Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

I took last week off for Christmas, which means there is a plethora of links to share on Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere today.  I’ll return to the regular Friday schedule starting next Friday.

I was surprised that although this week’s Fate/Zero included a lengthy discussion of God’s sense of justice and His nature, few bloggers discussed the scene.  Draggle examines the idea of blasphemy as praise, while Chikorita157 and Hisui, among other bloggers, summarize Caster and Ryuunosuke’s discussion about God.

Another finale that aired this week was for Mawaru Penguindrum.  Draggle concludes the show with a thorough analysis of Gnostic elements.  Chaostangent discusses certain ideas in the series, particularly the religious element of sin.  Nopy demystifies some of the show’s symbolism, which included some religious elements, like the apples.

Zeroe4 provides his otakucized version of I Corinthians 19-23:

To the Otaku, I became as an otaku (even though I serve Christ first) in order to win otaku.

On his other blog, Zeroe4 brings up Genesis when talking Chobits.

Charles Dunbar profiles the Yuki-onna yokai.

In the way of reviews, Sweetpea dislikes the religious-themed manga, Testarotho and Kuuki found Happy Science’s Rebirth of Buddha confusing.

Bobbierob’s Secret Santa show was Haibane Renmei, and befitting of the series, he writes a bit about the themes of sin and salvation in the angelic series.


As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogsophere series of posts, each week, Beneath the Tangles links to writings about anime and manga that involve religion and spirituality.  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included.

One thought on “Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

  1. I’m not sure Testarotho was religious-themed so much as it uses religion as a plot device. I liked it when it stuck to a theme… which it couldn’t do for longer than a volume. Ah, dear, oh dear!

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