*Next week, I’ll be partaking in a family vacation; so, there will be no posting during that time….
*Next week, I’ll be partaking in a family vacation; so, there will be no posting during that time….
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!
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…!
It’s time for “Fun With Flags!”
Fantasium-related flags, anyway…:
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….
The “Azhseg Derelict/Arcship”…. I have finally ‘drawn-up’ its actual shape, with a rough sketch of its interior.
LATERAL VIEW = side-view.
SUPERIOR VIEW = top-down view.
“Drive #1” is the ship’s impulse thrusters.
“Drive #2” is the ship’s near-light speed thrusters.
“Drive #3” is the ship’s warp-drive thrusters.
The “Immagical” language of the Immortals ~ the Basque of Fantasium.
Here’s some Basque for comparison: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_grammar
Fantasium‘s equivalent of LotR “Black Speech”…:
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:
Happy New Year!! 😀
A compendium of some of the more “intriguing” scripts of the outermost regions of the Universe…:
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!)**
Returning to Fantasium for a bit….
Like the Semimortals, the Magi have a “Mundane” and “Magical” tongue; unlike the Semimortals, the Magi use the same script to write both (though the two languages are still different). Here’s what the Magi tongue looks like, below:
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.
Simple sentence (Indicative form): I ran home = laeo lik larua, or, laeoes larua.
Complex sentence: I ran home because of (the) monsters = laeoes larua gegek (kif) rygarkia.
Compound sentence: I ran home because I was scared = laeoes larua gegek rygeues.
Compound-complex sentence: I ran home because I was scared of the monsters = laeoes 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.
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!**
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