Friday, February 5, 2016

Complete Demonbane Pastebin backup


Contents: Project D2 proposal, DYN Memo, Nitroplus Blasters story summary


ALSO SEE: Demonbane timeline for those retards who say DYN Freaks and Blasterz aren't canon or are prequels or whatever the fuck the shit they have in place of brains can come up with



From Gunshinkyoushuu: Outside of the universe is a universe of such universes, and outside that universe is another universe of such universes, and outside of that universe is another universe of such universes, and this goes on forever, with all universes connected. These universes include all parallel universes, of which there are as many as there are possibilities. All of these are the dream of Azathoth. (宇宙の外に宇宙が広がりその宇宙の外にも宇宙が広がりその宇宙の外にも…と宇宙が無限に連なり、また可能性の分岐が無限の平行宇宙を生み出す(「軍神強襲」より)という世界観の全てはアザトースが見ている夢)

From Nitroplus Blasterz: What Vortex Blaster destroyed (the stuff included in Azathoth's dream) is the "無限無窮の汎宇宙" (無限無窮 = infinite and unending, 汎宇宙 is a made-up word that means something greater than a universe). The official translation by Xseed renders this as "eternally infinite macrocosm". I translated this to "the multiverse" for convenience's sake. Neither my nor Xseed's translation changes the original meaning (the Gunshinkyoushuu one); Arguing semantics here based on either translation is not just flawed but also plain fucking stupid. Either way, it refers to the single, infinite, unlimited, neverending universe of universes of universes of universes of universes of (there's a pattern here, figure it out). In the sense that it encompasses all (as in literally ALL) universes, "omniverse" might be appropriate.


Nitroplus 10th anniversary book Nitroplus Complete
Project D2 proposal by Haganeya Jin
(Some additional details from Haganeya's twitter:
Summary + partial translation

Demonbane's Big Bang Impact destroys all the Great Old Ones, all the Outer Gods (including all avatars of Nyarlathotep and Yog-Sothoth and Shub-Niggurath), the solar system, the galaxy, other galaxies, and then the entire universe, and lets off a metallic warcry, that might also be a cry of lamentation, in the midst of the void where even time has ceased to exist. But it still hides a glimmer of hope in its heart.

A turbulent age filled with wars fought by magic. Hadou Zaibatsu clashes with the Church of Starry Wisdom. Daijuuji Kuzaku and Demonbane Twosword's world. A failed summoning of a dark god fractures the world, turning it into a game for the chaos. The knight chases the gamekeeper across worlds. The fight against Another Blood, and Nyarlathotep's trap. Kuzaku accepts his other self, and breaks Nyarlathotep's machinations. But still, the fight between good and evil continues forever after, and forever before.
(*The first bit seems to be from the old Demonbane 2 ideas from Haganeya's blog, while the latter parts are the events of Kishinhishou)

A cult, the August Party, that claim to be apostles of the Elder Gods, summons a giant of light (that yells "shuwatch") called Alpha-Omega to purify (destroy) Arkham City. A guy named George, who refers to Winfield as his master, tries fighting it barehanded but can't do anything, and slots a card from his "spell deck: Necronomicon" into his gauntlet to summon his deus machina, Goliath. He controls the Goliath with the gauntlet and cards too.
Hadou Zaibatsu's fight against magic societies continue with or without Kuzaku. The Church of Cthulhu, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, the August Party, Darkness Dawn led by Raal Robdy (*from prequel novel Kishintaidou), Neo Black Lodge which plans its Moonchild Project, Silver Twilight, Twilight Angel, Inovelcy (from Vjedogonia; Supposed to mean "heretic"), and Starry Wisdom which stands behind all of them.
Ruri is still commander, but doesn't want to wear her old uniform because she's now in her thirties and thinks the skirt is too short (Winfield has her change into it anyway).

Allison transforms into Metatron (also her monologue includes "with great power comes great responsibility") and fights the Magnificent Five Hundred and Twelve of Glyu-Vho, superhuman freaks who use the power of the elder gods. A girl flying through the sky with an umbrella ("like Mary Poppins"), Hinterstoisser shows up and defeats them instead, and attacks Metatron, transforming into Mahoushoujo Sandalphon.
(*Hinterstoisser was mentioned before on Haganeya Jin's twitter; She's actually a boy in drag, and used to work for Neo Black Lodge which is headed by Vespasianus but betrayed them)

Colin is now a magic detective, and a flamboyantly gay man who refers to himself as a jester shows up with a job for him: He wants Colin to look after a girl- De Vermis Mysteriis. He says that she will guide Colin someday, and apologises for the trouble his corpse gave them before disappearing.
(Twitter has confirmation that this is a non-evil Tiberius from the happy end route where Black Lodge doesn't exist, who works with the elder gods; Note that Kuzaku's world = this world is the true end world where Kurou and Al left, NOT the happy end world which is where Kuzaku headed to in Kishinhishou)

Chiaki confronts Doctor West, true genius, mad scientist, shining star of Arkham City (reason for shine: Strontium-90) in his secret lab.
"Let me introduce our members robo! Guitar: Doctor West!"
"Drums: Pickman!"
"Violin: Erich!"
Their band name is Houkago Part-time (760 Yen Per Hour/Experience Preferred)
West parodies some of Ranka Lee's lines. Chiaki pulls out a gun and says she's come to stop the Gamekeeper. Behind West is his current project- the broken parts of the Clockwork Phantom (see: Kishinhishou).
Chiaki takes out her D-Phone (like iPhone, only D) and summons Little Aida (from Gunshinkyoushuu; The machine language copy of the Necronomicon; Formerly taking the form of punchcards) who is now the mother computer of all of Arkham City's systems. Chiaki and L.A. fight West and Elza, while the Clockwork Phantom countinues to sleep.

The storm blows not just through Arkham City, butin the rest of the fractured world as well. The two Kuzakus and Demonbane Twosword continue their fight through time and space.
"So this is the world of Vjedogonia."
"No it's not. What are you saying?"
"I'm just a Demonbane passing by!"
Two of Daijuuji Kuzaku- One is the boy knight also known as Two Sword/Two Gun. The other, the crimson girl also known as Another Blood. (*P.S. this is a Kishinhishou spoiler)
Though they once fought and tried to destroy each other, shit happened (see: Kishinhishou) and they now fight alongside.
Each shard of the fractured world is governed by its own rules, the rules of a game board set by Nyarlathotep. Once they had to fight a dragon at the depths of a labyrinth. Another time they had to turn Demonbane Twosord into a pirate ship to fight a ghost ship.
The game of chaos continues. The fight of the two swords that cleave evil continues. A bell rings.

"Hey there! You must be the new transfer students! I'm the student council chairman of Miskatonic Academy, Perdurabo! Let me show you around the campus! We may have a couple of delinquents but they're all nice people deep down! I'm sure you'll fit in just fine! ...What's the matter, Etheldreda?"
"Master... You jest too much."
The fight of the two swords that cleave evil continues.

Fractured space and time. The world ruled by rules. The game of chaos. The players attempting to clear the game. The gamekeeper, the chaos, laughs at all of it.
What is the point of this game? What sort of schemes are the dark god planning? Should you care to ask, some may laugh at you, saying that humans could not possibly understand the machinations of the gods.
But the chaos with three burning eyes, being the most humanlike of the gods, and having an odd sense of obligation, might just answer.
"I'm just middle management, after all. My objective remains the same. I serve the gods- Regardless of what sort of god they are."

This is an entirely different story. A story that cannot exist, unrelated to all other stories. The saga of a great magician, whose name is---
Awakening from his dreams, he looks down on the ruins of Arkham City from what remains of the Miskatonic clock tower.
The world lost to the dark gods. Not just Cthulhu, but all the CCDs returned and destroyed the Earth. Those who died were lucky, as those who survived became servants to the dark gods.
Even so, some of the men of the previous age survived, and this great magician was one of them.
Everything was taken from him- The warmth, the pain, the world he'd sworn to protect, the love he'd sworn to protect. But he still clings on to one last thing- Hate.
Hatred for evil keeps the great magician alive. He calls upon his grimoire, the Al Azif. Its power allows its to manifest itself as an avatar, an indescribable monster, something not unlike the dark gods that destroyed this world, that drives those who see it mad from fear.
But the magicians has no fear left. He transforms into magius style and summons Demonbane. All the CCDs in Arkham see it, but it's too late, and its Atlantis Strike destroys not just them but everything within a fifty mile radius- Arkham, Innsmouth, and Dunwich.
This is a story that cannot exist, unrelated to all other stories. The saga of a great magician, whose name is---
None know his name. But some look at his black garb and call him Crow, while some look at how he tears apart evil and call him Claw.
He and Demonbane reached a simple conclusion. If you want to destroy something, you have to go for the head.
The destruction of the Creator, Azathoth, is the will of Demonbane.
But the universe is but a dream of Azathoth. If Azathoth is destroyed, the universe... and all universes, will go with him.
But Demonbane does not hesitate- It is the sword that cleaves evil, and that is what it will do.

The game of chaos Daijuuji Kuzaku continues to play has an unexpected twist. His greatest enemy, the world's greatest enemy-
It is not a laughing god, but a merciless destroyer.
All-out war between the destroyer and the world. Those who witness this new saga will call it



DYN Memo

Setting stuff (keywords and explanations) for the manga DYN Freaks by Haganeya Jin and Soratokumo, from Haganeya Jin's twitter.

*Mashinkishi Knight Chaos『魔神騎士ナイトカオス』
Heisei remake of the Showa tokusatsu show Chaos Kamen. The protagonist obtains the Mask of Chaos and transforms into Knight Chaos, and fights monsters who possess other masks. In the movie Konton Taisen The Movie, the heroes of past series were redefined as people who had obtained other masks.

*Himegami-ryuu 『秘神流』
A ryuuha from Nokigami domain (present day Chiba). Due to unnatural contortions and religious ritual-esque factors, it is not considered to be a competitive ryuuha. However there are records of a Japanese yojimbo who worked for the gangs in the US during the prohibition era who used this ryuuha.

*Mugenshoujo Y series 『無限少女Y』シリーズ
Mystery novel series starring Yoguruma Mugen as a detective. The endings in which she manipulates causality to make the case fit her deductions were heavily criticised. Books released so far are: Thus All Is Equal to Y, The Void of the Nine-Headed Dragon, and When The Nighthawk Cries. A single live action movie was made but it was terrible.

*Himegami-ryuu Ouga『秘神流 桜我』
A Himegami-ryuu technique that uses two swords. The first strike is a feint, and when the opponent dodges it he is attacked with the wakizashi. Urban legends say that a Japanese man wielding four swords known as "Bushido" was known to the underground in the US during the prohibition era.

*Himegami-ryuu Benizakura『秘神流 紅桜』
The lost ougi of the Himegami-ryuu. The technique is said to have consisted of multiple slashes in a single movement.

*Hunting Horror 『ハンティング・ホラー』
A motorcycle made for Knight Chaos by Asylum, created from magic theory. The basic theories are said to have existed since the pre-war period, but actual execution was not possible until now.

*Asylum 『アサイラム』
The Asylum base (hospital) exists in a miniature universe the size of a single building made by the Clock's power. Because this is an artificial parallel world, it can (to some extent) stay free from the influence of Mugen's causality control.

*Dra+Koi: The Leviathan at the End of the World 『竜†恋[Dra+KoI] このよのおわりのリヴァイアサン』
A world that had lost all of its romanticism had no way of defeating the dragon. All of mankind was devoured by the beast- Except for Him. This is not a tale of love. It is a tale of regret. "Your love will never come to anything." (Taken from the synopsis on the back of the game case)

*Dragon 『ドラゴン』
The dragon's reverse scale on its neck (i.e. its weak spot) is also its G-spot, and it orgasms when killed.

*Survival Z 『サバイバルZ』
A late 80's zombie movie. The protagonist, madman, kills a human and has to bear the guilt from his sin. The themes made it a cult favourite, but the sequels were simple horror action movies. The third film, made by a different director, was nominated for the Golden Raspberry worst film award.

*Survival Z: Necrophile 『サバイバルZ:ネクロファイル』
Survival Z's popularity soared in the 00s after its remake. Necrophile is a serial drama that follows a serial killer known only as "he" or Necro. Some think that the woman in bandages is Necro, but this contradicts the clues currently available. Her chainsaw, the Banshee, was originally used by the protagonist of Survival Z.

*Karasu 『鴉』
A supervillain from the United States. Further details unavailable.

*Giant Mechanical Right Arm 『巨大な機械の右腕』
Further details unavailable.

*Yoguruma 寄車
The origins of this word can be traced to the kurumamochibe bemin of the Yamato dynasty, the people in charge of the emperor's sedan chair. Reverse the word and you get 車寄/kurumayose which means entrance, door, or gate. In Showa 50 (1975),     an entity called Yogu-sama, Yoghurt-sama, or Yougusoutohoutofu became a subject of urban legends in City Y (he was said to fix broken toys). This is probably unrelated.

*Zanmataisen Demonbane 『斬魔大戰デモンベイン』
(Note: This is taiSEN = great war, not the original game's taisei = great saint)
A world invaded by dark gods. A single magus, Crow, would not accept that mankind had lost. Fighting on with only his hatred, he transformed the robot he used into something fearsome. World War D- The tale of how the sword that smited evil turned into a destroyer far more terrifying than the dark gods it fought.

*Daijuuji 大十字
(Note: Literally "big cross")
A Japanese surname seemingly sharing the same origins as "Tsuji" (辻). A large crossroad. The center of something. Crosses (juuji) are said to ward off evil in both western and eastern cultures. There is an interesting story about a Daijuuji in the late Edo period: A wandering swordsman named Daijuuji Hankurou met a mysterious child who called himself Genkurou-hougan-Yoshitsune, who left Hankurou a wounded fox and disappeared. After a day and night, the fox appeared to Hankurou in a dream in the guise of a beautiful woman, who promised him that as long as he lived a noble life, the Vairocana Buddha would protect him. When he awoke the fox was nowhere to be seen, and from then on Hankurou's house prospered, and he lived a long life free of illness.

*Narukami 鳴神
A surname with its origins in Nagusa-gun of Kii-no-kuni (present-day Wakayama). The name can be seen among the hirake that participated in the battle of Dan-no-ura (Narukami Fujisuke). In the Nokigami* domain of the Edo period the Narukami clan taught the Hishin-ryuu kenjutsu over many generations. The branch clan was charged with the duty of kannushi of Hime Shrine in City Y, and the Daikokuten of the shrine was worshipped locally as "Narukami-sama", or "Nyarukami-sama" in dialect.
(*Nokigami seems to be a fictional domain/han from Japanese Cthulhu-related fiction)

*Azana 阿坐名
Details unknown. Multiple theories on origins of the name. One says that it shares its origins with Asana (浅名). Another says that it shares origins with Azamino (莇野/阿座見野) which is derived azami (thistles). Another theory is that it's related to Asagami (阿座上). The "A" (阿) is the same as the one from A-un (阿吽), which means "beginning", while za (坐) comes from ima(su) (坐す) which means to be. Combined with na(名)=name, this creates "the name of that which was in the beginning", indicating god, according to researchers. [Who?][Citation needed]

*The King of Ilek-Vad イレク=ヴァド王
A thin gentleman with silver hair and eyes filled with deep knowledge. Though he sits upon the Opal Throne of Ilek-Vad of the Dreamlands, he is from Earth. He is also the greatest hunter of the dark gods, the commander of a great fleet of starships that fights their minions.

*Old Theb-Ald ティブ=アルド老
Details unknown. Possibly a man from Earth named Theobald.

*Shinshoku rate 神蝕値
(*侵食/shinshoku usually means eaten away/corroded/corrupted, but the kanji which is usually violate+eat 侵食 is replace with 神蝕 god+infected/eroded).
A variable to indicate the level of corruption of a Majin's body and spirit by the Colour. When it reaches over 100% and does not return to below it in a certain amount of time, the Majin is seen to have turned into a Dark God and becomes a target for extermination by the Asylum.

*About Anti Dark God Organisations 『対邪神組織について』
Many organisations fighting against the dark gods exist/existed around the world. The biggest anti-DG organisation, W Foundation. Emerald Echo, which is based on a special ops branch of the US marine corps. Arkham's White Lodge which was destroyed in Providence Lost. The Shining Society, which lost to the Demon Doctor at Marseille. Yatoura* Chinjufu, which defeated an invasion of CCD from R'lyeh. However, the Asylum of City Y is cloaked in mystery. Though the police and defence force are investigating it, they have yet to turn up with any results.
(*Yatoura seems to be a fictional city from a Japan-exclusive Cthulhu TRPG expansion)

*Kurumi 『来海』
A surname with its origins in Ou-gun of Izumo-no-Kuni. Most names from the region come from the mythology of Izumo-no-Kuni-Fudoki. Kurumi comes from Yatsukamizuomitsunonomikoto, the god of water.

*Hadou 『覇道』
A "yuureimyouji", a surname that does not exist in real life.

*Bronze Majin/Tick-tock Man 『青銅魔人(チクタクマン)』
A doomsday clock created by the Clock that controls the Asylum. Details are in the comic. In other words, the Asylum contains energy equal to one of the forms of Nyarlathotep.

*Abdul Al-Hazred 『アブドゥル・アルハザード』
The Arabian mad poet who wrote the Necronomicon (Al-Azif). Said to have been killed by invisible demons in broad daylight. The King of Ilek-Vad, Old Theb-Ald, and Abdul Al-Hazred. The relationship between these three men and why they are used in the incantations for the three vessels is unknown. It may be that they share the same soul.

*The Hounds of Tindalos 『ティンダロスの猟犬』
Monsters originating from the unclean, that take on form through angles. Though extremely dangerous, there do exist methods to control them. For example, the international terrorist organisation based in the Himalayas known as Aku Shin Kage are said to be able to create from a special type of lotus, a mystic potion called the Liao-Tang* which allows a person to become one with a Hound.
(*I'm probably spelling this wrong)

*Hell Hazards (Dark God Disasters) 『主な邪神災害』
Level 7: Lost Providence- The greatest hell hazard in history, which destroyed Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The loss of Arkham, which till that point was one of the biggest cities in the world, had a great effect on the USA which lasts even now.
Level 4: Roppongi Christmas Incident- A bio-terror incident on Christmas Eve in Roppongi, Tokyo. The details are still unknown.
Level 5: The Massacre of Marseille- A hell hazard in which the involvement of Aku Shin Kage is suspected. The lives of the famous detective Dupin and the gentleman thief Z were lost here.

*Shahryār of the Unending Night (『明けない夜のシャフリヤール』
The "Mad Smile" was defeated. But the hunter fell, and became a new Mad Smile. Ten years have passed since then. He has destroyed countless kingdoms, yet even now he continues to wander the unending night.
Player 3 handout: You are a picture book author from the land of writers. You cannot leave a sad story such as his as it is. You decided to seek the Mad Smile.
Player 2 handout: You are a noble from the land of writers. You do not know him. But as a tailor, you must destroy one who brings disaster such as the Mad Smile. You are not a princess, but a weaver who fights that which is not right with this world.
Player 1 handout: You know not your mother's face. Your mother died giving birth to you. Even so, you believe that she loved you, and that is why you stand here, inheriting her will. You are the saviour of the holy church, born ten years ago.

*Mashinkishi Knight Chaos 魔神騎士ナイトカオス
-His mask is the power of a god-
(c) 2000 Iwamori Pro / TV Asagiri / AOK / Kyoei
Mashinkishi Knight Chaos was later brought over to the US under the title "Chaos Knight". However the story was completely changed aside from the tokusatsu scenes. The protagonist who transforms into Knight Chaos is not Narukami Chikage, but a white man named Douglas Wayne.

*Chaos Knight
Douglas Wayne, after losing his family, pledges vengeance and uses the mask of chaos, which possesses the power of a demon, to transform into Chaos Knight. He is at first overwhelmed by the demon and starts being possessed by the dark energy, but under guidance from his mentor, Master Thunderheart, he gains the power of good, Satori Awakening, and grows as a hero.

*The Colours 『〝色〟まとめ』
Faceless Black / Type: Nyarlathotep / Artifact: Mask
Infinite Colour / Type: Yog-Sothoth / Artifact: Eye
Unclean Green / Type: Cthulhu / Artifact: Coral
Knowledgeable Beige / Type: Grimoire / Artifact: Necronomicon Ex Mortis
Fallen White / Type: Dragon / Artifact: Reverse scale
Ferocious Blue / Type: Tindalos / Artifact: Lotus
Unnameable Yellow / Type: Hastur / Artifact: Record
Solemn Black / Type: Nyarlathotep / Artifact: Mask
Twilight Gold / Type: ? / Artifact: ?

*Zanmataisen Demonbane 『斬魔大戰デモンベイン』
The sword that smites evil- Broke.

*Zanmataisen Tenohira-hen (Chapter: Hand)
The ruins of Arkham City.
A broken radio.
A song, mixed with noise.
"Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high. There's a land I heard of, once in a lullaby."
The pollution here is so bad that not even the Deep Ones dare approach.
In other words I get to travel all on my own.
"I request a correction. You are not on your own. Partner." -The junk is saying something but I just ignore it.
I have to reached that tower at the end of this coloured sky- The Miskatonic clock tower.
Why? Well, didn't love mankind as much as he did... but I'm not as disappointed in the world as he is either.
...the junk's still mumbling on. I give up and reply to her.
"Shut up already, junk. We're moving on,"
"I am not junk. I am Little Aida. Partner."
"I'm not your partner."
"Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?"
I can still hear the song from the broken radio. The song's right. You can't tell who'll win till the ninth inning. Right, Kurou?
-Edgar, several years after Providence Lost.
(*Edgar was Al Azif's master in the Demonbane prequel novel Gunshinkyoushuu. His involvement with Al was erased from history by Nyarlathotep. Little Aida, from the same novel, is the avatar of the computer punchcard copy of the Necronomicon, used by Hadou Kouzou/future Kurou in the past)

*Unrelated 『余談』
First the hero and heroine meet, then the Yog-Sothoth majin dicks around, then they gather Necronomicon shards, then a giant robot fights a dragon, then two enemies invade the base and dig me no grave.

*Sphinx 『スフィンクス』
The mastermind in Mashinkishi Knight Chaos. His goal is to gather the shards of the mask scattered over the world and fuse them to create the ultimate god. Fights Knight Chaos with many forms. Though he's strong in-universe, he appears only near the end of the show, seemingly only to wrap up the plot, and so is a mostly forgettable character.

*Destroyer of the Cartesian Vortex 『渦動破壊神』
■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ (Censored)
The Betelgeuse fleet has been destroyed. While flagship Nuadha has been sunk, though, operation Airget-lamh is a success. We leave the rest to you. May there be pure ether where you go.

*Ultharathotep 『ウルターラトホテップ』
An elder god recorded in the Sussex Manuscript. Appears as one of Nyarlathotep's forms, but is also known as The One Favoured by Sothos, one of Yog-Sothoth's names.

*Hishin-ryuu: A conversation between a master and pupil 『秘神流 とある師弟の会話』
"What are you reading, master?"
"This? It's a heathen scripture, the 'Cultes des Goules'."
"Again with the weird stuff?"
"It's unexpectedly boring. What joy is there to be had in turning into a majin? When I was younger I did think it would be interesting if I had four arms, but that was just the foolishness of youth."
"You're already a monster as you are."
"Not at all. I may be 150 years old but I'm still in training."
"Again with the jokes."
"You should keep training too. At your current level of skill you might be able to defeat a dark god's servant, but this level wouldn't have been enough to keep you alive in Kyoto during the bakumatsu."
"What about the bakumatsu?"
"Nara's Yoshino-onryuu, Mutsu's Kuruu-kuryuu... We were all monsters back then. I would very much like to have a match against one of them again. ...Anyway, to become a majin is to become a god. And to become a god is to lose your face, and thus your self."
"What is it, all of a sudden?"
"...It is then that you should seek the path. When faceless you must grasp the formless and become invincible. There is light that can only be found in the dark, like the moonlight which illuminates the roads at night."
"I pray that pure ether will fill your path."

*Destroyer of the Cartesian Vortex 『渦動破壊神』
A one-armed god that destroyed (∞-1) universes.

In order to save mankind, the Clock infected all humans with the Colour.
In order to escape "D", the Clock created a new world, the Dungeon.
In order to protect the world, the Clock imprisoned "me".
The Clock is off.
"I" was blessed and born.
In the midst of the blessings, "I"-
-Had "my" eyes burnt out, "my" limbs cut off, and was imprisoned in the depths of the dungeon.
Unable to think.
Unable to see.
All "I" can see is my dreams.
A blind idiot. That's "me".
But wait.
Who am I, the one who can look at "me" objectively?
Someone laughs at the me who is not "me".
She calls herself "Six Strings".
Six Strings continues.
The Clock can't save the world.
Thus I'll destroy it.
Let's rock and roll!
Laughter roars throughout the sanctuary of the dungeon.
"Applaud! Applaud! Foxtrot, jidanda, step! Oh yeah! How wonderful! The blind sacrifice did not die, and now yet sits on the throne! Record this moment in time (save here), Clockwork Phantom! At the ends of the holy lands of N'gha-Kthun! My love! My madness! Is given form! Now, la bête de Averoigne! Your enemy is this brave new world! Violate it!"
Cracks appeared in the depths of the Dungeon, and light shone upon the lightless throne.

A roguelike game. The player controls the heroine and attempts to escape the dungeon. The heroine cannot fight, but can use the servants she is granted from the Laughing Man. The servants hide in the heroine's eyes and limbs, and can be summoned at any time, but can only be summoned a limited number of times. The servants are: Foxbat, Little Prince, Speedster, Thunderbird, Nine Lives, and Armchair Detective Detective.

Underground Arkham. A dystopian world controlled by the mother computer Clock. In order to help them to adapt to the cruel environment, the Clock infected all of mankind with the Colour and turned them into majin.

The last hope of the universe. The blind idiot, twilight gold.
"D" must not be allowed to find her, and thus Clock hid her away.
Has eyes of glass and limbs coated in gold.

*Laughing Man 『笑う男』
The leader of Spawn, an organisation that opposes the Clock.
A madman who believes in the fictional god Ultharthotep, and dreams of N'gha-Kthun.

*Six Strings 『シックス・ストリング』
A mysterious being who guides the heroine.
Six strings = 六弦 = MUttsu no GEN

*Noel 『ノエル』
A weapon merchant who appears in the dungeon. The weapons she sells are strong, but break after one use.

Final Results
Clockwork Phantom: Completely destroyed. All operations ceased. Expired along with artificial universe.
Asylum chief: Cardiac activity ceased due to stopping of Clock. Deceased. Expired along with artificial universe.
Yoguruma Mugen: Yoga Stuba fallen. Soul collapsed.
Narukami Chikage: Breakdown of self-consciousness.
Karasu: Suicide.
Azana Hatsumi: Unknown.
100% …complete
Clockwork Phantom, all data transferred to Zen Mondo*
Artificial universe egg created... incubated... big bang!
Recreating Asylum
Congratulations on your promotion to chief.
Asylum will now take back the name of Vortex Destroyer from "D".
Give us your orders, Twilight Gold.
Ia ia.
(Zen Mondou 禅問答 = zen question, but in this case Zen Mondo is ゼン・モンドー, a name of something)


Nitroplus Blasters story summary

Nitroplus Blasters story mode
Yoguruma Mugen makes a copy of Al Azif out of the fragments left over from all of the infinite universes where Demonbane lost, Al Azif Ex Mortis. Upon defeat she becomes one with Al, who gets all the memories of those worlds, and her soul becomes whole.
Al Azif's soul is one of the three things Mugen needs, and she moves on to working on the next one, the Silver Key

Nitroplus Blasters "another story mode"
Mugen summons people from various Nitro games to re-enact some events that took place before Demonbane, in which a necromancer tries to use the Silver Key to summon a great old one to use as a new body. Providence Lost is mentioned as the name given to the events of the prequel novel Kishintaidou Demonbane, where Azrad died and Master Therion destroyed Providence. Al Azif traveled around the world looking for Master Therion after the events of Kishintaidou, and eventually came back to Arkham. Arkham mayor Charles Dexter Ward and a friend were preparing a ritual to summon the Silver Key to look for their missing friend Randolph Carter, but the necromancer (who frequently switches bodies and names) murdered them and planned to hijack the ritual, and was stopped by Al Azif, the Arkham police, and an investigator (whose role in this scenario is played by Ignis).

The necromancer is defeated but manages to get away and ends up joining Master Therion (it's suggested that he's Tiberius).
The re-enactment enables Mugen to get the Silver Key, and she already had the third thing she needed, the Shining Trapezohedron.
It turns out that Demonbane was supposed to keep fighting the outer gods for all eternity and thus keep the universe running, but it grew too powerful and became the "Vortex Destroyer", AKA Demonbane the Vortex Blaster, and used its "Ouroboros Blaster" to kill Azathoth which also destroyed the multiverse and all of causality, and all universes past present and future are now withering and dying.
Demonbane is one moment away from completely destroying everything, but Mugen = Yog Sothoth is making that moment stretch out for an eternity, and is putting together shards of destroyed worlds to make one last world where Azathoth can be reborn.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Urobuchi Gen and Uno Tsunehiro on Reconguista of G

Source: コンプティーク 2015年8月号 増刊 TYPE‐MOONエースVOL.10
Comptique (August 2015) zoukan, Type-Moon Ace Vol. 10
Voice from Type Moon Relations / Urobuchi Gen no Yaritaizakari

A story is a method with which one separates things into good and evil via their imagination. It is a system needed for people to keep themselves sane and deal with the unreasoning chaos of reality. Religion offers the story of salvation, for example. Likewise, morals and ethics could be defined as the most popular story of the people of the age. But while these stories are harmless as long as they're used to keep individuals calm, this changes when they're used as tools for a country or race. Stories like "jews are an inferior race that have to be purged" and "capitalists are devils and if you suicide bomb them you can go to heaven" brought about tragedies due to their popularity. For an example on a smaller scale, it's not uncommon that a story that one person regards as a "small love story" turns out to be to the world at large a kidnapping of a minor. At times, stories are a poison that can drive a person mad. This presents a dilemma to us creators: If there are infinite possibilities in writing, is it possible to write a story about the potential danger of stories? A story that renounces stories? Yes it is. Reconguista of G did it.

The villains of G-Reco are the people who take the simple event of "the Crescent Moon Ship is coming from Venus" and add their own interpretations to twist it into a story with which they can move the world. The exact same thing  that dictators and cult leaders have done throughout history. Belri stops them by going along with the flow and doing his best to handle only what's in front of him. That's why there's no intentional dramathurgy to be found in the story which is shown from his viewpoint, and instead it's like reading a replay of a tabletop RPG or watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel where you're left in a vagueness free of undulations with no clear rhythm. The easiest example of someone fooled by the danger of stories is Mask. As a passionate revolutionary who seeks to free the oppressed caste of the Kuntala, he at first seems to be more of a hero than Belri, who just wanders around with no clear goal.  However, in the show itself, discrimination against the Kuntala is only mentioned, and not once seen. In other words, in the world of G-Reco, discrimination against the Kuntala exists only in Mask's imagination, and this is his "story". And in order to complete said story, he forces onto Belri the roleplaying of the villain. This is solely because Belri's lineage and surroundings contain elements that would make him a good villain for Mask. That Belri doesn't respond by arguing with his old friend dramatically is what makes G-Reco amazing. In the end, Belri doesn't commit himself to a greater good or fate or anything above his personal level, and at each point in time only does what he thinks he ought to do at the moment. No matter how much his ex-friend runs around going crazy, Aida's more important to him. And at the end of this one-sided game of tag completely out of place between a robot anime's protagonist and his rival, the final episode concludes with the unthinkable, in which he just abandons the fight and runs off in his core fighter. All that's left are people who are strong enough to live without the lies of stories. They are freed from the boring curses known as "catharsis" or "conclusions" and head towards the future. When I saw the end credits I was just moved, and exclaimed " they did it!". I had been worried about the limits of storytelling, and was just thankful for this slap from a veteran creator to me. Reconguista of G made me genki.

Asahi Shinbun Digital, Subculture Commentary by Uno Tsunehiro
"It's made to be hard to understand." (6th June 2015)
Tomino Yoshiyuki's latest work, Gundam: The Reconguista of G, which ended in March, continues to draw controversy even months after its conclusion.
The far future of Mobile Suit Gundam's Universal Century. After numerous space wars, civilisation on Earth regressed, and only by using the technology of the Universal Century to a limited degree are people living on. The story follows a boy and girl on Earth as they're thrown into a war surrounding remnants of UC technology, but it's nearly impossible to understand the entire story at one glance.
Conversations between characters don't seem to fit together, and the most basic of explanations about the situation have to be deducted from the most nonchalant of lines. A massive amount of information that you can only begin to understand after rewatching recordings several times while taking notes, and a miniscule amount of explanation lead to many viewers saying that they don't understand it. It is in my opinion however that it's made to be hard to understand.
The real world we live in doesn't have a narrative with an all-seeing point of view to organise and record all events. Every single person has their own separate, detached experiences. Fictional worlds, however, are organised; Seen and put together through the eyes of their creator.
In other words, the 20th century was an age where we found out that while localised contexts have to be understood for three-dimensional real experiences to be shared, organised two-dimensional realities (images) could be shared widely through society easily without a need for this. It is a result of this that the media expanded, and it became an age where massive societies of unprecedented scale could be managed. Animation is basically an organised, unified reality where nothing exists on the screen that the creator(s) didn't intend to put there. It is no coincidence that animation and SFX dominate Hollywood's charts. Animation is the ultimate form of two-dimensional expression, with the widest and furthest reach.
So why did Tomino Yoshiyuki chose to create, in such a medium, separate, detached spaces?
What we have here is a strong untimely message. In the present day, information and visuals flood the networks, and anything that you don't know can be searched for and understood instantly, and it is starting to be that the complicated detached realities mankind faced in the 20th century can only be found in media with high amounts of freedom to fabricate, such as anime. It may be that due to a dependence on information technology, humans are starting to let go of the intelligence used to connect, organise, and understand detached realities.
This theme, critical of civilisation, can be seen in many other works by Tomino, but in Reconguista of G this is found not just in the story but also in the execution. At the same time this is also an act that questions again the power of anime as a form of expression to provide criticism in this modern age. If you think of it this way, it's rash to simply treat Reconguista of G as a failure that didn't manage to explain it story.
In the end, the Newtypes Tomino once showed us may have been people with intellects able to understand detached realities without relying on networks.