365th Post: How to Unlock Achievements in the Leijiverse
The other day ghostlightning and I were talking about anime blogging and gaming and how bloggers often thought in terms of Achievements like in WoW etc. I took this idea in a particular direction and created a set of achievements for the Leiji Matsumoto fan and titles to go along with them. Be warned: here be fandragons.
PRIMARY ACHIEVEMENTS (ANIME)
The starting point of the achievements is a point system based on the length of the anime (crass, I know, but this gets tweaked below). Thus:
Any Matsumoto anime up to ½ a cour or 3 hrs. = 1 point
1 cour (12-13 eps) = 2 points
2 cours (~24-26 eps) = 4 points
3 cours (~40-42 eps) = 6 points
Thus, any of the many 1-2 hr. long Matsumoto films would count as 1 point. Harlock Saga (6 episodes) would also count as 1 point. Space Symphony Maetel (13 episodes) is 2 points, the first Yamato series (26 episodes) is 4 points and the Millennial Queen series (42 episodes) is 6 points. If you manage to watch the entire Galaxy Express 999 series you will earn a whopping 18 points!!! There are no partial points, however, as only once you have completed a series will you receive the points for that show.
The first two achievements are based solely on this point system.
Matsumotorists and Leijinauts may have plenty of fun in their travels, but watching shows randomly will only get you so far. At this point the classics must be dealt with.
What are the seven core Matsumoto anime you ask? Well, according to the authority that is myself, the list is as follows:
Arcadia of my Youth
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Galaxy Express 999
Space Battleship Yamato
Three of these works (Galaxy Express 999, Space Battleship Yamato, Millennial Queen) come in two versions: film and TV series. Watching either version fulfills the requirement. The core anime will total anywhere from 14 to 30 points depending on what mix of films and series you watch, and therefore one can be a Timeringbearer without fulfilling the requirements for being a Leijinaut and viceversa (and I tend to think if you qualify for both titles you would give preference to Timeringbearer).
The Timeringbearer achievement is a stepping stone toward the serious business that lies ahead. Since famous warriors such as Harlock and Emeraldas wield gravity sabers and gravity guns, the achievement titles below should come as no surprise.
By my reckoning total points available are somewhat over the 100 point mark (and increasing). Regardless, even reaching the 80 point mark would be a staggering accomplishment and such a fan is probably beyond titles (Grand Gravity Meister sounds kinda cool though).
SECONDARY ACHIEVEMENTS (MANGA AND OTHERS)
I realize that most of Matsumoto manga is untranslated. There are a lot of fan activities that could and should count toward these secondary achievements but one would need to work on equivalencies… I’m thinking of activities such as: collecting figures and ship models, scanlating, cosplaying, AMV creation, etc. Honestly, cosplaying Harlock or Maetel once should automatically qualify you for an achievement here!
For now I’ll just present the secondary achievements in terms of manga reading. The titles below are based on four key planets on the Galaxy Express 999 route, as translated into Latin, and they are to be tacked on after the fan’s name.
MERCATOR = read 25 manga volumes (name source: planet Trader, a.k.a. Heavy Melder, crossroads of the universe)
ANDROMEDA = read 50 manga volumes (name source: planet Dai Andromeda, heart of the Mechanization Empire)
FATUM = read 75 manga volumes (name source: planet Destiny, hub of the Galaxy Railways corporation)
AETERNUS = read 100 manga volumes (name source: planet Eternal, the 999’s final destination)
I reached Timeringbearer a while ago (the easy way, watching films instead of series). Right now I am around the 37 point mark, so I’ve almost got my Gravity Knight achievement. Mangawise I’ve read 60-odd volumes so my present title in full would be Timeringbearer AK Andromeda. Gravity Knight AK Fatum sounds much better so I’ll be working on that, and as for Gravity Paladin AK Fatum and Gravity Paladin AK Aeternus, well, that’ll be for the distant future…
The only reason I decided to use Latin is that I just got hold of a English-Latin dictionary the other day (for free!!) and I wanted to use it.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS POST:
With 365 posts, I can now begin my own blog-based religion. The faithful begin the New Year by reading and pondering my first post, then cycle through the blog over the rest of the year one post per day. Leap day? I was afraid you were going to ask that!! The truth is on leap day I have promised Bloggong that all my obedient readers will give him a wash. Bloggong gets mighty dirty for a deity you know.
The engraving is from Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, real-life Swiss dragonhunter.
The achievement pics all come from Matsumoto manga covers:
The Matsumotorist = Serazard from V2 Panzer
The Leijinaut = Susumu Kodai from Space Battleship Yamato
The Timeringbearer = Ban Idai from Miraizer Ban
The Gravity Knight =Emeraldas from Queen Emeraldas
The Gravity Paladin = Captain Harlock from Space Pirate Captain Harlock