Lately I have been hearing people talk about the rather new China drama series, [武媚娘传奇 The Empress of China]. Apparently, Astro has just recently obtained to broadcasting rights to this series and started showing it on Prime Time TV and got very many Malaysians hooked. It has been the talk of the town for quite a while now. In fact, some of my friends found good streaming source to watch the entire series online, and has been urging me to start watching it.
I can’t. I mean, not yet. This is a bloody long series, f**king 96 episodes of it! The last time I chased a mainland China drama series that has more than 90 episodes (新三国 Three Kingdoms), I turned into a day time zombie for almost a month! No, I must resist this one!
By the way, 武媚娘 Wu Mei Niang is the name given by some for the historical 武则天 Wu Ze Tian, the one and only female emperor China has ever had. So you should know this series is all about how she started as a lowly palace girl and worked her way up the chain of power and finally usurped the throne.
Also, because I have been distracted with something else. I recently discovered a rather exciting Japanese anime series called Arpeggio of Blue Steel (蒼き鋼のアルペジオ Aoki Hagane no Arupejio). This one is only 12 episodes long, so I can afford to get distracted. After all, it will only be two or three days worth of light Youtube watching.
Still, I am distracted as it is, so as usual, let me tell you more about my latest distraction because I don’t know what else to write about today…
In the not so distant future, as a result of global warming and rising sea levels, Earth’s landmass has decreased significantly and resources has become scarce. As nations go to war with one another, one day a new enemy appeared. This new enemy consists of a bunch of unknown intelligence life-forms that took the form of World War 2 battleships and submarines (assuming even their names), but with weaponry far more advanced than the humans. This enemy collective is known as the Fleet of Fog, and they quickly destroyed humans’ naval power and formed blockades on the coasts worldwide to cut off communications between different continents.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel’s plot happen in the midst of all these. One of the Fog’s submarine, the I-401, mysteriously defected to the humans.
It has an advanced feature called the Mental Model, whereby the ship creates a human body to host the core intelligence (sort of the brain) to enable them to further understand human nature. I-401’s Mental Model is called Iona.
Iona selected a Japanese dude called Gunzo as his captain, and together, they collected a crew and became a strong resistance to the rest of the Fog.
As the anime proceeds, we discover more and more Fog ships evolved into ships with Mental Models. Since humans refer to ships as “she”/”her”, the Fog intelligence assumes all ships are female. So, all Mental Models are humanoids in the form of super hot chicks.
This gets a bit unsettling in the beginning. For this anime series, the focus is on the Fog fleet of Japan. So those hot chicks instead of being called lovely names like Natsumi or Haruko or something, they go by names like Takao, Kongou, Kirishima, Haruna, Maya, etc. These are real Japanese WW2 ships names by the way, you can Google them. But they’re super hot so after 10 seconds you get used to it.
Anyway, I guess you now know why I am so attracted and distracted with Aoki Hagane no Arupejio.
It is kind of cool, whoever thought of the concept for this manga/anime series must be a genius who totally understands what guys love.
Naval warfare and World War 2 battleships? Guys love those! Futuristic weapons with explosive capabilities? Guys love those! Super hot chicks? Of course guys super duper love those!! And Aoki Hagane has all three elements. This is what we call a super combi!
Anyway, although Iona is apparently the main female character of this series, she is not my favorite. In other words, I don’t think she is the hottest…
My favorite would be this one…
The ship itself is the coolest ship I have seen in the anime so far. And the chick….
In fact, I don’t think I am the only one obsessed with Takao. I read the comments on Youtube, on the episode where Takao decided that she also wanted Gunzo to be her captain (a.k.a fall in love)..
If I am a weird retard mesmerized by unreal anime hot chicks, then I’m glad that I’m not the only retard out there…
I’m only at episode 6 (halfway through), so there might be more ships and more chicks coming. Now, if you will excuse me…