Monday, December 12, 2005

Santa's Reindeer in Japanese Anime

I would just love to see Santa's reindeer cast as the stars of a Japanese anime series...

war-blitzen antler lightning
Elves rushing into the workshop in terror: "Santa! The Abominable Snowman is attacking! We can't stop him!"

Cut to scene of giant monster, like an ape made out of snow, swiping elves aside and trampling igloo beneath its feet. "Rrrroowwwwwrrrr!"

Cut back to workshop. Santa, with look of grim resolve: "The battle for the fate of the world is being fought here at the North Pole. Unleash the reindeer, they're our only hope!"

Battle scene, Santa's reindeer go forth to fight the Abominable Snowman. A hard-pitched battle ensues. But they're no match for the monster. The reindeer are on the brink of defeat, when suddenly...

Well, since this is Japanese anime, you know that of course the reindeer are going to transform into more powerful reindeer, each with its own special powers. My favorite among the reindeer has always been Blitzen...

Blitzen stands there, pawing his hooves in the snow, bowed but not defeated. Suddenly loud rock music cuts in, and a voiceover goes: "Blitzen transforms to..."

Stock Blitzen transformation sequence, used in every episode, shows the reindeer turning into a bigger, more powerful reindeer: "...WAR-BLITZEN!!!"

Now War-Blitzen goes forth to battle the Abominable Snowman once again. He unleashes his special attack: "Antler Lightning!"

Kahh-RACKKK!! CRRRRASSSHHHH! Powerful lightning bolts shoot forth from War-Blitzen's antlers! The Abominable Snowman staggers back! "RRRROWWWWWWWRRR!!"

Rudolph of course will transform into Mega-Rudolph, with a Rednose Laser attack. But Blitzen is still my favorite. Blitzen transforms to War-Blitzen! Antler Lightning!!!

Santa's reindeer, fighting to protect the world, in their own Japanese anime series! Sounds to me like an idea that would thrill ten-year-old boys everywhere.

(Reindeer image courtesy of Google Images; added touches courtesy of The GIMP.)



Blogger The Tetrast said...

Thank you for the link to my blog in your sidebar. I found it while searching on the word "tetrast." I linked to your "Why Triadic?" paper and to your homepage a while back, but it's not as if my blog brought lots of people to read your paper. Anyway I didn't alert you about it because of that whole "reciprocal link" pressure thing.

I have wished a few times that you'd join the peirce-l forum, though. Not in order that I might get to argue threes & fours with you, but instead because (1) you know your Peirce, (2) you aren't a politically frustrated & jaded left-wing academic continually tempted to inject politics, & (3) you're civil & have a healthy sense of humor.

I originally posted this comment on very much the wrong thread. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Well, thank you, and you're welcome! My blogroll grows by fits and starts; actually I should've blogrolled you a long time ago. My informal policy is that, like you, I hate putting "reciprocal blogroll" pressure on others; but at the same time, I'm always glad to add to my blogroll any well-behaved and civilized blogger I find of interest.

I'll have to check out the peirce-l forum. Though in a sense I've sort of retired from the academic life I lived in my young adult years up through age 35— that might make an interesting story, I really ought to blog about it some time.

I do still keep up on Peirce, subscribe to the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, and occasionally haul down from my bookshelves a volume from Peirce's Collected Papers or even The New Elements of Mathematics. And once in a while I find myself receiving an email inquiry about my dissertation, where I went even deeper than in my online papers into Peirce's categorial division of his (triadic) sign, and also tried to relate my work thereon to certain motifs in contemporary liturgical theology such as play (cf. musement), metaphor, and judgment (cf. intentionality, especially as in T.L. Short's article "Semeiosis and Intentionality," or Josiah Royce's System Sigma).

However, these days I find myself kept quite busy with my work in the parish serving two congregations, serving on the board of the local Lions Club, attending my confirmands' school sports events, tinkering with Linux, and spending (what is already probably too much) leisure time online in the blogosphere. So I suspect in the peirce-l forum (how does one access it, by the way— is it a mailing list, or a web forum?) I would be pretty much a lurker. Let me know how to access it, though: I'd be interested in checking it out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

The peirce-l forum is an emailing list (but we keep calling it a forum; it feels like one) and its archive is actually rather difficult to access. Occasionally I check the archive to find something and today was such a day, but the archive was inaccessible. Anyway, here's the link:

peirce-l is managed & moderated by Joe Ransdell, Prof. Emeritus at Texas Tech U. His Peirce Website "Arisbe": . His Webpage about peirce-l:

Last I heard, a little over 300 people subscribe. I'd say around a dozen or so are regularly active. Occasionally interesting stuff happens. Tom Short (who otherwise is not active or even subscribed) & Joe Ransdell carried on an argument for quite a while. Joe says there's "one" Peirce; Tom says Peirce changed decidedly. They really argued.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

I just remembered, Joe cross-posted his argument with Tom to another list. I cross-posted to there too. The posts are mostly though not completely in oorrect order.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 2:41:00 PM  

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