Examining Old School Anime: Magical Card Decks

A post I wrote yesterday on Beneath the Tangles about superstition in Lupin III.

Beneath the Tangles

Watching episode eight of Lupin III, “Everyone Meets Again, the Trump Plan,” reminded me of the ill-effects of superstition.  Lupin, Fujiko, Jigen, and Goemon all participate in stealing a millionaire’s playing card set, which used to be owned by Napoleon.  You see, Napoleon’s victories came about through him having the cards, and he lost them during his expedition to Russia, which led to his defeat and exile.  In the case of the millionaire, they allowed him to become wealthy.  Never mind personal talents or hard work!

vlcsnap-2015-10-26-14h52m09s828 Priceless look of surprise and anguish on Napoleon’s face.

Sine dubio, our readers see the problem with this attitude: reliance on the good luck charm replaces trust in God.  In The City of God, St. Augustine exclaims about how many different kinds of gods there were in Rome.  Apparently, doors needed three gods: one for the hinges, another for the frame…

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