Episode nine of Kino’s Journey is a collection of short episodes of her travels, as well as one of Shizu’s. Most are humorous: a bandit’s advice about not attacking Kino’s group or Shizu’s, based on terrifying memories of Kino’s master; an even more terrifying tale of Kino’s cooking; Ti’s thoughts about the validity of making… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 9: Pray or Do?
When I was a kid, I used to go to my backyard and gaze up at the stars for for what seemed like endless minutes. I was still at an age where the unknown of space thrilled me, where my imagination was filled with thoughts of what the vastness of the universe meant, and when… Read More Long Pauses in NERV Elevators and Answered Prayers
I knew kids just like Hachiman Hikigaya, the ones who didn’t socialize with anybody, nor did they seem to care that they didn’t have friends. Like them, Hikki would rather just be left alone. Or so it seems. Although he loves to extol the virtues of being a loner, it’s easy to tell in OreGairu that… Read More Hachiman Hikigaya and the Ugliness of Something Genuine
Episode 4 of http://www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan’s oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness
Found in volume eleven of Spice and Wolf, the novella “The Black Wolf’s Cradle” counts as Isuna Hasekura’s best short work by far. We see Eve Bolan in her early days of being a merchant. Her husband has recently lost both his favor with the crown and his head, and Bolan has lost her noble privileges–even… Read More Examining Light Novels: Pray at All Times
91 Days is one of the least flashy—and thus most intriguing—anime of the season. I could comment on candle symbolism in the first episode or the interesting choice of art style for the backgrounds, but this is Beneath the Tangles. And the religious references caught my eye. I’m especially interested in the use of prayer… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days
Towards the end of one episode of Saint Seiya, the girl running the fighting competition, Saori Kido, pleads with her deceased grandfather for advice on how to deal with the theft of the Golden Cloth armor. Rather than the monologue I expected, her late grandfather actually appears to her and gives her some consoling advice. He… Read More Examining Old School Anime: The Saints Point to Christ