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SciLab

SciLab, known as Ministry of Science (科学省 Kagaku Shou) in Japan, is a location from the Mega Man Battle Network series that, as its name suggests, is a government sponsored scientific research facility located in Den City.

SciLab is a huge complex that employs many of the top level scientists in Electopia and is equipped with the latest in cutting edge technology. Many technological advancements in the Battle Network series were spawned there, like the NetNavis and PETs. There are, however, some projects which ended up becoming dangerous, such as Alpha, SoulNet and Bass.

Prominent scientists known to work or previously work at SciLab include Tadashi Hikari, Yuichiro Hikari, Dr. Wily, Dr. Cossak, Dr. Ura and Dr. Regal.

SciLab also cooperates with Officials in dealing with netcrime and other catastrophes related to network society. Later on, in Mega Man Battle Network 5, it acts as the base for Team Colonel or Team ProtoMan, also developing a similar role to the Official Center in providing request boards and other support to the public.

In the Mega Man Star Force series, it was succeeded by AMAKEN labs, sharing a remarkably similar role.

Projects

Important Projects

Personal Terminal/PET

PET is an electronic handheld device that plays an important role in the MegaMan Battle Network series of video games, anime and manga that was invented by Dr. Tadashi Hikari.

Cross Fusion

Dimensional Areas are used to allow Darkloids to wreak havoc on the human world. To combat this threat, Scilab developed Cross Fusion. Cross Fusion allows a NetNavi and its operator to merge into a single being, while possessing two consciousnesses.

Synchro Chip

Yuichiro Hikari studies the phenomenon produced by the Dimensional Core, a sphere of energy that allows viruses to exit the Cyber World. His experiments lead him to test devices known as Synchro Chips in the presence of Dimensional Areas (the successor to the Dimensional Core) to create hybrid beings through Cross Fusion.

Suspended Projects

Navi Project

The Navi Project was a SciLab project dedicated to creating a NetNavi. There were two versions of the project throughout the series, the first was led by Dr. Cossak to create the independent Navi Bass.EXE, and the second was led by Dr. Yuichiro Hikari to create a Navi from human DNA, creating MegaMan.EXE from his son Hub.

Dimensional Area

A Dimensional Area is an artificially created field in which NetNavis can exist in the real world. A prototype version was created by Yuichiro Hikari in the last episode of MegaMan NT Warrior, but with disastrous results.

Alpha

Alpha is the first Internet created by SciLab in a top secret project by Tadashi Hikari. It was developed as the basis for the current Net community.

Game History

In the series, SciLab changes location between each game.

Mega Man Battle Network

Originally, SciLab was part of Den City's Government Complex, which also included the Waterworks and a power plant. The only area of SciLab present to visit is Lan Hikari's father's office.

Mega Man Battle Network 3

SciLab reopens as its own central location connected to the Metroline, separate from the Government Complex.

Mega Man Battle Network 5

Early on, SciLab later reappears in another building and becomes the scene of the start of Dr. Regal's new scheme, when he breaks in with his henchmen, kidnaps Lan's father and steals the PETs of Lan's friends. Afterwords, it serves as the base of operations for anti-Nebula Team ProtoMan and Team Colonel. Lan also visits SciLab to discover secrets pertaining to SoulNet.

In Mega Man Battle Network 4, SciLab does not make an appearance at all, and isn't seen again in the final game.

Anime History

MMNTWSciLab

SciLab in the anime.

It doesn't make an appearance until the end of the first season, but is seen regularly throughout Axess, Stream, Beast, and Beast+.

It basically serves the same purpose as its game counterpart: though unlike the game version, Dimensional Area and Synchro Chip research is its main function. It later serves as the test bed for the Dimensional Generator, which is widely used throughout Stream, Beast, and Beast+.

It's appearance is also vastly different compared to its game counterpart.

See also


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