Most users ever online was 83 on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:44 pm
First thread on this.
Here is info on the Virgin Of Guadalupe from Wikipedia.
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Seņora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe; Nahuatl: Tonantzin Guadalupe) is a celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary.
According to tradition, on December 9, 1531 Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. He went back and had the vision again. He told the lady that the bishop wanted proof, and she said "Bring the roses behind you." Turning to look, he found a rose bush growing behind him. He cut the roses, placed them in his poncho and returned to the bishop, saying he had brought proof. When he opened his poncho, instead of roses, there was an image of the young lady in the vision.
According to the account of Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary described herself using the Aztec Nahuatl word of Coatlaxopeuh (pronounced "quatlachupe") which the Spanish misunderstood as being the word "Guadalupe". In Nahuatl "Coa" meant serpent, "tla" the noun ending which can be interpreted as "the", and "xopeuh" means to crush or to stamp out, translating to mean: the one "who crushes the serpent." This reflects Catholic theology, in understanding that Mary is the woman described in the twelfth chapter of St. John's Apocalypse.
Today, the icon is displayed in the nearby Basilica of Guadalupe, now one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles "Queen of Mexico", "Empress of the Americas", and "Patroness of the Americas"; both Miguel Hidalgo (in the Mexican War of Independence) and Emiliano Zapata (during the Mexican Revolution) carried flags bearing the Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Guadalupe Victoria, the first Mexican president changed his name in honor of the icon.
That is for the virgin herself. Now among one of the many modus operandi of miracles from her is that of leaving a white rose, in a time on need, which will then vanish when the miracle is done. Or at least this is based on an urban legend, about a boxer who suffered something in the ring, and ended up like in a coma. To which his wife prays to the virgin for a miracle, and gives her a white rose. Then her husband got out of the coma, and the rose disappeared without a trace.
And from this, there is a series called The Rose Of Guadalupe, based on the urban legend; in which some things happen to people (usualy bad, or just plain stupid). But the series just looks like another mexican soap opera like any other, and then the rose appears and deus ex machinas everywhere. Basically, the show is made to exploit most of the people in Mexico who don't have very good criterion on things, and mix superstition with faith and spirituality.
Some shows deal with how a woman marries a kidnapper, and her daughter (for whom her new dad has hots on): finds out he is a criminal, but can't say; and so the rose appears. Another where a nun tires to get back an image of the virign from some drug lord, she disguises herself as a hooker to get to him, and escapes with 2 house maids, just to get intercepted by his goons, who shoot them down, yet the nun was covering herself with the image of the virgin, and no single bullet pierces through the fabric image, despite the thugs don't wonder why this happened nor why the image was still standing and these guys don't even bother to check she is still alive. Or one where a girl was getting adicted to Farmville, and they view it as evil so they ask for help to the virgin.
And now it was the turn for anime. Basically, many were expecting that the episode was going to consider anime as evil, and that Namiko suffers from schizophrenia and that they will pray to the virgin to get rid of anime in Mexico, but the story actually ended up about tolerance of others, in this case of cosplayers and anime fans. Though still the episode was cheesy as hell.
So Namiko Moon, is like the union of Sailor Moon, Athena from Saint Seiya, Miku and guess the girls from Evangelion as she considers herself "The Goddess/Envoy of the Genesis." And her sidekick, Hiroshi San, who seems to be a mix of Goku and the Saint Seiya series as he is the Gladiator of the Horoscope.
Hard to find the eppy in English, but pics at deviantart are being made. Meanwhile, check this archived post from 4chan, and Soraya going insane.