• Guest Post: Fairy Tail—Trusting the Teacher

    Today, we’re excited to share a guest post from Kendall Lyons, a longtime BtT community member. Kendall is a minister, cartoonist, author, and, of course, anime fan. When you’ve finished this article, be sure to check out his website for more writings (and his cartoons!). Kendall can also be found on Twitter, so be sure to connect with him there (@CartoonDaily1). What has God done for me? What has Jesus done for me? He took away the darkness that was within me! He is the great teacher and master that never held back anything from me. He saw me at my place of peril and destruction. He chose me because He knew I was filled with a lot of...
  • Something More: Faithful Fanfiction, Final Fantasy XV, and an Anime Testimony

    Shalom my dear readers. That’s “hello” and “peace” in Hebrew! It’s time for your monthly round-up of incredible articles. From anime to video games and others, we’ve got you covered. As always, feel free to submit your content to us via email, Facebook, Twitter, or comment. Regardless of the form of communication, we will get back to you. I had a little bit of a hard time deciding on which post I should feature this time. There were several good ones, but it wasn’t until I read Lady_TeresaChristina’s testimony that I made a decision. She used various anime characters to portray different parts of her life, whether it was something good or bad. Not only are her words transparent and...
  • ACCA: Hope Despite Uncertainty

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    Only one episode remains in ACCA. The story has come so far, and although some of the recent episodes have been weaker, there’s still a lot of potential for a satisfying conclusion. There is still one more episode to go, and if feels like we know so little. The ending looms uncertainly, but Jean has a plan, we just have no idea what it is, and neither do most of the other characters....
  • Anime March Madness 2017: Round 4

    BTT’s Anime March Madness is now down to our final four anime series after an exciting third round. The remaining shows are:   Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Cowboy Bebop My Hero Academia ERASED A link to the full bracket can be found here. If you are ready to vote, you can do so at this link or using the form below: Loading… Who’s going to get into the finals for next week? Will Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood runaway with a second win or will a newcomer like ERASED or My Hero Academia win this year? Vote now, spread the word, and check back next week. Feel free to continue the discussion below....
  • StarStruck: Fire Emblem Awakening – A Priest, a Scientist, and a Church

    With my new StarStruck column, I can sometimes talk about Japan-based media outside of anime. So today, I will be talking about a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. One of my favorite games of all time, Awakening is the 13th game in the Fire Emblem series and the game that brought the franchise out of obscurity and made it into one of Nintendo’s most popular series. One reason this game became a hit among players was the return of Support Conversations, in which your army units, whom all already have distinct names and personalities, can form relationships with each other, resulting in special conversations that flesh out their personalities and backstories and, in some cases, can even lead to marriage. Thanks to this system, the...
  • Newman’s Nook: Self-Sacrifice and Machiavellian Thought

    WARNING – This series discussed has some nudity, violence, and other graphical content which may not be suitable for younger viewers. The Ghost in the Shell: Arise movies and TV series are a re-imagined prequel to the Ghost in the Shell (GITS) movie universe. The third GITS: Arise film, Ghost Tears, crafts a fascinating storyline where our main character, Motoko Kusanagi, is in a personal romantic relationship with a man, Akira Hose, who works on prosthetics/cybernetic body parts. Hose ends up being intricately linked to the current case Kusanagi is investigating, a case which involves terrorists bombing a regional dam. SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW...
  • ACCA: The Cost of Trust

    Despite what people believe about happy endings, whether they think they’re the paragon of a good series or trite and boring, they can be done well. They have come to be what we expect in all stories, even if they are poorly written. As we now arrive at the point leading to ACCA’s conclusion, it is difficult to know what the next two episodes will look like. There are still mysteries out there, and the odds are just as uncertain as ever. When the finale comes, will it be worth it?...
  • Examining Light Novels: Medieval and Modern Castes

    I have every intention of making this my last article on Spice and Wolf.  Nine is the elvish number for luck, and nine articles of Spice and Wolf ought to whet anyone’s appetite to explore this series further and perhaps even the Middle Ages.  (I’ll save my next series as a surprise.)  Over the course of fourteen volumes, Isuna Hasekura’s attitude towards Christianity and the Church appears to ameliorate.  (At least, one is hard pressed to find the kind of statements which inspired a past article of mine.)  His research into the Medieval Age and the Church has no doubt affected his opinions.  Perhaps, he might just be led into the Faith by means of this study! For my last...
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