Puella Magi Madoka Magica 07: From Adam to Jesus

As I try to find the time to marathon Puella Magi Madoka Magica in an attempt to avoid any more spoilers, I had to stop to write about episode seven, in which allusions to and mentions of Christianity are far stronger than in any other episode to this point of the series.   Though a few… Continue reading Puella Magi Madoka Magica 07: From Adam to Jesus

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Madoka Madness

Oh, Madoka Magica - the explosion of posts on your final episodes is nothing short of prolific.  And with the religious overtones of the conclusion, I was particularly intrigued.  Never has a search for "Jesus" in my blog reader brought up so many posts which didn't use the name in an exclamatory and not-so-hallow way.… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Madoka Madness

Aniblogger Testimony: I believe in ghosts, Buddhism, and science

This is the sixth in a series of Aniblogger Testimony posts, where select writers will discuss their personal faith.  Today's post is by Canne of Canne's anime review blog.  The previous posts in this series were written by Lauren Orisini, R86, Nikko, Arianna, and Ed Sizemore. First of all, I would like to express my… Continue reading Aniblogger Testimony: I believe in ghosts, Buddhism, and science

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Samson, InuYasha, and Wearin’ Hair

Niko Sylvester wrote an interesting article for Mania.com this week about "hair shirts and legendary" pelts in anime and manga.  He focuses on two pieces in particular - GeGeGe no Kitar and InuYasha.  The post isn't particularly focuses on religion, but Niko does mention myths and folklore, and begins his piece with the story of… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Samson, InuYasha, and Wearin’ Hair

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Episode 02: Be Who You Want to Be

Adolescence is a confusing time for many.  A lot of us tried to "find ourselves" during these years, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, and often without even realizing what we were doing.  Often, becoming a unique self draws sneers, criticism, and bullying, particularly in the unkind halls of middle schools and high schools.  The easier thing… Continue reading Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Episode 02: Be Who You Want to Be

Spirituality in Miyazaki’s Films: An Interview with Jolyon Thomas

My writing on anime and Christianity is largely reflective and personal.  However, there are a number of individuals in academia who have written extensively on anime and religion.  One such scholar is Jolyon Baraka Thomas, who graciously agreed to an interview with me.  I discovered his writings through an excellent article he wrote about Hayao… Continue reading Spirituality in Miyazaki’s Films: An Interview with Jolyon Thomas

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Easter Sunday at Anime Boston

This past weekend, Anime Boston fell on Easter, as it has a number of times in the past.  So, what's a Christian otaku to do?  Attend mass nearby, of course. Otaku Journalist's Lauren Rae Orsini wrote a wonderful post for the Anime Boston blog about the con and Easter Sunday.  Her interview with two con-goers… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Easter Sunday at Anime Boston

The Invisible God in…Trigun

Characters: Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D. Wolfwood Series: Trigun Gender: male Occupation: wanted gunslinger and faux priest/assassin Bible Twins: Jesus Christ and the Apostle Peter Overview On Tuesday, I linked a post to an article entitled "The Gospel According to Wolfwood."  The author of that original piece makes several comparisons between Wolfwood and Bible… Continue reading The Invisible God in…Trigun

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Violence, Grace and Redemption in Trigun

In 2003, a wonderful essay about Nicholas Wolfwood was posted in the ToonZone forums.  Academic in nature, the essay discusses the Christian themes of sinful nature and grace as they are present in Trigun, particularly shown through Wolfwood.  The essay is excellent and gives a lot of insight about the series.  It also touches on… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Violence, Grace and Redemption in Trigun