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Evy ([personal profile] clysmian) wrote2012-11-29 09:22 pm

Xenogears callbacks in Xenosaga

Going to actually attempt making a more or less comprehensive list because I have nothing better to do with my time. Obviously, there are spoilers for both.

-Shion and Jin's name Uzuki is a reference to Citan Uzuki; on top of the three of them being proficient in martial arts and the use of katanas, Jin takes it a step further by sharing a strong physical resemblance to Citan, down to the predominantly green Chinese-inspired outfit. Jin and Citan also share the same Japanese voice actor.

-Shion and Jin's mother's name, Aoi (meaning blue), is a reference to Citan's young daughter, Midori (meaning green).

-Hammer shares a name with a bespectacled camel demi-human who helps out the party for the first disc of Xenogears.

-Ziggy shares a vague resemblance with Rico in that they are older men who suffered tragic pasts and who used to be human - although this is arguable in Rico's case, as he was always demi-human but seemingly gradually mutated as he aged. Both share similar battle stats in being physically strong and good for defense, with low magic and speed.

-MOMO and Emeralda are alike in that they are artificial life forms comprised largely of nanomachines (completely, in Emeralda's case), created for the sake of humanity's future by individuals they regard as their respective fathers (Joachim Mizrahi and Kim Kasim). They also share their golden eye color, and ostensibly hair color-derived names.

-Emeralda also bears a resemblance to KOS-MOS in that they can both morph parts of their body into weapons.

-Abel looks like a child version of Fei, the protagonist of Xenogears, and Abel is even the name of his first incarnation, who crashed on the planet as a child and the sole survivor of the Eldridge.

-Along the same lines, Nephilim looks like a child version of Elly, Fei's love interest. The first incarnation of Elly originally appeared to Abel as a mother figure, and then as a love interest as he grew up (that's some Freudian shit right there dawg). Nephilim's transformation into an adult at the end of episode III (in which she looks exactly like Elly) and offering her hand to Abel is a callback to this.

-Nephilim appears with the sound of a chime and an image of a cross swinging back and forth; this imagery was used for Fei's traumatic childhood flashbacks, using the Cross of Nisan, the cross Sophia (Elly's previous incarnation) wore around her neck. Nephilim wears an almost identical cross around her neck.

-Mai Magus and her Auto-Tech Leopold are callbacks to Maria Balthasar and her gear Siebzehn. Her grandfather Aizen Magus is a callback to Maria's grandfather, Isaac Balthasar, also known as Ol' Man Bal. The way Mai's father Tetthla was taken by U-TIC to suffer extreme experiments that killed him is reminiscent to how Maria's father Nikolai (Nikola Tesla, get it??) was taken by Solaris and forced to work on human-gear hybrids, being eventually made into Siebzehn's sister gear Achtzehn.

-The way Leopold flies through the Dabrye Mine is the exact same as Calamity, Siebzehn's prototype gear, flying through the underground gear to face Fei and Bart.

-Omega Universitas is a dead-ringer to Fei's gear Weltall. Weltall is the German word for universe. The two use the same battle stance and martial arts techniques.

-Consequently, Omega Id is a very obvious homage to Weltall Id.

-Omega Res Novae, when combined with the Original Zohar, bears a strong resemblance to the Xenogears, Fei's ultimate gear.

-E.S. Dinah also bears a strong resemblance to the Xenogears.

-Omega Metempsychosis is an obvious homage to Deus' final form. The angels on his "hands" have been replaced with references to Weltall and Elly's gear, Vierge.

-The four orbs floating in a circle around the center pillar of Abel's Ark is a callback to the four optional minibosses before Deus in the final dungeon.

-The bosses of those four orbs, Natus Flamma, Natus Lumen, Natus Glacies and Natus Tellus are all callbacks to Andvari, El-Renmazuo, Fenrir and El-Stier; Bart, Billy, Citan and Rico's Omnigears, respectively.

-The Vessels of Anima make an appearance known as the Animal Relics, which, similarly to how the Vessels of Anima turn A.M.W.S.s into E.S.s, Animal Relics make gears into the legendary Omnigears. Those who are aligned with the Anima Relics are called the Animus. All of them bear the same names. (Dinah - Sophia/Elly, Naphtali - Lacan/Grahf, Judah - Krelian, Zebulun - Ramsus, Asher - Citan, Gad - Rico, Joseph - Billy, Dan - Roni/Bart; Reuben, Levi, Issachar and Simeon's respective Animus are unknown, but Miang must be among them.)

-E.S. Zebulun shares a vague resemblance with Vierge.

-Jin's A.M.W.S. during the Miltian Conflict resembles Citan's gear Heimdall. Subsequently, the E.S. Reuben resembles Fenrir.

-E.S. Issachar possessed a floating shield reminiscent of a hand or wing, allegedly called a Crescens Shield according to some sources. This is a callback to Emeralda's gear Crescens, who lacked arms but possessed two hand-like wings on its head; in early development, Emeralda was supposed to align with the Relic Issachar to create El-Crescens, but this was scrapped.

-Jr.'s long coat and use of firearms is reminiscent of Billy's.

-KOS-MOS' activation password, Ye shall be as gods, is a callback to the phrase appearing all over the monitors of the Eldridge as it was being hijacked by Deus: You shall be as gods.

-The Zohar appears in both works, but less prominently and much later in Xenogears. In Xenosaga, the Zohar acts as a door between the Higher Domain of U-DO and the Lower Domain of the human collective consciousness (Unus Mundus). In Xenogears, it acts as a prison for the Wave Existence, an enigmatic being from a higher dimension, who was the source of the gears' energy and ether, establishing the Zohar as an infinite energy source.

-Consequentially, U-DO and the Wave Existence are similar in this aspect. Through contact with the Zohar, Fei (and his previous incarnations) became the Contact, who would prove to be key in the Existence's release from Deus and the Zohar and allow it to return to its dimension via the Path of Sephirot, the link between dimensions. U-DO is a wave existence, a collective consciousness with a single mind boasting infinite energy. Abel and Abel's Ark are U-DO's "eyes" for observing the lower domain, with Abel as its human incarnation in physical space and Abel's Ark as its imaginary (spiritual) incarnation. Of course, considering Abel looks the same as a child version of Fei, the Wave Existence's Contact...

-Krelian and Dmitri Yuriev share a common goal relating to the Zohar and both iterations' respective higher existences. Krelian seeks to reach the Path of Sephirot to ascend to the higher domain and become a god, whereas Yuriev seeks to transcend U-DO and become a god himself (referring to U-DO as "God") in order to overcome his fear.

-In Japanese, U-DO's speaking lines in episode III are done by Hikaru Midorikawa, who provided the voice of Fei.

-Bart and Virgil share the same Japanese voice actor but do not share much in common besides being brash, blond, blue-eyed men with some kind of facial scarring (a missing eye and DME scarring, respectively).

-There is a mecha-sized regular enemy in the Omega System of episode II called Crescens, bearing the same name and a strong physical resemblance to Emeralda's gear.

-Luty's loss of her voice after the destruction of her planet and loss of her family may be interpreted as a callback to how Primera, Billy's younger sister, stopped talking after witnessing the murder of her mother.

-Gnosis are human wills who resonate passively with Anima to the point of seeking dispersal and destruction; because they reject the entire collective consciousness of humanity, they attack humans. Wels are vaguely similar in that they are humans transformed into horrific, mysterious beings who attack humans, seeking their flesh and blood in order to appease the terrible pain of their mutation. They are also both able to possess and merge with mechs.

-Considering Xenogears' series is cut into six episodes with the game being episode V, Xenosaga's events would coincide with episode I, 15,000 years before the events of Xenogears. As detailed in Perfect Works, at this point in time humanity found a hospitable planet in the M24 Archer constellation and named it Neo-Jerusalem, and Earth was subsequently called Lost Jerusalem, the same as in Xenosaga.

-The calendars for both stories follow the T.C. (Transcend Christ) format, at least until the Eldridge crash.

-While Xenosaga has an Immigrant Fleet and Galaxy Federation, Xenogears had an Emigrant/Pilgrim Fleet (with the governing organization being called the Directorate) and a Star Cluster Federation in the same time period. There is also war and strife in that region of space.

-In T.C. 4767, the same year as the beginning of Xenosaga's story in episode I, a planet named Miktam 04B is undergoing terraforming and colonization. Deus, with the Zohar made into its power source, invades the colonies while on Miktam and has to be dismantled and loaded onto the Eldridge along with refugees from the disaster for transfer to another planet. Xenosaga's Michtam, formerly called Abraxas, was the site for many tragedies throughout its history. Both tragedies would only produce one single survivor: as the Eldridge subsequently crashed into an unknown planet, Abel was the sole survivor as he has made contact with the Zohar. On Michtam, a young Kevin was led to an emergency shuttle in the space port by his Gnosifying mother. Also note that both boys were greatly marked by trauma relating to the absence/disappearance/possession of their respective mothers.

-For a more comprehensive timeline of both games, look here.

-Just as KOS-MOS and T-elos are two parts of one whole, so are Elly and Miang.

-The same is true for Yeshua (chaos, with the power of Anima) and Mary Magdalene (the power of Animus) making an important pair similarly to Fei (the Contact) and Elly (the Anti-Type), but without the continuous metempsychosis.

-The religious organization of Ormus ultimately being a sham is reminiscent of the Ethos being a front for Solaris' experiments on the Surface.

-The Immigrant Fleet's apparent arrogance (at least those affiliated with Ormus/U-TIC) over those not descended from it is reminiscent of Solarians believing they are superior to Surface dwelling "Lambs" because of their pure blood and protected city in the sky.

-Jr. (Rubedo), a "Little Master" captaining a huge ship with his gungho attitude while being assisted from behind the scenes by his biological brother Gaignun (Nigredo), is similar to Bart, the young prince of the Aveh kingdom captaining a huge sand cruiser and band of sand pirates, assisted by Sigurd, who turns out to be his biological half-brother. Both of their ships are named after things taken from mythology (the Durandal and the Yggdrasil).

-The Life Recycling Act, with its production of mutants and cyborgs, may be a reference to the discrimination and disposal of demi-humans in the Soylent System and the cyborg reconstruction of mutilated individuals in Xenogears. Dominia and Seraphita are survivors whereas Tolone was reconstructed as a cyborg, similarly to Ziggy.

-The Elsa's crew, who illegally participates in the recycling of space debris, may be a slight callback to the Thames' crew, who scavenges the sea for parts and treasure.

-Erde Kaiser is a dead-ringer to the G-Elements, the combined gear of the Elements girls. Even the parts composing episode I's Erde Kaiser are named after the Elements, but translated properly and not modified to be personal names (Throne instead of Tolone, Dominion instead of Dominia, etc.)

god okay that's as much as I can think of for now my brain hurts