Orphans That Never Knew Their Names: Haibane Renmei and the Power of Names

And now we're grown-up orphans That never knew their names We don't belong to no one That's a shame But you could hide beside me Maybe for a while And I won't tell no one your name And I won't tell 'em your name When my wife was pregnant with our first child, we flipped… Continue reading Orphans That Never Knew Their Names: Haibane Renmei and the Power of Names

Wandering Son Episode 02: Graceful Takatsuki

As many of us suspected, Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko) is turning out to be something quite special indeed. Episode 2 of the series could be summed up in one word: forgiveness. Chiba and Takatsuki's relationship probably connects deeply to many of us.  While we may not have been in such a difficult love triangle, where… Continue reading Wandering Son Episode 02: Graceful Takatsuki

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Big Dreams and the Unknown God in “Major”

We Americans think of baseball as our “national pastime,” and perhaps rightfully so. But it would be equally true to say that the Japanese have adopted baseball wholeheartedly, and made it their own. I know of no other Western sport with an authentic Japanese name, written in kanji (野球 yakyuu, or if you will, “plains ball”),… Continue reading Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Big Dreams and the Unknown God in “Major”

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Buddha and Religious Criticism

Today in his House of 1000 Manga column at Anime News Network, Jason Thompson describes Osamu Tezuka's epic work, Buddha.  As one who rarely watches anime or reads manga created earlier than the 1990s, I know Tezuka only by reputation and not by experiencing any of his works.  As such, and I think this may… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Buddha and Religious Criticism

No Need for the Past: Goodbye, Tenchi!

Last week, I auctioned off my Tenchi Universe collection on eBay.  I had mixed feelings about letting the series go.  I hadn’t watched it for many years and it was just collecting dust.  And it’s really not that great of a series…it’s very mediocre, only made interesting because of its characters.  Its two best contributions,… Continue reading No Need for the Past: Goodbye, Tenchi!

Anime Recommendations for the Christian Viewer

One thing that's been tricky in this whole blogging experiece for me is to write for two very different audiences - Christian fans of anime, and non-Christian fans of anime.  Mostly, I write to the latter while still keeping an emphasis on Christian spirituality.  However, the Resources section of my site emphasizes both.  Today, I'm… Continue reading Anime Recommendations for the Christian Viewer

Of Kami and Buddhas: Tokyo’s Anime Temple!

CNNGo reported today about the Ryohoji Temple in Hachioji, which has become an anime temple.  That's right: anime temple, complete with a theme song, anime character, monks praying to the anime character, and...a maid cafe. What?! The 16th century temple began its transformation when the chief monk tried to get young people to come to… Continue reading Of Kami and Buddhas: Tokyo’s Anime Temple!

Of Kami and Buddhas: Domo, er….Shalom?

The Old Testament concerns itself, largely, with the story of the interaction between the 12 tribes of Israel and their God.  This is oversimplifying the matter, but when the Assyrian Empire conquered Israel, ten of the twelve tribes of Israel were lost to history.  Today, we refer to these tribes as the "Ten Lost Tribes." Recent… Continue reading Of Kami and Buddhas: Domo, er….Shalom?

Spiritual Dryness and Haruhi’s Melancholy

mel·an·chol·y   [mel-uhn-kol-ee] noun, plural -chol·ies, adjective –noun 1. a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression. 2. sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness. –adjective 4. affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy; mournful; depressed: a melancholy mood. 5. causing melancholy or sadness; saddening: a melancholy occasion. 6. soberly thoughtful; pensive. (Source: Dictionary.com) Suzumiya Haruhi is… Continue reading Spiritual Dryness and Haruhi’s Melancholy

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Fractale System as God

Fractale just started airing in Japan (lucky for us, Funimation is simulcasting the series, with episodes appearing just hours after premiering!).  The first episode was nothing at all like I expected, which isn't entirely a bad thing. One surpring element in the first episode had to do witht he idea that the Fractale system had become a… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Fractale System as God