Welcome, March! And hello, AniMarch Madness! The craziness begins today with our six play-in matches (plus one exclusive to Patreon) to determine the final entrants into the field of 64. Please vote for one anime from each match below to move on to the tournament proper, which begins on Monday. As just as with the… Read More AniMarch Madness 2023: Play-in Matches
Your heroes will all eventually let you down. This was a particularly hard lesson for me to learn as I transitioned from childhood into adolescence. We all encounter this feeling to some degree as a part of maturation, but it was maybe especially harsh for one who worshiped at the foot of pop culture and… Read More Never Meet Your Heroes, Right, Renton?
Hey guys, Josh here! You know, Valentines Day (Or if you’re me “Singles Awareness Day”) is coming up, and I found myself thinking about that famous piece of scripture from 1 Corinthians 13…you know the one: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.… Read More Love and Soul: 12 Anime Couples for Valentine’s Day Out of Song and Scripture
Baby, it’s coooold outside! A perfect opportunity, I think, to watch anime and read about it! Edward Elric knows he’s missing something in human transmutation equations – he just doesn’t know it’s the soul. [Old Line Elephant] There’s plenty of comparison to be made to both the Christian and Buddhist religions with relationship to deities… Read More Something More: Your Pursuit in April, SAO’s New Earth, and Eureka Seven’s Messiah
What a week for spiritual articles in the blogosphere! Check out the abundance of posts linked below, a number from bloggers and writers who don’t usually write about religion: Josiah Harrist beautifully weaves his experiences as the child of missionaries with his viewings of many Studio Ghibli classics. [Christ and Pop Culture] M.S. O’Brien looks… Read More Something More: Catholicism in Baby Steps, Religion of Eureka Seven, and Idolizing K-On!
Medieval Otaku compares how Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied each demonstrate the nature of human sinfulness. [Medieval Otaku] Nick Olson of Christ and Pop Culture includes early scenes from The Secret World of Arrietty among his 25 most memorable of 2012. [Christ and Pop Culture] Suburban Banshee points out a scene involving Catholicism in the… Read More Something More: Christmas Mass in Polar Bear Cafe, the Sins of Mirai Nikki, and Eureka 7’s Spiritual Character
This week was particularly rife with great posts and articles relating to anime and religion, mythology, or spirituality. Let’s get to them! Anime News Network posted a report on mangaka Kazuo Koike’s interview with Madoka Magica writer, Gen Urobochi. Among the things they discussed was Madoka’s ultimate status and the role she and Homura played… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Amazing Grace of Eureka 7, Anime Cons = Anti-Christian, and Homura the Evangelist