TangleCast 57: Why Anime Matters

TangleCast 57: Why Anime Matters

 
 
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If you’re tuning into this episode, you probably like anime. A lot. So if we were to tell you that anime matters, you’d probably agree. But on today’s episode of the TangleCast, Matthew of Team Anchester explains that anime doesn’t just matter to otaku—it matters, period. We invite you to listen along and discover why anime is significant from a Christian perspective and that how we approach it is crucial.

0:00 Introduction
2:18 Last week’s Cast Question
11:19 Why Anime Matters—Intro
16:35 Discussion—Critical theory and God’s sovereignty
23:44 Discussion—Acknowledging that God owns anime
30:00 New Cast Question
31:47 Closing

And we want your feedback as well! Each week we’ll ask a question on the podcast and feature your answers the next time that team rolls around. Here’s this week’s CQ (Cast Question): What is something that you might like to see us discuss on the TangleCast?

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Matthew G

Matthew G is interested in things. Many of them anime-related. He’s also trying todevelop a taste for manga as time allows. Since his start as a long-winded, scatter-brained hobby blogger two years ago, Matthew has become the swashbuckler-in-chief for Team Anchester of the TangleCast, where he can be found taking shonen far too seriously, staring squinty-eyed at modern culture, and harping on the supremacy of God. So, like, your grandpa + anime.

9 thoughts on “TangleCast 57: Why Anime Matters

  1. The use and treatment of real-life historical figures in anime (e.g., gender-swapping).

    1. That’s a good one and an issue Alex and I were kicking around for a while regarding the “are we glorying in our shame” episode. I have some example series in mind already. Are there any that you might recommend as examples?

  2. I also gotta add: I really like your boldness. Your stuff always makes me take a seat and think of the things you say. Keep up with the amazing stuff!

  3. Anything involving the Sengoku Period comes to mind, since that seems like an especially popular period of Japanese history for use in anime. There’s also a fascinating contrast between Jeanne d’Arc’s portrayal as seen in Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight versus Fate/Apocrypha.

  4. Hey I’m new here, and I’m extremely thankful for this community. I just recently started studying presup. apologetics so I can’t stress enough how much I appreciated this podcast. As for the question, I’d like to know how to approach from a biblical perspective the whole fangirling and fanboying issue since it is inevitably a common theme among animé viewers.

    1. I was actually just looking at that as a possible topic. It can be pretty hard to draw a “this far and no further” line for a topic like that, but I see the need for it too. Thanks for listening. I’m glad you found this episode helpful.

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