The Christian Tsundere

OMG *.*. This is so good.
I can totally relate to the things written here and I actually can be a little bit of a tsundere in general so it really hit home!
Great job.

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I previously likened God to a yandere. This time I am likening Christians to a tsundere, a real tsundere, or at least an actually well-written tsundere. I previously alluded to “real” tsunderes being far better than the average achetype we get nowadays, but let’s go a bit more in depth as we explore this comparsion. While not a requirement to the archetype, many tsundere start off with a bad relationship. Like people who do not yet know God or have had bad experiences, they reject everything about their partner and refuse to acknowledge them as equals let alone as potential love interests. However, the comparison only begins once people become interested in Christianity and forming a relationship with God. It is here that people reach an unfamiliar territory and struggle with how to approach this new relationship. From a mixture of pride and embarrassment, tsundere find it hard to…

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Yo-Kai Watch and Contextual Demons

This is a very good post *.*.
I have to add that the actual word for ‘demon’ is ‘akuma’ in japanese.

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August has been a month for discussing context here at Beneath the Tangles, and I highly recommend looking at both articles recently written on this subject: Annalyn’s article about historical/cultural context, and Kaze’s article about man’s context VS God’s context. Here, I’ll be adding my humble contribution and completing the proverbial “Context Trinity.”

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Growing up in the 90s, while attending a private/Christian school, I received my first taste of franchise demonizing. The school faculty sent out word that anything Pokémon—be that lunchboxes, trading cards, action figures, or even roleplaying during recess—would henceforth be banned at the school on account of the series’ demonic influence and focus on evolution.

Fifteen years later, I’m witnessing the advent of Yo-Kai Watch, a game-turned-anime-and-manga franchise about a boy with the ability to see and tame yokai with the help of a magical Yokai Watch. The new series has already overtaken Japanese…

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Lost in Translation: Charlotte’s Cultural Differences

With the recent episode of Charlotte, a point was brought to my attention that reminded me just how much Westerners miss out on things related to Japanese culture. While I have a different post I wanted to write, it in fact connects to this. When I previously described things lost in translation, I also mentioned […]

Like Patema, Religion Can Be Inverted

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Religion is wrong.  At least fanatical religion is, according to the general tone of western culture, if not outright through its statements about zealotry.  Islam is good, but when taken to the extreme, it’s bad.  Christianity is okay, but not when you tell people it’s the only way.  Buddhism is lovely precisely because of it’s openness.

Although I largely disagree with the statements above (after all, if you believe in the veracity of Christ’s words, you can be nothing less than a zealot of sorts), there’s no doubt that religion taken to an extreme can be close-minded, hypocritical, and dangerous – all these ideas expressed in Patema Inverted, where Izamura, the religious/political leader of Aiga, uses fear and religion to keep the masses under his thumb while pursuing the exposure (and destruction?) of the “inverts,” those whose gravity is the opposite of his people and who live underneath their…

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The relief of forgiveness

Sooooooo, this is my very first post on this blog. I apologize in advance if there are any grammer mistakes. I’m not a native speaker so please forgive me!

Around a two years ago my best friend and me were asked to make a devotion for our youth meeting. A few days after that I watched Kokoro Connect. I was pretty much at the end of it with the case of Iori and her stepfather (I can’t remember what episode it was). The whole Anime was already amazing but this episode was gold and I had one of these moments where God spoke to me through Anime. To be exactly, it was that sentence of Iori:” I don’t want to be stuck in the past by holding a grudge in me and when I forgive him I can move on.” (I translated that from the German SUB, so the English one could be a little different.) For me it holds a deep truth about forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a great topic in Christianity. Forgive because God forgave you. When I was young I was a little skeptic about this. Not that I thought that forgiving someone is wrong or bad, but the explanation “God forgave you so you have forgive others” was not enough for me.

Later on, someone told me that it is important to forgive others because if I’d do something bad I also would like to have a second chance. That was a pretty good explanation actually. But when I watched Kokoro Connect I understood that there is much more behind it!
Forgiveness isn’t only good for the one who is forgiven, but also for the one who forgives! When I realized that I sat awestruck on my chair in front of my computer. This was the final answer to my skeptical view of unconditional forgiveness. If you are not able to forgive you are, in some way, stuck in the past and therefore you can’t really move forward. It can influence your decisions, the mood you have all day and your expectations of life. But if you forgive you can close that episode of your past and finally and completely move on.

Just as Iori who forgave her violent stepfather and was able to move on. (If you want to know more, watch the Anime :3)