Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Pokemon and Priests, Dreams of Crusading Anime, and Superflat Artist Tackles Buddha in Qatar

It appears to be Catholic week here at Beneath the Tangles, emphasized by a couple of blog posts relating Catholicism with anime: I am not arguing that the Church is a lot like the Pokemon world. (Alright, I am.) But more than that: The natural cry of the human heart — as best shown in… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Pokemon and Priests, Dreams of Crusading Anime, and Superflat Artist Tackles Buddha in Qatar

Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

I took last week off for Christmas, which means there is a plethora of links to share on Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere today.  I’ll return to the regular Friday schedule starting next Friday. I was surprised that although this week’s Fate/Zero included a lengthy discussion of God’s sense of justice and His nature, few… Read More Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

Duel of the Fates (and Penguins), Jesus Anime = Bad, and Anime and Religion for Buckeyes

The Mawaru Penguindrum front this week is headlined by Kylaran’s post on how fate is symbolized through the “visual landscape of the show.”  The analysis of all sorts of items related to the fate within the show, including extended talk about the fruit and it’s relation to sin and other ideas, is deep and well-thought-out.… Read More Duel of the Fates (and Penguins), Jesus Anime = Bad, and Anime and Religion for Buckeyes

Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 21: Sacrifice > Integrity

So, it finally happened.  Shouma and Kanba, with fate tearing apart the bonds of their brotherhood, come to physical blows, as their relationship breaks apart.  In the most exciting episode of the Mawaru Penguindrum so far, Kanba’s activities come to light, and the personalities and values of the brothers collide. Shouma is a character with… Read More Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 21: Sacrifice > Integrity

Adam, Eve, an Apple, and a Spinning Penguindrum

More than ever, Mawaru Penguindrum gave its audience food for thought in the way of religious symbolism in episode 20.  ajthefourth compares Himari’s punishment to those of Adam and Eve.   Draggle also mentions the Adam and Eve symbolism and discusses the portions of the episode in terms of Christianity, the Gnostics, and Buddhism.  Finally, SnippetTee… Read More Adam, Eve, an Apple, and a Spinning Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 20: Himari and Shouma, the First Man and Woman

Mawaru Penguindrum continues to deliver week after week, defying conventions on the way.  Among other things, episode 20 was a beautiful episode about romantic fate.  The flashback to Himari and Shouma as children is both touching and difficult to watch.  There’s little as heartwarming as watching two kids love on a stray kitten (and little… Read More Mawaru Penguindrum, Episode 20: Himari and Shouma, the First Man and Woman