Coming Home

In my youth, the two anime protagonists stood larger than life in my eyes: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) and Shinji Ikari (Evangelion). The pair are so contrasting – Spike only wants to look forward even though his past won’t let him, while Ikari should move forward but is continually stuck in the past. I feel… Read More Coming Home

Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka

Tangles is no stranger to tough topics, and the sexualization of anime by fans is one we’ve delved into at length. As a cosplayer and massive fangirl myself, I’m often directly in the middle of the otaku community and consistently surprised by how far characters and narratives are stretched in order to sexualize them. Especially… Read More Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka

Something More: Concrete Revolutio’s Moral Relativism, Evangelion’s Atheistic Approach, and SAO’s Virtually Christian Worldview

This past week, Sam, who recently started an aniblog after moving over from doing the same sort of blogging on Google+, wrote a series of articles about how the “family” in Gakkou Gurashi resembles the family of Christ. It reminded me of something that’s oft been on my mind these days – how believers are… Read More Something More: Concrete Revolutio’s Moral Relativism, Evangelion’s Atheistic Approach, and SAO’s Virtually Christian Worldview

Something More: Plastic Religious Memories, Steins;gate Heaven, and Sinful Pokemon

A new season of anime is upon us!  And it’s been…underwhelming?  Still, there are interesting series here and there, and a few that provide us with something a little deeper to think about as well. Jimmy Kudo’s transformation into Detective Conan teaches us about humility and servant leadership. [Kendall Lyons] The Steins;gate of that named… Read More Something More: Plastic Religious Memories, Steins;gate Heaven, and Sinful Pokemon

Something More: Cain and Abel in Shiki, Anime in the Christian Life, and 7 Unholy Priests

I didn’t post a column last week, and what a week to skip – there were a number of provocative articles regarding anime and spirituality.  But that just means that this column, I’m including twice as much goodness! Frank tells how Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha paints a picture of the Christian relationship with God, despite… Read More Something More: Cain and Abel in Shiki, Anime in the Christian Life, and 7 Unholy Priests

Something More: Heaven in Saiyuki and Haibanem Renmei Religion

Josh W. provides some short thoughts on Haibane Renmei, including a significant and insightful one about the religious allusions in the show. [Res Studiorum et Ludorum] Lady Saika uses Saiyuki‘s depiction as an example of how Heaven is portrayed in series and film. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends] Rocklobster points out the problems that the… Read More Something More: Heaven in Saiyuki and Haibanem Renmei Religion