Long ago, before water bottles and waffle irons, there was a belief in time control. Special clocks, known as Time Skippers, that were invented just for this purpose and everybody wanted to be able to gain control and change their past, present, and future. This led to nothing but chaos in the land of Nasu. The king, known only as Ao, decided to use his magical clock to head back in time to stop any Time Skipper from ever being invented. However, he could not stop the production of his own personal Time Skipper, Taimu. I am Taimu, and this is the story of The Last Time Skipper.
With no other Time Skippers ever in existence, King Ao became corrupted by the power he realized he had. Instead of one of those fat, jolly kings, he became an evil and controlling one. Everybody feared him, and not a single soul dared challenge his throne. However, to keep moral up, Ao held yearly tournaments, in which the winner received a battle with Ao for the crown of Nasu. Entry only required that each participant become one with their inner element.
In Nasu, there were eight elements in total; Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Ice, Plant, Psychic, and Electricity. For this year's tournament, a group of friends, one of each element vowed to relieve Ao of his crown. However, this journey did not start over night; it began about ten years ago.
Sugaku was an average three year old. He had spiky blue hair, but no other defining features. However, his parents abandoned him as a child, leaving him in the care of his grandfather, who was a math tutor. One of his students, Chibusa, a teenage girl who was very fond of pop stars and clothes that revealed a little bit too much, was hired tobabysit Sugaku while his grandfather was doing grandfather things. One day, however, Sugaku's grandfather abandoned him too, leaving him in the care of Chibusa. She never abandoned Sugaku, but she did pass her knowledge of math onto Sugaku. Over the years, Sugaku even surpassed her on the subject.
Seven very short years later, Sugaku was turning ten. In Nasu, 10 years old is when a boy becomes a man. He is allowed to leave his family and go adventure, as long as they are accompanied by an animal. However, Sugaku did not have a family to leave to adventure, nor did he have a traveling companion. Chibusa went to the pet store, and bought a hamster for Sugaku, and gave it to him on his tenth birthday.
"Happy birthday, Sugaku," Chibusa said happily, ", here is your present, your very own hamster!" Sugaku picked up, and examined his new pet. "Why is it purple?" he asked. "I dunno, but now you can adventure, and stuff."
"Adventure? Will you be coming with me?"
"You're supposed to go by yourself."
"Oh." There was an awkward pause between the two of them. Finally, Chibusa said "Well, bye!" and she walked out. Sugaku and his new pet had a short, unintentional staring contest, until he broke the silence, "Well, Sugaku, let's go!" Sugaku was surprised by this. "You talk, too?!" The hamster nodded. "You can call me Murasaki." He said.
"Well, get in this hamster cage, Murasaki." Sugaku said. "No dude, I don't want to be cramped up in that cage."
"Just get in."
"No." This argument went on for a good hour or so before Sugaku finally gave in. The two adventured out, letting the wind decide where they were headed. "There is something you should know about me, Sugaku" Murasaki said. "Yeah?" Sugaku responded. "I once belonged to King Ao, long ago. But when he destroyed all but one of the Time Skippers, he released me. My new goal is to help my new master, being you, defeat him and stop the evil he is bringing to this land."
"Anything else I should be aware of, Murasaki?" Sugaku said. "Yes," he responded, "you must find what your inner element is to enter the yearly tournament. Since there is one going on right now, the first one you could possibly be eligible for is next year's, giving us plenty of time to enter."
"Us?" Sugaku asked. "Yes, us. My inner element is Air. And I will enter the tournament with you when you are eligible. We have to defeat Ao to take his crown. Luckily, there is eight dojo's scattered throughout the land. One for each element. These will allow you to figure out which element you posses." Sugaku responded with "Alright, where to first?"
The duo ventured towards the first dojo, where Shinpan, an old man who was as wise as he was annoying and short, and the master of fire. Meanwhile, Chibusa set out on a journey of her own. However, she was interrupted by a mysterious figure. "Hey pretty." It said. Without knowing what to do, she turned and walked away, but the figure grabbed her and dragged her away.
Arriving at the first dojo, Sugaku was eager to enter, but Murasaki said "Bro, before confronting Shinpan, you have to answer a riddle to figure out where his dojo entrance is. Here, let me read it for you. 'Push' Hmmm, I wonder how we are going to solve this one." Sugaku then pushed the door, and it opened. "Roses are red, violets are blue. I am Shinpan, and who are you?" a voice from inside said. "Oh, my mistake, this isn't the riddle guy, this is the annoying poem guy. Fuck." Murasaki said. "I'm Sugaku, and this is my hamster, Murasaki. I want to enter in next year's tournament, and I was told you could help me discover my inner element." Sugaku said. "I can help you, yes it is true, but you must first power up, one's hair that is blue."