April 25, 2006
Babil the Second

by 横山 光輝
Picked up this Mitsuteru Yokoyama book recently.

I was about to buy Tetsujin 28-go. Babiru Nisei seemed older and somehow more appealing, though.

It was written for elementary school age boys, so it was a quick easy read. It's actually pretty interesting. It seems to take the super hero genre, personalize it for young boys, and then add some magic and dinosaurs and stuff for spice.

Plot outline:

A boy is having the same dream over and over. He's dreaming of the Tower of Babel, though he's never heard of it. One day it suddenly all makes sense to him, and he says goodbye to his parents. A giant bird comes and takes him away to the ruins of the Tower of Babel. In a sub-basement is an amazing computer control room, over 5000 years old. A video begins playing, explaining to him that he is a direct descendent of Babil.

Babil was a humanoid alien, who crashed on Earth. He devised to have the Tower of Babel built as a signal to passing space ships. Because of poor workmanship, it collapsed. Left with no options, he prepared for his eventual death, and made sure that his technology would not fall into the wrong hands. He knew that some day one of his descendents would share his intellect and other-worldly powers. When that boy was old enough, he would be educated by the computer and left with the decision of how to use his new-found abilities.

Will Babil the Second use his powers for the good of humanity?

Written at April 25, 2006 6:56 PM
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