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April 10th, 2007 (09:36 am)
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Many thanks to those who commented in my previous fly-by posting. It's been really informative and has helped me a lot. ^_^

And since I haven't yet typed up my scribblings, I thought I'd do a quickie post of the characters secrets for GH. (Obviously there will be spoilers below.) They all have one (except maybe Yasuhara). Many have been revealed over time in the manga/anime series. So, without further ado...

Mai: is really an orphan, and has been since Jr. H.S. when her mother died. Her father died when she was very young. Both parents were completely without any living relatives, so Mai has no other relatives in the world.--revealed in the Urado story

Naru: is really Oliver (Noll) Davis of England and a prominent member of the English SPR. He came to Japan to search for his brother's body--revealed in Heiki

Dream!Naru: is really Eugene Davis and Noll's twin brother. He'd accidentally been struck by a car and then deliberately run over--revealed in Heiki

Lin: is actually Chinese. His core family is the last of his extended family to leave Hong Kong and move to England before the colony was to revert to China.--revealed in the Urado story

Masako: isn't so much a medium as she is a psychometrist. Following Oliver Davis' theory of two types of mediums, she fits the psychometric definition more.--revealed in Yasuhara's school case (? I think that's where this was revealed)

Ayako: on her own, she has little ability or strength. However, when there's a living tree around and she summons the elemental spirits inhabiting the tree, her ability to purify souls is greater than any of the other members.--revealed in the Yoshimi case

Bou-san: originally, he was able to see spirits. However, after hitting his head badly, he lost that ability.--revealed in Heiki

Also, his hair is naturally so light and was worse when he was younger--revealed in Akumu ga Sumu Ie (Agawa case)

John: an exorcist at 19 yrs of age even though becoming a catholic exorcist requires being a priest first. Bou-san and Yasuhara speculate that he hasn't reached that rank yet and so isn't a true exorcist.--speculation in Heiki.

However, in John's case, it is then later revealed (much to Bou-san's and Yasuhara's surprise) that he is in fact a priest. ^^; --revealed in the Agawa case


Posted by: lys (lysiithea)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)

I'm the first to read this post again! :) Thank you so much for these tidbits. Eh, when, where and why did Bou-san hit his head?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)

*skims posts* Wow, it seems a lot of people want to know what happened to Bou-san... There's not that much information about it, but here's the gist of it:

In the past, Bou-san could see spirits. However, he ended up having a bit of an accident when doing an exorcism and ended up hitting his head. As a result, his brain's wiring changed and he was no longer able to see spirits.

Time-wise, this would've been before the entire Evil Spirits storyline (ie pre-history) but it doesn't specify when other than being a past event. ^_^

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)

Bou-san: originally, he was able to see spirits. However, after hitting his head badly, he lost that ability.--revealed in Heiki

O rly? Thats something I never would have guessed. Stupid question but when does he hit his head? Did it happen in the novels or before? Maybe I miss that...

also....ummm...you are gonna trans Mai spilling her feelings to Noll right?????? :3

Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)

oo din noe that bou san was able to see spirits until he hit his head... that's something new, and interesting :) thanks

Posted by: sharibet (sharibet)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)

Cool! Thank you for the tidbits!

I'm still scratching my head about how a 19-year-old can be a priest (wouldn't he have to graduate from seminary, first) but hey, it's fiction. *g*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
GH - Idols (juxtaposition ftw!)

*praises* Yay! Thank you for this. ^_^

*joins chorus asking for more about Bou-san hitting his head*

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)

Interesting that John was in fact so talented he became a priest at a young age. Is talent the right word for this? Weird, but interesting!

Very interesting about Bou-san. Was it mentioned how he hit his head? If his hair got any lighter, it'd be just about blonde! But he's still cool, whether or not he sees spirits.

Thanks! :)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)

Poor Bou-san! Can you expand upon what you said about Lin? My history surrounding the Orient is almost non-existant.

...Wah! I can't use any of these in my story!

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)

Are you asking about the historical aspects of Hong Kong, England, and China or about what's said about Lin specifically? If it's the historical aspects, I can help a little.

For over a century or so, Hong Kong was a British colony. While the official language remained Chinese, the economic structure, the political structure, and to some degree the culture was decidedly Western in its approach. For various reasons that I no longer remember, Britain returned all control of Hong Kong back to mainland China in 1997. Officially, the Hong Kong citizens were guaranteed to be allowed to maintain their Western approaches to politics and economics. However many citizens doubted that that guarantee would last. In the years before the handing over of control, there was an exodus of (mostly wealthy) Hong Kong citizens to other countries, primarily England, as they fled the country in the face of the oncoming Communist rule.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)

Interesting! I'm assuming this wasn't the British Mandate, but something different. I'll have to do more research into this, but you gave me a great start.

I wonder if Lin has any brothers or sisters. Hmm... probably not XD

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)

I could picture Lin being the oldest of several siblings with several years between him and his nearest sibling. I picture Lin learning how to ignore the commotion around him at a young age.

Posted by: aly Says \ ألين (ramble_corner)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)

popping in to add a bit to your summary. I'm not Chinese but as I'm Asian, i do recall a bit about British handover .
As I recall, the British had a 100-years contract with the Chinese government. I think, it basically allowed the British to do what they want with HK as long as they returned it to China after 100 years. At that time British was trying to find a base/port in Asia, which is why they agreed (I think, my history may not be so accurate anymore). But in 1997, the 100 years loan ended and they had to return HK back to China.
Of course, some said this means China gets all the benefit. HK is developed without incurring a cost to them, and they get it all back with addded value.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the extra details. My memory of the precise causes and whatnots was really fuzzy around the edges. :)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)

Hmm... I'll have to do some research then! Thank you both for the tips!

Posted by: CountLibras (countlibras)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)

"His core family is the last of his extended family to leave Hong Kong and move to England before the colony was to revert to China"

This more specific tidbit I did not know. It makes me love Lin more. (my mom grew up in HK) Although, then I wonder such a big deal about him being anti-Japanese rather than him being anti-People's Republic.

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Rin hair undone (selphie)

Two quick questions, then (vague fic notions? What?): are there ever any details given about Bou-san's injury (before or after leaving Kouya-san, say), and is GH set in a specific year...?


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 11th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)

? Regarding hitting his head? No, the only details are as I mentioned in the first reply regarding the incident. About the only other detail I can recall offhand about his time at Kouya-san is that there were only a few monks there that were really able to get rid of spirits of all the monks there. GH was originally set such that Naru was born in the 70's IIRC. However, things have since shifted forward in time with the manga version. There's no absolute date setting.

Yay! Fic! ^^;

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: April 11th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Rin map (sleepdebtfairy)

Flexibility is always a good thing. ^_-

The fic notion is mostly conceptual at this point, and my list of projects I'd have to finish before starting is pretty long, but we'll see. ^^

Posted by: Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Mai - GH - Hey-ai!

I love these little tid-bits. Many thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Evil Neko of Mischief (sapphire_18)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)

many thanks for sharing! the bou-san incident really caught my attention... hehe XD

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the info!

Just a quick Q: if Bou-san can't see spirits, then how did he exorcise them? Do he use other senses such as hearing, etc. to pinpoint where the spirits are? (I totally did not know he couldn't see them until you told me! Thanks!)

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