Many Are Called Story by Gabrielle Gniewek Art by Sean Lam Published by Manga Hero A common criticism of the Bible is that it is dull and unable to capture the attention of modern audiences. But what if a writer and artist created a compelling parable of a Bible story, imitating the manner in which… Continue reading OEL Manga Review: Many Are Called
I'd been waiting weeks and even months for this. As I drove to my friends house, I was a bit nervous and excited. Truth be told, aside from my wife, this would be only the third time I'd ever watched anime with a friend. A couple of months ago, I was talking to this friend… Continue reading Worshipping Haruhi…and Other Things Your Heart Desires
Mawaru Penguindrum continues to deliver week after week, defying conventions on the way. Among other things, episode 20 was a beautiful episode about romantic fate. The flashback to Himari and Shouma as children is both touching and difficult to watch. There's little as heartwarming as watching two kids love on a stray kitten (and little… Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 20: Himari and Shouma, the First Man and Woman
Draggle discusses Himari's comments in episode 19 of Mawaru Penguindrum about not amounting to anything in terms of free will. Omo uses The Passion of the Christ to illustrate a point about how viewers watch anime. Katie reviews chapters two and three of amateur Christian OEL, Send Me an Angel. Animekritic briefly mentions an allusion… Continue reading Himari’s Will, Passion of the Anime, and Guadalupe of Narutaru
Happy thanksgiving, anime fans! Before you dig into that turkey and watch television (football for me...Guilty Crown for you?), I hope you'll think about all the things you are grateful for. So hey, to get the turkey rolling, we'll start our lists of thanks: R86: I'm thankful for friends, family, and colleagues who support me.… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving, Anime Fandom!
Even in the age of passionate gods and miracles, unheard of was such burning autumn red as drenches the Tatsuta river. – Chihaya’s card As we cruise by the halfway mark of the anime season, I reflect back at the anime I’m following and why. Guilty Crown just out of pure interest in story, Un-Go… Continue reading Chihayafuru (midway pause) – We will meet each other as we pursue our dreams.
Draggle sees Momoka of Mawaru Penguindrum as a Christ figure with disciples, including Tabuki as Judas. Roghek responded to that post with one of her own, discussing the episode in terms of the Biblical ideas of sin affecting future generations. Draggle then wrote another post focusing on our attitudes toward victims and again quoting scripture.… Continue reading Penguins at Jesus’ Arrest, Tabuki as Judas, and a Proliferation of Christian OEL Manga
Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." When I read my first slice-of-life manga, I was shocked. I had always thought that one of the most important things about manga was having a good, complex plot. It is important, but not always necessary. ARIA is… Continue reading ARIA: Finding Joy
I don't think sad and painful things are pointless. If that's fate, then they must happen for a reason. I will accept it and become stronger. As Mawaru Penguindrum marches toward its fateful conclusion, one of the most interesting developments has been the change in how the audience views the show's characters. Episodes 17 and… Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 18 and a Painful Response
When I was still in love with God / I never expected such a farewell to come. The lyrics above come from the song, "Diamond Crevasse," in Macross Frontier. Animekritic does his usual wonderful job of analysis, discussing the possible theological meanings of the song in his breakdown of episode 6 of the series. Kiddtic… Continue reading Loving God in Macross Frontier, a Loving God in Angel Beats, and God in a Visual Novel