Mostly, shock value. I didn't want a (mostly) positive and fun story to suddenly throw a depressing event (in vol 2) without any warning. I really wanted to get away from the pure "wish fulfillment" stigma. I also want to emphasize that life is fragile. Also, read the title of the prologue carefully.
Good God, I would definitely tip you if I weren't so piss poor........ Amazing work, and in all honesty, have you been approached by a publishing company yet? Because THIS, dear sir, most DEFINITELY deserves it.
thanks for the compliment. No, I haven't heard from a publisher. I doubt that they look here lol. I might try to publish in the future but idk. I wasn't even planning to make it public, so I don't know what will happen in the future.