Momoka as Jesus, Waiting on YWAM, and Buying Religious Manga

In his review of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, a three volume work in which cults and Jehovah's Witnesses play a role, Boyd Tonkin describes the protagonist as "clearly belong[ing] on the manga and anime planets of Japanese pop culture." Among other analysis, Draggle delves into Momoka's function in as the title character of Mawaru Penguindrum episode… Continue reading Momoka as Jesus, Waiting on YWAM, and Buying Religious Manga

Manga Review of Judith: Captive to Conqueror, Volume 2

Judith: Captive to Conqueror Volume 2 Story by Gabrielle Gniewek Art by Sean Lam Published by Manga Hero Why do we do what we do?  What is our motivation? And what matters more - what we do or what we think?  Or are both equally important? I'm sorry life was not kinder to you.  But… Continue reading Manga Review of Judith: Captive to Conqueror, Volume 2

Finding the Invisible God in Claymore: Phantom Miria

Character: Phantom Miria Series: Claymore Gender: female Occupation: claymore Bible Twin: Jesus Christ Overview When it comes to manga, one series continually leaves powerful impressions on me, volume after volume.  Claymore, Norihiro Yagi's violent fantasy series about demon-hunting women who are part demon themselves, is an epic series in terms of its scope, multiple story… Continue reading Finding the Invisible God in Claymore: Phantom Miria

Yuri the Princess of Lies, an Impossible Anime Dream, and the Christianizing of Princess Mononoke

Draggle continues to draw connections to Gnosticism in Mawaru Penguindrum, but this time also quotes Milton and discusses the "Princess of Lies" connection with the "Prince of Lies."  Vucubcaquix investigates the parallel between Yuri and Satan even further, calling it the "most provocative idea in this episode." Zeroe4 reflects on the impossibility of his dream… Continue reading Yuri the Princess of Lies, an Impossible Anime Dream, and the Christianizing of Princess Mononoke

Fan Art: Chris and Joy of Superbook

For many (particularly "older" anime fans), our first taste of anime was through an unlikely source - church or Christian television.  Superbook, an anime produced in corporation with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), was one of two anime series (along with Flying House) that many adults are familiar with, even if they know nothing else of… Continue reading Fan Art: Chris and Joy of Superbook

Nullifying the Things That Are: The Elimination of Boasting in Kin’iro no Corda

And the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. – Paul the apostle, I Cor 1:28-29 (NASB) When we left off our previous discussion of Kin'iro no Corda, we… Continue reading Nullifying the Things That Are: The Elimination of Boasting in Kin’iro no Corda

Chihayafuru Episode 03 and Divine Appointments

Isn't there a rule that says tearjerkers are reserved only for the last episodes of an anime series?  Because Chihayafuru isn't following that rule.  Episode 3 hit four or five waterworks moments - a really beautiful episode. In one of these moments, near the episode's end, Arata says something to the effect that the three… Continue reading Chihayafuru Episode 03 and Divine Appointments

The Peacemaker: Yukine Miyazawa

One of my favourite minor characters from the anime of Clannad was Yukine Miyazawa. All through the first anime, I was wondering if she had a back-story, or would get any more depth put into her character. Although Yukine never seemed to me to be the most special or interesting character in Clannad, she was definitely… Continue reading The Peacemaker: Yukine Miyazawa