Something More: Faithful Mangaka, Lessons from Summer Wars, and Anime Reviews from a Christian Perspective

Kendall Lyons uses Summer Wars to illustrate his own yearning to use his spiritual gifts. [Cartoon Daily News] D.M. Dutcher makes recommendations for Christians viewers, per usual, as he reviews a variety of the series this week: Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They? Review: Eden Of The East (Complete) Several streaming series Dutcher… Continue reading Something More: Faithful Mangaka, Lessons from Summer Wars, and Anime Reviews from a Christian Perspective

Something More: Gods in K, Deism in Future Diary, and When Bad Things Happen to Zetsuen no Tempest Characters

Mira mentions the presence of Shinto and Buddhist allusions in episode six of K. [Hachimitsu] In Tenchi's thorough analysis of episode five of Zetsuen no Tempest, she contemplates the role God has when bad things occur and how people find comfort in God during those times. [Tenchi's Thoughts] Rocklobster compares Deus and Murmur of Future… Continue reading Something More: Gods in K, Deism in Future Diary, and When Bad Things Happen to Zetsuen no Tempest Characters

A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A year ago...I saw the androphobic Inami as representing us... A year ago...I was really into Eden of the East, reviewing the film, "Paradise Lost"... ...and finding Jesus symbolism all over the series. A year ago...I pondered on a violent event in Adachi's Touch... ...and on how the show demonstrates how the ordinary can be… Continue reading A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A year ago...I was watching (and loving) Mawaru Penguindrum... ...as well as Usagi Drop, about which I wrote one post... ...no, two about the fourth episode. A year ago...I was stirring debate when talking Hourou Musuko and homosexuality... ...and finding a Christ figure in Eden of the East. A year ago...R86 was sharing some of… Continue reading A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

Review: Eden of the East – The King of Eden

Eden of East - The King of Eden Funimation Entertainment 82 minutes Summary It's been six months since the attacks on Japan failed, and Takizawa is nowhere to be found.  Saki travels to New York to find him, but meanwhile, time stands still for no Selecao.  The game to become Japan's savior is still on-going,… Continue reading Review: Eden of the East – The King of Eden

My Favorite Things

Love 'em or hate 'em, Christmas songs are inescapable during the holiday season.  But in the midst of typical musical fare, there are gems that don't get played all too often in December.  For instance, a favorite of mine is "My Favorite Things," from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, and made… Continue reading My Favorite Things

Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 3)

My final selection for this weeklong series on analyzing Eden of the East characters through the lens of Christian spirituality will come as no surprise, nor will the the comparison I make.  Akira Takizawa is unmistakably similar in character to Jesus Christ.   And while the savior motif is extremely common in anime, Takizawa's connection to… Continue reading Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 3)

Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 2)

Continuing my mini-series on parallels between seleção in Higashi no Eden (East of Eden) and Biblical individuals, the focus of this post is on Daiju Mononobe, the primary antagonist of the series.   Mononobe is Lucifer himself.  While it's easy to compare almost any villain to the Devil, Mononobe makes a more interesting parallel than most.  He isn't… Continue reading Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 2)

Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 1)

My "I've been meaning to watch that..." list is growing weekly, it seems.  There are so many good series out there, and so little time!  But one anime that has intrigued me for months and which immediately topped my list was Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East).  I started watching it a couple of… Continue reading Finding the Invisible God in…Eden of the East (Part 1)