Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…
– Hebrews 12:1
If you’ve just stumbled upon this site, you may be wondering if this is some sort of joke, some ironic take on religion. After all, can we seriously be looking for Christianity in anime? There’s no reasonable intersection between the two, right?
It’s true that there’s very little intentional overlap between Christianity and anime, and when it does happen, it’s not especially meaningful. Thankfully, that’s not what our site is all about. When an individual is born-again, she begins to see God’s story of redemption everywhere—in nature, in relationships, even in media. Paraphrasing Timothy Keller, for the Christian, every story has two stories—the one the author tells and one that reflects the gospel message in some way. Anime is no different.
We invite you to join us on our journey as we discuss anime, manga, light novels, and other Japanese media through the experiences that form us. We hope to create a safe community at Beneath the Tangles, one where we can explore and question all sorts of topics, and where people of all faiths (or none at all) feel welcomed and are eager to engage in discussion.
Beneath the Tangles bridges the gap between anime fans and the Christian church by discussing Christianity as expressed through anime, supporting and loving Christian anime fans, and demonstrating faith through interaction with our readers.
Beneath the Tangles is developing a community where our staff members can use their passion for anime and Japanese media; love for God and for people; and skills and talents to reach out to the English-speaking otaku community and share the gospel message through our words and actions, participating in the Christ’s command to teach about faith and make disciples, and care for the church by supporting Christian believers who are part of the otaku community.
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If you’re not sure where to start, please visit this post, which tells what we purpose to do. Alternately, here’s a sampling of some posts which which show what we do on this blog:
- Hourou Musuko and a Prayer from the Heart
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica 07: From Adam to Jesus
- Burn, O My Cosmos! Comrades At Arms and Fighting the Good Fight in Saint Seiya
- Anime Today: Sharing Anime with Family
We also hope that you’ll become part of our community, engaging us here on the blog and through our social media accounts. We ask for your prayers, and if you’d like, you can also support us financially through Patreon, where you can join one of our different levels of giving or, depending on the contribution, even become a more specific ministry partner, such as Golden Plume Comics, our social media patron.
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