Nuns, nuns, nuns – is it just me, or are they more present than ever in anime and manga? Often depicted in American media as being strict schoolmistresses who are unafraid to use physical punishment (I’m reminded of Blues Brothers), recent anime has also shown nuns as having superhuman strength and sometimes mystical powers.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to watch an anime or read a manga that focuses on these “super nuns”? Well…why don’t you take a watch at the OP for one such series below:
At this point I guess you’re thinking, “What the heck did I just see?”
If you’re not familiar with it, that was the intended opening for an anime (which was never created) based on Warrior Nun Areala, a series created by Ben Dunn of Antartic Press. It revolves around Sister Shannon Masters, who takes up the mantle to become this generation’s Areala. The original Areala (Aurea) lived around 1066, the first of an order of warrior nuns (and magic priests) developed. They serve the Catholic Church in protecting the earth against evil.
Besides Areala, other characters include:
- Father Terrance Gomez, the pastor of church where Masters is stationed. He is not a magic priests, but provides support for Masters in her work, in addition to his normal priestly duties.
- Father David Crowe, a handsome, young, sunglasses-wearing magic priest. He and Masters were once in love.
- Shotgun Mary, a former warrior nun who left the order and now fights evil unconventionally, with a rebellious attitude, guns, and while riding a motorcycle.
- Lillith the Demon Princess, a sometimes-enemy/sometimes-ally of Masters who is part of a demon faction that opposes Satan.
- Unsurprisingly, the series has received its share of criticism. From outside the church, some have said the series exploits religion. From within the church, many have decried the violence and sexuality (particularly of Masters) in the series. Nonetheless, the series was very sucessful and spawned a number of different series.
This Wednesday, I’ll be reviewing volume one of Warrior Nun Areala and on Friday, I’ll review volume one of the Japanese manga based on the series. Please visit the Wikipedia article on this series, which is extensive and from which I gathered much of this post’s information.