April 01, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun -- engineer's disease

I decided to rewatch the whole last plot arc of Railgun tonight, and I think know I can make more sense of what's going on. Loads of spoilers below the fold.

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March 20, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun -- a visit to the refrigerator

Questions about ep 24, below the fold. (Spoilers, obviously.)

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March 07, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun -- ending speculation

So I stopped watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun with episode 14, but I'm still following the writeups on certain other sites. And I have an idea of how it's going to end -- which necessarily is a spoiler, and is below the fold.

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February 14, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Schroedinger

Here's someone with an even weirder explanation for what's going on in To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun than I ended up with. (Found in my refers.)

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January 07, 2010

Index and Railgun -- Touma's power

This is a discussion of how Touma's "imagine break" power works, inspired by a post over at Ubu's place.

It's spoilers for To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, so it's below the fold.

UPDATE: Ubu responds.

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November 04, 2009

The Prometheus Device

Here's a different manifestation of Engineer's Disease: "Hey, I can do that!"

In this case, our hero decided he wanted to make flame come out of his hand, like the X-man character Pyro.

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October 30, 2009

Aika Zero -- I know what's coming

Dammit. My sciatica is kicking up, so my left hip hurts. I did something to my neck, so that hurts, too. And I had an idea just before I went to bed, so I have had a hard time staying asleep because of it.

Insomnia is a bitch. And I can't do anything about my back or neck. (NO SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!) But I can memory-dump the strange idea, and maybe stop having weird dreams about it.

I figured something out about Aika Zero: this is the series where Aika gets her bionic bra. I'll show you the NSFW evidence for that below the fold.

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August 29, 2009

Ah! My Goddess! movie -- Morgan Le Fay

The Ah! My Goddess! movie is really superb. Ubu just watched it, and is finding that it has given him Engineer's Disease.

In his comments I pointed out an idea I had about the movie, and it seems to have caught him by surprise. It has to do with Morgan Le Fay, one of the new characters introduced in the movie.

It should be understood that the movie is not considered canon. It is not based on any part of the manga, and it contains elements which to some extent contradict the manga. It's also placed at a time later than most of the manga. It was certainly later than the leading edge of the manga at the time the movie was made.

There are a lot of subtle characterization changes. Peorth is no longer on the hotline; she's now in charge of computer operations. (And am I the only one who noticed that Heaven is intensely sexist, what with women doing all the work? Everyone in the computer operations center is female.)

Anyway, Morgan shows up at the college and pretends to be an incoming freshman. She joins the racing club, and she seems to make a serious romantic play for Keiichi.

It's easy to overlook because it's a standard trope in this kind of story: the geeky protagonist who for some reason also seems to be a babe magnet. If any gorgeous woman appears in the story, it's odds-on she'll eventually get romantically attached to the geeky guy in the middle, even if it makes no sense at all that she do so.

AMG itself did that, with Sayoko. Admittedly her motivation isn't totally opaque: she's the queen of the campus, and she doesn't actually want Keiichi. She just wants him to be like every other guy on campus and to want her, so that she can maintain her 100% spurn rate. Which is to say that she makes a play for Keiichi solely because she's trying to spite Beldandy.

The AMG movie also includes some of that trope. The other two women who are in the racing club (the geeky one with the glasses and the president of the club) both get drunk and end up falling all over Keiichi, ignoring all the other guys there. It ends up bothering Beldandy and leads to an episode of poltergeistism with bottles and glasses breaking just before Beldandy flees from the club.

So while it doesn't really make sense that Morgan makes a play for Keiichi, it's also something that's easy to overlook. But what if it does make sense? That's what I suggested to Ubu, and the rest of this discussion, which contains major spoilers about the movie, is below the fold.

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July 05, 2009

DBZ -- Engineer's Disease

At the beginning of the Androids/Cell sequence in DBZ, the introduction to the new plotline is known as the "Trunks Saga". Frieza survived the destruction of Namek, and under direction of his father King Cold is rebuilt as a cyborg, with even greater power than before. Then they head towards Earth, with the intention of killing everyone before Goku can return from planet Yardrat, which is where he ended after Namek blew up.

Frieza's ship was faster and made it to earth 3 hours sooner than Goku, which is why Trunks felt he needed to step in and take care of Frieza and King Cold. Which he did.

Laying in bed last night it suddenly occurred to me, why was Goku even using that damned space ship? It had already been established that his Instant Transmission, which he learned on Yardrat, was capable of operating over stellar distances. During the Garlic Junior saga, Goku practiced it once by going to the empty star system where Vegeta was trying to become a super saiyajin.

So why didn't Goku use the Instant Transmission to return to Earth once he was through with his training on Yardrat?

...well, because then he'd have been there to fight Frieza, so we wouldn't have seen Trunks do it, so that when Trunks revealed that the androids were too much for him we couldn't get proper power inflation established:

Trunks >> Frieza
Androids >> Trunks

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April 27, 2009

Haruhi -- a different speculation

I think at this point it's not a spoiler to mention that the foundation of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is that she unconsciously has god-like powers to change reality, which unconsciously kick in when she's unhappy and disaffected.

It is a common speculation, of course, that it's really Kyon who has that power, and that Haruhi is Kyon's unconscious creation, literally his dream girl. It's a fun speculation, and it does explain a lot, but I won't go into that again.

A couple of days ago an entirely different idea came to me: Kyon is Haruhi's creation, literally her dream guy. We never find out Kyon's name, and the reason is that he doesn't have one. "Kyon" is all that Haruhi needs, so that's all he's got. Haruhi wanted Kyon to have a kid sister, so he's got one, but she may not have even a nickname. She certainly doesn't have any real name. She gets referred to as "Imouto" in the series, for instance by Mikuru. "Imouto" means "kid sister".

It's normal for younger kids to refer to older siblings (and older kids not related) as onii-san, onee-chan, ani-san, ane-san, etc. but the convention is for older kids to use a younger kid's name when addressing him or her. (Or semi-insulting terms like chibi, kozou, komusume, gaki.) Yet we never hear Kyon use a name for his kid sister, and I think the reason is that she doesn't have one.

Yuki, Mikuru, and Koizumi are real people and not Haruhi's creations, though they're there because she wants them to be, and Koizumi in particular has been changed by her (and knows it). But they have their own pasts. Kyon's past, on the other hand, is really rather hazy and that's because he only remembers enough for Haruhi's purposes.

So why hasn't he noticed? Because she doesn't want him to. He accepts the oddness of his situation because he doesn't know any different.

Or so this speculation would go.

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