Of Kami and Buddhas: Holy Anime!

While watching episodes for my 12 Days of Christmas Anime series, I noticed a word pop up time and time again - holy.  It seemed out of place - a very religious, archaic-sounding word in a medium that was anything but.  What does this word mean, particularly in context of Japanese culture and in comparison… Continue reading Of Kami and Buddhas: Holy Anime!

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: 78%: “Christmas is an Attack on Chinese Culture”

Sankaku Complex gave a short report on a real telling survey whose finding showed that 78% of those polled agreed that Christmas is an attack on Chinese culture.  As with Japan, it seems that China may celebrate the holiday in a very non-religious fashion (no surprise - after all, the "Christian" churches in China are show churches,… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: 78%: “Christmas is an Attack on Chinese Culture”

The Thirteenth Day of Christmas Anime

I couldn't resist including just one more anime episode (from one of my favorite series).  Enjoy! Honey and Clover Episode 4, "Actually, I don't like Christmas all that much.../The boy and girl are swayed" The Christmas Story The episode begins with reminiscing - Takumi thinks about Rika, and Rika and Shuji think about their past… Continue reading The Thirteenth Day of Christmas Anime

The Twelfth Day of Christmas Anime

Love Hina "Christmas Special - Silent Eve" The Christmas Story Su and Sarah discover a love letter in Naru's closet, which they and Keitaro assume to be written for him.  Estatic, Keitaro decides to profess his love to Naru on Christmas; unfortunately, his excitement leads him to injure his ankle.  Still, he continues to study… Continue reading The Twelfth Day of Christmas Anime

Secret Santa: Kino’s Journey

I'm not usually a big fan of Secret Santa arrangements.  In fact, I recently went on a long diatribe about the evil of Secret Santa with my wife (who thinks I'm a Grinch).  But when I'd heard about what Reverse Thieves does each year, I immediately jumped on it. I was terribly excited, until I… Continue reading Secret Santa: Kino’s Journey

The Eleventh Day of Christmas Anime

Maison Ikkoku Episode 39, "Love Takes Guts! Godai's Part-time Job Ploy!" Episode 40, "A Bittersweet Favor!  Budding Christmas Love?!" The Christmas Story As Kyoko is doing some cleaning, she comes upon a rock that has meaning to her, and asks Godai to investigate it.  While doing so, he meets up with Kozue, and realizes that… Continue reading The Eleventh Day of Christmas Anime

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Sacrifice and Arc Rise Fantasia

A plethora of anibloggers (including myself) are participating in the 12 Days of Christmas project, resulting in throngs of fun posts.  One recent such post, by Rakuen at Borderline Hikikomori, mentions an important aspect of Christian spirituality, and one that's important to think of this season. In discussing a certain character in the game, Arc… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Sacrifice and Arc Rise Fantasia

The Tenth Day of Christmas Anime

Ah! My Goddess: Everyone Has Wings Episode 2, "Ah! The Beleaguered Queen of Vengeance!" Episode 3, "Ah! I Offer These Feelings on Christmas Eve!" Episode 4, "Ah! I Want to Fill the World With Happiness!" The Christmas Story "Queen" Sayoko sets her romantic sites squarely on Keiichi, who hasn't been coming to campus with Belldandy,… Continue reading The Tenth Day of Christmas Anime

The Ninth Day of Christmas Anime

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross Episode 35, "Romanesque" The Christmas Story As Quazmin prepares for an attack on the Macross city, Minmay approached Hikaru in a sad, depressed state.  Her conversation with Hikaru is overheard by Misa, making her upset.  Max and Milia go to intercept Quazmin's forces as they attack, but can they stop him… Continue reading The Ninth Day of Christmas Anime

The Eighth Day of Christmas Anime

Toradora! Episode 17, "Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas" Episode 18, "Under the Fir Tree" Episode 19, "Christmas Eve Festival" The Christmas Story These series of episodes are set during Christmastime.  Taiga returns to school after her suspension, and is uncharacteristically excited about the holiday.  In this mood, she decides to play Cupid for Ryuji and Minorin… Continue reading The Eighth Day of Christmas Anime