Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture

I am going to briefly describe episode fourteen of Galaxy Express 999 and wonder whether any of our dear readers can guess which biblical tale it parallels after the second paragraph.  *Spoilers ahead for episode 14.*  Tetsuro and Maetel stop at a planetary system known as the Dual Planets, because the gravitational pull of one… Read More Examining Old School Anime: Humility in Approaching Scripture

Annalyn’s Corner: Seeking Advice from Peers and Rivals

This week, Hinata and the other first-year volleyball players in Haikyuu!! 2 impressed me with how they seek and accept the advice of more experienced athletes. This isn’t a new thing; they’ve been getting help from peers and coaches pretty much since day one, and over the past several episodes especially. But this time, it’s drawing a… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Seeking Advice from Peers and Rivals

Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)

A whopping 74 chapters later, and Armin gets the credit he deserves. Finally. I can’t be the only one frustrated by this tiny tactician’s utter lack of recognition. When he’s not being replaced by the more statistically popular Levi Ackerman in official franchise artwork, Armin’s either bent on putting himself down or enduring out-lash from… Read More Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)

Annalyn’s Corner: You’re Loved, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Not Enough

… and if you don’t realize these truths, you’re going to hurt others, as Takeo does in Ore Monogatari, and as I’ve done with my family. “You matter,” my sister told me, as my built-up stress finally burst out in tears and complaints. “Your needs and feelings matter… We love you, and we want to understand… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: You’re Loved, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Not Enough

Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Japes has returned from Japan! Please, don’t make too much of a fuss. Put the confetti away, save the cake for another time, the fireworks were a nice thought, but I’m sure there’s a better time to break them out… Nah, who am I kidding. It’s party… Read More Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

I watched the first five episodes of Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) this weekend. The premise intrigued me: this shoujo anime is shown primarily from a male point of view, and he’s not the typical bishounen love interest. Instead, Takeo is the bishie’s big, clumsy best friend. I was immediately intrigued by this break from the mold, but… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Ore Monogatari!! and Sacrificial Love

Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

There are weeks on Something More where I need to dig and prod to find articles for linking.  This is not, however, one of those weeks, as the blogosphere has produced almost a dozen wonderful articles about anime and religion/spirituality. Eugene Woodbury discusses Japanese Buddhism from a pop cultural perspective, referencing Gingitsune among other anime… Read More Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’