Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

Gasaraki is one of the classic mecha anime.  "If it's a classic," you ask, "why have I never heard of it before?"  Despite the great animation (at least, to a connoisseur of 90's anime like myself), many layers of intrigue, a unique plot, and great mecha battles, the dialog can be very abstruse--so abstruse that… Continue reading Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Free to Serve

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Warning: slight spoilers for Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ep. 12 ahead. What would you do if you had complete freedom? What if you had absolutely no authority to answer to, no law to fear punishment from, nor even physical needs to attend to? What would you do with that kind of freedom? Would you go exploring… Continue reading Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Free to Serve

Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)

Imagine a re-telling of Death Note where Light has a conscience, Ryuk is cute, and those “lucky” few with Shinigami angels over their shoulders participate in the Holy Grail War, a la Fate Stay Night. Imagine no further. It’s a thing. Platinum End, dream duo Tsugumi Ohba’s and Takeshi Obata’s latest brainchild, hit the Jump… Continue reading Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)

Annalyn’s Corner: What is Freedom?

The best anime—really, the best stories in any medium—capture a little bit of what it means to be human. The characters wrestle with themes like freedom, death, family, love, and corruption, whether in dialogue or action, and the audience relates, because we're trying to figure out how and why these themes play out in our… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: What is Freedom?

Between the Panels: Your Lie in Legalism

Don’t let that big word scare you. Legalism is just a formal word for “excessive adherence to law or formula.” In other words: following every jot and tittle of the rulebook. In addition to countless 1st-place medals for his peerless piano playing (try saying that five times fast), Kousei Arima would likely be a candidate… Continue reading Between the Panels: Your Lie in Legalism

Annalyn’s Corner: Christian Anime Fans and Responsible Freedom

Christians are free to watch anime rated TV-MA. Violence, swearing, portrayals of demons, and even ecchi are not, technically, off limits, and least not in a general sense. Nor are anime that convey atheistic, shinto, or Buddhist belief systems. We are free to watch everything, and we are free to do so in many ways...… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Christian Anime Fans and Responsible Freedom

Annalyn’s Corner: Free to Love

In December, I watched Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth for Anime Secret Santa. I was struck by the way the main character, Yune, reaches out to those around her. She feels free to love and serve others, while her guardian, Claude, is held back by fear and social convention. Freedom and love are strong themes in Croisée, and for good… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Free to Love