Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Book of the Angel’s Egg: Yoshitaka Amano and Gene Wolfe

 

The Anime Right is a spin-off of The Alt-Right, but has its own unique personality. There is an apparent influence from Eastern culture more than from Plato or Shakespeare. A 14/88er would argue against anime and be in favor for traditional figures like them.

Anime is quite controversial for the traditional Alt-Righter. But in no way is it “degenerate.”

Jason Reza Jorjani in his book Prometheus and Atlas defends both Akira and Neon Genesis Evangelion as “premium animes,” relating them to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

So how can there be this cross-over between anime and the Alt-Right? Do the Japanese even know of such a phenomenon?

We can begin with the concept that the Japanese are influenced from everything in western tradition, like Plato and Shakespeare. They chase after western art because it is supreme. The Japanese will then emulate an existing classical piece of art and then culturally appropriate it. I remember when I was little, Akage no Anne (1979) and Sherlock Hound (1984) would be playing on TV.

I liked the pretty pictures and could care less about the plot. However, take a closer examination, and realize both were based upon the European works of Anne of Green Gables and Sherlock Holmes respectively. The Japanese still look at the western world as being unapologetically successful and racially aware.

Unfortunately, they are naive when it comes to the Jewish Question or the demise of white people.

There is a cult piece of literature that the Alt-Right is unaware of. It is the very controversial and underground book series, The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. This isn’t your typical science-fiction or fantasy novel. The title “New Sun,” could be easily replaced with the word, “Black Sun.”

The book series is often cited by comedians Sam Hyde and Charls Carroll under the Million Dollar Extreme Reddit as a reoccurring joke. Hyde is especially fond of the book for some reason. It’s probably because it’s too avant-garde for the Alt-Right to get. However, it’s actually quite an easy book to enjoy once you start decrypting the scripture of the holy prophet, Severian.

New Sun has been compared to The Lord of the Rings. But why hasn’t there been any media outreach for the series? It is because the book has been translated from some obscure language of the future, not intended for a normie audience. It requires the reader to observe than to engage. It is classical speculative fiction, par excellence.

A few years later, Neuromancer (1984) became a box office hit, and got more attention as a perverted “postmodern” dystopia, loved and advocated by our hostile elites (not to mention, the explicit love of being cucked over by the Japanese). It buried the rising success of the first part of The New Sun, The Shadow of The Torturer (1980).

Unlike Neuromancer, The New Sun is a work based upon a future beyond cyberpunk. Wolfe claims that he is the only person on this Earth with the skill to translate this alien work. Call The New Sun a “prophecy” rather than a science-fiction novel. Hypothetically, the angel Gabriel came into Wolfe’s sleep and he was given an oracle vision of the far future. The same has happened in William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land (1912). Isaac Asimov wrote stories about robots to sell to pulp magazines, but Wolfe had a vision. 

Now, Japanese fine artist Yoshitaka Amano was deeply influenced by The Book of the New Sun. In the mid-80s, before his work on Vampire Hunter D, Amano did the cover art for the official Japanese editions of all four books in the series. His art is “fearful” and decaying, just like “The Dying Genre” itself (Wolfe’s book should be synonymous with the genre).

At that same time in 1985, five years after The Shadow of the Torturer, we have Amano’s first breakthrough film, Angel’s Egg (1985).

I remember seeing Angel’s Egg being advertised at my local art-house movie theater. However, I never had the chance to go. I was safe on my college campus and didn’t feel like going outside as a loner. But to see this movie in theaters is an amazing experience! I regret not going.

The movie is Amano’s mid-80s work on display. His prime. Everyone knows that “Amano” is now associated with the overrated video-games series, Final Fantasy. Just like how Akira Toriyama now means Dragon Ball and even Dragon Quest. Any hardcore fan should know that all of Amano’s art before 1987 was influenced by Wolfe’s vision in some way.

…Ok, I do like Ozuma (the orb of confusing art) and the final boss Necron that have both appeared in Final Fantasy 9 many years later. I’m not sure whether Amano had input into those designs.

The Japanese (translated into English) for Ozuma reads like this:

The metaphysical being Ozma exists without form and is unknowable, untouchable, and unattainable. And it is indispensable. Those who recognize it will be forced to question existence, being, the gods, and themselves.” 

…Sounds like Wolfe’s work, yes?

Amano’s art is heavily influenced from the works of H.R. Giger, Jean Giraud, and the art nouveau style of Aubrey Beardsley and Harry Clark. Mineo Maya’s longest-running and gender-queer manga, Patalliro! surely has been read by Amano.

Watching Angel’s Egg again, it certainly brings the viewer into a desolate world. A different reality unlike our own world. The same way Wolfe does with his work.

The Book of The New Sun is a long memoir by Severian, a Journeyman and prophet that foretells of a future society. Remember, “The Book” is not written in English, it’s translated. The reader should passively engage the text and try to make up his own claims about how Wolfe presents the words. Severian’s writing is supposed to be “in a tongue that has not yet achieved existence.”

As for Severian being, “an unreliable narrator,” were Lao Tzu or Muhammed “unreliable” when they wrote their books?

For the purpose of word-play, I do believe that the bird-embryo thing in the first scene of Angel’s Egg is actually a “destrier,” a giant horse-like monster from the future. Yes, it’s a “bird” and not a horse of course, but the point is, that the setting is so far into the future, that humanity (is it even called that?) has lost the words to describe any original meaning.

Wolfe’s translated words can have deeper meanings, like fuligin (darker than black). There can be archaic and obscure words. They are not invented up by the author, but revitalized from original words. Often so, words are suggestive rather than definitive (if the word ‘horse’ is used, it’s doesn’t exactly mean the animal, but something like it).

…Who is the master race in the future of The New Sun? They seem to be people known as the “Ascians.” Possibly, The “Asians.” Or what I like to call, “Asian-Aryanism.” Wolfe has denied such a claim, but I don’t care. 

Amano and the Japanese would be open to the idea of a great civilization made up of European-Japanese. That one popular anime, Shingeki no Kyojin, is made up of fictional “Asian-Aryan” people in a distant future. Half-White, Half-Japanese.

Watching Angel’s Egg gives you a glimpse into a world of future people where there is a new race of people with alien technology and architect.

Remember Final Fantasy 7 and Cloud’s Buster Sword? It reads very similar to Severian’s Terminus Est, an overpowered sword of some sort. The unspeakable future of Angel’s Egg and The New Sun also has feudal knights in surrealist landscapes.

The “Dying Earth” theme has been played again in the first Final Fantasy movie, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001). An underrated classic, the film imagines a world where the military tries to overthrow the Amano-esque science of the “Gaia.” A very similar plot is written in Angel’s Egg. The military and the oppressing forces of both films are stopped by a messiah.

Severian liberates the world with a “New Sun,” ending the Kali Yuga and beginning a new golden age, where the Earth is green and beautiful again.

The male character in Angel’s Egg could be Severian for all we know! Amano has drawn and played with Wolfe’s characters many times in his own art prior to 1984. It’s likely he would use those same character designs again in the movie.

There is also a Christian message in both Angel’s Egg and in the New Sun. A cross appears in the movie, and that the egg can represent a metaphor as the birth of Jesus. Severian is a messiah for Pagan’s that reject Christianity. Considering Wolfe’s work as “Christian” is blasphemous. “The New Sun” in it’s design is esoteric paganism. The Japanese have been obsessed with “the sun,” as it is an emblem on their countries flag and represents the constant struggle of birth and death (like Jesus Christ). 

The newer Japanese editions of The Book of The Sun feature art done by Takeshi Obata, who did the art for Death Note. From that perspective, The Book of The New Sun for the Japanese gives them strength in a dying, futuristic society.

Many who have read The Book of The New Sun agree Wolfe’s vision is similar to that of Amano’s vision in the video-game series Final Fantasy. I can’t really explain Amano’s art in my own words. But in Wolfe’s word, it can. Wolfe has even said while translating Severian’s language, “What the actual language may have been, I cannot say.” (Appendix)

If you want to learn more about The Book of The New Sun, instead of reading the very first book, The Shadow of The Torturer, I suggest picking up the Lexicon Urthus book which is a collection of lore from the series. It does a good job trying to explain the world to any normie.

The art of Yoshitaka Amano, along with the words of Gene Wolfe, leave the impression of a new cultural and political movement yet to come. The Anime Right should shift towards this avant-garde aesthetic while remaining faithful towards the Alt-Right message of manifesting destiny.

Now, as a warning about approaching Wolfe’s work, Severian warns the reader:

“Here I pause, having carried you, reader, from gate to gate… If you wish to walk no farther with me, reader, I cannot blame you. It is no easy road.” 

 

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