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

Annalyn’s Corner: When the World Feels like Ergastulum

I just watched Gangsta., one of the darker anime to air in the past year. I’ve seen a few anime that center on crime syndicates and corruption, but this is one of the most horrific—up there with Black Lagoon‘s second season. The anime’s setting, Ergastulum, seems hopelessly corrupt, and the anime refuses to sugarcoat it. There isn’t… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: When the World Feels like Ergastulum

Examining Old School Anime: Mindfulness of Death

Time for me to take another foray into the Leijiverse!  Lupin III gave me no ideas for this week’s article, but I remembered the first episode of Galaxy Express 999 held some very important themes on mortality.  Some themes in Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 cause me to wonder whether Leiji Matsumoto might indeed be a… Read More Examining Old School Anime: Mindfulness of Death