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anonymous asked:

Raidou stories do seem to get pretty weird and silly with its plot doesn't it? Like the manga had an alien trying to pull Instrumenality on us and appeared looking YHVH made of intestines.

Yeah totally. That manga sure was a trip wasn’t it? (…I liked it)

I can’t help but feel bad for Raidou though. Always having to deal with the Capital’s problems getting weirder and weirder……

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KAZUMA KANEKO GRAPHICS: PANDEMONIUM SCAN REQUESTS (Tumblr Side #1)

Here they are! Enjoy high-quality Kaneko art with details you probably haven’t noticed before. Thanks to everyone who sent in requests; we’ll do it again soon.

1. Agony (No. 011): The embodiment of suffering.
2. Anzu (No. 035): Mesopotamian bird-man and Tablets of Destiny thief. (alt)
3. Wicker Man (No. 057): Effigy said to be used by the Celts to burn sacrifices.
4. Otogo-douji (No. 081): Buddhist protector in the form of a child.
5. Jersey Devil (No. 181): Fabled resident of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
6. Todomeki (No. 268): Japanese demon with one hundred eyes.
7. Baal (No. 302): Canaanite storm deity and annoyance to the jealous Hebrew god, YHVH.
8. Halphas (No. 319): Stylish-ass bird who is the 38th spirit of the Goetia.
9. Botis (No. 375): 17th spirit of the Goetia who also goes by the name…Otis.
10. Maui (No. 381): Trickster hero found throughout Polynesian myth.

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KANEKO’S CRIB NOTES XXVI: BODYCONIAN

The Bodyconians are one of the more peculiar demon types from Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei II, as they seem to represent more than what they’re leading on. They also appear inextricably tied to the era they originated from. Zombie women in short, one-piece dresses who dance crazy? If it seems dated, it’s because it definitely is–precisely dated, in fact.

To get to the bottom of what the Bodyconians represent, we need to return back to the late 80s, in the years preceding the burst of the Japanese economic bubble. Around this time, French fashion house Hervé Leger introduced a new type of revealing dress, dubbed the “bodycon,” short for “body-conscious.” Indeed, this is the very skin-tight dress worn by Kaneko’s Bodyconians, who derive their names from it. The provocative nature of the bodycon and its wearers garnered enough attention during this period that the Bodyconians would actually first appear in 1990′s Megami Tensei II: 

But there’s more to the Bodyconian lifestyle than just a dress. On May 15, 1991, Tokyo’s nightlife was hit with a seismic shock: the opening of Juliana’s Tokyo, a discotheque in the city’s Minato ward. Replete with all the laser lights and smoky atmosphere you’d expect from a quality dance club, Juliana’s played non-stop, DJ-hosted dance music, like this mix, which begins with the truly evocative song “Yum Yum” (warning: hilariously explicit lyrics). By all accounts, crowds flocked to the club–and so did the bodyconians, many of whom were normal “office ladies” by day, who danced free of inhibitions in their transformative dresses by night. (One particularly notable Juliana’s patron is Kumiko Araki, pictured above.)  Particularly iconic of Juliana’s bodyconians was augmenting their style with feather fans and boas, two accessories also seen on Kaneko’s SMTII Bodyconian. 

Unfortunately for the bodyconians, Juliana’s time on the Tokyo stage was short: the club played its last set on August 31, 1994. This video purports to be from Juliana’s last day. However, Juliana’s revivals seem to happen on a regular basis, attended by some of the original bodyconians. Similar to SMT’s own Bodyconians, the instinctual desire to dance until daybreak must be difficult to abandon.

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KAZUMA KANEKO GRAPHICS: PANDEMONIUM SCANS (Eirikr’s Picks #1)

I can’t let everyone else have all the fun now, can I? Here’s some of my favorite demons whom I also thought were in need of higher-quality representation. In the future, my picks will also include demons I’ve randomly scanned before (like Odin) or those scanned for Kaneko’s Crib Notes (like Gogmagog). Enjoy!

  1. Amaterasu (No. 027): Japanese sun goddess.
  2. Vishnu (No. 055): The transcendent preserver deity of Hinduism.
  3. Odin (No. 073): All-Runes, All-Father, All-Right. (alt)
  4. Gogmagog (No. 157): Giant of Cornwall.
  5. Shiva (No. 177): Hinduism’s eminent destroyer and dancer.
  6. Mara (No. 380): A penis.
  7. Mahamayuri (No. 386): The “Peacock King” in Buddhism sometimes included among the five Wisdom Kings.
  8. Mithras (No. 396): Deity of the Roman cult that bears his name.
  9. Lham Dearg (No. 432): Bloodthirsty Scottish ghost.
  10. Lugh (No. 442): Celtic warrior god and father of Cu Chulainn.
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KAZUMA KANEKO GRAPHICS: PANDEMONIUM SCANS (The Requests of Talking Time)

I gave my pals over at my old stomping grounds the chance for requests. (Remember, always use the “cu chulainn” tag!) Here’s what they chose!

  1. Inaruna (No. 043): Ancient shaman queen of Devil Summoner. (alt)
  2. Inti (No. 047): Inca sun god.
  3. Grendel (No. 147): Monstrous antagonist of Beowulf.
  4. Satanael (No. 166): Fallen angel of Biblical apocrypha.
  5. Shemyaza (No. 179): Ditto. 
  6. Jeanne d’Arc (No. 188): French heroine and saint.
  7. Manitou (No. 198): Omnipresent spirit of the Algonquians.
  8. Tiamat (No. 246): Babylonian primordial chaos.
  9. Moowis (No. 398): Algonquin snowman-cum-hottie. (alt form sheet)
  10. Leanan Sidhe (No. 440): Celtic muse.
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KAZUMA KANEKO GRAPHICS: PANDEMONIUM SCANS (Tumblr Requests #2)

Fresh set for my loyal followers! Thanks again to everyone who sent in requests! Save some of those extras I couldn’t get around to this time for the next round.

  1. Kresnik (No. 143): Slavic vampire hunter.
  2. Cerberus (No. 153): Watchdog of Hades. (alt)
  3. Sraosha (No. 215): Zoroastrian yazata.
  4. Tzitzimitl (No. 244): Aztec astral goddesses.
  5. Neko Shogun (No. 293): Mistranslation of a Chinese god.
  6. Pallas Athena (No. 317): Greek goddess of strategic warfare.
  7. Black Maria (No. 353): Black-skinned image of the Madonna.
  8. Rakshasa (No. 434): Indian demon.
  9. Rangda (No. 438): Balinese witch. (alt)
  10. Lucifuge (No. 443): Governor of Hell.
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KAZUMA KANEKO GRAPHICS: PANDEMONIUM SCANS (The Heavenly Host)

These are presented in book order (i.e., Japanese alphabetical) and not by canonical angelic order, so don’t let that confuse you!

  1. Archangel (No. 002): The warrior order of angels.
  2. Virtue (No. 049): Angels who supervise the heavenly bodies.
  3. Angel (No. 71): The lowest order, and God’s messengers to humans.
  4. Cherub (No. 152): Both forms of those with faces of a man, lion, eagle, and bull and four wings.
  5. Snappy (No. 210): Of a secret order of angels who guard God’s vacation home in the Keys.
  6. Throne (No. 225): Angels sometimes equated with the wheeled Ophanim.
  7. Dominion (No. 270): Angelic lords who rule over lower orders.
  8. Power (No. 324): The divine guard of heaven.
  9. Principality (No. 355): Subordinates of Dominions.