Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Spitting Image of Stigmata, Zen Samurai, and the Prophet and Leviathan of Big O

A Day Without Me continues her thoughtful revisit of Big O II by analyzing episode four, beginning her post with talking prophets and explaining the symbolism of the Leviathan. [GAR GAR Stegosaurus]

Aorii is back in the mode of blogging (yay!), sorta (boo!), by discussing how the plot of a light novel she’s involved in translating, Campione!, involves an interesting take on mythology involving the ideas of heresy and blasphemy. [Major Arcana]

Bitmap compares the cuts appearing on characters’ hands in Mysterious Girlfriend X, episode 4, to stigmata, which he proposes has the same function as saliva does in this series (and yes, for those of you who haven’t watched the show yet, I wrote saliva). [The Untold Story of Altair and Vega]

Rich Johnston discusses film and written adaptations of Miyamoto Musashi’s life, including the manga VAGABOND, which like many of the others, emphasizes the samurai’s practice of Zen Buddhism. [Bleeding Cool]


As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere series of posts, each week, Beneath the Tangles links to writings about anime and manga that involve religion and spirituality.  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included. 

About TWWK

TWWK, known to outlaws and lawmen alike as Charles, lives deep in the heart of Texas, where he drives cattle and boot scoots (not really - though he does sport a pair of rattlesnake boots). Somehow in this frontier, he also finds time for his wife, children, and church. Oh, and anime, too.

Posted on 05.04.2012, in Anime, Buddhism, Christianity and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. For so many years in search of a christian anime blogger I finally found one! Anyway I’m not yet baptist as a christian but I’m planning to be one. :) You’re a rare case bro, anime fans are mostly atheist.


    • I’m glad to hear that you’re on your way to being baptized. I hope you’ll continue growing in your faith!

      There are a few others that blog and we have several writers here on the blog, so small as our numbers may be, it’s true, Christian anibloggers do exist. :P


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