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)

Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2012: #1-10

The end of the year means retrospection and of course, "best of" lists.  During my time in the aniblogosphere, I've been blessed to read hundreds and hundreds of wonderful posts, and though I don't visit aniblog sites as much now as I did in the past, I still read articles related to anime and religion… Continue reading Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2012: #1-10

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Mathematical God of GitS, Religion in Gundam, and the Good Shepherd in Fate/Zero

Aelysium examines Ghost in the Shell and takes apart a Tachikoma's theory of mathematics and God. [Anime Elysium] Rocklobster approves of how religion is portrayed in Gundam oo. [Lobster Quadrille] Tommy thanks God (more than once) for a great Colossalcon, as he shifts the direction of his blog more toward convention talk. [Anime Bowl] I… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Mathematical God of GitS, Religion in Gundam, and the Good Shepherd in Fate/Zero