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This is actually one of Amaterasu’s abilities in Okami. If you’e a Cassandra fan, you’re always worried she’s gonna die, so it’s nice that this wasn’t a two page spread or something. And this is the antithesis of the Pantheon’s keep the miracles on the DL policy. I suspect one of the reasons for the font was to emphasize that.

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This is August 18th. Less than two weeks after the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony. Why on earth would Amaterasu come here, now, and do this? No, Cass, she has no idea.

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Existential horror. However short lived. See, Cass, sometimes people listen. Sometimes they understand.

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Flashback. Borderless and transcendent. Emily and her father are solid, real. The Genbaku Dome is an outline. A destination on their tour. This is the Japan she knows.

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“Oh God.” G-O-D God. Nothing to do with Shinto. See page 1 panel 1. The eclipsed eyes take on a whole new meaning. Hello, Hazel.

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For the folks on the ground, this might not be as reassuring as it is to us. Nuclear explosions go panel 1(blinding flash), panel 6, characteristic mushroom cloud.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park aerial view.

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Just lying on the beach in an impact crater. Like you do.

In the writer’s notes for issue 9, Gillen wrote, “Generally speaking, that full-row ¼ page panel is reserved for key lines in WicDiv. We use it a bunch.” Here’s a  ¼ page borderless panel in an issue where the borderless panels are almost exclusively used for flashbacks; but it’s the immediate present.

It made me wonder if it was pointing to anything in the series’ past. So it drew a parallel between Cass and Amaterasu. Same words used to explain vastly different behavior. Amaterasu going ballistic over Hiroshima versus Cass’s harsh words to Beth, conveniently reiterated earlier in the issue.

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Ellipses connecting one panel to the next to direct the reader.

Like, before Cassandra was Urðr. Before Hazel was Amaterasu. Before Zahid was Inanna and Eleanor was Luci? So Laura wasn’t the only ascended fan. We knew that already – Inanna, Dionysus, Urðr – but it wasn’t clear how tight the in crowd seems to have been.

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Before the issue came out, ashandthorny wasn’t registered on Twitter or Tumblr. Now both have squatters.

Hazel was creating and posting Okami fan art in addition to following the Pantheon. Completely reasonable, really; especially considering Amaterasu was a member of the last one. But how exactly does her obsession converge with her incarnation?

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“This is a fucking Fantheon.” Everybody laugh. Good joke.

Hey, Cass is on to something, here, I hope nothing derails this like she derailed Minerva.

Of course Hazel changed her name. We knew that from page 1, but it’s made explicit here because you need to see both how she and Cassandra are similar and how they’re different. They’ve both had three names. The one they choose is a matter of identity. Not even Ananke can rename Cass.

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Emily’s druidy phase is a reference to The White Goddess. Hazel, Oak, and Ash are letters in one of the alphabets Graves discusses at length. Teasing meaning from it is probably best done elsewhere. She goes all in.

“You’re doing this wrong,” is the pull quote for the issue. Again this is the tragedy of Cassandras. Nobody understands.

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They all sing the same refrain. Ananke didn’t mention it in the interview with Cassandra, but this is so common among the Pantheon that it has to be in the manual. But in Amaterasu’s case, it’s not just her argument; it’s her message.

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Ammy’s been searching for identity, for meaning, since she was Minerva’s age. Younger even. Moving from one faith to the next to the next. Now she is faith. And she still doesn’t know…

This issue informs that first appearance and provides, along with what we know about Cassandra/Urðr, confirmation that the person, not just the god, has some bearing on how the glossolalia is interpreted.

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Slightly wider than panel 3. Expect nothing less from gods of order.

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Slightly taller than panel 2. Everything just happens. We only have each other.

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There’s probably a better place to talk about Cassandra having no idea how her music affects people. But it’s true. She’s seen every member of the Pantheon and felt nothing. Rare and cursed, Ananke called her..

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Amaterasu is making memories. Page 12, panel 2. Page 19, panel 1. This one. Remember when we were watching the sunset after falling out of the sky that time?

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The sun’s setting. Great talk. If Ammy wants to make it to that shrine, she’s gotta motor.

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She may not feel anything, but watching a miracle is still watching a miracle. Verðandi and Skuld catching up.

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“You don’t care that your ideals are hurting people. You don’t care that people are hurting.”

Yah, you had that quiet moment of acceptance and then she left you stranded far from home. There are a lot of places this could take the narrative, but I suspect she’ll just get back in a day or so.

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Kieron Gillen: “The whole issue takes place in the time just before sunset.” At first glance I’d just assumed page 4 was morning and page 20 was evening. But the camera has actually swung around and moved inside the shrine.

The Wicked + The Divine #15 annotations:Page 21panel 1Kieron Gillen: “The whole issue takes place in the time just before sunset.” At first glance I’d just assumed page for was morning and page 4 was morning and page 20 was evening. But the camera has actually swung around and moved inside the shrine.She’s in a hurry so the business about respectfully entering isn’t important this time. This is all about her peace of mind rather than proper observance.panel 2Explains why she wanted to get there before sundown. She’ll be stuck in Tokyo herself, but she’s not without resources.panel 3In all the photos I’ve seen, nobody’s kneeling. This is some Ammy specific syncretism. It puts most westerners in a prayer frame of mind.panel 4In addition to her mobile, she’s got a hoard of ema in her bag, which hasn’t left her shoulder until now. Right after the issue came out, there was a post, since deleted, that discussed the appropriateness of supplicating her father at this shrine in this way. The tl:dr was that she was doing it wrong. A point that’s been made and appears in big letters on the back cover.panel 5Does she do this every day? She does this every day. That’s why she stranded the Norns in Hiroshima. she’s not flighty; she’s obsessed.

She’s in a hurry so the business about respectfully entering isn’t important this time. This is all about her peace of mind rather than proper observance.

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Explains why she wanted to get there before sundown. She’ll be stuck in Tokyo herself, but she’s not without resources.

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In all the photos I’ve seen, nobody’s kneeling. This is some Ammy specific syncretism. It puts most westerners in a prayer frame of mind.

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In addition to her mobile, she’s got a hoard of ema in her bag, which hasn’t left her shoulder until now. Right after the issue came out, there was a post, since deleted, that discussed the appropriateness of supplicating her father at this shrine in this way. The tl:dr was that she was doing it wrong. A point that’s been made and appears in big letters on the back cover.

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Does she do this every day? She does this every day. That’s why she stranded the Norns in Hiroshima. she’s not flighty; she’s obsessed.

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There’s a lot going on here, which is what you want from a single image that takes up the whole page. So, the basic structural stuff. The speech bubbles are arranged in a circle, evoking both her tiara and the title page. Nine bubbles for the nine living gods and twelve gems on the tiara for the twelve members of the Pantheon, just like Hans’ cover.

Which leads to slightly deeper structural stuff. The image is an inversion of Hans’ cover. Standing versus kneeling. Inside, nominally, versus outside. The sun on her face with shadows behind versus the sunlight on her back with shadows before her.

Which, y’know, prayers for the dead. Maybe the dying.

Tara was called Aruna prior to her apotheosis. Ammy says, “I think,”  but Gillen more or less confirmed it. Is it clear that names are a big deal in this issue? She sparked the conflict by insisting on calling Cassandra Urðr, but she’s denied the dead gods their Pantheon names.

Except… Okay so this last bit is a sort of an interpretive dance. Who’s going to die next? I’m not laying money on any of these, but they’re worth mentioning.

“Help the dying. Help Cassandra.” Praying for Cass and calling her by her mortal name in this context kind of marks her for death. Baphomet tried to kill her once already. and she’s a potential threat to Ananke if she wises up.

Doing some irresponsible image comparison, arrange the bubbles over the remaining gods. Starting in the upper left and putting that one over Baal. The most faded bubble goes over Minverva. Who is actually wising up. And whom Beth appears to be surveilling.

Finally, Amaterasu herself. The pinks behind her are from Ananke’s palette for this issue. She’s just made the greatest possible spectacle of herself. On the other side of the world, which may or may not be significant. Do they perform outside Britain? And her legs…

Amaterasu’s prayer fades out like a song, like her song, as the light of the day too fades away.