Monthly Archives: October 2011

Guilty Crown Episode 3 – Shu Is Too Nice

Episode 3: “Void Sampling”

No Shu, this is not a dream.

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Momoka as Jesus, Waiting on YWAM, and Buying Religious Manga

In his review of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, a three volume work in which cults and Jehovah’s Witnesses play a role, Boyd Tonkin describes the protagonist as “clearly belong[ing] on the manga and anime planets of Japanese pop culture.”

Among other analysis, Draggle delves into Momoka’s function in as the title character of Mawaru Penguindrum episode 15, “The Savior of the World,” and compares her Christlike role to Yuri’s Satanic one.  Also this week, Draggle muses on the magic of the show’s use of symbolism.

Vucubcaquix also discusses the Christ allusion in detail, drawing similarities between Momoka’s actions and Jesus’.

Zeroe4 is waiting on an answer from God about attending Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission, better known as YWAM.

Noiz briefly reflects on his purchase of Manga Messiah volumes.

Volume 7 of Saint Young Men topped the Oricon manga charts.

Manga Review of Judith: Captive to Conqueror, Volume 2

Book of JudithJudith: Captive to Conqueror
Volume 2
Story by Gabrielle Gniewek
Art by Sean Lam
Published by Manga Hero

Why do we do what we do?  What is our motivation? And what matters more – what we do or what we think?  Or are both equally important?

I’m sorry life was not kinder to you.  But you could have chosen a different path.

Volume two of Judith: Captive to Conqueror addresses these questions (and provides an answer, partially given in the quote above), as our heroine, the young widow, Judith, acts on her plan to save the Israelites.  Based on the Book of Judith, part of Catholic and Orthodox Bibles (but not of Protestant Bibles or Jewish scripture), this two-part series continues to demonstrate Manga Hero’s commitment to creating entertaining and well-made OEL manga. Read the rest of this entry

Finding the Invisible God in Claymore: Phantom Miria

Claymore MiriaCharacter: Phantom Miria
Series: Claymore
Gender: female
Occupation: claymore
Bible Twin: Jesus Christ

Overview
When it comes to manga, one series continually leaves powerful impressions on me, volume after volume.  Claymore, Norihiro Yagi’s violent fantasy series about demon-hunting women who are part demon themselves, is an epic series in terms of its scope, multiple story lines, and sheer number of characters.  Among the most important characters is Phantom Miria, once a high ranking claymore and now the leader of the rebels who survived the northern campaign.

Even before the survivors began to grow in their strength, Miria was a powerful fighter.  Ranked number six among claymore, Miria’s “Phantom” nickname grew out of her frightening speed that left behind after-images that confused her opponents.  Long suspicious of the Organization, the body that “creates” and deploys claymore, Miria approaches the rebellion with a plan.  Perhaps this is no surprise for any who would have investigated the origin of her name – the Claymore Wiki suggests she is named for Abraham’s sister, Miriam, whose name is Hebrew means “rebellion.”

But it’s a different biblical allusion I’m making today – that of Jesus Christ.

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Guilty Crown Episode 2 – I Only Want an Ordinary Life

“Survival of the Fittest”

Now with slightly higher-quality screenshots! The music has also improved this episode as the world of the Guilty Crown seems to be settling in and giving us a chance to know the characters a bit more.

When last we left our new hero Shu, he was in the midst of a battle zone with a sword he pulled out of a girl’s heart.

Thankfully, the sword can actually be returned.

This episode slows down enough to give us insight into more characters and introduces some new ones. Though, since I’ve finally seen the official opening sequence, I am uneasy about the large number of characters in this series that still have yet to be introduced.

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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.

Fan Art: Chris and Joy of Superbook

For many (particularly “older” anime fans), our first taste of anime was through an unlikely source – church or Christian television.  Superbook, an anime produced in corporation with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), was one of two anime series (along with Flying House) that many adults are familiar with, even if they know nothing else of the medium.  The show follows Chris (Sho) and Joy (Azusa), two children who venture back in time through use if the Superbook.

I recently came across a piece of fanart featuring these two characters and wanted to share it:

Superbook Joy Chris

Artist Reflections

The original Super book was apart of my childhood I wanted to see what it would look like in current anime style. I hope it inspires other fans to make something. I believe God has big plans for Anime/animation in the future.

The drawing was illustrated by Christopher Garcia, who has recently started blogging.

Nullifying the Things That Are: The Elimination of Boasting in Kin’iro no Corda

And the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.

– Paul the apostle, I Cor 1:28-29 (NASB)

When we left off our previous discussion of Kin’iro no Corda, we saw there a motif common to many anime series: a main character who, charmingly unbeknownst to herself, transforms the lives of everyone whose path she intersects for the better. In this way, Hino Kahoko is similar to Honda Tohru, the main character in that far superior series Fruits Basket, and can also be compared to the title character of Naruto, to Abe Takaya Okazaki Tomoya of Clannad, and to hundreds of other anime characters of both genders. But if you’re at all like me, you will endure worse series than Kin’iro no Corda (of which there are very many) on the chance of seeing this kind of life transformation in anime characters by means of their interactions.

I wish I had green hair. Actually, I just wish I had HAIR.

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Chihayafuru Episode 03 and Divine Appointments

Isn’t there a rule that says tearjerkers are reserved only for the last episodes of an anime series?  Because Chihayafuru isn’t following that rule.  Episode 3 hit four or five waterworks moments – a really beautiful episode.

Art by タカモリワコ

In one of these moments, near the episode’s end, Arata says something to the effect that the three friends will likely never see each other again.  We as the audience know this isn’t true.  Chihaya and Taichi reunited in the anime’s first episode and we can be certain that Arata will meet up with them as well.  But certainly at the time that Arata spoke, his prediction seemed probable.

Though the time in which these friends bonded was short, the impact was certainly long-lasting.  Because of the odd nature of the group’s friendships and the forces that suddenly tore them apart, there’s feeling that fate or destiny is in control.  For Christians, we might apply the Christianese phrase, “divine appointment,” to the situation.  There was a reason why the group came together – it was meant to be. Read the rest of this entry

The Peacemaker: Yukine Miyazawa

credit goes to 藤枝ひろ

One of my favourite minor characters from the anime of Clannad was Yukine Miyazawa. All through the first anime, I was wondering if she had a back-story, or would get any more depth put into her character.

Although Yukine never seemed to me to be the most special or interesting character in Clannad, she was definitely one of the kindest, and her sleepy-eyed look and calm attitude was always sweet to see. She never seemed bothered or irritated when Okazaki and Sunohara came to the reference room for advice.  She was definitely willing to help absolutely anyone.

Of course, in After Story it is shown that she is far less care-free than her sweetness lets on. We discover that her influence reaches much, much farther than the walls of the reference room. Her kindness is sought out by not only the students of their school, but by members of the two rival gangs of the city, one of which her older brother is the leader. Read the rest of this entry