Looking at this about page made me want to revise it. Dear reader, you’re looking at the third version since I started “Medieval Otaku: A Medievalist’s Perspective on Anime and Religion.”
There are some days when I think that the subtitle is misleading. I feel like less of a medieval enthusiast these days. Looking at my Goodreads account reveals only one medieval book! Now, I find myself far more interested in the modern period (say, 1776 – 1960). But, my prior enthusiasm for the medieval period perhaps still makes me worthy of the epithet medievalist. I certainly won’t tolerate any uneducated badmouthing of the period!
As for anime, I am an old anime fan by this point. A new anime fan is generally interested in the next great new anime and avidly follows each new season. New seasons still hold interest for me, but tons of excellent shows exist from a year ago, five years ago, ten, twenty, or even fifty years in the past. Why should I focus exclusively on airing shows when I still have those? Especially when only the best anime are remembered after ten years? As of writing, I still need to finish Patlabor, Legend of Galactic Heroes, Cat’s Eye, Galaxy Express 999, and my rewatch of Cowboy Bebop.
My commentary on anime often concerns religion, and by religion I refer to Christianity. One of the most common etymologies for religion is that it derives from the Latin religare, i.e. “to connect again.” Only Christ, the God-Man, fully human and fully divine, reconnected mankind to God through His passion, death, and resurrection. The most perfect expression of Christian doctrine and practice is to be found in the Catholic Church. When I analyze anime along these lines, I will either tease out a specifically Christian theme (certain anime are very Christian) or contrast a non-Christian idea with the Christian.
I hope that y’all have fun here and find much food for thought. Thanks for reading!