The Otakusphere: Inside baseball, Christian symbolism and neat blogs

Yes this is another Sunday morning. Do people still take Sunday drives anymore. I got to thinking about this after listening to one of my old favorite AMVs.

This one is for RahXephon, and uses Must be dreaking by Frou Frou. After effects might not be that exciting for other people, but they’re super exciting for me because I don’t know how to do them, and I really want to. I also really like videos that are well edited.

Grab your morning drink of choice and turn on the chill tunes and let’s go on a Sunday ride around the Otakusphere.


So this post from BibloNyan isn’t particularly about manga or anime, I like seeing other people’s perspectives on the books they’re interested in. As a white person who grew up in the whitest state in whiteville, I’m always interested in other people’s perspectives about race. That and anyone who uses the word milieu to describe their everyday life is OK with me.

Over at Scott’s Mechanical Anime Reviews, he opened up in a fairly personal blog post about this feelings on Vinland Saga, and how he connected with the Christians in there, among other things.

One of my favorite things in anime is seeing my own culture reflected back at me, especially when it comes to Judeo-Christian symbolism and characters. A lot of time they’ll take one or two ideas and then bend the rest of it to fit into those ideas. (I say this as someone who is in the middle of watching Evangelion again.)

It’s also interesting to see how different branches of the religion approach it, which is part of why I enjoyed Scott’s post.

Along those same lines, I really when people get inside baseball in their posts. I enjoy listening to interviews with authors, and screenwriters and directors, etc. It gives me a chance to get a better insight on the things I enjoy. That’s why I’m sharing these two posts from Jiriayan about the highest grossing anime and manga franchises.

It’s good to know what made the most money, because generally those are the shows that have the highest impact. I don’t think it’s strange that we still see Hello Kitty merchandise.

I also want to share K’s brilliant take on Evangelion. As someone who is slowly working my way through Eva, and writing about stuff I see along the way, it’s nice to see someone actually try to tackle the entire series, including the controversial ending, and re-ending.

I also want to say that this is an effing brilliant piece of writing, and if I can ever do something half as good as this, then I would be proud.

Finally, I want to compliment an idea. So this past week I’ve got tagged in a Real Neat Blog post. Now I also did the Sunshine Blogger Award post as well. The thing I think is really neat about these is that it gives people a chance to get to know each other better.  It allows people to connect with each other. So I gathered all of the Real Neat Blog posts I could find this week and linked them here.

I know it’s just an evolution of the MySpace chain letter that turned into the Facebook chain letter and then became something else, but I think it turns the Otakusphere into a better place.

Anyways on a personal front, I am almost officially halfway through Evangelion. I just wrapped up my thoughts on Shinji and Asuka’s relationship, and I’m hoping to put together my ideas on the three characters together later today, or at least some initial ideas that is.

If you’re interested in the other posts in this series, here they are:

Is Rei Ayanami a doll or a real girl?
The many glasses of Gendo Ikari
Through a PRISM darkly. Where Edward Snoden and Evangelion collide
Sad Shinji in the rain and other pretty pictures in Neon Genesis Evangelion
Is Misato Katsuragi a pedophile or a parent?
We are all Shinji Ikari. Why Hideaki Anno hates you (and himself)
What I talk about when I talk about Evangelion

As always, thanks for reading.

3 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: Inside baseball, Christian symbolism and neat blogs

  1. Hey, if you want more Christian symbolism in anime, try watching Samurai Champloo!

    I talk about it in my blog here, but yeah, it’s fantastic.

    1. They do use it pretty well in Samurai Champloo. That one kind of touches on the fact that Japan largely cut itself off from the rest of the world.

      It also points out the fact that the Dutch were some of the first westerners that got into the country.

  2. I really want to read this brilliant take on Evangelion, unfortunately it looks like you linked mine by accident. Either you’re selling your self short or selling me too high but I did try to do it justice and do it a way that only I could review it and I’m so happy with how it’s been received so far.

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