How to Survive Sakura Con

A huge part of the wonderful experience of being an otaku is going to conventions! I am not new to the convention world. I’ve been to all sorts of conventions around the west coast and Hawaii and I’ve even given a few panels. But even after all that, I was not prepared for Sakuracon 2018… Continue reading How to Survive Sakura Con

Review: Evangelion Exhibition

One of the primary attractions at Anime Matsuri in 2018 was the Evangelion Exhibition, a traveling exhibit featuring more than 1,000 art pieces from the Evangelion anime, movies, and manga. Attendees had to purchase modestly-priced tickets to enter the exhibition space and its official store, but despite the extra charge and long lines, it was… Continue reading Review: Evangelion Exhibition

Cosplay is Not Consent, but Danger Still Lingers

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"It’s just not safe for young girls to go into events, especially in costume. We’re vulnerable." It’s been more than three years since “Cosplay is Not Consent” signs were erected throughout New York Comic Con. The movement, which seeks to educate about actions that should reflect common sense and decency, is now firmly set in… Continue reading Cosplay is Not Consent, but Danger Still Lingers

Christian Panels, Hentai, and a Deeper Love at Aki Con

In times past, anime conventions have always been a high of excitement and pure joy. However, with Aki Con, I was quite the ball of nerves and fear. For an otaku, an anime convention is like the equivalent of Disneyland for the preschoolers I teach gymnastics to. It’s a place where one can find acceptance… Continue reading Christian Panels, Hentai, and a Deeper Love at Aki Con

Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

There's a growing interest in how to minister to otaku, both here and abroad. Often painted in a broad stroke with comical or pitying tones, anime fans are far more than their image conveys; they are a complex and diverse group of individuals. Jesus Otaku is a ministry birthed out of Saddleback Church that is… Continue reading Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

Something More: Cowboy Bebop Family, Heavenly Death Parade, and Kanade’s Not the Enemy

One of Christ's most interesting and off-discussed teachings is how he equates are internal hated toward others as murder: But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever… Continue reading Something More: Cowboy Bebop Family, Heavenly Death Parade, and Kanade’s Not the Enemy

Be Witnesses In Judea, and Samaria, and in All of the Cons

"Christianity" and "anime convention" don't often synchronize too well.  You may immediately think of protestors at FanimeCon or at other conventions, telling guests that they'd better turn from manga to the Bible or else they'll find themselves in danger of hellfire (I wonder what they think of a book that's both manga and Bible?).  Or… Continue reading Be Witnesses In Judea, and Samaria, and in All of the Cons

Untangled: Christian Panel at an Anime Con

One of my favorite parts of administering this blog is occasionally receiving emails from our readers.  A week or two ago, we received a request from Michael.  Here's how he began: Hi, I am so blessed to have found your blog, and here's why. To keep it short, I am a Christian in Miami, FL… Continue reading Untangled: Christian Panel at an Anime Con

OMG! There’s Jesus in My Anime!

And that's the title of my first convention panel.Later today, I'll be presenting at IKKiCON, an anime convention for the Austin area.  I've attended as press a couple of times previously, but this years, I decided to take a leap of faith and try something I'm very uncomfortable with - explaining in words that which… Continue reading OMG! There’s Jesus in My Anime!

IKKiCON 2012: Where I Belong (It’s Not Here)

IKKiCON, the largest anime convention in the Austin area, is concluding today, and I think most of the attendees are probably leaving feeling happy with the guests that showed up, the artists and vendors that were selling, and the assortment of interesting panels - all of which were, to me, as good or better than… Continue reading IKKiCON 2012: Where I Belong (It’s Not Here)