Something More: Winter Anime, the Music of Re:Zero, and Perfect Black and Blue

Hi, folks! TWWK here to add a few comments about an article before Samuru takes it away for the rest of this month’s round-up. Perhaps the biggest news story to come from the world of anime the last few weeks was Nobuhiro Watsuki’s arrest for possessing child pornography. The impact has been pretty widespread, and… Read More Something More: Winter Anime, the Music of Re:Zero, and Perfect Black and Blue

Something More: Cain and Abel in Shiki, Anime in the Christian Life, and 7 Unholy Priests

I didn’t post a column last week, and what a week to skip – there were a number of provocative articles regarding anime and spirituality.  But that just means that this column, I’m including twice as much goodness! Frank tells how Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha paints a picture of the Christian relationship with God, despite… Read More Something More: Cain and Abel in Shiki, Anime in the Christian Life, and 7 Unholy Priests

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Diving into Japanese Ghost Stories

In this week’s Brain Diving column on the Anime News Network site, Brian Ruh (a fellow Austinite who literally works just a few blocks away from me) discusses A Gathering of Spirits: Japan’s Ghost Story Tradition: From Folklore and Kabuki to Anime and Manga, a self-published book by Patrick Drazen.  Ruh reviews the book, giving… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Diving into Japanese Ghost Stories

Roger Ebert: Critic, Pundit, Skeptic, and Friend to Anime

Not long ago, I posted a beautiful anime-style short.  Following a trail from Twitter, I was led to the site where it was featured, and to my surprise, it was Rober Ebert’s website.  But, I was only surprised for a second – after all, the nation’s leading film critic (and the first to ever win the Pulitzer Prize) has championed… Read More Roger Ebert: Critic, Pundit, Skeptic, and Friend to Anime

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Nerd Religions

One blog that I’ve followed religiously in recent years is Topless Robot, run by Rob Bricken.  Timely and often hilarious, Bricken’s site discusses all forms of nerdery, including anime on occasion, as Bricken was editor of Anime Insider magazine and wrote for Anime News Network for a time.  Religion is only very occasionally discussed, though never deeply. … Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Nerd Religions

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Manga Jesus is Just…Man

For the past couple of months, I’ve really been enjoying “Jason Thompson’s House of 1000 Manga,” a new column at Anime News Network.  This week, he’s featuring a manga many Christians might either rejoice about or dislike: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s Jesus. His conclusion is that the manga doesn’t take a stance on Jesus’ divinity (or even… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Manga Jesus is Just…Man