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Anime Spotlight #59

Time to break this break I’ve had from posting here!

Let’s look at some pretty girls flying some heavily-altered fighter jets!

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Mating Arpeggio of Blue Steel with Sky Girls yields Girly Air Force — and it’s fairly girly, indeed!

The main girl is Gripen, who’s based on the Cold War-era Swedish fighter jet of the same designation.  In this Anime, a Swedish Gripen was R-n-R’d to become a hybrid Human-Xi craft capable of fighting the Xi itself — the technologically-advanced alien race plaguing humanity in this show.  Gripen the girl is a gynoid created using Xi technology, who is wired to fly the Gripen — or, is supposed to!

See, poor Gripen can only fly well when her favourite guy is close to her.  And, she’s the only one who’s like that; the other two hybrid-jet girls don’t have that “issue.”  So, the guy in question eventually has to sit in the cockpit with Gripen and try to stay conscious for as long as humanly possible — which is a lot harder than with normal jets because these hybrids can maneuver like the Xi can, easily topping 10-G’s and going far beyond the human limit of gravity tolerance.

Inasmuch as the show reminds me of Arpeggio and Strike Witches, I found it to be a rather enjoyable Anime.  Maybe you’ll enjoy it, too!



Anime Spotlight #28

With a name like “Black Cat,” how could she NOT be a “witch”?!

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Brynhildr in the Darkness is one of those Anime whose title doesn’t really make any obvious sense in relation to the show itself.  “Brynhildr” is a Norse queen of Valkyries, and I guess the girls in this show can also be considered “Valkyries”; let’s chalk it up to a severe lack of Norse mythology knowledge…!

Basically, this one’s a Harem Anime.  It’s a Harem Anime typical of Harem Anime shows, with an average guy, who sucks at dealing with hot girls, acquires a gang of hot girls — most of them Tsundere in nature.  In this show, the girls happen to come with special powers.  This series is not quite as light as Harem Anime tend to be (perhaps a reference to the “Darkness” part of the series’ title?).

“Neko Kuroha” is Murakami’s first run-in with a so-called “Witch” (because they appear to wield powers that seem magical), and his first harem-mate.  Neko turns out to be his old childhood friend, whom he called “Kuroneko.”

Soon enough, more Witches, escaping from a secret underground facility located near the town where Murakami lives, come along and make themselves known to him.  His desire to help these girls free themselves fully from the grasp of their old handlers drives the majority of this series.  Also, aliens….

Brynhildr has only one season, with sub and dub options to watch.

Anime Spotlight #2

Let’s continue on the TRIGGER anime train by looking at Kill La Kill this week…:

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Welcome to the anime series with more word-play than you can shake a stick at….  Literally.  There’s more word-play in “Kill la Kill” than there is blood-soaked action.

The best place to start is with the name itself – “Kill la Kill.”  In the Hiragana/Katakana, “Kill la Kill” becomes Kiru ra KiruKiru has two significant meanings:  “to kill,” apt for the show, and “to clothe,” which also fits the show.

For more, feel free to check out the following links:



Explaining the Mankanshoku Mako Puns in Kill la Kill 23

Though, as you can see, the word-play, etc., is in Japanese; translating it all into English, all that double-meaning and what-not gets lost.

For me, watching “Kill la Kill” was a lot like listening to a David Icke talk – particularly the latter half of the series.  Alien beings that parasitically draw energy from living things until nothing remains, and then they move onto the next world… – sound familiar?

When it didn’t feel like a David Icke talk, it felt like “Gurren Lagann’s” younger sister anime-wise.  This makes sense, since “Gurren Lagann” and “Kill la Kill” were made, for the most part, by the same people; that’s probably why I enjoyed “Kill la Kill,” overall, so much.


The next post I get around to making won’t be coming til March, now….


Work of the Week #27

A compendium of some of the more “intriguing” scripts of the outermost regions of the Universe…:


The Shipbuilders were long considered the master starship makers of the outermost areas.  Their script is written with superconducting ink onto metallic surfaces, so that the commands written are carried out automatically (like the Digimon script).

The Gatebuilders were renowned for their portal-making prowess in the Universe.  The most infamous example of their mastery is the Gateway (Work of the Week #5) for which their script has been put to full use.  They have constructed a number of other portals, though….  (‘r’ = /tl/, ‘z’ = /zh/, ‘y’ = /ə/)

The Worldbuilders make whole planets instead of ships.  Of all the races represented here, the Worldbuilders are the only ones still around.  Their script works much like the Shipbuilders’; conjugation works like the Semimortals’ script.  (‘x’ = /kh/, ‘c’ = /ch/, ‘j’ = /sh/, ‘rg’ = /tl/, ‘ry’ = /ll/, ‘ɪ’ = /ə/)

The Azhseg Derelict is the ancient ship that the Alien Azhseg acquired in the Worldbuilders Realm.  It’s script is based on the I Ching code (which in turn based the binary code our electronics use today).  Each “6-bit” character corresponds to a number, as well as a letter and word; alone each character means a number, as a ring it means a string of letters (forming a word), and as a word it’ll be surrounded by a ring or rings of characters.  The ship looks something along the lines of this:  http://t12.deviantart.net/kKL-0q1yPG4nz5VX7KHlq4Jaml8=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre10/3ffa/th/pre/i/2009/243/e/c/derelict_by_vmulligan.jpg

The Azhseg Railgun is an ancient and powerful handheld weapon also owned by Azhseg in the book.  Its script is taken from this:  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_aliens/vidaalien54_09.jpg ~ The weapon itself is powered by the wielder’s power; the more power it siphons, the more powerful its shots.  The weapon looks something along the lines of this:  http://t11.deviantart.net/jl2FQgwKwrPwJ0npeDubozJTBao=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre12/2262/th/pre/i/2014/133/b/b/lava_gun__gateway__by_aliennate89-d7i712n.jpg

The Star-Forger is an automaton in the form of a spaceship; its creators are uncertain, and its duty is solely to make new stars.  Its script is based on the 4-nucleotide RNA/DNA code; the script is conjugated in triplets, mimicking the codon code for encoding proteins.  The Derelict Ship script and this one are built in a very similar manner….

The Universal Library is another automaton, built by a different, long-extinct race.  Its duty is to observe and record every single event that ever occurs in the Universe, throughout the Universe’s existence.  The script (that writes itself upon the Library’s walls) is taken from Cuneiform, and has an alphabetic form alongside a great number of logographic symbols.  The Library itself looks something along the lines of this:  http://t01.deviantart.net/_Rpgm7vQMxpN6ckcznouwIZYuHs=/300×200/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre11/c58c/th/pre/f/2011/342/7/5/time_0_by_elreviae-d4iidsc.jpg

The Script of the Fifteen Temples has only one surviving instance:  A piece of parchment containing the names of the fifteen temples created by the Old Ones (and implied by the Old Ones Stela).  However, as the script is completely logographic, the temples listed are largely unknown.  The script itself is taken from the Aztec script….

**I do not own the images I link to!  They merely serve as visual aids for the specific objects I refer to here (expect only a partially similar image of such things to occur in the book!)**


Work of the Week #20

An experiment in a word-to-action language-script…:

In Fantasium, a race of interstellar beings known colloquially as the “Aliens” use a language whose script is an example of what I’ll call “word-to-action.”  What I mean is, each “symbol” stands for a sound (letter), but each sound stands for a meaning (each letter is a word).  Beyond that, writing a letter on a surface in such a way, one can write an action and then as if by magic that action will conduct itself.

Anyone who watched the original Digimon anime series may remember the script of the “Digi-world” acts in the same sort of way….

Anyway… here it is:




Work of the Week #5

One of the main features in Fantasium is the Gateway — a magical portal system created by an ancient race that is shaped like a doorway that allows for instantaneous transport of an individual from one world to another.


When inactive, the Gateway has its “door” up (as shown above).  Once activated, the “door” slides downwards into a recess in its “floor” and the reddish orb glows.

When the door retreats, it leaves in its wake a bubble-like filament that projects the destination onto itself — allowing the user to see where they’ll end up.

To activate, one punches in a six-character code by tapping on engraved symbols on the Gateway’s “door-frame.”  After the code is entered, tapping the orb actually activates it.

There are 30 symbols, representing the 30 “letters” of the creator-race’s “alphabet”:

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A symbol can be used more than once in the six-letter code, which means an awful lot of possible code combinations are available to the unwary user.