30 April 2018

Boku No Hero Akademia: Midoriya's Gran Torino Training

The past weeks I've been watching Boku No Hero Academia (a.k.a. My Hero Academia) to catch up. Yes, I binge-watched two seasons and I'm now up-to-date. And a certain aspect in that anime inspired me.

Also spoilers for season 1 and 2. You've been warned.

The backstory of Boku No Hero Academia

Boku No Hero Academia plays in a world where the human bodies have developed to a much more streamlined version and at the same time developing uncanny abilities known as quirks. By the time the story plays 80% of the population have quirks. These quirks go from producing nitroglycerin sweat that can be made explode to being able to do whatever a frog does to producing fire and ice as well as superpower or invisibility and many more. 

How One-For-All Works

Well, I warned about spoilers already so let's start with the story of this quirk. One of the first quirks that came to be was All-For-One. This quirk allowed the owner to take and pass quirks. The person who had this quirk had a brother who had no apparent quirk. So his brother gave him a quirk that allowed him to stockpile power. Surprisingly his brother did have a quirk that is useless on its own. The ability to pass on his quirks. This ability combined with the stockpile ability and created a new quirk, One-For-All. From here on out One-For-All has been passed down stockpiling the abilities from one person to another person. In the anime, the quirk is given from the number one hero All Might to the main character Midoriya or Deku.

So that's the history of it, All Might also mentioned that One-For-All is an augmentation-type quirk. So let's look at how it operates for Deku and Allmight.

Many of the reporters, news as well as other people think of All Might and Deku having some kind of super strength or super speed, in the case of All Might even invincibility. Understandably so as they both increase their speed and strength when using One-For-All. Looking at Deku specifically it's important to analyze the animation. When Deku uses One-For-All focusing all on one body part, the body part starts to glow pink to red and there are veins shown lighting up. Another interesting fact is that All Might starts smoking whenever he's swapping to his buff version or vice versa. Some more information that we get is the idea of focusing the power on a body part. The word focus plays a huge role here. In the anime, it's even said that the energy is focused. If something contains a lot of energy it's particles increase in speed. Faster particles result in more collision, more collision then again results in friction, which produces heat. If something reaches even higher energy it may even emit photons of light. This is what makes the body parts look glowing red, especially since compared to All Might Deku is not able to contain the immense amount of energy in his body. Heat reacting with the air also results in the air heating and the body cooling which can result in vapor or even smoke depending on the water contained nearby, explaining Allmights smoke. Even the training with Gran Torino shows Deku having green lightning appear occasionally around his body as well as his body emitting some kind of light. All these elements show One-For-All being pure energy that is added upon the human's energy thus augmenting any ability even quirks if quirks are available. So what happens when One-For-All is passed on to the next person? It will contain Midoriya's energy as well.

One-For-All in Real Life

Quirks don't exist in real life, not as they do in the anime, however, something can definitely be taken from this anime and I can tell this from experience. Whether or not you believe me is your thing. When I was a child I thought that lying down and focusing on a part of my body or a state could heal it up faster. Surprisingly it at least felt like it would really work. Funny thing is this came naturally for me. I've kept this ability through my teens using it to amplify attacks when playing with wooden stacks (I'm sorry for breaking your self-made wooden sword with a normal stick, Robert) and I'm still able to focus energy on certain body parts as a young adult. So while it's not a stockpiling ability and I don't think, making anyone eat my DNA will give them my power, with enough practice it should work to reproduce at least... let's say 0.01% of One-For-All or something. Hey, One-For-All in the anime is way too strong, even 5% is already way stronger than anything considered above average. Unfortunately, I did not go through the training regime Deku went to. I'd consider myself more like a mob from Mob Psycho 100 than an All Might.

Gran Torino's Training

So one of the realizations Deku made in his internship at Gran Torino is not calling upon One-For-All but making it a part of himself. The idea behind this is to just have the power active at all the time having it part of his whole body instead of just one part. So the goal of this exercise is to focus not on one body part but to focus on the whole body. This gave the idea for me to try it myself. I already could focus energy on one body part so all I had to do is apply the same procedure to multiple body parts.

Applying the Theory

The first try was a total success at first, except that I lost focus after moving just a little like the way it felt changed. Next, I repeated the procedure and this is what I noticed. As it's shown in the anime Deku must be a natural. The concept behind it is simple and it's easy to get it to work when standing or sitting still (when not moving basically). However, in real life moving with this is not as easy and here's why.

Damn You Physics...

If you paid attention during physics you may know that if you want to jump for example you have to apply a force to the ground to gain an opposite force that accelerates you, right? Now if you're focusing energy on your whole body and you try to move or jump you will most likely lose the balance of energy as you automatically start to apply energy and/or the focus to the affected or required body parts to apply the force required to do the movement. Now I'm just human I don't have One-For-All it's not a big issue for me, but if Deku would focus on his whole body to split the 5% of One-For-All and he moves or jumps and applies the energy he may easily focus much more heavily on the body parts required to produce the opposing force for acceleration. The result of this would be applying a higher amount than 5% in the worst case it will result in him damaging himself.

So that's why I said he's a natural.

What's the Result?

In the anime, Deku increases his strength and speed using 5% of All-For-Ones capability. Implementing the same principle in real life seems to increase precision in movement. You can reduce unnecessary movement, the senses related to touch seem to be sharper and it seems to improve the strength and force applied to the surrounding area also affecting movement speed. It comes with a drawback though. If not trained it actually may hurt.

I know I can only say that it seems to do these things I haven't been able to use it long enough to notice definite effects and I haven't trained it enough to know the results of that.

Regardless this is gonna stay on my list longer. 

20 April 2018

Meaning of Gemstones Part 2

A few weeks ago I made a post about different gemstones how they can be used, which powers they're said to have. The gems I mentioned in the last post were Berg Crystal, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jaspis, Hematite, Jade, Shungite, Pyrit, Salt Crystal and Tiger Eye.

Eleven More Gemstones

Since I still have eleven more gemstones on my list, I'm gonna go through these talking a little about them how they work, what is believed they do or what meaning is attached to them.

Again just like the last post. If we want to use gems for our rituals or any other purpose we need to know what energies they contain or which abilities they're told to have. This will determine in which rituals or magic they're gonna help the most.

So let's go through the list, today we're doing...
  • Agate
  • Chalcedon
  • Aventurin
  • Carnelian
  • Bernstein
  • Obsidian
  • Orthoceras
  • Rhodonite
  • Howlite
  • Calcite
  • Fluorite

Green Achat
Agate

The agate is a gemstone that has the best effect on the solar plexus. It is used to cleanse the eyes, the body, and the blood. Aside from cleansing, it can also be used to clear blockades or to bring things that are stuck like energy, for example, to flow again. Additionally, it provides protection. If you happen to own a brown colored agate it's chakra is the root chakra and it aground and protects. Thanks to these effects it would make sense to use it when you seem stuck when solving a problem or when nothing moves on in a project or in life. Using the cleansing aspect of the agate, it makes sense to place it on your solar plexus when you're resting during a detox.


Chalcedon
Chalcedon

The Chalcedon is used most often on the throat chakra and improves attention and inner calmness. As such a gemstone can be used when you find yourself in a situation in which you need to pay attention and/or stay calm. It could also be used for rituals and meditations that are supposed to push your senses.


Aventurin

Aventurin

If you need to recover and relax the aventurin will be your gemstone. It does not only help with that but also supports you in your search for self-determination and inner balance. It acts against stress, harmonizes and influences dreams positively and is used on the heart chakra. With these unique attributes, it is best used to relax and fir meditation. It's not a bad idea to place this one under your sleeping pillow.

Carnelian
Carnelian

The carnelian stimulates all body functions, makes more sociable, improves powers in the body and strengthens will and courage. It works best on the sacral chakra. One good way to use this gemstone is a vitality bath.

Bernstein

Bernstein is believed to be one of the oldest gemstones used for magic and magical powers. It has been used for protection, healing, and magic and is believed to bring high spirits, strength, and magical power. It is used on the sacral chakra. Combining all these aspects it's the go-to gem that can be used as an amplifier in any ritual.

Snowflake Obsidian
Obsidian

A stone created from the rapid cooling of lava often when meeting water. It is best used on the root chakra. Obsidian finds it's spot as one of the most common materials for magical ritual utensils as it is a strong conductor of energy. It strengthens memory and expands consciousness and senses but also has a healing effect that heals physical and mental or spiritual wounds. It also removes trauma.

Orthoceras
Orthoceras

The orthoceras shares all the aspects mentioned under the obsidian. This also includes the chakra. This means the orthoceras and obsidian can be swapped depending on the available resources.


Rhodonite
Rhodonite

The rhodonite has it's the best effect on either root or heart chakra. The chakra depends on which type it is. If it's a dark-colored rhodonite the former chakra will be the best if it's a light rhodonite the latter one will be the best. Regardless of color, they're used as healing stones for all kinds of wounds. It is also used for meditation as it improves and deepens the meditation. It helps to relax and supports the ability to understand and forgive.

Howlite
Howlite

The howlite is best used on the crown chakra. It improves the calmness on the highest level but also grounds and prevents emotional outbursts. Additionally, it improves happiness, physical balance, helps against travel illnesses and helps you being one with yourself.

Green/yellow calcite
Calcite

The rose calcite is used on the heart chakra. Calcites improve inner strength.

Fluorite

This one improves concentration.

Conclusion

So there you have 12 additional gemstones. I'm sorry I don't have much on calcite and fluorite and I lost the image for the Bernstein, but that's all I have noted on my records. I will probably write some more to it at some point when I deal with those two again.

01 April 2018

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Senses

We use devices for radio waves and magnetic waves to detect the unknown. Is focusing our sensory skills to pick up the unknown far fetched?
For now, looking for:

- 1 Game Programmer
- 1 Modeler
- 1 Artist
- 1 Sound Designer

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