Yuri Kuma Arashi 06 – 08 — Whatevs


You may have noticed I’d fallen behind on Yurikuma. The reason is… I can’t really bring myself to care. I watched these three episodes back to back, and even then I was pretty bored the whole time. A quick summary: Ginko was actually Kureha’s lover from when they were toddlers but Kureha forgot. Oh, and Kureha’s mother was murdered by her lesbian lover.

Plus lots of symbolism. But the problem is, the narrative isn’t strong enough for the symbolism to mean anything. Penguindrum had Ringo to carry things along. Lesbian Bear Storm doesn’t have a single character I legitimately care about. It’s more symbolism than story. Additionally, thematically the show is very similar to Penguindrum. Unwanted children. Abandonment. Boxes. It’s not as interesting the second time. Continue reading Yuri Kuma Arashi 06 – 08 — Whatevs

The Week in Anime Winter 2015 #6 — The Theology of Yoru no Yatterman


Maria the Virgin Witch: I’ll ship that. Also, why does Michael’s spear look like the devil’s trident, and when did Galfa become a Moor?

Yoru no Yatterman: As you guys have probably figured out by now, my favorite theologian is William Stringfellow. And thematically, Yoru no Yatterman is basically an anime adaptation of his seminal work, An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land. The central question of the book is, “How can we live humanly in the midst of the Fall?” Based on the book of Revelation, Stringfellow introduces this as an essentially political question, as a conflict between the kingdom of god (Jerusalem) and the demonic principalities and powers (Babylon). Continue reading The Week in Anime Winter 2015 #6 — The Theology of Yoru no Yatterman