Coming Home

In my youth, the two anime protagonists stood larger than life in my eyes: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) and Shinji Ikari (Evangelion). The pair are so contrasting – Spike only wants to look forward even though his past won’t let him, while Ikari should move forward but is continually stuck in the past. I feel… Read More Coming Home

Do You Love Me Enough to Let Me Go?

You don’t have to be an expert in anime to understand that a generation gap is developing between twenty-somethings and younger fans of the medium. Patrick W. Galbraith, in his book, The Otaku Encyclopedia, calls of the post-Evangelion fans the “fifth wave.” This is my wave – the time period in which I became hooked on anime. And just as with most people, I believe my wave to be best.

Because we’re entering a new wave, shows that aren’t too old, but are from a past generation, are now considered classics. Case in point: Cowboy Bebop. If any show can be called “universally acclaimed,” it’s this one. If you’re sixth generation an unfamiliar with the show, it follows a group of bounty hunters traveling throughout the solar system. That short summary hardly does the show justice, though. It explores a number of themes, including one of particular interest to me: the them of letting people go to make their own decisions. And this idea is one that is vital to Christianity.

By the way, spoilers abound below…… Read More Do You Love Me Enough to Let Me Go?