Blog Archives

Something More: Doubting Homura, Ghostic Haibane, and Ef: A Tale of Theologies

Japes gets into the nitty gritty of the characters’ personal theologies in Ef – A Tale of Melodies in a thorough and thought-provoking post. [Japesland]

Nick Calibey correlates Rakka’s sprouting of wings in the first episode of the series to teachings of the Gnostic movement. [A Rather Silly Blog]

Emily compares Homura’s storyline in Puella Magi Madoka Magica to Doubting Thomas. [For Me, in Full Bloom]

Annalyn compares the Christian God to Striker, the self-declares one, of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. [Annalyn's Thoughts]

D.M. Dutcher finds the Erica Fontaine of Sakura Wars to embody a positive and fairly accurate portrayal of a Christian. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Tommy ends his review of Anime Expo with an interesting note related to his Christian beliefs. [Anime Bowl]

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As part of the Something More series of posts, each week Beneath the Tangles links to writings about anime and manga that involve religion and spirituality.  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included. 

Gnostic Haruhism, Buddhist Church of Madoka, and an Animevangelist

In his unique style, Monsieur LaMoe discusses how karmic religions intertwine with Aquarion EVOL.  I admit, he lost me before I was halfway through.  I did enjoy his pronouncement of Maaya Sakamoto as an “animevangelist,” however. [Anime Diet]

The author of the new Cyberpunk Otaku blog posts a bit about her religious beliefs. [Cyberpunk Otaku]

Zeroe4 reviews the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and ends with some thoughts about humanity trying to become God. [Zeroe4]

And speaking of Haruhi, Kuro examines the paths that she and Madoka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica have taken to become “goddesses” of their respective fandoms. [Kansatsu]

Super-chill video blogger, Code+, gives his take on the generally negative presentation of priests and the Christian religion in anime and manga (warning: some foul language). [CodeArchives]

On Day 18 of his Twenty Days of Haibane Renmei series, John Samuel mentions creator Yoshitoshi ABe’s though process in creating a series that has such a strong religious theme, but lacks a purposeful theology. [Pirates of the Burley Griffin]

I haven’t paid attention to Shakugan no Shana, but judging by Guardian Enzo’s post, there are apparently religious/philosophical themes at play in the series. [Lost in America]

Sweetpea616 gives a mediocre score to Broken, one of the better known, self-published Christian OEL manga. [Paper Chimes]

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As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogsophere series of posts, each week, Beneath the Tangles links to writings about anime and manga that involve religion and spirituality.  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included.

Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

I took last week off for Christmas, which means there is a plethora of links to share on Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere today.  I’ll return to the regular Friday schedule starting next Friday.

I was surprised that although this week’s Fate/Zero included a lengthy discussion of God’s sense of justice and His nature, few bloggers discussed the scene.  Draggle examines the idea of blasphemy as praise, while Chikorita157 and Hisui, among other bloggers, summarize Caster and Ryuunosuke’s discussion about God.

Another finale that aired this week was for Mawaru Penguindrum.  Draggle concludes the show with a thorough analysis of Gnostic elements.  Chaostangent discusses certain ideas in the series, particularly the religious element of sin.  Nopy demystifies some of the show’s symbolism, which included some religious elements, like the apples.

Zeroe4 provides his otakucized version of I Corinthians 19-23:

To the Otaku, I became as an otaku (even though I serve Christ first) in order to win otaku.

On his other blog, Zeroe4 brings up Genesis when talking Chobits.

Charles Dunbar profiles the Yuki-onna yokai.

In the way of reviews, Sweetpea dislikes the religious-themed manga, Testarotho and Kuuki found Happy Science’s Rebirth of Buddha confusing.

Bobbierob’s Secret Santa show was Haibane Renmei, and befitting of the series, he writes a bit about the themes of sin and salvation in the angelic series.

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As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogsophere series of posts, each week, Beneath the Tangles links to writings about anime and manga that involve religion and spirituality.  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included.

Yuri the Princess of Lies, an Impossible Anime Dream, and the Christianizing of Princess Mononoke

Draggle continues to draw connections to Gnosticism in Mawaru Penguindrum, but this time also quotes Milton and discusses the “Princess of Lies” connection with the “Prince of Lies.”  Vucubcaquix investigates the parallel between Yuri and Satan even further, calling it the “most provocative idea in this episode.”

Zeroe4 reflects on the impossibility of his dream to create anime, before emphasizing his faith and his willingness to fight for it.

Daniel Mumby graciously offers apologies for those offended by his earlier analysis of Christian themes in several Miyazaki films.

Christianity, Gnosticism, & Daoism in Penguindrum, a Chibi Crisis of Faith, and Sankaku (Christian) Complex

Another week, another spattering of Mawaru Penguindrum posts that talk religion: vucubcaquix mentions the Christian apologetic argument that an orderly creation is evidence of a creator as he describes Ringo’s feelings about fate; Ephemeral Dreams points out the yin and yang of the series and explains the idea, emphasized in Daoism; and draggle continues with his analysis of gnostic symbols in the show.

Landon explores a crisis of faith and other spiritual aspects in episode one of Chibi Devi.

I’m not sure what to make of this, but Ronin Frontier presents a humorous reflection on quite a change in Sankaku Complex’s focus.

Connie reviews volume 7 of JinJun Park’s Raiders, a manhwa featuring Judeo-Christian elements.

Reverse Thieves’ “Manga of the Month” is Saint Young Men, one of the most interesting and unique concepts in all manga.

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: The Soul of Anime, Obon Season, and a Papal Manga

Labor Day is coming up – not a bad time to muse about Mawaru Penguindrum, John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and the Garden of Eden?

2DT ends his series of posts on Tokidoki Balloon with an essay about the soul of anime, using some occult and Gnostic practices to illustrate.

Japanese missionary Kermit Bayless reflects on Obon, Japanese spirituality, and spiritual discernment.

Episode 07 of Dantalian no Shoka brings to mind the Book of Ecclesiastes, The Book of Thomas, Welsh mythology, Hinduism, and demonology.

Johnny at How I Met Your Otaku elegantly discusses the positives of Kamisama Dolls, including the Shintoist themes running through it.

A Filipino priest encourages use of technology in education, including an anime bible that he helped create.

Manga Hero’s release about Pope Benedict XVI, Habemus Papam!, is now available to read online for free.

And finally, a little Engrish spirituality for your pleasure.