In 2010, Twwk founded Beneath the Tangles to explore the connections between anime/manga and Christian spirituality. But he hasn’t been the only contributor to the blog—far from it. During the course of 2011, over a dozen other writers contributed guest posts, and soon afterwards, several co-bloggers joined the team, to which another five were added in January 2015. In 2016, Charles moved on to focus on family and ministry, and a leadership team under Japesland took the lead, before Twwk returned the following year. Today, the following members make Beneath the Tangles possible:
claire – Editor, Writer
Claire is passionate about story in all its forms, especially visual. She loves to uncover where and how God is revealing himself in culture—across time and space. She’s a historian by trade, specialising in cinema. Claire is fairly new to anime, and so is enjoying catching up on decades worth of rich “archival material”. Though actually it turns out she’d watched anime as a kid, only without knowing it. (For years, she thought there was a class of transformer that were big cats, thanks to the original Voltron. If only she still had that complete mecha toy set, she could retire!)
Gaheret – Writer
The eldest of ten siblings who are all avid readers, Gaheret is a Catholic lawyer from Spain, too tall for Robin already but not yet serious enough for Batman. Interested in heroism, wonder, hope. and Christ, he looks for them from the realms of Philosophy and Theology to the Arthurian cycle, Dostoyevski, and comics. He discovered anime after University much to his joy, mostly through Beneath the Tangles
Japesland – Director (Retired)
JP is an aspiring businessman and linguist in the land of Japan. His tastes are always in a state of flux, but he enjoys anything with an emphasis on characters. His obsession with Japan carries into most of his interests, from books to television to video games and more. In his free time he likes to pose with bunny ears for caricatures.
Jeskai Angel – Writer
With his fondness for books, video games, and trading card games, Jonathan has always been pretty nerdy, but he only became an otaku in 2016, falling in love first with anime, and later with light novels. Despite physical and mental health issues, Jonathan somehow became a historian of the American Civil War, and he has a 500-page doctoral dissertation he still needs to get published. He’s been doing freelance QA work for J-Novel Club since 2019.
Joseph – Social Media Team
Joseph just graduated undergrad and is now attending medical school. He hopes to one day serve God’s kingdom as a medical missionary. After being forced to watch Code Geass by a friend in middle school, he realized anime wasn’t as cringy as he had thought, and has been watching it since. He’s also played volleyball for a while and claims to be better than Nishinoya. Aside from anime, his favorite video game series is The Legend of Zelda and loves to study philosophy.
Judy – Social Media Team
With a passion for plushes and all things kawaii, Judy’s first taste of anime came when she saw Battle Of The Planets as a child and she delved further during the Pokemon, after which her love of anime kept growing (and she’s never looked back). She has a knack for taking secular songs and coming up with religious connotations to them, and loves Japan/Japanese culture, the color blue, and laughing! When she’s not watching anime or reading manga, Judy is working out at the local YMCA, drinking Pure Leaf raspberry iced tea, blasting Stryper’s music throughout her house, rooting for the Boston Bruins or shelling out her love of one of her favorite animals, the turtle!
Kelsey – Women’s Ministry
Kelsey’s first introduction to anime was when her husband made her watch Mobile Suit Gundam Wing in college—and she has been watching anime ever since. She now is a huge fan of anime, manga, and Japanese culture in general. Inuyasha will forever be her favorite anime, but she will watch basically anything in the anime realm. Happily married and a mother of 2 littles, she enjoys reading, painting, drinking all of the coffee, and playing FFXIV in her spare time. Being a part of a community that connects faith with all things otaku has been an amazing experience!
KhakiBlueSocks – Social Media Team, Writer
Also known as the Cajun Samurai, KhakiBlueSocks is a Christian, a southern gentlemen, an “angry black man,” a commentator, and a blogger on life and anime, A virgin until married and avid New Orleans Saints fan, he’s written quite a few things, and looks forward to writing a few more!
Koboc – Podcast Team
A self-proclaimed Christian otaku, Koboc got his first taste of anime back when Ash was still going around the Kanto region in Pokemon and while watching Sailor Moon with his cousin, then and re-discovered it when Fullmetal Alchemist and Eureka Seven were airing on Adult Swim, and has been an anime lover ever since. His favorite genres include mecha, sci-fi, mystery and… romcoms? If he’s not watching anime, Koboc is most likely playing Digimon TCG or a JRPG of some kind.
KyuubiKaze – Podcaster
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Tyler (a.k.a. KyuubiKaze on the interwebs) fell in love with Japanese culture from an early age. Inspired by food, customs, and especially anime, Kyuubi ended up studying abroad there for two years before minoring in Japanese language at the University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa. For the last 8 years, Kyuubi has been posting blogs and videos about anime and Asian culture from a Christian perspective. This has led him to win the first-ever, “Best Hawai’i Anime YouTuber” award in 2018. He is now a videographer and Young Adults Edification Director for his church, New Hope O’ahu.
Laura A. Grace – Writer
Growing up, Laura A. Grace dreamed of being a Sailor Scout fighting alongside Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars. As an adult, she now dreams of being a volleyball player on the Karasuno volleyball team, a fellow pirate in the Straw Hat Crew, and matchmaker for a certain “couple” in Cells at Work. To indulge her daydreams, she often gets fanart commissioned with her favorite fictional characters and collects as many anime inspired enamel pins her husband will allow. She happily gushes about her latest manga reads (and anime memes) to her husband and three children, who may or may not like battling her with plastic lightsabers.
Lenlenkai – Women’s Ministry
Introduced to Spirited Away at 12, Lindsay has enjoyed wandering around the world of anime, from following the Straw Hats to secretly dreaming of being a water bender. Since graduating college, she has been a missionary in Asia, horse trainer, soccer coach, entrepreneur, and even voice recorder for children’s English books. She is praying God will one day send her to Japan, but currently teaches English online and is pursuing a master’s degree in Christian Counseling. Her greatest joy is in teaching others about God‘s heart for the nations. In her spare time you can find her listening to anything by Joe Hisaishi, sipping Jasmine tea, reading, or working out.
Lex – Editor
Lex (a.k.a. Annalyn) “met” Naruto in 2009 and started aniblogging in 2010. Since then, she has earned a creative writing degree, become a freelance book editor, changed her main username, and retired her aniblog. At one point, she was part of the BtT leadership team. At another, she retired from aniblogging (and she claims she remains basically retired). But she still finds few things as thrilling as an engaging story, and she still loves working with the written word. As such, she can’t wander far from anime. Or from blogging. Or from Beneath the Tangles.
Luke Davila – Social Media Team
Luke was introduced to anime at the age of four by his father, who watched Inyuasha with him at the age of 4, sparking his love for the medium. and his love for anime began. But he’s a fan of many other different nerdy things as well, hence his username, “AVERAGEFANBOY.” When he’s not training in martial arts and in the gym, you can find Luke cosplaying and attending conventions. Though he has a strong love for anime and many other fandoms, his heart belongs to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who always comes first for Luke, who is living life to be a light in the world like him.
Margaret Reinhardt – Writer
Marg has always been a geeky girl. She grew up a Navy brat, as well as a preacher’s kid, moving from place to place and finally settling down on the east coast. She’s a Nintendo gamer, Apple fangirl, graphics geek, font snob, and last but certainly not least, manga nerd. Marg first started reading manga in February of 2018 when she was pregnant with her youngest daughter to help take her mind off of all-day-long morning sickness, and the rest is history. Now she’s become an avid manga reader and reviewer better known as MargReadsManga on the Internet.
Mecahawk – Social Media Team
A Christian and anime fan since his youth, Tyler has sought religious enlightenment through scripture and cultural enlightenment through anime. Much of his time is also spent gaming with a wide variety of tastes centered around strategy. He is happily married to his wife, and he uses his knowledge of political science and Humint as a moderator of the Beneath the Tangles Discord server.
MDMRN – Writer, Social Media Team
Matt is a Level 12 Dad of 4. He’s also an environmancer, One Piece/Animal Crossing fanatic, 2006 TIME Person of the Year, and all around geeky guy. MDMRN has a regular column and is part of the Twitter / Discord team. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably wandering his island in Animal Crossing or asleep.
Mike Staley – Podcast Team
Mike’s love of anime led to his interest in Japanese culture. This, in turn, has lead him to study Japanese in hopes of ministering in Japan. Mike’s a big fan of shonen anime and loves a good slice-of-life series. He’s always been a lover of combining geekiness and godliness, which lead him to Beneath the Tangles.
NegativePrimes – Editor
Dr. Steve, aka NegativePrimes, was introduced to anime while working on his Ph.D. in literary studies, when the local anime club showed Naruto’s fight against Zabuza and Haku on an auditorium big screen. His favorite anime series include FMA: Brotherhood, Erased, Snow White with Red Hair, and Gate, and he also enjoys computer programming, gaming, and technology. Where he finds the time for these, after prayer, work, and raising several children, remains something of a mystery.
Nyan – Video Team
From getting up early on weekends to catch the latest episode of Pokémon or Sonic X, to sneaking onto the family PC late at night for some Naruto or Zatch Bell! action, to studying Evangelion instead of for AP Psychology, Ryan has been watching anime since before “anime” even entered his lexicon. Perhaps it is what led him to eventually pursue a career in the film industry. When he isn’t busting his tail on a movie, you’ll find him catching up on anime/manga, grinding away at his ever-growing backlog of JRPGs, serving at church, experimenting in the kitchen, messing around on the piano/drums, playing with any new tech he can get his hands on, exercising, and sleeping (on the rare occasion).
Paris – Cosplayer, Podcast Team
Paris found her love for cosplay in 2017 after casually attending her first convention. She never expected the impact that it would have on her life. She is now a social media cosplay influencer on multiple platforms and enjoys sharing her passion with others through family-friendly content creation and collaborations. Paris picked up a number of skills along the way, like learning how to sew, 3D printing, wig styling, becoming a party princess, and more. What some people don’t know about Paris is that she also has a Masters’s level education from Seminary and studied both counseling and Biblical theology. Outside of cosplay, she works in ministry and has a passion for children, homes, and families. She sees the work Jesus has done in her life and wants to share His love with anyone who will listen.
Samuru – Writer, Social Media Team
Michael (Samuru) is a school teacher, husband, lifelong gamer, avid anime fan and follower of Christ. Video games have been his delight, as have books, writing, traveling and a slight obsession with music via Spotify. If he’s not teaching, you’ll find him conquering digital worlds on his PS4 or on Steam.
sleepminusminus – Writer
sleepminusminus lurks mysteriously in the dark corners of the anime world, occasionally peeking out to retweet something cute or clever. Online, he spends copious hours smashing keys in osu!mania and binging old slice-of-life shows. Offline, he ponders theology, mathematics, and everything in between.
Stardf29 – Writer
Frank is known as “stardf29” on various parts of the Internet; it stands for “Star Defender 29”, which is something he came up with during his chuunibyou years. Now, when he’s not doing things for the Navy or indefinitely delaying his writing projects, he likes engaging in anime, especially of the slice-of-life sort.
Thathilomgirl – Social Media Team
Having just finished her undergraduate degree recently, Michelle is continuing her stay in Melbourne as she learns to navigate her way through adult life (permanently, she hopes). When she’s not holing herself up in her room with anime and manga, she’s either roaming the city for ramen and milk tea or thinking intensely about her current favorite series.
TWWK – Director
A little Speed Racer here, some Transformers there, and without even realizing it, TWWK’s childhood had dotted with anime. But it was the later discovery of Digimon, Toonami, and Princess Mononoke that entrenched him in the world of anime, while Evangelion sealed the deal. Today, you can find him hanging out with his family, serving at church, and of course, watching anime.
WacOtaku – Social Media Team
Three years stationed in Yokosuka, Japan back in his US Navy days may not have made Hayden “go native” but he definitely picked up a few things along the way- such as a love of Japanese curry, a fascination with rakuguo, and a long-distance love affair with the city of Nagasaki. As his beloved alma mater Baylor University’s official beverage is Dr Pepper, he can confirm Okabe Rintaro’s claim that it is indeed the drink of intellectuals.