Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Giving Thanks

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It’s tradition to say (or pray) what you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving.  It’s no surprise that anime bloggers would write about anime they’re thankful for.  Wintermuted at Anime Diet recently gave a great list of streaming classics to be thankful for, followed by another excellent list of streaming anime.

I’ve thought of doing something similar, but my haughty attitude has me thinking, “Thankful for anime?  Come on…” 

At my church, I recently concluded a weekly class on prayer, and my last lesson had to do with thankfulness.  We closed the class simply by giving thanks to God, and not making any requests.  I think about the bigness of God and His awesomeness, and I feel that giving thanks for something trivial like anime is ridiculous.  If you look as Jesus’ prayers, He never prays about trivial things – everyday things, yes, but not trivial.

But like I said, I was being haughty.

Anime, to most bloggers and many viewers, is more than just entertainment.  It’s meaningful, heartfelt and an expression of who they are.  For me, it’s less so, but I’m still thankful, because these past few months, I’ve been able to blog about it and have connected with people.  I’ve made friends in a variety of settings because of anime.  I’ve been able to share my thoughts through the medium.  And I think I’ve gained a lot of insight into the human condition and into how many young people feel these days.  It’s been a blessing.

So what are you thankful for?  Anime?  Why?

Oh, and returning back to Anime Diet, I’m thankful for one more thing – that because of the posts, I found out that Hulu is streaming His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano), a show I dropped many years ago, but have always wanted to try again. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


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