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Posted 4/8/15

The Japanese Christian newspaper Christ Weekly is putting out a new manga strip about a schoolgirl named Pyuuri-tan (get it, like Puritan) and will be talking about Christian values. Here's the article from Kotaku.

Christianity is a very small religious group in Japan, so it will be interesting if this ends up reaching a wider audience or mostly preaches to the converted.

Thoughts? Anyone see this strip before and have some more detailed thoughts on it's quality?
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It looks like it just started brand new in April, so it remains to be seen how good or effective it is. Searching the Christ Weekly (キリスト新聞) site, I can't find any mention of the comic, so perhaps it occurs only in the print edition so far? A few snap shots of the panels can be seen online, but I've not found anything like a full strip or 4-panel to read.
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sushipath wrote:

It looks like it just started brand new in April, so it remains to be seen how good or effective it is. Searching the Christ Weekly (キリスト新聞) site, I can't find any mention of the comic, so perhaps it occurs only in the print edition so far? A few snap shots of the panels can be seen online, but I've not found anything like a full strip or 4-panel to read.

I couldn't find anything either. Mind you, I don't speak Japanese so even if I found it - I...couldn't read it. But, I am curious.
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I'm still very much a leaner as far as Japanese language is concerned. With some effort, I can read a bit of it.

The title (second and third picture of the Kotaku article) is 教派擬人化マンガピューリたん, or "Personification of sects/denominations manga Pyuuri-tan." In the third picture, it actually explains that the manga is intended to help learn about the differences in Christian denominations or sects (教派). As it is appearing in a Christian publication, it seems the goal is more Christian edification or education as opposed to evangelization. In the first picture, where we can see most of two panels, the first one of the left is just Pyuuri-tan introducing herself and saying she has just matriculated into the particular middle school she is now attending. The one on the right is titled "My brother's friend," and shows Pyuuri-tan talking to a guy (presumably her brother's friend) who is showing her around the school. The girl(?) on the left addresses this guy as 改革派ーくん、or Reformer-kun. I imagine there will be a Catholic-chan or Orthodox-san and so on as well!
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sushipath wrote:

I'm still very much a leaner as far as Japanese language is concerned. With some effort, I can read a bit of it.

The title (second and third picture of the Kotaku article) is 教派擬人化マンガピューリたん, or "Personification of sects/denominations manga Pyuuri-tan." In the third picture, it actually explains that the manga is intended to help learn about the differences in Christian denominations or sects (教派). As it is appearing in a Christian publication, it seems the goal is more Christian edification or education as opposed to evangelization. In the first picture, where we can see most of two panels, the first one of the left is just Pyuuri-tan introducing herself and saying she has just matriculated into the particular middle school she is now attending. The one on the right is titled "My brother's friend," and shows Pyuuri-tan talking to a guy (presumably her brother's friend) who is showing her around the school. The girl(?) on the left addresses this guy as 改革派ーくん、or Reformer-kun. I imagine there will be a Catholic-chan or Orthodox-san and so on as well!


That's kind of awesome. Reformer-kun!
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Posted 5/6/15 , edited 5/6/15
This is quite interesting.

I went on the Christ Weekly Twitter page, and found a few more pics:

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Nice. Looks like they're really introducing people even to different subdivisions of Christianity, through this comic. I like it.

Also, the cards look cool...I wonder what the game is. Could it be a Protestant vs Catholic vs Orthodox game

Just kidding.
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Picture of the full first strip isn't detailed enough-- blown up, the Japanese is still largely too blurry for me to make out much of it. Elsewhere, I was able to see the second panel of the left-side column blown up-- Pyuuri-tan's brother's friends have just seen her together with her brother (Reformer-kun), and they're commenting like "this is your younger sister!" and "she looks like you" and such.

The second strip introduces Catholic-kun and Lutheran-kun. Catholic-kun says his hobby is a card game of Catholic saints, with the panel below seeming to have him (not certain here that Catholic-kun is necessarily a girl, despite the long hair-- could well be a guy) showing individual cards, one of "holy mother," presumably Mary, and another of St. Nicholas. Lutheran-kun says "it's my turn now," with the panel below saying that his hobby is playing guitar.

The third strip introduces Anglican-kun. He says he was told to introduce himself, and then says he doesn't quite know what he should say. On the left, it says Anglican-kun comes from England, and he then says that in English, the word 聖公会 (seikoukai) is "Anglican." In the panel below that, it looks like Pyuuri-tan is replying that they match-- presumably because they're both from England.

I can't find much info on the card game itself, other than that it seems only 100 sets are available at the moment, and that this is a beta version of the game only right now. (Another site says each set is Y500.)

Incidentally, women can occasionally be addressed with -kun. In anime or manga, I've seen it when a boss in a company addresses a junior-level person, whether the junior person is male or female. There may be some other special situations as well. Overall, though, using -kun to address a woman does indeed seem rare.
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Posted 5/8/15
Thanks for all the info sushipath!


sushipath wrote: I can't find much info on the card game itself, other than that it seems only 100 sets are available at the moment, and that this is a beta version of the game only right now. (Another site says each set is Y500.)
I'm really curious about this card game. I'm used to seeing playing cards of different anime series, like the playing cards used for Poker, Black Jack, etc., but these ones I don't think are that kind of playing cards. Honestly, I can only imagine what the actual purpose or objective of the card game must be.
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I hope we get a localization
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