One of the challenges of writing this column is deciding which show to write about each time. While I have a fair number of shows to choose from, I know that people’s tastes vary and my tastes in particular tend to be somewhat different from most anime viewers’. While I rarely let that stop me… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime Special: Crunchyroll’s Hidden Gems
Nick Calibey examines the sometimes biblical meanings of names, including Shuu’s from Guilty Crown. [A Rather Silly Blog] Ty-chama analyzes episode 10 of Shinsekai Yori and touches on her personal faith, as well how the episode emphasizes the idea of a sinful nature. [Watashi wa Bucho!!] Annoying Dragon reviews Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt’s Yokai… Read More Something More: Naming Shuu, Sin in Shinsekai Yori, and Reviewing Yokai Attack!
For all the answers given (and questions brought up) in episode 10 of Shinsekai Yori, perhaps the most intriguing thing to me was the juxtaposition involving Shun. He, the most powerful of the main characters, has now become powerless to do anything about his fate. It’s an interesting plot point that Shun must now suffer… Read More Shinsekai Yori, Episode 10: All Problems Stem from the Human Heart
So, I haven’t read the following article, in which vucubcaquix discusses more Buddhist allusions in Shin Sekai Yori, because I’m trying to keep myself from being spoiled for episode six, which I’ve yet to watch. But I highly recommend it, since it’s written by a pair the blogosphere’s best. [The Untold Story of Altair and… Read More Something More: More Buddhism in Shin Sekai Yori, Festival Time, and No Politics or Religion on Aniblogs!
The writers at Anime Diet analyze the first two Madoka Magica movies, and include some great discussion of Buddhist and Christian allusions in the films and series. [Anime Diet] Speaking of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nick Calibey points out the similarities between Homura and St. Peter. [A Rather Silly Blog] Nick also presents a wonderful… Read More Something More: Buddhism in Shin Sekai Yori, Homura the Pope, and a Witch’s Familiar
The new season of anime has started! Each season brings with it a series or two that deals with spiritual, supernatural, and/or religious themes. Since these ideas are often used simply as a plot device with little meaning, I tend to ignore these shows. But Shin Sekai Yori may be a little different. And at… Read More Something More: Evil Religion in Shin Sekai Yori, Catholic Context in Angelic Layer, and My Seven Little Deadly Sins