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)!
Here is an article I wrote for Beneath the Tangles. I hope that you enjoy it. Click on the link below!
by Junno Arocho Esteves on the CATHOLIC HERALD, posted Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 The canonisation ceremony will be held exactly 100 years since the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, […]
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Beneath the Tangles recently finished their reviews of anime from the Winter 2017 season. Three of my own reviews on Onihei, Chain Chronicle, and Little Witch Academia can be found among them. I’ve watched a few other shows this season and hope to write reviews of them and three older anime this weekend. (I’ve been painfully busy this month until now.) Please like and leave comments on the posts below! Enjoy!
In the latest post from my column on Beneath the Tangles, I examine the topic of revolt from the angle of Christian theology, bringing up the examples of “the Rising of the North” under Queen Elizabeth’s reign and the American Revolution. What brought this topic to mind was the plot of the fourth volume of Slayers. I hope to write many more volumes on this series in the future. Click on the link below for the post!
Dan Jones covers a superlatively violent period of British history: 1420 – 1525. This period sees the death of King Henry V, the loss of English land in France under Henry VI, a period of Civil War which only ended for good with the ascension of Henry VII, and the reign of Henry VIII before his troubles with the papacy. Most writers describe the Wars of the Roses as a conflict between two rival houses (York and Lancaster), which only ended when Henry VII married Elizabeth of York in 1486–thus combining them. Even so, many of the events following 1486 have to do with Henry VII and Henry VIII either dealing with attempts of pretenders to the throne to invade England or killing off everyone with Plantagenet blood in his veins. And so, it is fair to say that 1525 marks the end of English internecine conflict and the threat posed by people who might claim succession to the throne.
This history is every bit as violent as the preceding paragraph makes it sound. Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII all won their crowns on the battlefield. Henry V bequeathed his subjects a stable and prosperous kingdom, but died while his son and heir was a mere infant. The clashes between aristocratic families over who held the reigns of power during Henry VI’s infancy led to England becoming every bit as turbulent as France during the Hundred Years’ War. (Maybe more violent. I don’t think that France can point to a Battle of Towton, which left 28,000 casualties…all killed.) The usual story of two rival houses needing to unite in order to end this strife, popularized by authors like Shakespeare (Henry VI – Richard III, with Romeo and Juliet offering a tragic version of the same), found acceptance among earlier English historians. Dan Jones challenges this notion by pointing out all the political problems caused by Henry V’s death. His history shows that England’s civil strife was hardly that simple.