The Real Place of Phos’s People in Fractured Humanity

Houseki no Kuni, also known as Land of the Lustrous, does a great job of crafting a mysterious and complex world with very few people.  One of the most interesting developments in the world building comes from Phos’s digestion by a giant snail.  After they get this monster under control and reconstitute Phos from the monster’s… Read More The Real Place of Phos’s People in Fractured Humanity

No One is Saved Alone: Farnese’s Journey to Virtue

Berserk turns many people away with its sex, gore, perversion, and very dark world.  Some might justly wonder whether the series has anything beyond sex, violence, and shock value, but there is plenty of good to the series also.  Much of it comes in watching the heroes becomes better persons throughout the series.  Many people know… Read More No One is Saved Alone: Farnese’s Journey to Virtue

Examining Light Novels: Direct Access vs. Mediation

Reading Slayers called to my mind a salient difference between Protestantism and Catholicism: direct access worship vs. mediated worship.  What do I mean?  Catholicism–and Orthodox Churches, for that matter–have an order of the priesthood.  Three levels exist within the priesthood: diaconate, presbyterate, and episcopate.  The bishop has full power to perform any of the seven… Read More Examining Light Novels: Direct Access vs. Mediation