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Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Mathematical God of GitS, Religion in Gundam, and the Good Shepherd in Fate/Zero

Aelysium examines Ghost in the Shell and takes apart a Tachikoma’s theory of mathematics and God. [Anime Elysium]

Rocklobster approves of how religion is portrayed in Gundam oo. [Lobster Quadrille]

Tommy thanks God (more than once) for a great Colossalcon, as he shifts the direction of his blog more toward convention talk. [Anime Bowl]

I believe GAR GAR Stegosaurus is the only blog to really mention the reading of Psalms 23 at the end of episode 23 of Fate/Zero. [GAR GAR Stegosaurus]

Ghostlightning continues his revisit of Cowboy Bebop, detailing why episode 23, involving a religious cult based on Heaven’s Gate, is similar and superior to the Cowboy Bebop film. [We Remember Love]


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. 

Roger Ebert: Critic, Pundit, Skeptic, and Friend to Anime

Not long ago, I posted a beautiful anime-style short.  Following a trail from Twitter, I was led to the site where it was featured, and to my surprise, it was Rober Ebert’s website.  But, I was only surprised for a second – after all, the nation’s leading film critic (and the first to ever win the Pulitzer Prize) has championed anime for many years and Anime News Network has described him as a closet otaku.  He even wrote an article entitled “The Beauty of Anime.”  In fact, aside from John Lasseter, there’s likely no more powerful voice for anime in U.S. mainstream culture.


Roger Ebert should be familiar to most of you.  Forbes called him American’s #1 pundit (and in the Internet age, that designation is no small feat).  Then again, maybe I recognize him better than most because I religiously watched “At the Movies” as a child, wanting to weekly see him duke it out with his first partner, Gene Siskel.  Later, I continued to watch (and then read) because I realized: a) I agreed with him much more than not; b) even when I didn’t agree, I learned something from his reviews; and c) his writing is clear, calculated and wonderful.  Even if you’re not familiar with Ebert, you certainly are with his (official) trademark of the “thumbs up” and “thumbs down,” regarding movie recommendations.

When Ebert discusses anime films, he comes at it as an admirer of the form, as when he reviewed Ghost in the Shell or selected Akira as a “video pick of the week.”  The Great Movies section of his web site, which itself has become widely admired, includes both My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies on this list.  Think of that – two anime among a U.S. movie’s critics best movies of all time.  Read how he ends the Grave of the Fireflies review: Read the rest of this entry


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