Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and the “Shiva Connection”.

More than meets the eye...

More than meets the eye…

That’s it…I’ve had it…I’ve been posting stuff about this everywhere, I might as well make a blog post out of it.

OK, first off, I’m here to talk about Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (魔法科高校の劣等生). For those of you who have no idea what this is, it’s a Japanese Light Novel that is set in a world where magic has been deconstructed into science and is now the primary source of military power in the late 21st century.  The main characters are Shiba Tatsuya and Shiba Miyuki, a brother-sister pair of magicians who differ from each other in that while Miyuki is recognized as a genius, Tatsuya is seen as a complete failure for his inability to use magic. This, combined with how results-oriented this future society seems to be (especially in regards to the training of magicians) means that while one is hailed, the other is looked at with contempt regardless of their relationship to each other.

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Here’s some links:

http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/?title=Mahouka_Koukou_no_Rettousei

http://mangafox.me/manga/mahouka_koukou_no_rettousei/

http://mangafox.me/manga/mahouka_koukou_no_yuutousei/

OK, good? Let’s get started.

(Spoiler Warning: I’m assuming most of the guys who read this already know about the story. If not stop reading here and check out the links above if you’re interested. Otherwise, continue. Have fun reading.)

OK, now that the intro is out of the way, I’ll just go ahead and say I think the novels are pretty fucking brilliant. The main characters are unique and interesting (I personally, found Tatsuya and Miyuki’s borderline incestuous relationship very fun to watch–the two of them act like a couple of newlyweds and engage in a liberal amount of eye-sex and affectionate caresses) and the side characters get enough attention on their own and have their own agendas and side plots. The setting is nothing short of amazing and built very carefully(even taking politics and economics into account and building a comprehensive history); the magic system is at least as deep as that found in the Nasuverse, the themes they explore like the subject of power and the importance of self-determination are interesting concepts in themselves,  and you should seriously check it out right now because nothing I say gives this story justice. It has my highest recommendation.

But that’s not why I’m here.

I’m here to talk about Mahouka’s “Shiva Connection” and what this means for future developments. I actually had another theory posted in the mahouka fanpage in facebook about why the story is as it is, and exploring the question of whether or not Tatsuya and Miyuki were really based on certain gods. As that has been more or less confirmed (especially on Tatsuya’s part), this time, I’m focusing solely on Tatsuya and Miyuki, their remarkable similarities to the gods Shiva and Parvati, and what this means for their kyodai-ai subplot.

You see, as I learned more about the story I began to realize that Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, at least in regards to Tatsuya and Miyuki’s relationship, followed the legends surrounding Shiva and his wife Parvati very closely. So closely, I’m now convinced we may be able to read into the future of the story by reading the myths and applying what we find into the story’s context. Now, I’m not the one who first realized this: lots of other fans noticed that Tatsuya and Shiva shared many similarities before I did–I just heard it from them; but when I first heard that was the case I thought it was nothing too special–lots of people base their characters on gods, after all; so what if the author decided to use Shiva instead of the standard Zeus or Thor?

But when I read more into the story more I realized that the similarities extended beyond what I had initially thought. It wasn’t just the powers. Almost everything from their appearance, their skills and weapons, their personalities and attitudes as well as the attitudes of those around them, as well as the circumstances surrounding them and the events that played out in their lives compel me to believe that the author took great care and did serious research in order to rewrite the Shiva legends into his own story.

And it was beautifully done.

The Similarities.

Oh boy…I could go on and on about this.  But just make things a little easier for all of us, here’s the similarities between TatsuyaXMiyuki and ShivaXParvati in list form:

  • SHIBA1) The time Tatsuya brought Miyuki back to life and went apeshit on another army is similar to the story where Shiva lost his first wife Sati, and killed everyone in his rage. Shiva had to wait until she was reincarnated into Parvati before they could properly be together; in Mahouka, Tatsuya simply had to resurrect Miyuki in time, but his grief still caused him to completely decimate everyone in his rampage.
    • 2) Shiva loves one woman and would never love another; Tatsuya cares deeply only for Miyuki and no one else.
    • 3) Far from being just a brocon, Miyuki practically worships Tatsuya like a god and does everything she can to make Tatsuya as happy as possible. Sati/Parvati was a follower and admirer of Shiva before she eventually won him over with her devotion. He then proposed to her and became his bride. Like Miyuki, Parvati is also known for her overwhelming, yet delicate beauty and grace.
  • 4) Sati had a father who did not appreciate the great Shiva, and his arrogance is partly the reason for her death. The Shiba siblings have a father who does not appreciate the brilliance of his own son to the distress of his daughter.
  • 5) Tatsuya and Miyuki are rather warm and intimate with each other–acting more like a married couple than siblings; Shiva and Parvati are known for their harmonious and blissful marriage. Both pairs are incredibly devoted to their partner.
  • 6) Shiva has conquered lust; Tatsuya can’t feel lust.
  • 7) Shiva has Parvati to act as his retraining belt when he’s going on a destructive rampage and sees her as his equal; Miyuki restrains most of Tatsuya’s powers and is recognized to be the only one who has any chance of catching up to his level.
  • 8) This one everybody knows already. Trident? Trident. Third Eye? Yup. The power of destruction and regeneration? Uh huh.  Mahesvara? Mahesvara. Taurus? Doesn’t Shiva ride a bull? Silver? Say “Silver” in Engrish. Also, Tatsuya’s dark battle suit reminds me of portraits of Shiva having blue skin.

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  • 9) Shiva wears a tiger’s skin; Tatsuya’s scars look like tiger stripes.
  • 10) Shiva was initially uninterested and even a little oblivious to Sati/Parvati’s affections for him; Tatsuya’s aware of how much Miyuki loves him but is oblivious to her feeling’s true extent. Both Shiva and Tatsuya also share similar personalities–being able to remain calm and reasonable even in the face of insults. Tatsuya’s emotional deficiencies, lack of worldly desires, and his scientific and technological pursuits also mirror Shiva’s asceticism. They both also seem very self-aware of who they are.
  • 11) Shiva was supposedly a very doting and loving husband; Tatsuya dotes on his sister the same way. Both also have nice houses and like getting nice clothes for their female counterparts.
  • 12) Parvati considers the very idea of having another man other than Shiva as her husband anathema–something she finds fundamentally repulsive; Miyuki feels the same way about other guys and her Tatsuya,  and if she if she could help it, she would not have any other man other than her brother as her lover.
  • 13) Some of the more arrogant minor gods looked down on Shiva and his unorthodox lifestyle, some even called him a beast; the petty mages feel the same way about Tatsuya and his unorthodox approach to magic, his family also seems to regard him as a beast who could turn on his own family if they’re not careful.
  • 14) Tatsuya and Miyuki often have conversations about the subject of magic; Shiva and Parvati do the same thing with Hindu theology. Tatsuya’s great knowledge and understanding of magic also fit Shiva’s role as a spiritual teacher and the originator of all wisdom.
  • 15) While they’re pretty nice usually and Tatsuya doesn’t let anything affect him much, the Shiba siblings are terrifying when angry. Tatsuya is ruthless and can be cold to the point of heartlessness; Miyuki is pragmatic and absolutely merciless when provoked. Something they share with the dark aspects of Shiva and Parvati.
  • 16) One of Sati/Parvati’s issues with her father and the other gods was that they didn’t appreciate Shiva for his true worth. Miyuki feels the same way with Tatsuya and immensely dislikes the fact that people continue to look down on him while she sees him as the greatest being in the universe. Both were also initially seen as “unbalanced couples” and both will not stand for any kind of insult to their beloved.
  • 17) Also, it’s worth nothing that while Shiva is an ascetic and Tatsuya lost his stronger emotions as a young boy; the amount of love and attention they showered on their loved one is incomparable. For their part, both Parvati and Miyuki feel immense joy just being in the arms of the one they love, and both are trying to get their male counterparts to participate more in the world.
  • 18) One cannot exist without the other. Shiva and Parvati’s legends and their divine natures are intimately connected–you cannot mention one without mentioning the other–they are “one”. Tatsuya and Miyuki are as well–if one were to lose the other, life for them would lose all meaning.  This may also be be why they both share the main character spot and are the central characters of their own mangas. They’re just as important as the other. Shiva and Parvati also supposedly represent the perfect masculine and the perfect feminine, which Tatsuya and Miyuki also parallel with their character designs. (And this isn’t even getting to the symbolism in alchemy…)
  • 19) Shiva is the “God of Gods”. If you think mages are the direct successors to the powers of the gods, and that their reality warping powers make them “living gods” in a sense, then Tatsuya’s powers would easily make him the one of the strongest of these “living gods”.
  • 20) And my last one for now: those eyes. Look at Shiva’s eyes. His expressions are pretty similar to Tatsuya’s. And look at pictures of him with Parvati and you’ll probably see some similarities. Also, lotuses. Remember there were lotuses around some of the Shiba siblings’ illustration. Or better yet, just check out the flower sewn on their uniforms. You can find lotuses in Shiva and Parvati’s pictures too.

See? I could probably add a couple more if I read further, but for now I think 20 items are enough to show my point. Of course, just so people don’t get mistaken, I’m not saying Tatsuya and Miyuki are simple rewrites–the author did a good job of rationalizing the character traits of the deities he based his protagonists on in the context of the story he’s trying to create. He did this very cleverly, twisting and adding certain characteristics, and made them their own characters regardless of the similarities I just enumerated. For that I salute him, and I think it’s reassuring to see that at least this part of the plot is based on what may be one of the oldest love stories in mankind’s history. The point is: they’re alike. And now we can get to the real juice of it all…

 JUST KISS ALREADY!

Feel the eye-sex.

OK. So what does this all mean?

What this mean is that it’s possible for us to make pretty good guesses as to how the story may progress. By reading into the myths and taking them into account of what’s happened in the light novel so far, we might be able to approximate what the author intends to do with this. If they’ve followed the Shiva legends this far, it follows that they’ll follow it through the end. But why should we bother? You may ask. What good will all of this do us? I say…

Nothing. I’m just doing this because it’s hella fun to guess what other people are thinking. ^_^

Anyhow, like my OreImo theory surge this is going to contain nothing more than my own guesses as to how this story may progress. And they are:

1) Tatsuya’s emotions maybe gone for good. But that’s all right because he seems to have accepted who he is. And that whoever he may have been before doesn’t matter compared to who he is now. Miyuki will be the one to win him over or bring him to a realization of just how much they mean to each other. Maybe he’ll trick her into telling him her true feelings, maybe it’ll be a direct confession, or maybe it’ll be because of an upcoming fiasco with her future fiance–Tatsuya’s the type of guy who will let his sister be with another man if it means making her happy above all else…but if she’ll only be completely miserable with them, then I don’t think the rules of society or the Yotsuba clan can do anything about the logical conclusion: there’s no point of her being with another man. If Miyuki is happiest being with him then she’ll simply have to be with him. Regardless of how wretched an existence he may think he is, if it means making her as happy as possible then that’s all there is to it. This in turn will also make Tatsuya the happiest man of all. You might even tie in the fact that he’s inventing new groundbreaking technology: if he releases them under his own name and brand–independent of the Yotsuba or anyone who placed themselves above him (especially if he decides to rebel openly), Tatsuya might just turn into one of the richest men in the world, and if the world becomes completely dependent on the tech he creates this means he has basically remade himself into the Father of the Future–which, combined with his money and powerful magic, will give him a ridiculous amount of influence and power. When that happens who’s going to say anything against him taking someone he wasn’t supposed to have as his wife?

2) If the story goes this far, the Shiva legends also give us a good idea for what kind of children Tatsuya and Miyuki might have if they ever become lovers. Each generation of mages is stronger than the last, add in inbreeding between two of the most powerful magicians alive, it is possible that Tatsuya will meet the one to honestly defeat him in battle in the form of one of his own children. My bets are that they would (at least) have two sons: the elder one will pursue a military career, which makes sense considering Tatsuya’s role and importance in the army, and he will be aided by his father’s connections and influence which by that time in the future should be quite considerable; the younger son, on the other hand, will inherit his father’s scientific interests and technological pursuits, maybe even becoming a prominent magic developer in his own right. Both boys will be intelligent, clever, and powerful; however, the elder son will surpass his younger brother’s martial capabilities, while the younger will surpass his brother in the brains department. The elder son would also probably be a bishounen who takes after his mother, while the younger son would be plainer, but possibly have a stronger presence than his older brother. This is because Shiva’s eldest son, Kartikeya, was a god of war, and his younger (and more famous) son Ganesha is the god of wisdom and success. (I even came up with an idea for how Ganesha’s elephant-head might be adapted into the story: let’s say the family was horrifically assaulted one day and the younger son was severely injured as a result; the injury will be a little peculiar and maybe not even Tatsuya’s Regrowth will be of much help. But remembering that Tatsuya likes to tinker with technology, Tatsuya might attach some sort of contraption to this son of his, which I’m imagining as some sort of respirator that gives off the vague impression of an elephant’s trunk.)

Now, for the other ideas that I have some reservations with:

1) Miyuki might die. There’s still a possibility that Miyuki isn’t Parvati and still in the Sati phase of the story and that she might have a more permanent death scene waiting for her, which will bitterly accomplish her goal of “freeing” Tatsuya. Then maybe, afterwards Miyuki will simply reincarnate as another girl who will then fall in love with a much older Tatsuya. I don’t like this but you can blame the publisher’s publication policies as an ending with direct incest would probably have trouble getting past the editing board. It’s just easier to pass an unconsummated forbidden love and have it end as a reincarnation romance than give two blood-related siblings a happy ending as a couple. (Of course, I’m hoping I’m wrong here. And I’m thinking maybe it’ll be OK if the relationship was developed off-screen.)

2) Miyuki will die. And her consciousness will fuse with Tatsuya’s. This way they’ll be “together” but not. I hate this too.

3) Something will happen to Tatsuya’s Regrowth ability at one point in the future. I think there’s a possibility he might lose it. The scenario I’m imagining is Miyuki will die (yup, again) in a way where Regrowth wouldn’t be able to do a thing, and Tatsuya will perform another miracle for her sake: possibly resorting to the use of an experimental spell, in which he gives away his regeneration ability and “his life force” for her (and maybe even fuse their consciousness in the process). Tatsuya will not die, and Miyuki will live again, genuinely brought back from the dead. But now Tatsuya will be unable to regenerate or auto-heal his injuries AND if Miyuki dies again–he will too. Because the life force that once belonged to him now belonged to Miyuki and it’s keeping both of them alive. Of course, there’s also the chance that Regrowth won’t be completely lost and simply changed masters; Miyuki will be able to use Regrowth instead of Tatsuya, and so will have to accompany her brother whenever he goes to war and maybe Tatsuya can use the ability again as long as he’s holding Miyuki. {This is because it has also been said that “Without Shakti(Parvati) Shiva is shava(corpse)”. While this can be applied to to the way Tatsuya believes Miyuki his sole reason for existing, giving this a more literal interpretation with Tatsuya dying if he were to lose her makes for some pretty interesting symbolism on its own.}

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May those who try to tear these two apart suffer the wrath of the almighty IMOUTO GODS!

And…that’s about it. With this, I put an end to this post. You may agree with my points, you may not–that’s all right ^_^. Remember this is all just speculation and was all done in the name crazy otaku fun. I hope you had as much enjoyment reading my thoughts as I did writing them. Until next time ^_^ and be sure to check out the upcoming anime adaptation for this gem of a series.

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FOR THE GLORY OF THE IMOUTO GODS AND THE SISCON KING!

It’s going to be awesome.

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26 Responses to Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and the “Shiva Connection”.

  1. Jason says:

    your deductions and speculations are fantastic. i can’t believe they really do have such similarities . i had some similar ideas pertaining your speculations when i was reading them. but i hoped i was wrong either. since it would be a not-so-good ending imo.

    • Giovanni says:

      Sorry for the late reply. And thank you.^^ I’m currently writing a part two of sorts on this because they, Tatsuya and Shiva, really are just THAT similar. You could talk about one and it would inevitably sound like you were talking about the other.

  2. cilok says:

    their family name “SHIBA” is how japanese people read shiva because some japan word with “V” read it like “B” sorry for my bad explanation
    ^_^

  3. cilok says:

    and “SHIBA” maybe from Indonesian word “HABIS” which mean “OVER” in english
    it’s like tatsuya “if you make my sister angry your life is OVER”

  4. Great speculations! That was a cool read and I hope Tatsuya and Miyuki have a happy end together.

  5. EY says:

    A very well thought out analysis. Makes a nice break from they typical superficial opinions you find in various forums. While the publisher may say they have a policy against direct incest, I find it ironic that they published OreImo, Sister Princess, and probably any number of other titles that contained similar brother-sister type relationships.

  6. anuwrit says:

    Have you considered the incident where Shiva drinks poison from the milk ocean? His throat (or body) turns blue because of this. Tatsuya might do something similar if it meant protecting Miyuki’s “world”.

  7. kyuudere says:

    Interesting! I like the way you explained all similarities between Mahouka and Shiva’s Legend. And yes, I’m agree with you, the two of them have many similarities ^_^ In Indonesia, Shiva pronounced as Shiwa, which means God of Death/God Of Destruction/God of Calamity. And I think Tatsuya’s power represent it perfectly ^_^

    But I have a different opinion in your last predicament. About their children (Tatsuya and Miyuki), in my opinion, their children will suffer from disease etc, maybe it will be the same case with Minoru (Kudou Retsu’s grandchild), the child who born from the same genes (incest) usually will born with a fragile body.

    Well it’s just my theory, and yeah, I don’t think the Japanese editorial (&society) will let this series end with that kind of setting (incest marriage)…..I mean, it’s okay if that’s a small scale stories….but Mahouka now is well known stories, and it’s really dangerous to be end with Incest (at least that the Japanese would think.)

    But actually, I like the idea where Tatsuya and Miyuki getting married ^_^ V

  8. adensanti says:

    i just got hooked up to this anime. *i start w/the anime first
    i dont like the idea of incest, as im always afraid that no matter how beautiful their relationship and “care” for each other, they will not end up together, and i hate it. thts why i knda “prevent” my self to not fall into sibling shipper. but this whole tatsuya-miyuki thing is ruining me.
    i really do hope they will endup together and i start to hate other girls that keep clinging and has this affection towards tatsuya. the girls are just too many! i almost seeing tatsuya as somekind of mr beauty pageant or something..
    i crossed some commnt in wikia, someone posted your blog link, and… woah… you really are hv a very nice theory upthere. shiva-tetsu n parvati-miyuki. now i really wish tetsu-miyuki arent sibling at all. i dont want to feel another “heart broken” feeling, as i cant potrayed another girl or man can be paired up to them. and cursed me, i dont even like the idea of tetsu-mayumi (although she’s pretty and i kinda like her hair more than miyuki ) or tetsu-honoka (sorry moe girl arent my fave cake). or miyuki-masaki (even though he’s really hot).
    lets hope this will turn as a happy ending with tatsu-miyuki as a couple. be it forbidden!
    how long does the author wants to make the LN? is it still far away?

  9. christina says:

    This article pretty cool dude! and also I hope that whatever done their life, they will be together until their end..

  10. jeah says:

    i like it! come on guys! you can already feel the intimate love in this anime! haha, I hope it will be just as what I imagine it. siblings love, fight! haha,,

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  12. yakoo says:

    WOW,seriously !
    it’s all matched up!
    but i just hope that the reincarnation thing is NOT gonna happen,it’s just ruining the series….

    this is just my wild guess but
    remember 1st ED where the city is destroyed and miyuki is alone?? maybe this is foreshadow from my perspective.
    like something will happen in the end,either Miyuki goes berserk or BOTH OF THEM GOES BERSERK in the end(this way there will be no incest context) and tatsuya died while miyuki is alive

    • Giovanni says:

      The reincarnation thing will probably not happen. XD The most likely scenario (I think) would be: Miyuki and Tatsuya getting together to start their own dynasty of godlike magicians.

      Also, you might want to do some research on “Bhairava”, “Sirius”, “Daikokuten”, and “Miyuki’s name”. ^_^

      • yakoo says:

        yeah, i hope so….

        “Miyuki and Tatsuya getting together to start their own dynasty of godlike magicians.”
        i hope this doen’t mean incest lol,or something like grandchild of kudo retsu

        well i only know miyuki means ‘deep snow’
        after a quick search,
        daikokuten is a variation from shiva,a poverty god or something
        bhairava is a arrogant god which is punished after by shiva
        sirius? as in sirius from european myth?
        i am terrible at connecting information lol

      • Giovanni says:

        Actually…

        Bhairava is the wrathful aspect of Shiva. It’s reflected in his black battle suit.

        Daikokuten is yes, the Japanese version of Shiva. He is also the god of darkness and the first two characters of his name is the same as Tatsuya’s alias “Ooguro Ryuuya”. (Which also fit with Tatsuya’s dragon motif.)

        Sirius is the dog star. It is also the star of Shiva. Sirius later shows up as Lina.^^

        And Miyuki’s name…Pretty much confirms her to be Parvati. As Parvati’s name in Chinese is “雪山神女” and one of her names in Japanese is “雪冰天女”.

        So yeah, Mahouka is, indeed, pretty much a reimagining of the Shiva myths. ^_^

  13. erzues says:

    nicely done…
    thanks for taking time and effort for sharing this stuff…

  14. rika says:

    I was wondering if it might end with Miyuki’s Cocytus. “The bodies bound by their frozen minds could not even die. They could only collapse like a row of statues, forever captured in the postures before the frost came.” This, in a different way, might be a way to some analogue with Nirvana, forever captured in an eternal present, free from the cycle of death and rebirth (which, incidentally means finally being free of Maya).

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for ruining the plot. Now we’re going to have to rethink the entire story board.

  16. Raruto says:

    Just finished the anime and got into your article by searching the word Maesvara to see which kind of god was in indian theology. But really didn’t expect soooo muuuch information and mythology connection to be put inside Mahouka O.o! I was just thinking about some scared indian soldier calling him by the name of some powerful god (yes, later i understood it’s a name appointed to him in previous battles if got it right). Yet, and i’m a bit unsure if i want a spoiler… i don’t understand how Maya has such a powerful leash on their necks… i mean… shouldn’t be obvious Tatsu alone is equal to Maya (he said it himself… maybe not sure to win for sure in open confrontation) but the both of us can sure take out the whole family…… any hints in the myths about it?

    • Giovanni says:

      Miyuki’s the leash. Miyuki’s still compelled by a strong sense of clan loyalty (though if she had to make a choice, she’d choose Tatsuya over the Yotsuba), and because Miyuki wants to succeed as clan head for her own reasons, she has to serve Yotsuba interests. The Yotsuba control Tatsuya through her, and since Tatsuya believes that taking over the Yotsuba and keeping in their good graces is to Miyuki’s benefit, he wouldn’t do anything against them. As long as they take care of Miyuki; Tatsuya will serve the Yotsuba. And the Yotsuba wouldn’t want to offend the monster whom they know can wipe them out at his leisure. So Tatsuya and the Yotsuba use each other to serve their own ends.

      Also, this list is NOTHING. There’s heaps of other information that heavily tie the Mahouka series to Hindu mythology. Some Japanese fans have even turned it into some kind of association game.

      Here’s a few other notes you might want to research on:

      Maya is “Maya” the goddess of illusion. Shiva is also known as the “Destroyer of Maya”.

      Tatsuya’s black suit is the Bhairava aspect.

      Ushiyama (Mr. Taurus) is Nandi. The Third Division are the siddhas.

      Lina is Kali. And she also represents Sirius–the Star of Shiva.

      The 10 Sages might also prove to be of particular interest in the future. They’re in Mahouka as well as the Shiva myths.

      Elemental Sight basically allows Tatsuya to see the “truth” of the world. The “Idea Dimension”. This might actually be related to the Brahman concept, or be Mahouka’s interpretation of the Brahman for its story purposes. To see the Brahman is to look at the world with the “eyes of God”.

      Miyuki is also totally Shakti. I didn’t put enough facts in here to do her justice, but basically Miyuki is just as much Shakti (Parvati) as Tatsuya is Shiva.

      Other cultural notes of interest:

      Shiba Tatsuya also has ties to Dante’s Satan. He also has heavy association with dragons and has been explicitly compared to one before.(Heck, his name can mean “dragon”.)

      Shiba Tatsuya also has a connection with Zhuge Liang and was a very likely part of the conceptualization of character. Tatsuya also shares some parallels with the legendary Xiang Yu.

      Zhou Gongjin is an expy of Zhou Yu from the Three Kingdoms. He is the arch-nemesis of the strategist Zhuge Liang.

      You might also be interested in doing some research about the Borgias. Nothing to tie them to the story, but it’s just interesting to see how much the Yotsuba share in common with them as a family. Tatsuya and Miyuki in particular share a lot in common with their two infamous members: Cesare and Lucrezia.

      • Raruto says:

        Many anime and manga rely on myths to get inspiration. But really i didn’t expect such a “pure” if we can say inspiration more by… how can i say… over theme or plots instead of powers and transformation (like many shonen, nonamesdontworry). Also i should say it’s a bit disappointing the fact they stay subdued on the family head just by principle (i expected it from what i catched during the dialogues between the siblings about their aunt, but yet i hoped in something more due to the sci-fi and magic theme… considering their family is not “officially” powerful i was thinking about more sinister meaning to keep top power people in line… as palpatine in star wars maybe lol…). Are you italian?

        p.s.: sorry for the late reply

      • Giovanni says:

        No probs. ^_^ As for why Tatsuya is hesitant to bring down the Yotsuba, it’s also because he knows that there’s more to his problems than the people causing them. If he gets rid of Maya, someone much worse might replace her. And if there’s one thing Tatsuya can’t stand its potential threats to his and Miyuki’s safety.

        And no, I am not Italian. XD

  17. Sapphire Ash says:

    I’ve just begun to watch the show. I still can’t comprehend the lack of respect they have for him. Isn’t he the most powerful?

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