The World of Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, Part I

Hey guys! So, after completing the last few posts on the anime No. 6, I’ve decided I kind of like that format, taking a few weeks (or a month) and really diving into the world of a particular series.

Sometimes I get too focused on looking for specific buildings that I forget to look at the overall bigger picture of the series. I have a bit of tunnel vision so to speak (so much so, my firm has noticed and called me out on my ultra-focused ways). So I’ll be proceeding with this format for awhile.

Don’t worry I still have more in-depth pieces about anime and architecture lined up, so that will be coming down the pipeline…hopefully sooner than later.

BUT, without further ado! Let’s jump into some Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis.

The series starts off in a town called Wytearp in episode 1, following our protagonist Favaro and his chaser Kaisar, those names should sound familiar as they’re the humans I described in a previous Man Crush Monday.

Wytearp1.PNG

When I first saw this opening scene, I immediately thought we had to be in some european countryside. There are clearly some roman influences to the city, as these are quite similar to the famous Roman aqueducts that helped transport water to a town.

Wytearp4.PNG

Europe has a lot of hilltop/mountain top towns, I especially looked into Italy, just because …part of the roman influence is rather prominent.

Wytearp5.PNG

Of the first interior shots of the series we’re brought into a pub. And it’s aesthetics is reminiscent of my previous post on Attack on Titan  where I discussed Romanesque properties.

Just as a recap:

  • Romanesque is this style of architecture is often characterized by a large hefty appearance with semi-circular arches and small paired windows, as well as the groin vault. (see link for a more descriptive info on the groin vault).

The town of Wytearp is indeed similar with the use of half-timbering; but instead of the wooden structure being exposed we see more of the stone block construction stacked to create the walls of the building.


That wraps up some thoughts on this edition of Fantasy Friday. (sorry these are such brief posts!)

Let me know if there’s a particular show/episode you’d like me to take a look at! I’m considering taking a poll with suggestions.

Architecture of No. 6 : Points of interest Pt. 2

TGIF everyone! 🙂 Today, marks the final last post of my No. 6 series (sorry Taku!). If this is your first time here you can check out previous posts on No. 6: The City of No. 6The Homes and Gardens of No. 6, and Architecture of No. 6 : Points of InterestOutside the Walls of No. 6

Today’s post looks at two more spots that I have apparently missed throughout this series.

Continue reading “Architecture of No. 6 : Points of interest Pt. 2”

Outside the Walls of No. 6

TGIF everyone! 🙂 Today, marks the second to last post of my No. 6 series. If this is your first time here you can check out previous posts on No. 6: The City of No. 6The Homes and Gardens of No. 6, and Architecture of No. 6 : Points of Interest.

All of these posts featured the Utopia that is No. 6. Today’s post looks at what the world looks outside of utopia. What kind of world is just beyond the wall? (That sounds so Attack on Titan-esque) Continue reading “Outside the Walls of No. 6”

Architecture of No. 6 : Points of Interest

Welcome back to Fantasy Friday! Continuing with the theme of No. 6, I’m featuring some other points of architectural interests from the show. The building’s featured this week vary in their function. While a few of them are considered civic public spaces, there are a few more private ones!

And if you missed out previous Fantasy Friday features of No. 6, you can check out the posts I did about the The City of No. 6 and The Homes and Gardens of No. 6.

Continue reading “Architecture of No. 6 : Points of Interest”

The Homes and Gardens of No. 6

Welcome back to Fantasy Friday! Last time I posted for this series, I featured the City of No. 6 and the project it’s seemingly modeled after.

safu_shion_biking_no-6.png
Safu & Shion biking through No. 6 – image source

I’m still continuing this theme for a couple weeks to catch up with my backlog of posts. This week I’m featuring the homes of Safu and Shion!  Continue reading “The Homes and Gardens of No. 6”

The City of No. 6

Welcome back to Fantasy Friday. Where I feature fantastical architecture that’s been featured in anime. Maybe you noticed it, maybe you didn’t, but I’m always looking at the buildings that character inhabit and the environment they interact with. Last week I looked at the wild colors featured in Nanbaka.

I’ve started taking screenshots of anime’s. I don’t know if anyone really noticed, but I had started tweeting out buildings while I was watching this show in particular. I’m trying to integrate this series more into my tweets, but I’ve been lagging as of late.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be bringing you a glimpse into the world of No. 6. Continue reading “The City of No. 6”

The Wild Architecture of Nanbaka

Greetings and welcome back to Fantasy Friday! As you saw last week, I’m trying to revive this series and have a bit more fun with it. So I figured, what better way than to kick it off with one of the more crazier pieces of architecture that I’ve seen so far, and that comes from the anime Nanbaka. 

If you have no idea what Nanbaka is:

Four men are assigned to Nanba, the world’s most formidable prison. Jyugo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rock, a man who likes to get into fights; and Nico, a man who likes anime. A super exciting action comedy about the daily lives of the prison’s inmates and guards 

-Crunchyroll

 

6B6DD7A5-C2AB-4E33-9FE1-83C535A6376B-1614-000003981F3731A2.jpegThe name of this prison that houses all the inmates is Nanba Prision, and it’s located off the coast of Japan.  It’s supposed to rival the security of Alcatraz. The prison is highly rated due to it’s security as it’s virtually inescapable (except for one person).

IMG_0134

There are 13 buildings that create this massive complex, and there was actually an episode that helped lay that out. It’s also relatively big enough that it has it’s own tram system to get prison guards around easily. Needless to say, the Japanese temple motif is used quite heavily in all the the architecture represented in this particular anime. I couldn’t extract any particular reason for them to rely so heavily on using this style except to poke fun at the traditional architecture by using all kinds of crazy colors and also exaggerating the size and details or ornamentation on each of them.

 

Images of the interior are few and far in between, but I was able to snag a few screenshots of the warden’s office, hidden interior garden, and their coliseum.

Nanbaka is full of color: whether it be in their architecture or in their character design.  It’s just got such wildly exaggerated aesthetics that I can’t help but love what an absolute mess it is.


Hope you guys enjoyed the revival post of the series! What do you think of the architecture of Nanbaka? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

[Fantasy Friday]: The Revival

Hey guys, it’s been a really, really, really long time since I posted for my Fantasy Friday series. To be honest, I put this on hold because I began to feel stressed about this series. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out! I had started off really strong I know; but then I started getting too caught up in my architectural thought processes that I forgot why I started this series to begin with. So, I went back to my initial post to remind myself of what I had written as my original intent:

 These posts will probably vary on length depending on if and what I am able to pinpoint as relevant as well as what I find myself drawn to. This will mostly be Architecture Eye Candy. As someone that’s been trained in design, theory and as someone that loves history and research; sometimes I find it easy to find a precedence or correlation from the anime to something that’s real and tangible.

What I love about architecture in anime or any kind of animation or CGI scene is that there are no limits to what can be created; things can be overly exaggerated which makes it so fantastical – like you’re in a dream world. And I’m all about outrageous designs!

– (excerpt from the original Fantasy Friday post)

Continue reading “[Fantasy Friday]: The Revival”

Thrymheim Dungeon, Jotunheimer

Finally, I’m trying to breathe back some life into my Architectural posts.

This is the last post concluding my SAO themed week. This week I’m looking at Season 2’s Excalibur Arc for it’s architectural aspects. You might have seen my analysis of ALO’s City of Arun in a previous post. ALO is specifically named after one of the races in Norse Mythology, Alfheim, the race of the light fairies.  Other races found in ALO are not as specific to Norse Mythology.

Thrymheimr

After doing some research, I think it’s really interesting how ALO over all is based on Norse Mythology.  I also, like how well it’s been depicted. In the ALO verison of Thrymheim, it is a floating inverted pyramid that is located underneath the base of the world tree, in another world called,Jotunheimer, the land of giants.

Thrymheim_FloorsThrymheim is divided into 4 levels. Each riddled with an array of varying passages and rooms carved out of the ice pyramid. The fourth floor is mostly the boss dungeon.

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thrymheimr_forming
The forming of Thrymheim

 

The mythology of Thrymheim according to ALO:

Once upon a time, the king of the frost giants in Niflheimr, named Thrym, transformed into a wolf and infiltrated Jötunheimr. He then stole the Holy Sword Excalibur, forged by the blacksmith god Völundr, and threw it into Urðr’s Spring at the center of Jötunheimr. The sword severed the thick roots of the World Tree in the spring and, at that moment, Jötunheimr lost the blessings of the World Tree, becoming a desolate world of frost. The water of the Urðr’s Spring froze, as it was pulled up by the shrinking roots, thus forming a bottomless pit, the Great Void, where Urðr’s Spring once was, while the frozen water became a huge mass of ice, with Excalibur stuck at the bottom-most part of the ice mass, and half pierced into the crust of ALfheim.

Thrymheim translates to “Thunder-home,” a castle that was located in the highest mountain peaks of Jotunheim where the snow never melted; it was considered to be one of the few strongholds of the world, and owned by a giant by the name of Thiazi. The castle is the only building in the kingdom of Thrymheim that is made solely out of ice, which is probably why in ALO it’s a crystal pyramid.

thyrmheim_artistic_interpretation.jpg
artistic rendering of Thrymheim

From what I’ve read, the entire excalibur arc is based on a particular story found in Norse Mythology. However, SAO has jumbled two stories together and I think this was done purposely in order for the viewers to be able to relate to the content a little more. The story goes as follows:

Story 1:

Thiazi once abducted the goddess Idun, and in Thrymheim, he held her captive, causing the gods to age until her rescue, in turn resulting in the death of Thiazi.

Story 2:

Thrym was king of the jotnar. In one legend, he stole Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer to extort the gods into giving him Freyja as his wife.

Thrym was foiled in his scheme by the gracefulness of Heimdall, the cunning of Loki, and the sheer violence of Thor, who later killed Thrym, his sister, and all of the jotnar kin that had been present at the wedding reception.

In the excalibur arc, we saw that the final boss was Thrym, who was holding Freya captive (like Thiazi to Idun), while also being in possession of Mjolnir. But when Freyja touches Mjolnir, she turns into Thor to kill Thrym. This all happens in Thrymheim, which is not Thrym’s home at all. It’s a bit confusing, but thats the how mixed up the mythologies became!

That about does it. This was relatively short; but don’t worry I’ll be back with even better content! I kind of wanted to just use images for this one.


That concludes unofficial SAO week here at Archi-Anime! As always, thanks for reading! Did you like what you saw? Have any other comments or questions? Also, if you have any think you’d like to me to look into architecturally in an anime I’m more than willing to take suggestions! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Ouran High School Campus

One thing is for certain as I make my list of cool buildings for Fantasy Friday, is that most of the anime’s I’ve watched have incredible school campuses. Ouran High School is just one of the few that really caught my eye.  Ouran is such a classic anime for me. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m completely butt hurt that Netflix decided to remove it from their list of anime. *sigh* But thankfully, Funimation has it up on their site. I actually have a few more posts where architecture and ouran is concerned; I still need to do a bit more research but I’m really excited about those posts! It wouldn’t be considered Fantasy Friday and it wouldn’t be ANI-Reality either.  Those belong to a category of their own and will most likely be published as a Sunday Special where there is no real specialized theme-but more on that at a later date. Without further ado….

“Welcome, we the Ouran Host Club will see you now”welcome_ouran

Ouran_Campus_Inspirations.pngThe Ouran High School Campus looks inspired by mid-ninteenth century Paris, France. The style of Architecture during that time frame was called “Beaux-Arts” or “Fine Arts”. This particular style had a sculptural quality to it, and dealt a lot with symmetry and classical references to Greek and Roman Architecture. There are 3 buildings in which Ouran is inspired by: Romes’ St. Peter’s Basilica, England’s Buckingham Palace, and Paris’ Place de Concorde, as shown in the images above.

garden_inspiration.png

The garden is also an architectural reference to the French Formal Garden of the 18-19th century. A great example of this would be the Gardens of Versailles, found in the Palace of Versailles. The french formal garden consisted of a rigid symmetry of pathways which enforced the idea of imposing order on nature, as shown in Versaille’s plan shown in the middle of the above photo. The french garden’s history stems from that of the Italian Renaissance Garden which is often characterized with: symmetrical patterns, geometric shapes, and the use of fountains and other water features that gave the garden some movement. Often times gardens would be done at different heights and levels, in which all the pathways would cross up and down through the garden. The gardens were meant to express the ideals of the Renaissance and the ideals of Ancient Rome.

Ouran_Campus_Interior.png

The interiors of the school also carries the theme of the mid-ninteenth centuy motif. Grand staircases, Symmetry, classical architecture (greek/roman), arched windows and it also borrows from the 19th-century Gothic Revival style with the use of the Gothic vault shown in the second photo above. I find a lot of these images to be similar to views shown in the Palace of Versailles as well – which could have very well been another source of inspiration.

I find the use of mid-ninteenth century Parisian aesthetics amusing because what other style best represents the qualities of the rich, wealthy, and extravagant? I also find the parallel between Tamaki’s heritage to that the school’s aesthetic to be interesting as well – but that’s being saved for another post ;). Classical architecture was the launching point for my architecutral interest; especially the gothic revival style. I went to a gothic style cathedral as a kid and was completely blown away by how amazing it was. I was in awe of it’s beauty…of the pointed arches, columns and stained glass, but I was also scared and terrified of the dark spaces and the gargoyles. However, what really drew my interest was the light that filtered in through the dark space I was mindblown by the beauty of it all. I was so inpsired by that feeling …that well..the rest is history so to speak. That one moment lead me to my career and appreciation of theory and analysis of that one moment. Till next time!

“The Ouran Host Club will be waiting for you…
We’ll see you then.” – Ouran High School Host Club

Minitokyo.Ouran.High.School.Host.Club.Wallpaper.267298.jpg