“Yuri will save the world” is a popular saying in the comment sections of yuri and shoujo-ai manga online. It’s pretty cringey from a Christian perspective, but in an odd way, for me, it was also somewhat true—though probably not in the way that the comment-writers mean. Let me give you some context. You know… Read More ‘Yuri Will Save the World’? Why You Should Watch Yuri and Why I Don’t Anymore
In conservative Christian culture, there’s this ebb and flow in the reaction to homosexuality, between this uneasy understanding that the church is often not welcoming to the LGBTQ community but also a sincere desire, I believe (among most), to change that, and a doubling down in loudly stomping out anything that would make same-sex relationships… Read More Can Christians Read Yuri Manga and Watch Yuri Anime?
Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 8 Love Me, Love Me Not is a simple story. The characters are basic, and though they have their struggles—as do all teenagers—theirs are not overly complicated. The obstacles they face are moderate, and growth feels attainable and realistic. I think that’s part of what makes this series special—it… Read More Reader’s Corner: Bofuri, The Catlords’ Manservant, and Chasing After Aoi Koshiba
Sometimes the first volume of a light novel stuns readers by circumventing expectations, either in how it both defies some traditional anime conventions and surpasses others, or by presenting a surprising story. In rare instances, a light novel will do both, which is precisely the case in volume one of The Executioner and Her Way… Read More Review: The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol. 1
Dear Noman is series about ghosts, teenagers, smooching, and a group that is working together to keep the world safe from ghosts. Sounds creative, but is it good? Let’s discuss. Review The first volume begins by introducing Mashiro, a teenager who has been able to see ghosts all her life. At the start, Mashiro finds… Read More Manga Review: Dear Noman, Vol. 1
Reunited as teenagers after spending their middle school years apart, Fumi and Akira don’t recognize each other at first, especially since the latter has far surpassed her friend in height (to latter’s dismay)—but everything else remains nearly the same: Akira is spunky and self-confident, Fumi is more gentle and prone to crying, and though they… Read More Review: Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana), Blu-Ray
Why do you post about yaoi on a Christian blog? We receive this question from time to time across our various platforms when we post, say, fan art from Given on Tumblr or a first impression piece on a yuri series here on the website. And it is a good question, one I want to… Read More Is it Okay for a Christian to Watch Yaoi and Yuri Anime?
Shimamura is a girl that likes to skip third period, while Adachi is a girl that likes to skip school entirely. The two meet each other on the gym second floor, and start regularly hanging out with each other there, playing table tennis and just generally enjoying each other’s company. However, while Adachi has no… Read More First Impressions: Adachi and Shimamura
What do you do, and how do you move forward, after you’ve experienced a bittersweet, youthful love? Happy-Go-Lucky Days, currently streaming at the Asian Pop-up Cinema Festival, examines these questions through three stories, each particular in a variety of ways, but all connected by same threads of sadness, joy, and maturation. Those who have read… Read More Review: Happy-Go-Lucky Days
I have a habit of sometimes drowning myself in nostalgia, which inevitably leads to regret—nothing serious, but even at my age I’ll entertain the thought, “I wish I could have lived [insert period of life] all over but as I am now instead of as who I was then.” We all make mistakes, but there… Read More Blue Flag, Vol. 1: Between Kids and Adults