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 divide between anime fans and the Christian church by developing anime-related content and discussing anime and Christianity as expressed through anime, manga, and light novels; ministering to and loving Christian anime fans; and demonstrating faith by modeling Christ through interaction with our readers and followers.
Beneath the Tangles is developing a transformative 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 grow into brand that is well-known and regarded among anime fans in order to facilitate a mission to reach out to the otaku community and share the gospel message through our words and actions, thereby participating in Christ’s command to teach about faith and make disciples, and care for the church by offering authentic and loving support to Christian believers who are part of the otaku community.
So come join us! Read our articles, follow on social media, and become part of our community and mission. We hope to serve you—and together with you!