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  • Otaku Theory Time: What is the Origin of the Titans

    Where do the Titans Come From?

    Hello everyone Flint here. Today I’m going to cover a question that many people ask and that is “What is the Origins of the Titans?” Now remember this is just a theory so it doesn’t have to believed but this is my take-on of the question. But before I begin I’ll explain some details about the Titans themselves.

    The Titan threat against humanity first emerged in the year 743, destroying a heavy majority of the global human population. Some texts tell us we crossed a large body of water to reach a place prepared beforehand, containing three Walls: Maria, Rose, and Sina. However, with the Fall of Shinganshina in the year 845, the Survey Corp added on the mission of learning more about the enemy. Through information accumulated, theories on the origins of Titans and their Shifter counterparts have started to appear.

    Titans are humanoid creatures that appear to be deformed and lack visible genitalia. They commonly range from 3-15 meters in height, with the Colossal Titan and the Titans Within the Walls being approximately 60 meters.

    Research indicates that they have no digestive track and whatever they consume is eventually thrown up in globs of corrosive slime and human body parts. However, this process of human consumption appears to not be for caloric needs. It is assumed that due to their need for light, Titans are conductive with thermal energy, especially with their high body temperature. This also matches with their need for sunlight and the fact that few can continue on into the night if there is torch nearby.

    Their bodies are abnormally light for their size and have a regenerative ability that is powerful enough to heal any wound except for an attack on the nape of the neck. Research after the discovery of Shifters has led to the theory that the reason of the nape being the only weak spot is due to the previous presence of a human pilot. Recent discoveries have revealed that the spinal column appears to be the only part of humans that survives complete descent into ‘Titan Madness’ (loss of humanity after becoming a Titan) or complete absorption into the Titan form. They also produce high levels of heat and steam, especially as they regenerate and after they’ve been killed. External sources and philosophical theories from documents grabbed by the First Squad present the possibility that a dehumanized scientist experimented with normal materials, which I shall expand upon in the next section. Using this, he changed himself into the First Titan (The Beast Titan) and turned his most loyal subordinates into Shifters.

    They worked, creating a massive army that was able to almost wipe out humanity. As part of his scheme, he also created the Coordinate ability, which is the ability to control other titans. However, both this and the Shifting formula were stolen and hidden behind the Walls e.g Eren’s basement perhaps?

    Due to the nature of the Titans, it is logical to assume that there is an agent involved with their creation. This agent is twofold, being both a human creator and a physiological organism that causes the change. Thus, there would also be two strains, one meant for creating the common, mindless Titan, and a second meant for the forging of Titan Shifters, likely meant to be generals for the armies of Titans that would swoop down upon the Realm of Man and destroy it.

    Certain characteristics of Titans, such as expanding, heat, and steam, lines up with yeast, especially after being activated. This yeast, now airborne due to the high production rate in Wall Sina, is baked into every loaf of bread produced within the Walls. This can imply that there is a plot amongst the King and his advisors to prepare humanity for war against a force much more dangerous than the Titans or that the Titans are a means by which to create a centralized society in which the Monarchy will have complete control. Due to where the yeast is, the Ragako incident makes more sense in how the First Titan was able to turn the villagers into Titans (read chapter 51 of the manga for more information on the Ragako incident) . All of this leads to the belief that the Titan threat was manufactured by more than one party.

     

    Science behind the Yeast-based Titan Strain theory:

    a. Just like how yeast preserves the food it surrounds, so do Titans with the human they were created from. This is also supported by the case of Shifter Ymir, who spent 60 years stuck in Titan form and came out looking just like how she did when she first took on that form.

    b. Yeast produces heat and gas, which is why it makes bread rise. These same two traits – heat and gas – are expelled by all Titans and Shifters, especially when they are hacked apart. Another aspect of the increase in size caused by yeast is that there is no change in mass, even though it appears larger. Experiments involving Titan limbs reveals that they are abnormally light.

    c. The protein Mannose-binding lectin (Protein C) 2 or MBL, located in human blood, binds with yeast. This works into the Shifter aspect, explaining why they must spill blood in order to cause the reaction.

    The yeast then uses the MBL and the extra electrical energy to produce the Titan structure. It can also bind through the porous regions around the eyes, which happens to be a common bind point for Shifters.

    d. The observed rainbow strands that appear during regeneration grow in the same way as threads of yeast as it grows.

    e. This only applies to Shifters, but the reasoning behind the markings beneath their eyes lies in the porous nature of the skin around the eyes. It is likely that external yeast is able to bond with MBL through the skin, which happens to leave scarring when they break out of their Titan form.

    Thank you for your time and I hoped you enjoy my theory!

     

    – Flint the Theorist


  • Could it Exist: The Three Dimensional Gear

    Could Three Dimensional Gear Exist?

     

    Hello everyone, Flint here. If you’ve watched Attack on Titan then you have different heard about the Three Dimensional Maneuver or also known as the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment or the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear. It is a set of gear developed by humans that allows great mobility when facing the Titans in combat. The gear allows the user to fight in a 3D space as opposed to a 2D one. The gear itself takes the form of a body harness that encompasses much of the body below the neck. Although the Gear can grant a skilled user tremendous mobility, it is a demanding art that requires strength, and skill, both of which must be honed through constant practice. Some tools involved in the apparatus include:

    •Handgrips

    •Piston-shot grapple-hooks

    •Gas powered mechanism

    •Iron Wire Propeller with Plug in Blades

    Many people like myself, have always wondered if something like this could be created today. However, it’s not about whether it can be created its about whether it can be functional. Your answer to that may be very disappointing.

    Here are a few reasons why this device would not be invented and why it would not be functional:

    •There is no way you could store so much energy in the form of pressurized gas. Pressurized containers by the way are also incredibly heavy, not something you want to fly around with.

    •Wire management. The biggest problem here is that you also cannot keep your wires in a high tension state nor can you wind them back too quickly after disengaging. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go get a tape measure, pull it all out and let it go free while holding the body in your hands. Now try that with a heavy sharp steel tip with steel blade hooks and grooved steel cable. It’s nasty just thinking about it.

    •Cost and availability. Creating devices like this would cost a very large amount of money and soldiers who would use them might die immediately after entering the battlefield. It would waste a lot of money in our economy.

    •Angle and acceleration. If you’ve studied vectors and trigonometry in math or physics you should realize how difficult it will be to get air born with such a device by shooting your grappling hook forward instead of straight up. Because the upward component of the angle of acceleration must be larger than Earth’s gravity for this to work. And if you shoot almost horizontally like they do sometimes, the force quickly get extremely large (infinite at completely horizontal of course), assuming you don’t want to loose altitude in the process. You could easily generate multiple Gs of acceleration, how do you hold on to your full steel swords? and heavy pressurized containers? Are leather straps enough for such extreme conditions?

    •Once you get up to those kinds of speed and acceleration, the next obvious problem is how to slow down. Never mind swinging at hundreds of km/H, even a simple swing from a small angle into a hard surface is very hazardous if you don’t push against it prepared, with your feet. Considering that these people don’t even wear any helmets or joint protection, any kind of collision will immediately disable if not kill you.

    •One of the big problems with controlling this device would be shooting the grappling hook. The characters in the anime can magically aim their grappling hooks with extreme precision even though they seem to be firmly attached to their hip, but realistically that would be very hard to accomplish. Also note that the hooks fly much slower than bullets which would give a huge advantage for an enemy trying to shoot you down.

    •Hook shooting, simply put, there is no way you could shoot those grappling hooks with such force with mechanical energy, a gunpowder device is required. Remember they are shooting steel hooks attached with steel cable. The whole thing would’ve weighed tens of kilograms fully extended. This, of course also means that the grappling hooks themselves would be more destructive than any other hand held weapon they have in the series. You could just use the grappling hook for a weapon in combat.

    •Possibly the main reason why this device would not be created is the development of it. It doesn’t matter what miracle mechanics you employ, even if it works exactly like shown in the anime, with the hooks shooting perfectly, with automatic aim, incredible winch and integrated computers to control for safety and such. One simple problem will still make it useless: How do you make sure that your hook will actually catch on? Because often they swing with a single hook, and if that were to fail, you would either collide into a break wall or fall to your death. There is of course no way to reliably engage or disengage the hooks simply because of the wide range of surfaces and situations they will encounter, without being able to change the heads. What if you hit steel plating on wooden structure? What if you hit corroded weak cement on a building ? What if you didn’t hit anything? All of these could happen at any moment, with every swing, and each of them could very likely be fatal. In short, the Three Dimensional Manoeuvre Gear just would not work well in the natural world.

    So in conclusion, it could be somewhat invented, but it would not work according to it’s anime self. But we need to remember, we are trying to create safer ways for equipping soldiers in battle, not complex, useless and dangerous ways.

    Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my first blog in my new series on this profile. If you enjoyed it please leave me some feedback because I would love to hear some. Thank you for your time!

    ~Flint the Theorist


  • Otaku Theory Time: Is Totoro the God of Death?

    Is Totoro Death?

    Major Spoilers

    “My Neighbor Totoro” is a Japanese animation film that if you watch it once, you fall in love with it. Many people can agree to that.

    However, what if I told you there is a theory about a dark secret behind such an innocent film?

     

    Satsuki and Mei are dead

    The film is about sisters Satsuki and Mei moving to the country side with their father. Their mother is in hospital due to an illness. Mei meets Totoro, but it seems she’s the only one that is able to see him.

    In the later half of the movie, Mei, the younger of the sibiling, goes missing, and Satsuki, the older, attempts to find her. There is a scene where the old lady next door found a slipper near a lake. Fearing that Mei may have been drowned, the old lady asks Satsuki if the slipper belongs to Mei when she arrives at the scene. Satsuki says “It’s not Mei’s” and everyone is relieved. However, this is where the theory starts.

    The theory is that the slipper did in fact belong to Mei and she has drowned, but Satsuki lied to relieve the adults. Theory backs up this point with the fact that the slipper is same color was Mei’s shoes.

    Another weird thing is if you look closely at Mei in the later half, her shadow is more transparent than it was in the first half. Her shadows became more faint.

    Then, when Satsuki is calling out her sister’s name, and running around, she passes by Ojizou-san( the stone statues). These Ojizou-san are usually found near actual graveyards in Japan. Ojizou-san are also said to be guardians of children’s souls.

    If you look at the scene frame-by-frame, there’s name “Mei” engraved in one of the statues.

    At the end of the movie where the two sisters are united, they leave some corn by there mothers bedside and then go and sit on a tree with Totoro. The question is, why didn’t they directly go see there mother? This might suggest that they are dead by this point. And then their mother says an unforgettable line; “I think i just heard Satsuki and Mei laughing just now”. If she’s able to hear her supposely-dead daughters, wouldn’t that suggest she herself is close to death as well or is already dead?

    Also, the name of the hospital that their mom is at is named Shichikokuyama (七国山病院). In Japan, there is an hospital called Hachikokuyama (八国山病院). Notice how these two hospitals have identical names? Not to mention Hachikokuyama hospital is located in almost the same environment as does the hospital in the movie.

    At the credit scene we see the photo of the family, but the mother and father look a lot younger then during the main film. This suggest that the photo was taken before the movie and not after.

     

    Connection to Sayama case

    ln May of 1963, in a part of Japan called Sayama, a high school girl gets kidnapped. Her older sister desperately looks for her. A few days later, she find the younger sister brutally murdered. It is said her slipper was found near the spot where they found her body and 6 Ojizou-san were near her body. Hmm it’s quite strange how this case resembles what happened in the film

    Also, at the beginning of the movie when the old lady picks up the box that was dropped, the box is labeled 狭山茶, Sayama Tea. According to the rumors, a tea field is where the older sister found her dead sister.

    Totoro=God of Death

    The Cat-bus destination panel flashes 墓道, which can be translated to “Path of Grave”, then the panel flashes the name, めい (Mei), as Satsuki gets on. And then there’s the song verse that goes “He comes to you, only when you are still a child”.

    In the beginning, Only Mei is able to see Totoro, and Satsuki can see him after Mei goes missing. Satsuki calls out to Totoro, before she can see him, “Mei is all alone and crying. Please take me to her”. Immediately Satsuki can see Totoro afterwards. This indicates that she called out to the God of Death to take her so she can be reunited with her sister.

    Thank you all for reading and have a good day!

    – Flint the Theorist


  • Could it Exist: Mechs

    Could Mechs Exist?

     

    Hello everyone, Flint here. Let’s face it, we’re all deeply infatuated with gigantic robots, a science fiction staple that includes such memorable mechanical monsters as the Transformers, Pacific Rim Jaegers and even the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars. But my favourite mechs of all time come from the anime series Gundam.

    Mobile Suit Gundam was principally developed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Tomino, along with a changing group of Sunrise creators who went under the collective pseudonym of “Hajime Yatate”. Most Gundams are large, bipedal, humanoid-shaped vehicles controlled from cockpits by a human pilot. The majority of these “mobile suits” have a cockpit in the “torso” of the machine, with a camera built into the “head” to transmit images to the cockpit and are non-sentient machines.

    Mobile Suit Gundam is said to have pioneered the real robot subgenre of mecha anime.

    Gundam

    It attempted a realism in the robot design and weaponry, by running out of energy and ammunition or breaking and malfunctioning. The technology is practical and is either derived from true science, such as Lagrange points in space and the O’Neill cylinder as a living environment or at least well-explained, feasible technology, requiring only a few fictional elements to function, such as Minovsky Physics as a means of energy production from helium. The necessity of developing humanoid robots is also explained, albeit fictional. The fictional Minovsky particle pervasive in Universal Century is depicted as interfering with radar-guided long-distance cruise missiles, anti-aircraft guns, missiles, and all early warning systems, with weapons systems having to rely on human eyes. In Universal Century, the space-based Principality of Zeon rebels against Earth Federation, requiring a weapons system that could function in zero and normal gravity and be able to open and close air locks, plant demolition charges, and engage with enemy tanks and planes; with a robotic giant being an excellent choice.

    Gundam Mobile Suit

    Now that I have explained what exactly Gundams are it’s time to ask the question, “could they ever be constructed”? My answer is yes but it wouldn’t function like it would in anime. Here are two reasons why. There are obviously more reasons but I believe these two are the most important. Remember, my theories are based off realistic views and not futurist anime views.

     

    The sheer enormity of Mechs

    A good place to start this investigation is by looking at we’ve already been able to produce. As it stands, the largest functional robot currently in use is Vulcan Engineering’s MegaBot.

    It’s an electric articulated-arm production robot that has a reach of six meters and can pick up objects as heavy as 3,675 lbs (1,670 kg). It can spin 360 degrees and handle pitch torque up to 180,000 inch-pounds. And it features an impressive grip force of up to 9,700 lbs.

    Now, as impressive as MegaBot appears to be, it’s clearly a far cry from Gundams monstrous mecha — something that’s several orders of magnitude greater in terms of both its size and complexity.

    Assuming strong, lightweight materials could be developed, the sheer enormity of its moving appendages would still cause tremendous strain on its mechanical parts. Managing all the various dynamics involved, including the robot’s velocity, acceleration, momentum, heat dissipation, and internal torque, would likely be completely untenable. Even if such a thing could be built, it would likely have to move at an agonizingly impractical slow pace. Just imagine trying to slow this thing down once it got going!

    Indeed, as Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Mel Siegel noted in his paper, “When Physics Rules Robotics,” one of the primary problems of robotics is dealing with any excess weight. Engineers are constantly pushing the envelope of what’s possible in terms of size, often working to prevent the weight of the robot to cause it to collapse in on itself. This, among other reasons, is why Honda’s humanoid ASIMO is so tiny at 1.2 meters in height.

    And then there’s the energy factor to consider. After contemplating the amount of power required to energize a skyscraper sized robot, it would require a hell of a lot of batteries. That said, it is suspected that we might someday be able to wirelessly beam energy, use nuclear reactors, or even have an in-house power plant at work. This would help creating a Gundam a little but more realistic.

     

    The sheer impracticality of Mechs

    Cost is another important factor. It’s fair to say that assembling a fleet of these things would be cost prohibitive to say the least. SciencePortal actually conducted a calculation a few years ago to see how much it would cost to build a Gundam. Looking at the requirements, a list that included aluminum alloy, metal processing, a main computer, gas turbine engines, superconductive motors, and more. The Japanese science and technology researchers concluded that it would cost no less than $725,000,000 to build. And that’s just for one Gundam!

    Roboticists typically use a humanoid form on a human scale, because it allows the robot to operate seamlessly in human environments, so, I do have to wonder why it would be useful to have such a gigantic robot in a humanoid shape at all, anywhere, for any circumstance. We couldn’t need to create something like this since there wouldn’t be a need to use it. However, it would be a very good weapon in warfare against other countries if another world war broke out.

    G Gundam

    The only possible reason for producing a robot of that size on Earth would be for aesthetic purposes like an accomplishment of structural engineering simply for the sake of seeing if it could be done. But as for it being something practical or helpful, that’s more unlikely.

    Thank you for reading and I hope you have a good day!

    ~Flint the Theorist