Examining Old School Anime: Two Posts!

  
Well, I’ve neglected to reblog my prior Examining Old School Anime post, so I want to remedy that here.  Here are my latest posts:

EOSA: Asceticism

EOSA: On Glory

I hope that you enjoy them!

  

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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.

  

The Spider’s Thread of Redemption

Here’s an article for those of you who have seen the eleventh episode of Erased.  Don’t read the article if you haven’t seen it yet!  The opening of this episode, where they talk about the near salvation of a fiendish man, contained a very familiar story for me: a better version is told in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  In that case, the story described a wicked old woman whose sole good deed was to throw an onion at a beggar.  After damnation, her guardian angel gains her a second chance to ascend to heaven through holding onto this onion.  The story ends the same way as the one told in Erased with the moral that no one is saved alone.

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There exists a Pelagian sentiment that people are saved solely by works, but neither your Catholic blogger nor the Orthodox Dostoyevsky believes that.  We are saved through the free gift of God.  However, this does not mean that goods works done by those outside of sanctifying grace are worthless.  Indeed, the Roman Cornelius and his family were given the Holy Spirit and later baptism for their almsgiving (Acts 10:4).  Such good works better dispose a person for accepting sanctifying grace.  While in a state of grace, it is possible to perform good works which will receive recompense from God and increase one’s holiness.  The will is strengthened in its resolve to do good, to cleave unto the Will of God, and to be found faithful to graces received.  One need not have merely one thread connecting us to heaven, but many strands, ropes, and cables besides!  Our Lord once declared to St. Faustina that a soul can do so many works of mercy that it will not be judged–but few are the souls who so dedicate themselves to mercy!
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The problem of the demiurge

Interesting post on the concept of the demiurge, how it can be an RPG villain, and the difference between the theistic God and the demiurge.

Res Studiorum et Ludorum

Nocturne, among other things, has got me thinking about the way religion and theology are addressed in games, or at least in the JRPGs that I’ve gorged on like so many tongue-numbing pieces of sour candy through the years of my youth.

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Dragging Myself to 400 Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

This enjoyable movie really only suffers from one defect: the presentation of this two and three quarter hour long tale causes it to drag.  It uses the sort of pacing we see in the TV series, but what works for a twenty-four minute segment suffices not for an almost three hour block of time.  One can’t treat the two the same way!  I ended up watching the movie in three sittings and do not think it detracted from my enjoyment.

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The central theme of the movie reminds me of a comment the hero’s father made in Dostoyevsky’s The Adolescent: “Life isn’t worth living without these little annoyances.” My intimate friends know that this is one of my favorite expressions, and Kyon knows this by instinct.  I almost wrote “comes to discover this over the course of the film,” but that is not precisely true.  He automatically sets about trying to restore the world as soon as he realizes Haruhi is gone.  *Spoilers from here on* But, he avoids admitting to himself that life is not worthwhile without Haruhi until the final third of the film. Continue reading

Impression of Anime Winter 2016: A Competent Season

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The following post is the result of your humble blogger not having kept up with the current season, with the exceptions of Gate, Erased, Ojisan to Marshmallow, and Shouwa Rakugo.  Usually, I’d be giving a rundown of what I thought of each show, but I haven’t been able to give enough attention to anime recently for that.  (At least, not yet.)  Here is the complete list of what I’m trying to follow:

1) Active Raid
2) BBK/BRNK
3) Dagashi Kashi
4) Dimension W
5) Erased
6) Gate
7) KonoSuba
8) Norn9
9) Ojisan and Marshmallow
10) Sekkou Boys
11) Shouwa Rakugo
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Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday Approaching

We celebrated Laetare Sunday this week, laetare being the Latin word “to rejoice.” Similar to Gaudete Sunday of Advent, we rejoiced that the Lenten season was coming to a close.  We have about three week to go until Easter (March 27).  A week afterwards, we shall celebrate the still lesser known Feast of Divine Mercy or Divine Mercy Sunday.  In the ancient days of the Church, the newly baptized would wear their white baptismal robes for a week after Easter and finally doff them on the Sunday following Easter.  This custom eventually fell into disuse, but, through a series of visions to St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland, Our Lord restored the significance of the day, desiring it to be a feast day dedicated to the Mercy of God.  He also gave St. Faustina a new icon to recall His Mercy, which displays the blood and water which poured from Christ’s side as beams of red and white light:

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The original icon St. Faustina directed an artist to paint.

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