The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More

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

Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka

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

Something More: Shuu’s Sacrifice, Muslim Manga, and ISIS-chan’s Mission

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

Something More: God’s View of a Giftia Wife, Parable of the Lost Nameko, and Allah or YHWH in Arslan Senki?

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?

Something More: Islam and Anime, KanColle Christians, and Dying Shinto Trees

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

Something More: Pagan Joan of Arc, Scar’s Religious War, and an AniMuslim Invasion

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

Guest Post: The Helix Fossil, Bird Jesus & the False Prophet: The Newfound Triviality of Christianity

Today’s article is from Tommy, a great friend of the blog and a long time aniblogger.  He runs Anime Bowl, where he blogs about the latest episodes airing on Toonami, anime conventions, and Green Bay Packers football. Only a few hours after America lapsed into the month of March, the worldwide phenomenon known as “Twitch… Read More Guest Post: The Helix Fossil, Bird Jesus & the False Prophet: The Newfound Triviality of Christianity

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Aniblogger Faith, the Number Three in Rinne no Lagrange, and Unmasking Lelouche

Jordan wrote an interesting article about the role one’s faith plays in watching anime, quoting Naru, Canne, and myself from interviews he conducted for the post. [The Otaku HQ] Ephemeral Dreamer makes some wonderful connections between Rinne no Lagrange and various religious motifs, including those in Buddhism and Hinduism. [Ephemeral Dreamer] Zeroe4 continues his “Under… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Aniblogger Faith, the Number Three in Rinne no Lagrange, and Unmasking Lelouche

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Religion and Aniblogging

The Otaku HQ released a terrific post today (and not just because I was interviewed for it, hehe).  Entitled “Religion in the Anime Community,” blog editor Jordan put together excerpts from three interviews, with Naru (Muslim), Canne (Buddhist and ghost worshipper), and myself (Christian).  Jordan does a wonderful job of investigating how our faith affects… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Religion and Aniblogging