Well, dear readers, I have recently discovered the difficulty of writing while having a full time job. Some nights I come home almost too tired to eat my dinner before going to sleep. This weekend, I had vowed to write several great articles for the blog. Instead, I found myself sadly indisposed. I spent most of the weekend reading A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by Kenneth Henshall and Battles of the Samurai by Stephen Turnbull. I am rather glad that I read both of these around the same time. The former is indeed a great history, but the focus on the big picture and the incidents of excessive cruelty by the Japanese during various epochs might lead one to believe that the Japanese are the most savage and soulless people to have ever lived! Turnbull’s work, on the other hand, focuses more on the examples of heroism and personal qualities of the samurai involved, which makes Henshall’s assertion that the image of a gallant and loyal samurai to have been an invention of the Meiji and Pre-war Japan rather untenable. Sure, the daimyo were rather self-interested, but the samurai serving them were more interested in honor than power.
Anyway, you shall read about that in a later article. I also dropped The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley from my reading list after 95 pages of anti-Christian and anti-Medieval rhetoric surrounding a very long story about marital problems and prophecy. (Yes, this book’s philosophy thoroughly vexed me and did not provide a fun story. I can endure the former, but not without the latter also being present.) Instead, I shall concentrate on Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight and Gene Wolfe’s Latro in the Mist in order to satisfy my love of fantasy. Both have very high pedigrees and have been very intriguing thus far.
But, this is an anime and religion blog, right? So, let me talk a little about my use of leisure on that front. I’m reading some manga which are worth reviewing and at some point I ought to be able to write the articles which I have promised last month. I am especially keen on writing about Noir and the series related to it. In Coppelion, Naruse’s lack of prudence and overindulgence to people who want to kill her and her friends is beginning to bug me. So, you might see an article soon on this and the Catholic Church’s teaching on how there exists an order of obligation in our relationships with people.
Anyway, here’s to a happy Advent season for you all!