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hello computer? (Scotty/Star Trek IV)
I'm presently watching "Dennou Coil", an anime about kids who live in a town where everyone wears augmented-reality glasses which allow them to interact with a virtual "space" laid over the physical one. It's a very unique premise for a TV show; as anime goes, this one's pretty good.

Anyway, in episode 12, [EPISODE SPOILERS FOLLOW] after rooting through a number of obsolete spaces, a few of the kids begin to grow virtual beards. Male and female, and age doesn't matter. They study the problem and realize that the beards are infectious, and sentient. Microscopic virtual civilizations begin to grow on people's faces. A communications protocol between the humans and the hairs is developed. This is initially rewarding for both, with the kids dispensing helpful advice to their hairs and the virtual hairs worshiping their hosts as deities of unknowable knowledge and power.

Just when you thought things couldn't get any sillier, war breaks out. Tiny virtual nukes fly from one of a girl's cheeks to the other. She tries to mediate the conflict, but is unsuccessful. The war quickly goes interplanetary and nearly results in the extinction of all hairkind, but at the last possible moment the hairs realize the fragility of life. "Isn't there anywhere we can go to be free from the horrors of war?" they ask. The kids/deities quickly discuss the matter, and a solution is found: colonists from all of the surviving faces are transplanted to the top of a bald man's head. The hairs praise their gods for the vast, virgin landscape, but wonder if there is a yet greater frontier for them to find.

Thus ends this charming allegory of the human condition, along with any doubt that if you ever think an idea is pretty friggin' strange, there's an anime out there somewhere which has outdone it by a factor of ten.

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In other news, I've started playing Rift. It's a new MMO that lets you build your own class by combining three talent trees into one character. It'd be more fun if I had people to play it with, though! I'm Idea on Corthana Estrael server--send me a message and I'll be happy to group with you. :-)

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chisotahn
Feb. 26th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Dennou Coil is such a great anime! And yet I know almost nobody who's seen it.
computersherpa
Feb. 27th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Totally! Anyone who thinks good kid's shows are simplistic and easy to write is totally fooling themselves. :-)
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