Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Accel World Enlightenment, Revisiting Madoka, and Jesus Figures in Kokoro Connect and Other Anime

David examines morality in Eureka Seven Ao, and mentions the use of Catholic liturgies as naming devices.  I’m a few episodes behind in the series and am actively avoiding spoilers, so I didn’t read the article, but I’m sure it’s fine reading as is typical of this wonderful site. [The Untold Story of Altair and Vega]

Guardian Enzo finds Buddhist allusions in episode 16 of Accel World and argues that the entire system could be viewed as a quest for enlightenment. [Lost in America]

In his commentary on episode 4 of Kokoro Connect, Draggle suggests that Taichi is a Christ figure, humbling and degrading himself to help Inaba be lifted up.  He also differentiates this comparison to the same involving Shou of Guilty Crown. [Draggle’s Anime Blog]

Lori Henderson really enjoyed volumes 1-10 of the Clamp manga, RG Veda, which focuses on Vedic mythology. [Manga Xanadu]

Simon Wolfe breaks down male anime protagonists into three categories, including the “Jesus” lead. [Capsule Computers]

There’s a new site in the anime blogosphere involving Christianity.  Though not directly related to anime, the author seems intent on including some discussion of anime.  Here’s a summary of what the site is all about [Sacred † Vox]:

Welcome to the WordPress blog Sacred † Vox. I created this blog for posting inspiring Catholic and Christian images, poetry and other things. I want to use this blog to reach people and tell them that Jesus loves them.

Finally, I should note a renewed enthusiasm for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, one of the series I recommend that Christians watch.  Justin suggests that it has set a new standard and should be watched additionally for the messages it conveys. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]

Otakuandrain finds the application of the entropy plot point lacking, but otherwise gives the series very high marks. [Cajun Samurai]


As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere 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. 


4 thoughts on “Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Accel World Enlightenment, Revisiting Madoka, and Jesus Figures in Kokoro Connect and Other Anime

  1. Thanks for the trackback. I agree with Justin though. I was watching it as it aired and I still remember the crazy stuff it did. Like I noted in my review. It was a special anime for Japan as well as it was airing and subsequently interrupted by those earthquakes. The Production team decided to redo those two last episode in the meantime to give it even more polish and meet the expectations of all the fans who were waiting for Japan to return to normal again. It’s quite a story. The production team put their heart and souls into this series and it shows.

    1. Madoka’s an amazing, amazing series. It’s not flawless, but it’s pretty close – I think it deserves all the adulation you, Justin, and so many others have given.

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