There is a thin yet substantial line between the romantization of a warrior and the glorification of war.
Death and carnage, atrocities and destruction, wars are never desirable, and fictional heroes are always seeking to end wars and bring peace. Yet at the same time, the traditional romantization of a warrior, from Sengoku to Three Kingdoms, from Valhalla to Camelot, will always paint them as eager for combat. As Reinhardt and Ruenthal realizes in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, true soldiers by nature are drawn to the call of battle, that they would never feel satisfaction within an era of peace. But there is a huge difference between that and warmongering. It may seem like a minor distinction, but eagerness to fight and willingness to kill are completely different things, and our Sengoku heroes are anything but blood-seeking war-addicts. Read the rest of this entry »