Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone--putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up "just for the feels." Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Continue reading Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Something More: Concrete Revolutio’s Moral Relativism, Evangelion’s Atheistic Approach, and SAO’s Virtually Christian Worldview

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This past week, Sam, who recently started an aniblog after moving over from doing the same sort of blogging on Google+, wrote a series of articles about how the "family" in Gakkou Gurashi resembles the family of Christ. It reminded me of something that's oft been on my mind these days - how believers are… Continue reading Something More: Concrete Revolutio’s Moral Relativism, Evangelion’s Atheistic Approach, and SAO’s Virtually Christian Worldview

Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure

I'm always happy to link to aniblog posts that touch on spirituality, but sometimes this column is just chock full of amazing articles. I hope you'll dig into the links below - they're worth your read, starting with Matthew Newman's post on Hare Kon and marriage. For those unfamiliar (which included me until I read… Continue reading Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure

The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 9

For episode 9, we are excited to have Alexander (pseudonym: Lord Marlin), the administrator of Anime of Tomorrow and Affinity for Anime, as our guest. While a professing humanist or atheist, Alex has had an outstanding relationship with Beneath the Tangles and our staff. In order to capitalize on our unique guest for this month, we… Continue reading The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 9

Something More: Faustus Metal Alchemist, Hopeful Anime Heroes, and Anime as Bible Study

A great thing about being an anime fan is that four times a year, we can get excited about a slate of new series!  While we wait on most of these to begin, a number of bloggers reflect on the final episodes of summer 2014 anime and on series older than those. Draggle digs into… Continue reading Something More: Faustus Metal Alchemist, Hopeful Anime Heroes, and Anime as Bible Study

Untangled: Facing Opposition for Your Faith

In our Untangled feature, we answer questions posed to us from our readers.  Here’s an email that brideofdracula recently sent us: First of all I love your blog! I think it's awesome how you connect anime and religion. My question to you is kinda personal: recently, I moved to America from a muslim country. I… Continue reading Untangled: Facing Opposition for Your Faith

Something More: Anime Nuns, Childish Religion, and Bye, Bye, Brynhildr

Stinekey explores the depiction of nuns in geek culture. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends] Lazarinth breaks away from his usual aniblogging to comment on why he feels religion is childish. [Fantasy and Anime] Rob's latest Christian-centric reviews includes those for recent episodes of Brynhidlr in the Darkness [1] (which he has decided to drop) and… Continue reading Something More: Anime Nuns, Childish Religion, and Bye, Bye, Brynhildr

Something More: How Evangelion Converted Me to Atheism

Lazarinth explains how Evangelion helped turn him into an atheist. [Fantasy and Anime] Rob continues his Christian-centric anime reviews, with this week's including the latest episodes of Gundam Build Fighters, Golden Time, and Chuu2. [Christian Anime Review] Aroduc mentions the typical characterization of Christians in a post about episode 8 of Magical Warfare. [Tenka Seiha]… Continue reading Something More: How Evangelion Converted Me to Atheism

Something More: Chuunibyou Faith, Spiral: The Bond of Salvation, and Pope Francis Manga

Due to the lack of spiritually-inclined articles as of late, I've skipped the "Something More" column for the past couple of weeks.  It's time to catch up! D.M. Dutcher examines how the Blade Children of Spiral: The Bond of Reasoning resemble humanity grasping for salvation from Christ. [Cacao, put down the shovel!] Dutcher also delves… Continue reading Something More: Chuunibyou Faith, Spiral: The Bond of Salvation, and Pope Francis Manga

Something More: Christ’s Sacrifice > Madoka’s, Oukoku Christian Game, and AnoHana and the Supernatural

I didn't update "Something More" last week, so today's links include two week's worth.  Sorry for the delay! Japes looks at the supernatural in AnoHana and how we might approach the topic from a Christian point of view. [Japesland] Nick Calibey responds to a post that argues that Madoka's sacrifice in Puella Magi Madoka Magica… Continue reading Something More: Christ’s Sacrifice > Madoka’s, Oukoku Christian Game, and AnoHana and the Supernatural