In 2010, Charles Sadnick (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 Charles returned the following year. Today, the following members make Beneath the Tangles possible:
TWWK – Director
A little Speed Racer here, some Transformers there, and without even knowing, TWWK’s childhood was dotted with anime. But the later discovery of Digimon progressed it and when he purchased Princess Mononoke without knowing anything about Studio Ghibli, his fate was sealed. Today, you can find him hanging out with his family, serving at church, and of course, watching anime.
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.
David L. – Podcaster (Team FtK)
David loves fitness. He’s also a musician and a pastor. When he’s not working out, practicing music or doing church work, you can find him watching the latest airing anime or playing some League of Legends. Dystopian sci-fi is his favorite genre. However, maybe the slice of life antics of moe anime girls could have a place in his heart…in an alternative universe.
Emdaisy – Tech Support, Writer
Emdaisy1 is a geeky computer programmer. She’s happily married and enjoying dragging her husband into the geekdom with her! Being an INFJ she tends to prefer spending her evenings home rather than out, curled up with a hot drink, her husband, and her 115-pound “lap dog”. Her free time is spent on gaming, anime, reading, or learning whatever suits her mood that day!
Holly – Podcaster (Team FtK), Social Media Team
Holly is studying in Texas to become a legal drug dealer and help people get their drugs (pharmacy of course). She likes to play league and league only (Any Lux players out there? Woot, woot). She also dream of being on Runningman one day and just likes games in general. She really loves to stuff herself with delicious food and contemplated on doing a mukbang, but decided not to since she knew she would not exercise to equalize everything.
With his fondness for books, video games, and trading card games, Jeskai has always been pretty nerdy, but he only discovered anime (i.e. Crunchyroll) in 2016. Besides being a Christian and a nerd, he’s still figuring out what else to do with life. He’s wrestled a great deal with physical and mental health issues. By training, Jeskai is a historian of the American Civil War.
JoshW – Writer
Josh’s academic perambulations have taken him from the isle of English literature all the way over to the distant realm of Biblical criticism by way of philosophy and theology. When not geeking out over those subjects he can often be found geeking out over video games, science fiction, and all things animated.
Lynna – Columnist
Lynna lives under a rock, also known as being an English Literature student, and treasures every moment where she can squeeze a little anime into her busy life. Writing stories is her passion, even when she only has time for a few sentences a day. She also enjoys sharing tea with friends and analyzing the latest webcomic updates.
Celotron – Podcaster (Team FtK)
Musician, extrovert, and people lover, Celotron loves spending time enjoying life with the company of friends. Along with his other quirky hobbies (like composing video game music, learning magic tricks, and whatever phase he’s into this week), Celotron enjoys reading new manga series and watching anime whenever he has time. He likes to impress people, as well as being impressed by others, and has a lifetime goal to have made everyone he knows laugh at least once within the first 10 minutes of a casual conversation.
Matthew G. – Podcaster (Team Anchester), Writer
Matthew G is interested in things. Many of them anime-related. He’s also trying to develop 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.
Medieval Otaku – Writer
Medieval Otaku is essentially a bookworm. His greatest loves are writing, anime, literature, history, religion, and foreign and ancient language, especially Japanese, Latin, and French. He hopes to become a full-time novelist one day, though each day offers endless ways to distract him from this happy goal.
MRNewman – Columnist, Social Media Team
Matthew Newman is an environmental engineer who’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.
NegativePrimes – Writer
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.
Peter – Podcaster (Team FtK)
Peter is a software engineer living in Texas. His love for anime started with shows from WB and Toonami and was fully realized in high school where he was introduced to One Piece. He is a diehard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and hopes his dreams for the team will stop being crushed in his lifetime. He also enjoys following the NBA (Dallas Mavericks), playing sports, bass guitar, and reading witty comments on Reddit.
R86 – Columnist
R86 is a chemistry professor, which is the sort of job that probably made you stop reading already. He teaches organic chemistry at Texas A&M University. In his spare time, he enjoys music (flute/saxophone/clarinet and MIDI/Vocaloid synthesis), watching anime, and travelling to Japan as cheaply as possible.
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.
Sophia – Media and Art Director
Sophia is a graphic designer who is a tea lover and history fanatic. When she’s not busy designing for clients you can find her working on her blog, sketching or listening to classical music. She enjoys writing and is currently writing her first children’s novel. She has come to terms with the way of adulting and realizes she wouldn’t have made it this far without her family, friends, and her faith.
Stardf29 – Light Novel Club Prez, 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.
Talia – Video Coordinator
Small in stature, big in heart, Talia is a bundle of geekiness, goofiness, and imagination. She grew up obsessed with The Legend of Zelda, to the point where she legitimately thought this girl in her Tae Kwan Do class was the hidden princess and was immediately so jealous of her destiny—ahem, anyway… Talia also adored anime as a kid, pretending to pass out like the Sailor Senshi of Sailor Moon randomly, or fighting Arrancar with her Rainbow-sword. But the biggest moment of her life was her beautiful Abuela handing her a beautiful King James (she thought Talia was very advanced in reading, apparently) Kid’s Bible with an abundance of animals on the cover. Talia treasures this book with her beloved Abuela’s handwriting to this day. Talia also is studying Japanese, and has been to Japan twice—first for studying abroad and later to visit her friends. In addition, Talia sings everything, and her life is a musical. You can find her driving to something while belting her eardrums away in her car, playing her Nintendo Switch, or catching up on One Piece.
Thathilomgirl – Social Media Team, Writer
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.
The Varangian – Writer
The Varangian is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, semi-librarian, and father of two. He’s been in love with anime ever since catching a glimpse of The Vision of Escaflowne when he was a kid in the 90’s. Sometimes he writes.