Many of us have a list of anime we’d like to watch one day. Within my own list is a smaller one consisting of anime that I particularly want to watch because of Christian themes, symbols, or characters contained within. I’ve avoided that list for a while, but now I’m digging in. I decided to start with Chrono Crusade, specifically because Kristin Bomba has recommended the series in the past.
I may post about the series from time to time as I view it, but at the very least, I’ll end with a review (I’m also planning to include this series in my Christmas posts this year). In the meantime, here are some my impressions after watching the first episode:
- The creators really seem to have a good understanding of Christianity. For instance, there’s a discussion about faith in which a character gives a pretty Biblical definition of the idea.
- I was impressed by the lack of fanservice in the episode. Unlike the Warrior Nun series, the lead in this one, Sister Rosette, is drawn in conservative (but cool) fashion. Kudos!
- The creators did, however, alter the series to make it palatable (more understandable?) to Japanese audiences. For instance, the episode contained mentions of “spiritual energy” and Rosette has both a love interest and a perverted, old man admirer.
- I’m genuinely interested in finding out what Chrono is and the conflict this will lead to.
- I’m getting a Trigun vibe to this series – a lot of action (often goofy) and some seriousness, along with leads that can easily tow that line. To me, that’s a good thing.
- The dub is excellent. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Hilary Haag’s voice acting.
The series is off to a good start and here’s hoping that it continues in that manner for another 23 episodes!