Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Spitting Image of Stigmata, Zen Samurai, and the Prophet and Leviathan of Big O
A Day Without Me continues her thoughtful revisit of Big O II by analyzing episode four, beginning her post with talking prophets and explaining the symbolism of the Leviathan. [GAR GAR Stegosaurus]
Aorii is back in the mode of blogging (yay!), sorta (boo!), by discussing how the plot of a light novel she’s involved in translating, Campione!, involves an interesting take on mythology involving the ideas of heresy and blasphemy. [Major Arcana]
Bitmap compares the cuts appearing on characters’ hands in Mysterious Girlfriend X, episode 4, to stigmata, which he proposes has the same function as saliva does in this series (and yes, for those of you who haven’t watched the show yet, I wrote saliva). [The Untold Story of Altair and Vega]
Rich Johnston discusses film and written adaptations of Miyamoto Musashi’s life, including the manga VAGABOND, which like many of the others, emphasizes the samurai’s practice of Zen Buddhism. [Bleeding Cool]
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.