As another anime season draws to an end, it’s time to get excited about new series around the corner! But before that, we have season and series finales coming up, and with the importance that ideas like salvation, grace, and transformation play in many anime, it’s a rich time to dig into spiritual topics as expressed through some of our favorite shows!
Many Christian geeks will proudly display their Naruto gear, but aren’t so open about faith. What does say about them? What’s the response? [The Budding Philosopher]
And on that tangent, why do Christians often separate the nerd side of themselves from the “Christian” part? [Believers and Fandoms]
In shows like Maria the Virgin Witch and Maria Watches Over Us, we get a glimpse into how much the Japanese know of Catholicism, and how they view it. [Eugene Woodbury’s Blog]
The Legend of Korra tackles eschatology, or the religious perspective on end times. [Taylor Ramage’s Blog]
The “Sneak Entry” arc of Bleach contains some religious content and themes (perhaps not enough) for Christians, if you like the series enough to look past it’s shortcomings. [Geeks Under Grace]
Episode 17 of Your Lie in April demonstrates the way Christians should show friendship to one another. 
And speaking of Your Lie in April, have you noticed it’s similarities to Kids on the Slope? Not least of all is a Christian message of sharing love. [Famous Rose]
D.M. Dutcher highly recommends Figure 17, and finds it mostly safe to watch for Christians. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]
A new Christian otaku community has sprung up. Here, the founder reflects on the significance of “wholesome” anime. [Christianime]
As part of the Something More series of posts, 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 to be included.
2012 is ending in a whimper, at least for me, as there are few series I’m absolutely loving this fall. That seems to apply to the year as whole. Looking back at my list of best anime from 2011, there were a number of series that jumped into select company among my very favorites, including Hourou Musuko, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Usagi Drop, and Mawaru Penguindrum. I had yet to see Steins;gate or the first season of Fate/Zero at the time of that posting, but they would have been included in the group as well.
Because of the lack of great series this year, I’m not giving as many shows on the following list. I dropped dozens of series this year, too; they didn’t interest me enough to continue watching, failed to keep my interest for the entire season (ex. Accel World and Eureka Seven Ao), or were dropped for other reasons. I also want to note that didn’t see a number of critically acclaimed series this year, skipping out the likes of Space Brothers, Jorgumand, Kimi to Boku and the latest Natsume Yuujinchou,and stalling on Psycho Pass.
And because I didn’t complete too many shows in 2012, this end-of-year list functions more to show my favorites than those I judge the best. Let me know your favorites in the comment section below.
Merely Okay: 3 to 4 Stars
First, the bad: the series has been, well, boring. It also has way too many girls who act like they have some psychological condition. Luckily, the show has been trending upward lately, and I’m eagerly anticipating the second season. There are also some fun characters (mostly male). Read the rest of this entry
Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Fairy God Mother, Sinful Anime Characters, and Religion in Haibane Renmei and Kids on the Slope
Processr shares his background with religion as he explains the criticism of the topic in episode ten of Humanity Has Declined. [Anipulse]
Scamp’s post on last week’s episode of the same series examines the meaning behind the “religions are invented” quote from the show. [The Cart Driver]
In his analysis of You’re Under Arrest, Medieval Otaku relates the complexity of characters to human sinfulness. [Medieval Otaku]
Draggle continues to delve into Christianity as he blogs Kokoro Connect, pointing out the idea of repentance as expressed in episode nine. [Draggle’s Anime Blog]
Sweetpea participates in the Aniblogger Interrogation Game and includes an answer related to her personal spiritual beliefs. I wonder who posed the question… [Paper Chimes]
Alexander provides some analysis of the religious theme of Haibane Renmei in his sparkling review for the series. [Ashita no Anime]
Speaking of positive reviews, Sweetpea gives a strong final rating for Kids on the Slope, though she bemoans how religion is used in an on/off manner in the show. [Paper Chimes]
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.