Part of what makes an action scene captivating is when it feels spontaneous, as if anything could happen at any time. Although always carefully orchestrated, it feels like there’s a lack of control in what’s portrayed. That kind of realism can make shounen action scenes great and the absence can make them boring. The final… Read More Iida Tenya and Learning to Lose Control
I’ve made no bones about it – one of my biggest struggles is with self-control. Confirmed by an emotional intelligence test I took (I strongly recommend that if you can take such an exam and work through the results with an expert, do so), self-control is an area with which I mightily struggle. It extends… Read More Nausicaa of the Valley of Anger and Rage
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.” ~ Lynn Mitchell Self-control’s a cruel irony. It demands we die daily to immediate desires in order to live fully in the dream we aspire toward. That’s like saying “we die so that we may live,” a notion that Christians are no… Read More Between the Panels: Hotaru’s Temperate Touch
As Kirito Kazuto rushes to the hospital to meet Asuna, he faces one final challenge – the real Sugou, just as crazed as his video game self, but armed with a very real knife. Of course, Kazuto, who surpasses Sugou in physical strength as well as game skills, wins the fight. He holds the knife… Read More Sword Art Online, Episode 25: Oh, Mercy!
I’ve had a lot of really bad moments in my life – times when I acted like a complete fool. Maybe my very worst happened late one night, after a long evening of arguing on and off with my wife. At it’s climax, I was so mad that I took her glass of water and… Read More From Manslayer to Wanderer: Kenshin and the Spirit Fruit of Self-Control