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

“Shikigami! Summon!” Spiritual Gifts Personified in Onmyou Taisenki

If you’re like me, sometimes you watch an anime that doesn’t seem all that great, but for some reason captures your imagination anyway. Perhaps you realize why only later. For me, Onmyou Taisenki (“The Great Battle of Yin and Yang”) was such a show. The premise of the anime is nothing that hadn’t been explored… Read More “Shikigami! Summon!” Spiritual Gifts Personified in Onmyou Taisenki