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Final Day to Donate and Win Anime!

Our charitable campaign is coming to an end.  At midnight tonight (Pacific Time), we’ll conclude our taking of donations for Samaritan’s Purse, through which we’re funding three different causes:

  • Hope for children with disabilities: Your donations will help supply specialized equipment, corrective surgery, or schooling to help a child overcome disabilities.
  • Care for orphans: Your gifts can demonstrate love by providing food, housing, healthcare, and other essentials.
  • Protection for vulnerable women: Your charity can help protect victims of gender-based violence, provide basic education, or meet other needs to ease a woman’s daily struggle for survival.

Thanks you all, we’ve raised over $700 so far, exceeding our goal for the campaign.  Thank you to all who spread the word about it, and especially to those who donated.

We’ve love to make a bit more for the charity – please consider donating in these final few hours.  For every $10 you give, you’ll earn one entry into our anime raffle, which includes these wonderful prizes:

  1. HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  2. Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  3. Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99 (the plushie pictured above may not be the same one given as a prize
  4. Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  5. Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  6. Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  7. Gatchaman Pack: Gatchman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

Visit our campaign page: Anime Fans Giving Back

Thank you for giving!

Donate $10 to Charity, Get a $19.95 Crunchyroll Subscription for Free!

crunchyroll 1This holiday season, our staff is intent on giving to the less fortunate, and we’re doing so by running a charitable campaign to raise funds for Samaritan’s Purse to aid orphans, children with disabilities, and women in vulnerable situations.  We met our $600 goal yesterday – hurray!  But with a week remaining in the campaign, we have a chance now to blow past it and raise more funds.

If you donate just $10, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a ton of anime goodies, provided by industry friends. We also have another set of prizes to give – Crunchyroll has been kind enough to donate three 90-day premium memberships, valued at $19.95.  No ads and first run series for three full months!

All you have to do is donate $10.

That’s right!  I’ll hand out a 90-day membership to the first three people who donate $10 from the time of this posting.  A $19.95 value for just $10 plus a good deed done for those in need plus an entry into our anime raffle.

Get to it!  Donate now and win: Anime Fans Give Back — Raffle

Help Orphans. Win Anime.

A week and a half ago, we started a charitable campaign drive to raise funds for orphans, children with disabilities, and women in vulnerable situations.  I’m happy to update that with about two weeks to go, we’re over 75% of the way to our goal of $600!  Thank you to those of you who have donated and to the many who have helped spread the word about our campaign.

But we still need more help.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider giving.  This holiday season, through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, your money can help so many who are less fortunate.  And in doing so, you also have an opportunity win DVDs!

For every $10 donated, you get one entry into our raffle, which is full of great anime collections and items (generously given to us by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America):

  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  • Pack 2 – Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  • Pack 3 Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99
  • Pack 4 – Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  • Pack 5 – Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  • Pack 6 – Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  • Pack 7 – Gatchman Pack: Gatchaman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

These collections are brand new and amazing!  You have an awesome chance at getting one of the prize packages if you donate!

For more information and to give, visit our campaign page:

Anime Fans Give Back!

Anime Fans Give Back! Help the Less Fortunate and Win Anime DVDs

Isn’t it strange how the holiday season becomes all about us?  Christmas has turned into an occasion to spent lots of money (and oftentimes on ourselves).  Our writers want to flip the focus this year and turn toward those who are in need.  We are eager to help heal and care for individuals who are less fortunate than we are.

We ask that you help us meet our goals by contributing funds for this holiday raffle.  Donations will be divided equally between three campaigns for Samaritan’s Purse, a highly rated Christian charitable organization:

  • Hope for children with disabilities: Your donations will help supply specialized equipment, corrective surgery, or schooling to help a child overcome disabilities.
  • Care for orphans: Your gifts can demonstrate love by providing food, housing, healthcare, and other essentials.
  • Protection for vulnerable women: Your charity can help protect victims of gender-based violence, provide basic education, or meet other needs to ease a woman’s daily struggle for survival.

Our goal is to raise $600 for these three programs.

And here’s the fun part – we’re making this event into a raffle!  For every $10 you give, you’ll earn one raffle ticket.  After the campaign ends, I’ll draw numbers and the winners will receive one of several anime prize packs, graciously donated by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America.

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  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of the Dead Collectors Edition (Blu-Ray/DVD + bandana, postcards, booklet, short novels, and collectors sticker)
  • Pack 2 – Hanasaku Iroha Pack: Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Bonus Set (including Blu-Ray disc and artbook)
  • Pack 3 Prinna Pack: Prinna plushie from NIS, valued at $19.99 (the plushie pictured above may not be the same one given as a prize
  • Pack 4 – Moe Pack: Tari Tari Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Meganebu! Complete Collection, Yusibu Complete Collection, Noucome Complete Collection
  • Pack 5 – Love Pack: Golden Time Collection 1, Ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-Ray Complete Collection, Rozen Maiden Complete Collection, Okamikakushi Masque of the Wolf Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  • Pack 6 – Mature Pack: Amagami SS Complete Collection, Infinite Stratos 2 Complete Collection, Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection, Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Warriors OVA BD Collection
  • Pack 7 – Gatchman Pack: Gatchman Complete Collection (105 episodes + OVAs)

Just head to the link below to contribute, and thank you for your generosity!

Anime Fans Giving Back Campaign

Buddhist Detachment in Shikabane Hime vs. Christian Charity

Today’s article is a guest post by a friend to both me and the blog, Medieval Otaku.

Those of you who read my blog may be familiar with my article Un Programme d’Articles pour Novembre.  (Why French?  Because most things sound better in French, obviously.)  Therein, I promised to write an article on Corpse Princess and my history with horror films and anime, but a more interesting topic came to mind.  I became curious with the way the show presented Buddhist ideas of detachment, which ultimately led to me contemplating on how detachment differs with Christian charity.

Anime Buddha Corpse Princess

Those familiar with this delightfully action packed and soap opera-ish anime called Corpse Princess, a. k. a. Shikabane Hime, know that the heroes are affiliated with a Buddhist sect.  This sect uses certain undead young women, known as Shikabane Hime, to eliminate undead monsters.  They boast that their monks have reached enlightenment, and therefore have no attachments to this life.  This makes it impossible for them to become undead themselves, since the undead enter that state because of intense regret and attachment.  The hero, Ouri, resists Buddhist principles of detachment, particularly in regard to Makina, his role model’s Shikabane Hime.  He does this despite both Makina and others telling him to treat Shikabane Hime as tools and aberrations—not as people.

Corpse Princess

Corpse Princess

How different is the Kougen sect’s attitude from Christianity, whose essence is charity!  Charity, at its heart, desires to unite all things and make them whole.  The more charity enters one’s heart, the more one wishes that broken relationships heal and the more one’s own happiness depends on others being happy.  We have the example of Christ: “’I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!’” (Luke 12:49-50)  This baptism is His Passion and Death, by which He would free the world from sin and death.  Because He saw that the whole of humanity would be consigned to hell without this baptism, He felt agony in this baptism’s delay—Jesus did not wish to be happy without humanity being happy.  Read the rest of this entry

How to Make a Care Package for the Homeless

Last December, as I prepared a series on Christmas anime, I knew that I would finally have to watch Tokyo Godfathers, something I’d put off for a long time.  Of course, I was glad that I did watch the movie, which immediately became a favorite.  While there were oh so many wonderful scenes, characters, and themes that shined in the film, one that’s stayed with me was how it portrayed the difficult life for homeless men and women.  While most of us live in cozy houses, condos, or apartments, every city has a population of individuals who don’t have a place to call home.  And whatever the situation was that led them to such circumstances, the reality is that their lives can be struggles, physically as well as in other ways.

In my small group this past spring, we read an engaging book that encouraged many of us to grow more deeply in our relationships with Christ.  One chapter was specifically focused on the homeless, and it immediately nudged both my wife and I to make changes in how we approach those begging for money on street corners.  Since that time, we’ve done little things like say “hi” or make eye contact, in an effort to treat them as they should be treated – as human.

A few weeks ago, we took another step.  Joining together with several college kids at our church, we made care packages to pass out to the homeless.  A wonderful project, it allowed us to show love to the homeless by providing just a few necessities.  The bags had an impact beyond their small price, as the recipients seemed to genuinely be taken aback by our gesture and the hearts of the givers were thawed just a bit.

I encourage you to considering doing this little project as well – either with family, friends, a social group (your anime club?), or even by yourself.  Here are some of the items you might want to include – I’ve put asterisks next to the items we included in our packages: Read the rest of this entry

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Catching Pretty Cure at the Temple

One the most interesting things about religion in Japan is how seemingly contradictory cultural expressions can find their way into religious institutions.  In the past, I’ve mentioned the veneration of Thomas Edison in the country and the temple that is using an anime character as their mascot.  Now, add another interesting combination to the mix, as Mikikazu Komatsu of Crunchyroll writes about a Pretty Cure live show being put on at Bukkoji Buddhist temple, along with other anime-related events as part of the institution’s anniversary celebration and to raise money for earthquake relief.

Pretty cool.

Check out Komatsu’s post for more information:

Pretty Cure Show at Racecourses and Buddhist Temple

Rebuild of Shinji, Asuka, and Rei: You (Can) Hope

For many around my age, Neon Genesis Evangelion was an important series.  Not only was it addicting, but it was breathtaking in so many different ways.  For me, it sealed my love of the medium.  Yet, I wasn’t terribly excited for the Rebuild of Evangelion films.  The first movie was good, but instead of enjoying it, I longed for the depth of the series and became too caught up with comparisons.

Evangelion 2.0, however, is a different story.

Departing significantly from the series, Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance not only brings us new characters and situations, it also changes the tone of the series somewhat.  Despite Justin Sevakis’ comments to the contrary, I found the movie to be brighter and happier than the original.  What struck me was that the characters were no longer almost entirely helpless, victims of circumstance and doomed for their destiny.  Perhaps this shift was no surprise, since Hideaki Anno was dealing with depression during the course of creating the classic series.  Instead, he sends a message that is most unexpected – he tells us that there is hope.

Asuka Langley Shikigami

Art by boyaking(SBF) (Pixiv)

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Cons Join Together to Create AnimeAid

AnimeAid is among the latest groups in the U.S. otaku community that are playing a visible role in raising funds for the Japanese earthquake victims.  A joint venture between major conventions in the Washington DC area, AnimeAid seeks to commit “to the task of assisting fan based support initiatives throughout the area to maximize the impact  in assisting the people of Japan.”  The group’s activities include:

  • aiding organizations in sharing their plans with others
  • helping to  consolidate activities to allow for effective outreach
  • and mitigating the costs involved in charitable efforts

The AnimeAid website provides further details, including contact information and details about campaigns and initiaitives the organization is supporting.  If you’re interested in working with AnimeAid, please visit the site.

Thanks to Lauren Orsini for informing me about this wonderful venture.

Yuki-Anne in Japan: Only Hope

Yuki-Anne, a guest blogger here on Beneath the Tangles, is a missionary in Japan (read her previous entry here).  She was there last week when the devastating earthquakes struck the country.

So there I was, clinging to the door frame, praying, “God, please make it stop, please protect us, please make it stop, please protect us.”

Yoko-san came out of the other room and told me we needed to go downstairs. I didn’t need to be told twice. We poured out of the building and waited for the shaking to stop. It seemed to stop, but everytime we would go back inside, the shaking would start again. Even now, we still experience aftershocks.

I’m sure you’ve been reading the news. You don’t need me to tell you about the climbing death toll, the sheer loss of human life. And so in the middle of this, I’m having to ask myself a question: Can I trust God? Read the rest of this entry

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