Tuesday, 24 April 2012

07 Ghost セブンゴースト (Sebun Gōsuto)



Description: 

Set in a gothic fantasy world, this is the story of Teito Klein, an orphaned slave who became the top military academy student. However, an unexpected turn of events left him pursued by the forces of the Barsburg Empire. Now an escaping convict, Teito's sheltered by the church and its law of sanctuary. Here, he discovered many mysteries surrounding himself, the church, and the Empire itself. The fact that he might be connected to a dethroned king and the mystical stone of god, 'The Eye of Mikhael' made him the target of the empire more than ever. Fortunately the church is under the mythical 7 Ghost protection. But who are the Ghosts really? Will Teito be free from the military's clutch? And what of his said mission to uncover the history? And who is the military's Chief-of-Staff Ayanami exactly? Teito's future seems to have spiraled into an unexpectedly perilous path.


Genre: Action, Comedy, Bishounen, Fantasy, Demons, Drama, Military,
            Religion, Conspiracy, Shounen-Ai, Mystery, Supernatural, 
            Ghosts, Pact, Adventure


Episode: 25

Original Run: April 6, 2009 – September 22, 2009


1. Raggs no Chinkonka           [Insert 20]                
2. Hitomi no Kotae                    [Ending]
3. Aka no Kakera                    [Opening]


Manga  

1. 07 Ghost
Published: November 25, 2005 – January 11, 2014
Volume: 17

2. 07 Ghost Children
Published: February 16, 2005  March 27, 2010
Volume: 1





Here is the Additional Information Regarding 07 Ghost:


Zaiphon

Zaiphon is the "magic" of 07-Ghosts's world, the ability to convert life energy into various forms of power (it is Zaiphon that keeps the continent floating). It is controlled by converting strong emotions into energy, and the power that comes from Zaiphon often takes the shape of words, though people may use weapons to channel said energy. Those who have the ability to use Zaiphon are rare and thought to be blessed by God. Every user's capabilities are different, and in many cases, reflect their nature. Zaiphon is generally categorized into three types:

·        Healing Zaiphon: People with healing Zaiphon are able to heal wounds and share or transfer their Zaiphon to others. Characters who primarily use healing Zaiphon are Labrador, Assistant Archbishop Bastien, Ouka, and Capella.
·        Offensive Zaiphon: People with offensive Zaiphon can attack enemies and protect themselves from attacks directed at them. Characters who primarily use offensive Zaiphon are Teito, Mikage, Ayanami, Hakuren, Frau, and Capella.
·        Manipulation Zaiphon: People with manipulation Zaiphon (which is particularly rare) can move other objects at will. Castor uses this type of Zaiphon.

It is possible to learn to use more than one version of Zaiphon; however, people who can successfully do so are few and far between.

There are a variety of weapons used to manipulate Zaiphon, the most common being the bascule. With the bascule, people can channel their Zaiphon and use it for several purposes. Different types of Zaiphon have different effects when used through a bascule: those with healing Zaiphon cannot directly attack a Kor, but they can restrict and remove Kor from afflicted people, and those with offensive Zaiphon can directly attack a Kor.


07-Ghosts and Verloren

According to a centuries-old myth, the God of Death, Verloren (Dutch or German for Lost), 'killed' the daughter of the Chief of Heaven and was forced to escape to the earth. In retribution, Verloren invaded the hearts of the people, who slipped into despair. Lamenting over the people's suffering, the Chief of Heaven dispatched seven heavenly lights in order to punish Verloren. Called the "Seven Ghosts", they are said to have sealed Verloren on the earth and served forevermore as the guardians of the Empire. Mothers often tell their children that if they are naughty, the Seven Ghosts will come to take them away.

Though Verloren has been sealed away in Pandora's Box for over 1000 years, his messengers, the Kor, find and contact humans to bring them under his influence. If a contract is made, a mark appears on the person's chest. This is known as "Verloren's curse," and it indicates one's heart being eaten by darkness. One of the duties of the "07-Ghosts" is to fight against Verloren and his curse and try to stop contracts from being fulfilled. Only the Bishops can remove Verloren's curse.

The 07-Ghosts are embodied in humans with such extraordinary Zaiphon abilities that they are considered to be blessed by God. They were originally fragments of Verloren, and they were sent down to the earth by the Chief of Heaven in order to stop Verloren. Each of the 07-Ghosts has died in his previous life, and they all retain their memories of their past lives. Frau, Castor, Labrador, Fia Kreuz and Lance have been revealed to be Ghosts thus far; all of them have the mark of their Ghosts on their hands. The Ghosts' names are   Sichel/(Zehel), Fest, Profe, Landkarte/(Randkalt), Relikt, Ea and Vertrag, all of which have Dutch or German origins. Each of the Ghosts has a specific power:

·        Sichel / Zehel – 斬魂 "the cutting spirit" 
      (Frau; the Ghost who severs bonds)
·        Feist – 繋魂 "The Tying Spirit" 
      (Castor; the Ghost who binds souls together)
·        Profe – 言魂 "The Speaking Spirit" 
     (Labrador; the Ghost who prophesies)
·        Rilect – 遺魂 "The Bequeathing Spirit" 
     (Lance; the Ghost who sees one's past)
·        Vertrag – 契魂 "The Pledging Spirit" 
     (Fea Kreuz; the Ghost who manipulates souls)
·        Landkarte / Randkalt – 消魂 "The Extinguishing Spirit" 
      (Katsuragi; the Ghost who sent something or himself away to a certain 
      place)
·        Ea – 醒魂 "The Awaking Spirit" 
     (Kal; the Ghost who assigns numbers to every soul in the world and determines their destination after death)

Note: ‘Ea' may also refer the Babylonian deity of wisdom and magic.


The Three Dreams

When a person is given a life from the Chief of the Heavens, they choose three dreams to complete over the course of their lifetime. When all the dreams are granted, their souls will be called back to the Chief and be reincarnated. However, when people are born they do not remember the dreams they chose, and finding out the dreams is supposedly the joy of life.

There are evil beings who want to interfere with this process; among them are Verloren's messengers, the Kor, who steal dreams and drag humans into darkness. When a human's first dream is granted by a Kor, the person's heart becomes unstable and unable to be satisfied no matter what he or she does. When the second dream is granted, the person falls into a state of starvation or addiction. When the third dream is granted, the soul has indulged in too much darkness and becomes forever unable to return to the Chief of Heaven. The Kor then takes the body; a possessed body with all three dreams fulfilled by the Kor is called a Wars (warusa means "evil" in Japanese), and they serve Verloren. A dark magician who can control the Wars is called a Warsfeil.
It is the duty of the church to protect people from the Kor, because the feeling of addiction is very difficult to remove. There are cases when a Kor may grant a wish that is not one of the three dreams, but it upsets the equilibrium and the Kor may be punished for it.


The Eyes of Mikhail and Raphael

The Eyes of Mikhail and Raphael are a set of holy stones that can be embedded into the body, allowing the Archangels Mikhail and Raphael to descend into a host's body for a limited time. They are undetectable until they possess their host's body, whereupon the stone appears in the host's hand, the host's eye color changes, and they become able to wield godlike powers with Zaiphon. Before the storyline of "07-Ghost," the royal family of the Kingdom of Raggs held the Eye of Mikhail and the Barsburg Empire held the Eye of Raphael. A pact was established between both countries never to seize the other Eye; however, the Barsburg Empire broke this pact ten years prior to the storyline.

The Eyes' full usages are unknown; however, thus far, the Eye of Mikhail has been used to seal Verloren's original body in Pandora's Box, and the Eye of Raphael has been said to be able to reincarnate Verloren's soul in human bodies.









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