You’ve probably read many posts about which anime to watch in celebration of Halloween. I missed the boat on that, but Halloween is actually part of a three day observance. An alternate name for Halloween is All Hallows’ Eve, referring to it being the night before All Saints’ Day. Today, after All Saints’ Day, comes All Souls’ Day.
And so, we ought to be thinking about the afterlife over the course of these days. While Halloween’s original purpose in time immemorial may have been for people to prepare for All Saints’ Day, the ghoulish costumes along with the emphasis on horror movies in October brings to mind hell rather than heaven. On November 1st, we think of the blessed in heaven. Today, we think instead of the poor souls who yet await the final cleansing of their souls before they enter the Pearly Gates.
Merry Christmas, my dear readers! (And no, it’s not belated: Christmas is an octave lasting until the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on January 1st–also a holy day of obligation.) I’m on hiatus for a little longer, but I wrote the post linked to below for Beneath the Tangles’ Twelve Days of Christmas Anime series. The post is essentially a meditation on how episode six of Re-Kan! reminds me of what God wished to accomplish in sending Christ to Earth. I manage to quote G. K. Chesterton and my patron saint, St. Leo the Great, in this post–both of whom have written very eloquently on Christmas.
Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels! How blessed we are that God has given us each a guardian angel who never leaves us for one moment–even when our actions displease our angel. And no, our guardian angels don’t leave us when we grow up, as if we should need less help against the forces of evil the further along our road to holiness. So, take a moment to thank God for your guardian angel, and thank your angel for all the help and graces God has seen fit to convey you through this angel.
In today’s materialistic world, such a feast strikes many as superstitious. Anything touching upon the supernatural, whether souls, ghosts, miracles, the saints, the sacraments, or even God, is usually treated with distrust or contempt. Sometimes, these responses are quite healthy. After all, even though the Church herself approves certain events as miracles, she only requires us to believe the miracles of Scripture as articles of faith. I am reminded of a Father Brown story where our hero is presumed dead and then rises back to life in the midst of his own funeral. As the people rejoice over a miracle, Father Brown declares that miracles are not so cheap. Hurrying to a phone, Father Brown rapidly explains to his bishop how a criminal drugged him so that he would appear dead and awaken during his funeral.
I have often commented that for a blog to be successful the blogger must read more than write; so, one can only expect that yours truly has broken this rule many times. This season of anime, my opinions feel rather isolated despite at least three popular shows appearing in my lists. Yet, I think that I have read plenty of blogs over the past few months. Perhaps I have not read the right blogs? But, I thought that I only followed like-minded people! Shikata ga nai. Angryjellyfish has six of these shows on his watch list (just missing Danna ga Wakaranai), but I cannot find another blogger with as similar of a list. The end result is that the following opinions of mine feel more shallow than usual, as there are fewer sources of opinion from which to glean ideas. Well, there is always next season, and my dear readers can satisfy my curiosity as to which of the following shows wound up as their favorites this season.