Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 20: Himari and Shouma, the First Man and Woman

Mawaru Penguindrum continues to deliver week after week, defying conventions on the way.  Among other things, episode 20 was a beautiful episode about romantic fate.  The flashback to Himari and Shouma as children is both touching and difficult to watch.  There’s little as heartwarming as watching two kids love on a stray kitten (and little… Read More Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 20: Himari and Shouma, the First Man and Woman

A Serpent in the Garden of Penguins, a Buddhist Ritual in Last Exile, and Giving Thanks for Bento

Taylor Ramage reviews the anime-influence Because the Angels, writing that the author “isn’t afraid of including things that most Christians would consider “dirty” and because of that, she’s produced a story in which Christianity actually has life.” Ephemeral Dreamer suggests a “serpent in the Garden of Eden” allusion in episode 16 of Mawaru Penguindrum. In… Read More A Serpent in the Garden of Penguins, a Buddhist Ritual in Last Exile, and Giving Thanks for Bento

In the Garden of Penguins, a “Professing” Fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, and Kamehameh-AMEN

Last week’s episode of Mawaru Penguindrum contained a parable that contained religious allusions.  Draggles educates us on a gnostic spin on the creation story I was unfamiliar with, as well as the famous myth of Prometheus and fire.  Ephemeral Dreamer also discusses Adam and Eve, emphasizing temptation and the apple while going into detail about… Read More In the Garden of Penguins, a “Professing” Fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, and Kamehameh-AMEN

Mawaru Penguindrum 12: Brief Analysis of the Christian Symbols

Episode 12 was rich in Christian symbolism.  As Shoma told his tale of the bunnies, the goddess, and Mary and the three lambs, it was immediately obvious that much of the story’s inspiration was from the Garden of Eden (among other stories – Draggle mentions Prometheus).  Shoma’s tale, of course, was also very different.  Still,… Read More Mawaru Penguindrum 12: Brief Analysis of the Christian Symbols

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Apples, Magical Girls, and Eden

Few anime series have contained such thought-provoking Christian themes and symbols as Puella Magi Madoka Magica.  From the heavy presence of a Christ figure to Adam and Eve references, the show uses these ideas in an intelligent and artistic manner.  Although I briefly discussed the symbolism of the apple in episode seven of the series,… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Apples, Magical Girls, and Eden

Puella Magi Madoka Magica 12: The Hope We Find

Suffering.  Death.  Hope.  Life. These themes pervade Magica Madoka, particularly informing the final two episodes.  They are also important ideas in religious traditions, namely Christianity and Buddhism.  The Buddhist principals expressed in Madoka Magica are so pervasive, that I’ve started to think that the Christlike imagery I immediately saw when viewing episode 12 wasn’t at… Read More Puella Magi Madoka Magica 12: The Hope We Find