Three weeks is a long time to go without me writing on Medieval Otaku. The Muse has gone quiet on me, and I can’t but think it has something to do with how preoccupied I have been with work and everyday cares. I am reminded of the one whose faith is sown among thorns: “And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless,” (Mt. 13:22). My writing has been anything but fruitful of late. Deo iuvante, this will change in the near future.
But, human beings are mutable The curious thing about the states Christ describes in the Parable of the Sower is that a person might go through all four conditions in his life: that of having his faith taken away by the devil’s blandishments, withered by persecution or fear of man, choked by the cares of the world, or bearing fruit many times over. What matters is for us to become good seed in the end by constant renewal.
Having written that, let me begin my seven quick takes, which may be described as seven random items of interest. Use the search bar to see just how random my quick takes can get. What’s written below will be no exception to that rule; though, perhaps less random than my ABC Award.
I’ve never read Dante’s Divine Comedy. Sure, I’ve read The Inferno, and I hated it thoroughly. Part of the reason, no doubt, derives from my hatred of hell. Ignorance also plays a part of my dislike. The verses are abstruse, and most of the damned count as personal enemies of Dante whom the world has forgotten. It is hard to make a simple translation of Dante’s verse. Prior to now, I had not gone further than ten cantos into The Purgatorio–no matter how many attempts I made to read it.
Yesterday, a post I wrote for Beneath the Tangles was released on the site. Therein, I wax philosophical on human nature and the place of the will, using an interesting myth given by the jellyfish-like character King in the anine Houseki no Kuni. I hope that you enjoy it–or that you will at least enjoy my lengthy quote from St. Catherine of Siena’s famous dialogue with God. Click on the link below!
This post by Karandi has me reconsidering whether I was right to drop this show.
Review: Normally I would be the first to describe something like Girls’ Last Tour as dull. The plot does not exist other than two girls travelling around seemingly deserted world occasionally looking for food but mostly without any kind of direction. The two characters, while charming, aren’t anything particularly note worthy. Even the setting, post […]
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Nine shows strike me as promising this season. Two of these, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond and Kino no Tabi, derive from original shows I rather enjoyed. I’ve yet to write an article on the original Kino’s Journey, an immersive and introspective work. On the other hand, Blood Blockade Battlefront inspired one article. Naturally, the main motivation for me watching the sequels lies in how much I enjoyed the originals. The seven other shows which caught my eye will be described below.
1) Code Realize: Sousei no Himegimi (aka Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth)
The plot concerns a young lady named Cardia who is afflicted with the curse of poisoning whatever she touches. Naturally, she is shunned by society. Yet, Arsène Lupin–the original, i.e. the grandfather of Lupin the Third–decides to lead her out of her seclusion into turn of the 20th century London on a journey of discovery.
Here’s my latest post on Beneath the Tangles, in which I discuss a theme which took away from the ending of the show. Click on the link below!
Before I get into why I dropped Berserk, let me talk a little bit about a fantasy series I used to enjoy: The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I really enjoyed the struggles of Richard Rahl, the Mother Confessor Kahlan, and the Wizard Zedd. Like Berserk, it had some unsavory moments–some very unsavory moments indeed. Yet, I felt that the great storytelling outweighed the bad.
Then, I ran into Goodkind’s full-blown Objectivist philosophy in book eight, The Naked Empire. Few moments in my reading life have depressed me as much as Richard Rahl inveighing against self-sacrifice as an evil. Apparently, people should always act in their self-interest, and any sacrifice of one’s self-interest is immoral. Never mind that the heroes frequently risk their lives and suffer quite a lot. Also, many good people had sacrificed their lives for good causes by this point in the series, and the fantasy world’s universe includes God, who no doubt rewards the righteous. The idea of self-sacrifice being a moral evil simply did not compute in my mind. Despite having read 6,454 pages of Goodkind’s work–the equivalent of reading War and Peace about four and a half times, I put down the series and never picked it back up again.
I just wanted to wish all of my dear readers a happy Independence Day! Please, enjoy the video put out today by the channel Lord Drako Arakis. He has some great anime sketches set to old military songs and sea shanties. His sketches for “The Invalid Corps” are perfect!
Tomorrow, check out the blog Beneath the Tangles in order to check out which show surprised me the most this season and which was my favorite.
Too few articles have come from me in the past month, my dear readers. My hope is that July will prove more fruitful as I renew my acquaintance with my favorite religious writers and essayists–G. K. Chesterton in particular.
May you enjoy the post linked to below, which touches on some interesting issues present in Berserk (2017)!