This is the reference on one of Jo's unique skills, her "Strategic Body Disassembly."
One special skill that Jo Ayara has involves the near-immunity from death that all Maho Shoujos have, due to their Soul Gem. All of the Maho Shoujos who made a contract with Kyubey can survive even wounds that would kill an ordinary person, and they cannot feel pain either, and they cannot die at all, but only as long as their Soul Gem is not destroyed, and remains within 100 meters of them. Like they can be stabbed, decapitated, shot, and much more, but as long as the Soul Gem remains intact, it won't kill them. Jo often times refers to this as the "Semi-Immortality" of a Maho Shoujo, as for they are now almost immortal, but not completely (they still can die, its just not as easy to kill them).
She first found out about this after suffering an attack from a Witch long ago. The attack was very powerful and literally ripped poor Jo in Two. However, despite being chopped in half, she still didn't die, much to her surprise. The reason being was that the Soul Gem keeping her alive was still intact. Later on, she asked Kyubey about this and he explained to Jo all about this. She found this to be very awesome, and later on she got creative and decided to use this in a more useful manner.
She used the blade-end of her staff to cut her whole self apart, and then installed these custom-made, thin, metal Brackets in between the spaces, then reattached them all. These Brackets come in pairs and are in between various spaces of her body, and the way they are made prevents the skin from reattaching when her Soul Gem heals her. That way, they stay physically separated, and are only held in place by a bonding that is somewhat loose. As you see in the Reference sheet, the brackets are sort of hooked into her flesh and are firmly kept in their too. They are not too noticeable on her, especially since they are thin, and her clothing covers most of them. Jo has brackets on all the useful areas for them. The location of her brackets holding her body together are in-between her neck, waist, shoulders, wrists, ankles, and the joints in between her hips and upper legs.
The advantage to these Brackets is that Jo can make herself split apart, and have her detached limbs move individually, and then she can just pull herself together whenever she desires. Normally a Maho Shoujo would have to cut themselves with their weapons every time they'd want to do this. Thanks to Jo's custom Brackets though, she can just make them easily pop off and on whenever. Her Soul Gem keeps her alive through this, and she can still move her detached body parts, as long as they remain within range of the Gem. It took her some practice to get used to this, but now she is extremely talented at this strategic bodily disassembly and reassembly. Perhaps she's a bit too used to it, as for she likes to fall apart too much, and that happens to her almost on a daily basis. She always keeps herself together when in public though, as to not scare others. But when she's among friends who know her, or by herself, she much rather prefers her limbs not being attached.
There are a number of advantages to Jo's special skill to fall to pieces at will. One advantage is quickly dodging through detachment. Like say a projectile is headed for her face. Then she can just remove her head, let the projectile pass by harmlessly, and then stick it back on. Another use is that it allows her to be in multiple places at a time, well at least some of her. She has a battle tactic for this called "Divide and Conquer" where she removes her limbs and let them fire her weapons at the enemy from another location, while the rest of her runs around somewhere else, serving as a distraction. She also uses it in battle by pulling off her head, charging it up with energy, then throwing it at her enemy like a cannonball, causing it to do severe damage to the foe. This is one of her special attacks, but she doesn't use it often, as for she has to run back and retrieve her head whenever she does. Also it is useful for her as for her individual pieces can fit into narrow or tight areas much more easily. When not in battle, she also uses this in other ways for fun, like tossing her head around like it is a softball, or detaching her lower half and having the two play around separately. All of this is how she abuses the fact that she can no longer be killed this way, thanks to her Soul Gem.
Also, a few other important points on this unique trick of Jo Ayara's.
-Like all Maho Shoujos, Jo can only keep control of her body, or in this case, her detached limbs, as long as they stay within 100 Meters of her Soul Gem. Should any of them fall out of this range, it will stop moving and fall into a Coma-like state, until it gets back in range. Also if she doesn't get them back in range within 48 hours, they will die off. She always has to keep this in mind when she disassembles herself.
-As seen in the reference sheet, the brackets on Jo's arms and Legs are labeled "L" and "R" for "Left" and "Right." This is so what when she's pulling herself together, she knows which arms and legs are which, and doesn't stick them on backwards.
-If one of her body parts were to be completely destroyed, or was out of range for too long, Jo's Soul Gem will restore her new ones, like it does with all Maho Shoujos. She also has a whole suitcase full of spare brackets to Re-install into herself, should this ever happen.
Unfortunately, this healing is rather slow. Like for instance, if her hand were to be obliterated, it would take her Soul Gem about 6 hours to heal her a new one, and even more of her body would take even more time. So she does all she can to keep her body parts from being harmed too much.
-In public, Jo uses her Maid Outfit from her powered-up form to hide her brackets. Her neck bracket is still visible though, but Jo ad-libs it by saying its just a neckband. The others are a bit more difficult for her to explain, and she uses her outfit to conceal them. Her loose socks and skirt hide the brackets on her waist and legs, and her gloves and sleeve cuffs hide the brackets on her arms. She also tries to avoid situations where she can easily be knocked apart, unless she's only around her friends, or when fighting Witches.
-Jo can still operate fairly well without her head on. Most of the time, she simply looks at herself in a Third-Person manner instead of a First-person manner, and also relies more on her other senses, such as hearing and touch, to do it. Most of the time, this works rather well, though not as good as when she has it attached.
-When Jo detaches her limbs, her legs move around by hopping on their feet, and her arms move by crawling on the ground with their fingers. Her head, and upper and lower torso though, cannot move much when some of their other limbs are missing, and are practically helpless on their own. So she has to have the rest of her body pick them up, or have someone else carry them for her, when she has them detached.
-Strangely, Jo can still eat things while her head is off, and it doesn't fall out of her neck-hole, but seems to magically go into her belly. She doesn't exactly understand how it does this, but she beleives it to be another power gained from her Contract with Kyubey.
-Despite being able to survive doing this to herself, it is still very possible to kill Jo. If that Soul Gem on her back were to be destroyed, it's curtains for her. Nothing else works though, but destruction of the Soul Gem will instantly kill her, just like it is with all other Maho Shoujos.
Because of this, she never lets anyone mess with her Soul Gem, unless absolutely necessary. She knows how important the Gem is, for she'll die if anything were to happen to it.
The original Maho Shoujos only merely used this Semi-Immortality ability to survive longer in battle and take more harm from a Witch. Jo, however, thought outside the box and managed to find another good use for this Semi-Immortality. This isn't exactly a unique ability for Jo. All of the Maho Shoujos could probably do what Jo is doing, but they simply either choose not to, or don't really think of using it in this manner. Jo is just unique in that she uses it in a much more unique manner than they do, making for a much more effective means of using her Soul Gem powers.
Click these links to see the other reference sheets for more on Jo Ayara.
-Jo Ayara Ref: Main reference sheet [link]
-Jo Ayara Ref: Weapons and other powers [link]
A lot of people like her the most out of my Maho Shoujo characters. Loads of people tell me that they like her more than Rika and Haruka.
I wonder why she became so popular?
Well, I'm sure part of it is due to your watchers liking the detachable limbs thing too - it would be naive to ignore that factor. I wonder, though. Have you considered that it might be because YOU like her best? Go back to your gallery, and check how much you've focused on each character. Of course, if she's your favorite, perhaps some of that love is making its way into your work as well. Personally, I think that love, that passion, is what drives people like us. The artists and writers. It's what motivates me every time I write. If it isn't there, my work feels forced, and it misses something. I'm sure that's true with every act of creation. Lust, ego, they maybe be factors in what we create, and they may spur us on when we need it, but ultimately, love is the most important thing of all.
Hmph. Maybe I'm the naive one here after all.
In fact, a lot of Rika's traits I based off myself (but not 100% as to not make her a self-insertion), but I can sort of say that Rika sort of holds part of my soul with her.
Also, there's plenty of my watchers who aren't that into the detachable limbs thing, but they still wuv her so much. Of course, that isn't saying everyone likes Jo the best, but a lot of people really seem to like her.
Did you see the two Male Minor Characters I was going to add too? The ones who were Rika's friends before she got involved with the Maho Shoujos?
Check them out here. They are Maeda Daisuke and Manabu Ishida. --> hexidextrous.deviantart.com/ar…
Hmm... Well, maybe it's something about her design, or her role as The Dragon to Kyubey (as TVTropes would put it). Also, people love interesting anti-heroes/anti-villains (I'm honestly not sure which to call her yet).
I don't see how it's sickening. I mean she's not bleeding out the stubs or anything.
I suppose you think Monsoon from Metal Gear Rising, who possesses a similar ability with his cyborg body, is sickening then? I don't find it at all.
It's not because of the gore, it's because of the fact she actually did it. I mean, wouldn't you freak out if someone took of their head in front of you? I definitely would.
I have no idea who that is :l
It fits with how she's the former self of Quitterie though, since Quitterie without the Kyubey mask and cloak looks like a weird-looking doll with needle-blades for arms and legs. It also references how Quitterie is based on Saint Quitteria, who was a mythological saint who was beheaded, but then a magic fountain sprouted where it happened.
I wouldn't freak out. Heck, I'd be amazed at seeing someone who could do that. In fact, it's one type of special ability that would be cool to have. I'd only find it freaky if she still had blood and guts squirting out of them, but no blood is fine for me. And some of the ways she uses it are rather cute too, like how in that reference, how she lets Kyouko hug her head as if she were a stuffed toy (which by the way, she likes a lot).
Monsoon is this Cyborg character from Metal Gear Rising, who is a member of "The Winds of Destruction," a team of cyborgs who are Raiden's rivals.
Monsoon actually had himself modified to have limbs that detach and reattach through futuristic Magnetism bonds, as to make himself better. He's also into this philosophy about "Memes being the DNA of our souls, passed down through our generations."
Here's a video clip of Monsoon meeting with Raiden, so you can see what he's like. You don't think this is creepy, do you? --> www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNjlsc…
I'm one of those people that pay more attention to the fridge/ psychological horror of the item, not the blood and guts ^^'
I see; I'm in the middle of a class right now but I'll look it up later.
Also, does that mean you think any of these characters below look scary to you? I don't find any of them scary, but more interesting, and a couple of them cute and moe' as well.
Look at these ones who possess similar abilities below. Do you think any of them are scary or not?
Do any of those look scary to you? I don't find them scary. Now if they still had blood and guts gushing out when they did it, it would be another story, but they thankfully don't.
Second link- Hm, disturbing but not too much. I give points on the fan-service.
Third link- Yeah, it was kind of hard for me to pay attention to the head coming off; those breasts are so absurdly large.
Fourth link- The character is too happy for me to be actually weirded out.
Fifth link- Yeah, nothing too out of context here; she looks too much like a doll for it to disturb me.
I guess asking you to watch Attack on titan or read the manga would be out of the question, but right now, the main characters are plotting to overthrow their current ruler, so that's cool. It's not just defined by the giants, but the politics and mindset of the people inside the three walls, as well as the ridiculously badass characters.
I'm looking at you, Levi >
So you think it's okay if the character is a doll? Well I guess you might be okay with Suigintou from Rozen Maiden, who is this magical living doll. In one of the episodes, it was revealed that she's missing her middle and her two halves sort of float when close to each other. Although she thinks that it makes her look inelegant and always covers it up with her poofy dress. They later found out about it when her dress got torn in a fight, revealing how she has no middle and her disconnected halves float near each other.
Did you check out the one for Monsoon from Metal Gear Rising yet? You should also give a look at another similar character, Sekibanki from Touhou, who also possesses the ability to harmlessly remove her head and stick it back on too. Also, Buggy the Clown and Trafalgar Law from One-Piece also are like that too.
Well, that is certainly quite the conspiracy they are getting into now.
Well it depends. He tends to show up to people who have the potential to become good Magical Girls for him, and he can be quite evasive.
Though you might want to consider the full details of the contract before doing so, and ask yourself if you are willing to handle all other consequences of it too.
If you haven't seen it, you really should. It's a really great anime.
荒谷 means "rough/barren valley"
新屋 means "new house"
新夜 means "new night"
上 means "above" "high"
錠 means "lock"
情 means "passion" "pity/sympathy"
常 means "usual/normal"
畳 means "tatami mat"
(I'm Japanese )
And I assumed her last name was "Araya" because it's a last name. I've never seen "Jo" as a last name.
Also, I dunno what inspired that name for me, but it certainly sounds good for her, and I find it to be a rather cute name for a Magical Maid Girl too. I wasn't aware of any Kanji stuff like that.
Same goes with the other two girls in my series, Rika Isoni and Haruka Conley, if you've seen them yet.