Gods tend to come off badly in fiction. Really, really badly. No, wait, “badly” isn’t strong enough. Worsely? Worstly? Anyway… There are stories with evil gods. There are stories with insane gods. There are stories where the gods are actually unfathomable horrors misidentified as deities. Going back to ancient mythology, many fictional gods are deeply… Read More Finding God in a Light Novel!?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is, as the absurd title implies, generally a fairly lighthearted show. So I was quite surprised when it abruptly featured an arc dealing with sex trafficking. I appreciated the unambiguously evil portrayal ofthe goddess Ishtar and her chief pimp Phryne. The show clearly… Read More Bell’s Heroic Love (in a Dungeon?)
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? takes place in Orario, a setting populated by gods drawn from a variety of ancient mythologies. These beings form followings known as familia. Early in the second season of the series, the god Apollo attempts to poach protagonist Bell Cranel from his goddess,… Read More Making Gods in Our Image (in a Dungeon)
In the last post on Magi, we looked at the series’ various literary influences, but specifically the real-life grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon and how it relates to Daniel Strange’s book, Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock. The main point of the article was summarized in a quote from Strange, that “being antithetically against yet… Read More Magi: Helplessly Hopeful & Unrestrained Thanks
If you have watched any of the three installments in the series Magi you may or may not have noticed how the whole thing is a mishmash of religious and literary references. The manga adopts the flavor of a Babylonian creation story where a will-less Chaos is tamed by, instead of Marduk, the Biblical King… Read More Magi: A Babel of Pagan Practices
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,… Read More Something More: V-Day Chocolates for Anime Jesus, Hell in Hoozuki no Reitetsu, and Yuri for Christians
The writers at Anime Diet analyze the first two Madoka Magica movies, and include some great discussion of Buddhist and Christian allusions in the films and series. [Anime Diet] Speaking of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nick Calibey points out the similarities between Homura and St. Peter. [A Rather Silly Blog] Nick also presents a wonderful… Read More Something More: Buddhism in Shin Sekai Yori, Homura the Pope, and a Witch’s Familiar
This is the third in a series of Aniblogger Testimony posts, where select writers will discuss their personal faith. Today’s post is by Niko of Anime Savvy. The previous posts in this series were written by Lauren Orisini and R86. I’ve always been fascinated with belief. I even went to graduate school to study folklore and… Read More Aniblogger Testimony: Hard-Wired for Storytelling