The second part is even better than the first! Be sure to read this article which describes why Arpeggio of Blue Steel is not a spy anime and speaks about the necessity of dialogue between people of differing beliefs and becoming more adult in one’s relationship with God.
In the first part of this post, I presented evidence to the strong Christian undercurrent present in the storytelling of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, complimenting the already broad list of examples medievalotaku presented in his original blog post. Because of those motives, medievalotaku views Arpeggio as a “spy anime”.
However, I have my misgivings about the series being branded as such. On the one hand, I would generally oppose the idea of works of fiction being “spy anything”, since that implies there being only one true interpretation, which is untrue of any kind of deeper fiction. On the other hand, while Arpeggio takes from the Christian worldview to create the foundation of its setting and plot developments, it is not afraid to criticize Christian ideals and discuss the present state of Christianity.
One of the ways in which Arpeggio transcends being a mere retelling and introduces its own…
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