• Newman’s Nook: Getting Away with It

    I never really liked Tom and Jerry. I know that’s a weird thing to say in an article about anime and faith entitled, getting away with it, but hear me out. Something always bugged me about Tom and Jerry. As a kid, I was unable to pinpoint what exactly I had against the show. As an adult, I figured it out. Tom and Jerry at its core is a story about how if you’re cute enough, it’s perfectly fine for you to get away with theft and we should cheer you on. Enter Nyanbo. Nyanbo is a partially animated partially live action Japanese short-form series about a group of anthropomorphic cardboard box cats based on the character Danbo from the manga...
  • Examining Light Novels: The Rotund Angel Physician

    This time, a passage on the culinary excesses of clerics in Spice and Wolf struck me.  It was not remarkable for bringing out how much priests love fine dining.  The joke runs that one thing modern bishops and the apostles have in common is never turning down a meal.  Instead, I was surprised by the following allusion: “There was one famous Church doctor nicknamed ‘The Angel Physician,’ whose belly was so round and stuck out so far that his place at table has a special cutout just so that he could fit,” (Vol. 14, p. 75).  The story repeated here is all too true and refers to St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelic Doctor.”  Still, St. Thomas’s size was no blemish...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Toxic Chocolate, Singleness, and Other Anime Valentines

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Okay, let’s be honest. I don’t actually care much about this holiday. I’d love to use it as an excuse to make and eat chocolatey treats, but I think by the time I get off work, all I’ll have time and energy to make will be dinner. So I’ll just eat my normal amount of chocolate chips and call it good. At any rate, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to list five anime things I most associate with this holiday. This is a totally planned post and not at all a lazy excuse for a column resulting from poor planning, sleepiness, and limited anime viewing. I hope to hear what you think of these romantic...
  • ACCA: A Person Caught Up In Things

    One of the strongest feelings I get while watching ACCA is that none of this can last. The characters are living relatively peacefully for now, but eventually the sinister plots will come to light and everything will turn sideways. None of that has happened yet, though, and even though we don’t know the true extent of anything, Jean takes all his trials with stride; and as we saw in this episode, a surprising amount of calmness. Thanks to Lilium, Jean found out that Nino was watching him. It’s surprising that Jean didn’t figure that out far earlier, as he’s so astute, which indicates that he trusted Nino. This could make Nino the only person Jean trusted besides Lotta. This small...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime: Amagami SS Kaoru’s Arc

    So you have a dating sim/visual novel with six main girls, and you’ve been greenlit for an anime adaptation. You have 24 episodes to showcase your game’s girls and stories, appealing to game fans as well as attracting new fans. How do you make that transition from the branching story paths of dating sims to the linear storytelling of anime? You can either modify each girl’s route for a more non-romantic approach and go through all of them, perhaps leaving one “main” girl with a romantic ending, or you can primarily focus on one girl’s story arc while the rest of the girls are more or less side characters who maybe get a quick few moments of story focus. Or,...
  • Final Fantasy XV and the Cross

    In spite of expressing some skepticism about the game in a recent podcast here, Final Fantasy XV quickly won me over once I started playing it. It was much better than I felt it had a right to be, and for the first time in at least a decade, I found myself getting attached to the characters and world of a new Final Fantasy title after having grown accustomed to merely tolerating them. And towards the end I found that there were even some themes worth talking about here. But to talk about them I’m going to have to spoil a lot of the game’s story, so read on at your own risk!...
  • Guest Post: What Can a Succubus Teach Us about Chastity?

    Beneath the Tangles | What Can a Succubus Teach Us about Chastity?
    Today’s guest post comes from “Dr. Steve.” He’s a fantastic writer, but, alas, not active in the aniblogosphere. In lieu of a website link, he provided us with this bio:  Dr. Steve was introduced to anime while working on his Ph.D. in literary studies, when the local anime club showed Naruto’s fight against Zabuza and Haku on an auditorium big screen. His favorite anime series include FMA: Brotherhood, Erased, Snow White with Red Hair, and Gate, and he also enjoys computer programming, playing folk music, and unusual languages like Esperanto. Where he finds the time for these, after prayer, work, and raising several children, remains something of a mystery. With that, we eagerly introduce his article, “What Can a Succubus Teach Us...
  • ACCA: A Hidden Spark

    For all the talk of uprisings in ACCA, what we’ve seen of Dowa kingdom has been very peaceful and fortunate. Certainly, there is a sense of unease, and we know there are greater events stirring behind the scenes, but the nation seems to be doing well overall. But in this time of tranquility, the people in power seem to be edging around each other in webs of hidden intentions. It is impossible to know what people want, and why. It is easy to keep up such an appearance when our lives are easy, but when troubling times come, there is no room for indifference....
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