Inspiration Post VIII

Picture curtesy of Snow-Pictures.com

Picture curtesy of Snow-Pictures.com

It snowed very heavily last week, as if someone were trying to make up for the lack of winter in the past couple of years. I hate snow.

Deviant Art                 Judgment by Sandara

Song                             (Miss)understood by Ayumi Hamasaki

Song II                         Lacrymosa by Evanescence

Subject                         Effects of Solitary Confinement on Mental Health

                                      Effects of Solitary Confinement on Mental Health II

Subject II                     Forced Labor of Germans after WWII

Book                             The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe

Manga                          D. Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino

Writing Prompt          Write a dialogue in which one of your character is in a

confessions booth.

What do they have to confess? What would they hide?

If they aren’t Catholic, why are they there?

Deviant Art Pose       Pose Study 11 by Kate-FoX

Plant                                   Elderberries

Pilate went outside again and said to the people “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty” Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thornes and the purple robe. And Pilote said, “Here is the man!”

When they saw him, the leading priest aand Temple guardsbegan shouting “Crucify! Crucify!”

“You crucify him,” Pilote said. “I find him not guilty.”

John 19: 4-7

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Character Spotlight ~ Kannagi

I don't remember where I got this... Sorry

I don’t remember where I got this… Sorry

I’m going to write this based on the manga as I’m not a fan of the anime. Arata Kangatari is a story about Arata, a boy from 21st century Japan who switches places with a boy from a fictional world called Amawakuni where he finds himself on the run as a fugitive accused of “Himeou’s” murder. For all intents and purposes Himeou is the government in this story. Each of her guardians or “shinshou” owns a “hayagami” which allows them each a different power that she keeps them from abusing. This Spotlight is about Kannagi, the initial antagonist of the manga. Let’s all look at his track record.

  • Attempted to murder Himeou (Who looks like a young child)
  • Blamed the attempted murder on Arata
  • Threatened Kotoha in order to flush him out (A teenage girl)
  • Sent Arata to Gatoya (A prison where human rights are nonexistent)
  • Other stuff that the reader finds out about later

To top off this list, he’s a good deal older than he looks, by about a hundred years at least. Obviously there’s nothing good to say about Kannagi at the beginning of the manga. But no one’s trying to fool you into thinking that he’s a decent human being either. Predictably he ends up joining Arata’s group… after being cut down to size. Of course this wasn’t Arata’s doing. This was one of the other shinshou, Akashi.

While Kannagi is busy wrongfully prosecuting and hunting down Arata, Akashi kills all of his workers, destroys his house and starts decides to torture him until he forks over rights to use his Hayagami because you need the target’s consent to take their hayagami. You can’ just kill them and take it. If they die the Hayagami picks a new user on its own.

Arata started acting all main charactery and stepped in to intervene. Akashi laughs, taunts and leaves. Kannagi takes the first chance to attack Arata anyway. Yet after this Arata still thinks he should join them. Kannagi beats him up, but joins anyway.

He doesn’t change when he first joins them. He’s about as obvious in his intentions as Starscream from Transformers.

In terms of character I compare him to Kadowaki. Kadowaki is almost a complete opposite in terms of his actions. He started out as Arata’s friend. In middle school they got along great until some event of really minor importance bruised Kadowaki’s ego.

Apparently this little bump to his ego was more important than his friendship with Arata ever was because rather than tell him that he was insulted he ran a whole campaign of making his life miserable. He spread rumors about him. He vandalized his desk and locker and pretty soon he had plenty of helpers that had little else to do but harass Arata by doing stuff like dumping trash on him.

Of course, we’re supposed to feel sorry for Kadowaki because his mother left him and his father slaps him for saying stuff that he deserved to be slapped for saying. This guy has such desperation to hang on to his own self inflated ego there’s no low he won’t stoop to for it. There’s so much self pity going on it emanates from the pages as you read. How do you get to killing innocent people over an incident that happened on your track team in middle school? Kadowaki was everything I expected Kannagi to be, and then less.

I initially disliked Kannagi but I got used to him being there. I still don’t like him. I still think he’s a jerk. But the character spotlight is more how the character works in the story.

At no point is his past used to excuse his actions. It shows it as why he does it but there’s no  “It’ must be so hard for you,” or other backwards logic that seems to hang around Kadowaki. Kannagi’s motivations are explained but not excused.

As the series went on he gained some respect for Arata and humility. He also admitted to the fact that he was the one who attacked Himeou and not Arata and he genuinely has his back even though he makes the occasional joke about betraying him that no one takes seriously anymore. In short, Kannagi is a good example of someone letting go of their ego and learning to respect those around him.

He’s not likeable but he doesn’t come on too strong and he completes the show. Every main character needs a right hand man.

Next character is Squid Girl.

Inspiration Post IV

Picture courtesy of rural-revolution.com

Picture courtesy of rural-revolution.com

I seem to be on time today. This week’s Theme is Creativity.  I hear it’s National Write Month. I’m going to have to look into that.

Deviant Art         Light by GunnerRomantic

Subject                 Hypergraphia

Subject II             Surrealism

Song                      Sakura Drops by Ayumi Hamasaki

Manga                  Arata Kangatari

Plant                      American Beech Tree

“Can you hold back the movement of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion? Can you ensure the proper sequence of seasons or guide the constellation of the bear with her cubs across the heavens?”

~Job 38: 31-32

Inspiration Post III

Courtesy of abandonedNYC.com

Courtesy of abandonedNYC.com

I wrote this so far ahead of time and yet I’m still posting it really late. It’s Halloween so I guess that works just as well. Even though it’s Halloween, I really think December is the best month for horror related media.

Deviant Art        Tales of Darkness by Asuka111

Subject              Night terrors

Subject II           Sleep paralysis

Song                  Higurashi no Naku by Eiko Shimamiya

Video Game      Yume Nikki

Manga              Uzumaki by Junji Ito

                          It definitely influenced the name of this blog.

Plant                 Hibrid Tea Rose

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

For the wise person sees, while the fool is blind. Yet I saw that wise and foolish people share the same fate. Both of them die. Just as the fool will die, so will I. So of what value is my wisdom? Then I said to myself, “This is all so meaningless!” For the wise and the fools both die, and in the days to come, both will be forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 2: 14-16

Inspiration Post II

Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia

Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia

I’m late with just about everything but when it rains it pours… Well, the point is that I have some catching up to do. From now on I’m just going to write this stuff ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about being behind when stuff comes up. Being late immediately after setting a deadline is really bad form.  I’m still going with the October theme.

Deviant Art        Meltdown by Yuumei

Subject               The Cordyceps Fungus

Song                    Marionette by Ayumi Hamasaki

                               It’s available on I tunes from her album Guilty.

Game                   The Legend Of Zelda Majora’s Mask                      

Plant                     Japanese Maple Tree or Acer Palmatum – Bloodgood

                                A dwarf tree named for its deep red color

Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that light is dark and dark is light; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

Destruction is certain for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.

Isaiah 5:20-21

Inspiration Post I

Cactus Dahlia

I’m going with an October theme for the month… even though I’m posting these every Tuesday.

Deviant Art           Black Dragon by Sandara

Subject                 The Sedlec Ossuary

Song                      Show Me Love (Not A Dream) by Utada Hikaru

It’s on Youtube (for now) but if anyone knows

where to buy it please tell me.

Manga                   Cradle of Monsters by Sanbe Kei (Poseidon with zombies)

Plant                      Cactus Dahlia (In bloom June through October)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the king’s privilege to uncover it.”

Proverbs 25:2

About Consumption

I got eight hours of sleep last night so I had some time to realize that stuff you think is good while you’re sleepy doesn’t always turn out to be good while you’re well rested. The cover, as grueling as it was to make, was very misleading about the premise of the story.

consumption is a story about Identity, waking up and finding you weren’t who you thought you were and having to adjust to being someone else completely even though you know you aren’t this person. However my main character “Kaseko” switched between being two different people in two different realities and only having the identity of one of them. The cover however looks like some tragic love story to the tune of Romeo and Juliet.

Consumption

 I still haven’t learned to throw useless stuff out so I posted it anyway. See that? We can’t have that! Kaseko is a soldier from a futuristic world where a war is heating up. Senna is a girl from modern times with nothing good going on in her life. So I scrapped the cover.  Hmm, this is awkward. I can’t really think of anything else to say that isn’t either a spoiler or whiny. I do have a cold though and it’s slowing down progress quite a bit. My immune system isn’t very useful. But it’s not really too hard on my cold to sit at a desk.