Sword Art Online, Episode 13: Heaven is a Place on Earth

What a juxtaposition between the easy-going and humorous first half of episode 13 and the tense second half!  But perhaps as trivial as the early part of the episode seems, as Kirito tries to fish out a humongous catch for a newly found fisherman friend, it reveals an interesting question about the game: If you… Continue reading Sword Art Online, Episode 13: Heaven is a Place on Earth

Something More: Sayaka Miki’s Body and Soul, Yui’s Idols, and Hope in Angel’s Egg

Ty-chama examines the connections to the story of Noah's Ark and to the ideas of faith and hope in Christianity within the film, Angel's Egg. [Watashi wa Bucho!!] Nick Calibey continues his series of posts about Madoka Magica by examining the connection between body and soul, as expressed in the series and by St. Cyril.… Continue reading Something More: Sayaka Miki’s Body and Soul, Yui’s Idols, and Hope in Angel’s Egg

Saint Young Men to Be Adapted into Anime Film

I would be remiss if I didn't mention a little newsbreak.  Kodansha's Morning magazine announced that the long-awaited anime adaptation of the manga, Saint Young Men, will be going into production.  Instead of a series, a film will be made. Saint Young Men is the critically acclaimed manga by Hikaru Nakamura featuring Jesus and Buddha… Continue reading Saint Young Men to Be Adapted into Anime Film

3-2-1 Contract! Making a Deal With the Devil

Unless you're Charlie Daniels' Johnny, making a deal with the devil probably won't turn out too good for you. The idea of making a pact with the devil, or a devil figure, is prominent in works of fiction, anime included. Series like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Black Butler, and Code Geass (if you count C.C. as such a… Continue reading 3-2-1 Contract! Making a Deal With the Devil

Readers’ Choice: Utena, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni, and More!

The readers have voted! A couple of weeks ago, we posted a poll asking for you to choose the shows that we would watch and blog next.  Revolutionary Girl Utena won easily; it was followed by Xam'd.  So, we'll be watching these series as a couple of others that placed highly as well. TWWK and… Continue reading Readers’ Choice: Utena, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni, and More!

Genshiken Nidaime, Chapter 79: All We Have is Now

Have you been paying attention to the new generation of Genshiken?  Well, you should be.  Even if you don't particularly like the new cast, if you enjoyed the former, now is the time to catch up. Why? Because perhaps the climax of the entire series is about to occur - chapter 79 ends with a… Continue reading Genshiken Nidaime, Chapter 79: All We Have is Now

Sword Art Online, Episode 12: Learning to Adopt

Adoption is a beautiful thing.  In the U.S., adoption is so powerful because in one process, a child's life is changed forever through the immense sacrifice of an individual or couple. While Yui is never officially adopted, for all intents and purposes, she might as well be.  This theme of adoption runs strongly throughout episode… Continue reading Sword Art Online, Episode 12: Learning to Adopt

Something More: Haibane Renmei Reviews, Aniblogging Sins, and Buddhist Bye-Bye in Natsuyuki Rendezvous

The religious-themed Haibane Renmei was released as an inexpensive box-set last week, and a number of outlets have since reviewed it.  ANN's Theron gives it an "A" and comments on the purposely vagueness of religious aspects of the series, but how many will comment on these themes (us). [Anime News Network] Stig Høgset, a big… Continue reading Something More: Haibane Renmei Reviews, Aniblogging Sins, and Buddhist Bye-Bye in Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Untangled: What Are Your Thoughts on Watching a Series That is Censored?

On Beneath the Tangles, we invite readers to ask questions of the staff.  We'd love to hear your concerns and questions, and maybe give you our feedback. A couple of weeks ago, VW, a Catholic Christian and anime fan, dropped in with a question.  For the sake of space, I'll just present you bits and… Continue reading Untangled: What Are Your Thoughts on Watching a Series That is Censored?

Yuki-Anne in Japan: Updates in Missions and Marriage!

It's been a long time, but some of you may remember a series of posts by Yuki-Anne, a missionary in Japan.  An anime fan and a terrific writer to boot, she last wrote a piece for us after the Tohoku earthquake last year. Yuki-Anne has continued to be busy with her mission work, but she's… Continue reading Yuki-Anne in Japan: Updates in Missions and Marriage!