This summer, I’d like to try something very different from what we typically do. Ever since I read Daniel Cronquist’s monograph on Haibane Renmei, entitled “Set Apart,” I’ve imagined conducting a Bible study using that work as a guide. Japes, who has recently started an excellent aniblog, brought this closer to reality by mentioning his… Read More Let’s Video Chat! Haibane Renmei Online Small Group Beginning Soon!
As I worked through the hustle and bustle of my first anime convention, I was tempted to buy a variety of items, but I held back. I kept my eyes on the prize: an inexpensive box set of Haibane Renmei, a series currently licensed by FUNimation, but out of print. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an… Read More A Guide (No, Two!) for Jumping into Haibane Renemi
Set Apart by Daniel Cronquist Pleasant Word Publishing 80 pgs. Christian themes and symbolism are ever-present in anime and manga works, from the surface-level use of nuns (Toaru Majutsu no Index, Trinity Blood) and crufixes (Kannagi, Neon Genesis Evangelion) to deeper themes that also have universal relevance, like redemption (Trigun). Japan, however, is not by… Read More Review: Set Apart by Daniel Cronquist
In 2002, Haibane Renmei, an acclaimed anime with heavily spiritual themes, premiered in Japan. While many pointed out Christian themes in the series, one individual went even further and wrote a book discussing Christian faith in light of Haibane Renmei. Daniel Cronquist, writer of Set Apart, is a civil engineer who traveled extensively throughout Japan. … Read More Interview with Daniel Cronquist, Writer of Set Apart