The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 14

Episode 14 marks the second episode of our new, streamlined format. The theme of this episode is “How Our Lives and Anime Intersect,” and we had the chance to interview longtime Tangles community member, Tommy from Anime Bowl! This month, JP and Sean talk about their personal interests and how they influence their anime habits.

Thanks for listening! Feel free to stream the episode below, subscribe on iTunes, or check out our RSS feed! Also, be sure to email us with any questions you would like included in our “Listener Mail” portion, including the name you would like stated in the podcast and your website or blog for us to share!

Time Stamps:
Intro – 0:00
Announcements – 0:35
Otaku Diet – 1:20
Tommy Interview – 16:08
Main Topic: How Our Lives and Anime Intersect – 30:20
Listener Mail – 58:40
Closer – 1:04:28

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Note: Below are the links mentioned in the podcast:

  • Check out Tommy’s blog, Anime Bowl!
    • You can find the latest episode of the Anime Bowl Toonami Podcast here!
    • Here’s Tommy’s article comparing dub haters to KJV enthusiasts.
  • If you’re as confused about transgender terminology as JP and Sean are, check out our recent article on Hourou Musuko, which give definitions among other things
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The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 14

15 thoughts on “The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 14

  1. Thanks for answering my question. I will admit though I feel embarrassed for asking if a simple Google search will suffice. Oh and Sharkman isn’t clever, it is one of my favorite anime characters in Rockman.EXE

    1. Oh, don’t feel that way! I just don’t think I could have done the question any justice!

      And thanks for the explanation of your name!

  2. I absolutely loved hearing Sean’s views on Mythology!
    One of my passions is finding the connections between stories and mythology all over the world and the ages. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love to find themes between anime and Christianity and write about them. Mythology is so interesting and beautiful as it is the representation of social orders in the form of stories that are still used to express the same ideas today. Stories I believe are a representation of human’s search for truth. Last summer I read Joseph Campbell’s “A Hero with a Thousand Faces” and “The Power of Myth” as research for a screenplay I was writing. Although Campbell is defiantly not a Christian, his discoveries between the connections between all mythologies helped define my worldview. All truth comes from God, and mythology is the search for God. As we see, many fell short, but this search for truth ends with Yahweh.
    My favorite archetype is the “Hero’s Journey” or “the Golden Fleece.” I love to see how my favorite anime usually always fall into that category. My favorite literary works and my own writing also fall into that category. These archetypes come full circle with me with everything I consume and create.
    This idea, is also expressed in the Bible as is says in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.”

    1. Me too! Sean is much more well-spoken and well-learned than I am, which makes it a joy to record every month!

      I’ll point him to your comment ^_^

        1. Glad you enjoyed the podcast Teresa! 🙂 Time and interest permitting, I’d love to dedicate an entire episode to the subject of archetypes in anime and their ties to modern mythology. Joseph Campbell is a great reference, if not for his spiritual insight, then certainly for the sheer volume of his scholarship. Frazier’s Golden Bough is also excellent, along with Padriac Colum’s retelling of Greek and Norse myth. Great to hear you’re funneling your passion for storytelling into stories of your own…and that verse in Ecclesiastes: one of my favorites. Another excellent Biblical precept for the indwelling of heroic archetype on the mind of man is from II Corinthians:

          “Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. Your sufficiency is from God, who also made you sufficient as minister of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

          1. I think it would be wonderful and productive for you to do a podcast on mythology and anime! It’s not only incredibly interesting, but by breaking down the formula, we can understand why we love our favorite anime and how it contributes to our worldview. As writers, we take up the duty to help others around us understand their world through making connections. ☺
            I shall look into reading Frazer’s Golden Bough and some of Padraic Colum’s work. I do love some good Nordic stories. I turned to that verse, 2 Cor 3:3 in my bible and it was already underlined! It’s amazing to think that our “Mythology” is crafted by the creator of the universe, and it’s living and penetrating our lives. Reminds me of John 1:1. ☺

            1. Frazier isn’t something I’d bother with unless you’re looking for a reference guide for cultural symbolism. He can be pretty…encyclopedic. Colum is far more readable. I’ll get with JP to see about incorporating mythology into a future podcast. But in the meantime, assuming you haven’t already, I’d recommend the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the spin-off 2003 anime set in an alternate timeline and the two theatrical films Conqueror of Shamballa and Sacred Star of Milos. Fullmetal Alchemist is a series that delves deeply into myth, psychology, Kabbalic archetype, Judeo-Christian imagery and medieval mysticism. It’s really something special. If you’ve already seen FMA, but have an interest in the real world traditions underlying its universe, check out the writings of Jacob Boehme, particularly his commentary on Genesis, The Mysterium Magnum.

              1. I would defiantly encourage you to talk to JP about that. 🙂 I am familiar with FMA, it’s so interesting how much symbolism there is, it’s almost scary! If your interested in a look at mythology through a Christian worldview I would check out a YouTube channel called “The Fuel Project” and watch their video series called, “Know Your Enemy”. This series looks at mythology and religion, it’s connection to the Bible and how it contributes to a possible “One World Order”. I don’t know how much of it is true, but it’s incredibly interesting. 🙂

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