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Something More: Christmas Mass in Polar Bear Cafe, the Sins of Mirai Nikki, and Eureka 7′s Spiritual Character

Medieval Otaku compares how Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied each demonstrate the nature of human sinfulness. [Medieval Otaku]

Nick Olson of Christ and Pop Culture includes early scenes from The Secret World of Arrietty among his 25 most memorable of 2012. [Christ and Pop Culture]

Suburban Banshee points out a scene involving Catholicism in the Christmas episode of Polar Bear Cafe. [Aliens in This World]

Among other observations, r0402 mentions how the spirituality of the William character in Eureka Seven stands in stark contrast to how it is shown through the rest of the series. [Ideas Without End]

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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. 

Special thanks to Don of Zoopraxiscope for passing the Polar Bear Cafe post on to me!  If you’ve written such a piece or know of one, please email TWWK if you’d like it included. 

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Revisiting Madoka on Easter, a Big O Savior, and the Case of Moses and Death Flags

Myssa celebrated Easter, in part, by rewatching the finale of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.  Her analysis of the finale includes discussion of Christian symbolism in the series, symbolism that doesn’t quite fit into the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and even some Gnostic symbolism. [Midnight Equinox]

A Day Without Me writes a wonderful piece about the religious symbolism and language in episode 3 of Big O II (and also in some earlier episodes) as she reexamines the series. [GAR GAR Stegosaurus]

Draggle’s thoughts on episode 14 of Fate/Zero include his comparison of a certain character’s demise to a deathbed conversion (that isn’t a conversion at all). [Draggle's Anime Blog]

In another post, Draggle discusses the idea of love while analyzing episode 25 of Mirai Nikki, and uses the words of Christ to support his belief that there’s no such thing as “soulmates.” [Draggle's Anime Blog]

Koji writes a surprisingly nice entry about his past, including a bit about how Evangelion affected his view of religion. [MASCHERA]

Omo writes that way before anime, Moses knew all about death flags.  Yes, that Moses. [Skull Candies]

Kathryn Darden of the Nashville version of examiner.com posts an article about Iota Soul, an OEL manga about orphans and created by a Christian.  It was featured at a booth at the MTAC anime convention. [examiner.com]

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As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere 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. 

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Christian Manga for Earthquake Victims, Free Will in Mirai Nikki, and Happy Science Anime!

It’s been a particularly busy week in spiritual stories related to anime, specifically involving organizations.   Let’s get right to it!

Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) is beginning distribution of Risk Ride, a manga purposed to address those filled with hopelessness upon the one-year anniversary of the massive Japanese earthquake and possibly thinking of suicide.  Illustrated by a mangaka who lost her infant to SIDS in the months before last year’s quake and written by a member of CCC staff, the manga follows two motorcyclist friends on a journey.  Missionaries will distribute the manga and open conversation using the piece, which points readers toward Christ. [Christian Post]

Pluralistic Japanese religious group, Happy Science, announced plans to release an anime film, “The Mystical Laws,” in October.  Directed by Cowboy Bebop set designer, Isamu Imakake, the movie will be based upon the book by Ryuho Okawa, the religion’s founder and Messiah-figure.  The plot is interesting and certainly very anime-like, so I’ll be interested in seeing the ratio of entertainment to propoganda in this feature. [Anime News Network]

Akira mentions the prevalence of Christian schools in anime, providing historical background and drawing connections between missionary schools and the elite in Japan. [Moe Fundamentalism]

Zeroe4, one of our bloggers, continues his series “Under the Mask of Lies” on his other blog by comparing Puella Magi Madoka Magica to living the Christian life [Zeroe4]:

When someone first becomes a Christian, everything is amazing and wonderful. Their hearts are on fire, but soon after the enemy tries to wipe out that fire. They then learn to fight.

In analyzing episode 22 of Mirai Nikki, draggle discusses the heavy topics of free will, rules of the universe, and the omnipotence of God.  I was about to respond to one point in regards to omnipotence, but of course, draggle mentioned much of what I said just a little further down the page [Draggle's Anime Blog]:

The second answer (and the one I find more interesting) is that God can create a rock he can’t lift. And God can lift the rock which he can’t lift! An omnipotent God created the laws of space, time and nature, but these laws do not bind him; only his creation. So it seems plausible to assume that God also created the laws of logic, and is not bound by them either. He’s omnipotent, after all.

Draggle also continues with his neat series of posts on Guilty Crown featuring his revision of a hymn (in this week’s post, it’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”) as sung by another blogger (this week it’s Anya).  The lyrics and his commentary analyze some of the (over-the-top? too obvious?) religious symbolism in the show. [Draggle' Anime Blog]

Wikketkrikket analyzes Absolute Boyfriend and Ai Love You, examining the nature of humanity, taking a Christian point of view. [Wikketkrikket]

Marina reflects on an episode of Natsume Yuujinchou that revolves around a Moon Splitting Festival. [Anime B&B]

Sweetpea reviews Osamu Tezuka’s masterpiece, Buddha, and comes away thinking she need to adjust her ratings of other manga a little lower. [Paper Chimes]

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As part of the Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere 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.