Screaming Lady: Fucking hell… That scene where Roberto is reading about the whole Naomi-Modania incident, psalm and painting and we suddenly hear the scream of a woman… Jeez talking about a LOUD JUMP SCARE RIGHT THERE… T_T
Chanting Tribe: During the ending of the episode where the tribe was chanting some weird things to the snakes’ statue, I felt very uncomfortable. The music was very intense as well.
Self-flagellation: When Julia was showing to Hiraga his self-flagellation, the first thing that came to my mind was that albino priest from the Da Vinci code film, Silas. They kind of look alike as well, but Julia is way more fabulous. Well, his name is Julia… nothing more fabulous than that.
Themes & Trivia
Akashic records: Akasha (आकाश) is the Sanskrit word for ‘aether’ or ‘atmosphere.’ Also, in Hindi, Akash (आकाश) means ‘sky’ or ‘heaven.’ In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future.
Miserere: Miserere (full title: Miserere mei, Deus, Latin for ‘Have mercy on me, O God’) is a setting of Psalm 51 by the Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. It was composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII during the 1630s for use in the Sistine Chapel during nighttime liturgies. You can listen to it here.
This arc has a very interesting setup and I was quite impressed with the pacing, the story, the music, and the voice over. Especially the ending chant had me really spooked out. We can finally follow the show a bit easier now and I think that probably the previous episodes were rushed and condensed too much in order to be able to fit more storylines in the series, which is quite sad because the plot of the show had so much potential for something great. If the show focused on the main arcs and gave more attention to details, like the continuity of the dialogues and of course better animation, the show would have been much much better. The settings are definitely there, having some beautiful kind of ‘Vincent van Gogh – Starry Night’ inspired skies with a good soundtrack adding up to good mystery – horror elements and creating a good atmosphere for the whole show.
I have to say though, John was quite a talented artist, I really liked the painting of Roberto with the snakes along with the one from the girl that was on the cover of his book. Well done mate!