St. Michael the Extremely Cool Samurai Archangel, defend us in battle!

And the seventy-two returned with joy, saying: Lord, the devils also are subject to us in thy name.  And he said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven.  Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you.  But yet rejoice not in this, that spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice in this, that your names are written in heaven. [Luke 10:17-20]

Some years ago I posted some marvelous “inculturation” art by Catholic artist Daniel MitsuiSt. Michael the Archangel as a samurai kicking the devil’s back side. Very cool. It is striking, in it’s woodblock style and colors.

He has now reprinted it. The original drawing of St. Michael is on Japanese washi. The giclee print (below) is on Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper

When you order something from Daniel, it comes well wrapped.  Once out of its tough, waterproof outer envelop, the prints are in a transparent covering between double layers of cardboard.  No bent corners on them!

He sent me a copy of the new print on the new paper.

I love the katana – perhaps really a katate-uchi? – and the lightning.  You can almost hear it CRACK and Old Scratch scream in furious pain as the sword rises and falls…. rises and falls… rises and falls….

For scale, there’s a pen (not included).

The colors are amazing and movement is dynamic.

No apologies to those who think that we should not use militaristic imagery.  None. What. So. Eh-ver.  This isn’t bean bag, after all.    Francis agrees.

He (Daniel, not Francis) told me that if you order something right now, he is also sending gratis some of his bookplates.


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    I love his art. I would love to own one of his works. The colors look amazing, the content is inspiring, and he just puts so many great details in. He is just so talented.

  2. maternalView says:

    I’m going to get the coloring books for my family

  3. Fr. Reader says:

    It is wonderful!

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