Hope for the Abused & Traumatized: is Kageki Shojo!! the new Wonder Egg Priority?

This week, Kageki Shojo!! surprised me more than the two exclamation marks in its title convey: it went far deeper than I ever expected of a series about an all-girls theatre training school. In fact, it may just have set itself up as a spiritual heir to Wonder Egg Priority, only engaging with its troubling… Read More Hope for the Abused & Traumatized: is Kageki Shojo!! the new Wonder Egg Priority?

Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (and IV): Just Because!, Utena, and Princess Tutu

Just Because! starts with a certain Haruto trying again and again to achieve a home run in an empty school field. If he does, he will confess his feelings to Morikawa, who played the trumpet with such passion at his baseball matches. Does he really know her? Well, no. His friend Eita, back in town… Read More Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (and IV): Just Because!, Utena, and Princess Tutu

The Gospel of Rem

I was promised an epic character arc. What I got was so much more: humor, charm, and a visceral depiction of spiritual warfare—of the battlefield of the mind, the cunning strategies of the enemy, and the agape love that interrupts the downward spiral of shame and self-condemnation. Yep, I’m talking about Season 1 of Re:Zero,… Read More The Gospel of Rem

‘Yuri Will Save the World’? Why You Should Watch Yuri and Why I Don’t Anymore

“Yuri will save the world” is a popular saying in the comment sections of yuri and shoujo-ai manga online. It’s pretty cringey from a Christian perspective, but in an odd way, for me, it was also somewhat true—though probably not in the way that the comment-writers mean.  Let me give you some context. You know… Read More ‘Yuri Will Save the World’? Why You Should Watch Yuri and Why I Don’t Anymore

Can Christians Read Yuri Manga and Watch Yuri Anime?

In conservative Christian culture, there’s this ebb and flow in the reaction to homosexuality, between this uneasy understanding that the church is often not welcoming to the LGBTQ community but also a sincere desire, I believe (among most), to change that, and a doubling down in loudly stomping out anything that would make same-sex relationships… Read More Can Christians Read Yuri Manga and Watch Yuri Anime?