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  • The Akashic Records

    The Akashic Records

    There are many anime’s (and manga’s) that often go over the Akashic Records topic. The one that might come to your mind is Black Butler.

    This article was written to explain what the Akashic Record actually is and what it does. I will also go over a few anime’s (and manga’s) it appears in and how it applies to that anime.

    A Little History

    The word akasha comes from Sanskrit and was coined in the 19th century. The word akasha means space, sky, or luminous.

    Akashic Records show up in theory with theosophy and anthroposophy. They are basically collections of thoughts and events that are encoded in a realm of existence that is not physical called the astral plane. There is no actual proof that the Akashic Records exist. H. P. Blavatsky summed up the records as being a life force of some kind. She goes on to explain that astral light records the past and future of the thoughts and actions of humans.

    While describing this please note that she never used the term akashic. Alfred Percy Sinnet is recorded as attributing the term akashic record. It wasn’t until C. W. Leadbeater that the term became truly associated with the idea. He also stated that the akashic records was something a clairvoyant could read.

    Alice A. Bailey once said:

    “The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature(based on desire) of every human unit throughout time. Herein lies the great deception of the records. Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire.”

    So what anime’s have the Akashic Records appeared in and to what degree?

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    The plot basically revolves around controlling the Akashic Records.

    Angel Sanctuary

    The Akashic Records are known as Heaven’s Tablet in this series. The real records are on a supercomputer outside of time and God is an AI. Those who have a tablet can access the power of God.

    Black Butler

    The Cinematic Record acts much like the Akashic Record would in recording the human life.

    Digimon Frontier

    The Digimon, Ancient Wisemon, can rewrite the records by using an attack called Laplace’s Demon.

    Future Diary

    The Akashic Records are their diaries in a way.

    The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

    The character Yata uses a goldfish puppet to talk with the dead.

    The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer

    Two characters have access or are seeking the Akashic Records.

    Nasuverse (Fate/Project)

    The Akashic Records are mentioned heavily through out the Fate series. Magi’s work to gain access to these to able to use spells such as time travel. If all seven servants are sacrificed, the Holy Grail can open the gate to Akasha.

    Outlaw Star

    The Galactic Leyline is the same as the Akashic Record.

    Oyasumi Punpun

    The records are brought up a lot in this series by Pegasus and is what he uses to gain his precognitive powers.

    Psycho Busters

    The characters are told to gain access to the records to reset the world before it ends.

    Slayers

    The Claire Bible is the complete knowledge of the Water Dragon King, a god.

    Vampire Hunter D

    There are some characters who can read them and others who can change them. D is able to do both.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

    The character Yubel has a spell called Akashic Record. Those who use this spell can draw two new cards, but if the card has already been drawn you lose both.

    Zombie Loan

    There is an organization called the Akashic Record Reform Committee (ARRC) who are attempting to get a hold of the records for some reason.


  • The Six Stars of RG Veda

    The Six Stars of RG Veda

    WARNING: SPOILERS

    Taishakuten, the god of thunder, rebelled and took over the Heavenly Kingdom three hundred years ago. He killed Ashura-ō, the guardian god, and began a cruel reign as a new Emporer. Kuyo, the true stargazer, gave a prophecy (the full prophecy is listed below) to Ashura-ō and then later to Yasha-ō.

    Prophecy as said by Kuyo:

    “Six stars will fall to this plane. The dark stars that will defy the Heavens. And you shall undertake a journey. One that begins when you find the child of a vanished race. I cannot discern the child’s alignment. I only know that it is he alone who can turn the wheels of Tenkai’s destiny. For it is by Heavenly Mandate that through this child, the Six Stars shall begin to gather. And then someone shall appear from the shadows. Even my powers cannot clearly make out his figure, but he knows the future and can manipulate both evil and heavenly stars. A roaring flame shall raze the wicked. Six stars will overpower all others. And inevitably, they will be the schism that splits the Heavens.”

    WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

    To follow the prophecy, Yasha-ō awakened Ashura after three hundred years of slumber. The two set out to gather the Six Stars. Once they gather each one, Ashura shows a much darker side than his usual kind childlike side. He kills his mother and takes the seal from her. He merges it with his sword, Shura-tō, and awakens the true Ashura (god of flame, blood, and war) and begins to destroy the world. The Six Stars are his sacrifice to complete his awakening. He absorbs their powers as he kills them, making himself even stronger.

    Taishakuten knew of the true horror behind the prophecy and awakening of the true Ashura. He came up with a plot to attempt to stop this prophecy from becoming true with Ashura-ō.

    The Six Stars

    Ashura

    阿修羅

    Clan: Ashura

     

    Yasha-ō

    夜叉王

    Clan: Yasha

     

    Ryū-ō

    龍王

    Clan: Dragon Tribe of the West

     

    Kendappa-ō

    乾闥婆王

    Clan: Kendappa in the East

     

    Karura-ō

    迦楼羅王

    Clan: Karura Tribe

     

    Sōma

    蘇摩

    Clan: Soma Tribe


  • Spells of Loveless

    Spells of Loveless

    Spells are called upon through particular words or ingredients by the Fighters. Casting spells through word is the most common form. They are mostly used in Spell Battles to create damage or control damage.

    Notable Spells

    Restrain/Split/Divide

    Level: Basic

    Position: Offensive

    Description:

    The most used spell by a Fighter. It can limit the movement or binds the person it is cast upon. A rope leash appears on the Sacrifice, binding them.

    Zen Kai Bou Gyo(Deflect)

    Level: Basic

    Position: Defensive

    Description:

    Deflect is used mostly to cancel out the attack spell. It can even ricochet off and hit the other Fighter. There are some spells that can still cause damage.

    Absolute Zero

    Level: Advanced

    Position: Offensive/Defensive

    Description:

    An advanced spell used to control the climate of the Spell Battle. It is used to weaken the other Fighter or hinder them. This spell is very effective against Zero Fighters, since their body does not warn them of danger.

    Retsu-Pa(Rip/Tear)

    Level: Moderate

    Position: Offensive

    Description:

    This spell is used to to inflict damage. The person will be barraged by scratches, slowly weakening them.

     

    Hon Ryu(Rupture)

    Level: Moderate

    Position: Offensive/Defensive

    Description:

    This spell creates a shock wave that not only damages them, but also disorients them. It can also deflect spells for a brief moment.

     

    Ri-Datsu(Secession)

    Level: Moderate

    Position: Defensive

    Description:

    This spell is an easy way o get out of a fight without forfeit or defeat. It can either banish the other team or the team using it can leave.

     

    Suspension

    Level: Moderate

    Position: Offensive

    Description:

    This spell is used to breach the opponents spell that are in effect at that time. This also leaves the opponent defenseless for a few moves.

     

    Flatten

    Level: Advanced

    Position: Offensive

    Description:

    When an opponent is weak, this spell is used to finish them off. It they are not that weak, it will only inflict damage. This spell depends both on the users strength and the opponents strength.

     

    Solidify

    Level: Advanced

    Position: Offensive/Defensive

    Description:

    This spell will paralyze the opponent for a few moves. The only way to cancel out this spell is to use Resolve to weaken the user of Solidify.

     

    Resolve

    Level: Advanced

    Position: Defensive

    Description:

    This spell is used to cancel out another spell quickly. This spell depends on the user swiftness and reaction.

     

    Spells Used Outside of Battle

     

    Name: Control

    Level: Advanced

    Position: Offensive(in battle)

    Description:

    This spell has only been used once outside of Spell Battle. This spell is used to take control of a person’s physical actions below the neck. The person will still have use of their heads, so to speak. The caster must know the person’s birth name.


  • Breakdown: Digimon Franchise

    Breakdown: Digimon Franchise

    The Digimon Franchise is very large. So I will only be looking at their anime and anime movies. I would like to look at all the games as well, but this Anime Amino. So let us stay on topic. Digimon started out as a Tamagotchi’s. It spun into an anime that started a whole new franchise. This is the Digimon Franchise anime breakdown.

    Digimon Adventure

    This was the first series released of the Digimon Franchise. March 7, 1999 was the first episode debut on the Japanese TV channel Fuji TV and Kids Statio. Fox Kids, in the United Stated, aired the first episode on August 14, 1999. It follows the adventure of seven kids (initially; an eighth one joins later) into the Digital World. There they must save that one world and their world at the same time. Each kid receives a Digimon as a fighting partner.

    Digimon Adventure 02

    The second series to the franchise. It began airing on the same channel on April 2, 2000. The setting takes place three years after the first series. A new evil has arrived and a new team is assembled. This time only two of the original children are on the team. New Digimon are introduced as well.

    Digimon Tamers

    The third series began airing April 1, 2001. Instead of going to the Digital World, this series is mainly set in the reality world. There are real items in the real world that can power boost their Digimon partner. It follows the stories of three people.

    Digimon Frontier

    As the fourth series in the franchise, it aired April 7, 2002. This series is very different from the other three series. A new evolution is introduced called Spirit Evolution. The human partner uses something called D-Tectors to transform into Digimon. These Digimon are called Legendary Warriors.

    Digimon Savers/Data Squad

    This series debuted April 2, 2006 after three years of hiatus. This series is very different from the original concept. The story follows members of Digital Accident Tactics Squad that cover up the fact that Digimon and the Digital World exist.

    Digimon Xros Wars/Fusion

    On TV Asahi, the sixth series aired on July 6, 2010. It went back to the original concept of human/Digimon teammates. The story follows a group of people that end up in the Digital World. A new technique is introduced called DigiFuse.

    Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time

    The sequel to Digimon Xros Wars. It takes place a year after the series and aired on October 2, 2011.

    Digimon Adventure tri.

    The newest series to the franchise. It is based after the first two seasons of the series, having the original characters. It takes place six years after the original story line. It id set to air in April

    Films of the Digimon Franchise

    Digimon Adventure (Part one of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure: Our War Game (Part two of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals (Part three of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon Strikes Back (Revenge of Diaboromon)

    Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers’ Battle (Battle of Adventurers)

    Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express (Runaway Locomon)

    Digimon Frontier: Revival of the Ancient Digimon (Island of Lost Digimon)

    Digital Monster X-Evolution

    Digimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!!


  • Machiko Hasegawa: A Female Mangaka Story

    Machiko Hasegawa

    Machiko Hasegawa was one of the first female manga artists. She was born in 1920 and died of a heart failure in 1992. At twelve years of age, Hasegawa began drawing. When she was sixteen, she took an apprenticeship with the cartoonist Suiho Tagawa. She received an award in 1992 called People’s Honor Award.

    Her best known work was Sazae-san which was created in 1946. Asahi Shimbun helped the manga strip get well known by 1949. The strip ran until her retirement in 1974 (6,477 strips all together!). Including Sazae-san, and other works such as Granny Mischief, were printed into a digest in Japan. Her works had sold over 60 million copies by the mid 1990s, in Japan alone. Sazae-san was also named the longest running animated program on the planet by Guinness World Records on September 5 of 2013. There were 6,727 episodes at that time. As of February 2014, there were 7,071 episodes.

    Sazae-san follows the life of a housewife of the same name. The comic strip was of course postwar and very popular. In 1955 the series was adapted into a radio series. In 1969 an animated series was created as well that is still running to this day (2015!). Certain strips of Sazae-san was translated in English called The Wonderful World of Sazae-san.

    In Setagaya, Tokyo, an art museum lies called The Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum. Machiko Hasegawa happened to collect art works as well. She opened the museum up in 1985. Her sister Mariko housed the art collection and some of Hasegawa’s original works in the museum. In the museum, one can see original drawings, paintings, and clay dolls. This of course includes both Japanese and Western artists.


  • Sacred Sword of X/1999

    Weapon of the Week: Sacred Sword of X/1999

    神剣

    Warning: Major Spoilers!!

    The Sacred Sword is used by Kamui and Fuma in the series X/1999. The swords were hidden in two different people. One being Fuma’s mother, the other resides in Kamui’s aunt. Both Kamui and Fuma receive a sword, Kamui’s receives the one from Fuma’s mother and Fuma’s receives the one from Kamui’s aunt. They must use these swords for the final battle of heaven and earth.

    The kanji is translated to Shinken, which means a sword from god or a sword offered as a sacrifice for the gods. According to the Appcalypse texts, this sword symbolizes the will of God. It will be used for the launch of human chastisements. According to the Shinto texts, this sword is called a goshintai. It is a hidden object that is usually sacred. They are usually housed in Shinto Shrines since they represent an incarnation of the god they pray to.

    There is a Hebrew prayer inscribed on the sword:

    Barukh attah adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, she-ha-kol nihyeh bi-d’varo

    Praised are You, Lord God, King of the Universe, at whose Word all things come into being


  • Dragon Ball Z Planets: Namek

    Namek

    ナメック星

    Ruler: Grand Elder Guru

    Strongest Warrior: Nail

    Inhabitants: Namekians

    Orbital Period: 130 days

    Date of Destruction: Age 762

    Having three suns, Namek never has any ‘night time.’ There is, however, a dark side to the planet when shown from afar. Theory is, that the planet is stuck in a tidally locked group of stars and result with the planet not having a day and night cycle. A year in Namek is only 130 days long, much shorter than Earth’s.

    Namek is home to about 100 Namekians in the Age of 762. Other life, such as frogs, fish, and dinosaurs, share the planet as well. The Nameks are the creators of the Dragon Balls and therefore play a key role in the series. They are humanoid, but with sluggish features and green skin. They even have antennas. The name is taken from Japan’s word, namekuji, meaning slug.

    At one time, Namek was once a beautiful landscape of meadows and Ajisa’s. The climate shifted, however, and wiped the majority of the Namekian race out in Age 261. Guru and a few exiled Powered-Up Namekians survived. They sent a child to Earth to ensure the survival of their existence. Guru was slowly able to repopulate Namek since Nameks can produce asexually. He gave birth to 109 Namekians and they began work on restoring the planets vegetation.

    The blissful time would soon pass, though, when Frieza arrives looking for the Dragon Balls. He ends up destroying the planet, but only after he tortures the remaining Namekians and killed a lot of them. Those who died at the hands of Frieza were revived though with the Dragon Balls. The Namekians were forced to live on Earth for about 260 days while a new planet was being scouted for them. They soon moved to the New Namek.

    Namek Dragon Balls are quite different from Earth. Grand Elder a Guru created the balls on Namek. They are larger than the Earth Dragon Balls. They are about the size of a basketball. There are two requirements when it comes to using them. First you must say the password, which happens to be the name of the dragon, Porunga. Second, you may only speak Namekian to Porunga.

    Porunga is a much stronger wish granter. He has the ability to grant three wishes. He can also bring back a mass of people (at first he could only revive one person at a time, but was modified). These a Dragon Balls also only take 130 days, while Earth took a full year. In the anime it is never shown that the Dragon Balls spread across the planet of Namek.


  • Cowboy Bebop: Jazz Appreciation

     Yoko Kanno: The Jazz Genius

    Everyone knows, well almost everyone, that Yoko Kanno is the genius behind the musical score of Cowboy Bebop along with Macross Plus, Resonance no Terror, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and so much more. She is very unique her style of composing and chooses her musical styles well depending on the anime. She knows how to draw the attention of the audience further into the anime.

    Cowboy Bebop is probably her most successful to me. Her mixture of jazz and blues plays into the film noirish Cowboy Bebop style. The different types of genre varies wide from hard rock to country and from acoustic ballads to funk. It is a very experimental composition, but works well for the anime. The main genre, and reason for this blog, is the jazz though.

    In a recently new interview with Yoko Kanno, she goes into the details of how she created most Cowboy Bebops score. During her middle and high school years, Kanno spent time in the brass band. During her time, the ‘song kids’ were not the coolest kids around. These were kids who played other peoples songs. So instead she began to create her own songs and perform those instead. She could never understand why the other kids would play the ‘uncool’ music. Instead, Kanno wanted to shake the souls of those hearing her music. She wanted to make “you lose it.” This was the beginning of the yearning that would soon be Tank!. She wanted a fire to light up when it was played.

    In university, Kanno began to transcribe hip hop and rap. This was to help grasp the understanding on rhythm. This inspired her to take a trip to the US, New Orleans to be exact. There she studied the jazz and funk culture. She also visited LA where there was a variety of music being played on the streets. This is where she learned “that the beat is a form of language.”

    Who Are The Seatbelts?

    The Seatbelts are a group of people that Yoko Kanno has worked with separately on other anime OSTs. She gathered them together to create The Seatbelts. They mostly play jazz and blues but dive into other styles as well. For Cowboy Bebop, the band was given a background story. According to the Bebop lore, The Seatbelts got their name since they wore seatbelts while performing on stage. This was so they could play their hardcore sessions and be safe doing so. They began to get famous in 2048. Most of their personal lives and information are unknown due to the high security of Y.K., their producer. Tank! was ranked number one in 2056 on The Solar System Music Hit Chart. During this time, they also traveled from planet to planet performing concerts.

    Jazz/Blue Inspired Themes

    Tank! is the opening theme for Cowboy Bebop. It basically sums up the show in that little session. Jazz and blues are to be expected. Yoko Kanno wrote the song while her band, The Seatbelts, performed. She has Masato Honda as an alto saxophone solo player towards the end of the full song. With mostly just instruments (other than the count down to jam provided by Tim Jensen) and screams jazz the whole time. It is an iconic song and opening as well.

    The Real Folks Blues is the ending theme used in the majority of the episodes as some have special endings. Performed by The Seatbelts and vocals by Mai Yamane, this song is mostly an homage to the blue genre. The lyrics were written by Yuho Iwasato while Yoko Kanno composed and arranged the rest. This song is one of just a few in the series that is sung in Japanese. The last episode may have a different ending, but the song appears through an alternate version called See You Space Cowboy… sometime during that episode.

    Each of the OSTs released of Cowboy Bebop are unique in certain ways. The first one released, Cowboy Bebop, has many of the trademark songs from the series. The second album, No Disc, is unique due to the many genres present in the works (from heavy metal to blue grass banjo types). The third OST, Cowboy Bebop Blue, had many vocal tracks. The OST to the Cowboy Bebop movie, Future Blues, explores western and Arabic style music.

    Yoko Kanno used many different songs as inspiration for her own work on the OSTs. Here are a list of songs that are known to be her actual inspirations:

    Imperial Drag – Zodiac Sign inspired Want it all Back

    Robbie Robertson – Coyote Dance inspired Space Lion

    DJ Food – Let the Good Shine inspired Mushroom Hunting

    Harry Connick Jr. – Blue Light, Red Light inspired You Make Me Cool

    Skunk Anansie – Secretly inspired No Reply

    Jaco Pastorius – Liberty City inspired CAR24

    Steve Reich – The Desert Music inspired Powder

    Sugababes – Overload inspired Cosmic Dare

    Angelo Badalamenti – Dub Driving inspired Pot City

    Brigitte Fontaine – Comme à la Radio inspired Black Coffee

    Pink Floyd – On the Run inspired On the Run

    Tom Waits – Midtown inspired Bad Dog, No Biscuits

    Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind inspired Pushing the Sky

    The Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown inspired Diggin


  • Sailor Moon: Luna-P

    Who or What is Luna-P?



    Luna-P was given to Chibiusa by Sailor Pluto. It was not only a protective device, but a remembrance of her dear friend Luna. It seems to be self aware and follows Chibiusa of its own will. Chibiusa can also use it to communicate to the other Senshi.



    Luna-P follows various commands of Chibiusa. It can change it different devices depending on what she needs. Once it was used as an umbrella to hypnotize Usagi’s family members. In the anime she commanded Luna-P to use magic to create a going away gift for Ami.



    Black Lady was also seen around Luna-P, since it wanted to stay near Chibiusa and protect her. In the anime it was seen as her only friend and it was used to attack the other Senshi’s. In the manga, however, she would abuse it and smack it away from her cursing it.



    Chibiusa was so upset and wanted to help her friends, that in Act 28 of the manga, Luna-P turned into the Pink Moon Stick. This then allowed her to transform into a Sailor Senshi and this was her friend Senshi weapon.


  • Inuyasha: Miroku’s Kazaana

    Miroku’s Kazaana



    The Kazaana was originally created by Naraku as a curse on Miroku’s grandfather, one that passes on through generations. The Kazaana appears on the palm of the wielder in the shape of a black hole. Eventually it will grow and swallow the wielder into oneself. The Kazaana can be damaged and expand unnaturally as well.Until then, it can be used to suck whatever is in front of it within the hole.



    Miroku’s grandfather was actually deceived by Naraku who was dressed as a woman. Naraku pierced his hand and thus the curse began. Naraku explained that the curse would pass only to males in his family as long as their blood survived. His grandfather was swallowed by his own. Miroku’s father was swallowed by his but not before Miroku could catch a glimpse of his possible future. Mushin, a friend of Miroku’s father, has helped Miroku over the years to ease any pain or damage caused to the Kazaana.



    Even though Miroku uses the Kazaana as a really good weapon, it has its downfalls. If any poison is sucked in, it can harm Miroku. Naraku has countered this attack by using the Saimyosho to stand by while the group is being attacked. If Miroku were to use Kazaana and swallow some of those bugs, he would perish.



    It seems that the Kazaana is directly attached to Naraku. He has stated that the only way to get rid of the curse is to kill him. Once his demonic powers were reduced to almost nothing and the Kazaana disappeared from Miroku’s hand. When Naraku had regained power, it reappeared.