When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
Tangles is no stranger to tough topics, and the sexualization of anime by fans is one we’ve delved into at length. As a cosplayer and massive fangirl myself, I’m often directly in the middle of the otaku community and consistently surprised by how far characters and narratives are stretched in order to sexualize them. Especially… Read More Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka
While Charlotte hasn’t broken any new ground or done anything to make us feel it might become a classic like associated previous series and visual novels, it has been entertaining. Recent episodes have especially been good, including the last couple which have been surprisingly intense. In episode ten, we get to see Shun’s sacrifice through… Read More Something More: Shuu’s Sacrifice, Muslim Manga, and ISIS-chan’s Mission
Episode 7 of Nameko Families provides a striking parallel to Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep. [Old Line Elephant] The beauty of ABe’s concept artwork for Haibane Renmei is undeniable, and begs the question of whether he was inspired by Christian paintings. [Fantastic Memes] Medieval Otaku sees a parallel between how the Christian God is… Read More Something More: God’s View of a Giftia Wife, Parable of the Lost Nameko, and Allah or YHWH in Arslan Senki?
Could this be called a world report version of Something More? This week, we have stories from Japan, of course, but also from Indonesia and, why not, we can say that a KonColle article is international, too! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! In Indonesia, Muslim otaku reconcile their faith and anime, perhaps surprisingly even accepting… Read More Something More: Islam and Anime, KanColle Christians, and Dying Shinto Trees
It’s the week after Thanksgiving, and all through the blogs, not a blogger was stirring – maybe they’re buzzed on eggnog? Well, two are stirring, at least in terms of writing anime articles related to religion and spirituality – and the articles are both definitely worth a read! Scar’s mission against his god’s blasphemy in… Read More Something More: Pagan Joan of Arc, Scar’s Religious War, and an AniMuslim Invasion
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… Read More Untangled: Facing Opposition for Your Faith