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Also known widely as the Fire Bird, the phoenix is a profound symbol of life and rebirth. It has a life cycle of 500 to 600 years and after that amount of time, it sets itself on fire and dies in the flames. Then, after three days, it rises again from the ashes. It is a completely benign creature who lives in dew. It is said that the phoenix has a beautiful melodious song which grows ever more mournful as its life comes to an end. It is also a symbol of the sun and immortality.

What mythical beast best represents you? Take the quiz!

I liked this quiz a lot, it reminded me of TV cartoon named Saint Seiya, it was popular here in Brazil during early 90’s (now it’s again on TV). That anime was created as a manga in 1986, and appeared in many countries of Europe, Asia and South America. Also known as Knights of the Zodiac, basically it was about five orphan boys who are trained to become a kind of warriors named Saints and their adventures.

Ikki, the Phoenix Saint - isn’t he lovely? alinewrites, look at his hands... *g*

It’s a really interesting cartoon, Masami Kurumada (its author) uses references to Greek culture and astrology and his characteres are well written. I remember when one of the boys died at end of a episode. I couldn’t believe that, it was a children cartoon and one of the heroes was dying!!! But on following episode he was resurrected (to my relief). My favourite character was Ikki, the Phoenix Saint. His Japanese name means “a single point of brilliance” or “first glimmer”, although Kurumada gave it another signification: a “unique person”, showing how special Ikki is. He’s the most powerful of the Saints. Besides the firestorm power evident from the name, he can turn an opponent's attack back on them, he teleports, and can launch a psychic attack which creates in an enemy's mind the worst nightmares imaginable. His power doesn’t come from his totem constellation, Ikki absorbs energy from fire and heat. Some interesting facts about him:
- His younger brother Shun was designed to train at a terrible place called Death Queen Island. Ikki volunteered to take his place, because he knew his brother wouldn’t survive there;
- Living and training at Death Queen Island was a hard experience, and he has a lot of anger, hatred and insanity in his personality. It’s said Kurumada wanted him to be mentally or emotionally crippled, distorted. He’s ruthless and don’t feel regrets when it comes to kill somebody. He seldom raises his voice, even in front of his enemies saying their death sentences. It helps to make him a scary character. It’s difficult to him to trust to anyone, although he loves his brother. A kind of lone wolf, he spends most part of time alone. And of course he’s arrogant and proud;
- Ikki is rather contradictory. Yeah, he’s cynic, he’s arrogant, he acts as if he were superior to other characteres but sometimes it’s obvious he hates himself. There’s at least one occasion when he called himself a loser. It’s difficult to him to show his love for his friends, he thinks it’s a kind of weakness;
- He had a girlfriend, Esmeralda. It seems only her could make him feel better about himself. After her death his heart was broken and he didn’t accept another woman in his life. Later he knew another girl, Pandora, but it was a bad experience: she also died;
- Ah yes: Ikki is taller than other characteres and very muscular. He looks masculine and has blue hair and eyes which reflect his pride and determination.

Do him remind you of somebody? It seems I was preparing myself to love a blue-eyed, arrogant murderer when I was watching this cartoon and liking a lot Ikki complex personality!! Anyway I’ll go back to my Meloni files now, I’m missing his eyes. For more info about Saint Seiya and Ikki you can go here, here and here.

Ikki wearing his cloth


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Feb. 20th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
I used to think Ikki was cool, in a Wolverine sorta way, but then he became all nice and friendly...

Saint Seyia is such a classic anime for me. I'm not that into animes, but c'mon, it's Saint Seyia!
Feb. 21st, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
I don't remember exactly what happened to Ikki, Fábio, but I always liked his arrogant attitude. Saint Seiya didn't look like a children cartoon to me, I remember I used to watch it during college times, many friends watched it too.
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