Summer Wars and the Art of Loving Others

Thousands of people need help.  If you won't help now, when will you? - Sakae Jinnouchi Summer Wars is a multi-layered film with a number of themes, including perseverance, redemption, the dangers of identity theft, family bonds, and doing what is right.  But perhaps the theme that stood out most to me was the important… Continue reading Summer Wars and the Art of Loving Others

Anime and Religion Survey: Conclusions

So, after all that, what does it all mean?  I've given some analysis of the results in each of this week's posts, and many of you have contributed thoughtful comments and additional breakdown.  As a whole, though, here are some of thoughts about what the survey revealed: The Aniblogging Generation The aniblogger sample for this survey… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Conclusions

Anime and Religion Survey: Anibloggers and Christianity

While I'm open to exploring all sorts of religious connections to anime and manga on my blog, my focus is on Christian spirituality.  I'm a Christian, and so I was very interested in how anibloggers felt about the faith.  As I mentioned earlier this week, 1/4 of survey respondents identified themselves as Christian, much lower than the… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Anibloggers and Christianity

Anime and Religion Survey: Spirituality in Anime

Anime is almost never a proselytizing tool.  So, it's no surprise that religion usually doesn't take the forefront in anime series.  Even when religion plays a major role, it's typically bended and used for aesthetic or plot reasons (ex. Evangelion) by the series animators.  Still, it's ever-present in anime, as religion is deeply imbedded in the country's culture. … Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Spirituality in Anime

Anime and Religion Survey: Religion of Anibloggers

What do you believe?  Is there a God?  What is your faith?  Do you have a faith? I wanted to know how the aniblogging community would respond to these questions.  About half of all respondents were either atheist or agnostic, with responses split exactly evenly between the two.  In other words, 49% of respondents don't believe… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Religion of Anibloggers

Anime and Religion Survey: Introduction

In mid-December, I conducted an Internet survey regarding anime and religion.  The results are in, analysis done, and conclusions drawn!  Over the next week, I'll reveal the results and discuss some of the most interesting items from the surveys.  I hope you'll join in the discussion and offer your own opinions, analysis, and critiques. The… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Introduction

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Buddhism in Anime

With such a large percentage of the Japanese population identifying themselves as Buddhist, it's not surprise to find Buddhist terminology, themes, and religious practices in anime and manga.  These ideas sometimes go over our heads, even for those of us who have basic knowledge of the religion.  But if we learn a little bit about… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Buddhism in Anime

Swing With All Your Might! Courage, Loss, and Renewal in Ookiku Furikabutte

At the end of the first season of Oofuri, we left Coach Momoe and the ten boys on her Nishiura High baseball team savoring a hard-won victory against a stronger team in their first summer tournament. But rather than sharing responsibilities jointly with his battery-mate, Abe the catcher is more or less using Mihashi the… Continue reading Swing With All Your Might! Courage, Loss, and Renewal in Ookiku Furikabutte

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Folklore and Mythology

Over at Mania.com, Niko Silvester presents a concise and well-written  essay on the use of mythology, often associated with religion, and folklore in anime.  The brunt of it focuses on context, including the definitions of these terms, which I find very interesting.  I want to add that the connotation of folklore is often old and ancient… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Folklore and Mythology