Glory from the Gory, Grace in the Salacious, & the Controversial Lessons in Anime

Hello, everyone. In the spirit of the season of October and all of the spooky that comes with it, we have a somewhat appropriate topic for you. Its going to be a slightly different format than usual, but that’s because we wanted to try something new. We wanted to invite our readers, as best we… Read More Glory from the Gory, Grace in the Salacious, & the Controversial Lessons in Anime

No One is Saved Alone: Farnese’s Journey to Virtue

Berserk turns many people away with its sex, gore, perversion, and very dark world.  Some might justly wonder whether the series has anything beyond sex, violence, and shock value, but there is plenty of good to the series also.  Much of it comes in watching the heroes becomes better persons throughout the series.  Many people know… Read More No One is Saved Alone: Farnese’s Journey to Virtue

Something More: To Akame Ga Kill or Akame Ga Save?, Berserk’s Mercy, and Shinigami Eyes for Christians

This will officially be my final column of Something More. It’s been such a pleasure to use my Google keyword skills (ha!) to hunt down articles at the crossroads of faith and fandom. Never fear: you haven’t seen the last of this column. Starting October, I’ll be passing the torch to Samuru, so send him… Read More Something More: To Akame Ga Kill or Akame Ga Save?, Berserk’s Mercy, and Shinigami Eyes for Christians

Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone–putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up “just for the feels.” Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Read More Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Something More: Belonging in Bungou, Berserk “Sunday School,” and Dangerous Flying Witches

Anime often revels in deviant storytelling. Add that to its cultural roots, and it’s easy for misunderstanding and stereotyping to occur among Western audiences. Christians, especially, seem hesitant to embrace anime due, in part, to its oftentimes default spiritual content. Witches, demons, spirits, and magic frequently flavor Japanese storytelling, which can sound worse in word… Read More Something More: Belonging in Bungou, Berserk “Sunday School,” and Dangerous Flying Witches