Fate/Zero’s Gilles de Rais: Our Double Self and New Year’s Resolutions

...each day I murdered, and I defiled, and yet no divine punishment came. - Gilles de Rais, Fate/Zero Episode 13 In a series full of interesting characters, I've become most intrigued with one of the villains of Fate/Zero, Gilles de Rais.  The last episode of the season brought us deeper into his psyche, as he… Continue reading Fate/Zero’s Gilles de Rais: Our Double Self and New Year’s Resolutions

Land of Confusion: My First Anime Con Experience

Whew.  It's done. I returned home from my first experience at an anime convention (in this case, IKKiCON) with a humongous headache - mostly from allergies, but certainly not abated by crowds and confusion. That said, I actually had a pretty good time. First off, let me praise the IKKiCON staff.  I'm planning some rather… Continue reading Land of Confusion: My First Anime Con Experience

Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2011: #7-12

Yesterday, I gave numbers one through six on my list of the years top posts regarding anime and spirituality.  It's been difficult selecting the top posts of the year, though I've found again and again, they're written by my favorite writers in the blogosphere.  These wonderful bloggers seem to be adept at writing about a… Continue reading Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2011: #7-12

Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2011: #1-6

New Year's is often a good time for retrospection - personally, professionally, even regarding one's hobbies and interests.  On Beneath the Tangles, that means looking at the two major items we discuss: anime and religion/spirituality.  Though all of the writers here are Christian, I've also been sure to link to posts that discuss anime and… Continue reading Top Blog Posts About Anime and Religion in 2011: #1-6

Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

I took last week off for Christmas, which means there is a plethora of links to share on Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere today.  I'll return to the regular Friday schedule starting next Friday. I was surprised that although this week's Fate/Zero included a lengthy discussion of God's sense of justice and His nature, few… Continue reading Fate/Zero’s Blasphemy as Praise, Gnosticism Among Penguins, and Snowy Weather Yokai

Guilty Crown episodes 10 and 11 – Keep calm and be yourself.

Guilty Crown episode 10 summarized in one image Shuu is heavily affected by the death of Jun that he is not able to function. He sees delusions and is even scared of his own shadow. Because of his lack of action, he resigns from/is thrown out of the Undertakers, who then try to get back… Continue reading Guilty Crown episodes 10 and 11 – Keep calm and be yourself.

The Thirteenth Day of Christmas Anime…er, Manga: Mari and Santa

Mari and Santa The Christmas Story It's almost Christmas, but Santa is in a pickle.  You see, the Santa in charge of Japan is a young apprentice who is inexperienced and...isn't good with kids.  So how will he deal with a 4-year-old girl named Mari who takes him and his injured reindeer in on Christmas… Continue reading The Thirteenth Day of Christmas Anime…er, Manga: Mari and Santa

Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 24: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Day.  I love Christmastime and I can't deny that a big reason for is because I typically take vacation from work during this time of year.  And the very first thing I did after waking on my first day off was to watch the series finale… Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 24: Merry Christmas

The Twelfth Day of Christmas Anime: Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade Episode 12: "Holy Night" The Christmas Story Marking the midway point of the series, episode 12 of Chrono Crusade begins with Rosette stealing Azamaria away from Christmas play practice.  There are troubling things going on in San Francisco, and the two will go there along with Chrono, but not before celebrating Christmas with… Continue reading The Twelfth Day of Christmas Anime: Chrono Crusade