Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Crown Shuu with Crowns and Song, Fan Service in Church, and Rick Santorum Talks Boku no Pico
I grew up singing “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” but never a version like this! The multi-talented Emily of Altair and Vega sings Draggle’s reworked lyrics to the hymn, conveying events in Guilty Crown episode 19 that paint Shuu as a Jesus figure. [Draggle's Anime Blog]
Abilene Christian University professor, Richard Beck, discusses what might be viewed as fan service in the church. [Experimental Theology]:
Because it seems to me that a lot of churches are so beholden to American consumerism that they are almost wholly given over to fan service, if only to attract the ‘spiritual shopper.’
Inushinde pokes a little fun at Rick Santorum and his opinions on homosexuality through a satirical piece involving the presidential candidate and Boku no Pico. [Shinde Iie Anime Blog]
Jay gets a deal on Haibane Renmei and finds the show to be full of interesting commentary on sin. [Jays' Tee Vee]
On his personal blog, our own Zeroe4 completes his “Last Requiem” series regarding death, briefly referencing Eden of the East. [Zeroe4]
Jordan reviews the Jesus anime film, “My Last Day.” [The Otaku HQ]
And finally, though I’ve largely avoided discussion of Asura’s Wrath on this blog, I found Marlon Votta’s article about the game and it’s detractors (on religious grounds) to be interesting and worth mentioning. [INENTERTAINMENT]
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. Special thanks this week go out to Draggle, who tweeted me about Professor Beck’s post.
Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Amazing Grace of Eureka 7, Anime Cons = Anti-Christian, and Homura the Evangelist
This week was particularly rife with great posts and articles relating to anime and religion, mythology, or spirituality. Let’s get to them!
Anime News Network posted a report on mangaka Kazuo Koike’s interview with Madoka Magica writer, Gen Urobochi. Among the things they discussed was Madoka’s ultimate status and the role she and Homura played by the end of the series [Anime News Network]:
When asked about Homura’s position at the end of the work, [Gen Urobochi] described her as an evangelist who is the only person within the world she lives in who understands Madoka’s existence and role.
Mike Huang, who once graciously wrote an aniblogger testimony for us, posts a wonderful piece reflecting on some events of his youth and drawing comparisons to Ano Natsu de Matteru for the Diary of an Anime Lived series. Much of the story takes place at a Christian youth retreat and Mike’s memories about how those teens acted is telling (and unfortunately, not unique). [Anime Diet]
Tommy calls anime conventions a “culture of hate,” explaining what he sees as an anti-Christian attitude exhibited by con attendees. [Anime Bowl]
JoeAnimated talks about the redemption of three important characters in Eureka Seven, framing his post around the hymn, “Amazing Grace.” [We Remember Love]
Marina chats about real life speculation involving transplanting a “soul” along with organs, while discussing the surprising turn in episode 3 of Area no Kishi. [Anime B&B]
Bitmap surmises that kijimuna spirits, famed in Okinawan culture, are the models for robot characters in the anime, Asobi ni Iku Yo!. [The Untold Story of Altair and Vega]
Kermit Bayless relates his New Year’s experience in Japan, including attending hatsumode, sleeping in a capsule hotel, and seeing loud, sign-holding, Japanese street evangelists. [Jesus Loves Japan]
Cyberpunk addresses what she sees as the unsettling end to Texhnolyze, calling the series an “eschatological heresy.” [Cyberpunk]
Landon draws some great connections between Greek mythology and Shin Mazinger Z. Warning: click on the link only if you’re not adverse to f-bombs. [Mecha Guignol]
Richmond Lee presents a series of interesting connections between Buddhism (his religion) and the game, Asura’s Wrath. [Kotaku]
Hippiefreak reviews Saint Young Men, giving a brief overview of the series and giving recommendations on how believers and non-believers might take it. [Anime Tree]