Under a more clinical light

Ever since I brought up the link to an avoidantly attached boy being obsessed with violence and stuff, I think it makes more sense to regard Hirohiko Araki’s habit of killing off dogs in his stories especially if he admits to liking them in a more clinical light. As I said, the real answer might lie in the middle.

It’s quite possible that his attitude to dogs might be more ambivalent that both he and JJBA fans would realise assuming if he still has anger problems of sorts. I even said that Araki early on still would’ve been traumatised in school and that trauma carried over to the time he got scratched by a cat.

Traumatised enough to have it played out in ‘Diamond is Unbreakable’ with not only Killer Queen and the like but also one character being bullied which points out to Araki himself being possibly bullied at some point or another. Him being afraid of cats is one thing, hence the portrayal of some characters.

His attitude to dogs could be more of a misdirected or misguided anger that is if we believe him to be bullied in school as inferred from DIU. If Araki’s avoidantly attachment as in not that close to partners and even be critical of them in a bad mood, then it’s likely that he’s also avoidantly attached to dogs.

Avoidantly attached people do have an ambivalent attitude to their partners, wanting them around but suspicious of too much closeness. I do know somebody who enjoys one of our dogs but can’t stand being too close to it especially when irritated. Maybe Araki feels similarly.

I admit to being obsessed with dead dogs when angry and teasing some of our cats for the same feeling so I could understand him to a degree. Admittedly my assessment of him isn’t in chronological order but as inferred from both his fiction and nonfiction it’s likely that ‘DIU’ might be the most autobiographical in that it gives a good idea of what Araki’s like as a little boy in a way.

In Desire and Avoidance, Hans Bellmer’s and Pablo Picasso’s apparent misogyny are attributable to whatever unresolved anger and grief they had especially with overbearing parents and with Picasso, grief over losing some of his relatives where he overcompensates with promiscuity and machismo. Logically, Araki could’ve unresolved anger and fear (trauma in general) carried out in the form of violent stories stemming from being bullied a lot.

 

What else could it be? (Part One)

Equating Iris West (Barry’s paramour, wife and sister of sorts especially on telly) with Beatrice-personaggia brings additional context to what else the latter could be. Sometimes going deeper than most commentators suggest or intend to, especially with not only Dante’s daughter being Sister Beatrice and Iris West allegedly being Barry’s foster sister of sorts on TV but also Bart Allen (their grandson) standing in for the lonza as a Khnopff style sphinx.

The same goes for Caitlin Snow becoming a werewolf being the appropriate analogue to Dante’s she-wolf. If Caitlin’s not only a werewolf but also a practising Satanist witch and affiliated with dogs, especially demonic dogs and her power over the cold being reminiscent of Dante’s Satan then especially to those who’re interested in witchcraft and demonology studies, this wouldn’t be surprising.

While some commentators assume Dante hates dogs but once you bring up witchcraft studies like Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits and demonology texts like Discours des Sorciers then it’s not so much whether if he hates dogs or not but rather the association of dogs with witchcraft, especially in Christian and Muslim majority countries would’ve been more common than one realises.

Even today, this belief’s still extant in African Pentecostal churches especially in places like Cameroon and Ghana. In parts of Cameroon, if somebody sacrifices a black dog then it’s accused of witchcraft and Satanism. So is turning into a dog. The Baka Pygmies also have a story where the first wizard’s a dog and that there’s one report that accused dogs of witchcraft.

The dog is the animal form commonly assumed by the Devil in many sources I’ve uncovered so much so that it shouldn’t be surprising why most of the dogs in the Divine Comedy are demonic. In fact being too affectionate with dogs not only gets people accused of bestiality but also witchcraft and Satanism!

If Caitlin Snow’s a Satanist werewolf witch with an affinity for dogs and ice, with her replacing the she-wolf then the latter could be reinterpreted as both a symbol of witchcraft and prelude to the demonic dogs and Satan himself.

Some Cameroonian lore

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Le temps des rites: ordre du monde et destin individuel en pays …

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ordre du monde et destin individuel en pays Wuli, Cameroun Viviane Baeke. cœur du sorcier … La détention de ce pouvoir, qui s’exerce uniquement la nuit, permet au sorcier de se métamorphoser soit en chouette (wù) 3, soit en léopard (mbwu), soit encore en chien (mva) pour se transporter au chevet de sa viétime endormie et lui transmettre une maladie. Ce mal … 5. Il est intéressant de noter que le circuit thèse 149 LE JOUR ET LA NUIT Z LES HOMMES ET LA SORCELLERIE.

The time of the rites: order of the world and individual destiny in country …

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world order and individual destiny in Wuli country , Cameroon Viviane Baeke. heart of the wizard … The possession of this power, which is exercised only at night, allows the wizard to metamorphose either as an owl (wù) 3, or leopard ( mbwu), or still in dog (mva) for to carry to the bedside of his sleepy vio- lity and transmit him an illness. This evil … 5. It is interesting to note that the circuit thesis 149 THE DAY AND THE NIGHT Z THE MEN AND THE SORCERY .

 

Convincing recreations and recontextualisations

Like I said, recreating the Divine Comedy using Flash characters leads to a more convincing reconstruction than with any other DC franchise. Maybe modified to make the two more seamlessly compatible but even then that’s saying given how coincidentally similar a fictional character like Barry Allen has become (and is) to a real life character like Dante Alighieri.

Even moreso if you make Barry more like Dante and given recent developments in the Flash comics where Barry Allen no longer dates his true love Iris West. To be fair, there are periods where Barry doesn’t date her and she herself died ahead of him (in fact marginally so) but similar enough to draw similarities between them and the women Dante loved.

Having Iris West be a stand-in for Beatrice-personaggia is telling especially if you bring up additional contexts to what else the latter could be. Iris West has been Barry’s wife, nagging paramour and quasi-sister of sorts especially on telly. Beatrice-personaggia has been interpreted by some to be most commonly Dante’s first crush but also beatitude, his daughter and rarely his wife.

Considering that Dante’s daughter became Sister Beatrice and Iris West has been depicted as a step-sister of sorts to Barry, these would be enough to seem incestuous to some. If these two are equated, then one wonders whether if the Beatrice character went from being a stand-in for his crush to more awkwardly his daughter and arguably his wife.

(The person who said that Beatrice could be a stand-in for his wife must’ve known that the former’s behaviour’s in line with what Boccaccio accuses the latter of.)

Possibly even more disturbing if Bart Allen (their grandson) gets associated with the lonza, symbol of lust, especially if he’s depicted as a Khnopff style sphinx. Fernand Khnopff was obsessed with his sister, so this adds more credence to the idea that both Westallen and Dante’s love for Beatrice might be more incestuous than believed.

As for Caitlin Snow, the most comparable character especially if she herself becomes a werewolf is Dante’s she-wolf. The she-wolf’s generally considered to symbolise greed and avarice. Caitlin Snow, being Killer Frost, has a constant craving for body and ambient heat.

Asssuming if Caitlin not becomes a werewolf but also practises sorcery and wolves are also associated with that (so much so that lycanthropy’s a form of witchcraft), then the she-wolf could also symbolise it. Once you recreate the Divine Comedy using the Flash, whilst you have characters that flat out replicate the former’s scenes there are others that bring new context.

Especially if it’s something that’s hardly ever intended or goes deeper than most Divine Comedy commentators understand.

Consider this

Consider this: it’d be relatively easy to recreate The Divine Comedy using Flash characters. Maybe not exactly but close enough to be a convincing reconstruction and reverse engineering. Albeit with some modifications to make these two fit together real well. Even then that shows just how easy it is to recreate the Comedy using Flash characters.

Barry Allen could make a great Dante Alighieri that is you consider Jay Garrick to be his Virgil and Iris West to be his Beatrice. (Logically, either Meena Dhawan or Patty Spivot would be his Gemma Donati or Matilda.) In the Flash programme, there’s a character named Dante so this would make it even easier to recreate the Comedy using the Flash cast.

Other characters not so much either because they’re too thematically disparate or just not prominent enough or both. Recreating the Divine Comedy using ‘Robin’ characters won’t be easy and good the way you do with the Flash. I hardly read comics but then again Barry Allen has far more memorable supporting and villainous characters than Tim Drake ever does.

(I might know the Flash better but even then I could still remember those characters well.)

I’m not really fond of Barry Allen but even then that’s saying because several of his storylines have been adapted elsewhere for the media, meaning they’re not only memorable but that Barry Allen could be a far more interesting character than what he’s given credit for.

Interesting and close enough to be equated with Dante Alighieri (who I like better). If Barry Allen reminds me a lot of Dante Alighieri, then I can’t crap on him any further and since his own storylines are far more memorable than Tim Drake’s then Barry’s might be the objectively better written of the two even if he’s not without his own flaws.

That both the Comedy and Barry’s storylines have aged well enough to be relevant again, hence why not only have the latter’s been adapted for other media repeatedly but also can be easily equated with the former.

ACG in the 2050s–American Anime

America might still be a world power but lower than it is today. Nonetheless given the loosening of censorship in America (as opposed to what’s going on in China due to the ban on certain media and stuff, could be wrong about it) and that America already has a substantial adult animation industry, it’s poised to be Japan’s successor in niche animation.

A good number of American animators grew up on anime and do reference it. There’s a growing body of American adult animations especially online where these can get away with graphic content more. Most notably Castlevania but Assassin’s Creed’s on its way. Samurai Jack was already adult animation when it returned to telly.

If Disneybounders are any indication, there’s already a substantial enough market for adult fans of animation as it has been before just not on the same scale as it is today especially with the Internet. In a sense, the 2050s global animation industry is going to be where Japanese animation’s at various periods. I expect the African animation industry to go the way of 1960s Japanese animation.

Mostly family friendly and tending towards merchandising. 2050s American animation is 2010s Japanese animation, still merchandisable but mostly aimed at niche fanatics. That may not always be the case especially if more adult African animations show up at film festivals but considering that an African country may one day give us the new Naruto as well as America happily indulging in more explicit animations, that’s when it’s appropriate to compare them to where Japan was at.

ACG in the 2050s–Post-anime updates

I already talked about a post-anime movement before but I think this is the movement that’ll go hand in hand with subsequent generations of ACG fandom especially when Japanese animation and comics industries have shrunk significantly to the point of being mostly historical pieces by then. Certain things can easily survive outside of Japanese anime, not just animal ears but also Stands where they can be rebranded as more generic witchcraft familiars.

Others would have to be reinterpreted more dramatically than what we’re getting today. If Devilman Crybaby’s a little unsettling to some already familiar with the source material (Ryo’s hair and all), a 2050s or 2060s version would be much worse. Given Japan’s growing irrelevance by the time China and India are already top economies, it shouldn’t be a problem to to retain the characters’ names in kanji.

But the setting would be more unrecognisable. Devilman Crybaby updates the source material with social media and rappers, 2050s Devilman would be set in China instead. Updating Devilman for 2050s sensibilities means that the 2050s could be very different from the 2010s, which in turn’s different from the 1970s (where Devilman’s set in). 2050s Devilman might not even be in anime style by then.

Again 2050s ACG sensibilities would differ a lot from 2010s even if some things like Stands and animal ears remain similar enough to their older counterparts in a way, others would be drastically different from now.