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The concept of "Heart Energy" and Rei's Heart Blades

First things first I'M THE REALEST I just wanted to thank everyone from the deepest part of my heart for all of the support you all have given me for this comic<3 I'm so proud of how these recent pages turned out and how much progress I've made! This summer, I was able to write out 40 pages of script and draw out 30 comic pages. This is such a great project to help me stay productive during the summer, draw constantly, exercise my creative mind, and learn how to draw a large variety of characters consistently. Not only that, but this story means so much to me. I'm so glad there's so much support for it. :)

Anyways, the next big update unfortunately won't be until December most likely. School will be starting for me next week, but I will continue to plan and sketch so I'll be ready to ink and tone when the time comes. :) So, to give you a little more information to help you get through this hiatus, I'll be explaining the concept of Heart Energy and providing more information about Rei's Heart Blades. Most of these will be excepts from the script, but I'll also provide some extra explanations and some future ideas relating to the concept.

If you go to page 1 of LiaC, it explains the basic concept of the conservation of energy. This same rule applies to heart energy. Things like magic are just forms of heart energy that have been converted into a tangible form/power.

"Heart energy goes by many names. Chakra, spirit, soul, aura, chi…all refer to the same metaphysical energy that flows throughout the human body. It serves as the root of power that fuels several different techniques. By drawing out this energy, an individual has the power to manipulate it and use it for performances outside the body. How the user is able to manipulate this energy often depends on the person themselves. The ability to control heart energy can either be natural or require long years of training and concentration. Sometimes a being’s heart energy is specific to one technique while others are flexible enough to learn a variety of techniques. There is also the possibility of a person’s heart energy to be amplified by special items or events, such as magical artifacts, the absorption or transfer of another’s heart energy, or even by eating special fruits. This could either strengthen the person’s present techniques, or it can give them new ones. A person’s source of heart energy is limited, however. Using up too much energy will cause the person’s body to feel weak and frail."

This concept is flexible enough to be applied to all techniques, and it's a lot of fun to watch some kind of fantasy anime, and try to reason how they are manipulating their heart energy. Now, everyone is different. Even though everyone has the potential to control their heart energy, how a person is able to manipulate it and control often depends on the person themselves. Sometimes it comes down to genetics, other times it comes down to training. For example, Videl from DBZ was a normal human being, but through training and by becoming aware of her heart energy, she was able to control it.

Even though everyone has heart energy, heart techniques are a little more special. Heart techniques come in many forms and powers, and not everyone has a technique.

"For example, your Queen Minnie has the ability to make judgements about the person’s characteristics, personality, and power. Through physical contact, she’s able to read people’s thoughts by matching her natural heart wavelength with theirs. Like Queen Minnie, I too can read the wavelengths of hearts, but it is better suited for reading the hearts of other worlds. By reading the heart of the stars, I can see the happenings of individual worlds and sense the balance of the universe. Others have heart techniques that give them the ability to sense the strength of another’s heart energy (DBZ), to sense the balance of light and darkness in one’s heart (Princess Mononoke?), to identify people by their heart wavelengths (Soul Eater, Assassin’s Creed). There are countless heart techniques out there, some more developed than others. Many, like Queen Minnie and [Yen Sid], can hear the wavelengths of other hearts. Some use a heightened sense of touch to feel heart wavelengths."

Headcanon: Riku smells heart wavelengths.


Anyways, Rei's heart technique, on the other hand, is similar to Maka's (Soul Eater) ability to directly see soul wavelengths (or in Rei's case, heart wavelengths). Having this ability allows Rei to identify people's wavelength and either manipulate her own heart wavelength to redirect or cancel out another person's technique. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that she has complete control over that person's technique.

Let's break it down using fire bending from Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra for an example. Fire needs three things: Oxygen, heat, and fuel. Unlike air benders, water benders, and earth benders, fire benders often have to create their own fire in order to fire bend. Using the heart energy concept, this is easy to explain. A fire bender would expel a part of his heart energy from his body; this is the fuel. From there, he uses another part of his heart energy and converts it to heat energy. Heat + Fuel + Oxygen in the air = super special awesome fire bending. Now say a fire bender attacks Rei. She has a split second to identify the wavelengths of the fire, and then by changing her natural heart wavelength to that of the heat energy, she can cancel out the heat and cause the fire to disappear. However, even though she can cancel it out or redirect the fire bender's attacks, she cannot fire bend aka she can't make fire from her heart energy. Rei actually can't use any magic at all. She uses materia (FFVII) to perform the magic for her.

But yeah heart techniques are pretty neat. Plus, they can evolve and be developed if the user can train it. For example, Minnie's heart technique is pretty basic compared to Yen Sid's. In Rei's case, you see her get better at using her heart technique. It starts out pretty weak (because like damn she's four). Rather than seeing the wavelengths, it's more like sensing. If she does see it, it's more like weird flashes or glimpses of heart wavelengths, but she really can't look at them (if that makes sense.) As she gets older, she is able to see them better and eventually she's able to identify wavelengths and manipulate her own.

Another important thing to remember is that sometimes people can gain new techniques when they travel to a different world, such as Ginta from MAR, but a person is strongest when they are on their home world since the world's heart amplifies it. Spoiler alert for my manga: the reason no one from Rei's world (AKA our world) can use any magic or summons or anything is because her world actually cancels out our heart energy and prevents any of that magical stuff to happen.

The concept of heart energy was greatly inspired and aided by Konjiki no Gash Bell, Soul Eater, DBZ, and Fairy Tail, but I just added a bunch of science-y stuff to it BECAUSE I'M A BIG HUGE NERD.

Now that I've explained the concept of heart energy, I'm going to provide a little more information about Rei's heart blades.

"A heart blade is formed when the wielder extends his or her heart energy from their body. It requires strong concentration and mastery of one’s own heart energy to summon voluntarily. The heart blade is a tangible manifestation of the wielder’s heart energy, and it requires the wielder to maintain the form of the blade by focusing his or her heart energy. if the link between the sword and the point of energy concentration is drawn too far apart, then the blade will lose its form and the user will become weaker due to the dispersion of energy."

Rei must concentrate her energy on keeping the form of her blades. Each blade has a different base form, but technically the user is able to extend or retract the blade to a desired length (BUT REI DOESN'T KNOW THAT). One problem with the heart blade is that since Rei is constantly feeding her heart energy to maintain the tangible form of the blade, if the blade is knocked from her hand, the connection will be broken and her heart energy will be dispersed everywhereeee. So it'll leave her feeling weak, and she'll have to wait a while until she can summon it again. Now, if she recalls the blades on her own, there is no loss of energy. There are a few more problems with the heart blades:

"Heart blades have the ability to give and take heart energy from those struck by it. By giving your heart energy to others, you have the possibility of restoring theirs. However, you can also use it offensively by driving your heart wavelength directly into the opponent’s body through a physical strike, which can cause strong direct and internal damage. By taking heart energy from your opponent, you can restore your own heart energy, but a direct strike through a person’s heart can shatter it into pieces...Whether the heart blade gives or takes is not determined by you. It is determined by the balance of light and dark in your heart. Even those with the purest intentions can become lost...We all have darkness in our hearts."

Since Rei's blades act as an extension of herself, she has a longer range of applying her heart energy and it's easier with those blades. However, as explained above, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. It's kinda like Elsa's (Frozen) ice powers. If you get struck in the heart, it kinda really sucks. If you're struck directly through the heart with Rei's heart blade, you just kinda go limp. You don't turn into a heartless or a nobody, you're just kinda stuck with no place to go. Your heart can be restored, but it needs to be done with the other half of the heart blade.

Even though Rei's blades are kinda special, everyone who had come from our world and passed through the gate would gain their own heart blades. It's just that the gate's been closed for so long that they kinda disappeared. Also, Rei doesn't dual wield until way later. In order to dual wield, you need to have a balance between light and darkness in your heart. So here's the million dollar question, how is the Gate Keeper able to wield two swords?

That's a quick crash course about how things work in my manga. If any of that didn't make sense, let me know so i can explain it better/change it in the script so it does make sense. XD

Thank you for reading!! Hopefully this is enough to make up for the hiatus. :D Until next time! I love you all<3


WIPs - Pages 42 and 43

Here are some WIPs since idk when the next time I'll be able to pump out pages. I need some time to design the gate because I haven't really thought of it yet lol. Don't know if I want it fancy and intricate or super simple and easy. WE'LL SEE. Plus I haven't really thought of what I want the pages after these two to look like exactly.

I'll be busy throughout most of August. I'm soooo so so close to finish the first chapter of this manga. SO CLOSE AFTER LIKE 6-7 YEARS OF TRYING. I'm so extremely excited and i don't want my pacing to slow down, so hopefully I'll be able to finish this part before school starts up again (I can't believe summer is almost gone omg save me).

Btw, if you guys would like a tutorial or process kind of thing showing how I do my manga pages, just let me know and I'll make one for these upcoming pages. :)

Love you guys<3 Thanks for all of your support. :)


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Most of the time I can't find references that fit the pose that it's my head. So you just gotta make do with what you got. amirite :D

Rei Akino Bio

Okay so after reading this piece of trash, I just HAD to update all the information. Most of the information about my manga on this world is totally out dated. So ...

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Manga Page WIP

Proof that I'm still working on this project<33 About halfway through sketching I started writing down dialogue but then I got distracted by something (I don't remember). After 30 minutes later of trying to make the other scenes look dramatic I realise that I wrote down "your goat".

A memorable moment indeed.