Stray Ami is an audio production by Universeinthebox, narrated by Blanc, the Imaginary Friend of a girl named Andale, who had recently moved into town and is very lonely. Blanc tells us of their day-to-day life from his unique perspective.
The distinctly French sounding music and references to 'A great metal tower in the center of town' seem to indicate that the story takes place in France, but whether or not this is true has never been confirmed by the writers - although Andale's father is stated to "come from America" and her mom speaks with a French accent. The time period is also unconfirmed, but might be somewhere in the past. Numerous little things indicate there has been a war recently.
The show launched in January of 2014 and all episodes can be found on the studio website.
This series provides examples of:
- Animal Motifs: There seems to be a contrast between (not-wholly-imaginary - see the page quote) Savage Wolves and the Big, Friendly Dog Blank is.
- Artificial Limbs: Andale's brother has a wooden leg.
- Bellisario's Maxim: Invoked within Andale's dream.the Alchizard: Dream logic! Don't question it much!
- Big, Friendly Dog: Blanc is described as 'Coming up to Andale's hair' and generally wouldn't hurt a fly.
- Constantly Curious: Blanc fits squarely into this trope. To him the world is a new place, he doesn't know a lot about it and constantly asks Andale what things are and how they are used.
- Catchphrase: Blanc begins every episode by saying 'Hello!'
- Dream Land: While Andale sleeps, Blanc goes to a strange place (in her subconscious) where the sky changes colors and the ground moves.
- Fairy Tale: Andale tells Blanc a story about the wolves from the days when they used to live in the woods outside her house before they were hunted to extinction. Legend has it one of them survived...
- Fantasy Keepsake: In Old House, the bowler hat from the dream, but Blank is imaginary, so possibly that's to be expected of him.
- For Science!: The Alchizard, while not exactly a Mad Scientist, seems motivated by a desire to learn mostly. Also, built robots.
- The Ghost: Andale's brother and their parents until the fourth episode.
- Growing Up Sucks: Andale makes references to being younger and how things were better back then.
- Imaginary Friend: Blanc - this is the premise of the entire show really. Blanc is a figment of Andale's imagination, created on her birthday so she wouldn't be alone. He knows this and is very eager to help Andale feel better.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Old House, with the Alchizard as Mission Control devolves into a Nightmare Sequence.
- Left Field Description: Blank has a gift of these. For instance, he describes ms. Lafeit as smelling like when you bite into a chocolate chip cookie and find it full of raisins.
- Lonely Piano Piece: The episodes usually open with a calming theme tune on the accordion. During the sadder moments, you can usually expect a piano reprise.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Andale is described as having a very large, very empty house. Her father runs a factory and her mother is a fashion designer, she is very likely this.
- Metaphorgotten: Blanc's description of the Sun.
- Mr. Imagination: Ms. in this case.
- Mysterious Stranger: The Man Who Smells of Smoke, he apparently is another figment of Andale's imagination, but so far has only ever appeared in her dreams.
- Narrator: Blanc narrates most episodes.
- No Name Given: Andale's parents Annette and Henry are only named within their "letter" episodes, as they sign the letters. This might be justified by the fact Andale refers to them as mom and dad.
- Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: Andale.
- Portmanteau: The Alchizard irritably explains he's not a wizard, more an alchemist, so Blank decides to call him "Alchizard".
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Some of Father's factory workers, as well as his son, who came back from somewhere with a wooden leg and a bad case of PTSD.
- Shout-Out: The Alchizard calls Blank "canine".the Alchizard: Brave heart, canine.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Blanc has a taste for eggs.
- Theseus' Ship Paradox: Blank and Andale discuss it in Broom, using an old broom as an example, but he decides it's different for people (and flowers).
- The Quiet One: Andale, since moving houses.
- Voiceover Letter: A Letter, and Factory are letters written by Andale's mother and father, respectively.
- You Won't Feel a Thing: The Alchizard claims "This won't hurt a bit", then notes Blank's lie detecting ability is insufficient.