While playing a Japanese video game, I became curious about the layout of these book pages that appear each time you finish a chapter of the game.
The text of each page summarizes one of the chapters, and is laid out in six lines. Each line contains 13 characters, grouped together into 4-4-5 character long units, resulting in a column-like look.
For example, the first two lines read,
そだって あばれた ガソリンゴ
なんとか たおした いのちがけ
Since the form is so schematic I thought this might be modeled to be a kind of Japanese poem. Knowing next to nothing about Japanese poetry, I researched the Wikipedia article on the topic, but couldn't find anything that would correspond with this scheme.
Is the layout of this text supposed to be reminiscent of a form of poetry, or is it more likely to have been made up by the writer?