Hah, Shirow is so semantically ingrained into my aesthetic vocabulary at this point, regarding mecha especially, that his stylistic motifs seep through whether I consciously intend them to or not! = p Thanks, Daniel, I'm glad you like it.
Yeah, it was the "melon" that really attracted me to his design in the first place! (What can I say, I'm a sucker for the melons I guess.) Kind of a cross between a porpoise and a Global Hawk, which has always struch me as somewhat cetacean-lookin' in its own right.