Iji becomes immortal after the game.Considering that the Nanomachines were powerful enough to restore her to life as well as making her incredibly resilient to normal injuries, they're probably also powerful enough to prevent her from aging or getting sick. The ending scenes seem to take place far in the future, and it would seem that Iji herself is seeing these scenes.
Conversely, Iji will only live for as long as her nanomachines hold out.When you crack low-level troopers and their nano-fields collapse, they die. Given the Komato and Tasen priorities, it's unlikely they created their tech to be indefinite lasting. They would have access to debugging and repair. There's no more access to fresh nanotech supplies with them gone.
Ansaksie becomes part of a reform movement in the Komato Empire.Considering that if you take the Pacifist path, she acknowledges respect for you, fights alongside you to destroy Iosa (a war hero and someone Ansaksie explicitly calls "messed up"), and seems to have a prior grudge against the Army, it's not beyond possibility she becomes part of one of the alluded-to idealistic or reform movements trying to end her species's insane militarism.
Without the Tasen to slaughter, the Komato engage in a massive civil war that wipes out most of their planets.All that aggression and need to blame others; without an outlet it's inevitable.
Ansaksie is half-Tasen or even a Tasen masquerading as a Komato.The Komato and Tasen are very similar when without the bulk of their armor; they're essentially evolutionary offshoots after all. The two civilizations also lived together for some time side-by-side, even though the Tasen were obviously the inferior partners. In many respects much of their differences appear cultural, so it's not inconceivable that a Tasen might hide among the Komato.
There are Tasen hidden in other places of the GalaxyClearly the Komato scanners aren't that good, since they were in the vicinity of Earth (their freaking origin planet) and didn't even realize the Tasen were there until someone actually sent them the message. There could easily be small ships in far away places. The universe is a freaking big place. The only reason Tor knew they were there is that he had put a more complex code in the crashed search team that had happened about them than the Tasen were aware of. Their "fake distress call" is what made him aware, not any scans of the planet.
Following on the above Theory, Krotera's forces were a diversionDraw the Komato's attention to 'the last remnant' of the Tasen, and when they've been annihilated, the Komato will stop looking.
Nanotechnology was stolen from a conquered raceIt seems a little odd that it's very easy to combine weapons to form new weapons by simply changing a few hex numbers according to the Crackers. A subversion of Possession Implies Mastery, the Komato don't fully understand it themselves and the Weapon companies create new versions the same way the crackers do.
The Tasen survived on EarthAt least three of them can; the Tasen that proposes the truce if you go through with no kills follows the Tasen and her girlfriend just before the battle with Iosa, and they teleport out together before Iosa blows the last Tasen in the facility up. Follow them through the teleporter and you see a locked door and a log that says, "Hey, Anomaly! We're getting out of here. Bye!" in so many words. This happens whether you're violent or not, just so long you follow the Truce in stage 3 and don't kill the Tasen "guarding" Elite Krotera. The Tasen, it should be noted, landed all over the place on Earth, and near the end there, all Komato in the area were reassigned from hunting them to hunting you. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that more survived by similar means (that is, raw, blind luck). Which leads to my next thought...
The Tasen helped make Earth livable againWe don't see much of who's left on the planet in the ending credits, just three human children an unknown amount of time after the end. It's not totally unthinkable that, if some Tasen did survive, they would be completely unable to leave the planet, and while they had come to take whatever resources they could and then move along, they'd need to work harder for the long-term rebuilding now. Somehow, the earth was livable, and not all that long after the first bombardment nearly ruined the entire ecosystem, as humans, at least, were shown to manage to live it out, even though the attack would've left them with very, very little in reserves of anything. The Tasen, however, had nanotechnology that was shown to be quite potent, and humans had the capability to adapt it. Working together, they certainly could've come up with something to help till the soil and clean the water with nanotech. Yeah... this troper just can't bring himself to believe that the Tasen are extinct.
Iji and her family are German, Austrian, or of Germanic descent.Not that wild, but it works. Their last name is revealed to be Kataiser in the unlockable encyclopaedia, which sounds Germanic. We never are told where the game takes place, so it could very well be Germany or Austria. Granted, this doesn't explain Iji's decidedly non-Germanic first name (my guess is that it's short for "Isolde"), or her British accent (listen to some of her voice files, I swear) Also, the fact that all of the voice actors seem Nordic (look in the credits) might have something to do with it.
Addendum to the above — Iji's family name is mangled German.It was originally spelled Kartäuser or Karthäuser, which, roughly speaking, means "of the Carthusian [Order]". Presumably her distant ancestors were living on land belonging to a monastery, or alternatively lived in one of the cities named for the order. After migrating to whichever country the story's set in (provided they don't speak German in there), the name was changed into the current form.
Iji is the distant prequel to Cave Story.Think about it! The weapon-combining, the Schizo Tech, the similar enemy designs... clearly the world was able to rebuild, but remnants of Tasen and Kamato technology shaped the human population's rebuilding. Under Ballos' influence, remaining nanotech eventually mutated into a more stable form, acting as a benign infection in most species, but had the effect of causing sentient creatures to become super-powered and insane when introduced into their systems.
Iji is the final boss of Iji 2Now Remar has stated that it'd feature an older Iji. Pushing the Not So Different themes to the next level she will end up becoming the leader of the humans mostly due to the fact that she not only has alien technology and apparent knowledge from cracking, but also because she was responsible for saving the planet. Sometime later she will build an army from earth to eliminate the Komato in revenge for destruction of her home planet, Mia, her dad, and potentially Dan. As the Komato at this point will be vulnerable due to the collapse of their empire from a civil war.
The girl in Daniel Remar's concept art is a potential enemy in Iji 2In one of the posts linked at in the Komato Civil War topic, Daniel Remar linked to a concept art he made for Iji 2, and says that it's not Iji. Here's the picture. One of the theories I have is that this girl was taken by the enemy Komato force, and engineered with nanotechnology like Iji was. They do this so that they have a "human anomaly" of their own to combat their enemies, especially Iji herself.
Angelica (The Woman in the concept art above) is...
In Iji 2, Iji allies with some of the Komato (prepare for one fanfic-like epileptic tree)In the comment that Daniel Remar made about playing Iji, he also said that she'll fight for Imperial Research under General Kiron, and that the Komato are trying to make amends with their past, along with falling into a civil war. It can be assumed that the war will be caused by Komato wanting to end their destructive ways and live a peaceful existence, fighting against Komato who want to continue living a violent and destructive life (and the conflict could quite possibly be sparked by Tor's decision not to Alpha Strike Origin). With High Command either assassinated or disbanded, the Komato on the side of peace, including half of Imperial Research, follow General Kiron, who was inspired by General Tor. While either looking for new planets to set up base, or running from the forces of hostile Komato, Kiron returns to Origin, either by chance or just wanting to see if it was still habitable since it wasn't Alpha Striked at full force. Realizing that there were still humans (and possibly even a small population of Tasen) surviving on the planet, the Komato under Kiron decide to begin their quest of a peaceful existence by trying to establish non-hostile contact with the survivors, and possibly help them rebuild. It's then that Kiron discovers that Iji (who he only knows as the Human Anomaly) is still alive, since she could possibly be acting as the protector of the surviving colony of humans in the area (depending on what stats she has upgraded, and if she kept her nanogun). When it's discovered that the violent Komato followed Kiron, Kiron tries to convince Iji to help their side. Iji is convinced when Kiron tells her of the now working Star Strike and other weapons, and that the enemy Komato will finish the job that General Tor started on Origin, if nothing is done. Thus Iji, with help of the revolutionary Komato under Kiron, fights the traditional, violent Komato under the the game's main antagonist, in order to save the Earth and humanity once again.
Turbo Mode is real time rate and normal time rate is adjusted for player benefit.Normally it seems a bit odd that the reload times are long and that Iji never runs. However with the turbo rate we get to see everything as it should be.
Angelica (the girl in the concept art that was previously linked) was . . .. . . another girl that they tried to engineer with nanotech during the time of the first Iji. I mean, there are 260 sectors, and it's obvious by the ending that there are other humans hiding. There could've been another group of scientists hiding somewhere in the facility, trying to engineer another unconscious victim with Tasen technology in order to fight (it doesn't matter if they knew about the attempts with Iji or not). However, unlike Iji, they either didn't complete the work in time for her to do anything, or she never wakes up from her coma. It's not until Iji 2 that she's able to do something.
The Komato are evolved dinosaurs.Not really that far out there. They look fairly similar in their build (although more bipedal) and in their armor construction, and they left Earth at about the time the dinosaurs died out. Not to mention they could've caused the cataclysm that wiped out the dinosaurs themselves for whatever reason.
The Komato are survivors from when Frieza destroyed the saiyans.It makes some kind of sense.
Asha is gay.Camp Gay specifically. Not meaning to offend anyone here, but he's certainly effeminate, given his Gender-Blender Name, and his Evil Laugh does not sound very masculine. Given the Tasen's relaxed attitude towards homosexuals, it's not too much of a stretch to say that the same applies to the Komato.
Iji is set in the District 9 universe.Hear me out here. Iji is most possibly set in the future of District 9 (sort of obligatory since the movie was set in 1981, I believe). The Komato had sent a scout/research ship to Origin, but due to a malfunction, the ship ended up in Johannesburg. During their time there, the Komato get oppressed and watched over by the humans, exactly like how they treated the Tasen. The weapons don't actually depend as much on Komato DNA as it does on a Nanofield. Wikus was sprayed with an experimental Komato device (Nano-spray) but it possibly was contaminated by Komato DNA. The arc gun is a CFIS, and the reason it causes Ludicrous Gibs is because the victims that were hit either had a weak Nanofield or lacked one. The mech suit is possibly an experimental Berserker suit, with more mobility but less Resonance-spamming. When Cristopher escapes to his fleet, he needed 3 years because he needed to talk to High Command. When he did, High Command was worried they had another Tasen-like race, but left Origin alone for a while, and the army kept Christopher busy for many years. Then the Tasen landed on Origin. The scientists that modified Iji knew what to do since their military facility was researching Komato technology, so they knew how to reverse-engineer the Tasen gun quickly. The Komato scouts from District 9 were probably killed during the Tasen's Alpha Strike. Cristopher (or his kid) ended up as the empathic General Tor, leading the fleet to the planet where he was once held prisoner.
Humans are smarter than the Tasen and the Komoto.Iji who was described by Dan as merely being "good with computers" can hack into any infantry, make all known combinatorial weapons, and only a few remote switched doors were unable to stop her and gets better at it simply by gathering nano, probably to increase processing power. She outhacks Yukabacera by accomplishing in days what took him far longer, and he's considered a genius amongst the Tasen. The human doctors and scientists were able to successfully reverse engineer the technology with limited equipment in a hostile environment and get it working with only a comatose girl as the test subject. The only reason why the Komoto and Tasen are more advanced is due to having a head start and more dubious ethics in experimentation.
'Face to Face' (the boss battle music) is meant to be Iji's Theme Music Power-UpUsually a boss theme means you're facing an enemy more powerful than yourself, that has to be brought down with perseverance and clever tactics. However, it's constantly stated Iji is significantly more powerful than any one opponent she comes across. Therefore, when a one-on-one fight calls for a suitably dramatic music change, it defaults to Iji's personal battle theme. The final boss is the only one who outdoes Iji in raw firepower, which is why he gets his own fight theme.
The humans sabotaged the liftsVaguely mentioned above, but I just find it too damn funny so it deserves its own theory.
Yukabacera, along with the Komato hackers whose logs you kept finding, wasn't actually very smart at all.Oh sure, hacking is fun for them, but they're not any good at it; it's just a hobby. Iji doesn't have any special training or prior experience with this technology, just earth computers, but is able to do what took them months in days; Dan builds a much better translator than Yuka as well. All the competent hackers are recruited to work in R&D, since there's still so much of the technology not yet deciphered. The ones who actually run around hacking stuff on their own are the guys who were too stupid to do the real work but still get some kind of high from it. Yuka may have enough hacking skill to best his friends who've never even tried their hand at it, just by knowing how it works, but anybody competent (read: Iji) can run circles around him. Same goes for those Komato. Of course, illegal weapons cracking is still illegal because who wants Joe citizen knowing how to supply his own private army with the same tech as the real one?
The scientists that worked on Iji were X-Com operatives.Think about it: Got their hands on and reverse engineered advanced alien tech in a remarkably short amount of time? Check, Modified the design to the point that it could be used effectively by a human with little to no prior training? Check, working in a large military like research base that extends deep underground? Check, died horribly at the most inopportune time? Check. It all makes so much sense now.
Retribution is not entirely technological.It's noted that Iji is the only one who can use Retribution. This seems a bit suspicious as it is, but the attack itself just doesn't seem technologically based. Perhaps Iji has some sort of latent supernatural powers or it's a result of the large amounts of spirits from humanity nearly getting wiped out lending their power to her?
Iji isn't taken that seriously because of humans being neotenous compared to Tasen and Komoto.Iji is tall as far as humans are concerned but is shorter than all the Komoto Beasts (who are obviously longer than her). In addition, all aliens have a voice deeper than her. In addition, the helmets all suggest an element of a muzzle, one that is larger in the more dominant ones. Thus humans must look childlike with their flatter faces. The diary writer finding her cute adds a slight ring of truth to this. Thus she appears short, squeaky voiced, and childish in comparison. This works both for and against her. The Tasen are willing to make a truce if she's pacifistic. However, she also never succeeds in her talks with leaders unless she bests them.
The Tasen and Komato have thin skin.Their skin color is a barely darker shade of the color of their blood. This exceptional physical weakness would explain why they're infused with nanomachines on top of wearing heavy armor, and sometimes even piloting exoskeletons. The Komato's self destructive, merciless and audacious nature is just generations of fear that a small fall could cause internal bleeding being unleashed in a torrent of violence for fun and profit.
Tor let Iji win.Okay, maybe not let her win, but he gave her a fighting chance. He thought that she would lose even if he was holding back, but still hoped that she would somehow win. Why else would he drop all that red nano, and keep using an attack that's just reflected back in his face?
Iji has prior training, perhaps in a militia.Despite her reluctance towards violence, she is a good markswoman, having a smaller spread with the machine gun than all of the Tasen despite the fact that they should be better trained than her and better able to take the recoil. (Although it may be that they're just poorly trained or stupider than humans enough not to develop good techniques during long-lasting wars.) She is able to credibly threaten Asha with a head shot with a shotgun while feeling comfortable that she won't hit Dan.
Everyone hates Ron.It's already mentioned that Ron was a bigamist and both his wives left him when they found out. While Dan not referencing him can be because he was suppressing his emotions at that point and having more time to have dealt with it already, Iji only looks for him when waking up disoriented. While she mourns Mia frequently Ron never gets a single reference. Putting two and two together even his own children hate him so much that they don't even care that he's dead.
The Komato are a Spiral Race.Seriously. Name another species with such an over-the-top attitude. The General's exoskeletons are Gunmen - note that they have a Cephalothorax-like build, only with a small head protruding from the chest, and they seem to be able to be summoned from nowhere (Spiral Energy can generate matter.) Tor was the equivalent of Rossiu.
Iji takes place in the same universe as PlanetSide.After Iji is victorious over the Tasen and Komato, humanity eventually makes a resurgence. But is humanity realistically going to just sit on their laurels while they're aware of a major extra-terrestrial threat? It's doubtful at best. The Terran Republic was eventually formed after "two hundred years" of an unspecified war, which likely were the result of a sudden power vacuum on Earth in the aftermath of the invasion. The TR essentially unified human civilisation and made space travel possible. When they founded their first colony on Auraxis, alien artifacts were discovered that led to the development of rebirthing tech - a technology which bears more than a passing resemblance to the nanofield in Iji. 'Vanu' may be a mistranslation of 'Komato', or else the Vanu might be the original creators of the nanotechnology featured in both games. The Terran Republic had access to historical resources locked away from the majority of the population, and has descendents of of the Komato and Tasen races on Earth at the end of Iji in their command structure, so they know about the majority of the Komato race developing imperialist tendencies prior to the events of Iji. So, Auraxis was founded as a major research facility prior to the collapse of the Wormhole and subsequent splintering of the factions - however, in the event of another major Komato incursion, the Auraxis colony represents the best possible chance of defence that Earth has.