Light Novel: Heavy Object

Objects. Gigantic armoured weapons of war which have completely changed modern warfare. With the standard method of thinking that "Only an Object can destroy another Object", the idea that normal soldiers could do anything was laughable.

Until Quenser and Heivia, a battle field student studying Objects and an ordinary soldier, lose their Object and are forced to battle an Object with nothing but their wits and a hand full of explosives.

By Kazuma Kamachi, the author of A Certain Magical Index, Heavy Object currently has 8 volumes released.

It has been adapted into a manga by Inue Shinsuke.

An anime adaptation was announced in late 2014.

Tropes found in this series:

  • Ace Pilot: All Elites are raised as this. However, unnamed Fighter Pilot in the second volume takes the cake, Aerial Canyon Chase and all, though he does note that the computer is what makes it possible.
    • Burning Alpha and Ice Girl 1 also counts.
  • Achilles' Heel: Quenser frequently exploits these weaknesses to disable/destroy Objects.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Rush is equipped with one. Its designed as a possible replacement for Elites, but due to the numerous flaws in current generation A.I's, they can be a threat not only for enemies, but allies as well. Currently, pilot must manually monitor and re-code the A.I. on the fly in order to prevent it from going berserk.
  • Badass Bookworm: Quenser.
  • Awesome by Analysis: The only reason Quenser is still alive.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Froleytia's family almost always has male children. Apparently this ability also applies to Froleytia herself.
  • Badass Normal: Quenser and Heivia obviously who manage to constantly defeat Objects without one on their own.
  • BFG: All Objects are covered with them, but the Break Carrier/Lisolette takes the cake, being equipped with a mass driver railgun thats bigger than the actual Object itself.
  • Bishounen: Quenser, to the point that his description includes a line saying he could appear as a man or woman depending on weather he was wearing pants or a skirt.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Quenser, Floytra, and Heivia, and more.
  • Buxom Is Better: Oh Ho Ho and her G-cup chest. Subverted, she's actually a 10-year old girl with a flat chest.
  • The Cameo: One of the techs in the manga adaptation has a headband covered in flowers.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Several times, Quensar and Heivia cold have just obeyed orders and ignore the object while letting innocent people be killed but they go out to defeat the object instead, usually meaning that they never get recognized for their accomplishments and end up punished. The worst part is that, if it were up to them, neither would be on the front-lines anymore; it's the same people who don't want them acting like heroes who are the ones who keep putting them in the position to act like one.
  • CIA: The MIB in vol 7 is heavily implied to be remnants - or at least successor - to the CIA. (What with referring to themselves as a group as "The Company" or "Langley"; each of the agents name is a state/city of USA like Nevada, Texas and D.C; and last but not least:
    They were called many different things, but they never used the three letter acronym that began with C.
    The C at the beginning of their name stood for “central”, but they currently had nothing to be at the center of. An egg would not function with only the yolk. For that reason, there would be no meaning in using their true name at the present.

  • Civil War: Between the main Capitalist Corporations and the Mass Driver Conglomerate in volume 2.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The Princess, though she usually hides it well behind her The Stoic face. On more than one occasion, she's pointed Baby Magnum's main guns at Quenser, which is like pointing a battleship cannon at an ant. She does quite literally cling to Quenser out of jealousy on Christmas eve, though.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Aparently the universe just wants to see how much it takes before those two idiots turn tail from an Object.
  • Crapsack World: Especificaly pointed by the author.
    Afterword of volume 6: As you could probably tell from reading any one volume, the world of Heavy Object is a shitty world where the good are not rewarded and the evil are not punished.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Everything Quenser and Heivia do.
    • Quenser's action regarding Froleytia being forced into marriage? Molest her in front of her arranged suitor and tell him you're in physical relationship with her. It works.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: All Elites are genetically modified and trained to pilot a specific Object and only that type of Object.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Quenser and Heivia spend most of their time doing stupid stuff and snarking at whatever stupidity is going on around them, but when the situation arises you'll realize that they actually know their stuff.
  • Curbstomp Battle: What the battle between a side with an object and a side without an object was acknowledged to be prior to the events in the story.
  • David Versus Goliath: The premise is two guys vs 50 meter tall tanks with more fire power than a nuke. It leads to every petty dictator trying to do the same thing off-screen, with...a bit less success.
  • Determinator: Quenser and to a lesser extent Heivia.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Quenser and Heivia does the impossible and regularly takes out 50 meter+ Objects armed with nothing but quick thinking and high-quality plastic explosives, yet they're treated like crap by their own military.
    • Also subverted, as the general public thinks of them as the greatest heroes on the planet, calling them "Dragon Slayers". Quenser and Heivia don't much care for the title, given what they have to do to maintain it.
  • Emotionless Girl: The Princess.
  • Forever War: There is always some new conflict springing up due to political tensions or personal ambition. The fact that civilians and most soldiers both aren't terribly affected by it is a major driving cause.
  • Expy: Minus the (lack of) humanlike AI, Objects are pretty much has the reputation of Bolo
  • Genre Savvy: Quenser and Heivia are perfectly capable of realizing they'll end up being sent up against an object, regardless of how many objects they have on their side. Justified though, since the military command hates them, and using them to whack an Object is practically free in comparison to the cost of deploying a 2nd generation Object.
  • Groin Attack: Princess Stavia to Sonja aka Yusenlak
  • Hand Wave: The engineering tech in the series is more or less well-researched and plausible, making it one of the hardest Sci-Fi LN around, but their accomplishment is well beyond the actual, realistic result.
  • Hidden Depths: The major characters are quirky, but alas they don't always went happy-go-lucky about stuff.
  • HSQ: more or less the main appeal of the series.
  • Improbable Age: Froleytia is a bit young to actually be a superior officer to Quenser and Heivia though possibly Justified as she's been in the army for a very long time to escape her suitors, and she's from a noble family in a military that takes blood very seriously.
  • In-Series Nickname: Examples include:
    • Princess for Milinda Brantini.
    • Heivia and Quenser call the rush's Elite "Oh ho ho".
    • The same two ofter refere to Froleytia Capistrano as their "Large-breasted commander".
    • There's also the "Perfect idol" in volume 6.
  • The Mario: The Princess's Baby Magnum. It's designed to be able to operate and fight in any environment, but doesn't excel at anything. Even its weaponry is just average, with the designers giving it 7x main cannons to compensate for the weaker firepower. Its also a 1st generation Object, with 2nd generation Objects starting to be a common sight and research being done on 3rd generation ones. This puts it at a disadvantage against more specialized Objects and requires Quenser's assistance to help even the odds.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: In volume 6 Quenser and Heivia are transfered to a base which has the sole purpose of isolating troublesome soldiers (be really troublesome or just eyesores for the brass) so they don't cause them troubles and is described as one of these.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Quenser and Heivia constantly defeating objects and upsetting about a half century of military tactics have had unintended consequences, a fact that shows in volume 2.
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Oh Ho Ho. This is actually the name Quenser and Heivia calls her by, since they (and the readers) do not know her actual name.
  • Oblivious to Love: Quenser is completely unable to see that Princess has a massive crush on him, or his Commanding Officer's, or his tsundere childhood acquaintance's that his family saved, or an idol's whom he met during his stint in a Redshirt Army...this grates Heivia even more than the fact that so many girls are falling for him in the first place.
    • Clueless Chick Magnet: Quenser is very very dense. Heivia wanted to punch him - and goes through with it - sometimes.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Milinda's her real name, but everyone calls her The Princess.
    • The Information Alliance pilot of the Rush is unknown, but is called "Oh Ho Ho" by Quenser and Heivia.
  • Porn Stash: One of such ended up mixed with training video, becomes a relevant Brick Joke later in the story.
  • Reassignment Backfire: After destroying their first Object, Quenser and Heivia were deliberately sent on special mission after special mission, in hopes that they would be killed. The reason is because they have proven that regular soldiers can take out Objects, inspiring other soldiers on not surrendering after their Object is destroyed and causing war to be more drawn out/increasing casualties. Unfortunately, the duo not only survives, but continue to add more Objects to their kill list.
    • This is made even worse when they finally get transferred to an area far off from the front-lines, since they discover a conspiracy that ultimately leads to them interfering in a succession crisis between The Evil Prince and the Fallen Princess. Ironically, the end result means that Quenser and Heivia can't be reassigned anymore, since almost every officer in the military is now too terrified by the very idea of commanding them.
  • Refuge in Audacity: More or less Quenser's hats.
  • Nobles Who Actually Do Something: Heivia and Froleytia. In Heivia's case though, he really doesn't want to.
  • Redshirt Army: Anyone that isn't a protagonist, elite or someone in authority.
    • In-Universe, damn near everyone that is not an Elite in their Object are this. This getting to the point that actual infantry being incompetent at doing their old job since they're way too dependent on the Objects.
  • Space-Filling Empire: The Legitimacy Kingdom, the Capitalist Corporation, the Information alliance and the Faith Organization each with their own specific ideologies (based on lineage, money, information and religion respectively) and which are constantly scheming against each other. Unique in that location has no bearing on which country belongs to which group.
  • Spider Tank: Most of the objects, especially 1st generation.
    • Hover Tank: Most Objects have some sort of hover propulsion.
  • The Straight Man: More or less Heivia to Quenser, if only because he's less insane.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: The second half of the twenty first century to be exact.
  • Undying Loyalty: Surprising enough, Unicorn to Princess Stavia, to the point that they commit numerous acts - some that will no doubt get them court-martialed - just to try and saver her from Prince Dmitry's plot.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Not much but sometimes hinted between Quenser and Froleytia. Especially after his crazy stunt in an attempt to 'rescue' her.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Apparently the perfect idol is this; she's described as: "so beautiful that is boring"
  • Worthy Opponent: Maybe. There's certainly this vibe between Burning Alpha and Ice Girl 1.
  • Yandere: Heivia is engaged to the heir of a rival family, who acts like a Princess Classic...up until Heivia even looks at another woman, at which point she becomes...terrifying.