November 3, 2010

soul crusher

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 2:27 pm

Since it’s break week, I’m working on stuff that I’ve left aside for way longer than I should have…

Since these two entries bring it up, I’ll mention it here first; IMO, to differentiate between the different ‘demonic beings’ (this’ll be in the Creatures page):

悪魔 akuma – Daemon (straight from the lexicon)
魔族 mazoku – Demon / Demon race

Easy to confuse, I know, but consider this: Nodoka’s name-revealing artifact is based on a Japanese tale regading an oni, and yet it’s translated into Daemon in Latin. This isn’t even getting into the 鬼神兵 (those giant glowing humanoids) which should technically be Daemon Soldier going by the previous translation, but the term 鬼神 (demonic god) has been applied to Ryoumen-Sukuna as well. Is Sukuna just special because it’s powerful? Where the hell do the Daemon Soldiers fit in? Aaaargh.

In any case, I’m also working at this:

And… that’s about it.


  1. From what I can tell of Akamatsu’s work, demons, daemons, or any form of “dark non-human semi-sentient creature of partial or complete magical origin”, are basically all just considered under the third criteria there.

    There’s dozens of different ways to can phrase ‘demon’. You can deal with Christian demons, who are more spiritual and based in the effects of the spirit, then there’s the typical ‘daemon’ (latin based) who is much like its christian counterpart but is not explicitly evil in any way; it just refers to a form of being that is not human and can be considered ‘magical’.

    “akuma” are a strange mix of alot of forms of the term. In fact, you’ll find that any form of reference to any ‘demonic being’ will largely overlap with other forms of reference – Mazoku is very similar, but distinctly different, from the latin daemon, while christian demons are very similar to even shamanic spirits, except that they are explicitly ‘evil’ or malevolent.

    If you start to take other forms of ‘demon’ and stretch the term a bit, even other, largely considered “positive” forms of being can be classified as demons as well – “demon” in the english language has such a negative, usually violent connotation that this is overlooked.

    Even formal Gods themselves (The Judaic omniscient, greek/roman, you know the deal) can be classified as ‘demons’ simply because they’re not human; they’re explicitly ‘not the same as us’. This could also be one of the many reasons cultures have such problems with eachothers – one culture’s description of a ‘demon’ in a term of reference as an evil spirit that produces nothing but harm could clash against another culture’s reference to a very similar-in-origin demon being entirely benign, or even helpful.

    Rant end.

    tl;dr everything is demons

    Comment by Shiirn — November 3, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  2. Highly looking forward to that Creatures page.

    Comment by Evangeline 'Saya Scarlet' Alucard — November 4, 2010 @ 2:30 am

  3. So, if I read that right, you could theoretically use the magic bottle on dark!Negi, then? I mean he’s been stated to be turning into a demon of some form the worse his dark magic gets, and Dynamis couldn’t keep him down for too long there either, once he went nuts. Not to mention that Setsuna explicitly stated that using (powerful, at least >_>) Armationem pretty much turned him into an elemental spirit.

    Question is, what would happen if he gets control of himself/armationem runs out while he’s in the bottle? >_>

    Comment by Carect — November 4, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

  4. Well, considering they used the bottle on those Slimes, it can be used on any demon, so Negi probably does match, though I’m not sure how much relevance this will have in the current plot.

    On the other hand, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Negi’s “soul breaker” spell will be used at some point. They didn’t list it in the Bible for no reason.

    Comment by CanonRap — November 5, 2010 @ 4:06 am

  5. No wonder I didn’t realize you were working on a chart — I missed this post. *_*

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — November 8, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

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