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?
Just two episodes in and the slice-of-life time travel series, Remake Our Life!, is already falling flat. There are a number of reasons for the disappointing start, but the greatest is perhaps that the vehicle for the protagonist’s life change is too extravagant. While I feel bad for Kyouka making the “wrong” choice in career… Read More Remake Our Life! (No Time Travel Needed)
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
For as long as I can remember, my family has vacationed in a small village by the Cantabrian Sea for the summer. We would rent a little house and stay there for a month. A the family would grew bigger each year, more inventiveness was needed, but only in times of great need did we… Read More Nagi no Asukara: The Liturgy of a Love Story
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” 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
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?
“When half way through the journey of our life I found that I was in a gloomy wood, because the path which led aright was lost”. It may have begun innocently, out of curiosity or under stress, or resonating with something in our pasts. It may have been something noble at first—art, work, a pastime,… Read More Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (III): Rose of Versailles
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the theater to see Mugen Train. I had only watched around 12 or 13 episodes of the first season of Demon Slayer, so I hadn’t even got to the episodes which introduce the hashira, and thus didn’t even know who Kyojuro Rengoku was. I would… Read More Pushing Back Against Darkness On The Mugen Train
Martha may seem like a regular clumsy schoolgirl, focused on her studies rather than on raising a ruckus, but when she discovers the true injustice happening in the church, she becomes Luther-chan! And together with other girls whose powers and wisdom awaken, they come together to become the Reformers. Reformers, assemble! Okay, that’s not quite… Read More Reformation-chan is so Kawaii