Announced on Japanese side Villagebooks is an unexpected but cool upcoming crossover.
Plot: Hiroto Ishikawa
Synopsis: Naoto Tsushima
Artist: Hayato Sakamoto, Hayato Yoshioka, Hidekazu Yoshiya, Yoshiya Yoshioka, Masayuki Fujisawa, Makoto Tsushima
Cover: Akira Nagai
Gallery Art: Funazu Nonaka, Go Oshima, Yuki Isao, Fumitaka
D180223 has posted a video containing all the known information about it:
I’m not dead, but I would be if I wound up in a mecha setting and didn’t follow these rules.
1. Don’t mentor a younger pilot.
2. If you must break rule one, don’t be cooler than your protege.
3. Don’t fight anything powered by a black hole.
Continue reading How to Survive in a Mecha Anime or Manga
Okay, I’ve probably written enough about one anime for one month, or maybe it just seems that way because of my relative lack of other posts. This is the last one, and only loosely related.
Here are my previous posts about Kannazuki no Miko:
- Chikane, Himeko, and THAT part
- Why does it have mecha?
- In defense of Souma
As I’ve said before, I like mecha, though I’m not as enthusiastic as Minerva X:
I also like crossovers, so when I see a series with mecha in it I sometimes try to think about how they’d fit into Super Robot Wars. Despite new series debuting every game there are still a fair number that would easily fit and haven’t been included (particularly since their increased willingness to include material that hasn’t been adapted into anime means there are even Mazinger and Getter series they haven’t used, such as the manga the page above is from), as well as a few which would present some obvious difficulties, notably Bokurano, where it’s a central concept that Zearth takes the life of its pilot every time it is used.
So, what about Kannazuki no Miko? The biggest apparent barrier to adapting it closely might be the same one as Bokurano; Ame no Murakumo requires the life of one of the priestesses to reset the damage done by Orochi. Simply leaving this aspect (or the reset itself) out wouldn’t really work because the idea that one of them must die is the only reason for Chikane becoming an Orochi. (Unless they change that to brainwashing or something.) Note, however, that unlike Zearth, this is only for the reset and not necessarily for every time Ame no Murakumo fights. (And having the reset actually happen in a crossover presents problems of its own.)
Continue reading How would Kannazuki no Miko fit in Super Robot Wars?
Part 1 of this series of posts is here.
Kannazuki no Miko is widely known as a yuri series, but it’s also been described as a bisexual love triangle. So the most important male character, Souma Oogami, tends to get some hate from some of those who watched the series only for the yuri.
(This post will contain spoilers for most of the series.)
I think this is undeserved, for several reasons, but let’s just start with this. We are talking about a series in which a character who had to choose between two love interests of different sexes chose the one of the same sex, and it wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the opposite sex option or because she suddenly realized she was only into girls. How many times does that happen?
I don’t think Souma’s good qualities not related to the triangle situation really need much defending. He’s hotblooded, decisive in the midst of angst, and a rare (in anime) illustration of how the personality of “the hero” adapts into a supporting role.
Souma is sometimes considered an example of the “male interference” yuri trope, but he’s hardly a textbook case of it. For starters, he doesn’t know he’s interfering with anything; he may or may not be aware of Chikane’s feelings for Himeko, but he definitely hasn’t seen any indication that Himeko might be romantically interested in Chikane at any point before the last real romantic interaction between him and Himeko. (And the margin isn’t even a small one if you don’t count things like the fact that the manga he buys for Himeko is a yuri one. Incidentally it’s also by Reiko, and Himeko being one of her fans is arguably the greatest relevance Reiko even has. (I swear I don’t hate Reiko or anything.))
Continue reading Kannazuki no Miko: In Defense of Souma
Part 1 of this series of posts is here.
Now, I am a big fan of mecha, and normally my attitude toward them is something like this:
“Because it looks cool.” (image from Brave Police J-Decker)
However, if there’s any otherwise good show that has mecha but fails to use them well enough to justify their presence, it’s Kannazuki no Miko, particularly since there is no explanation for why the power of Orochi and the God of Swords are mecha.
Continue reading Why does Kannazuki no Miko have mecha, and what about those villains?
Yuri is literally Japanese for lily, but it’s come to be associated with the portrayal of lesbian relationships in Japanese media. The etymology is actually a lot more straightforward than that of the male counterpart term yaoi; an influential magazine referred to gay men as the rose tribe and lesbians as the lily tribe.
Continue reading Y is for Yuri
Tomorrow, I’m going to finally get around to starting a new series of posts that I’ve been planning for a while. I’ve always liked books and articles that connect science fiction and fantasy with real science, with The Physics of Superheroes being one of my favorite non-fiction books.
So I’m going to attempt something similar, but focusing mostly (maybe not entirely) on anime and manga. Most of these posts won’t be especially in-depth or technical, but I hope they can be a fun way to explore a few concepts.
“Most badass scene from any anime character”
It’s hard to decide. In G Gundam, Master Asia fights mecha with a piece of cloth; in Gurren Lagann, Lordgenome not only fought Lagann with his bare hands but was also able to give a dying speech with a giant hole where his heart and lungs should be (and in the same fight, Simon puts that hole there with what is essentially his keys); in Bleach, Kenpachi Zaraki exists.
This is manga-only, but not much else can top it; in Shin Mazinger Zero, Kouji Kabuto’s reaction to his arm being severed (and what happens to Sayaka in that timeline) is to throw it as an improvised human-scale Rocket Punch!
But I think I’ve got to give it to Dragon Ball Z’s Vegito; silly badassery is still badassery, and well:
Through sheer determination and/or power, he kept fighting (and winning!) after being turned into a piece of candy. After that he went on to let himself be absorbed on purpose so he could (and did) free Buu’s victims from the inside, a case of supreme confidence actually being justified.