General References

1.1 What is Scarred?

Scarred is a project of Abstract Nonsense, based on Damaged Goods. Started in early 2007 by a lone person and continues with only a handful of staff. It is similar to a visual novel game.

1.2 What is Damaged Goods?

Damaged Goods is the collection of archived threads containing the original posts of Nurse-kun and responses from other users. Consider it to be the most complete, most unaltered version of the story - the holy text of Nurse-kun himself if you will. You can find the originals at Wikichan

1.3 What is Abstract Nonsense?

Abstract Nonsense is a small english group that creates games and media. As of July 2007, this group consists of 2 people. Should you want to join and have some skills to offer then please don't hesitate to contact us here.

1.4 Why Scarred?

To compare Scarred to Damaged Goods is like comparing a movie adaption from a novel. If you want the story in it's entirety then you should read Damaged Goods. However, to understand Damaged Goods, you need a level of understanding of internet memes and image board culture that is out of reach of most normal people.

This is where Scarred comes in, we are trying to make a version of the story that is accessible to the wider audience, because we believe the story is inspiring and more people should know it.

1.5 What is a Visual Novel?

It is a type of game widely popular in Japan. They encompass a story with visual and audio elements and are interactive. Most of these types of games are also erotic in nature, having different paths in which the player can take.

Scarred is different, while it has most of the elements needed to qualify as a Visual Novel, it lacks the interactivity aspect, meaning it has a linear story. Scarred is closer to an enhanced short novel, having visual and audio elements but no deviation from it's single story.

1.6 Is there any erotica?

While Scarred is similar to Visual Novels it is in no way meant to be of the erotic kind, at all. This game does however have some profanity and may not be suitable for the young audience.

2.1 Elfen Lied
Nana's Everyday Life

Elfen Lied is somewhat a harem anime crossed with guro (Grotesque or more known as Gore), which makes it appealing for some. It's mostly about a girl called Nyu/Lucy who's a mysterious and deadly breed of horned humans called diclonius. She comes to live with a guy called Kouta.

Lucy/Nyu are two separate personalities of a single girl. Lucy is a cold blooded insane killer, product of cruel experiments at the mutant research facility. Nyu on the other hand is opposite of Lucy; innocent and incapable of violence. Nyu came about after a .50 BMG round ricocheted off a metallic helmet encasing her head. When Nyu is attacked violently, she regresses to Lucy. Like wise when Lucy is treated with love and kindness, she will uncontrollably switch back to Nyu.

Nana is another diclonius who Lucy dismembered in a violent outburst at the research facility. She lost all her limbs but eventually learned to use prosthetic appendages with her telekinetic powers.

Nana's Everyday Life is a disturbing (and thus considered awesome) web comic by Dan Kim with Nana as the main character. Dan Kim have a sick sense of humour and it shows up in NEL and his other works, which endears them to the typical /b/tard since 4chan pretty much revolves around that kind of humour. Conversely Dan seems to be a bit of a /b/tard himself and /b/ memes often end up in his manga. (a certain bear, one of the mascots of /b/ even appeared in Nana's Everyday Life).

Unlike in Elfen Lied, in NEL Nana does not learn how to use prosthetics. Readers of Nurse-kun's story were quick to point out to him some of the parallels between NEL and Damaged Goods. After reading NEL, Nurse-kun personally stated that "fictions will remain that way, if I have anything to say about it."

2.2 Ghost in the Shell
Motoko Kusanagi

Nurse-kun has apparently seen this anime, and the origami crane scenes within it. This inspired him to suggest origami activities to Amputee-chan.

Motoko was nine years old when she was severely injured in a plane crash. The other survivor of the crash was a six year old boy named Hideo Kuze. As Kuze lies in his bed, he felt sorry for Motoko lying in her bed next to him in a coma. The reason for his emotion was because he know she will never recover. So with the only functional part of his body left; his left hand, he started folding paper cranes for her. According to Japanese legend if a thousand cranes are made, a wish would be granted.

To save Motoko, a procedure was carried out on her to replace her dying body with a fully cybernetic one. After recovering, Motoko returned to Kuze. Kuze asked her if it was possible to make paper crane with a cybernetic body. Motoko tried but failed as she was unable to adapt to the fine motor skills of her new prosthetic parts. She left Kuze and promised to return when she was able to fold cranes. Soon afterwards Kuze underwent the same cybernetic process.

Later in the series, taking place many years after, both Motoko and Kuze were seen on occasions to fold paper cranes single-handedly as they've grown accustomed to their new bodies.

2.3 Densha Otoko (Train Man)

Some people have pointed out that Nurse-kun's story may well become 4chan's version of Densha Otoko. Densha Otoko was originally an ongoing story on the Japanese forum 2ch. The story goes that an otaku who with the help of other posters of 2ch managed to break out of his shell and propose to a girl after saving her from a drunk on a train. This story has gone stupidly popular in Japan, to the extent of spawning a movie, TV series, manga, novel and whatnot based on it.

While 4chan has had epic threads in it's history, none of them has come anywhere near the celebrity status of Densha Otoko. The ongoing nature of Nurse-kun's story and how anonymous was giving advice to him draw many parallels between the two stories.

Of course, the difference in the nature of the two story could probably attest to the difference in atmosphere between 2ch and 4chan. If Densha Otoko came to ask for advice on /b/ on 4chan, we would have to wonder what kind of advice he would of encountered. (Barrel rolls and S.I.I.H.P. comes to mind)

2.4 Elite Beat Agents
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan

Elite Beat Agents is a Nintendo DS game which Nurse-kun plays with Amputee-chan. It is an American remake of a Japanese game called Osu! Takakae! Ouendan (roughtly Go! Fight! Cheersquad.)

The main characters of Elite Beat Agents are members of a fictional government agency responsible for helping those in need. When someone facing a crisis reaches the end of their rope and cries out for help, the agents arrive on the scene to help them succeed. Through the dancing of the agents, the people they came to help are instilled with motivation that helps them overcome various obstacles. Ouendan is similar in this aspect but where they differ is that Ouendan are an all male cheering squad (in which Japanese schools actually support) that come to the aid and commence their manly cheering.

The Christmas stage in EBA which Nurse-kun was worried about, is about the agents assisting a young girl in reuniting with the spirit of her deceased father. Since it was around Christmas when Amputee-chan was playing EBA, and her parents died recently in a car crash, one could understand why this stage might be a bit too close to home.

At the planetarian, I mean, planetarium, the song that Nurse-kun and Amputee-chan laugh at and sing together is called "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones. It is the song for stage 26 of EBA

2.5 Narcissu

Narcissu is a visual novel by the doujin group stage-nana. It was a big inspiration for Scarred since the two stories do share certain similarities between them. Hence during the beta stage Scarred usually uses Narcissu BGM and CGs as placeholders.

If you haven't read Narcissu before, you can find it at the Insani localisation site and is a free download.

2.6 Waha

Waha is a chibi version of Yamato Suzuran from the game, Suigetsu Mayoi Gokoro. The chibi Waha is a creation of 2channers. Waha is much loved both at 2chan and at 4chan for... actually we don't know why we like her, she's just lovable without a need of any explanation. There's a well known dancing Waha animated GIF that Nurse-kun apparently made into a flip book and gave to Amputee-chan for Valentines.

Abstract Nonsense 2007
Project Scarred