Evidence: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
Fascination: Draw irresistibly the attention and interest of (someone).
God saw all he had made, and it was very good.
The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
~Genesis 2:22 — 23
The Shadow…can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own.
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Note: This post is not an apologia for gawking, fantasizing, and/or jerking off. Those things are not groovy.
On a side note: This is groovy:
As a Catholic, I believe that the Devil exists.
But the Devil isn’t a being on par with God.
God and the Devil aren’t two titans locked in a desperate battle to the death.
The Devil was one of God’s angels. Before he decided that he wanted to do what he wanted, when he wanted, where he wanted, how he wanted, to whoever, or whatever, he wanted.
The best way I can think of to describe the Catholic Church’s view of the Devil, is this scene from SpongeBob:
We human beings (SpongeBob) are panicking and despairing because the Devil (Plankton) is running rampant. But God (Mr. Krabs) is not daunted. God walks right up to the Devil and, merely by reaching out his hand, is able to put an end to his scheme.
God could swat the Devil like a fly, but He doesn’t.
To quote J.R.R. Tolkien again:
Iluvatar’s (God’s) words to the Ainur (angels) after Melkor’s (the Devil’s) failed rebellion in The Silmarillion:
…no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.
The reason I say all of this, is:
An awkward shot of Yolko’s butt.
Why is the shot awkward? Because: What is the camera doing there?
Anime is a visual storytelling medium. What about the story is being conveyed to us, the viewer, by having the camera be where it is?
I believe the easiest answer to these questions, unfortunately, is:
“Sword Art Online is an anime aimed at teenage boys. Is it surprising that there would be a shot of a woman’s butt?”
The reason I say “unfortunately” is:
I believe shots like the one above can cause a person to lust. And lust can make a person do, to put it lightly, bad things.
With lust, the Devil is twisting a person’s fascination with the opposite sex. Twisting Adam’s words of love for Eve:
Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.*
But: Despite the temptation to lust — the temptation to see people as a means of attaining pleasure, not as human beings — our fascination with the opposite sex is still, to quote Genesis 1:31, “very good.” It’s just not as good as it could be, because of this imperfect world we live in. (Genesis 3:7)
That is how a woman’s butt is evidence of the eventual triumph of Good over Evil.
The Devil will use what God has created to try and get us to lust and, thus, be separated from Him because of that sin.
But: Despite the Devil’s efforts to tempt us, what God has created is still inherently good.
What you feel when you look at a shot like this…
…is evidence that, despite the imperfect nature of the world, God’s creation still causes perfectly natural fascination.
And fascination with the beauty of the female body can lead a person closer to the creator of that beauty.
…a woman’s breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord! Each womanly part honors Him. He created the female body, and it is good.
~Sharon Hodde Miller
*I’m not saying that lust is something only men struggle with. I know women struggle with lust, too. I just used Adam’s words about Eve as an example of our fascination with the opposite sex: something the Devil tries to twist.