Tag Archives: Science

Anime Spotlight #17

“I, Robot” — Anime-style:

Image result for dimension w
aka, “Dimension W.”

Dimension W, this Anime’s title aspect, is a fourth spatial dimension independent of the three we experience daily as well as of the dimension taken by time.  But, Dimension W is linked to the other spatial and temporal dimensions and as such is able to store and release multitudes of energy.

In other Words, Dimension W is an invisible realm that, in this show, people are able to siphon limitless, free energy from to satisfy all of Earth’s power needs.  This energy is drawn out using devices called “coils” — and “Dimension W’s” ‘Dell Spooner’ counterpart absolutely despises these devices!

As with Dell of “I, Robot,” a major accident in Kyouma (of “Dimension W”)’s past is the source of this lingering loathing.  And, as with Dell, circumstances conspire to bring Kyouma to work with a robot who embodies that which he detests.  The ‘Sunny’ of “Dimension W” is a gynoid named Mira.

Of course, there’s also an over-arching mystery to solve.  Like with “I, Robot,” in “Dimension W” it starts with the suicide-death of an important inventor.  Starting to sense a pattern…?

Despite the myriad similarities, though, “Dimension W” is still wildly different from “I, Robot.”  The plot of “Dimension W” revolves around the coils, not robots.  Of course, the setting is in a futuristic Japan, instead of New York.  Also, the minor plot points in “Dimension W” are quite unique to the show.

This show has actually been dubbed, so that’s nice….


Anime Spotlight #6

When Science and Magic meet….

Image result for a certain magical index

In Academy City, students study Science in order to obtain special abilities called “Esper powers.”  The more advanced one’s powers are, the higher their “level” becomes — and thus the higher their status in the city becomes.

The lowest level is “0”, and Touma Kamijou, the main character, is one such person; he’s quite an unlucky person, and he has an odd ability called “Imagine-breaker” which nullifies all abilities it touches, including magic.  Even though the show is named after the white-haired girl (whom we meet draped over Touma’s balcony — her name’s actually Index…), in terms of the show’s story-line Touma is actually the center of focus character-wise.

That’s probably a good thing, though, as many of the other characters don’t really do all that much; Railgun (Misaka) and Index in particular just come along for the ride, it seems.  I like that he isn’t deterred from action by his low level; he’ll even fight against the most powerful individuals around, if he feels he must.  He has only his right hand to rely on, but still he pulls through for the good guys.

Happy Easter long weekend, all!