Holy Week: Brandon Heat as a Christ Figure

Gungrave is my all-time favorite anime, and the main character, Brandon Heat, numbers among my favorite anime characters. The first time I watched it, I was hit by his fighting ability and loyalty. But as I watched the show a few more times, I realized there is more depth to Brandon, and that he is a… Continue reading Holy Week: Brandon Heat as a Christ Figure

Something More: Goku/Superman/Jesus, Riku’s Sinful Nature, and Loving Death Like Sakurako-san

Chris Kincaid wrote a really interesting article recently comparing Superman and Goku, grounding it in the idea that the two heroes are fundamentally different - the first represents American, individualism, Christianity, and a perfect idea to strive for, while the latter represents community, Buddhism, fatherhood, and growth. Chris contends that "[Superman] inspires us, but his… Continue reading Something More: Goku/Superman/Jesus, Riku’s Sinful Nature, and Loving Death Like Sakurako-san

Between the Panels: Hope and Homecoming

It’s been a rough ride for Eren and his fellow Scouts, but after seventy-three chapters of black-and-blue heartache and falsified hope, he’s finally one step closer to that ever-elusive basement. Whether due to my vivid imagination or my familiarity with the anime’s sounds, I often hear the Attack on Titan manga as clearly as I… Continue reading Between the Panels: Hope and Homecoming

Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

I watched the first five episodes of Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) this weekend. The premise intrigued me: this shoujo anime is shown primarily from a male point of view, and he's not the typical bishounen love interest. Instead, Takeo is the bishie's big, clumsy best friend. I was immediately intrigued by this break from the mold, but… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

Inadequate Sacrifices in Fatal Frame

People are drawn to the horror game genre for different reasons. For me, I enjoy the challenge of desperate survival in an eerie atmosphere and satisfying that "Why is something like this happening?" curiosity. Fatal Frame is one of my favorite horror series because it creates that tense atmosphere and puts plenty of story behind… Continue reading Inadequate Sacrifices in Fatal Frame

Rewrite Part 3: Terra, the Path of Salvation

At the start of Terra, a teenage Kotarou and his family have recently moved to Kazamatsuri. His parents work at Martel, a part of Gaia. His neighbor's family has a very young girl by the name of Kotori (!?). His parents attended Gaia's meetings, but Kotarou spent his time hunting UMAs, which were actually familiars.… Continue reading Rewrite Part 3: Terra, the Path of Salvation

Annalyn’s Corner: Ookami-san and a Favor that’s Impossible to Return

I've been meaning to watch Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (Okami-san and her Seven Companions) for a while. This twelve-episode anime draws heavily on fairy and folk tales, and my love for these classic stories never dies. I finally watched it this past week. It was... decent, once the narrator's voice stopped annoying me. The title… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Ookami-san and a Favor that’s Impossible to Return

Christian Love in the Nana Fan Base

A year ago, I wrote about how God's love could be compared to that of a yandere. This year I'd like to make another kind of comparison on the topic of love, but instead of focusing on God, I want to focus on Christians and our love for God. Our love for God is, or… Continue reading Christian Love in the Nana Fan Base

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: Nanoha A’s

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, especially its second season A's, is one of my favorite anime, and just hit its 10 year anniversary. At the least, it's probably the anime I've rewatched the most number of times. The climax of the second season takes place on Christmas Eve, as the protagonists Nanoha and Fate engage in… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: Nanoha A’s

Claymore, Final Chapter (155): The Gospel According to Teresa

Teresa of the Faint Smile

It's here - the end is nigh!  A wonderful, amazing, long-running manga has finally come to a close. No, not that one.  No, I'm writing about Claymore. At the end of September, and after a 13-year-run, Claymore finally concluded.  So obviously, it took me almost two weeks to finally get around to reading the last… Continue reading Claymore, Final Chapter (155): The Gospel According to Teresa