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Part 4

Elektra's bedroom - Underground tunnels - A question of salt ! - Circus vehicle - The end of the World in 1899 - Ancient Japanese monsters

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Elektra's bedroom

First of all, we're not going to spy her through the keyhole! J. Mmm...ok, just a little bit...J Did you even notice those 3 paintings hanging on the wall of her room? Do they really exist?

Nostradamus? ...non credo proprio! ^___^

Do you have any doubt? JJ

Shakaru's painting  (Thanks to Kakugo) The picture on the left was made by Toshusai Sharaku (17??-1801?) one of the greatest masters and one of the greatest innovative and creative geniuses of the Japanese woodblock print. The painting (on the left) is featured on a 140 pieces collection, painted during his short active career. In fact, as a woodblock artist seems to have spanned only ten months, at the end of 1794 and start of 1795. He appeared from nowhere, instantly attained the greatest heights of genius and then disappeared with equal rapidity.

Anyway his favourite subjects were typical actors of Kabuki theatre, even if Shakaku was pretty famous for his weird style, so we can consider his works as well as half-caricatures JJ

More info about Sharaku? Click here and here

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is famous everywhere in the World as the most rapresentative Japanese artist ever. He painted almost all his life long and that's why his works are innumerable. When he was 60, he finally completed the so-called "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji", which features the same painting shown in Elektra's bedroom: Kanagawa oki nami ura (The Great Wave Off Kanagawa), now exposed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. J Click on the image to get more info about Hokusai Kanagawa oki nami ura (The Great Wave Off Kanagawa)
Stainlen's poster The third poster was made by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), even if his Art Nouveau style may be confused with Toulouse-Lautrec's one.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Steinlen moved to Paris at age 22 to pursue a career in art. He quickly won popular acceptance and produced literally thousands of illustrations, cartoons and drawings. Humanity and social sensitivity come through in his work.

Anyway there's something more to say...The poster Elektra has in his room, called "Chocolats", was made in 1895! That means SIX years later the events on the series (1889)! An anacronism!

(Thanks to: Kakugo, Eymerich and Erik)


Underground tunnels

Underground tunnels...Do you remember them?

[taken from Episode 37]
{Jean} Oh, WOW!  Tunnels like this under Africa...  This is amazing!
{Electra} Not just Africa.  Five continents and seven seas. Using accelerator tunnels like this, you can go anywhere.
{Jean} Old Atlanteans made this?
{Electra} Yes.

[taken from Omake n°9]
{Electra} We had been lucky enough to be caught in an undersea current and that current was headed right for an accelerator tunnel built by the Old Atlanteans. If we could make it that far, we'd be all right. But to get into the tunnel, we needed all the ship's power for the engines.

A few mentions about this topic can be found in Tibet and its ancient tradition. An English researcher spent many years studying every legend he come across and he found a few essays about these underground tunnels which can be accessible through caves on the surface. Also, he drew up a kind of map of tunnels, all across five continents, stating precisely they are artificial and not natural.

About citizens of this underground World, lots of ancient books talk about people "led by a spiritual guide" who "escaped from surface, living in subterranean towns built up around tunnels which lead to capital..."

Atlantis maybe? Blue Noah was a kind of underground city, wasn't it? J

(Thanks to Davide Dion)


A question of salt !

Seems that there's a reason Gargoyle is turned to a statue of salt...In fact, an episode of the Bible (Genesis XIX 12-29), tells the story of a group of angels who reaches Sodom to save Lot and his family before the destruction of the city, together to another town of sinners: Gomorrah. But Lot's wife doesn't respect the divine order of walking without turning back while a rain of flames destroys the city (in "Nadia" they were destroyed by the original Tower of Babel) and she becomes a statue of salt.

This is an interesting comparison...There are too many coincidences...In episode 7, Gargoyle says to Nadia: "Tonight I will show you a magnificent sight, the re-enactment of what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah"...Then, at the end of episode 39, Nemo orders him to avoid watching the Blue Water light but, such as Lot's wife, he watches anyway and he's turned to salt.


Jean's circus vehicle

Is it just an invention by Gainax? No, it's not! Get a look to the image below! Seems that this Kerry McLean has developed an already known idea to any "Nadia" fan!

JULY 2002 UPDATE: More news about the moto-wheel ! Click here

La monoruota di McLean... (©Focus)

La monoruota del circo...Ispirata o ispiratrice?


The end of the World in 1899

Ayrton (Eaton), at the beginning of episode 28, being in front of the "King of terror" (the Gratan), mentiones a profecy of the end of the World during the 7th month of 1899. Believe it or not, the profecy REALLY exists and it's featured on Nostradamus' most famous book. It says: [taken from "Centuriae" - X,12]

On the year 1999 (and not 1899...Just a voluntary mistake to show Ayrton/Eaton's foolishness?)
After 7 months
A King of Terror will come...

...etc etc. Interesting, isn't it?


Ancient Japanese monsters

Do you remember Eaton and his theories about the "King of terror"? Or, better, kings of terror, supposing he described 3 different monsters (a fat ogre -Hanson- a thin but extremely strong one -Samson- and a red-haired witch -Grandis-)

Anyway, all of them are strongly inspired by a few evil creatures, called Oni, featured in ancient Japanese legends.

Oni are demons of Japanese mithology which are supposed to born from the evil karma of humans. Usually, an oni is described as a fat, big giant with horns and an enourmous mouth (as Eaton pictured Hanson - get a look to the first image on the left). Basing on traditions, female oni is pictured as a charming and beautiful woman which can turn herself on a scaring demon (red-haired, maybe? J). Usually, they also dress with tiger-skin clothes (3rd image on the left)

These monster could also use a few kind of weapon, especially rough ones (as nailed clubs) and they were menace of destruction of towns.

Two more things to examine closely...

  • The giant monster (aka the Gratan JJ) ridden by the other 3 (on the left) features the typical tonsure and turtle carapace of another classic Japanese monster called Kappa.
  • As you can see on the left, pointed out by red circles, there's a recurrent thing on this sequence. It seems a typical Japanese amulet, made with strips of paper or so, used by people (or, in this case, monsters J) to keep out evil spirits...If so, why monsters wear it? JJ

Thanks to Send, Eymerich, Erik and these 2 Italian sites: 1 & 2

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