Does God Speak Through Anime? Or, What Madoka Taught Me About God & the Trees

On 22 April 2011, Kaname Madoka used the most powerful of wishes to save all magical girls. About eight years later, I watched her do it, and it taught me something about the savior of the real world and his plan for humanity.  I am of course talking about Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which celebrates… Read More Does God Speak Through Anime? Or, What Madoka Taught Me About God & the Trees

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