Evangelion Girls? Manga “Joshi Kohei” Depicts Abnormal Wars in Different Dimension
Many manga take up the subject of war in various ways; some may concentrate on depicting combat actions while others may express protest against the war. We are introducing manga “Joshi Kohei” this time, and it is also a war story. However, it is a story involving giant robots, one of Japan’s specialty genres. And its setting is quirky and cool, just as expected of Japanese manga.
However, a war breaks out in one dimension that is administered by the artificial intelligence, the Prophet.
In order to bring an end to the war, the Prophet, creates gigantic robots “Joshi kohei”.
They look like ordinary high school girls, but they have the ability to disable all physical attacks.
And these weapons had a drawback called “mental pollution”, which drives pilots insane after long period of operation.
Known as “Hyena Corps”, it is a unit of killer commandos organized to eliminate Joshi kohei and pilots that have turned uncontrollable due to the mental pollution.
A mission is assigned to this group to eliminate a Joshi kohei known as “Tsukiko” and its pilot.
1. Lieutenant Takigawa
The lieutenant pilots a Joshi kohei called “Love Fox”.
Lt. Takigawa calmly chases targets and carries out missions ruthlessly and mercilessly.
Harada is most severely affected by mental pollution, and is sometimes in contact with non-existent family members using the cellular phone that Joshi kohei uses.
Harada is merry and cheers up the mood of the group, but sometimes offers collected and accurate comments.
Tsunehusa operates the Joshi kohei with black hair arranged in twin pony tails.
Mirroring the role in the team, Tsunehusa is aggressive and quick to fight.
Tsunefusa’s words and actions are masculine as his personality is. But Tsunehusa is also afflicted by mental pollution, and in fact is squabbling with “her” lover and talking about breaking up (of course, it is a male that doesn’t exist).
Though excellent at physical combat, Jko’s personality is discreet and quiet.
Jko is most feminine in skills and preferences, enjoying cooking and wearing frilly clothes (naturally, the dress is worn by the Joshi kohei).
A pilot stations aboard in its head, and conducts battles.
In terms of impression, it is a biological weapon similar to the Japanese anime “Evangelion”, rather than a giant robot.
All pilots that appear in the manga are military personnel and they are males. But because they are operating the Joshi kohei, the pilots themselves do not show their appearance in the manga except for Lieutenant Takigawa.
Judging from other Japanese manga, you may imagine that cute girls engage in combat while freely showing cuteness up front. But this story is not like that.
Bodies of Joshi kohei frequently get splattered into pieces in shooting, and the story presents fierce, cruel and violent scenes one after another.
The author himself tells readers at the end of the last volume that he created the story, following the image of the movie “Apocalypse Now”.
True to his word, the battlefield showcases extremely violent and gruesome combats.
The story combines heavy combats, cute but gigantic Joshi kohei, and soldiers who continue fighting while fearing the mental pollution.
Its description is indeed of a world in different dimension.
The story changes at such a hectic pace in different dimension that it will make the readers’ head spin.
However, that’s exactly what the author intends and he is aiming at such effects.
Once you have experienced this sensation, this story will affect you by “mental pollution”, and you won’t be able to peel your eyes off from it until you read the ending of the story.