Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II

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Chise and Joseph have their final showdown in episode 24, and while they battle by magical means, their war of words is even more compelling. As they struggle, Joseph seeks to hurt Chise psychologically, as he had done earlier during the transfer process, and maybe also to lay blame for his situation. Cursed not only… Continue reading Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II

Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I

During the week leading up to Easter, I often think upon the love Christ showed us through the cross, the one that models how we are supposed to love others, but giving generously, sacrificially, graciously is so hard to do. We see such love from our parents, though imperfectly, and for some, not often enough.… Continue reading Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I

The Real Place of Phos’s People in Fractured Humanity

Houseki no Kuni, also known as Land of the Lustrous, does a great job of crafting a mysterious and complex world with very few people.  One of the most interesting developments in the world building comes from Phos's digestion by a giant snail.  After they get this monster under control and reconstitute Phos from the monster's… Continue reading The Real Place of Phos’s People in Fractured Humanity

Social Media Stink: A Liar Can Smell a Liar

Throughout high school and into college, it would have been entirely accurate to describe me as a pathological liar. Lies were my truth. I had fabricated a reality and told lie upon lie upon lie to to manipulate those around me and make myself appear a certain way. I was kind of like a less-murderous… Continue reading Social Media Stink: A Liar Can Smell a Liar

Clannad and Failing at the Ends of the Earth

We live in a culture that's about big displays of love - grand marriage proposals (all caught on Facebook Live of course), fancy trips around the world, heart stirring confessions in the rain. We want immediate gratification in our love, for our hearts to be set afire. The long, challenging work of a relationship is… Continue reading Clannad and Failing at the Ends of the Earth

The Healing We Bring Each Other “In This Corner of the World”

In one of many moments of reflection from In This Corner of the World, Shuzaku explains to his wife, Suzu, "Our voice won't reach those we never see." A simple comment, but a profound one, and perhaps the center at the center of what keeps the characters in the film moving forward through unspeakable tragedy,… Continue reading The Healing We Bring Each Other “In This Corner of the World”

Beyond Broken: Rintaro Okabe and Loving When You Can’t

Steins;gate gets really good when one character dies...over and over and over again. I remember first watching Steins;gate and really finding it compelling, but it's also notoriously slow: the moodiness of the colors, the unique personalities of the characters, the leisurely unfolding plot. And then it suddenly becomes incredibly engaging right at the point I… Continue reading Beyond Broken: Rintaro Okabe and Loving When You Can’t

Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family

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Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Sakae's final words in Summer Wars reminds the Jinnouchi clan of the importance of family. It's a significant message, both in how most of us can connect to that idea and its complexity. The quote above, and the longer message it accompanies, instructs her… Continue reading Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family

Loving Kikyō Kushida (and Other Really Bad People)

ayanokoji and Ichinose

We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us, when we hide it so often from ourselves - La Rouchefoucauld "Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims" The opening card from episode four of Classroom of the Elite is an intriguing one because the first half of it seems to point obviously at… Continue reading Loving Kikyō Kushida (and Other Really Bad People)