Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

More Catholics in Manga and Anime

Okay...this is definitely getting weird. Coming in May from ADV Manga, it's Chrono Crusade. It's the Roaring Twenties in New York City, and all that stands between Western civilization and the powers of evil is one young exorcist...Sister Rosette Christopher. (Yup, that's right, a pre-VII nun doing exorcisms. With a magic bullets, though, so no worries about female ordination.) Anyway, the female branch of the Magdalen order apparently is very fond of slit skirts and long, uncut hair under wimples, and a pink and blue color scheme. Her partner in the exorcism biz is a de-horned demon named Chrno, who is cooperating with Sr. Rosette in exchange for using her spiritual energy for survival in the hard cruel material world. (Or something like that.)

There's also an anime, which will be coming out sometime in the future from ADV Films (there's a surprise). Here's a review -- and not a very kind one. I'm a bit troubled by the costuming, or lack thereof; but OTOH, it's not some kind of weird gnostic attack on the Church, either. I'd say it looks mostly harmless and mostly worthless -- a sort of cut-rate Bureau 13 version of spiritual warfare, with a side order of ripping off Hellboy.

Catholic schoolgirls get their turn in Saint Marie: "...A manga like no other, filled with teenage angst and telekinesis -- a deadly combination! Dah-In Hyun is an ordinary student at Saint Marie's private school. Before she knows it, Dah-In finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil being waged on the school grounds. Through the death of her best friend, Dah-In learns that she has been chosen as one of the soldiers in this battle -- a battle which could result in her own death as well."

However, it's not exactly manga. Note the name of the girl. Also, the mangaka in this case is Yang Ygo-Jin. Yup, it's more South Korean comics for your delectation -- "manwha" instead of manga. So you can expect an entirely different set of artist's issues! I couldn't find any fansites to tell me what the issues were, though, so we'll just have to wait and see.


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