Examining Light Novels: the Monastic Origin of European Civilization

Volume ten of Spice and Wolf is remarkable for how much mercantile intrigue is centered around Blondel Abbey in Winfiel, which no doubt has its antecedents in England’s Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx.  Both favored wool production and became their country’s chief exporter of wool.  (Yes, Winfiel is essentially England.  The country is an island, wool is… Read More Examining Light Novels: the Monastic Origin of European Civilization

Examining Old School Anime: Magical Card Decks

Watching episode eight of Lupin III, “Everyone Meets Again, the Trump Plan,” reminded me of the ill-effects of superstition.  Lupin, Fujiko, Jigen, and Goemon all participate in stealing a millionaire’s playing card set, which used to be owned by Napoleon.  You see, Napoleon’s victories came about through him having the cards, and he lost them… Read More Examining Old School Anime: Magical Card Decks