Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

There are weeks on Something More where I need to dig and prod to find articles for linking.  This is not, however, one of those weeks, as the blogosphere has produced almost a dozen wonderful articles about anime and religion/spirituality. Eugene Woodbury discusses Japanese Buddhism from a pop cultural perspective, referencing Gingitsune among other anime… Read More Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

Something More: Islam and Anime, KanColle Christians, and Dying Shinto Trees

Could this be called a world report version of Something More? This week, we have stories from Japan, of course, but also from Indonesia and, why not, we can say that a KonColle article is international, too!  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! In Indonesia, Muslim otaku reconcile their faith and anime, perhaps surprisingly even accepting… Read More Something More: Islam and Anime, KanColle Christians, and Dying Shinto Trees

Something More: Hanayamata Witness, Godly Childhood Relationships, and Shinto Ritual

It’s a “Series of Miracles” kind of week here on Something More, as Frank, founder of that blog, is responsible for the majority of this week’s short list of links.  Not that I’m complaining, as he’s one of my favorite writers in the blogosphere! Frank again looks to anime childhood relationships as he discusses a… Read More Something More: Hanayamata Witness, Godly Childhood Relationships, and Shinto Ritual

Something More: Less Game More Life, Ranma Devalues Akane, and Good Samaritan Art Online

This week was full of great articles about spirituality – many, as usual, about Christianity, but note the first link below, from academic and frequent convention panelist, Charles Dunbar, which focuses on Shinto and Buddhist traditions. Charles Dunbar investigates A Letter to Momo and discusses the spiritual idea of our loved ones watching over us… Read More Something More: Less Game More Life, Ranma Devalues Akane, and Good Samaritan Art Online

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Shinigami Syncretism

Crystal White of Japanator is attending the New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and posted some interesting remarks about a session she attended.  Did you know that Shinigami, translated as Death Gods, are part of the ever-present syncretism in Japanese religion?  However, the idea is neither Shinto nor Buddhist: its roots are in western tradition.  Read… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Shinigami Syncretism