TangleCast 2: Our Favorite Mediums

This week on The TangleCast, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) discuss their favorite otaku mediums, from TV anime, to manga, to visual novels (and everything in between!). All four members have different favorites, and bring unique perspectives as to why they prefer one over the other.

As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering a different topic, from anime reviews, to discussions on spirituality, to listener mail, and everything in between. Please feel free to join the conversation by commenting below, submitting a question to podcast AT beneaththetangles DOT com, or chatting with us on Discord!

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5 thoughts on “TangleCast 2: Our Favorite Mediums

  1. My favorite medium is definitely anime TV, for the same reason as Jack: attention span. I really enjoy a good anime movie, but the idea of sitting down to watch a movie for 1.5-2 hours… it’s not appealing. I usually procrastinate on it until someone sits down and watches it with me—especially if I have to put a DVD in. I’m a little less likely to procrastinate on movies I can stream through Netflix, since it feels like less of a commitment. Of course, I can sit through almost a straight five hours of TV anime no problem, but it feels different, and I’m only committing to one ep at a time.

    Also, I think TV series, when done well, can offer a deeper connection with the characters than standalone films do. There’s this feeling of accompanying them on their journey—whether it’s a physical journey or a psychological one. I feel invested in their story. Manga can accomplish something similar, but it’s more difficult and expensive to get my hands on those legally.

    I like what I’ve seen of visual novels, but… again, they’re more of a hassle and an expense. And most of the good ones people talk about cater toward guys, which makes the genre even more difficult to get into. A good story is a good story, regardless of the target audience, but still. 😛

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    1. I feel you!

      I think a good example of using the time afforded with TV vs movies to the greatest effect is the Clannad TV anime vs the movie. The movie simply couldn’t convey the story satisfactorily because there was too much to say in too little time.

      On the flip side, there are SO many mediocre TV anime out there that say almost nothing in 12, 24, 100, 300 episodes. Because of movies’ limited time, directors often (not always) attempt to use visuals to convey much more meaning in a single shot than might even be possible in a conversation.

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  2. I must admit to liking all the mediums, but as Annalyn and Jack, for me anime TV is the most convenient. Manga is second, since it is just a little more time-consuming than anime TV.

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    1. Despite what I said, I can definitely see the appeal! As my time becomes more limited, I’ve been finding myself playing more mobile games than traditional console games, which is a new phenomenon to me! Time is much more valuable as you age.

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  3. The more I think about it, manga is my favorite medium, if it’s in the original Japanese. The payoff is much greater because of how it more closely connects one to the original ideas in the story, in ways that anime or manga translations don’t do. Then again, the artistry can be incredibly powerful because of the degree to which the artist can add nuances to each image.

    Jack! You should try Inuyasha in the original Japanese. That’s the first manga I ever read in the original. Takahashi’s dialogue tends to be very simple, and the abundance of action sequences with little to no dialogue give one the impression of moving at a good pace. I remember six pages of the comic where the only lines were “Miroku!” “Sango!” “Miroku!” “Sango!” etc. There are explanatory sections and the use of nonstandard and non-Tokyo dialect (As I understand it, Tokyo dialect loves the “ee” sound, e.g. “sugee” instead of “sugoi” and “wakaranee” instead of “wakaranai”–Inuyasha frequently speaks like that. But, it’s not hard to pick that idiosyncrasy up, unlike other dialects.) here and there which offer more difficulty, but nothing is ever completely easy.

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