This has been an exemplary week for religion/spiritual/Christian themed post in the blogosphere. While I usually post links to articles that sometimes only briefly mention connections to spirituality in anime, there are a number of well-written post this week fully dedicated to the topic.
Alexander, whose no stranger to blogging about his transition from Christian to atheist, takes an interesting approach to Haibane Renmei, departing from his usual episodic posts to explain how the the series rather espouses his Humanist beliefs. [Ashita no Anime]
Nick Calibey uses hermeneutics in writing a wonderful essay to Orthodox Christians explaining the value that can be found in watching anime. [A Rather Silly Blog]
Nick also begins a series on Madoka Magica, introducing the series and particularly defining faith and discussing it in terms of Madoka’s relationship with her mom. [A Rather Silly Blog]
Draggle outlines Inaba’s confession and redemption scene in episode 10 of Kokoro Connect, comparing it to Paul’s gospel message in the Book of Romans. [Draggle’s Anime Blog]
Ladybacula examines how clergy are portrayed in anime, using Justin Law of Soul Eater and Apocryphos of D.Gray-Man as examples. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends]
John Noel has a fascinating post comparing Sword Art Online to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave; he also mentions Christian symbolism in the show. [chaostangent]
Landon dives into the, er, “[messed up] theology” of Hells. [Mecha Guignol]
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.