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Belldandy, Nagisa, and What it Means to Be Pure

Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, 2000

Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, 2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was dusting out blog drafts, and found this completed entry among them.  I don’t know if I would’ve written it today…but nonetheless, here it is!

Several years ago, while I was still in college and unmarried, a group of close guy friends and I had a conversation about “animated women.”  My friend blogged about our tastes, and so I so reminiscently looked through his old entries and found our selections.  One for Belle (Beauty and the Beast), one for Jasmine (Aladdin), one for Ariel (The Little Mermaid)and one for Belldandy (Oh! My Goddess!).

Belldandy.  She of the great divide – loved by many and hated by others.  One of the most popular anime/manga characters of all time, Belldandy exudes grace, innocence and quiet strength to some, and backwards subservience to others.  I would gather all of her positive attributes into one word: purity.  What sets Belldandy apart for many and what is attractive about her (her much-discussed sexuality aside) is purity. Read the rest of this entry

Diary of an Anime Lived: The Selfish/Selfless Daddy

I’m a sucker for tearjerkers.  Even though I consider myself a realist, I’m very sentimental.  That said, although I often tear up as shows and movies, I’ve only cried twice – at The Passion of the Christ and during episode 18 of Clannad After Story, entitled “The Ends of the Earth.”

Even as I read a cold synopsis of the episode, I’m getting choked up.

Tomoya, Nagisa and Ushio

The happy family (Artist: Miyai_Max)

Inspired to write by Aorii’s recent post, this is my first Diary of an Anime Lived.  The screencaps below are all courtesy of the Subculture Anime Blog.  Beware, this post contains most of the major spoilers for the show, beginning with my final line before the jump:

There are multitudes of fans for Clannad, but I hold a connection to the story that most American fans (at least right now in their lives) won’t.  I am Tomoya, and although I didn’t lose my Nagisa, I do have an Ushio.

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