Last time we discussed suffering, and the way out of it. Now it’s time to see where this album leads us.
Last time, we set the stage and talked about the first three songs of Dio’s Holy Diver. Let’s talk about the rest, now!
My title may be a bit misleading. “Religious fiction” usually means a specific literary genre which is overtly Christian and conservatively evangelical. I suppose stuff like Touched by an Angel was religious fiction. I don’t mean it in that way, but I can’t really think of another phrase. My basic point is that The Last Jedi is, and reminds the audience that Star Wars has always been, about a speculative, magico-religious way of life. I’m talking about the Force, of course. TLJ isn’t just about Force-users; it’s about Force-believers. And it is totally necessary for this movie to investigate the ideas underlying this religion in Star Wars.
I figured, what with it being the start of a new year, that some of you might be thinking about some projects. Maybe you’re deciding to finish something or to start something new. Either way, you might find some tarot card tricks useful as you go. Last time I wrote about meditation and interpretation, but today I thought I’d write more about making things.
I threatened to do this last week. I just didn’t watch a lot of anime this year. Really, for me, I watched a lot, maybe more than since I was in grad school. But I just can’t recall a twelfth show that I can do justice to. I watched a little of a *Monogatari, and two whole episodes of MHA. Maybe next year I’ll write about those! But, for now, on Christmas, I’ll just do a reading for Ainsworth from the Ancient Magus’ Bride.
I wrote about Bodacious Space Pirates two years ago. Wow. Well, I re-watched it. At this point I think it’s my wife’s favorite anime. I’m certainly mad it hasn’t gotten another season yet. Let’s get to it!
I wrote about Kobayashi and the Dragon Maid earlier this year. There, I did a spread about the entire series, showing off how you can use tarot cards to analyze elements of a narrative. That’s a good technique! You should do that! But here let’s do a reading for a character, as per normal.
After all this time, I’m finally getting around to Samurai Flamenco! I guess I should say I’m getting around to finishing it. I watched this as it aired, for a few episodes. I got very sick of the Flamenco Girls very quickly, which disappointed me, as they were a good idea to begin with. My wife insisted I keep going, and I finally got the gumption to do it; obviously I’m glad I did. I haven’t finished the show yet (unsurprisingly, I suppose). I’ve only got ten episodes left, though. Of course, what that means is you will likely know immediately if I’m wrong about anything in my reading. Mind you, please don’t spoil anything. Let’s get going!
I’ve been a fan of this story for a few years now. Back in 2016 Pontifus let me sit around and read all the volumes that had been published in America. The following year, he came to visit and brought the latest one with him! So watching the show hasn’t been a totally new experience. However, it’s been more fun than I thought it might be. I often don’t enjoy watching anime if I’ve read the manga. It’s just a personal preference. This one definitely layers in a lot of prettiness and good voices and all the stuff you want out of an adaption of your favorite manga.
Yes, this one’s still airing! I actually watched a thing the season it came out! That, on its own, would be enough to celebrate this show in our holiday festivities. But it’s also really good! And it’s adorable, too. You should watch it. Yes, you, the one person who’s not already watching it. Go. Do it.