Revenge or Love

Two of the shows I’m watching this season are Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga and Masamune’s Revenge. While these two shows are vastly different, I noticed something that struck me as similar about a protagonist from each show. Yukio Okumura and Masamune Makabe are both driven by a similar want – to feel equal. Masamune’s desire… Read More Revenge or Love

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

Annalyn’s Corner: Christian Anime Fans and Responsible Freedom

Christians are free to watch anime rated TV-MA. Violence, swearing, portrayals of demons, and even ecchi are not, technically, off limits, and least not in a general sense. Nor are anime that convey atheistic, shinto, or Buddhist belief systems. We are free to watch everything, and we are free to do so in many ways…… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Christian Anime Fans and Responsible Freedom

Something More: Blue Exorcist Pluralism, Jesus in Planetarian, and More Godoka

Happy Halloween, all!  This is probably a good place to mention that the writers here at Beneath the Tangles are NOT the type to tell you avoid Halloween festivities because of pagan stuff blah blah blah.  Enjoy your night – but be safe!!   Unfortunately, no spooky posts below…though maybe the first one, regarding a… Read More Something More: Blue Exorcist Pluralism, Jesus in Planetarian, and More Godoka

Something More: Encouraging Hanayamata, Lying Kirito, and Blue Exorcist Theology

This summer season has provided a lot of fun, entertaining series, and surprisingly some thought-provoking ones as well!  One that surprises me in the lessons it gives, as evidenced by Japes’ article earlier this week, is Hanayamata, which has also provided some great material for Frank.  See his article below, along with some other other… Read More Something More: Encouraging Hanayamata, Lying Kirito, and Blue Exorcist Theology

Something More: Blue Exorcist’s Theology and My Heart, Your Jesus Beats

Riverdine jumps into Blue Exorcist and explains the problems she has with the show’s theology. [Inevitably Revised] D.M. Dutcher finds Christian symbolism in the character backgrounds, actions, and motivations of Angel Beats. [Cacao, put down the shovel!] Rocklobster notes the Faustian themes of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica in his review of the series. [Lobster Quadrille]… Read More Something More: Blue Exorcist’s Theology and My Heart, Your Jesus Beats

Something More: R-Rated Anime for Christians, Zen of Shinsekai Yori’s ED, and Censorship in Anime

illegenes explores the influence of Zen Buddhism upon the seasonal change shown in Shinsekai Yori‘s second ED. [Shibireru Darou?] Jonathan Tappan examines the Shinto influences on Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. [FunBlog] D.M. Dutcher provides a list of recommended anime, breaking them down by rating. [Cacao, put down the shovel!] In another post, Dutcher lists recommended anime that he… Read More Something More: R-Rated Anime for Christians, Zen of Shinsekai Yori’s ED, and Censorship in Anime

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Kokoro Community, Fairies Invent Religion, and Exorcising Anime Demons

Draggle continues his fabulous series of posts on Kokoro Connect, defining community and showing how various characters contributed to being part of one in episode eight, before tying it all together with biblical teachings. [Draggle’s Anime Blog] Processr compares episode nine of Humanity Has Declined to Gulliver’s Travels, complete with criticism of religion. [Anipulse] Lady… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Kokoro Community, Fairies Invent Religion, and Exorcising Anime Demons

Lucky Star Shrine, Prayers for a VA and for New Years, and Blue Exorcist Through a Christian Lens

Anime and religion are two of the inspirations for Ken Kitano’s metaportraits, which are on display with others at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Alafista’s picture of the day features Japanese men and women praying at Shiogama Temple for New Year’s. Zyl presents his “Lucky Star shrine” pilgrimage. Voice actress Tia Ballard solicits prayers… Read More Lucky Star Shrine, Prayers for a VA and for New Years, and Blue Exorcist Through a Christian Lens