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Something More: Hello Kitty in Space, Christian Manga, and Shuffled Spiritual Stories

Erin Straza reports on a 7th grader who sent a Hello Kitty doll into space, and hopes to use her passions to stir joy in others, too. [Christ and Pop Culture]

The Cajun Samurai jumps into the harem tale of gods and demons known as Shuffle…and then wishes he hadn’t. [The Cajun Samurai]

D.M. Dutcher gives a brief rundown of Christian OEL manga, particularly those distributed by the now defunct Realbuzz Studios. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

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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. 

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Serendipitous Serenity

One of the most unique and reviled manga-influenced series of the recent past is Serenity.  Even from the Christian community, the response has been mixed at best.  Since seeing the series on bookshelves years ago, I’ve always been interested in digging in, though I’ve never wanted to put the bucks down to read a series that might not be so good.

Luckily, Taylor Ramage, editor of Caught Up in the Rush, has recently reviewed several volumes of the series.  Though she initially disliked Serenity, she’s warmed to issues following the first one, giving largely positive feedback on volumes 3, 4, and 5.

Taylor’s reviews are linked below:

Serenity vol. 1: An Attempt At Christian Manga

Serenity vol. 3: A Surprising Improvement

Serenity vol. 4: More Improvement All Around

Serenity vol. 5: Okay, Now I Think It’s Good