Manga of a Young Girl: Anne Frank in Japan

There are hundreds of Holocaust organizations in the United States and perhaps thousands worldwide.  Through my job, I stay in contact with many.  Still, I was surprised to see a mailing at work for the Holocaust Education Center, Japan (HEC), headquartered in Fukuyama-city.  I was even more surprised to read one of their newsletter stories,… Continue reading Manga of a Young Girl: Anne Frank in Japan

Kokoro Connect, Episode 04: Just As I Am

In episode four of Kokoro Connect, Inaba, the serious, controlling member of the group, has an epiphany of sorts. She realizes that she can be herself among the friends, even if that self is ungracious and mistrustful. I guess it's supposed to be a feel good moment, but the message left me irked. It's all… Continue reading Kokoro Connect, Episode 04: Just As I Am

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: iDOLM@STER Theology, Tamaki’s War Angels, and Hidamarimpermanent Sketch

A_Libellule discusses the idea of mono no aware and the related Buddhist principal of impermanence in relation to Hidamari Sketch. [The Untold Story of Altair and Vega] Sean Gaffney wasn't overly impressed by volume one of Nozomu Tamaki's work, Angel Para Bellum, which focuses on an apocalyptic battle between the angels of Heaven and demons… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: iDOLM@STER Theology, Tamaki’s War Angels, and Hidamarimpermanent Sketch

Untangled: What Series Should We Be Watching?

From out ask the staff mailbox, we received this email from Tsurugiarashix of KaminariAnime: Since I am nowhere near a proper computer, I thought I would write in from my phone to ask if anyone on the team has watched Uta Kata? I recently seen the series before leaving on my trip and absolutely loved… Continue reading Untangled: What Series Should We Be Watching?

Mileposts: Claymore Prophet and Letting Go of Faye Valentine

Periodically, I like point back to some of the nearly 500 posts we've written here on Beneath the Tangles.  Besides the "A Year Ago" series I began several months ago, I plan to occasionally post about blogging milestones - those little breakthroughs when posts hit certain numbers of significance in terms of hits.  Three posts… Continue reading Mileposts: Claymore Prophet and Letting Go of Faye Valentine

Maria Kawai’s Amazing Grace – Part II

Laura of Heart of Manga concludes her guest posts on the Christian heroine of the manga, A Devil and Her Love Song. Maria Kawai is the heroine from A Devil and Her Love Song. Her actions in the series profess an inner grace that she has gained through her attendance at a Catholic school. While… Continue reading Maria Kawai’s Amazing Grace – Part II

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Yugen Iki Uta Koi, Superbook Employment, and the Soul of Kokoro Connect

Do you remember the Christian anime series, Superbook?  For many kids, it was their first exposure to anime.  The Christian Broadcasting Network, which rebooted the series in 2009, is looking for an art director to work on the new episodes. [CBN] Zeroe4 returned to Japan from his time in the Philippines, where he and the… Continue reading Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Yugen Iki Uta Koi, Superbook Employment, and the Soul of Kokoro Connect

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Lessons from the decline of humans.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (translated: "Humanity has Declined") is about fairies. And chickens, factories, sweets, processed foods, and the desires of humans for power, food, manga, and longer hair. And that's only three episodes in. In spite of the title, I jumped right into watching Jinrui because of the lovely looking animation style and the… Continue reading Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Lessons from the decline of humans.

Stepping Out in Love in Inu X Boku SS

I just finished watching Inu x Boku SS and, I have to say, except for the fanservice and mediocre storyline, I really enjoyed watching the growth in the main character Ririchiyo Shirakiin. Inu X Boku SS is a 12-episode anime about a group of humans with youkai ancestors that live together in an upscale apartment complex… Continue reading Stepping Out in Love in Inu X Boku SS