2nd Fujinsei Blog Carnival: All Otaku Bloggers Welcome!

This sounds like a fun idea. Be sure to participate!

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Happy Monday to all of you, my dear fellow otaku bloggers!  I officially declare the 2nd Fujinsei Blog CarnivalOPEN!  Let’s see those great posts.  But before anything else, please read the following rules to avoid your submission from getting deleted.  Thank you.

Duration:  May 2 to May 8

Rules of Participation:

  1. This carnival is OPEN ONLY to people who blog about anime, manga, or anything related to Japanese culture and media, and of course the otaku world.
  2. Share the link to a specific blog post at the comment section below, NOT just your blog address.  Include title of blog post and a short explanation of what your post is about.  It doesn’t have to be a recent post, but it has to be a post that you’re proud to show off.
  3. Only 1 link per blogger.
  4. Please visit at least one participant’s link; don’t just leave yours and move…

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1 May: St. Joseph the Worker

From Father Z’s Blog :

In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, on Sunday 1 May we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph, Opifex or Worker.  We don’t ignore the 5th Sunday after Easter, of course (6th Sunday of Easter in the Novus Ordo): prayers from the Sunday formulary are added after those for Joseph.

Joseph the Worker is a modern feast.  Celebration of his principle feast on 19 March goes back to at least the 10th century.  In 1870, Bl Pius IX declared Joseph to be the Patron of the Universal Church and gave him a feast on the Wednesday of the 2nd week of Easter.  In 1955, however, Ven Pius XII abolished that feast and instituted St Joseph The Worker on 1 May.  This was a response to Communist celebrations of “May Day”, which in part commemorated a bombing, riot, and massacre in Chicago in 1886…

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BFI Anime Weekend 2016 in June

Here is a very solid lineup of movies for the BFI Anime Weekend. Many are worth adding to the list of anime one want to see.

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The BFI is hosting a weekend of contemporary anime films at the BFI Southbank in June. This is a regular event which collects a diverse array of anime movies and a lot on offer in this year’s programme are some of the best and flashiest to be released in recent years.

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Random Thoughts on the Anime of Spring 2016

The past couple of years have introduced us to one solid season after another.  (It reminds me of the days where I despaired of the anime industry, which lead to posts like “Anime Spring Season 2012: Only Two Worthy Shows?“. Click on that if you want to read a really old post!) This season was no exception.  So, I limited myself to seven regular length shows lest I become overburdened.  (I’m not concerned about shorts taking up too much time.) See below for the shows which made the cut.  The shows are in no particular order.

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1) Space Patrol Luluco

The first two episodes greatly amused me, and I found myself surprised by the serious turn taken in the third episode.  Trigger is nothing if not creative, and I can’t wait to see how they meld the insane antics of this show with the more serious elements.  Fans of Kill la Kill will no doubt see similarities between Luluco and Mako Mankanshoku.  Having a Mako-ish character as the heroine ought to make for a very memorable short.

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On Creating an Anime for Christians Page

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Pondering the examples of other bloggers, particularly those at Beneath the Tangles, has encouraged me to create a page devoted to anime imbued with Christian ideals.  Many bloggers will tell you that there are no Christian anime besides Superbook and My Last Days, but I beg to differ.  Five other anime come to mind which have a clear Christian ethos behind them:

1) Arpeggio of Blue Steel
2) Ashita no Joe
3) Blassreiter
4) Mardock Scramble
5) Wings of the Honneamise

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Feast of St. George

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Happy feast of St. George to all my dear readers, especially to those of you who are English!  Below, I have included G. K. Chesterton’s poem “The Englishman,” which happens to be my favorite poem on St. George and one of my favorites to derive from Chesterton’s pen.  St. George, pray for us!

The Englishman

ST George he was for England.
And before he killed the dragon
He drank a pint of English ale
Out of an English flagon.
For though he fast right readily
In hair-shirt or in mail.
It isn’t safe to give him cakes
Unless you give him ale.

St George he was for England,
And right gallantly set free
The lady left for dragon’s meat
And tied up to a tree;
But since he stood for England
And knew what England means,
Unless you give him bacon
You mustn’t give him beans.

St George he is for England,
And shall wear the shield he wore
When we go out in armour
With the battle-cross before.
But though he is jolly company
And very pleased to dine,
It isn’t safe to give him nuts
Unless you give him wine.

-G. K. Chesterton

Loving One Another

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“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

In a wonderful conversation today I was able to use one of my favorite quotes (above) from one of my favorite authors.

Too often loving another person isn’t loving the person they are but who we’d like them to be. To this end we force, coerce, attempt to mold and shape the other into our ideal friend, family member, partner. We use our personality and skills to overwhelm and transition them into what we want and need.When we do this we…

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Winter 2016 Anime Review

With many new anime having aired their third episode, the time is not only ripe but even over ripe for a review of the anime of the past season.  So, I shall not now review Dagashi Kashi, Dimension W, Norn 9, or Utawarerumono, since I have not finished them yet.  I will say that Dagashi remaines pleasantly amusing, Dimension W is ending on a stronger note than it started on, and even Utawarerumono’s doing much better of late.  (I stalled Norn 9 on episode 4, but I want to get back to it.) I hope to get around to reviewing these shows at a later time.  You know, I feel bad for not finishing everything I started, but looking at my watchlist makes me realize that I have watched plenty of anime this season: part of the above four, six shows of regular length, two shorts, and one movie.  Not bad, even if it was more than I could chew!

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For the sake of brevity, let me point out that I have reviewed Active Raid here, Bubuki Buranki (aka BBK/BRNK) here, and both KonoSuba and Gate here for Beneath the Tangles.  Also, I have given my opinion of the bold ideas behind Garakowa here.  So, that leaves Sekkou Boys, Erased, Showa Rakugo, and Ojisan and Marshmallow for review below.

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The Uncomfortableness of Christianity

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6092047_origI often am puzzled at how sick modernity has become. The toxicity of modern media, the exhalation of abortion, the reign of sodomy, the banishing of Christianity – all symptoms of that secularist disease. They foolishly think they have the cure, but the “cure” is instead the source of all problems.

It is quite easy to be a nonbeliever. Nothing is required of you, no obligation whatsoever. Ethical creeds are merely subjective whims and emotive expressions. In the Modernist’s world – Man can be whatever he desires to be, there is no nature that constricts. Pleasure is the basis of whether something has value. But when it comes to suffering,  the secularist recoils in terror. As pleasure is the basis of worth in their eyes, then the negation of pleasure is the evilest thing. Hence we see why they are so adamant in spreading their errors so that they get…

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10 Signs That Anime is Ruining Your Life

Man, this has to be one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while! I must say that I have been at least twice guilty of getting the “cold” mentioned in #6. Well, I don’t refer to myself as an otaku for nothing. xD

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FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  Greetings, shokun!  It’s been a while, isn’t it?  Our last lesson was way back in January with “10 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much ONE PIECE”.  If you’ve been a student of mine for a while now, then you already know that ONE PIECE is my #1 favourite series of all time.  For today’s lesson, I will be teaching you ways on how anime can negatively affect your life similar to a previous lesson, “How Anime Makes You Dumber”.  We all know how amazing anime is but it’s such a shame that not everyone uses it to develop oneself.  Instead, many use anime as an excuse for their bad habits.  I hope that today’s lesson will deter you from being that kind of anime fan and encourage you to use anime productively like what I taught you in

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Medieval Otaku’s Fourth Anniversary!

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Well, my blog and I are both a year older.  To celebrate, I purchased the liquor closest in age which I could afford: Flor de Cana 18.  (Alright, that is not close to my age really, but it is at least more than half it, which is more than can be said for most liquor.). Would that I could share it with all of my dear readers! 

  
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Indeed, without your commentary, likes, and even just simply reading, I would cease to blog (as D. M. Dutcher, author of Cocao, Put Down the Shovel! and Triune, has unfortunately done) and become a pure bookworm.  And, I’d like to also thank those who have contacted me through IM (especially the folks at Beneath the Tangles and David A) and e-mail.  Amusingly, I recently had a high school student e-mail me asking whether I could help answer a couple of questions for a school project on anime.  I suppose being an anime enthusiast for thirteen years and aniblogger for four qualifies one for such things.:) Continue reading

Spring 2016 Anime Preview!

As always, Caraniel turned out an excellent preview post. Looks like I’ll be watching more from this season than I initially thought!

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Hiya! I’m not dead~! (It’s getting to be something of a tradition to start these posts this way I swear).  So, I ended up taking the (rather good) Winter season off – wasn’t really a plan, but I ended up being pretty busy – radio silence ensued!  But I am a creature of habit and the compulsion to put together these preview posts is strong – so here we are with a look at what the next few weeks have in store for us during the Spring 2016 season.

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Erased and the Two Forms of Salvation

Happy Low Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday!  The anime Erased has got me thinking about the topic of salvation, as you know from my last article on the show.  In the finale, Yashiro was given a final chance of salvation by Satoru on the hospital roof: the statute of limitations had expired on Yashiro’s attempted murders.  He could have continued his ordinary and law-abiding life because Satoru had prevented his evil deeds.  Yet, Yashiro could not give up his evil obsession and was caught in the very trap he set: “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they dug a pit for me; they themselves have fallen into the midst of it” (Psalms 57:6).  Like the reprobate soul I described in the past article, Yashiro pursued his own destruction despite all the help Satoru gave him.  (After all, if Socrates’ dictum that the one doing harm is harmed more than the one harmed is true, Yashiro himself received more benefit from Satoru’s acts than the children Satoru saved!) Yashiro refused to be deterred from sin and must now repent of it.

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Dragged Myself to 400 Anime: Final Two Reviews!

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At last!  Four hundred anime complete!  Actually, three more than that since I also recently completed New Dominion Tank Police and KonoSuba and forgot to add The Perfect Insider to my watched list.  But, this blog series is done, since I have watched Gintama the Movie: Benizakura-hen and Hetalia: Paint it White!  You’ll note that I needed to substitute the latter for Urusei Yatsura: Only You, but I hope to watch that and the rest of this creative and hilarious series in the near future.

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Gintama the Movie: Benizakura-hen portrays one of my all time favorite story arcs in the show.  I have mentioned before that Gintama is perhaps the most versatile show I’ve ever seen.  It’s mood varies from low-brow and toilet humor (I usually skip those episodes) to maudlin to legitimately hilarious slapstick and wordplay humor to, as we see in Benizakura-hen, action-packed drama.  The movie cut very little of the original material and increased the quality of the action sequences, which are downright thrilling.  I found myself at the edge of my seat several times while watching this.

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Divine Mercy Novena

Today is Good Friday, and so were are two days away from Easter and nine from Divine Mercy Sunday.  That means today begins the Novena of Divine Mercy, which I try to pray every year.  Each day of the novena involves immersing a particular set of souls in God’s mercy, e.g. sinners today, priests and religious tomorrow, all faithful and devout souls on Easter, etc.  Then, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed.  Hope that as many of my dear readers as possible may join me.

Here is the link to the EWTN page: Divine Mercy Novena.