Anime Spotlight #10

More pantsu…:

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This show takes the ever-popular “magical girl”-type Anime and removes all the “magic” from it; here, the “power of friendship” drives advanced tech instead of wizardry.  Series-wise, ‘Vividred Operation’ is an interesting mix of ‘Dimension W,’ ‘Momo-kyun Sword,’ ‘Strike Witches,’ and ‘Sailor Moon.’

Akane is the “Amane” (see ‘Ange Vierge’) of ‘Vividred,’ if the latter weren’t locked in stasis for much of the series; without Akane, Kuroki and the “Alone” succeed in their plans and Dr. Isshiki’s hopes to stop them are doomed to fail.

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Obligatory ‘Gurren Lagann’ reference…

Setting aside all the “docking” and “naked”-ness, ‘Vividred’ was actually fun to watch.  The moral of this story is also quite simple and powerful:  Humans, you see, require water, air, light, and friendship in order to survive.  If we look lightly upon friendship or upon life, we lose our right to live. ~Isshiki Kenjirou

The only effective way to face anyone who’s lost their will to live is thus with friendship and compassion!

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Anime Spotlight #9

Speaking of young girls wearing machine parts and fighting aliens…:

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Strike Witches!!

With two full seasons, an OVA, and three stand-alone episodes, one could say that Strike Witches did pretty well.  It also has a spin-off, the Brave Witches, which didn’t do nearly as well as Strike Witches did (with only one season completed).

In this parallel-reality Anime rendition of WWII where an alien AI race has invaded Earth, many of the most successful WWII flying aces from our reality have been incarnated in the form of magic-wielding teenaged girls called “Witches.”  Squadrons of these Witches ultimately take inspiration from the three Russian all-female airborne divisions that existed during WWII, the most well-known of them being the 588th division called the “Night Witches.”

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The “Strike Witches” and their real-world inspirations — chart….

Similar to Fubuki in Kantai Collection, the main character in Strike Witches, Yoshika Miyafuji, occupies the first season working to prove herself as a capable member of the squad.  She ends up quickly surpassing many of her comrades, only deplete her magic executing the most OP ability in the entire series — only to, somehow, gain it all back again in the OVA.

Then again, who actually has watched this Anime for the “plot” anyway?

;P

Work of the Week #39

Revamping Azhseg’s relics collection this time around:

Azhseg artifacts

>Azhseg relics = Azhseg railgun (powerful arcannon powered by Chi), Azhseg derelict (Derelict Race arcship traveling to Ancient Gateway), Azhseg starship (stolen Shipbuilders craft), Azhseg omnibus (box for crafting any consumable item), Azhseg ring (ring for turning energy into Chi/Prana found inside the Derelict), Azhseg relic (relic of unknown use found inside the Derelict), Azhseg compass (star chart, calendar, compass, item locator), Azhseg tome (a piece of parchment found inside the Derelict), Azhseg artifact (a tablet with script found inside the Derelict), Azhseg lightsaber (an arclight sword found inside the Derelict), Azhseg orb (a mysterious orb that shows the viewer a possible timeline), Azhseg voice-box (a universal translator device found inside the Derelict).

 

Anime Spotlight #8

POIII!!

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Upgraded Yuudachi action shot (from Wallpaper Abyss).

Girls with the souls of (Japanese) warships past go to battle against alien foes!  In other words, Kantai Collection:  KanColle….

Fubuki — “Bucky” — is the “little warship that could,” in this series.  Fubuki, like her friends Mutsuki and Yuudachi, is a destroyer which means poor guns but good torpedoes.  Adding the three Cruiser sisters (Sendai, Jintsuu, and Naka the “idol”) to the mix, and it’s no wonder this particular fleet is named “Torpedo Squad 3.”  Torpedoes for days!

Many of the girls in the show display one or two traits that hearken back to their real-life warship counterparts.  For example…:  Kongou was “born” in the UK but used and maintained by the Japanese, and as a result Kantai’s Kongou likes to throw English words into her speech.  Kongou, Hiei, Kirishima, and Haruna all belong to the Kongou class of battleships, and not surprisingly the Kantai counterparts are sisters.  Destroyers like Fubuki are small, fragile ships, and in Kantai Collection most of the “lolis” are indeed destroyers (conversely, the tall, mature girls take up the battleship and carrier classes in the show).  Speaking of battleships and carriers, Kantai‘s Akagi and Yamato are shown to be “big eaters” — perhaps to imply their real-world counterparts required a LOT of fuel to run.  Finally, there’s Yuudachi and her near-incessant use of “-poi” which is essentially a “maybe” in Japanese (maybe a reference to the Battle of Guadalcanal, wherein Yuudachi and other Shiratsuyu-class destroyers did a number on American ships — maybe).

This particular Anime is based on a Japanese video game of the same name, and theoretically there’s also a second season of the show out somewhere….

 

Work of the Week #38

This week, it’s time to revamp the Watchers…:

1 = The Peregrine (Cɪrthsta).  Female; Avatar of Lady Light for the current (6th) Age; born as a semimortal being.

2 = Yaw & Way.  Male (Yaw), female (Way); the first line of Etherials; Yaw is white & deals with Life, Way is black & deals with Death.

3 = Gome.  An Essence of Nature; is a guardian of the Interior Labyrinth of Eyaye.

4 = The Fallen Archangel (Bharakeiz).  Male; archangel who was expelled for aiding the Watchers during the Five Waves; his army was cast out with him.

5 = The Risen Demon (Yahuyyul).  Female; a former Starseed, was expelled from the Underworld for aiding the Good Side – alongside a handful of friends – during the Five Waves; became a Watcher & gave up her Starseed status (feeling the fighting was over & thus no more need for her “Daggers of Dyssbord”).

6 = The Headmaster.  Male (usually); a mortal (usually human) being charged with the custodial duties of the Peregrine Academy; the current Headmaster – sort of – is R.E.

7 = The Apothecarian.  Male; Mage, specializes in apothecarian arts.

8 = The Witchdoctor.  Female; Mage, specializes in Voodoo & Druidic arts.

9 = The Wayfarer & Gift-giver.  Male (Wayfarer) & female (Gift-giver); Mages, worked to give gifts to deserving children & homeless in the hope of helping them.

10 = The Merry-maker (Tsriista).  Female; Child, is the ‘joker’ of the group; works to put smiles on people’s faces; can conjure “Familiars” (‘imaginary friends’ sent to deserving children to help them in life).

11 = The Wild Child (Sraasta).  Female; Child, sister of the Merry-maker; likes creating scenes, likes attention; can conjure “Pixies” (little humanoid energetic forms that last for a short time) that she uses to benefit small children.

12 = Dauphinus (Charnugan).  Male; Anthroid Hybrid; pioneer of Prana-harnessing defensive arts, master of Chi-harnessing martial & meditative arts, dabbler in the Individualist lifestyle.

13 = The Hermet.  Male; mortal; worked to master the health & medicinal sciences; also worked to master the art of homeopathic healing.

14 = The Hephaet.  Male; an Earthling, was a master of the smithy arts while he was alive; crafted a number of advanced weaponry & other technology for the Watchers to wield (many are now being used by the Freemen); created the ‘Gear-heads’ to aid any Light-workers in the Mortal Realms.

15 = The Lost Alien (Azhseg).  Female; Alien; was a Starseed during the 5th Age; became a Watcher & helped fight the Five Waves; now travels the Fringe Realms for artifacts & relics.

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Anime Spotlight #7

It’s Street Fighter meets “Magical Girls” — ViVid Strike!

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Fuuka and Rinne, once friends, grew into adversaries — only to become friends again at the very end of the series.  That’s basically the ViVid Strike plot in a nutshell….

The most powerful fighter in the ring is Vivio (not to be confused with “ViVid” of the show’s title) — the girl with the Christmas-coloured eyes.  She’s the girl that Rinne spends so much time training to beat.

A street-borne fighter her whole life, it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a professional fighter as a teenager that Fuuka (the show’s actual protagonist) was finally given an opportunity to show her fighting skills to a much wider, public audience.  There, she also has a chance to reconcile with her old friend, Rinne, once and for all — will they continue as adversaries, or can they truly rekindle that old friendship they had as orphans?  All is settled, at last, during the epic, no-holds-barred duel held in an abandoned town as Fuuka ultimately emerges victorious (though both are absolutely drained of energy afterwards).

Fighting in the ring, in ViVid Strike, is not your average old-school style boxing tourney!  The girls have to wear special shock-absorbing belts because punches thrown in this ring come with an added punch of magic!  Even so, girls facing Rinne tend to wind up on hospital beds all beaten up.

I found this show entertaining and well worth the time to watch, so hopefully you’ll feel the same!