Zabuza, The Thief on the Cross, and Redemption

*Spoilers to Naruto*

Zabuza Momochi is a name that is feared across the land. Known as “Demon of the Hidden Mist”, he works for an elite assassination group called Anbu, cutting down anyone that stands in his way. He possesses deadly skill with a long-sword, being an ex-member of the Seven Swordsmen, and is on every hidden village’s bingo book for Class A crimes. He has a bloodlust that cannot be stopped, a thirst for violence that cannot be quenchable, and a heart as cold as a stone. Zabuza Momochi is a man that lives and breaths death, following the name that he was given to him for his murders, bearing the identity of a true demon.  Continue reading “Zabuza, The Thief on the Cross, and Redemption”

The Rebellion of Non-Believers

*Spoilers to Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion*

There are two kinds of people in this world: Christians and non-believers. Non-believers, those who have not been saved by Jesus Christ, live according to works and are slaves to sin. Christians know this because they have been set free from their pasts and have faith in God, opening their eyes to the darkness around them. Those who do not follow the Lord have the opportunity to receive grace for their wrongdoings by accepting Jesus’s sacrifice and having faith in Him. However, there is a certain point where depravity of mind and rejection of the Gospel message influences the non-believer so much that they tune out to anything God. These people are in rebellion against the truth that aims to set them free and instead freely choose sin that locks them in chains.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of Homura Akemi while discussing the subject of non-belivers, especially after gaining a fresh perspective from watching Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion. Her actions, attitudes, and emotions towards the sacrifice Ultimate Madoka made mirror perfectly the way non-believers reject the sacrifice that Jesus made. Continue reading “The Rebellion of Non-Believers”

Religious People Ruin Everything

The character Sakamoto from the recent anime Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto represents perfection, something without flaw or error. Being extremely handsome, intelligent, and athletic, our protagonist has all the girls falling for him and drives the men to jealousy. He has it made for himself and always aims to achieve his best. But isn’t this how religion tries to dress-up Jesus Christ, that He only accepts perfection? Continue reading “Religious People Ruin Everything”

King Solomon X Kirito: Living the Harem Life!

If you have ever dived into mainstream anime, you have probably come across the term “harem” at some point. Traditionally, a harem is a genre within otaku culture that involves one main character that is surrounded by three or more others of the same or opposite sex. The relationships create a complicated love triangle and usually fit inside of most romance anime. These are played off as innocent fun and appeal to comedy, always presented in a positive light. Most of the time, if you are trying to identify a harem in an anime, all you have to do is look for that one male character that seemingly has all the ladies nearby throwing themselves at him left and right.  Continue reading “King Solomon X Kirito: Living the Harem Life!”

Weretigers and Belonging: Review for Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs, an anime from the Spring 2016 season, has received a lot of credit from the otaku community for being an extremely unique series. Doing what few shows before it have, marrying the historical setting of the Victorian Age with the common superpower tropes in shonen manga, Bungou Stray Dogs has little reason to be rejected from the outset. However, behind the glitter, makeup and appearances you will find that the anime is only mediocre at best and in my opinion one of the worst shows that I have ever had the pleasure of watching.   Continue reading “Weretigers and Belonging: Review for Bungou Stray Dogs”

“Hikaru Nara” of Your Lie In April

*English lyrics by Sapphire on YouTube*

The first time you ever fall in love you will never want to leave it. I mean, have you ever met that girl or guy who has such an impact on you that you are not the same afterwards? Heart pounding violently, face flushing red, words pouring out nonsensically? It’s almost like being run over by a train whenever you come across “the one” and your emotions run wild without any warning at all. Love is built into the DNA of what it means to be human and it has such an unexplainable power over us. Continue reading ““Hikaru Nara” of Your Lie In April”

The Western & Eastern Parody: Review for One Punch Man

As Google says, a parody is “an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect”. Hence in the definition that the particular work does not copy, but merely appears similar and pays homage, whether of respect or satire.

Rarely does a show attempt to parody multiple sources at once, and they seldom ever come out alright. However, One Punch Man does what few anime before it have been able to do, marrying both Western and Eastern cultures together. The various powers and tropes from Marvel and DC’s superheroes coupled with the bashing of Japanese shonen manga leaves us with a show filled with hilariousness, action, and over-the-top scenes that make One Punch Man such a pleasure to watch! The characters/plot, animation, soundtrack, and even Biblical implications all contribute to this as well, and have given me a great impression of the show!  Continue reading “The Western & Eastern Parody: Review for One Punch Man”