Mawaru Penguindrum 12: Brief Analysis of the Christian Symbols

Episode 12 was rich in Christian symbolism.  As Shoma told his tale of the bunnies, the goddess, and Mary and the three lambs, it was immediately obvious that much of the story's inspiration was from the Garden of Eden (among other stories - Draggle mentions Prometheus).  Shoma's tale, of course, was also very different.  Still,… Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum 12: Brief Analysis of the Christian Symbols

Sermon of the Penguins, Why Madoka Isn’t All That, and a New Jesus Anime

Draggle presents an awesome analysis of episode 11 of Mawaru Penguindrum, including a discussion of fate (with some mentioning of Christianity). Speaking of Mawaru Penguindrum, Landon comments on the ritualistic nature of the series, which he compares to Sunday sermons, with somewhat unfavorable views on both (caution: lots of foul language). Patrick Woodward, the (uncredited?)… Continue reading Sermon of the Penguins, Why Madoka Isn’t All That, and a New Jesus Anime

A Lesson in Forgiveness in Koko Ni Iru Yo!

If you frequent my blog, you might have noticed that I mostly talk anime and generally ignore manga.  My tendencies are something like 95/5 when it comes to anime and manga.  But I'll say this - when I read manga that grips me, I become addicted - and series like Claymore, Genshiken, and Fullmetal Alchemist… Continue reading A Lesson in Forgiveness in Koko Ni Iru Yo!

Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 04 and Friends in Need

Of all the interesting characters in Angel Beats!, my favorite is one who is one of the most normal - Hinata.  Episode four of the series deals with a baseball game, as we get a glimpse into the former high school baseball player's past, one in which a simple error cost his team a chance… Continue reading Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 04 and Friends in Need

Manga-Style Pope Shirts, Christians Who Hate Otaku, and St. Peter and the Penguins

Pope Benedict XVI...in manga style...on a t-shirt or hoody...need I say more? Seinime waxes nostalgia, with some talk about faith and prayer, in his narrative-driven post about Usagi Drop. Taylor concludes her series on Christian symbolism and themes in My Little Pony. A youtube response to an troll? otaku-hatin' Christian. Zeroe4 reminisces about his grandfather's… Continue reading Manga-Style Pope Shirts, Christians Who Hate Otaku, and St. Peter and the Penguins

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: My Little (Christian) Pony

I've been waiting months to link to the this three part series about Christian symbolism in My Little Pony.  Taylor Ramage, who once did a guest post about Haruhi Suzumiya for this site, has written some thorough and interesting essays about the recent hit series.  Though not anime related, the series has certainly garnered attention… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: My Little (Christian) Pony

Beyond Mere Talent: The Weak Shaming the Strong in Kin’iro no Corda

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. – Paul the apostle, I Cor 1:27 (NASB) When I started watching La Corda D’Oro or Kin’iro no Corda (“The Golden String”) at the… Continue reading Beyond Mere Talent: The Weak Shaming the Strong in Kin’iro no Corda

Madoka Surgical Girl and Pre-Op Usagi Drop

Yesterday, I woke up at 5:45 in the morning.  I took a shower and went through my morning ritual.  I then got into my car and proceeded to drive to a surgical hospital on the west side of town.  I was scheduled to have a minor surgery at 7:00am to remove a cyst on my… Continue reading Madoka Surgical Girl and Pre-Op Usagi Drop

Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 03 and Choosing Your Way

For me, the height of Angel Beats! was episode 3.  Although I enjoyed most of the rest of the show, this particularly episode moved me and ended with a mystery that, unlike in many other anime of the same vein, actually made me think and wonder. The episode is simple in nature and in fact,… Continue reading Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 03 and Choosing Your Way