Approximately 380,000 kilometers from Earth, a monstrous rose blooms just beyond the night sky, its silhouette glowing ominously in the moonlight. No one knows when it will strike again, and its true name and intentions remain unconfirmed. Humans know it only as “Consuelo.”
Enter Yosuke Hakone, a combat pilot with Earth’s military entrusted with an unlikely mission: to take to the stars in the legendary Battle-SHEEP Sura with his mysterious new copilot Hanaco… and defeat humanity’s greatest threat yet!
But with Hanaco’s regressions and Yosuke’s own intergenerational inner demons to overcome, will this mismatched pair get it together in time? And just who is Hanaco, really…?
The second in Dento Nanahoshi and Liar-soft’s STX-SF series following ALPHA-NIGHTHAWK, this space opera is for the starry-eyed dreamer in all of us–a nostalgic nod to the old adage that what’s essential is invisible to the eye.
The STX Space Force’s newest captain. Rank: Silver Star.
Promoted to Battle-SHEEP pilot due to his selfless nature,
he’s ready to lay down his life for the mission–and humankind.
However, as the grandson of a notorious war criminal,
his morality often stems from misplaced shame and guilt.
Thanks to Hanaco, he learns to face his demons for the first time…
“You and me together make 612! You got that, Hanaco?!”
Yosuke’s mysterious new copilot, a bona-fide Blue Star,
and a wunderkind at channeling vast amounts of pure sel.
This girl’s all at once honest, simple, and the purest of heart.
Though no fault of her own, she often fails to read the room.
Tends to take conversations and social cues at face value.
“Got it. I’ll fight with you, Yosuke!”
Neo-fennec no. 24601. Nickname: Jean Valjean.
Yosuke’s personal SHEEP mechanic and closest pal.
A jokester and the life of the party, but always first to lend an ear.
Has a criminal record. Like many neos, he’s also a devout animist.
“I know that face. You can’t help but fall in love, can you?”
A ’39 survivor and ex-STX-SF commander and pilot.
Sports honey-wheat hair and sapphire eyes.
Prefers the more manly “Sagan” over “Antoine”…
Originally from France.
“I think I could have fun living in a place like this, even on my own.”
Not only is he an STX Space Force general and Blue Star military hero,
but he also holds the record for most Consuelos defeated.
Has currently pulled back from the front lines to organize his Elites…
Date and place of birth unknown. Eliza’s closest confidant.
“Yes, so I can remain human to the very end. That’s all there is to it.”
An “artificial goddess” android created by the scientist Jean Regulus.
Her mind was uploaded from autonomous will first discovered in SHEEP.
Since she excels at loving conversations, she oversees the online
mental care of Battleship Baobab’s residents as their foremost psychiatrist.
Her ageless, eternal beauty is an inspiration to many a Baobabian woman.
She and Wolf are close companions. Literally doesn’t have a heart.
“You’re right… All I can do is learn from humans’
conversations and repeat the most apt words.”
Neo-fennec no. ??? Age unknown.
Yosuke and Jean Valjean’s enigmatic landlady.
Insists her slate-like black tablet is a notebook device…
“I’m a successful product of nanomachines,
but in a completely different way from Consuelo.”