The overhaul is over and I think it’s been successful! Take a look and let me know if anything isn’t working. I think you’ll all find that it’s a lot less visually frustrating this way. I’ve also gone through and removed as many of the dead links as I could find. Let me know if any still remain so I can get rid of them.
The old list is still available here, but it will no longer be updated.
Powers: Enhanced Hearing, Super Senses (X-ray vision, infared vision etc.), Enhanced Strength, artificial cybernetic telepathic communication with her teammates either through 001 or via a built in radio receiver/transmitter implanted in her head. Language interpretation and translation circuits make her able to speak languages from all over the world.
Powers in later continuities: Precognition (God’s War OVA, implied), technopathic abilities (RE: Cyborg and Call of Justice. Able to interface with and manipulate computers with her mind and jam electronic weaponry and systems), able to record and manipulate sound waves in ways such as artificial ventriloquism to confuse enemies (US Graphic Novel). Pinpoint expert marksmanship using cybernetically enhanced eyesight, including sniper shots (009 vs. Devilman). Some skill in several forms of martial arts such as Judo (’79 anime and beyond). Experienced motorcyclist (Call of Justice).
They say that behind every great man is a great woman, one who supports them or does feats equal to them in measure. For Joe, that woman is the love of his life, Francoise aka Cyborg 003. She in many regards is the older sister, the voice of reason or in battle, the eyes and ears that shield the 00 Cyborg team from incoming danger.
For Frannie, life’s been a bit rough. She was taken away against her will and left her family behind who had no idea if she was alive or dead. Her body was violated by being converted into a weapon and her abilities, to the unobservant enemies, are of seemingly no great threat and she sometimes feels insecure about it. But, in the 50+ years of her existence, 003 has undergone the most positive changes.
Originally in the 1960s (especially in anime), she was at times the Smurfette Principle, a female member who either got captured or stood by while the big strong men did all the work and she took care of 001. Sure, she had moments to shine like the rest of the team and used her powers well to aid them, but not always. As the decades rolled on, Ishinomori had several alterations done to her. Changing her hair colors like he did with Joe and her character evolved.
Soon she was not only a ballerina, but she studied electrical engineering, which proved invaluable for defusing bombs. Then she became a bit more of a fighter, though keeping her kind and pacifistic nature, by learning martial arts to defend herself. This kept on going even after Ishinomori passed.
Soon, Frannie was more like the Martian Manhunter of her little Justice League, acting as a battlefield coordinator and advance warning her team of incoming attacks or locating hidden enemies. In God’s War, her super sight evolved to the point she could see through anything, even cloaking shields.
In later installments, her eye would glow green when she used her powers such as communication with her team or super hearing and she apparently loved riding Tron-like motorcycles to the rescue. She learned how to hack/counterhack computers to face off against an ever changing world of technology and those who seek to harm it.
Whatever era it may be, our Angel of Danger will be by Joe’s side and her team with a warm loving smile, tears for those who suffer and a kind, compassionate heart reaching out towards others who need it most.
Ms. Arnoul is named after a French actress of the same name that Mr. Ishinomori admired during his time trying to be a filmmaker.
Dorothy Elias-Fahn, sister-in-law of Melissa Fahn (aka Rika from Digimon), was the voice of 003 in the Toonami dub version of the Cyborg Soldier. Her other role was her portrayal of Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin. During a flashback to her life before being a cyborg in the Christmas episode, Francoise speaks with her brother. Said brother is voiced by Kenshin Himura himself, Richard Cansino!
Literal immortality. It would be the best way to bury the Bury Your Gays trope. So to get the ball rolling, I thought of a few story ideas:
A rom-com bout a trans woman and a goddess who fall in love. The goddess’ family isn’t happy about her falling in love with a mortal, so she makes the woman a goddess herself.
Adventure story about a gay PhD candidate who is collecting oral history as part of his research and stumbles onto the key to finding the Fountain of Youth.
A bisexual nb person and an aroace woman who are qp partners and who also happen to be immortals tasked with guarding the secret to the philosopher’s stone.
Pansexual cyborg interstellar Robin Hood whose enhancements include nanobots that prevent aging and illness and repair even the gravest of injuries. The galactic government want to catch the person both for their crimes and their tech.
Polysexual person becomes trusted adviser to fairy royalty and is rewarded with immortality.
Intersex lawyer pulls a “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and saves a client from a Faustian bargain. The angels are so impressed they make them heaven’s lawyer.
During her interview with the 00 Cyborgs, Lucy shows photos of events where the cyborgs were caught on camera and cites the dates they were taken as well as dates of further sightings.
All these dates correlate to the publishing of those specific stories in the real world or an event from the 009 mythos.
1965: Joe is shown battling a giant robot. Fans of Toonami may recognize this one from the 2001 anime and the original manga as part of the final chapter of the Assassins Arc.
1966: 009 is shown destroying a high tech tank in ‘Nam. This is a reference to the Vietnam Arc of the manga. 002 is seen later on that year near a volcanic eruption on a small island off the coast of Greece. This is a reference to the fabled Mythos Arc where the 00s fought cyborgs modeled after the gods of Mount Olympus and legends of Greek Myth.
1967: 003 is seen in some unspecified country in the Middle East. This is a reference to the story arc of the same name. This is also the date the second anime movie came out.
1979: The year the second TV series came out. Lucy mentioned an operation in Southeast Asia.
1985: The Cyborgs are seen in New York City… the title of that arc is The People Drifting Between Space and Time
2012: Re: Cyborg is mentioned as Dubai is still a radioactive crater in this movie due to the US Airforce Pilot who was under the thrall of His Voice dropping a nuke on the city last film. So… Call of Justice is sort of a sequel..ish.
Raven considered, with not a little incredulity, how this had all happened.
Not the obvious change, of course, that had been thought about at great length. Even now, almost two months since she left the Tower, she re-analysed her decision and agreed with herself yet again. Not that it had been an easy choice: no one, not even the famously stoic Raven herself would say that. It had been necessary. She had needed to leave.
And not in the way Beast Boy “needed” the latest Monkey Magician VR game or the way Starfire “needed” mustard in the evenings or even in the way Robin “needed” coffee in the mornings. She had needed to leave.
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The story will depict Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs’ struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Their goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world.
Though few people believe in the Bresudo’s existence, one journalist named Lucy Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace. However, Lucy’s visit and the return of the Bresudo draw Joe and the others once more unto the breach of a new battle.