Happy Thanksgiving!

Briefly, I would just like to wish all my dear readers and their loved ones a happy Thanksgiving!  Eat good food, enjoy some good company, and give great thanks to God!  Also, be sure to go easy on the drinks! :)

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Examining Old School Anime: The Body as Essential to Our Humanity


Here’s my latest post for Examining Old School Anime.

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Looking at Leiji Matsumoto’s treatment of the body in Galaxy Express 999, our dear readers may easily understand my suspicion that Leiji Matsumoto comes from a Christian background or at very least is highly influenced by Christian ideas.  This especially comes across in Galaxy Express 999‘s emphasis on the evil of exchanging one’s body for a machine.  I don’t think one can discover a single pagan philosophy or religion, East or West, which gives the body real importance if that philosophy also postulates the existence of the soul.  In these pagan philosophies, the body is a container for your soul but not an essential part of you.  (Within the extras for the Otogi Zoshi anime, one Japanese historian even said that the Japanese of the tenth century simply threw away the bodies of their dead as if trash!)  This makes the Christian belief in the resurrection very unique.

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Nora and the Demons that Tempt Us

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There’s always been a lot of transition at my church. We were once comprised of about 80% college students, and though there are more older folks (like me!) attending now, it’s still largely a “college church.” Because of this characteristic, year in and year out, I see students leave, finishing their four or five years, and moving on to the next part of their lives. It’s difficult to let them go and it’s draining, a bit, when you’re limited in how much you can build a relationship with someone before they’re gone.

But even more difficult is when I see (usually through Facebook) that some of these treasured friends have turned away from their faith and moved to a dark place, away from God’s truth and love.

nora noragami aragoto art by さとりをひらこう | reprinted w/permission

There are so very many reasons why followers of Christ will cease to practice their faith (and…

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Anime And Video Game Recommendations Pages Are Up


I always knew that Moonlitasteria had excellent taste, and his anime recommendations page proves it. Be sure to peruse it! I know much less about the video games he recommends, but they must be of the same caliber. :)

Originally posted on Moonlitasteria:

Computer desk Finally cleaned my desk, so it doesn’t look like this any more…

Took me awhile, but I finally finished work on my anime and video game recommendations…sort of. While the video game one is more or less the way I envisioned (yes, it will be more than RPG’s added), the anime one is still lacking…a lot. In the future, I will try to change the format of the latter (when time allows), but the contents will remain the same. Until then, you are free to check it out. I haven’t started on visual novels, but that will be next after I am completely satisfied with the anime one. The review archive is also come along swimmingly, yet need more time on that front. Have a lot of cleaning to get done in two days for company this weekend, so maybe once it is here, more time will fly into my…

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Latin Phrases They Didn’t Teach You in School


This story appeals to my sense of humor. You wonder if the bad bishop even knows what he’s signing.

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

“Valens cartam et calamum e manibus eius violenter extorsit.”

Valens violently wrenched the paper and pen out of his hands.

— Hilary of Poitiers, Liber I Ad Constantium, 8. (CSEL 65: 187, 12-15.)

This is another bad bishop story. Bishop Eusebius of Vercelli (good bishop) found out that his younger colleague, Bishop Dionysius of Milan, had signed a synod statement that was kinda Arian. So he up and went to the synod himself, and ended up presenting the synod with the Nicene Creed to sign. Dionysius thought this was a great idea, and started writing down his name.

That’s when Bishop Valens of Mursa (bad bishop) grabbed the paper and pen away from Bishop Dionysius.

“carta” is literally a sheet of papyrus, and hence a page or a letter.

“calamus” is a reed, and hence a reed pen or a reed pipe. A reed pen basically operates…

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Annalyn’s Corner: When the World Feels like Ergastulum


A very nice article on Gangsta! and the oppressiveness of evil in the world.

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I just watched Gangsta., one of the darker anime to air in the past year. I’ve seen a few anime that center on crime syndicates and corruption, but this is one of the most horrific—up there with Black Lagoon‘s second season. The anime’s setting, Ergastulum, seems hopelessly corrupt, and the anime refuses to sugarcoat it. There isn’t even a redemptive ending—perhaps because the manga itself is still incomplete. We’re just left with a heavy sense of evil and tragedy, with no solution offered.

Worick Arcangelo prepares for battle (ep 12). Worick Arcangelo prepares for battle (ep 12).

And yet, even among all the pain and sin, there is compassion, love, truth. Don’t get me wrong: I would not recommend Gangsta. to very many people. If my 16-year-old self asked about it, I’d tell her to stay far away. But for me, in the place I am now, the anime provides a way to process the brokenness…

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A Second Creative Blogger Award!

Creative Blogger

I have the good fortune to have a backlog of chain blogger awards.  For this one, I thank Fiddletwix of the blog The Anime Madhouse.  Here are the rules:

1 – Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2 – Share 5 facts about yourself.

3 – Nominate 15-20 bloggers and add their links.

4 – Notify the bloggers you nominated.

5 – Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!


Here are the five facts about myself.  I hope that at least three of them are things my dear readers haven’t heard before.

1) My paternal grandfather could speak eleven languages fluently.  His career of being a plumber and master electrician proves that he learned these languages simply as a hobby; though, I have no doubt that they proved useful in his hometown of New York City.

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About the Devil in the Series Lucifer

A few days ago, I received a curious protest petition against the upcoming series Lucifer, which will premiere in January on FOX and is based on a character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.  The e-mail highlights how the series would show the devil as a nice guy, solving crimes and being kind and compassionate to all sorts of people.  The e-mail stated how important it was to urge FOX not to air the show, for it’s portrayal of the devil would confuse the ill-informed and corrupt the youth.

Lucifer actor

But, this description of the devil brought an important fact to my mind: the devil never shows himself as the hate-filled and filth-loving monster that he is.  If he does take that aspect, it is only toward people who assiduously resist his temptations and refuse to be taken in by the devil’s facade.  Fulton Sheen appropriately notes that the devil pretends to be a friend of human freedom before a sin, while God, who actively tries to stop us from doing evil, appears as if He were against human freedom.

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Space Fantasia: 2001 Nights Review


Sounds like a very well done old school sci-fi anime. I’ll have to watch it when I get the chance.

Originally posted on The Anime Madhouse:

ormdpzlRating: 8.5/10

Plot: Based on the 1984 manga by Yoshino Yokinobu, Space Fantasia: 2001 Nights follows the main Robinson plot of the manga. Humanity is yearning to enter into not just space exploration but also expansion into space. In one of the first efforts to establish human life on a distant planet, the Robinsons are selected to be donors of sperm and eggs that will be frozen and sent to a distant planet where the resulting children will start their lives, starting a centurie’s long glimmer of hope for the possibilities of colonizing in space if successful.

Their parents will never see their faces nor will they ever see the day that their ship even gets close to the target planet as the trip is much too long for them to survive through. However, as the ship nears the planet, the space age continues to thrive back on earth…

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Coppelion – Complete Series Collection


Here’s a balanced review of Coppelion. I really enjoyed the anime; though, the manga is almost head and shoulders better. Aoi actually becomes useful eventually in the comic. :)

Originally posted on MIB's Instant Headache:


Coppelion – Complete Series Collection (Cert 12)

3 Discs (Distributor: Kaze UK) Running time: 297 minutes approx.

Release Date: November 23rd

The Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster of 2011 was a terrifying moment in recent Japanese history, the effects of which are still being felt to this day. In 2008 a manga by Tomonori Inoue called Coppelion appeared which was scarily prescient in dealing with the subject of a country ravaged by a nuclear disaster.

This anime adaptation from GoHands which arrived in 2013 ironically finds itself turning that notion on its head, offering an idea not of what could happen but what has happened, exploring the extreme possibilities of the results of the fallout. Except with schoolgirl heroines.

It is 2036, twenty years after a nuclear meltdown devastated Tokyo, leaving it as a veritable ghost town with very few located survivors left. The Japan Ground Self-Defence Force have…

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Medieval Tome for October

About a week ago, I finished reading Edward: the Prince of Wales and Aquitaine by Richard Barber.  In researching its author, I discovered that he differs from newer medievalists in having fallen in love with the period through Arthurian romances rather than The Lord of the Rings.  (Yours truly has a children’s book of Erik the Red’s adventures as the cause.)  His vast bibliography reflected this as one can find numerous books on chivalry and King Arthur therein.  The way he brought Edward the Black Prince and the personages of his times to life within the pages of this work is the happy product of his enthusiasm.  At any rate, I am pleased that this enjoyable and accessible volume also happens to be the seminal biography of this English hero of the Hundred Years’ War.


Fans of Braveheart will be intrigued to learn that this book relates the events following the death of King Edward the Longshanks, who, despite the portrayal in the film, was actually a good king.  The wife of Edward II, Isabella of France, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, deposed the king and cruelly assassinated him.  As for how cruelly, in imitation of his supposed sin of sodomy and trying to hide the unnatural cause of his death, they had a red hot iron thrust into his rectum.  (Now, you know the most horrible death ever to have been inflicted on an English king.  Quiz your friends!)  This led to a brief period when Isabella and Mortimer held sway in England, though Edward III, son of Edward II, had been crowned in 1327.  Two years later, Mortimer had angered enough noblemen with his corrupt favoritism that he himself and the queen were deposed by band of angry knights, Edward III among their party.  And England could boast of a real king once more.

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Anti-Magic Academy 35th Test Platoon (Episode 4-5) – Combined Post


Another blogger who is very much enjoying Anti-Magic Academy! Be sure to check out Jusuchin’s detailed episode reviews.

Originally posted on A Journey Through Life:

In order to fully catch up to some sort of reasonable blogging schedule, I decided to just cut short the screenshots and do my thoughts on the two episodes. It isn’t something I’m gonna do often, but when you put your own deadlines in place, ya gotta meet em. I failed hard so I can only make it up by ensuring 35th Test Platoon’s 6th episode is done properly.


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Between the Panels: Disciples of e(L) – (Ch. 40)


A very good article on the Christian paradigms in Death Note.

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When it comes to Christian allusions, Death Note pulls no punches.

Whether it’s an artistic replication of The Fall of Man by Michelangelo, Light’s literal taking of the forbidden fruit, or the Gregorian choirs, crucifixes, and god-complexes, there’s a bit of Christian influence sprinkled across every chapter (and episode) of the series.

L biting thumb art by 真希 | reprinted w/permission (Pixiv Illust: 53028441)

Perhaps the most conspicuous allusion, though, is L himself, whose very name harmonizes with el—the Hebrew word for God in the Old Testament. From his self-created trinity, to his seemingly omniscient and miraculous crime-solving abilities, L has the Christ-figure persona down-pat. Death Note director, Tetsuro Araki, even threw an exclusive foot-washing scene into the anime’s 25th episode, just to ensure that the imagery couldn’t be missed.

In the midst of all these iconic allusions to Christendom, though, there’s a subtle reference to Discipleship that gets lost along the…

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Examining Old School Anime: Mindfulness of Death


Here’s my latest post on Beneath the Tangles. I was happy to include some Bushido philosophy in it.

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Time for me to take another foray into the Leijiverse!  Lupin III gave me no ideas for this week’s article, but I remembered the first episode of Galaxy Express 999 held some very important themes on mortality.  Some themes in Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 cause me to wonder whether Leiji Matsumoto might indeed be a Christian.  If not, he ranks as a noble pagan–along with the likes of Cicero and Lao-Tze.  (And perhaps more moderns are familiar with Matsumoto than Cicero.)  The two works above began serialization in the same year (1977) and share a similar theme: remembrance of death drives one to nobility while forgetfulness of death leads to corrupt morals.  Christians believe the same thing, though perhaps no book spells it out as well as Budoshoshinshu, aka The Code of the Samurai, which was written as a guide for Bushido: “As long…

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The Dirty Pair Volume 1 Episode Title Polls


Here’s a fun poll. And do watch Dirty Pair when you get a chance!

Originally posted on Pirates of the Burley Griffin:

Having completed the first half of the Dirty Pair TV series, here’s the polls for the best episode titles from the first three discs. The episode titles for Dirty Pair are often part of the fun, so vote in each of the polls, and/or leave your thoughts in the comments. 

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Bloggers Celebrating St. Leo the Great’s Feast Day

In the prior years, I have always tried to write a post for my confirmation patron’s feast day.  This year, I thought that it would be a nice change of pace and much easier to link some of posts others have written in celebration of St. Leo the Great.  Here they are below.



From Vhoagland of Victor’s Place – St. Leo the Great

From Catholics Striving for Holiness – Nov. 10: St. Leo the Great. Pope and Doctor of the Church

From Sermon 95

Mark Armitage of Enlarging the Heart – Leo the Great: “I will put My laws in their minds, and in their heart will I write them”

”                      ”                       ” – Leo the Great: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (part 2)

Prayer Asking St. Leo’s Intercession for the Church

O Lord our God, grant that thy Church, following the teaching of thy servant Leo of Rome, may hold fast the great mystery of our redemption, and adore the one Christ, true God and true Man, neither divided from our human nature nor separate from thy divine Being; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

O God, You established Your Church on the solid rock of St Peter. Grant that she may persevere in Your truth and enjoy continual peace through the intercession of Pope St Leo. Amen.  (Found on Prayers4Reparation’s Blog)

Happy feast of St. Leo the Great to all!

Nobi – Fires on the Plain (1959)

Through a boot

I first came across Nobi – Fires on the Plain and its director, Kon Ichikawa, through the site Genkinahito.  To my knowledge, there’s no better blogger when it comes to contemporary Japanese cinema, and I can’t recommend his blog enough.  Curiously, I became interested in this film based on an article Genkinahito wrote about the remake of Nobi; but, hearing that it was a remake, I naturally opted to find and watch the original first.  The movie is a bleak representation of the hardships facing Japanese soldiers during their last days occupying the Philippines and the barbaric steps those individuals who were cut off from the main army took to survive.  Usually, I don’t like movies which are this gloomy, but this one has enough guts and human spirit to make it more than palatable–sort of like certain stories of Ernest Hemingway.

New Guinea

So, I heartily recommend it and will try to watch the remake and more films of Kon Ichikawa in the near future.  Tomorrow, my dear readers may look forward to that article on a biography of the Black Prince which I have promised.

LOGH on YouTube

Hello all!  My friend was commenting about difficult it was for him to find LOGH.  Just for the heck of it, I said that you can probably find it on YouTube.  He scoffed at the idea, because he had tried it before.  Well, it turns out that some generous soul did just that about half a year ago!  You can watch the entire OVA series on his channel (except for episode 10, at any rate)–or pay a king’s ransom for the few copies which are still being sold on Amazon.  You’re choice, but you can’t pass up this awesome old school anime!

Did I mention that Walter von Schonkopf was my favorite character?  Battle axes in space ftw!

Did I mention that Walter von Schonkopf was my favorite character? Battle axes in space ftw!

Translation Theory for Anime Fans: Postcolonialism, Feminism and all the other scary Tumblr words


This article discusses some interesting theories about translation. If these theories have a wide following, we ought to compel students to master 3 or 4 languages before graduating high school.

Originally posted on Fantastic Memes:

In the 1980s and 1990s, translation theorists discovered social justice. It became very popular to talk about what it means to be an “activist translator” and the ways we can use translation to make marginalised minorities more visible. We call this the “cultural turn” of translation studies.

Sociology is still the dominant paradigm for translation theories today. This should come as no surprise if you think about it. Translation is an act of cross-cultural communication, so all the major sociological theories are a natural fit. In fact, I took up translation studies after majoring in Japanese language and cultural studies, and I’ve also taken courses in history and sociology. Postcolonialism and feminism are not new concepts to me.

Feminism… well, everyone knows what that is. (Or, at least, everyone thinks they know what that is.) I don’t want to get into any internet arguments about it so I’ll just say that feminism is about women’s rights and…

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