When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
Although, depending on where you live, it might not feel like Easter was just here (we even had snow this week), the celebration of Our Lord’s death and resurrection has come again. I hope yours was a time of peace and renewal. In my church it’s customary to give up something during the 40+ days… Read More An Easter Approach to Social Media
For all the ills and unintended consequences of social media, there are some remarkably good things about it, too. For instance, it provides a brand new way for nerds, who aren’t always the most sociable bunch, to form community. Well, maybe that’s not fair—a lot of geeks are incredibly social, they just have an awkwardness… Read More Get Social, You Nerds!
Episode one of Darling in the Franxx was a whirlwind, but in the midst of all the action, fanservice, funky mechas, and mysterious storylines, I was left with one question: what about Naomi? As Hiro’s original partner, Naomi is forced to leave the training facility after his failure and return “home,” where she’s likely to… Read More Tweeting (and Empathizing) in the Franxx
I think every thoughtful human being on this planet experiences, at some point or another, some sort of identity crisis. We are naturally hypocritical beings, and as such it’s difficult to pinpoint just who we are, and perhaps even more difficult to communicate that identity to others. Every time I compose an article (it’s been… Read More Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life
#prayforjapan Oh, the ire this hashtag has caused! Atheists jumping on believers for praying to a god they don’t believe exists when money is what is needed; Christians angrily defending their God when there are people dying from this powerful earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. Whatever we believe about God and about prayer, the fact… Read More #prayforjapan…then #givetojapan
One of my favorite bloggers is someone I met by happenstance on the web. While participating in a forum thread about religion, Annalyn jumped into the conversation with her thoughtful posts about Christianity. It wasn’t until later that I discovered she was an avid blogger. Last month, she wrote a post about the anime and… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: The Wallflower and the Prince of Peace
Twitter can be a wonderful tool. It’s great for networking, establishing relationships, and finding out about news and new ideas. It can also feed a blog. A few weeks back, Otakurean, Prede and I were tweeting, and Otakurean mentioned that the father in Serial Experiments Lain was symbolic of God. I was confused at first… Read More Finding the Invisible God in…Serial Experiments Lain