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Something More: Biblical Names of Symphogear, Yura’s Unclean Cup, and Good Catholics in Anime

Cytrus gives a wonderfully in-depth analysis of character names in Symphogear, with a few relating to Jesus, Mary, and Eve. [Yaranakya]

Frank dives into Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3, examining, among other things, Yura’s Pharisaical actions. [A Series of Miracles]

Lady Geek girls talks Catholic, as in positive portrayals of Catholics in geek media.  The emphasis is mostly on other forms, but she does talk a bit about an example from Maoyu. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends]

Something More: Kenshin’s Journey Toward Mercy, Bad Catholics in Maoyu, and Dreams of a Christian Japan

This week has been full of great articles involving religion and spirituality!  Unfortunately, I may have missed a few – the move from Google Reader to Feedly has been largely snag free, until this week, when I found that their latest update has omitted the search feature.  RSS users beware.

Anyway, onto the articles!

Medieval Otaku posts his academic essay on how Kenshin’s journey in the first two OVA’s (Trust and Betrayal/Samurai X) parallel to St. Bonaventure’s steps leading to God in Journey of the Mind to God. [Medieval Otaku]

Lady Geek Girl has a real issue with how the Catholic Church is represented in some series and movies, and uses Maoyuu Maou Yuusha as an example. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends]

Justin notes an emphasis on religion in the Attack on Titan anime as compared to the manga. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]

Draggle draws connections between the act of a benediction and this week’s disturbing episode of Aku no Hana. [Draggle's Anime Blog]

Zeroe4 makes a distinction between his “calling to anime” and his dream for Japan. [Zeroe4]

D.M. Dutcher offers reviews of Another and Girls Und Panzer that are directed toward Christian viewers. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

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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. 

Something More: Shinto Shinkai, Moe Jesus, and Religion Data Girl

TheSubtleDoctor believes Makoto Shinkai is offering some criticism of certain aspects of eastern religion in his film, Children Who Chase Lost Voices. [rayout]

Vivi really enjoyed the Saint Young Men OVA, though offering the manga as even better. [Sekijitsu]

D.M. Dutcher offers recommendations to Christians in his dissection of the “community over individual” theme in Onani Master Kurosawa and Koe no Katachi. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

In his first impressions of RDG: Red Data Girl, Guardian Enzo gives some context about the Shugendou religion, which plays a role in the series. [Lost in America]

Guardian Enzo also talks a bit of religion in his review of episode 21 of Psycho Pass as he wonders how the series will end. [Lost in America]

Stilts introduces the idea of free market Christianity in his article on episode 10 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. [Random Curiosity]

Finally, if there are by chance any New Yorkers who frequent our blog, you might consider attending a discussion about religion in anime hosted by Baruch College’s anime club. [Baruch College]

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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. 

Something More: Giant Christian Robots, Jesus Anime App, and The Curses of Magi and Little Busters

What do mecha tells us about the Christian faith?  Quite a lot, actually. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Ty-chama addresses Old Testament generational curses, and how Little Busters and Magi demonstrate that we can overcome our lots in life. [Watashi wa Bucho!]

Tsunderin points out Hindu allusions in her review of the 3 x 3 Eyes manga. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends]

“My Last Day,” the anime short about Jesus, is now available through the YouVersion Bible app. [Examiner]

Inushinde discusses the lack of subtlety in the portrayal of the church in episode 9 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. [The Cart Driver]

D.M. Dutcher includes notes that my be of particular concern to Christians in his review of Venus Versus Virus. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]

Something More: No One Suspects the Anime Inquisition

Only a couple of religion-tinged aniblog posts this week – come on, blogosphere!  Point out those religious allusions!

Sumairii discusses the church’s accusations (and annoyance with them) in episode 8 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha [Sushi GoKart]

TWWK (wait…) discusses how his fandom and faith intersect. [Study of Anime]

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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. 

Something More: Medieval Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Church, The Last Temptation of Madoka, and Samurai Deeper Christ

Nami dives into the themes of redemption and Christ symbolism in Trigun. [The Budding Philosopher]

Medieval Otaku compares Demon Eyes Kyo to Christ and examines some Christian themes and symbols in Samurai Deeper Kyo. [Medieval Otaku]

D.M. Dutcher of the Cacao, put down the shovel blog continues “A Christian’s Guide to Anime and Manga,” posts providing information and recommendations, with a series of articles detailing:

  • specific anime-related definitions [Part 2]
  • the definitions and warnings for “moe” and “lolicon” [Part 3]
  • how Christians should consider approaching anime and manga [Part 4]

JoeAnimated compares monasticism and the Middle Ages to the church guarding knowledge in episode 3 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.  [Anime Audiolog]

Usny also mentions the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages in relation to Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, and in an aside, gives thoughts about the rise of fall of the Church’s influence [Desu ex Machina]

Jay notes a scene reminiscent of the temptation of Christ in his review of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. [Jay's Tee Vee]

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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.