October 28, 2010
Pete borrowed one of my top-rotation pictures, from Mai Otome Zwei, and labels it a "magical phalanx". I can understand why he says that, since the weapons the girls are carrying look like lances. But it isn't quite what he thinks. Those things are missiles, and moments after that frame they get shot at an asteroid which is on a collision course with the planet.
The reason the otome are up there is that the planet doesn't have the technology of space travel. The otome are the only ones who can reach space, so they're being used to ferry the missiles up where they can reach the asteroid before it devastates a pretty large area of the surface.
Anyway, as to his question, "...got me wondering if we ever see a crew-fired magical weapon." I can think of at least two such cases.
There's one in the last episode of Yumeria which involves pretty much the whole cast. And in the last episode of Card Captor Sakura there's one involving two major characters, or perhaps four depending on how you count, all working together. I don't really want to say more in each case because they're spoilers.
There's also a case in Nanoha A's where an entire platoon of magical marines work together to create a confinement field to trap a couple of the Knights, but that's not really an attack. (It facilitates an attack by Nanoha, Fate, and Arf, though.)
Would Pete accept "unison devices"? In Nanoha Strikers we see Rein Zwei united with Vita, and we see Agito united with Zest (and later with someone else, which is a spoiler). I suspect it wouldn't count, but I thought I'd mention them. (Rein belongs to Hayate, but I'm pretty sure we never see them united. I always thought that was a bit strange.)
UPDATE: Pete doesn't understand the reference to Card Captor Sakura, so I guess I'll include a spoiler:
In order to do it, Kerberos and Yue dematerialized and became part of Sakura's staff, hugely powering it up. But even with that, Sakura still couldn't do it. Then Shaoran struggled to his feet, and made it over to Sakura. Standing behind her, he too held onto the staff. It may be that the only thing he really contributed was to make Sakura more confident, or he may have been able to add some magical power. Regardless, the four of them together were able to do it, and the last two remaining Clow Cards were converted to Sakura Cards.
And now that I think about it, that was in the second-to-last episode, not the last one.
On the other hand, Eriol is English, not Chinese.
Posted by: Jeremy Bowers at October 28, 2010 04:21 PM (/EDjr)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2010 05:23 PM (+rSRq)
There was a panel in the A's to Strikers manga where they were talking about what Nanoha had been up to, and one of the pics in the background was Nanoha holding an improbably large beam-weapon-thingy (much longer than she was tall, and almost as tall as she was tall at the same time - if there had been engines on the back it would have been a vehicle!) I recall it mainly because another pic in the panel has Nanoha in drill instructor hat...
For that matter, the Nanoha Force weapon designs are trending more and more that way. Nanoha's full panoply is halfway to a Gundam by now, and Graf Eisen is significantly larger than Vita by now...
And of course, Vice has Storm Raider, which flies the chopper when he's busy... but the chopper's not armed other than Storm Raider itself, so I dunno if that counts.
Could you make the case for the Outlaw Star falling in that category? Vessel, not heavy weapon, but same principle...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at October 28, 2010 07:31 PM (mRjOr)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 28, 2010 08:30 PM (PiXy!)
Only Pete knows what he would consider a valid example, but I don't think that a combined attack probably qualifies.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2010 08:48 PM (+rSRq)
It would make sense that the Nanohaverse would have them... , and they have plenty of one-user weapons, so it would be strange if they didn't have crew-served weapons between them.
Was there anything like that in Tweeny Witches/Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu? Been a while since I watched it, but seems the "warlock military" might have had something like that.
Or, a bigger stretch... the Simoun craft are technomagic on the order of Nanoha's stuff; two-girl anti-grav aircraft powered by yuri. Not sure you'd call the pilots magicians, though, so has the same problems as Vandread.
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Posted by: Mauser at October 29, 2010 06:01 PM (cZPoz)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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