At last year’s IKKiCON (my first convention experience), I was surprised to see someone cosplaying as Faye Valentine. After all these years, she remains a popular character for cosplaying. And why not? Faye’s looks (and moves) scream femme fatale, while she also has a “sad girl in snow” kind of side. At the end of… Read More Rescuing Faye Valentine
Animekritic has one of the most thoughtful blogs I’ve read. He frequently addresses spirituality in anime, among them a really fun post about Faye Valentine, Rei Ayanami, and enlightenment. In it, he makes the connection between the two famed characters through their shared voice actress, Megumi Hayashibara. Then, based on monologues each give, explains where… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Spiritual Progress of Faye Valentine
You don’t have to be an expert in anime to understand that a generation gap is developing between twenty-somethings and younger fans of the medium. Patrick W. Galbraith, in his book, The Otaku Encyclopedia, calls of the post-Evangelion fans the “fifth wave.” This is my wave – the time period in which I became hooked on anime. And just as with most people, I believe my wave to be best.
Because we’re entering a new wave, shows that aren’t too old, but are from a past generation, are now considered classics. Case in point: Cowboy Bebop. If any show can be called “universally acclaimed,” it’s this one. If you’re sixth generation an unfamiliar with the show, it follows a group of bounty hunters traveling throughout the solar system. That short summary hardly does the show justice, though. It explores a number of themes, including one of particular interest to me: the them of letting people go to make their own decisions. And this idea is one that is vital to Christianity.
By the way, spoilers abound below…… Read More Do You Love Me Enough to Let Me Go?