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Anime Spotlight #1

This’ll be something else that I can hopefully post about on a regular basis (gonna try for weekly, but we’ll see…):  I’ve recently been hooked into watching anime, and I feel it’s about time I began talking a bit about some of the best shows I’ve seen thus far.

For this first post I’d like to shine the light on the epic, pro-humanity, mecha-bearing anime called Gurren Lagann!

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The full name for the series is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but this title in fact refers to one of the “final forms” that is taken by the main mecha (gunman) in the anime – known as “Gurren Lagann.”

This gunman is actually two individual gunman:  “Gurren,” which is the name of Kamina’s (the really cool-looking guy) acquired gunman, and “Lagann,” which is the name given to Simon’s (the kid with the goggles) gunman.

Now, onto the “meat” of the post…:

The power of the human race!

Gurren Lagann, on the whole, can be summed up rather straight-forwardly:  Kamina (recognizable by the funky-looking shades he likes to wear) essentially drives the entire show forward.  It’s his unquenchable desire to see humanity prosper and reach the stars that eventually stirs some fellow villagers to go above ground, following the initial gunman attack, to begin with.  Even when he dies around halfway through the first season, it is most likely Kamina’s unwavering resolve to do the impossible, I think, that drives the remaining Dai-Gurren coalition to continue to fight on and ultimately emerge victorious against the “Anti-Spirals” – their final adversaries.

Kamina, essentially, embodies the imagination, curiosity, and spirit of the human race at its absolute best and greatest; he’s the sort of ideal that, I’m sure, a lot of us would like to possess ourselves.

That’s probably the most meaningful reason to watch Gurren Lagann….  Yoko’s not a bad reason, either…!

 

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Work of the Week #31

It’s time for “Fun With Flags!”

Fantasium-related flags, anyway…:

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The Freemen:  Red and green are complementary colours, symbolizing the complement between Good and Evil.  The script is of an old Mortal language, it translates as “the Freemen.”

The Watchers:  The symbol in the center is actually a sentence written in the magical script of the Semimortals, it translates as “the Watchers.”

The Archivists:  Black symbolizes the Dark, and white symbolizes the Light.  The script is of the magical tongue of the Magi, and it translates as “We Run the Show.”  This flag isn’t actually the original flag of the Archivists….

 

Work of the Week #28

Fantasium‘s equivalent of LotR “Black Speech”…:

the-dark-tongues-scripts

Fantasium‘s “Dark Side” speaks a number of languages that are unique, to say the least.  Most distinguish between the genders, to the point where some of them are even speaking different tongues within the same language.

These languages were inspired from the Australian language called Yanyuwa….  Here are some of the tongues that use the above scripts:

kxenggwaam

nyangyarwullu

wanyarrungyul

Happy New Year!!  😀

 

Work of the Week #27

A compendium of some of the more “intriguing” scripts of the outermost regions of the Universe…:

the-builders

The Shipbuilders were long considered the master starship makers of the outermost areas.  Their script is written with superconducting ink onto metallic surfaces, so that the commands written are carried out automatically (like the Digimon script).

The Gatebuilders were renowned for their portal-making prowess in the Universe.  The most infamous example of their mastery is the Gateway (Work of the Week #5) for which their script has been put to full use.  They have constructed a number of other portals, though….  (‘r’ = /tl/, ‘z’ = /zh/, ‘y’ = /ə/)

The Worldbuilders make whole planets instead of ships.  Of all the races represented here, the Worldbuilders are the only ones still around.  Their script works much like the Shipbuilders’; conjugation works like the Semimortals’ script.  (‘x’ = /kh/, ‘c’ = /ch/, ‘j’ = /sh/, ‘rg’ = /tl/, ‘ry’ = /ll/, ‘ɪ’ = /ə/)

The Azhseg Derelict is the ancient ship that the Alien Azhseg acquired in the Worldbuilders Realm.  It’s script is based on the I Ching code (which in turn based the binary code our electronics use today).  Each “6-bit” character corresponds to a number, as well as a letter and word; alone each character means a number, as a ring it means a string of letters (forming a word), and as a word it’ll be surrounded by a ring or rings of characters.  The ship looks something along the lines of this:  http://t12.deviantart.net/kKL-0q1yPG4nz5VX7KHlq4Jaml8=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre10/3ffa/th/pre/i/2009/243/e/c/derelict_by_vmulligan.jpg

The Azhseg Railgun is an ancient and powerful handheld weapon also owned by Azhseg in the book.  Its script is taken from this:  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_aliens/vidaalien54_09.jpg ~ The weapon itself is powered by the wielder’s power; the more power it siphons, the more powerful its shots.  The weapon looks something along the lines of this:  http://t11.deviantart.net/jl2FQgwKwrPwJ0npeDubozJTBao=/fit-in/700×350/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre12/2262/th/pre/i/2014/133/b/b/lava_gun__gateway__by_aliennate89-d7i712n.jpg

The Star-Forger is an automaton in the form of a spaceship; its creators are uncertain, and its duty is solely to make new stars.  Its script is based on the 4-nucleotide RNA/DNA code; the script is conjugated in triplets, mimicking the codon code for encoding proteins.  The Derelict Ship script and this one are built in a very similar manner….

The Universal Library is another automaton, built by a different, long-extinct race.  Its duty is to observe and record every single event that ever occurs in the Universe, throughout the Universe’s existence.  The script (that writes itself upon the Library’s walls) is taken from Cuneiform, and has an alphabetic form alongside a great number of logographic symbols.  The Library itself looks something along the lines of this:  http://t01.deviantart.net/_Rpgm7vQMxpN6ckcznouwIZYuHs=/300×200/filters:fixed_height(100,100):origin()/pre11/c58c/th/pre/f/2011/342/7/5/time_0_by_elreviae-d4iidsc.jpg

The Script of the Fifteen Temples has only one surviving instance:  A piece of parchment containing the names of the fifteen temples created by the Old Ones (and implied by the Old Ones Stela).  However, as the script is completely logographic, the temples listed are largely unknown.  The script itself is taken from the Aztec script….

**I do not own the images I link to!  They merely serve as visual aids for the specific objects I refer to here (expect only a partially similar image of such things to occur in the book!)**

 

Pathallea: The Basics of Thoul, part 4.

Other, “radical” forms:

Of (to/from) = eg(-)      /comparative adjective/ = -ner-    /superlative…/ = -ser-       /inverted comparative (lesser)/ = -nor-     /superlative… (least)/ = -sor-

However = dedek      Ago = de      Ado = ghe    That = deck     Such = dock

Behold = dack      Lo = duck      Alas = dyck      (a) Lot = mer      Re- = si-

(to) Make = sei      /past/ = hoi      /present/ = hio      /future/ = hei

Rather = gwarr      Rather than = gwarreck      Meanwhile/while = gheck/ghock

Some…:  something = omkiff, somebody = omsharr, sometime = omyarr.

*copula-like normal verbs*

To give = yillei, to take = yellei, to bring = illei, to buy = ellei, to begin = yilklei, to finish = yelklei.

Sentence Formation:

Simple sentence (Indicative form):  I ran home = laeo lik larua, or, laeoes larua.

Complex sentence:  I ran home because of (the) monsterslaeoes larua gegek (kif) rygarkia.

Compound sentence:  I ran home because I was scaredlaeoes larua gegek rygeues.

Compound-complex sentence:  I ran home because I was scared of the monsterslaeoes larua gegek rygeues egrygarkia.

Interrogative (question) form #1:  I did run home. >> Did I run home? = kloilaees larua. >> kloilaeesai larua?

Interrogative form #2 (for interrog./relative particles):  What to do…. >> What to do…? = sar ioklei…. >> sara ioklei?

Imperative forms (commands/interjections):  You there!  Hey!  What?! >> oray lirr!  hay!  sare?!

Linking verbs:  I do go, I can go, I did go, I could go, I don’t go, I can’t go >> kleileies, leiklioes, kleioleies, leikloies, ikleileies, leiiklioes.  I will be going, I would be going, I can be gone, I can’t be gone >> leiosesei, leiosesea, egleiesklioes, eghleiesklioes.

Sample Sentence(s):

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Nees abreykariya freiorya niks dreiorya il freiokiah niks dreiokiaa.  Nekaneesekio pha hydieria niks hykieria niks vaeylia yil eya orraya il phurra egkarnyadra.  (Dallia eya eg kof Mordeanilorrendriya Breykaridreiokiya)

War is peace.  Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.

Rickea ryckeio.  Froioudra freioudrio.  Kathida gathidio.

**this concludes part 4!**

 

Work of the Week #24

Ancient relics of Breykaria:

Minkathnaazrah’s helmet:  Most prized war-helmet in Breykaria, given that it once belonged to King Minkathnaazrah himself.

Minkathnaazrah helmet

The Warrior plaque:  Etched, gold plaque containing the poem “Warrior.”  It now resides at the Aealian museum of Ancient Relics (founded by the Professor), alongside the above helmet.

Azuephoydah:  Breykaria’s largest and oldest lighthouse.  Built by an ancient clan of Yoleukara, it comes with its own shield and a fibre-optic cable linking it to an equally sophisticated communications base.

So long as my light guides you You shall return home

Triickulea:  A siege weapon resembling a trebuchet, made from hardwood with Yoleukaran writing along its main beams.  It is another relic of the long-lost tribe that once inhabited Agrobask.

The Great Chain:  Built in Minkathnaazrah’s time, it spans considerable swaths of barrier reef along the southern and eastern reaches of Orimar.  Made from massive chain-links of solid iron, this defensive measure can be raised up from the water to restrict the movement of ships and even low-hovering craft.