The spring 2020 anime season has begun! As usual, Beneath the Tangle staff will hit the new series fast and furiously, giving our impressions of the initial episodes of the series as they air. To make it easy for you to stay up to date, we’ll post links to those posts below, as well short… Read More Spring 2020 Anime First Impressions
We continue our Holy Week series about anime and disability with a guest post by my former editor, Allison Alexander. Her newest work, Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness, will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and other major booksellers beginning on April 17th. “If you’re not busy, you’re doing… Read More All Might and the Importance of Rest
Following a cryptic intro and the OP (both of which imply that the two leads will be romantically involved eventually), a girl named Iris is queen of a shiny happy sky kingdom under attack by dark monsters. There’s also a kingdom shrouded in darkness, where the yet to be named male lead sees his village… Read More First Impression: Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle
Of the many positive outcomes that results from a focus on diversity is this: Diverse thoughts and inclusion of many peoples opens individual minds, helping us all to more deeply understand what we probably already know, which is that the world is much bigger than what we personally see and experience. With that in mind,… Read More Holy Week: Anime and Disability
Shuichi is about to graduate high school, and those his grades are good enough for college, he’s hesitating. Something doesn’t feel right. He doesn’t want to stand out—but the reason behind that is more than youthful indecision. For reasons unknown to him, his sense of smell has increased many-fold, and far more peculiarly, Shuichi is… Read More First Impression: Gleipnir
Based on the first episode, Shachibato is a generic fantasy adventure story about an utterly bland main cast. In this setting, the world’s infrastructure is sustained through crystals, which are collected by clearing dungeons, which are reached by going through magic gates. Protagonist Minato’s dad was president of a small adventuring company, but recently ran… Read More First Impression: Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle!
Summer in Odaiba—a time for traveling, summer camps, and…a massive cyber attack? Taichi Kamiya and his new friend, Koushiro Izumi, are thrust into a network security assault that throws Tokyo into chaos. As Taichi attempts to help his mother and sister, who have boarded an out-of-control train, he and Koushiro not only discover the reason… Read More First Impression: Digimon Adventure: (2020)
Minare Koda is barely holding down her job as a waitress, and her personal life is in disarray following her most recent breakup. But something serendipitous is about to happen. A recording of Minare complaining about her ex-boyfriend is played over radio, and her unfiltered grumbling is a hit! But us there more to her… Read More First Impression: Wave, Listen to Me!
Sometimes dinosaurs can be a premise for hilarity, as in this magnificent Calvin and Hobbes strip. Sometimes absurdity can also be a premise for hilarity, as in the literary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is not one of those times. Gal & Dino centers on a so-called dinosaur. The titular gal is Kaede, who,… Read More First Impression: Gal & Dino
A young, selfish noble girl, Katarina Claes, while hanging out with fiancé candidate Jeord Stuart, trips and hits her head, and suddenly remembers her past life as a Japanese teenage girl who enjoyed playing otome games. She in particular remembered one game, “Fortune Lover”, in which the protagonist gets to woo handsome guys like “Jeord… Read More First Impression: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Rikuo works part-time at a convenience store, having graduated college but feeling that a business job isn’t suite for him. Shinako, his old crush, does have a job, as a high school teacher, and is eager to reconnect with him. And then there’s Haru, a girl with a connection to both, whose appearance in Rikuo’s… Read More First Impression: Sing “Yesterday” for Me