Midweek Link Roundup: Light Novels, Trumpian Dilemmas, and Spiritual Weakness

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It’s that time of the week again where I round up recent articles, links, and assorted items I found interesting over the past week or so. Once again, the focus this week is heavily tilted toward anime and otaku culture. You were warned, so let’s jump right in!

  • Frog-kun writes interesting pieces from a part of Japanese cultural fandom I know very little about – light novels. One such recent piece was about the universality and well done translation of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU light novels. It’s an interesting read.
  • Jay Caruso wrote a piece at the Atlantic about the difficult line Congressional Republicans need to walk in order to deal with our ridiculous President, making their constituents happy, and actually trying to stand up for what they believe in. It’s hard being a conservative Republican right now. Defending the President is an awful, full time job for them. Glad I left the GOP.
  • I recently wrote an article at Beneath the Tangles about how our weaknesses aren’t the end of the world, if Jesus is still our goal. Check it out here.
  • Detrop at Yatta-Tachi wrote an interesting piece entitled, “Intro to Lovely Complex and Manzai.” It’s an interesting and detailed discussion on a forum of Japanese comedy I knew very little about as well as giving examples from anime!
  • Faith in America is a group that will be present at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention trying to convince convention goers to support LGBTQ rights and modify the church’s stance on issues such as same-sex marriage. As a Southern Baptist myself, I am definitely open to hearing from any of these groups who want to talk about these issues, especially from a Christian perspective. Baptist Press has more here.
  • Speaking of LGBTQ and Christian faith, the Gay Christian Network has two well crafted articles written entitled “The Great Debate” by homosexual Christians talking about how homosexuality relates to Christianity. They’re written from two different perspectives, one in favor of same-sex marriage and one in favor of lifelong celibacy for homosexual Christians. Both pieces are well crafted and saturated in scripture. They’re most definitely worth a read for Christians who are interested in learning and understanding more about this issue.
  • Speaking of Yatta-Tachi, they prepared a very helpful and comprehensive list of legal means of streaming anime. Check it out if (when) you decide to watch more.
  • Crunchyroll worked with Canipa Effect to make a cool video about P.A. Works’ anime and how it’s being used to help boost tourism in small towns in Japan.

As usual, if you find any articles you think I’d fine interesting – feel free to add them into the comments or tag me with them on Twitter!

For a musical ending this week…I’m including the opening and closing songs from Sakura Quest. One of my favorite anime of the season.

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Matthew Newman

Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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