Hello, everyone. In the spirit of the season of October and all of the spooky that comes with it, we have a somewhat appropriate topic for you. Its going to be a slightly different format than usual, but that’s because we wanted to try something new. We wanted to invite our readers, as best we… Read More Glory from the Gory, Grace in the Salacious, & the Controversial Lessons in Anime
This article today is a guest post from Simok of Moonlight Mixtape. Simok is a really thoughtful and interesting writer and musician – I really encourage you all to read this post and engage with it, in your mind and heart (even with some passages that might give you pause) and in the comments below.… Read More Anime was not a mistake.
What a week for spiritual articles in the blogosphere! Check out the abundance of posts linked below, a number from bloggers and writers who don’t usually write about religion: Josiah Harrist beautifully weaves his experiences as the child of missionaries with his viewings of many Studio Ghibli classics. [Christ and Pop Culture] M.S. O’Brien looks… Read More Something More: Catholicism in Baby Steps, Religion of Eureka Seven, and Idolizing K-On!
Thanksgiving has past and Christmastime is now upon us. For me, that traditionally means watching Christmas shows and movies. In recent years, I’ve added Christmas anime, which have become as ubiquitous as anime beach episodes, to my regular holiday viewing list. I’ve now watched dozens and dozens of Christmas anime episodes – many are certainly… Read More The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part I
I still haven’t finished the series of K-On!, but the Christmas episode will always hold a very special place in my heart. Episode 7 of K-On! is the first Christmas themed episode that I saw around Christmas time. Not only was it based around the holiday season of cheer and happiness, but it also gave… Read More The 1st Day of Christmas Anime: K-On!
Whenever an anime or other piece becomes enormously popular, there’s generally a reaction against it. In the case of mediocre or poor works (is it too easy to use Twilight as an example?), the backlash can be overwhelming. In the anime community, there’s inevitably at least one strong blogging or reviewing voice speaking out against… Read More When Our Opinions Run Counter to the Culture (Otherwise Titled: K-On! and Hunger Games Suck)
EDIT: 12 Days of Christmas Anime for 2012 begins here. Christmas is finally upon us! Snow is falling (well…not here in Texas), decorations are up, silver bells are ringin’, and shoppers are filling the stores to buy gifts for loved ones. What a great time to watch anime. “Hmm?” you say? While anime and Christmas… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime
Draggle presents an awesome analysis of episode 11 of Mawaru Penguindrum, including a discussion of fate (with some mentioning of Christianity). Speaking of Mawaru Penguindrum, Landon comments on the ritualistic nature of the series, which he compares to Sunday sermons, with somewhat unfavorable views on both (caution: lots of foul language). Patrick Woodward, the (uncredited?)… Read More Sermon of the Penguins, Why Madoka Isn’t All That, and a New Jesus Anime
K-On! Episode 7, “Christmas!” The Christmas Story A flashback begins the episode, with a young Yui creating a “White Christmas” for Ui by putting pillow stuffing on a tree outside their home. Meanwhile at school, Ritsu announces her intentions to throw a Christmas party, and it’s decided to have it at Yui’s home. The girls,… Read More The Seventh Day of Christmas Anime
Love ’em or hate ’em, Christmas songs are inescapable during the holiday season. But in the midst of typical musical fare, there are gems that don’t get played all too often in December. For instance, a favorite of mine is “My Favorite Things,” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, and made… Read More My Favorite Things