Predestination is our Shelter

“What will become of me for now on? After some time, I stopped thinking about that. Maybe I forgot how to think at all?” (Rin, Shelter)

Spiraling ice glaciers, boundless grass fields and deep ocean waters. Graffiti skies painted with puffy clouds and long horizons water-colored with vibrant suns. This is the virtual world seventeen year old Rin lives inside, built by pixels and computer data. She can create anything her heart desires with the touch pen on her tablet. But as she explores her surroundings, she realizes she is the only one there. She is all alone.

Rin doesn’t know who she is or what her purpose is. She lives each day merely passing time, wondering if anything will ever change. She knows there is something more, something greater, but she doesn’t know what. One day, however, everything changes.¬† Continue reading “Predestination is our Shelter”

“aLIEz” of Aldnoah Zero

*English lyrics by Leeandlie on YouTube*

To kick off the first “Song Analysis” on Otaku Collision, I wanted to visit the soundtrack of an anime¬†with extreme debate, fans calling it a copycat of Gundam. “aLIEz” by Hiroyuki Sawano may appear at first to be the perfect song to pair with Aldnoah Zero’s themes of unwanted warfare, as the planets Mars and Earth are at odds against each other. When looking at the lyrics translated in English, it becomes apparent that the song gives the listener a perspective into Princess Asseylum’s innermost thoughts about the conflict and her cry for peace. However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that those who have faith in God can instead hear a cry out from someone desperate to escape trial or addiction. The whole idea may seem somewhat exaggerated, but bear with me and put on your pair of Jesus Glasses to see the entire picture ahead! Continue reading ““aLIEz” of Aldnoah Zero”