minds of Sector VH-117 operate as NSI officers, heads of their respective departments. Our interview was supervised by Miss Sale, the Direktor’s trusted second-in-command who operates as CCO and spokesperson for the NSI.
Please tell us more about Mar-K Con.
The Direktor’s face lights up with a spark of joy as his latest creative brain child is mentioned. “Some say that Mar-K Con is just another convention, or simply a rebranding of the Abunai! festival,” he begins to explain, “But it is more than that. MKC is an experience that is as far beyond Abunai! as Abunai! is beyond a periodic student club gathering in Enschede.
Imagine an interactive event, where you become part of the story. Instead of your typical convention you will enter a whole new world, you will experience its story, you will find joy and suffer sadness, all within the span of three days. ‘How?’ I can hear you ask, ‘how did you achieve something so amazing, Oh Most Handsome Direktor?’. The answer is simple: by focusing the best fandoms into a single, ravishing multi-day expression, focusing on manga and anime series hand picked by yours truly. And on top of that it will also have blackjack and,” Mar-K brings his hands together, then slowly spreads them apart, making a rainbow-like-gesture, “...maids.”
The Direktor provides us with even more examples after that, as if we would need any more incentive. Cosplay Events. Multiple AMV competitions. Inflatable unicorns. Regulated late night support patrols. More Mar-K speeches. It truly sounds like a lot of thought and preparation went into this festival.
What are your thoughts on the current Abunai! festival?
The Direktor shrugs in a nonchalant matter: “After what I just explained about Mar-K Con, what more can I add?”
There is a short, somewhat precarious silence. Then Mar-K continues with renewed vigor: “The current Abunai! festival is often described as a classic experience with a friendly atmosphere. Well, to me ‘classic’ equals ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘friendly’ equals ‘passive’, two words that can quickly turn a convention experience more sour than milk on a hot summer afternoon.
Sure, Abunai! as an organisation is skilled at trying new things and introducing new forms of entertainment. I always did enjoy Your Anime Sucks, and while Weeb Lingo is not so much for me, the masses did enjoy this new event, en masse. But there comes a point where simply adding fresh elements is no longer enough, a point where you have to raze the barn and start over. The new festival will outfox both the old concept and the competition.”
Are you scared of the Phantom Fox?
This question was quickly cut off by Miss Sale, with a brisk “our Direktor is never scared, fear is for mere mortals”.
Do you have anything to say to the Phantom Fox?
Mar-K needs barely a moment to gather his thoughts and his reply is as swift as it is passionate: “You are a relic of the past, a rebel without a cause. Give up your foolishness and submit to the NSI. To me. If not, then I will find you and i will end you.”
What are your thoughts on the LLC?
“Who?” the direktor asks, making an overly dramatic hand gesture which indicates some surprise, “Ah, those upstarts of the Liberum Lucrum Coalition. Well, they have some creative constructs and lucrative endeavours, I must admit, but the main problem with the LLC is that they are over-priced, and one can’t always consider their dealings, well… ethical.”
The Direktor is silent for a moment, pondering if he should say more. The moment passes very swiftly. “An organisation needs a firm hand and clear leadership. The LLC chooses governmentship through a Council, claiming stability and equality. But all I see is the same indecisiveness, the same mistakes of old. True, it’s commendable that they have lasted as long as they have, but in the end… they are no NSI.”
You’ve heard it here folks, Direktor Mar-K’s thoughts on all that is holy and unholy. Be sure to stop by the NSI recruitment booth during the Abunai! Festival. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the man himself?
From the editors.
The King's Court Gazette is the leading newspaper covering Eindhoven, Sector-VH. We are located in the heart of King's Court and strive to keep all citizens and visitors up-to-date on what's-a-happenin' in this city of neon and chrome.