Anime’s Common Grace

Note: This article was originally intended for publication elsewhere.  Read The Life and Death of an Anime Article on an Evangelical Website for the whole story.  This post contains spoilers for Haibane Renmei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Trigun, and Death Note. Inception. Black Swan. The Matrix. These Hollywood hits have a common thread—each was heavily influenced by Japanese animation, aka anime. Anime has settled in… Read More Anime’s Common Grace

Something More: Chuunibyou Faith, Spiral: The Bond of Salvation, and Pope Francis Manga

Due to the lack of spiritually-inclined articles as of late, I’ve skipped the “Something More” column for the past couple of weeks.  It’s time to catch up! D.M. Dutcher examines how the Blade Children of Spiral: The Bond of Reasoning resemble humanity grasping for salvation from Christ. [Cacao, put down the shovel!] Dutcher also delves… Read More Something More: Chuunibyou Faith, Spiral: The Bond of Salvation, and Pope Francis Manga

Something More: Kiba-Cheza-Mary-Jesus, Writing Papal Manga, and Spirituality in Sora no Woto

Medieval Otaku refers to Wolf’s Rain as “essentially a Christian allegory,” focusing particularly on the symbolism of Kiba and Cheza as Jesus and Mary. [Medieval Otaku] Foxy Lady Ayame digs deep into Sora no Woto, discussing ideas like the spiritual and healing aspects of a festival depicted in the series. [Anime Diet] Regina Doman blogs… Read More Something More: Kiba-Cheza-Mary-Jesus, Writing Papal Manga, and Spirituality in Sora no Woto

Good Friday! Anime-Related Recommendations for Easter

Even if you’re non-religious, Easter is a holiday that might cause you think about faith or even bring you into a church service.  Whether or not you attend, you might consider delving into anime, manga, or anime-related books to indulge your curiosity, interest, or, what I would call, stirrings.  Here are some recommendations for works… Read More Good Friday! Anime-Related Recommendations for Easter

Manga-Style Pope Shirts, Christians Who Hate Otaku, and St. Peter and the Penguins

Pope Benedict XVI…in manga style…on a t-shirt or hoody…need I say more? Seinime waxes nostalgia, with some talk about faith and prayer, in his narrative-driven post about Usagi Drop. Taylor concludes her series on Christian symbolism and themes in My Little Pony. A youtube response to an troll? otaku-hatin’ Christian. Zeroe4 reminisces about his grandfather’s… Read More Manga-Style Pope Shirts, Christians Who Hate Otaku, and St. Peter and the Penguins