Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Accel World Enlightenment, Revisiting Madoka, and Jesus Figures in Kokoro Connect and Other Anime

David examines morality in Eureka Seven Ao, and mentions the use of Catholic liturgies as naming devices.  I'm a few episodes behind in the series and am actively avoiding spoilers, so I didn't read the article, but I'm sure it's fine reading as is typical of this wonderful site. [The Untold Story of Altair and… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Accel World Enlightenment, Revisiting Madoka, and Jesus Figures in Kokoro Connect and Other Anime

Accel World 03: It Ain’t All Roses (or Drifting Away from the Faith)

Accel World is totally a fantasy for the losers, the otaku, the overweight, the bullied, and the less-than-attractive.  It practically throws itself at that audience, screaming, "Live vicariously through this series!"  Also, the OP is terribly corny with a great song choice...for 2002. So of course, I'm absolutely loving it. Episode three was better than… Continue reading Accel World 03: It Ain’t All Roses (or Drifting Away from the Faith)

Accel World 02: Breaking the Barrier and Responding with Dedication

In his first impressions of Accel World, one of my favorite bloggers, draggle, calls the protagonist "fat, short and unbelievably ugly." I...can't really argue with him there. But what's fascinating is that we have a rare model of a protagonist who looks like he's supposed to.  Ouma Shuu, for instance, is a similarly depressing character,… Continue reading Accel World 02: Breaking the Barrier and Responding with Dedication