Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 9: Pray or Do?

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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… Continue reading Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 9: Pray or Do?

Long Pauses in NERV Elevators and Answered Prayers

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… Continue reading Long Pauses in NERV Elevators and Answered Prayers

Hachiman Hikigaya and the Ugliness of Something Genuine

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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… Continue reading Hachiman Hikigaya and the Ugliness of Something Genuine

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Beneath the Tangles | Shinto, Prayer, and www.Working!!

Episode 4 of 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… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Examining Light Novels: Pray at All Times

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… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: Pray at All Times

Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days

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… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Empty Prayer in 91 Days

Examining Old School Anime: The Saints Point to Christ

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… Continue reading Examining Old School Anime: The Saints Point to Christ

Examining Old School Anime: the Arcadia as the Church

Occasionally, I find myself writing posts like this, where I ramble on about a vague idea.  They have the virtue of giving my dear readers an insight into how my mind works, though I can't claim the following as a polished article.  In this case, the condition of Captain Harlock's world in 2977 A.D. reminds… Continue reading Examining Old School Anime: the Arcadia as the Church

Letter from the Editor: Bleach, Church Retreats, and Powering Up

Dear Readers, Have you been keeping up with the happenings in Bleach? The manga has become fairly intense, and after all this time, the story's become exciting again.  I haven't been a fan of the series since early in the arc involving Aizen, but I just can't help but to consume the manga in chunks… Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Bleach, Church Retreats, and Powering Up

Something More: Kill la Cross, Madoka’s Universal Church, and Sailor Moon Mythology

Welcome to the first of our more sporadic version of Something More.  The blogosphere has been resplendent in it's spiritual-related articles the last couple of week, regarding anime series both current and classic. Christian symbolism runs rampant in Kill la Kill, as do opportunities to discuss Christian themes and ideas, particularly as they relate to… Continue reading Something More: Kill la Cross, Madoka’s Universal Church, and Sailor Moon Mythology