Originally posted by Eric Minton
Neon Genesis Penguindrum
"I hate the word fate. Births, encounters, parting, success, fortune and misfortune in life. If our lives are already set in stone by fate...then I can't. I'm no good. I have no choice to pilot, but all I ever do is hurt and kill people. I can't do anything good for anyone else, so I'd rather do nothing at all. I'm a horrible person. I'm dishonest and a coward. If that's all caused by fate, then God is incredibly unfair and cruel. Because ever since that day, none of us had a future, and the only certain thing was that I mustn't run away."
Fifteen years ago, the world was nearly destroyed when an Antarctic research team—a secret front of the terrorist cabal Ende
—performed a contact experiment that breached the Jade Prison hidden beneath the ice of the northern Elemental Pole, unleashing a cataclysm of Abyssal and Infernal Essence that exterminated all but a tenth of humanity. Hekatonhires and demons awaken across Creation and march inexorably to the Imperial Manse, the last bastion of human civilization, where the Drachen
organization has salvaged the Jade Prison research to create the warstriders, mighty weapons capable of fighting and killing the monsters unleashed from the Jade Prison. But the genetically-engineered humans created by Drachen
's Gaia Project are unable to fully synchronize with the warstriders. Every year, more of them die, and more warstriders are destroyed with them.
Creation's hope lies in the children of fate. A young girl who had already discovered her magical talents for respinning the future on the Loom of Fate sacrificed her life to change the world's course, releasing heroes alongside monsters. All of these children, born on the day of the Jade Prison tragedy, bear the burden of fate. Some find a heroic path, blazing like suns. Others fall into the dark void of despair, or lose themselves to madness. They are not alone. The Loom of Fate weaves and spins, choosing new girls to follow in the legacy of the first, clad with alter egos and mystical powers. These magical girls are trapped in loops and labyrinths of frozen destiny, but if they can break free, they will have the power to confront Ende
and guide the other children of destiny. And those born from the Jade Prison—whether they are Solar, Abyssal, or Infernal—are the only ones capable of truly attuning to the warstriders and protecting mankind. They are humanity's last survival strategy.