About Me and This Blog

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.  You’ll find fewer posts about new anime from me and a lot more about classics.  In part, this is due to being run down from watching 7-10 anime per season, most of which are highly derivative.  But also, the quality of old anime is better–mostly because no one remembers the bad shows.  As of this writing, I’m enjoying Arcadia of My Youth, Ranma 1/2, Cowboy Bebop, and Patlabor.

My commentary on anime often concerns religion, and by religion I mean 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.

My religious post tend to get a little heavy, so I try to balance those out with my other interests.  I hope that y’all have fun here and find much food for thought.  Thanks for reading!

You may contact me at medievalotaku@gmail.com.

40 comments on “About Me and This Blog

  1. thompdjames says:

    You can only speak Latin when drunk… we all know that!


    • Latin’s not meant to be spoken! Unless you live in Vatican City or are assisting at Mass–that’s where I do most of my Latin speech these days. When most everyone outside of the choir and the priest stop singing, I continue. Drinking does make me less worried about grammatical errors; hence, I’m less worried about speaking it at length.

      But, I’m presently reading St. Augustine’s Confessions in order to keep my Latin skill at the right level.


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  4. gpcox says:

    Very nice to meet you. I’m certain this site will prove to be interesting.


  5. Thank you for your visit and following. Anime and religion sounds interesting enough, keep on going!


  6. An otaku…a religious (Roman Catholic, perhaps?)…a polyglot…whoa…Your complexity is freaking interesting and freaking amazing! So this is your main blog, medievalotaku…Hmhm.


  7. jesseevans says:

    Hey great site here. Love your interests. I will be flowing you. Also thanks for the reblog.


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  9. ‘Sup, Medieval, I know you’ve received this award, but I’d like to award you with The Liebster Award…again. Look here: http://theoverlordbear.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/tobby-received-the-liebster-award/

    You know, I feel like more people should take a look at your thoughts here in this blog…


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  11. fiddletwix says:

    Heya! I’ve Nominated you for a Creative Blogger Award! 😀 You can find the details here https://fiddletwix.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/creative-blogger-quadra-kill/

    Liked by 1 person

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  13. akkoanime says:

    Greetings! I hereby nominate you for the 3-Day Quote Challenge! If you’re interested, here’s the link https://akkoanime.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/3-day-quote-challenge-day-3/


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  15. Desperado says:

    I’m nominating you to take part in answering the 50 Anime Questions in honour of World Otaku Day 2015.


    Don’t forget to link back so we can read yours and add them to our list! Have fun!


  16. jiraiyan says:

    I’ve nominated you for a lovely blogger award. Well deserved.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. MIB says:

    Hi you’ve been tagged for this game: TAG – Five Flaming Hotties – http://wp.me/p2mMDp-3GS 🙂


  18. leirbag75 says:

    What’s this? A Catholic anime fan and language enthusiast, whose languages include Japanese, Latin, and Ancient Greek?

    And here I thought I was unusual or something.


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