Anime / The Epic of Zektbach

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Top: Lien, L'erisia, Joah, ∑ Middle: Hannes, Nox, Shamshir Bottom: Matin

If the thing called 'Word' is a kind of unlimited resource,then it is not only meaningless to choose words,but also impossible to create the epic poetry.
―Zektbach

From Konami's Bemani series, The Epic of Zektbach is a big story line set in the world of Aria Te'Laria where an object of power, namely Ristaccia, influences the world. There are eight Ristaccia pieces, collected by each eight races. The Ristaccia has given them conscience, emotions and knowledge. It has given them miracles, but soon it has also given them destruction as their thirst for knowledge overwhelmed them, starting the Ristaccia wars. After the wars, there are only two races left: The Humina and the Rufina. The Rufina, still curious of the power of the Ristaccia, made a memeplex of themselves by the name of ∑ then mysteriously disappeared from the world. The Huminas however are desperate for more power and miracles given by the Ristaccia, therefore forming the Holy Kingdom of Noigladdo. A person however rebelled against the rule, forming themselves a new country called the Azuelgatt.

The Epic of Zektbach follows the story of the characters Shamshir, Lien, ∑, Matin, Nox, Hannes, Gijiri and Malchut and how the power of Ristaccia influences them.

Originally, "Zektbach" is Tomosuke Funaki's pseudonym for producing fantasy-themed music mixed with electronica. Parts of the story are in music videos, character art, Drama CDs and a one-episode OVA.

The music videos in order of the story:

  • Ristaccia
  • Shamshir Dance
  • ZETA - The World of Prime Numbers and the Transcendental Being
  • Blind Justice- Torn Souls, Hurt Faiths
  • Apocalypse- Dirge of Swans
  • Kagachi
  • Turii ~Panta Rhei~
  • L'erisia - Primal Logic
  • Raison d'etre - Crossing Fates


Tropes used in their works

  • Adaptation Expansion
    • The Blind Justice drama CD covers Matin's and Nox's story, and the Masinowa drama CD covers the arcs of Gijiri and Malchut.
    • The OVA of Shamshir Dance expands on Shamshir's story.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Ristaccia is depicted as a young girl in a plain dress.
  • Art Shift: Art style of videos depend on the artist working on them (compare Apocalypse, Ristaccia, and Shamshir Dance)
  • Assimilation Plot: The Rufina did it to themselves to form ∑.
    • Aria Te'Laria was created after the future humanity uploaded themselves into a database on a spaceship called the Ouroboros Ark to attain immortality. One man, Joah, felt unhappy this way, and so he awakened L'erisia, the embodiment of self-awareness, which reset Earth and turned it into Aria Te'Laria.
  • Badass Normal: Shamshir, Nox and Matin have no magical powers but are good warriors. Shamshir is the strongest warrior in the world.
  • Cain and Abel: Nox's hatred of the Noigllado government is amplified by the Ristaccia in his sword to the point where he wants to kill his sister Matin.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: As of now, there are three objects of worship: the "Ristaccia", the "Spring of Lourdes" and the Turii. From the three, only the Ristaccia and the Spring of Lourdes fits the trope.
    • The Spring of Lourdes contained a sword with a Ristaccia ruby. That may have been Hannes' sword.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: While it is normal to have a medieval kingdom which politics revolves around religion, one may wonder how Arabic-themed Azuelgatt fit in the picture.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Masinowa, the Yamaji-jin and the Kagachi-jin were two peoples who lived in the north and south, respectively. Because a Yamaji-jin oracle claimed a drought was caused by an "unclean" people, the Yamaji-jin decided the Kagachi-jin were the "unclean" people that they must now rule over. Thus, the Kagachi-jin were segregated and oppressed. The Kagachi village of Jakotsu is next to the Yamaji village Konohana, which is a huge and flourishing plantation set on a mountain. They are separated by a river and the only link between both is a bridge which only the Kagachi-jin can't cross. The one time the Yamaji-jin crossed to Jakotsu, the entire village bowed down as their faces should not be seen.
    • Fantastic Ghetto: Jakotsu is a very poor village with soils so rough, there are only a few patch of flourishing field and they have no living livestock.
  • Emotionless Girl: The People of The Stars are basically emotionless hive minds because they do not have the influence of the Ristaccia.
  • E Equals Mc Hammer: One may even wonder whether Zektbach(or at least Maya) really knows the equations they're throwing in "Ristaccia"
  • Gratuitous Italian: Overture: Ristaccia
    • A lot of people were arguing which language the music is sung until they see the lyrics.
    • Gratuitous English: Blind Justice- Torn Soul, Hurt Faiths. "...No can make my faith illusion..."
      • Surprisingly Good English: Apocalypse - Dirge of Swans. Considering the fact that Yuu Tokiwa had both written and sung this song very well, it's fairly surprising. Points towards the lyrics and vocals.
  • Kill 'em All: The Ristaccia causes Shamshir to do this to her people, and tells Hannes to do this to everyone in Fallarien.
  • Götterdämmerung: The Rufina, still curious of the Ristaccia, created a memeplex named ∑ then disappeared.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Lien Clewing is a Humina, but after encountering ∑ and answer her 7 riddles, became a transcendental being that mixes a Humina and a Rufina
  • Half-Identical Twins: Nox and Matin.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Many of the main characters wield a sword with a Ristaccia piece affixed.
  • Killed Off for Real: Because the Ristaccia doesn't want Lien to know of its secrets.
  • Mind Hive: ∑, who has the accumulated knowledge of all the Rufina.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Hannes's mother became pregnant with her after drinking water from the Spring of Lourdes.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: There were 8 pieces of the Ristaccia, each given to each race.
    • Power Crystal: During the Great Ristaccia War, each were affixed in one sword of each race
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Thanks to Kukaru "rescuing" Malchut, he ended up distorting the balance of Aria te'Laria.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: People under the control of Ristaccia have eyes that glow red.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming:
    • Malchut and the other Star Children are named after the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah's tree of life.
    • Trisagion is named after a concept regarding the Christian Holy Trinity.
    • Tyrfing is named for a cursed sword from Norse mythology.
    • Ame no Hoakari is named after a Shinto deity.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Nox and Matin, to the point that even their histories are polar.
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Before the intervention of Kukaru, every 14 years there is a ceremony in Turii that will initiate the sacrifice of the oldest star child via drowning. This is to make way for the next star child, therefore balancing the power of Ristaccia.
  • The Empire: The Holy Kingdom of Noigladdo.
  • The Smart Guy: Lien Clewing. He is a mathematician and a transcendental being who has the knowledge of the Rufina and even the Japanese language. One may scoff at this fact until they realize they are in a different world; that they are not in Earth.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kukaru finds out the hard way that him saving Malchut from drowning, (which he felt was the right thing to do, since anyone else would do the same) ended up distorting the balance of Aria te'Laria
  • When a Tree Attacks: Malchut turned into a giant tree at the city of Masinowa, therefore destroying the city.
    • From the looks of the video, it looked like Malchut created the tree rather than transforming into one.


Alternative Title(s): The Epic Of Zektbach

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