You know you've been watching too much Ghost in the Shell when you start thinking 'screw realism - unnecessarily ergonomic is the way to go.' But after looking at those ugly but strangely awesome Seburo guns, well, I was sorely tempted to
plagiarize design a few weapons in that distinctive neo-ergonomic style.
Anyway, this is the newest piece of junk in my sketchbook. May evolve into a formal vectored render (?), or it may go straight to scraps. You never know with a whimsical lazy ass such as yours truly at the wheel. Er, keyboard.
To get the technical schpiel over with, the Type 38's formal designation is the 'Howa IGK 38-Shiki 6mm Jidou Shoujuu (３８式６ｍｍ自動小銃). No, not 'automatic girl (that's 'Jidou Shoujo'),' 'Assault Rifle.' If you haven't caught on already - the '38 is an assault rifle.
In the world of my fantasies, the Type 38 is the Japanese Ground National Defense Force (陸上国防隊)'s standard-issue infantry weapon. It's a collaborative venture between (existing) Japanese defense firm Howa Kogyo and (fictional) corporation Itsumibara Giken (稜海原技研, IGK). It fires 6mm high-velocity caseless armor piercing ammunition from an acute-angle-feed magazine via a 'swinging chamber block' (yeah, I don't know either) using electronic ignition. In other words, a ridiculously advanced, ridiculously powerful, and ridiculously unrealistic weapon.
If they ever develop combat androids and powered armor like every other guy and his mother seems to have in GitS and Appleseed, this would definitely be the weapon of choice for, er,
officially nonexistent extralegal assassination units law enforcement teams and special forces types.
The front of the weapon mounts a visible/IR laser in the grip and a camera atop the barrel (inside that slitted shroud). There's a Picatinny rail in that ugly top thing somewhere - don't ask. Oh, and it has backup ironsights. It's designed mostly for integration with Bluetooth-equipped combat HUD systems directly interfacing with the camera. Optics for mounting onto the rail are available, though, as are aftermarket RAS kits.
Itsumibara Giken and ARIA © me.