Buddhist or Christian, Pagan or Muslim, spiritual or areligious, one thing that connects the readers of this blog is that anime is a medium that stirs something inside of us. Here on Beneath the Tangles, we sometimes explore powerful themes that anime can have in common with Christianity and even how anime can change how we live out our faith.
Not all anime moves us so powerfully, but still, it seems as if even mundane episodes of a show stir our souls. And sometimes, a show will catch us unexpectedly. This is an email I received from a frequent reader, Albert:
A very nice anime that I’ve recently seen is The iDOLM@STER. When I first heard of the premise (12 girls work to get to the top of the idol industry), I figured it would be another fanservice type anime and wasn’t very interested. However, a friend told me otherwise so I decided to check it out. What I got was a heartwarming series with excellent character development and no fanservice in the slightest. I was pleasantly shocked, really. I highly recommend that you guys at least take a look at the series.
After stalling on one episode of iDOLM@STER, I’ve now decided to return to it.
What about you?
What anime caught you by surprise in how much it moved you?
Did it warm your heart? Did it anger you? Did it make you go want to change the world? Did it simply change you?
Please share with us. Feel free to leave links if you’ve written something that gives more details about such an experience.