Saturday, December 09, 2006

Heroes Symbolism: The Cranes

Hiro, perhaps the most tormented of all our heroes. You carry the hopes of all those devasted by bombing of Hiroshima. Your name is a vestige of the murdered, Hiro-Hiroshima. Getting caught up in your daily work routine you almost forgot the fallen.

Fortunately for the world, you have begun to realize the signifigance of the comics your grandfather gave you. Just like Superman and Sadako Sasaki you have come to realize that one person can change the world.

Heroes Search Engine

This is a search engine for Heroes Fan Sites. If you have a Heroes fan site you want added just let me know and I'll add it. If you want to put this search engine on your site for your readers let me know and I'll give you the code or invite you to join Google Co-op.

Comic Stills from Better Halves

nWhat does the eclipse mean? Why is an eclipse incorprated
into the logo of the show? Why is the eclipse more important
than the RNA molecule?

A picture of the cheerleader, probably reaching for help.A busor train on fire from the first episode.
Picture of Hiro Nakamura and Ando-kun looking puzzled.

A picture of Peter Petrelli surrounded by
flying locker doors. I think he is using
It looks like Suresh standing by a river.
Who do you think this is and what do you
think they're doing?
A closeup of Nikki.
The Cheerleader lying dead on the floor.

DNA Molecule on Hiro's Sword

Dear Hiro,

I saw your sword Hiro. It was marked with an RNA molecule.

Meaning Behind Heroes Crane

If you haven't noticed symbolism runs rampant through the lives of our heroes. I've read a lot of conversation about Hiro's paper crane and what it means. I'll try to present historical and story context of the events surrounding Hiro's paper crane.

Hiro's grandparents were victims of the devastation of the Hiroshima atomic bombing of WWII. Hiro was named after the city ("Hiro"shima) in hopes they would never forget the devastation and suffering that ensued.

In an attempt to teach him the importance of acting to confront evil and the difference a single person can make in the world, his Grandfather gives him his personal copy of Action Comics #1. (The first comic featuring Superman.) Sadly, Hiro loses track of the lessons personified in the character Superman. Hiro grows up and reflects Clark Kent, a weak, spineless man, incapable of standing up for himself let alone standing up against evil.

After Hiro discovers his super powers he tears up his comic book collection and finds Action Comics #1 at the bottom of his stash, reflective of the place he has put the qualities of Superman in his life. He suddenly has a great appreciation for the things his grandfather was trying to teach him. Realizing he has failed to make a difference in the world he rips the cover off Action Comics #1 and folds it into a paper crane.

Paper Cranes are associated all over the world with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and peace because of Sadako Sasaki. Sadako developed leukemia as a result of the bombing and died very young. When she was close to death she heard legend that said folding a 1000 paper cranes would grant a single wish. She raced to fold 1000 cranes and wished for an end suffering. She died after folding about half. The rest were folded by her classmates who buried all 1000 paper cranes with her.

Today, there is a memorial to Sadako with the words "This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world." In the final scene of "The Crane" Hiro is seen kneeling at the bottom of a statue with these very words inscribed and innumerable paper cranes surrounding his.

Heroes Symbolism: Kali

Kali the Goddess
Kali is a Hindu god. Her name is associated with the words black, and time, some people interpret her name as meaning "black time". She is also said to guide faithful devotees through the afterlife and bestow powers on people who repeat her name.

Significance of Kali
The first scene of the "Monsters" comic opens up with Mohinder recounting a story his grandmother told him about the Hindu god Kali. Then Mohinder's father explains that there is no such thing as monsters and that he doesn't believe in the gods. However, he does believe that people are capable of extraordinary things like teleportation.

In the television series, Chandra mirrors Kali when he is credited for helping Sylar "reach his potential" or become aware powers. I would also like to note that Kali's name can mean time, and Hiro Nakamura has the ability to manipulate the time-space continuum and this probably links Hiro, Chandra, and Sylar.