TangleCast 37: Shonen, Spurgeon, and Divine Immutability

The second episode of our rebooted TangleCast is now up, put together by our writer, Matthew G, who leads his one-man podcast team, Team Anchester. As promised in our podcast revival announcement, Matthew explains the meaning behind his team name and how it paints a picture of what Team Anchester is all about.

Episode 37 looks into the virtues of shonen series like Naruto and One Piece, their appeal, and why we all secretly like them deep down in our souls whether we’re willing to admit it or not. Will he be able to convince you? Listen and find out!

Also, new intro music! It makes us sound so much cooler than we are.

And we want your feedback as well! Each week we’ll ask a question on the podcast and feature your answers the next time that team rolls around.

Here’s this week’s CQ (Cast Question): What is it that attracts you to Shonen series? What do you think Shonen does well as a genre of anime?

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Matthew G

Matthew G is interested in things. Many of them anime-related. He’s also trying todevelop a taste for manga as time allows. Since his start as a long-winded, scatter-brained hobby blogger two years ago, Matthew has become the swashbuckler-in-chief for Team Anchester of the TangleCast, where he can be found taking shonen far too seriously, staring squinty-eyed at modern culture, and harping on the supremacy of God. So, like, your grandpa + anime.

2 thoughts on “TangleCast 37: Shonen, Spurgeon, and Divine Immutability

  1. @yerocha (Twitter): The best shonen for me are the ones that can deal with more serious stories in a less serious way. There’s a level of self awareness at work that you rarely see in western media.

    You know that thing where you discovers a new Photoshop filter and use it on everything no matter how inappropriate?

    When a writer first tries to write serious issues, you end up with a YA novel for that reason. Really good shonen manga are what happen when this urge passes.

    Simon (@s1mok on Twitter): Sense of adventure and drive

  2. More Instagram replies:

    @thathilomgirl For me, it’s usually the combo of storyline and characters that attract me to shonen manga/anime

    @little.pink.witch maybe cuz it’s fun to root for and cheer on the characters!

    @slacker_hecker They living a life I would wish to but is now too late to.. 😂

    @galaxyjuuice I think it’s fun to be able to watch a character fight through random obstacles to get to where they wanna be. That’s usually how shounen manga/anime are, right? Main character, one goal, a whole lot of action. Sometimes the audience can even relate to the main characters, resulting in one to become more invested in the anime/manga. o: That’s how I was with One Piece, LOL. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF FRIENDS AND BECOME THE BEST AT WHAT I DO.
    i hope this made sense!! 💀

    @pressingtowardsthegoal I think what shounen does well as a genre is give you the ultimate goal of the character (this is how I became the worlds strongest hero! Or I’m going to become hokage! I’m going to restore my brothers body and my arm and leg) and then delivers the story on how they get there. With all the failures and hardships and drawbacks that come with it. And also the good times. At the same time, for me, I dislike it because you know that in end, they will somehow beat all odds and achieve their goal.

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