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Literature / Hyper Fighting Machine Marmalade

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''"You were drunk, high and mental when you wrote this weren't you? This story is so full of crack I might get high just reading it.

And. I. LOVE. IT."''

—A reviewer, on Hyper Fighting Machine Marmalade!

Hyper Fighting Machine Marmalade is what happens when a bored writer decides to see what would happen if he combined Moe with Humongous Mecha. It can be read here. Not happy with how the novel turned out, Rizzo adapted it into a comic, available here, with the first chapter deliberately uploaded to coincide with the seventh anniversary of the original story.

Moeko Paddington has a problem. She is shy. Not the ordinary form of shyness, but rather so much so that the typical Shrinking Violet would look outgoing next to her. Of course, this means that almost nobody at her school knows she exists, especially not the boy she has a crush on, Reginald Darcy.

It also turns out that her father works for the government, and has designed a top-secret new weapon in the shape of a gigantic, humanoid robot, the Hyper Fighting Machine Marmalade. (Nobody knows why it is called that.) Moeko is so shy that she is only really able to deal with the machines in her father's workshop, and so volunteers to help him with his projects. As fate would have it, on the day that Moeko is putting the finishing touches on Marmalade, the workshop is attacked by the mysterious Antilovers, who also have mecha, and are opposed to all love and goodness. Their arrival causes Moeko to quite literally fall into the cockpit, and so, even though she is the worst person for the job, has the responsibility to fight the Antilovers.

Also present is the mysterious man known only as Aniki, who is a walking stereotype of mecha protagonists. Just what is his secret?

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