Another off-topic post (perhaps I’m doing too many personal ones these days), but I felt the need to write. And so, here’s how Alexandra Wallace got it wrong, point by point (without nitpicking grammar).
I was dusting out blog drafts, and found this completed entry among them. I don’t know if I would’ve written it today…but nonetheless, here it is! Several years ago, while I was still in college and unmarried, a group of close guy friends and I had a conversation about “animated women.” My friend blogged about… Read More Belldandy, Nagisa, and What it Means to Be Pure
CNNGo reported today about the Ryohoji Temple in Hachioji, which has become an anime temple. That’s right: anime temple, complete with a theme song, anime character, monks praying to the anime character, and…a maid cafe. What?! The 16th century temple began its transformation when the chief monk tried to get young people to come to… Read More Of Kami and Buddhas: Tokyo’s Anime Temple!
Do you remember the movie, Hook? I couldn’t care less that it was trashed by critics upon release; I absolutely loved that movie as a child (and still do). The catch in Spielberg’s Peter Pan story was that Pan was now grown up, and had to return to Neverland to rescue his children, who’d been… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Anime Lover Grows Up
While watching episodes for my 12 Days of Christmas Anime series, I noticed a word pop up time and time again – holy. It seemed out of place – a very religious, archaic-sounding word in a medium that was anything but. What does this word mean, particularly in context of Japanese culture and in comparison… Read More Of Kami and Buddhas: Holy Anime!
Even though the breakup rates among anime couples are notoriously high, like a Disney fairytale, we still expect that once our couples have overcome adversity, they will settle down and live a happily-ever-after marriage. But life isn’t always so easy (see Clannad’s possible future and Suzuka as examples). For many years, it’s been quoted that around… Read More 50% of Anime Marriages End in Divorce
One blog that I’ve followed religiously in recent years is Topless Robot, run by Rob Bricken. Timely and often hilarious, Bricken’s site discusses all forms of nerdery, including anime on occasion, as Bricken was editor of Anime Insider magazine and wrote for Anime News Network for a time. Religion is only very occasionally discussed, though never deeply. … Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Nerd Religions