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?) author of The Manga Jesus and The Manga Bible, talks about the press’ reactions to Jesus in manga form, manga’s theme of conflict resolution, and the potential of his recent project to realize The Manga Jesus as an anime.

Chad thinks Madoka Magica is overrated, and among other things, doesn’t buy into those that see Christian overtones in the series (like me, me and her), instead thinking that the Buddhist interpretations are more accurate (which, to be fair, is true after all).

Christina asks for prayers for her soldier friend and muses on our everyday complaints.

2DT discusses the modern myth of Belldandy.

If you’re like me and haven’t been paying attention to Blue Exorcist (and even if you are), I think the talk about Satan’s babies and the Pope ordering bombings in episode 23 will be good for a chuckle.

Finally, a reminder that Christmas is coming up (it’s only like…80-something days away!) in the form of that Japanese tradition of Christmas cakes, and in these cases, featuring Evangelion and K-On!

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

  1. Yi wrote a wonderful post examining Madoka and Buddhism as well:

    Catchercatch gets pretty creative with his analysis of the various symbolisms in Mawaru Penguindrum here:

    If you’ve watched it, I’m curious for your take on the (lack of) religion in Fullmetal Alchemist, which brings up the comparison between alchemy (science and rationality) and emotions (religious faith).

    1. Thanks, TRazor – I linked to Yi’s (and many others) in a post during the spring ( But I somehow missed Catchercatch’s analysis of Mawaru Penguindrum, though I had linked to his Madoka analysis!

      FMA definitely presents a lot of interesting questions to tackle in regards to faith and religion. Unfortunately, despite at one point reading the manga religiously, I never got into the original anime and I’ve stalled on Brotherhood. I also stopped reading the manga…about 7 years ago. -_-‘

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