Easter is already halfway to Pentecost, and the myriad colors of a Your lie in April-style spring shine in the Northwest Spain countryside where I live. We have just received the announcement of the end of the first and stricter period of our national lockdown, and while most of the safety restrictions will likely keep… Read More Easter: Ten Anime for the Ten Commandments (III)
Content Warning—This article briefly discusses sexual assault as presented in both Boys Over Flowers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love a good redemption story. From the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker to the conversion of Saul, stories about redemption strike a nerve. These tales remind us that our humanity remains beneath our own… Read More Newman’s Nook: Redeeming Evil Flowers
A soldier holding his detached face. Toothpicks shoved through one cheek and out the other. Numerous soldiers shot and killed at point-blank range. Golden Kamuy has no shortage of violent scenes in almost each and every episode. As with Game of Thrones, that’s part of the appeal of the show (though it’s also a darn… Read More Golden Kamuy and How Violence Shapes My Values
Two old school anime got me thinking about this topic: Saint Seiya and Riki-Oh: The Wall of Hell. Most of our readers have never heard of the latter title, and it can’t be recommended to most. Riki-Oh is reminiscent of Fist of the North Star in its bloody martial arts violence, and 80’s anime tend not to shy… Read More Examining Old School Anime: The Effects of Tribulation
I met with a friend yesterday, and among the myriad of topics we discussed was what happens when you perhaps too tightly guard your child from worldly things. I’ve been thinking more upon this topic after recently reading this article about One Punch Man. I don’t think a lot of Christian folks, unfortunately, realize that… Read More Elfen Lied and Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places
Isn’t it funny that when an anime season near its end, we seem to be less excited about finales the shows we’ve invested in than we are to the slate of new series about to arrive? Or maybe that’s just me. But it’s good to focus on the here and now – some of the… Read More Something More: Your Love in April, Virtuous Violence in Akame ga Kill, and TTGL’s Megachurch
Two weeks ago on his Answerman column, Brian Hanson posted responses to a question he posed a week prior: Has a particular title ever gone ‘too far’ in terms of its content for you? I immediately thought, ELFEN LIED!, and wrote a response that didn’t make it in (though thankfully, someone else mentioned that irredeemable… Read More What Anime “Crossed the Line” for You?