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Anime Spotlight #3

Back at it again!

Let’s take a look at When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace:

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Coming courtesy of (some of) the same people who gave us Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, this specific Anime show delves into the occult while still trying pass itself off as harem + magical-girl kind of Anime.

For me, the girls were mainly “window-dressing” – for the most part.  They usually weren’t all that entertaining on their own; their interest-factor was mainly provided by Jurai, the resident “chunibyou (Japanese for ‘eighth-grader syndrom’).”

Jurai obsesses over “powers” he claims to possess (that soon become very real), as well as various “word-magic” – as I’ll call it; the abilities he and his female friends receive need to be named in a specific way, even to the point where it causes one of the girls to think that he wants to be her boyfriend, but the best example here is the “nickname” he insists on being called:

Guiltia-sin Jurai.

The ability names are chosen based on the symbolism implied by the kanji when compared/contrasted to the katakana; however, his name is purely occult in meaning:  “Guiltia” is from “guilt,” from the Old English verb gieldan = “to pay for/be in debt to” which also derives modern-day “yield” and “gold”; in essence, “guilt” originally meant a debt or payment.  The word “sin,” in the name, is Germanic, from the root *sund- = “truth” from which the word “sooth” also derives; in other words, “sin” is “untruth” or a false truth (this jives with the original Hebrew word for sin, used in the Bible, meaning, essentially, “illusion”).

But, Jurai isn’t the only chunibyou in this Anime; there are, in fact, two boys with this trait.  The other boy is Kiryou – his “nickname” is…:

Kiryou Hell-kaiser Luci-first.

Once again, we have an absolutely occult-laden title:  “Hell” derives from Germanic *halyo = “underworld.”  “Kaiser” is the German transliteration of Latin Caesar (the surname of the infamous, first Roman dictator Gaius Iulius Caesar).  The “Luci-” part is “Lucifer,” which in Latin means “light-bringer.”  Finally, “first” is quite straight-forward….

Yes, I found the “word-magic” more interesting than the other stuff that was going on in the series…!  I did notice two allusions to Kill la Kill in the series, though:  The boxer’s life-fibre gloves, which were worn briefly by one of the Lit-club girls, and a camio by Mako swimming in a pool.

Watching the show, I got the impression that the creators were seriously hoping to produce a second season; a lot of plot points were introduced in the series that are, as it is now, left annoyingly hanging.  I’m hoping for a second season:  I’d like to know how things end!

 

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Work of the Week #14

Last week was about the Watchers…  This week shall be about the Archivists (the primary antagonistic force in Fantasium).

The Archivists:

THE CITY-STATE ~ The center of the Archivists.  The City’s government includes the President (the most powerful non-noble Man in the City), the Prime Minister (the second-most powerful non-noble Man, controls commerce, trade, and banking), Sheriff (third-most powerful non-noble Man, controls the military and police), King and Queen (most powerful nobles in the City, one level above President; non-stately nobility include prince/princess, duke/duchess, and baron/baroness), High Priest (one level of power above King/Queen, most powerful in the religious realm and is usually a Hybrid), and finally Witch-king and Witch-queen (Mages that rule the City, they contain absolute power and rule from the shadows; hid themselves when the Peregrine was captured).

THE ALLIANCE ~ an alliance involving the City-State, its military, peace-keepers, a number of Fae queendoms and Earthling kingdoms, and (secretly) the Fae-based group called the Rebels.  Their primary objective is to bring all the Fae-lands and Earthling kingdoms under the purview of the City-State while stating it is for the benefit of all; the Rebels are meant to help the process along by setting up terror-type attacks that the City’s military can clean up afterwards.

THE FREE KINGS ~ an alliance of kings who specialize in trade and commerce.  Their networks and banks are renowned throughout, the purpose of both being for the Free Kings to transition all the World along according to the agendas of their true masters (the Mages).

THE GOOD KINGS ~ another alliance of kings, these ones exemplified historically by their uprightness, steadfastness, and great honour and nobility.  Joining the Archivists under the belief that it’d serve them well, the Good Kings are now mere shadows of their former selves – now providing for the City a strong military (the Golden Guard) and collecting and storing the historic and literary artifacts from across the lands at their private libraries and museums.

THE TEN KINGS ~ yet another alliance of kings; on the outside this group of Men have been defunct for a long time, but secretly they are ten Men who are masterful merchants, market-tenders, and law-men who dictate the running of their old lands from the shadows.

THE QUEENDOM ~ the Queendom resides presently over what was once the Ten Kings realm.  A femdom in its own right, the Empress claims absolute power over it but in fact her orders come from the Ten Kings.

THE GOLDEN GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ standing army and considered the most competent military force in all the realms; one must advance through the ranks of the Silver Guard in order to become a Golden Guard.

THE SILVER GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ special forces unit and considered the most competent in all the realms; one must advance through the Copper Guard in order to become a Silver Guard.

THE COPPER GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ police force and considered the most competent in all the realms; one must be at least 13 years old, and have completed their primary education, to join.

THE BROTHERHOOD ~ a group of males deeply into the occult who began as circus performers and magicians; now, they continue the circus tradition but with the added rites and rituals common to occult groups.

THE SISTERHOOD ~ a group of females, typically wives to the men of the Brotherhood, who began as nurses and caretakers; now, they preside over healthcare and nursing and dictate its processes (alongside an occult-like hierarchy that gives it an occult-like structure).

THE MAGES ~ the masterminds behind the Archivists; those that are members do so in secret.  Deeply into the occult, the Mages have always driven the course of Human history from shadows, ever since the end of the Five Waves.  As children of the Gods, the Mages are innately intelligent, are immortal, and possess a number of magical powers.

:^)