At this point, I’d usually review the anime I’ve watched from this season and rate them from one to five stars. This sort of season review might still come about on Medieval Otaku, but I already have reviews up for every show except Seraph of the End. You’ll find these reviews scattered over three posts on Beneath the Tangles: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. In the first part, Kaze gives Seraph of the End the same rating I’d give it. The second part features an amusing picture of Hestia with a caption added by yours truly. I found the picture particularly endearing because of it’s resemblance to the “Kilroy was here” image used by the Allies to mark their progress in WWII.
Let me remind my dear readers, as I did last year, that we celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1st – July 3rd. Lord Drako Arakis created a beautifully drawn and tragic music video to commemorate last year’s anniversary, and I hope that he has one planned for this year. (His latest video is a ribald song not at all in the spirit of the battle, but click here if that doesn’t bother you and you want a good laugh.) At any rate, July 2nd saw one of the most thrilling fights of the war on Little Round Top. This was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine’s most famous victory, which he wrote about in the article “Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg.” I highly recommend the article for how well Chamberlain immerses one in the action on that fateful day. Also, Chamberlain stands as the greatest hero to serve in the ranks of the Army of the Potomac and is worth learning about the Battle of Little Round Top for that reason alone.
This picture commemorates the famous bayonet charge lead by Col. Joshua Chamberlain. At the center, Chamberlain captures a Confederate at saber point whose revolver either misfired or was out of ammo when he tried to shoot Chamberlain. Chamberlain simply said to him: “You are my prisoner.”
It had been my intentions to come out of the hiatus I announced today, though I could not forbear from writing again on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. My dear readers might be surprised that I keep the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg every year. (It helps that the battle took place during the three days before Independence Day.) Two things make me never fail to remember the battle: 1) the feats of heroism displayed from July 1 – July 3, 1863 are some of the greatest in the history of war–as befitting the turning point and bloodiest battle of the war (51,000 casualties in total) and 2) one of my ancestors died from a wound received on the third day of this battle. I like to think that he died in Pickett’s Charge, but my father neglected to ask the circumstances from the person who told him.
At this point, you may be curious how I intend to connect anime to the American Civil War. There is a YouTube user who sets various pieces of old ballads and songs to original anime backgrounds. And Lord Drako Arakis just happens to have a few for this occasion. Some of the songs he plays can be quite bawdy or profane, and a few might not like his admonition that people who do not enjoy his songs can go into the eternal flames. (I just find it humorous, which I think he was going for.) But, I’ll save those for a less solemn occasion. Here’s a song dedicated to the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, followed by another remembering Vicksberg and Gettysburg. There is also a song with the opening music from the movie Gettysburg, but it uses steam punk pictures for its art. Enjoy and remember Gettysburg!