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Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yōseitachi (アルヴ・レズル -機械仕掛けの妖精たち-, lit. "Aruvu Rezuru: Mechanized Fairies") is a science fiction light novel series by Yū Yamaguchi that began serialization in 2011. It is released through the electronic magazine BOX-AiR, an imprint run by Kodansha Box. In December 2011 it was selected out of 11 winners of the New Author Awards to become the first BOX-AiR series to be animated. An anime OVA adaptation by Zexcs will be released in 2012, directed by newcomer Tatsuya Yoshihara, who was previously an episode director for Sket Dance.
Set in 2022, technology has advanced to the point where the human nervous system can be seamlessly integrated into external networks thanks to nanomachines. People leave their bodies behind in water tanks while traversing through cyberspace. However, a crisis known as "Early Rupture" occurs where the system becomes overloaded, resulting in thousands of consciousnesses being lost in the network. Remu Mikage's sister-in-law Shiki is one of them, and in an attempt to look for her he visits her apartment. He encounters Shiki there, who informs him that she isn't his sister, and has somehow taken over her body.