Okay, I'm looking for some advice here...
I'm currently writing a little post-series Wolf's Rain ficlet called Charcoal Skies. In it, I'm centering on Tsume, who, in the series, is cynical and unwilling to put his trust in anyone. By the end of the series, this changes quite bit, but--well, he's still who he is.
My problem is that I want to show he changed with the experiences he had in the show, but I still want to keep him in character. This is a problem, because the very character traits that I know have changed are, in a large part, the character's essence for the majority of the show. You know that his attitude has changed in the end of the show (after [spoiler event] happens), because you see little hints towards the end, but he...ummm..."disappears" (I'll just put it that way to avoid spoilers) shortly after his transformation (from cynic and loner to someone who accepts belief and friends to a certain extent), so you never really get to observe how he acts in his new frame of mind.
My other problem is that he cannot have any memory whatsoever of what changed him. The events of the show took place in another life that he has no memory of whatsoever, other than a few fleeting dreams and odd thoughts he doesn't understand. (I'm not going to go into detail about the whole "another life" thing, because it involves spoilers from the last five minutes of Wolf's Rain, and I know there's a couple people on the board following Wolf's Rain on Adult Swim.)
I know, it's complicated. But does anyone have any suggestions at all on keeping the character himself, while still showing his new side, but having no memories to explain the transformation at all? And it's going to be probably 10 pages, all considered, so I don't have forever to build up anything too complex.