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The Gospel According to Anime
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A community for spiritually-minded anime fans
Following in the footsteps of works such as Finding God in the Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware and The Gospel According to Harry Potter by Connie Neal, this community is dedicated to articulating the spiritual truths found in the stories we love from manga and anime. It will contain essays written from a Christian perspective on various series, including Fruits Basket, Full Metal Alchemist, Sailor Moon and more.

Community membership is moderated, but will be granted to anyone with a sincere interest. While any member can comment on the essays that will be posted here, posting access will be limited to a small group of writers.

I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth…It perceives – if the story has literary 'truth' on the second plane (....) – that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made. And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest 'eucatastrophe' possible in the greatest Fairy Story – and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.

~ The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, # 89 (November 7-8, 1944)

For more information about the purpose of this project, please see this post.