This probably isn’t news to you if you’re any type of Japanophile, but a recent study by the University of Chicago reveals that out of 30 countries surveyed, Japan had the least number of “strong believers” in God (and it’s on the decrease). Only 4.3% of respondents believed strongly in a God, compared to 60.6%… Continue reading The Japanese Don’t Believe in God
Tomorrow is May 1. When I think of May, I think "graduation." Our church emphasizes graduation by a tradition of "sending off" graduating seniors through a wonderful night for the seniors, with each class of students preparing something for the evening (a nice dinner, skit/video, etc.). The seniors sit at the lead table and get… Continue reading Anime Teachers Are Better Than Real Ones (Sometimes)
Ray wonders what would have happened to him if anime had never come into the picture, and ponders about the connection between his Christian faith and that medium. [Anime Diet] Also on Anime Diet, Monsieur LaMoe laments the lack of nun characters this season, as he graphically explains why is moe for Christian girls, while… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: In the Garden of Yuri, the Significance of Jesus Cosplay, and Hindu Anime Cola
One of bloggers here, Zeroe4, recently completed a “media fast” in which he abstained from the Internet and other carriers of media for a week. It’s an interesting concept. After doing some research, I found others who’ve fasted from media and more specifically, anime. Fasting is especially topical in light of Easter, when many Catholics… Continue reading Not So Fast, My Friends: Fasting from Anime and Other Concerns
Hello everyone. I am writing this blog post at a Pause Cafe in Ikebukero, Tokyo. I am in Tokyo as part of a Discipleship Training School (DTS) run by Youth With A Mission (YWAM.) I left Anchorage, Alaska on the morning of the 29th of March. I flew to SEA/TAC (Seattle Tacoma International Airport). Then… Continue reading Light Invades Darkness – Japan: The Start of My Journey
Two week ago, among the booths and busyness of the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC), one vendor’s artwork stood in contrast to the rest. While the OEL manga he promoted featured beautiful artwork, like you’d expect to be displayed at a con, it was the piece’s purpose that was surprising. Tony Bradshaw’s manga, Iota Soul,… Continue reading Iota Soul: Manga for Orphans
Accel World is totally a fantasy for the losers, the otaku, the overweight, the bullied, and the less-than-attractive. It practically throws itself at that audience, screaming, "Live vicariously through this series!" Also, the OP is terribly corny with a great song choice...for 2002. So of course, I'm absolutely loving it. Episode three was better than… Continue reading Accel World 03: It Ain’t All Roses (or Drifting Away from the Faith)
Anime Kritik takes an unusual approach to the spit-filled first episode of Mysterious Girlfriend X, taking about, among other things, Biblical ideas regarding spit (and other bodily fluids) and the freedom of the New Covenant. [Kritik der Animationskraft] Mira does an amazing job of unraveling the religious symbolism, including Hindu, Buddhist, and Shinto elements, connected… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Jazzy Christians, the Religious Context in Tsuritama, and Holy Spit!
In Viz Media’s most recent Cross Game release, Ko and the rest of the squad begin their tournament, edging closer to the dream of making it to Koshien. As they battle squads that are more and more superior, the team keeps responding with wins. But strangely enough, even as they win, the team seems to… Continue reading Cross Game Vol. 7 and a Lack of Institutional Control
Man, I love tournaments. I fondly remember the Street Fighter 2 tournaments I played in as a kid against the other Korean kids at church (and subsequently lost in the first round - Dhaslim, why must you always let me down!) and in college, playing in Madden tournaments (and getting blown out). And every year,… Continue reading Hello, Aniblog Tourney! Goodbye, Pride!