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Analysis of the Animusphere chant

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note1: I think this might have been adressed already somewhere, but I want to make my own take on it while also having a link to share it so. So if there is one already, than have one more I guess.
note2:I recommend leaving this playing while reading this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2ZgVrry8ew

So, regarding Fate/Grand Order, there's something that I don't see having much commentary that I think people should pay not only attention, but also have a more "linguistic" analysis.

Such thing is the Anima Animusphere chant.

You see, one of the things added on Olympus chapter was the actual katakana being spoken. First, I'll put the chant in its pronunciation, both english and katakana:
>1 Starsスターズ
>2 Cosmosコスモス
>3 Godsゴッズ
>4 Animusアニムス
>5 Antrum?アントルム
>6 Unverse?Universe?アンバース
>7 Anima, Animusphereアニマ、アニムスフィア

I put the katakana because the fourth and fifth words are probably an "altria" case, so it is there just in case.

So, that doesn't mean much, some words are english, some are latin and probably animusphere is an english-latin neologism.
Regarding the latin words, animus is the word for spirit/mind and antrum can mean cavity, den. Aside from some translations, there's nothing much that can be done here aside from speculation.
However.
We have something else which is the japanese form of the chant. But what makes it the japanese form? Because you see, the words above are actually the furigana for these japanese expressions. So, following in order.
>1 星の形。
>2 宙の形。
>3 神の形。
>4 我の形。
>5 天体は空洞なり。
>6 空洞は虚空なり。
>7 虚空には、神ありき

So, here it is. Now, if you read the first 3, it is kinda the same, as they are the words for star星, space宙 and god神. The addition would be the 形 which doesn't add much, as it just means "form, shape, figure". Therefore, the four first lines are always "form of X".
On the fourth something changes, as the equivalent for animus is 我(われware) which is one of the many first personal pronouns, that is, "I". So this one would mean something like "Form of Myself". I would implicate, because of the word animus, that it is more linked to the idea of "self" or "one's consciousnes", but that's my take.

And then comes the last three, which have much, much more information and is when things get more "interesting".

They bring 3 new terms that make a interrelatonal logic sequence. The terms are 天体tentai celestial body, 空洞kuudou cavity, 虚空kokuu empty space. It is important to notice that all these words are nouns.

Important note: I had a little issue understanding the なり in this case, but I believe it follows the meaning of "to be" as it is in the end of the noun phrase and not only that, I think it refers specifically to the 'location to be' as in, where the verb refers to the location where the noun is/are.

So, assuming such information, the logic sequence is as follows:
5 Celestial Bodies are located in cavity
6 Cavity is located in the empty space
7 At the empty space, God resides.

Also, the seventh line has as its furigana the "Anima Animusphere" compound. That is, when you pronounce this two words, you're declaring that 'God resides at the empty space'.

Did you notice that this is a description of a layered structure? And not only that, that it has a hierarchy? First we have stars, then we have the heavens, then we have gods, then we have the individual spirit/mind, then we have celestial bodies, then the empty space, then the emptyness itself and finally, God.

This is actually a hierarchy structure that can be recognized in many theologies but, considering this is a Nasuverse work, I want to focus on Nasu works. And the one I want to bring is Kara no Kyoukai.

You see, in Kara no Kyoukai, the concept of 「 」, 空 and its pronunciation 根源の渦kongen no uzu and therefore the concept of Root, a place where all theories and souls come and return is the most important idea developed in regards to all Nasuverse. When considering Shiki and all her plot regarding her 起源kigen(origin) being 「 」.

If you connect the dots, you will see that the Anima Animusphere chant is, therefore, a summary of the hierarchies, layers or pathpoints to the Emptyness, that is, the Root. And it goes beyond Kara no Kyoukai, to the point of affirming that there's a God residing. This is reinforced by the third personality of Shiki, which became one with the Root, having a God trait: Ominiscience.

This is then further reinforced when Kirschtaria uses the Meteor Shower magic. At this moment, he starts another chant, to which I prefer calling a prayer because it has a vocative:

虚空の神よ
Oh God of the Void

When Kirschataria casts Grand Order/Anima Animusphere, he is claiming his message to the origins of all theories, to all knowledge. In a way, we could even say that Kirschtaria is declaring his words exactly to the equivalent of Shiki's third personality.

I'll probably make a further analysis on Kirschtaria prose on another blog.

Updated December 17th, 2020 at 11:50 PM by migliole

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