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From Beyond the Twilight
Episode Title
TV Series Shards of the Past
Season Number 1
Episode Number 1
Writer(s) Summon Night Pratty
Runtime 25 minutes
Preceding Episode None.
Following Episode My Mother
From Beyond the Twilight is the 1st episode of Shards of the Past.


After his first class in class 4-C in High School, Dean Kitagawa calls his mother, Mei, who he hasn't seen for the last eight years to tell her that they will meet again soon.  Mei cries, telling her son that she will happy to see him again soon, Dean then tells her that she can write him postcards to check up on how he is doing. Mei accepts and tells him that she will be happy to write postcards to him.

Afterwards, he goes to the bus that takes him to the United Nations main office. He found himself to be a petty officer, a position that Dean never wanted to take up. Dean tells the person in charge of the United Nations, and complains to him about the position that he was assigned to. The commander then reveals that Dean was forced to be a petty officer because of his brash attitude, he told him that he changed for the better throughout the course of high school, but the commander refused to believe him.

Dean spent two months doing their dirty work, and their squad drills. He finds a postcard from his mother in his desk. I said:

Dear Dean,

How are you today my son, and how is the United Nations? I am deeply worried about you and I wish you'll always be by my side, just like when you were little. My time at the Lightning Squad is horrible, and my dreams of being an officer have been ruined, as I am a petty officer under them.

I really hope I can see you again Dean, since you are my son, you mean everything to me. Be sure to write back, I am happy to hear what you have to say!

From your caring mother,

Mei's postcard to Dean.

Dean took his time to reply, and he said:

Dear Mother,

Thank you for the postcard! I am doing horrible and my time at the United Nations is worse than my time in High School. I was assigned to be a petty officer as well. I was even forced to do their dirty work. I don't even understand what I did to deserve such a punishment. I even told the commander of the United Nations that I changed, but he didn't believe me.

I really, really hope that I can see you again, and be sure to write back!

I love you and Happy Birthday, Mother. From your loving son, Dean.

Dean's reply to Mei's postcard.

The next day, he did another round of their dirty work. He learns that he is doing the same things over and over, and is starting to get tired of it. His lunch break started, he met Takashi Kuroki, who would later become his rival. The two got into a fight, and the commander came and broke it up. Deen called Takashi a whiny baby, and a general annoyance to him.

On the morning of January 8, 2127, Deen left the United Nations. He hopes to never think about them again, and puts his planned counterattack against them into motion. The episode ends when he meets Cardeas Lester, the commander of Task Squad 589. The two came to an agreement, and Dean joined the Task Squad 589 on the following day. Nine narrates the preview of the next episode afterwards.


Preceded by


From Beyond the Twilight Succeeded by

My Mother