I was watching the Birth of Evil and I noticed a few but very important things
That’s the evil cosmic entity which Aku came from before it was destroyed by the ancient gods Odin, Ra, and Vishnu. Its fragment that fell as debris on earth took the form of Aku. Aku is in essence an offspring of a much powerful cosmic force. On the other hand…
This is an artist’s interpretation of Azathoth from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, and has an earthbound offspring called Nyarlathotep who often takes the shape of a humanoid figure in black, just like Aku, and is described to have many other inhuman forms. Nyarlathotep also deceives people by disguising as a person, much like Aku deceived Jack by pretending to be a woman.
Lovecraft talk: Aku, Ashi’s wraith form and the Beast in OTGW and why they look the same
A lot of y’all are comparing Ashi’s wraith form with the appearance of the Beast from Over the Garden Wall. I’m not an expert in Lovecraftian horror, and it actually won’t take a lot to explain why these designs look alike, but instead of going into painstaking detail about it in this post I’ll just provide some links below:
HERE is where I mentioned that Aku is a direct reference to the outer god Nyarlathotep. Some folks were kind enough to support that claim and I’m sure they and many others noticed it already far before I did.
HERE is where I mentioned the Beast from OTGW also as a direct reference to Nyarlathotep. It’s a long read but dig hard enough and you’ll find it there.
To add to this, here’s a picture of Nyarlathotep. Looks like Aku’s tower and shadowy tentacles, right? But there’s more to that.
Here’s a picture of it, closer, along with the real form of the Beast. Notice the faces on their bodies, and the fact that Nyarlathotep is sometimes referred to as the ‘faceless god’, and that he considered humans his toys. Because, man, think about it, of all places, why does Aku settle on Earth? And why hasn’t he destroyed us already? He destroys other world but not ours. That’s because we have too much value to him as playthings. I mean just consider the obvious fact that he’s fucked with Jack’s head enough times to disturb him for several lifetimes. This is what the Beast literally did to the Huntsman in OTGW. Aku has little to no actual interest in physically destroying Jack and the rest of humanity because without us he’s bored as shit. He’s even bored out of his fucking mind without his favorite toy to mess with, Jack.
Also notice this reoccurring theme of trees and birth and children. And I’ll only mention Ashi once. It’s not a mere coincidence that Aku or the Beast and even Nyarlathotep have the physical attributes of…how the Scotsman words it, a tree ogre. The Beast was a literal demon tree made out of the remains of children, and it was blatantly shown in the show how the children even transformed into eldritch abominations, the edelwood trees, before being consumed by the Beast. And they bled black blood which served as the oil for the lantern. Note it, BLACK. Jack was born when his father banished Aku and cursed him into the ground as a darkened wooden stump. Ashi was born out of the murky tar-like tree sap that came from Aku after her mother imbibed it into her system. So it’s no question Ashi’s wraith form or whatever you wanna call it would take the same physical attributes as her father. You can even say she’s a demi-god or a kin of the cosmos because of this. Even in the video game Bloodborne, the Moon Presence who inhabits the nightmare realm, makes its appearance near the nightmare image of the Great Tree in the city of Yharnam. And as if the ideas of cosmic horrors, trees, and birthing children in line with the existence of eldritch gods aren’t fucked up enough especially with how it all seems like a gross parallel to the idea of the Tree of Life in the Book of Genesis in the Bible, here’s a bunch of examples of the human placenta. GODDAMN it looks like a tree.
Lastly, and this is probably just me geeking out over and celebrating Samurai Jack, Bloodborne and H.P. Lovecraft altogether. Here’s a side-by-side picture of the lunar eclipse that freed Aku from his banishment and a picture of the Moon Presence in Bloodborne when it makes its appearance shortly after the blood moon surfaced. Fuckin A this is all some refined spooky shit and I love it. It’d be bullshit to call this a coincidence at this point.
Aries: “To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest.” (Selected Letters)
Taurus: “Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber, Past the wan-mooned abysses of night, I have lived o'er my lives without number, I have sounded all things with my sight.”
Gemini: “…there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other.” (The Silver Key)
Cancer: “I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”
Leo: “Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.” (Supernatural Horror in Literature)
Virgo: “The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them.” (The Dunwich Horror)
Libra: “For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming…” (The Night Ocean)
Scorpio: “Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.” (The White Ship)
Sagittarius: “No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.” (Ex Oblivione)
Capricorn: “I have seen beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars… . I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness… .” (From Beyond)
Aquarius: “Nothing really known can continue to be acutely fascinating.” (letter to Clark Ashton Smith, November 7, 1930)
Pisces: “In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods.” (Ex Oblivione)