I’m always happy to link to aniblog posts that touch on spirituality, but sometimes this column is just chock full of amazing articles. I hope you’ll dig into the links below – they’re worth your read, starting with Matthew Newman’s post on Hare Kon and marriage. For those unfamiliar (which included me until I read… Read More Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure
One thing I know for sure about Death Parade – it has one fantastic opening. As for the show, I’m not so sure yet, though the premise is interesting, the characters seem fun, and for one episode, at least, it avoided being some lower form of torture porn. I enjoyed it. Seriously, sweet opening. Episode… Read More Death Parade, Episode 1: Wedded Bliss
I’m an anime fan, by which I mean I’m not particularly a fan of manga. I just don’t read a lot of it, though I do go on tears where I’ll read chapters upon chapters, and there are a few series that I do keep up with, like Genshiken and Claymore. But mostly, I leave… Read More Before I Put Another Notch in My Shoujo Case
It’s been a long time, but some of you may remember a series of posts by Yuki-Anne, a missionary in Japan. An anime fan and a terrific writer to boot, she last wrote a piece for us after the Tohoku earthquake last year. Yuki-Anne has continued to be busy with her mission work, but she’s… Read More Yuki-Anne in Japan: Updates in Missions and Marriage!
Throughout episode 11 of Sword Art Online, I couldn’t shake a peculiar feeling I had. The characters’ actions all felt very strange, and for once, I wasn’t enjoying this episode. I soon realized that one particular point of peculiarity had to do with the theme of “relationships going in reverse” in this episode. And this… Read More Sword Art Online, Episode 11: Family from Finish to Start
The history of the wedding ring is an interesting one – this piece of jewelry was not always a symbol of romance and devotion. But it’s certainly taken on a different connotation in our times. When Jenny and I wed six years ago, our pastor mentioned two particular symbols of the wedding band – ideas… Read More Sword Art Online, Episode 10: You Complete Me
It’s so much easier when you have someone around who knows what she’s doing. – Kirito If episode eight of Sword Art Online emphasized anything, it’s this: Asuna and Kirito need each other. In some ways, their needs are more wants, like Kirito’s desire for someone of Asuna’s cooking skill to whip up some rabbit stew. … Read More Kirito, Asuna, and Complementary Couples