Today’s guest post is by Kaitlyn Ugoretz, a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose research focuses on the globalization of Shinto through popular and digital media and the growth of online Shinto communities. Since childhood, my life has been suffused with… Read More As the Spirit Moves You: How Studio Ghibli Films Leave Room for A Range of Religious Interpretations
When I first saw anime containing Japanese folklore, I passed it off as fantasy content. I didn’t think about the youkai much differently than I would about fairies. I didn’t even notice that the word “youkai” was being used most of the time, as translators muddled along with words like “spirit” and “demon.” But over… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: On Folklore, Natsume, and Nature
Recently, I started watching Saint Seiya, an old anime which has enjoyed more popularity overseas than in America, placing it in a similar category to The Rose of Versailles. The nearest series I can compare it to is Yu Yu Hakusho–probably due to the tournament, in which our cocky hero is compelled to compete. At any rate,… Read More Examining Old School Anime: Cosmic Power of Saints
Medieval Otaku compares Rygart’s suffering in Broken Blade to the misery that Christians endure. [Medieval Otaku] Anime Commentary on the March’s writer provides insight about kami and ayakushi while examining an episode of Noragami. [Anime Commentary on the March] Rocklobster brings up the Christian ideas of right and wrong as he reviews Death Note. [Lobster… Read More Something More: Noragami Kami, Japanese Persecution of Christians, and Break Blade Misery
In recent years, Japanese animators have had their fun with their various religious figures, from Jesus and Buddha to the host of kami in Shintoism. Noragami continues this trend of poking fun at the supernatural. Though it’s become a bit more serious in recent episodes, the show still continually makes fun of it’s hero, the… Read More Holy Noragami, Treating Jesus Like Kami
I missed this big bit last week (thanks to Frank’s site for pointing me toward it) – Vic Mignogna, noted voice actor, discusses faith extensively in the ANNCast. [Anime News Network] And speaking of Frank, I highly recommend that you read his excellent article regarding Silver Spoon and Servant x Service about how we should… Read More Something More: Vic Mignogna’s Faith, Gods and Demons of Anime, and Servant x Whose Service?