Happy Thanksgiving to all of my dear readers! If you’re not a U.S. citizen, then may you have a pleasant November 28th and a happy Thanksgiving when a similar holiday rolls around for you.
I know an American History professor who refers to today as “Yankee Thanksgiving.” There are two Thanksgivings which took place prior to the one celebrated by the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in 1621. You may hear Floridians brag that their state boasted the first Thanksgiving in what would become the United States. On September 8, 1565, Spanish explorers and the Timucuan tribe held a Thanksgiving mass in St. Augustine–the oldest city in America. As for the other one, English settlers in Virginia held a Thanksgiving event on December 4, 1619, beating the Pilgrims by almost two years. But, it is just as well that our holiday hearkens back to the harvest festival put on in Massachusetts: the other two do not give a ready excuse for eating tons of food!
While I thank God for His innumerable blessings, I want to write a Thanksgiving post which rectifies my long, long hiatus. For the first time, I did not participate at all in National Blog Posting Month. So, I thought that I would write blurbs on all of the anime which I’ve watched in the past few months. After all, just because I have stopped writing about anime does not mean that I have stopped watching them! The list is long, but I promise to limit myself to five sentences per anime. If you don’t see a rating, that means that I have not watched that anime until the end.
1) Arcadia of My Youth ★★★★1/2
I love Leiji Matsumoto’s work. This movie acts as a prequel to the events of Captain Harlock. An alien race has subjugated the Earth. Captain Harlock, a new friend, and a resistance network must give the men of Earth hope. Anime fans with a love of bushido are sure to find this film very moving. (Tubi TV, Amazon Prime)
2) Buddy Complex ★★★
Buddy Complex offers some excellent fights and a plot which keeps you glued to your seat. We follow a high school boy dragged against his will into a mecha conflict in another world. The one person connecting him to Earth turns out to be an enemy pilot who wants him dead. I’m very happy to have watched this anime, but I can’t see myself re-watching it. (Hulu, Tubi TV)