This guest post was written by longtime support and contributor to our ministry, Bob Aarhus. I encourage you to also read his excellent article about Kimi no na wa (Your Name). If you have not yet watched at least the first episode of Wonder Egg Priority, stop reading now. Even if you have no intention… Read More WONDER EGG PRIORITY: We Don’t Talk About These Things
Hina, soon to be starting high school, just moved to a new town. Out for a walk, she meets an older girl fishing. Kuroiwa turns out to attend the same school, and she…basically proceeds to bully Hina into the joining the fishing club, despite Hina’s own strong preference for handicrafts. Of course, technically it’s called… Read More First Impression: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater
Sora is a newly minted highschooler whose diminutive size makes him easy pickings for bullies. But he doesn’t let this get him down, or get in the way of his passion for basketball (which, of course, turns out to be something of a family legacy). At his new high school he finds that the boy’s… Read More First Impressions: Ahiru no Sora
When Soma Kisa is introduced in Fruits Basket, she has been facing bullying and, traumatized by the situation, stopped speaking. She also quit going to school, and so eventually she receives a letter from her teacher asking her to come back. Fortunately for the audience, we have Soma Hatsuharu and Soma Yuki around to read… Read More Finding Love in the Face of Self-Loathing
Leading up through Easter Sunday, Beneath the Tangles will be running a series of posts based on a theme with the hopes that it will lead our readers to consider the meaning of this week and especially of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our theme this year is loneliness. In order to… Read More Isolation Leads to Desolation: The Bullying of Shouya Ishida
Shouya Ishida is a lanky, handsome teenager attending high school in Tokyo. He’s smart and does well in school. He has a supportive family, and there are people in his life that he cares deeply about. Shouya is respectful and kind, and works diligently at a part-time job, helping to support his family. And tomorrow,… Read More Review: A Silent Voice
March Comes in Like a Lion continues to move forward with its bullying arc, which has been presented so vividly in the way we’d expect of Shinbo and Shaft. The length of this arc is significant—the bullying isn’t quickly resolved in one or two episodes. It’s slow and spreading, a complex organism that isn’t easily… Read More How Did the Bullying Stop for You?