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Re: Biblical Allusions in No. 6
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:07:42 pm »
Thanks for starting this topic, @AoYokai, that's super interesting!

I went back to a discussion I had with my friend, but it turns out it was much the same as what you said here re: Shion as Adam. Very interesting point raised with Lilith though. Shion calling for equality between him and Nezumi is very pronounced in the novels, but I never thought to apply the story of Lilith there.

And Babylon and Babel being the same word in Hebrew is very interesting too, I had no idea. I mean, they do sound similar (and I probably messed it up once or twice because of that), but I wasn't aware that it's more than just similar-sounding in Hebrew. (Of course, tons of stuff that get lost in translation or just mistranslated to begin with...) And hey, whether Asano knew it or not, that doesn't mean we can't speculate or draw parallels, does it?

I don't really have much to add aside from the apple - because I do think that's intentional at least, since apples show up quite a lot as food of choice in the West Block. The apple that stood out to me most is the one in the final volume, where Shion initially offers Nezumi one, but Nezumi hasn't recovered enough and Shion eats it himself instead - right after he's learnt about Nezumi's background and right as Nezumi starts to share his own story. So there's definitely a tie between apple and knowledge there. (Of course, whether it was an apple in the Paradise is disputed iirc, but apple is most certainly the one most associated with the Fall of Man.)

I'm gonna think about this some more, because I'm very uninformed about Biblical studies and I'm not sure about a lot of things I might take for granted because I absorbed them from media while they're actually entirely inaccurate.