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

Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

There are weeks on Something More where I need to dig and prod to find articles for linking.  This is not, however, one of those weeks, as the blogosphere has produced almost a dozen wonderful articles about anime and religion/spirituality. Eugene Woodbury discusses Japanese Buddhism from a pop cultural perspective, referencing Gingitsune among other anime… Read More Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

Something More: The Dao of DBZ and Gingitsune’s Guide to a “Godly” Friendship

Amelia Pang interviews Derek Padula, author of “Dragon Ball Z: It’s Over 9,000!”, about how he’s devoted much of life to exploring the connections between that series and Buddhist and Daoist philosophies. [The New School Free Press] Frank digs into Gingitsune and finds parallels between the main relationship of the series and a Christian’s relationship… Read More Something More: The Dao of DBZ and Gingitsune’s Guide to a “Godly” Friendship

Something More: Shinto Sasami-san, Oreshura Allusions, and Ramayana = Journey to the West = DBZ

Jonathan Tappan does a wonderful job of explaining context necessary to understand the Shinto conventions in Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. [FunBlog] Tom Pinchuk ruminates on the importance of religion and spirituality in Dragonball Z. [Anime Vice] Pinchuk also mentioned the topic in a previous post I missed, commented on how DBZ related to the Hindu epic, Ramayana. [Anime Vice]… Read More Something More: Shinto Sasami-san, Oreshura Allusions, and Ramayana = Journey to the West = DBZ