Gap Year is a tie-in to the Outliers and Outsiders series of games, set between At The Break Of Dawn and The Crystal Tower. It can be considered a miniseries of illustrated novellas, or one illustrated novella in three parts. It is more than a companion piece, but rather a core part of the series in terms of story, bridging a gap in the timeline and setting things up for the next game. It’s a story of the magic and the mundane, of magical girls and global pandemics, of a lot of things… but I’ll let it speak for itself.
Currently, one part (Social Distancing) has been released. Two more, tentatively titled Pandemic Time and New Normal, are planned. There is no committed timeline, but hopefully at least part 2 will be released before the end of 2023.
Part 1: Social Distancing
It’s been less than two weeks since the fight with Delora and the magical accident or whatever you call it that left Gina stuck in her Amazonian magical girl form and her life turned upside down… although if she was being honest with herself, it had been upside down since the beginning of 2020. Sakura has a lot more optimism than her, and an idea on how to fix things which just sounds like a bad idea. But it’s not like she has a better one.
Part 1: Social Distancing is set in late 2020 and follows on immediately from At The Break Of Dawn, setting up a few plot threads for later and bathing in 2020 ennui.