A protagionist is sent a special ray-gun device in the mail which, when aimed as inanimate objects turned them into living-anime-inspired beings with consciousness. He experiments with it a bit. So far I've thought about a feel rules so far as the operation of the device. But I'm curious as to what people think.
Rule 1 - If the device is aimed at an inanimate object smaller than the width of the beam, then it is turned to a living being which exists with the attributes of the object it originated from (I'm not sure if it'll entail a method like in Phantom Brave or Makai Kingdom where spirits are brought into existence through inanimate objects but that's kinda a point of reference for what I'm getting at). The beam's width can be changed but it is it limited to those items it can cover in the beam. It also has a limited range over which it can fire. If more than one item is covered by the beam, the item touched first by the beam will be the one changed. The maximum width depends on the energy level of the device (still undecided). The pattern of every item animated is saved.
Rule 2 - If the device is aimed at a living object (or animated object) then it will de-animate the object. In the case of animated inanimates, this 2nd shot will return the objects to their prior form. In the cases of objects that have always been living, the device will either change the being into the object the person holding the device is thinking about. These objects may include consumables, so the person firing the device must make sure not to let their mind wander. Once an object is imagined, it is held in device memory permanently. The device can only display one inanimate option at a time and has a significant catalog.
Rule 3 - If the device is aimed at a deanimated object (once living) then it automatically restores them if they were deanimated by the device and the form is still in memory. The device user may change the animated form of this person (ex - if the deanimated person used to be a tall man, he may become a small plant [certain living objects count as inanimates] and then he may be reanimated as a cute anime girl) based on who or what they are thinking about when they fire the device.
No names, no real further details. Just curious what you think. This is a post-Mecchen type project so probably some time in 2007 ish.