Daniel Cronquist’s Set Apart is a monograph that explores the anime Haibane Renmei, examining the series from a Christian perspective. It can function as independent study or, as with this class, for a group study. Here is a description from Amazon:
Exploring the Christian Faith through Japanese Animation Outside of our memory in a forgotten dream, lies a world surrounded by walls. There, in an abandoned dormitory far from town, live the haibane. Not quite human, they hatch from cocoons and grow grey wings. They are set apart. Whether you have a strong interest in Japanese anime, little interest, or none at all, this book will point out the amazing similarities between the fantasy series Haibane Renmei and the story of God’s working with mankind. It is unique among Japanese animation stories. It is a story of redemption, salvation, and hope. While not directly a Christian story, the characters and themes found within this series reflect much of God’s truth. This book is a journey for the reader showing God’s truth can be found even in the most unlikely of places.