Examining Old School Anime: The Body as Essential to Our Humanity

Looking at Leiji Matsumoto’s treatment of the body in Galaxy Express 999, our dear readers may easily understand my suspicion that Leiji Matsumoto comes from a Christian background or at very least is highly influenced by Christian ideas.  This especially comes across in Galaxy Express 999‘s emphasis on the evil of exchanging one’s body for a machine.… Read More Examining Old School Anime: The Body as Essential to Our Humanity

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

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Apples, Magical Girls, and Eden

Few anime series have contained such thought-provoking Christian themes and symbols as Puella Magi Madoka Magica.  From the heavy presence of a Christ figure to Adam and Eve references, the show uses these ideas in an intelligent and artistic manner.  Although I briefly discussed the symbolism of the apple in episode seven of the series,… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Apples, Magical Girls, and Eden

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Tales From Earthsea, Forbidden Fruit, and Redemption

Long before I launched this blog last year, one site, in particular, was making connections between anime and Christianity.  In the “Spiritual Bridges,” Scot Eaton of Worship and the Arts, a “missional blog focused on Christ-centered worship, the arts, & Japan,” draws such parallels.  His site has a ton of great posts (I’ll link to… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Tales From Earthsea, Forbidden Fruit, and Redemption