Category Archives: Atheism

Something More: How Evangelion Converted Me to Atheism

Lazarinth explains how Evangelion helped turn him into an atheist. [Fantasy and Anime]

Rob continues his Christian-centric anime reviews, with this week’s including the latest episodes of Gundam Build Fighters, Golden Time, and Chuu2. [Christian Anime Review]

Aroduc mentions the typical characterization of Christians in a post about episode 8 of Magical Warfare. [Tenka Seiha]

As part of the Something More 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. 

Something More: Chuunibyou Faith, Spiral: The Bond of Salvation, and Pope Francis Manga

Due to the lack of spiritually-inclined articles as of late, I’ve skipped the “Something More” column for the past couple of weeks.  It’s time to catch up!

D.M. Dutcher examines how the Blade Children of Spiral: The Bond of Reasoning resemble humanity grasping for salvation from Christ. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Dutcher also delves into Chuunibyou, and finds an interesting connection between the chuunibyou/normal lives and Christian/atheist beliefs. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Regina Doman, author of an OEL manga about Pope Francis, will be on ETWN radio today. [Manga Hero]

Our own Zeroe4 quotes Gurren Lagann as he relates to use his Japanese mission plans. [Zeroe4]

As part of the Something More 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. 

Something More: Christ’s Sacrifice > Madoka’s, Oukoku Christian Game, and AnoHana and the Supernatural

I didn’t update “Something More” last week, so today’s links include two week’s worth.  Sorry for the delay!

Japes looks at the supernatural in AnoHana and how we might approach the topic from a Christian point of view. [Japesland]

Nick Calibey responds to a post that argues that Madoka’s sacrifice in Puella Magi Madoka Magica was greater than Christ’s. [A Rather Silly Blog]

D.M. Dutcher previews Oukoku Game, a manga with a really interesting concept involving Christianity. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

D.M. Dutcher also reviews several works for Christian viewers/readers:

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As part of the Something More 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. 

Something More: Modoka > Jesus Concludes

After last week’s barrage of spiritual articles, this week has been much slower.  Still, a few terrific articles were posted, as Alexander of Ashita no Anime concluded his Madoka > Jesus series.

Alexander claims that Jesus creates some kind of co-dependency as a savior, which Madoka does not. [Ashita no Anime]

He concludes by emphasizing that God is tyrannical, which Madoka is not. [Ashita no Anime]

I highly recommend you read through Alexander’s series, which is quite thought-provoking.  His tone may be off-putting (I’ll admit, I didn’t comment on a number of posts because I felt too emotional to leave comments due to how Alexander references Christ at times), but it’s one that has led to some good debate.  And as such, I recommend, also, that you read the comments following the entries as closely as the post themselves.

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As part of the Something More 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. 

 

 

Something More: Madoka v. Jesus, Kirino Acts Like a Christian, and Christ the Stampede

It was quite a week for spiritual and religion tinged articles in the anime blogosphere, headlined by Alexander’s still on-going series entitled, Madoka > Jesus.  Here are his posts thus far:

Nick Calibey responded to Alexander’s post with his own article. [A Rather Silly Blog]

Stardf29 reviews episode 3 of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and makes connections between the importance of “thank you” and life lived less legalistically. [A Series of Miracles]

D.M. Dutcher compares Kirino’s treatment of her otakuness in Oreimo to how Christians often treat their faith. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

In another post, he makes some great comparisons between the humorous hero, Vash the Stampede, and Christ, as well as to scenes in Trigun: Badlands Rumble and the “problem of pain. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Dutcher also advises Christians in his reviews of Aoi Sekai No Chuusin De and season one of Oreimo.

Japes, who guest-blogged for us earlier this week, is off and running on his own aniblog, beginning with an introduction of his theology. [Japesland]

Japes also brings his faith into a defense of Vocaloid as an artistic expression. [Japesland]

Medieval Otaku points out Christian theology and themes in his review of several manga, including Superior and Vinland Saga. [Medieval Otaku]

So…the Jesus and Buddha characters of Saint Young Men are now being used to market fashion merchandise.  Interesting. [Anime News Network]

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As part of the Something More 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. 

Something More: Madoka > Jesus?

A prime goal of this blog is to encourage open discussion about faith, using anime as medium through we can ask questions, give answers, and promote knowledge and understanding.  I’m thankful that our posts here recently had some role in encouraging Tommy of Anime Bowl to write an article about how Madoka is lacking as a Christ figure.  And inspired by Tommy’s post, our old friend Alexander, who has contributed plenty to Beneath the Tangles by bring a very different viewpoint to user comments, guest posts, and cooperative posts, is beginning a week long series focusing solely on this idea: why Madoka is a better savior than Jesus.

Interesting topic, huh?

He’ll be posting daily this week.  Please visit Ashita no Anime to read the first of his posts, and return throughout the week to comment on others:

Madoka > Jesus – Human vs God

Something More: Faith is a 3-D Girl, Saint Young Men Movie Trailer, and Madoka is Not Jesus

D.M. Dutcher mentions Please Save My Earth in his article about the realness of Christ and his time on earth [Cacao, put down the shovel!]:

To end with an anime analogy. as much as it would be easier to be, our faith isn’t a 2-D girl. It’s always 3-D, with all the same issues and all the same joys.

In another article, D.M. Dutcher gives Haganai an NC-17 rating according to his movie rating scale for Christians. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Medievalotaku asks questions about prayer and atheism in his review of Banner of the Stars II. [Medieval Otaku]

The full trailer for the Saint Young Men movie posted this week. [Anime News Network]

And finally, in case you missed it in my Wednesday post, Tommy explains why the comparison between Madoka and Jesus may not be a terribly fitting. [Anime Bowl]

Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2012: #11-20

Last year, I gave my 12 favorite posts about anime and religion to end the year.  And though I had to leave out a number of great article to fit within that number, I was generally happy with the list.  This year, I just had to expand my list to twenty to match the volume of great content being written by anibloggers.

anime girl praying

Art by けむけむ

Yesterday, I gave numbers 1-10; here are the remaining ten, in chronological order:

11. Oh, My Pop-Culture Jesus: Christianity in Anime
5.6.2012
written by Lady Saika of Lady Geek Girl and Friends

A particularly strange case is that of Saiyuki – the story is based on a a founding myth of Mahayana Buddhism, for cripe’s sake, and the main character is a Buddhist priest, but in the anime at least, we see statues of the Virgin Mary protecting a town from demons in a way that nothing Buddhist can.

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Read also: Oh, My Pop-Culture Jesus: Let’s Make a Deal and Oh, My Pop-Culture Jesus: An Examination of Clergy in Anime

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Episode 08: Falling From (and Into) Faith

There’s no house here anymore.  Dad’s gone, too.

Episode 8 of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! continues where seven left off, with Tōka attempting to force Rikka into seeing the visible truth – their father, along with their former house, are gone.  The older sister utters the words above as she tearfully pushes Rikka to face reality.

Rikka Takanashi train

Art by いれぅ

Last week, I joined Alexander in discussing similar scenes in the series for his Ashita no Anime podcast.  He sees the show as an atheist allegory.  Rikka chooses to believe in something unreal, oblivious to reality.  Yūta, meanwhile, has thrown off the shackles of his former ways and now lives according to the truth.  Alexander sees the chuunibyou ways of Dark Flame Master and the Wicked Eye as the false trappings of religion, while life without God as reality.  Thus, the quote starting this post would take a deeper meaning in light of this idea.

Obviously, I disagree with Alexander’s assessment of religion, but I think his comparisons are dead on.

Rikka isn’t ready to face the truth yet; but eventually, she will be.  While she may be a bit immature for her age, perhaps Tōka should forgive Rikka for her strange coping mechanism, since she’s still young.

For those of us who are older, though, we lack excuses for examining our belief.  Read the rest of this entry

Anime Podcast: Atheists, Christians, and Eyepatch Girls

This past weekend, I was blessed to take part in the Ashita no Anime podcast.  Alexander, who has been a friend to this blog, was gracious enough to invite me to speak about an interesting topic: the religious allusions in the most unlikely of anime, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!  I think you might enjoy the podcast, as Alexander approaches from an atheist perspective and I from a Christian perspective.  Plus, he’s an excellent host!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!

Art by 柊ゆづは@衰退

I’m not particularly a strong speaker, nor am I a strong apologist or an educated theologian (either by my own study or through higher education).  So, if I’ve misrepresented the faith or if you just have a different viewpoint from my own, please let me know in the comments below.

Ashita no Anime Podcast 03 – Chuunibyou with Charles