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Onibi Series: Recap

A while back, I answered a question for tumblr user @outerkat that gave an explanation of known information about the characters of the Onibi Series. That information is now outdated, so it’s time for an update!  (As usual, this post was made with the help of @shishikusas​. Bless her heart this fandom would get absolutely nowhere without her.)

This is what we know as of mid-2017.

The canon order of the songs is still:

1. The Spider and the Kitsune-Like Lion

2. The Fox’s Wedding

3. The Beautiful Shadow of the Demon’s Frenzied Dance Performance

4. Demon Child in the Clear Mirror (at the same time as #3, in a different location)

5. Beheading Dance

6. Death, Misfortune, and the Amanojaku

7. Will-O-The-Wisp

8. Star Lily Dance Performance Capital

Time for characters!

Mai Shishikusa

She has two designs. The green-haired one with the bow was how she was first drawn, and its only purpose was to make her recognizable as Gumi. Her canon appearance is the one with long brown hair. 

Mai is a member of the esteemed Shishikusa clan, and after being mistreated by some men when she was very young, she ate them and left one of their heads at the scene. She later devours her own mother, Ryou, during her (Mai’s) birthday party. Delectably morbid.

In The Fox’s Wedding, she is kidnapped by Akari’s brother (we call him Takahiro but he doesn’t have a canon name). She is forcibly fed human flesh (which probably made her cannibalistic tendencies permanent), and it’s likely that she may have been molested at this time, too.

In The Beautiful Shadow of the Demon’s Frenzied Dance Performance, Mai goes crazy and begins to devour more and more people.

She is seen as a doll in Death, Misfortune, and the Amanojaku. Also, Masa has confirmed that Mai and Akari are the characters seen in Beheading Dance.

Star Lily Dance Performance is a dream, a figment of Mai’s imagination. She dreams of a place where she and Akari can be happy together, to comfort herself before she dies.

Akari Oborodzuka 

Her name has been occasionally translated as Zhu Li. Like Mai, she also has two designs. She is the character with red or white pigtails, and her canon design gives her short white hair. I believe that she is, symbolically, the “Kitsune” mentioned throughout the series.

Akari is a member of the Oborodzuka Clan, and is the sole member that is not physically disabled somehow. She endured abuse from her family because of this, and eventually gained the power to make other people hurt themselves.

She imprisoned a violent and evil character named Tsukuyomi inside of an altar in the basement of her home, and I’m fairly certain that this altar is what was commonly being referred to with that recurring line, “Open it?” Tsukuyomi was actually the founder of the Oborodzuka clan, if I’m not mistaken, and is freed centuries later in another Masa series known as Maha’s Story.

In The Spider and the Kitsune-Like Lion, Ryou Shishikusa kidnaps her and tortures her until she dies. At the end of the song, Akari curses her family, saying that this “strange habit of eating people” must be continued for a hundred generations or something like that. This seals Ryou’s fate, and Ryou is later eaten by her daughter Mai as part of this curse.

In The Fox’s Wedding, Akari is alive again. She isn’t involved in Mai’s kidnapping, but I think the two of them might have been secretly married at this time.

Akari is also seen in The Beautiful Shadow of the Demon’s Frenzied Dance Performance and Death, Misfortune, and the Amanojaku, but I’m not certain what her purpose is in these two.

Whether or not she is actually there or only being dreamt of in Star Lily Dance Performance is debatable, but the former is the more comforting option. ;w;

Shikyou the Amanojaku

Shikyou is the Antagonist of the Onibi Series. Her name was only learned recently. This is the Amanojaku mentioned in (you guessed it) Death, Misfortune, and the Amanojaku.

Shikyou is somehow controlling Mai’s fate. Masa said that Mai and Akari were “doomed never to meet.” It’s incredibly likely that Shikyou was behind this, which would explain why she screams and appears to be very distraught in The Beautiful Shadow of the Demon’s Frenzied Dance Performance. If those two hadn’t met, many lives would have been spared from Mai’s cannibalistic tendencies.

Because it was likely a character named Emi that helped Akari and Mai meet each other in person, Shikyou and Emi are enemies.

What confuses me is that even though she seems to be trying to protect the people of Castle Town and must therefore care about humanity, something on Masa’s blog also says that at some point in history, she went on some kinda killing spree? Shikyou’s motives are questionable, to say the least.


For a while we thought that she was the purple-robed Gumi, but that turned out to be Ryou. The lovely @shishikusas talked to Masa, though, and helped clear it up! Emi is the Miku seen in Onibi, but she was given an original appearance in the video for the remix of The Fox’s Wedding!

Emi is, symbolically, the “Doll” mentioned throughout the series. Her ancestors were evil gods, and thus, everyone came to hate her. She bears a grudge against these people, but tries to ignore their feelings at the same time.

She appears ONLY in the song Onibi, and is not to be confused with the other blue Miku character, Kaori.   

All we know other than that is that Masa described her as one of the story’s “Main Heroes.” I think that she’s behind Mai and Akari being able to meet.

Ryou Shishikusa

HOO BOY where do we start with this crazy bitch. Here’s what my dear fact checker had to say about her:

Ryo Shishikusa is Mai’s mother, born into the Onidzuka clan but marrying into the Shishikusa clan through daimyo Tomonari Shishikusa. She has one sister, unnamed, who had a daughter after multiple miscarriages (this daughter is Kaori, the one referred to as the “demon child”). She has a tattoo of a spider on her waist and uses a special knife called “Devil’s Blade” to kill people.

She and Tomonari run a theater in Castle Town (Namitsuki). A lot of Castle Town’s entertainment comes from here. One thing that happens below the theatre is gambling, which Ryo and her husband do with human beings. Evidently, the clans of Castle Town take part in illegal human trafficking of young girls, keeping them under the theater and treating them like animals. 

One day, Tomonari comes to Ryo and says that the other daimyos are becoming bored with the performances and that, for the next performance, someone will be killed for the audience. Ryo hates the idea, but it is business.

Their prisoner, Akari, is thoroughly disgusted and calls Ryou a monster. She says that Ryou is “unable to come back, like us.” Grace and I think that this means Akari has the ability to return from the dead, because that would certainly explain why she is alive later in the series.

Anyway, Ryou tortures and kills Akari before a live audience. After Akari is dead, the blog says (roughly) this:

“I looked aside and saw the surprised faces of the Daimyos. They opened their mouths when they saw me.


It’s hot. 

My face and my hand… are very very hot. 

I was surprised by what I saw on my hand. It was bright red. The small knife in my hand and even my sleeve were red, also, and from the cuff dripped… blood? 

That’s it. I remembered. I tried to kill this girl. 

I looked up at the girl again. Her head was completely downwards and I could see the intestines as I looked at her belly. 

This …was me? I trembled. My heart began to beat almost fast enough to break it.. Unconsciously, I spread my hands and turned to the Daimyo. 

‘Ha ha ha ha ha ha!’ I was laughing.“ 

So yeah Ryou makes a lot of stuff go wrong. Her actions, and probably Emi’s, are what eventually lead to the chaos caused by the meeting between Mai and Akari.

Kaori Onidzuka

This little cutie, formerly referred to as “Etsuko” by the fandom, is Mai’s cousin.

All we know about her is that she may or may not be into killing and torturing animals and that she is the one typically referred to as “Demon Child.” 

Really tho there is like NOTHING on the onibi blog about Kaori so there’s not much to talk about.

Tomonari Shishikusa

This man is a daimyo, husband of Ryou and father of Mai. He must really care for his family, because it was his idea to start killing people for entertainment as a way to bring in more money and he threw Mai a rather luxurious birthday party when the day came. 

So Akari’s curse might not be the only thing that pushed Mai to cannibalism. Evidently, those that turn cannibal sometimes devour parents that pampered them too much. 

The blog says that he and Ryou were having a very important talk with Mai shortly before she devoured them both. Tomonari was eaten first, with Ryou bearing witness just before Mai ate her as well.

Daiji Masaoma

This guy is Mai’s bodyguard. At some point he is found with a large portion of his shoulder eaten away, so it’s likely that he was killed by Mai. we crack ship him with takahiro

Kanishiro Oborodzuka

Here’s what we know about him:

  • He kidnapped Mai from her own hometown, so he’s probably a badass.
  • He has snake eyes.
  • After he kidnapped Mai, he forced her to consume human flesh from the back of a truck.
  • He probably did other unspeakable things to her, but there’s no telling

Here are the headcanons:

  • He does have a physical disability, like his family, but it’s deafness instead of bent/backward limbs or an inability to walk.
  • Therefore, he communicates through others with sign language.
  • He is Akari’s brother, and has red hair like hers.
  • He’s sadistic and cruel, but not as much as Ryou.

But yeah for a minor character, he does play kind of an important role in the story. We’ll probably be hearing more about him later on.


She is Mai’s adopted sister, from the Oborodzuka clan. Apparently she found the dead bodies of her parents after Mai had eaten her fill of them.


Remember, this is the updated info! My old post that says Emi is purple Gumi is WRONG. Hope this helped clear things up!

Peeping Tom

When I was twelve years old I peeped into a girl’s window for the first and last time.

I lived in a pretty boisterous area of town, not too far away from the nearby college. Right down the street was a house leased to a group of maybe five to six girls. The neighborhood didn’t mind them, they didn’t have crazy parties or trash the place. In fact one of them had a habit of bringing my mom cookies, as a thank you for being so welcoming to the area.

It’s how my brother Elliot got the idea in the first place.

Carla was honestly really nice. Had a great smile, always had a joke to crack, and was even nice to me. However, Elliot had a different thought process, having two years of age on me and a little less respect.

“Carla has rainbow polka dot panties, you know.”

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dancingloki  asked:

who is Lord Franklin and what's the deal with his ships?

i’m not sure you know exactly what can of worms you just opened, but okay. here we go. A Brief History Of One Of Orion’s Huge Obsessions™:

lord john franklin was one of those arctic explorers that died before he got there. what makes his story super cool though is that he completely disappeared in 1846 - nobody could fucking find him or his crew or his ships, and it was a big deal how big of a mystery it was.

his wife - lady franklin - supposedly was the one who wrote a ballad about him that got super famous (& is still sung today). of course, it probably wasn’t actually her, but it makes a nice story. (listen to lady franklin’s lament, it’s actually really pretty.)

the part that obsesses me the most is how much mythology was built up around him. searching for lord franklin became people’s quest, lady franklin herself sent a whole fuckton of people after him to no avail, and the tradition sort of kept going. people really wanted to find him.

people really thought some magic was going on there. (this shouldn’t be a surprise, though, considering how inextricably intertwined sailing is with ghost stories.)

there’s some mythos about the hand of franklin especially, his reaching-out hand, and uhhh i wrote a whole poem about it because it haunts me so badly. there’s something both romantic and heartbreaking about these doomed expeditions that i can’t stop thinking about, especially when they’re so mysterious, and especially when they are, inherently, a story about ghosts and history.

everyone was pretty ready to accept franklin as a loss, except:

i’m having trouble wording why this is so vitally important to me, but there’s something about this story that won’t leave me alone. there are a bunch of other arctic explorers who died on the way there, but none of them have the same pull on me. maybe it’s because this one is a ghost story too.

i hope lord franklin’s ghost can rest now that his ships were recovered and his story is getting told; his body was never found, but a ship is kind of a body when it’s yours, and i hope it’s enough.

‘This is my design’: Transgression and Possession by Hannibal’s Cannibals

[Note: You guys said you were interested, so here goes! This is a little different from my previous metas. It started as a paper I wrote for an MA class called ‘Exploitation Cinema’ where I placed the NBC show Hannibal in a wider context of cannibalism in film. It’s pretty rough, since I’ve cut it down by about 2,000 words and edited it to make it a little more accessible.]

In what is now an iconic scene from Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter taunts FBI trainee Clarice Starling by telling her about a census taker he once killed. ‘I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti’, he says, sucking in a hissing breath as though relishing the taste that lingers in his memory. Lecter and his psychiatrist enthrall Clarice—and, by extension, the audience—with verbal reconstructions of his murders, lingering on the cannibal’s perverse sensual enjoyment. Yet while the early Lecter films show only titillating glimpses of the killer’s ‘art’, the camera in the NBC serial Hannibal (2013 –) lingers with an almost detached fascination on the artist’s corpse-tableaus and haut-cuisine dishes, as though tempting the audience with their grim beauty. Instead of titillating us with tales of gore, Hannibal’s Hannibal dismembers and prepares each corpse in front of our eyes, holding the finished plate under our noses as though to say, ‘There, doesn’t that look good?’ Lecter’s pleasure is no longer a sign of incomprehensible monstrosity; it has become our pleasure as well.

Where does this perverse allegiance between audience and killer come from? The cannibal figure in fiction has evolved significantly over time. In Cannibalism in Literature and Film, Jennifer Brown argues that cannibalism is common in fiction not because it has been much practiced in reality (anthropological evidence shows incidents of cannibalism are actually very rare) but rather because it is an almost universal taboo, thus serving as an easy indicator of threatening and encroaching Otherness. The view of the cannibal is that of dangerously ambiguous figure, one who crosses or disregards the essential dividing line that separate the human body (in most cultures considered sacred, superior, or inviolate) from animal bodies. Human consumption of human flesh upsets what Brown calls ‘the most fundamental boundary between the “self and else”’ (7).

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anonymous asked:

Were you always a demon or were you a human first? If you were human, how did you become a demon?

Long story short, Someone killed someone I was dearly close to, I killed them, got rid of the evidence by cannibalism. Then when they finally found out it was me, I killed myself. So I landed myself a place in hell and managed to get a job with Beel. 

skarchomp  asked:

Between Coelophysis and Oviraptor, scientists seemed really eager to make dinosaurs into babies eaters using evidence that, in retrospect, was pretty shaky in the first place. And yes, this is an excuse for you to talk about Oviraptor.

Thank you for this.

Oviraptor is a fairly typical example of an oviraptorosaur - a group of birdlike theropods known for their distinctive parrotlike beaks and head crests.  Today, dozens of different species are known, but Oviraptor was the first, discovered in 1924.  At that time, the parenting habits of dinosaurs were poorly known, and paleontologists were bound to make all sorts of incorrect assumptions.

The type specimen of Oviraptor was found atop a nest of eggs, which it was assumed to have been feeding on.  This wasn’t an entirely baseless assumption; the discoverers had evidence on their side.

  • Oviraptor’s powerful beak was theorized to be a special adaptation for cracking open eggs.
  • The only other dinosaur eggs these paleontologists found in the surrounding area belonged to Protoceratops - a primitive ceratopsian dinosaur - and it was assumed that these eggs did as well.
  • The specimen was not very well-preserved; its bones were crushed, and it was not in a position that immediately indicated its behavior at the time of death.

These paleontologists were so confident that Oviraptor was an egg-stealer that the full genus and species name of the animal is Oviraptor philoceratops - “loves to steal ceratopsian eggs”.

It wasn’t until the 1990s that another species of oviraptorosaur was discovered in the presence of eggs - and this time, the better-preserved state of the fossil revealed that the original fossil’s eggs were in fact Oviraptor eggs.  The original specimen of Oviraptor was not a heartless baby-eater, but a loving parent protecting its young with its life.

Some more related fun facts!

  • Oviraptor is no longer considered to have been a specialized egg-eater, and instead likely had an extremely varied diet.  However, it has been suggested that some oviraptorosaurs were shore-dwellers that specialized in cracking open mollusks and crabs.
  • An oviraptorosaur called Caudipteryx was one of the first dinosaur fossils with preserved feathers.  It had small “wings” on its arms, a coat of downy protofeathers covering its body, and a fan of feathers at the tip of its tail.  It can be safely assumed that all other oviraptorosaurs were feathered in this same way.  Like modern birds, they may have looked quite ostentatious.
  • As I mentioned before, the original specimen of Oviraptor was quite badly damaged prior to fossilization.  In particular, the skull was almost totally crushed, and only when later species of oviraptorosaurs were discovered did its true skull shape become known.  Before that, paleoartists were forced to reconstruct what the head might have looked like from the original skull’s crushed remains.  More than a few depictions are truly terrifying.
  • More related to your original point than to Oviraptor: Only one known dinosaur has demonstrated definite evidence of cannibalism.  Fossils of Majungasaurus, an abelisaur from Late Cretaceous Madagascar, have been found with tooth marks that indicate cannibalistic feeding.  Some paleontologists believe that Majungasaurus individuals killed and cannibalized one another over access to their kills, as Komodo dragons are known to do today.

Tokyo Ghoul: RE Chapter 33 – Embracing Books

Rethinking the Meaning of “Blood Relatives”

The newest arc of Tokyo Ghoul: RE is now underway, and last week it kicked off with the revelation that our boy Tsukiyama Shuu is not doing too good—like the “he’s cannibalizing ghouls and there’s a fucking kakuja mask eating his face” kind of not doing too good. And for all intents and purposes, it looked like Ishida-sensei was setting us up for Tokyo Ghoul’s most anxiety provoking arc yet. There are still so many questions that the series has yet to answer—is Hide alive or dead, what acre Uta’s motives, what’s going to happen to Kaneki/Sasaki, where does Urie’s mouth keep going?

But chapter 33 finally pulled the curtains off of the long shrouded-in-mystery Tsukiyama backstory we’d long been waiting for. What could be so bad about Tsukiyama’s backstory that Ishida unspokenly refused to touch it in the original manga? What heart-wrenching truth was Ishida hiding from us? How bad is that bad feel we were all feeling about Tsukiyama’s backstory?

It’s pretty bad.

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“We investigated your claims about Doctor Lecter, Will, thoroughly”






Amphibian August #07 – Trimerorhachis

Known from the Early Permian of the south central United States (~290-272 mya), Trimerorhachis reached about 1m in length (3′3″) and was an early member of a highly aquatic group of temnospondyls called dvinosaurs. It probably spent its entire life in water, having gills even as an adult – although unlike modern amphibians these were internal gills, developed during metamorphosis before the loss of the larval external gills.

Its long body was covered in multiple overlapping layers of small fish-like bony scales, which made up 10-15% of its total body weight. While they may have served a defensive function, they might also have acted as a sort of ballast, weighing it down to help it stay underwater.

One specimen preserves a cluster of tiny bones around its gills which seem to belong to several Trimerorhachis larvae. These are either evidence of cannibalism, or something even more interesting – it’s possible that these animals were protecting their eggs and young by mouth-brooding.