Red Mountain DanJay


Professor Akayama blames herself for the fiery fate of the universe. She created a giant robot called the Hurricane meant to protect Earth, but it went rogue and transmuted all matter outside the Milky Way into its own cancerous flesh.

When the Hurricane blows up Earth, Akayama and her students, the Zephyrs, will need a god’s-eye-view to reconstruct their home. Inside Earth’s reconstruction, mortal every-man DanJay will get a mind-bending view of reality and realize his place in the cosmos.

(This is an altered and reorganized version of the original, posted on You’ll notice huge discrepancies between my commentary and the chapter order, often spoiling plot points which, in the first draft, had already occurred. Links in the commentary lead to my old site. But, hey, I feel like it’s still an insight into my thought process, so the commentary stays.)

Chapter One Commentary
Professor Akayama Giant Anime Robots
Commander Lucille JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Zephyr Alpha Blue Flashbacks
Chapter Two Commentary
The Fall Paradise Lost
Belly of the Beast Mind Melds
The Escape Plan Wabi-Sabi
The Twist Retrospective on the First Half
Chapter Three Commentary
Eisu and Fumiko Looking Ahead
Water World A Random Blog Post
Captain Nemo Jules Verne
Recombination The Bishonen Line
Chapter Four Commentary
The Egg with 100 Yolks Immortality
Dynasty Adam, Eve, and Quetzalcoatl
Arms Race Ancient Aliens
Earth Explodes One Punch Man and Self-Determination
Chapter Five Commentary
The Robot the Size of the Galaxy Artistic Liberty
Under the Thumb Reorganization
Wheel of Fortune Principal Component Analysis
Chapter Six Commentary
Dan is Immolated in a Furnace Setting a Tone
Faith, the White Fox Establishing Relationships
King of Dust Let’s Edit!
The Little Blue Bird The First Chapter
Chapter Seven Commentary
Dan Wakes Up Playing with the Medium
Late for Class Working with Allegory
The Art Museum Momentum
Lucille Pulls the Chain Inari, the Fox, and the Jewel
Chapter Eight Commentary
The Sheridanians Alliteration and Memory Magic
Virgil Jango Skyy Writing Dialogue
Leo, the Water-Pipe Drugs in Fiction
Beatrice is Hit by a Bus Killing Characters, and Japanese
Chapter Nine Commentary
When the Chain is Pulled Chaining Sentences
The Wheel Spins Constructing Parallels
And She Arrives Anxiety and Panic
The Man Atop the Mountain Scene Transitions
Chapter Ten Commentary
The Red Card-Stock Pamphlet Crafting a Culture
To the Airport Things Not Shown
In-Flight Entertainment Apotheosis
Touchdown Playing with Fire
Chapter Eleven Commentary
Local Cuisine Real-World Economics
Religious Ceremony Stepping on Toes
Ferryman Power Dynamics
The Main Island of Sheridan Penguin Pilgrims
Chapter Twelve Commentary
Fireflies Fairness to Opposition
The Kid from Kansas Folklore and Non-Linear Stories
The Great Stand Miscellaneous Motifs
Riding the River End of an Arc
Chapter Thirteen Commentary
Faith is Struck by Lightning Dark Humor
The Essentials Godel, Escher, Bach & Rick & Morty
Leo in the Library Going Too Far
The Final Presentation The Beatific Vision
Chapter Fourteen Commentary
Salt and Alcohol Breaking Bad
10,000 Earthworms Body Horror
The Agony Ends Wasting Time
Inside the Mountain Divine Revelation
Chapter Fifteen Commentary
Uncle Featherway Conspiracy Theories
Sheridan Writing with Color
Spokes Fighting Dirty
The Magritte Hallucinatory Ordinariness
Chapter Sixteen Commentary
Instinct How Many Gods
Outside Reality The Shape of a Story
The Antlion Cut the Turtle, Write like an Egg
The Return Masculine and Feminine
Chapter Seventeen Commentary
Expected Visitors Anticlimax
The Interview with Virgil Blue Asceticism
The Last Meal Christ Imagery
Jay Eats a Centipede Mystery Boxes
Chapter Eighteen Commentary
The Plan Titles
Leo Climbs A Torus of Timelines
Leo Ascends Just Desserts
DanJillian The Teachings of Don Juan
Chapter Nineteen Commentary
The Staring Contest at the End of Time Kaiji, the Ultimate Survivor
The House of Eyes Tulpas
The Final Form The Rule of Threes and Fours
The Dance on the Hurricane Wrapping Up
Chapter Twenty Commentary
The End And More