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!
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