In the first chapter of “Memoirs of Vanitas” Jun managed to introduce us to the universe of her new work. In this article I want to focus on vampires and their connection with the Moon.
It is worth noting that vampires were associated with the Moon even by the Greeks and Romans. This association is well established and developed with the passage of time. In the Middle Ages they believed that vampires gain
their greatest power with the full moon. Only the full moon vampires can turn other people into vampires. John Polidori in his story “Vampire”, published in 1919, admitted that if the sun’s rays are harmful to the vampire, the moon has to be life-giving. When the vampire Lord Ruthven was killed, his body exposed to the first cold beam of the moon, which revived him.
From the very first chapter we see that Jun also picked up the idea of the vampire connection with the Moon. We learn that vampires are born on the full moon. And on the night of the
crimson full moon. In turn, a vampire Vanitas was born on the night of a blue moon, and this day is a symbol of misfortune. Since I’m fond of the Moon and the phenomenas associated with it, I want to make something clear. Firstly, the title “blue moon” itself is not because of the optical effect, so it is not due to the change of the color of the moon, but because of the English idiom «Once in a Blue Moon». That is why the phenomenon of the second full moon in a calendar month
became known as
“blue moon”. This is really rare event which can be observed on average every 2.7154 year. By the way, it could be seen 07.31.2015.
But even more interesting is that there is a “blood moon”. And it is even more rare than the “blue moon”. This phenomenon is connected with a rare coincidence supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Earth’s shadow has a reddish hue, so the Moon gives the reflected red light. This phenomenon has been called “blood moon”. It could be seen 09.28.2015, and the next will only happen in 2033.
Well, we can only wait for the next chapter to understand what meaning was invested by Jun in vampires connection with
“I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you’re always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”
Murr is a faithful companion of Noe. His distinguishing feature is a different eye colour. Of course, I’ve seen more than a dozen photos of cats with different eyes, but still decided to read about heterochromia in cats.
“The difference in eye colour is not considered as disease. However, most often it occurs with cats who have experienced severe illness, and most often with white cats. Cats with a different eye colour, especially white cats, sometimes are completely deaf, but most of them hearing well. As a rule, 60-70 percent of white cat with different eyes may hear, deafness is more often occured for white cats with blue eyes - it’s in their genetic level. Initially, all kittens are born with blue eyes that change colour over the next few months of their lives. ”
This description is very similar to Murr. Firstly, he’s a white cat. Secondly, one of his eyes is blue. Does this mean that he has gone through some severe illness? However, the disease, as we read earlier, is not a prerequisite for heterochromia. I have more questions about the second Murr’s eye. Unfortunately, now we do not have so many official arts in colour. All that we can say that the colour of the second eye is similar to the colour of the eyes of its owner Noe.
the ending of merchant is horribly sad but the part that always gets me is portia’s “love speech” to bassanio
first: “you see me, lord bassanio, where i stand, such as i am” feels like a response to bassanio’s “so may the outward shows be least themselves” (the “indian beauty” line–is he talking about the casket or the woman?) she’s reassuring him, almost, of her truth, her trustworthiness, her honesty: there will be no lies between us
the pronoun switch in the middle, from first to third person. it’s a form of self-objectification
the use of exact numbers, “account,” “cost,” “gross”–speaking of herself in terms of money & economy
“unlesson’d girl, unschool’d, unpractised” P L E A S E
“once i was master o’er myself” she knows, or senses, exactly what bassanio’s really here for–her language reflects that. she’s melting and remolding herself, no longer portia but bassanio’s wife, a lady richly left
and the scary thing about it is that it’s hard to tell if she’s genuine or not–she has the same bland, submissive servility w/ morocco & arragon. the only difference is that with bassanio there’s no sly cruel daggers hidden behind her words, nothing whispered to nerissa behind his back, nothing left at all of the portia we have grown to know and love. and that’s terrifying, to see a woman of portia’s brilliance annihilating herself
to me it’s a speech of resignation. she may not love bassanio but she wants to, she wants it desperately, because if this is a comedy it’s out of her control, this is a story about a girl who meets the love of her life because he picks the lead casket and she gives him a ring
this is portia saying, i am going to become the person you want me to be. if this is going to be a comedy, then i have to be your heroine. it’s self-preservation
Let’s continue our journey to the mystical universe of “Memoir of Vanitas”. In the first chapter Jun demonstrated us that in this world the “true name” of a being (human or vampire) is a powerful method of influence on life.
Firstly, I consider from where the idea of a mysterious “true name” begins. True name - is the name
of a thing or being that expresses, or is somehow identical with, its true
nature. The idea of a sacred language that refers to things by their true names, is central to philosophical study as well as in various traditions and religious invocation
Socrates in Cratylus (-
dialogue by Plato.
The subject of Cratylus is the correctness of names, in other words, it is a critique on the subject of naming)
considers, without taking a position, the possibility whether names are “conventional” or “natural”, that is, whether language is a system of arbitrary signs or whether words have an intrinsic relation to the things they signify.
Thus, the true name of the Egyptian sun god Ra
was revealed to Isis through an elaborate trick.
This gave Isis complete power over Ra and allowed her to put her son Horus on the throne.
Contemporary pre-industrial peoples guard secret names which are only used in solemn rituals. These names are never mentioned and kept from general knowledge.
According to practises in folklore, knowledge of a true name allows one to affect another person or being magically. It is stated that knowing someone’s, or something’s, true name therefore gives the person (who knows the true name) power over them.
We have already seen in the manga how with usage of the true name Vanitas healed Amelia.
However, our chaton Noe is strictly forbidden to reveal his true name.
So, what does true name bring: salvation and joy or death and grief? It should also be noted that since it is just the first chapter it is clear only that the true name is significant for the vampires. However, this does not mean that later we won’t find out that people also depend on true name.
In fantasy where magic works by evoking true names, characters often go to great lengths to conceal their true names.
What will be Noe ready to do to hide his one?