In the Beast Knights, Hyou Shimaki is different. Whereas his comrades’ psychic powers could be used as weapons, Shimaki’s power is purely based on the mind: summoning golems.
I like to think of it as a metaphor for anime blogging.
In the weeks that have passed, I was struggling to come up with a post for Hoshi no Samidare. There’s simply no way I cannot–I love the work, and I now consider it one of my all-time favorite manga. I wanted to write a post with the purpose of encouraging others to pick it up.
The problem is, I couldn’t figure out a proper angle of attack. I was swimming in ideas, but all of them needed serious refinement. Some would force me to spoil everything, which is something I want to prevent.
So while I was rereading key parts of Hoshi no Samidare, looking for more post ideas, I came across this:
[scanlations by Otakami]
Maimakterion wants to fight Shimaki’s golems, because they are the only ones that have a chance of withstanding his attacks. The Beast Knights are no good, he says, because they’ll instantly die if he lands a hit.
Here, Maimakterion just demolished Shimaki’s 8th golem effortlessly. He is angry for being underestimated, and issues an ultimatum. If Shimaki’s next golem proves to be insufficient, Maimakterion will slaughter all of their friends and relatives.
It is no idle threat. While none of the golems before have possessed any sort of intellect, Maimakterion is special. He is free to change his shape freely, and has a mind of his own. He is clearly malicious.
Shimaki ponders the question for ten days. Despite all their previous efforts, Maimakterion has proved to be invincible. It will be difficult. And Shimaki cannot be trained, no more than you can train someone to write poetry. It’s virtually a one-on-one match–everything rests on him and his ability to create golems.
When the day of the battle arrives, Shimaki has found his answer. He manages to create not one, but three golems all at once. None of them look like Animus’ golems.
What is his answer?
“Anything will do.” Where does that lead me? As an anime blogger, it’s always hard for me to write a post. Often I will have to force myself to churn one out, lest I wander off and do something else. I try reading others’ blogs, but that doesn’t do much help. I cannot learn how to blog anime from another person.
Just like that, Shimaki comes up with a solution. When I first read this page, I thought he had given up and decided to wing it. After all, his last golem had been crushed, just like that. Has Shimaki finally broken down?
No. He just realized something important. Shimaki realizes that he had no need to imitate the enemy–all that is required is the mental image of the golem to create. And he had been limiting himself all the time. If he kept on imitating Animus’ golems, he would only become second best.
There may be nothing completely original in this world, but you can draw out something that’s intimately a part of yourself. So I sat down to write this post. Anything will do, as long as it comes from my own experiences. I only need to publish it.
And it’s going to beat my own Maimakterion.