Anime, especially in the dark fantasy/dystopian genre, thrives on the concept of freewill. Death Note shows the futility of forcing the world into a mold to which it cannot conform. Kiznaiver reveals that shared adversity and duty-driven empathy aren't enough to keep people (or the peace) together. Psycho-Pass... well... you get the picture. At least as far… Continue reading Something More: Fullmetal Anti-Semitist, Re:Samaritan, and Ultimate (Idolatrous) “Harmony”
Using Sakura Trick, Frank probes the question, "Is it good for Christians to watch yuri?" [A Series of Miracles] Jesus of Saint Young Men places third among characters that women would give chocolates to on Valentine's Day. Here's how D.M. Dutcher sees it [Cacao, put down the shovel!]: "D-dont get me wrong Jesus,” she said,… Continue reading Something More: V-Day Chocolates for Anime Jesus, Hell in Hoozuki no Reitetsu, and Yuri for Christians
I've been totally floored by Attack on Titan, the new series this season about GIANTS. Although our own Goldy wrote about the series' potential, I wasn't prepared for how riveting, exciting, and frightening this show would be. Among other things I missed? The connection to religion in the first two episodes (what do I do… Continue reading Attack on Titan: Straight from the Old Testament
There are hundreds of Holocaust organizations in the United States and perhaps thousands worldwide. Through my job, I stay in contact with many. Still, I was surprised to see a mailing at work for the Holocaust Education Center, Japan (HEC), headquartered in Fukuyama-city. I was even more surprised to read one of their newsletter stories,… Continue reading Manga of a Young Girl: Anne Frank in Japan
I haven't been paying much attention to one Spring 2011's most highly anticipated (and by now, maybe most disappointing?) shows, [C]: Control: The Money and Soul of Possibility. But after reading Michael's latest post at Anime/Otaku, I'm keen on giving the show a chance. Michael makes some interesting connections between the summoning cards in the… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: The Tetragrammaton and C
This is the first in a series of Aniblogger Testimony posts, where select writers will discuss their personal faith. This post is by the always-amazing Lauren Rae Orsini of Otaku Journalist. When I think about the intersection between anime and religion, my thoughts always turn to Katsucon 2010. For those who weren’t there, this was… Continue reading Aniblogger Testimony: Can Anime and Religion Coexist Peacefully?
So, after all that, what does it all mean? I've given some analysis of the results in each of this week's posts, and many of you have contributed thoughtful comments and additional breakdown. As a whole, though, here are some of thoughts about what the survey revealed: The Aniblogging Generation The aniblogger sample for this survey… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Conclusions
What do you believe? Is there a God? What is your faith? Do you have a faith? I wanted to know how the aniblogging community would respond to these questions. About half of all respondents were either atheist or agnostic, with responses split exactly evenly between the two. In other words, 49% of respondents don't believe… Continue reading Anime and Religion Survey: Religion of Anibloggers
The Old Testament concerns itself, largely, with the story of the interaction between the 12 tribes of Israel and their God. This is oversimplifying the matter, but when the Assyrian Empire conquered Israel, ten of the twelve tribes of Israel were lost to history. Today, we refer to these tribes as the "Ten Lost Tribes." Recent… Continue reading Of Kami and Buddhas: Domo, er….Shalom?