Am I My Sempai’s Keeper? Hato and Madarame in Genshiken Nidaime

The other day, I got an itching to pop in my DVD set of Genshiken to feel the camaraderie of one of the great casts of anime characters.  As I watched, I was reminded of Genshiken Nidaime, which I was "meh" about and hadn't kept track of.  Still, infected by the Genshiken bug, I went… Continue reading Am I My Sempai’s Keeper? Hato and Madarame in Genshiken Nidaime

Persona 4’s “Key Plus Words”: Searching for Truth

Alexander of Ashita no Anime often provides me with thoughtful perspectives on things we're both passionate about - particularly anime and religion.  Our discussions are interesting because we generally have diverging opinions.  For instance, Alexander is establishing a reputation as the alternative voice in episode reviews (he was disappointed in Sakamichi no Apollon before it… Continue reading Persona 4’s “Key Plus Words”: Searching for Truth

Not This Fan’s Service: An Alternate Viewpoint on Code Geass S1 22-23

I avoided watching Code Geass for a long time, partly because I am picky about character design in anime (I happen to like my characters to be somewhat under eight feet tall), and partly because I had watched two episodes without beginning to care about any of the characters. In the end, two things made… Continue reading Not This Fan’s Service: An Alternate Viewpoint on Code Geass S1 22-23

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Tsuritama’s Hindu Conch, Tokyo Cathedral Cafe, and Destined to be a Shuu

Mira unpacks the Hindu and Buddhist implications of the conch shell in Tsuritama. [Hachimitsu] Lacybacula tells us all about a cafe in Tokyo with a unique spin - it's designed to resemble a Catholic Church [Lady Geek Girl and Friends] Zeroe4 calls us the "Shuu's of the world" as he muses on God-given destinies, including… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Tsuritama’s Hindu Conch, Tokyo Cathedral Cafe, and Destined to be a Shuu

Aniblogger Testimonies: Familiarity of Faith – Where I Connect With Anime

When I first started this blog, a way I connected with bloggers was to ask a number to guest writer for the site.  What came out of that idea were the Aniblogger Testimonies, unique posts where bloggers wrote about the intersection of anime and their beliefs While the active phase of this project is over,… Continue reading Aniblogger Testimonies: Familiarity of Faith – Where I Connect With Anime

Untangled: Have you guys heard/watch/considered “Code Geass”?

From time to time, a reader will send us a question about our thoughts on certain series or various ideas related to religion.  For instance, Albert asked about iDOLM@STER, leading to one of our most popular posts. In an effort to encourage further questions, I recently added an "Ask the Staff" button to our toolbar.… Continue reading Untangled: Have you guys heard/watch/considered “Code Geass”?

A Heart Matter: Fate/Zero’s Grail and Prometheus’ Black Ooze

For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. -   Genesis 3:5 Warning: Spoilers ahead for Prometheus and Fate/Zero (through episode 24) Even if you’re like me and knew little of the context heading into Fate/Zero, it was portended right… Continue reading A Heart Matter: Fate/Zero’s Grail and Prometheus’ Black Ooze

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Episode 05: Models and Symbols of Love

Deeply moving and sensitively crafted, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a wonderful series.  Showing both the good and bad that dwells in our hearts, the series provide an effective framework for discussing love, hate, sin, and the nature of humanity.  Of all the episodes, maybe the fifth presents these ideas and others most strongly, as Mari… Continue reading Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Episode 05: Models and Symbols of Love

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Mathematical God of GitS, Religion in Gundam, and the Good Shepherd in Fate/Zero

Aelysium examines Ghost in the Shell and takes apart a Tachikoma's theory of mathematics and God. [Anime Elysium] Rocklobster approves of how religion is portrayed in Gundam oo. [Lobster Quadrille] Tommy thanks God (more than once) for a great Colossalcon, as he shifts the direction of his blog more toward convention talk. [Anime Bowl] I… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Mathematical God of GitS, Religion in Gundam, and the Good Shepherd in Fate/Zero