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, I fill out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament and…do really badly.
Hmm…is there a pattern developing here?
Despite my poor track record, my thoughts when it came to the Aniblog Tourney were quite…optimistic:
- Maybe we’ll get a high seed!
- We should make it through the first round easily (note: this was before the brackets were released)
- Maybe we can be this tourney’s Listless Ink and go deep into the tourney
- We’ll be getting a bunch of new subscribers!
And this is from someone who just wrote about being humble. -_-‘
This all reminds me of anime villains. Though sometimes ridiculously over the top, they often don’t realize they’re being prideful; they’re just doing their thing. For me, I got a bit caught up in the excitement and hubris took over.
I get knocked back down to earth when I think of how small I am (in all ways) in relation to God. For this tourney, it helped me to look through the brackets and see how many fabulous blogs there were, including my opponent, The Notaku Blog, which has a bustling community of dedicated readers (and why not – Notaku is a terrific writer!).
By the way, the little discussion above – this is what our blog is all about. We talk anime and make connections between series and Christianity. But we’re not necessarily all about saying “Rukia is like John the Baptist because…” (although we sometimes do that). Our writers discuss themes that are not necessarily unique to Christianity, but which are significant in the faith – ideas like grace, love, redemption, sin, patience, life, death, and pain. These are things we can all relate to.
And so, if you’re visiting for the first time, I invite you to have a look around. Check out the blog – it’s about Christianity, but not all of our readers are Christians; in fact, I don’t generally write for Christians. I just write for you, the anime fan.
Here are some favorite posts you might want to visit:
- 50% of Anime Marriages End in Divorce
- Diary of an Anime Lived: The Selfish/Selfless Daddy
- The Art of Being an Anime Girl (or Boy) in a Hospital Bed
- Orphans That Never Knew Their Names: Haibane Renmei and the Power of Names
- Do You Love Me Enough to Let Me Go?
- Pitch To Contact! Teammates and Character Transformation in Ookiku Furikabutte
- Puella Shoujo Madoka Magica 12: The Hope We Find
- Anime and Religion Survey: Religion of Anibloggers
- The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: Stepping out into the cold to see the snow.
If you like the blog, consider voting for us – and more importantly, come back and visit! And by all means, visit The Notaku Blog and check out the fabulous things Notaku is doing.