As we enter the classroom to discuss the thirteenth book in our light novel club, I see a solitary girl sitting on the far side of the room. Chairs and desks are stacked behind her, forming a shadowy backdrop, but she sits in the most lighted portion of the room, next to a window overlooking… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 13: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1
Dear Followers, As happens with all brands and organizations, Beneath the Tangles has undergone change over the years, most profoundly when I left the blog I started several years ago, and then when I returned about 18 months later. During my absence, the site grew tremendously under the leadership of JP, Annalyn, and Kaze, while… Read More A Renewed Mission at Beneath the Tangles
I’ve been watching anime now for almost 35 years. Crazy, huh? But that’s not to say that I’ve been an otaku for that long—just as with many of you, my original viewing of the medium was as a youngster and without realizing the origin of what I was watching. It wasn’t until years later that… Read More What Anime Are Most Significant for Your Otaku Journey?
In lieu of working through my current backlog of anime, I’ve instead been streaming through Ace of Diamond with my family. I’m a fan of sports anime, and enjoy baseball in real life (blame Ken Burns’ Baseball and a man crush on Bob Costas), so it’s a wonder I never watched this series until now.… Read More Pitching and Working Out of a Dead End
I was not a particularly active youth, but I think I must have seemed like a mountain child compared to kids of this generation. I spent time outdoors most every day, and all morning and afternoon long during summertime. I walked trails cut in the desert near my home, searching for rattlesnakes and horny toads.… Read More When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”
Trains play a heavy role Pokémon Detective Pikachu—they come and go in key points in the narrative. Sometimes Tim Goodman, the young man at the center of the film, boards a train; other times, he chooses not to. His decisions not only lead to physical closeness or distance from his father, Harry Goodman (recently missing… Read More Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Getting off (or on) the Train
Hachiman Hikigaya is many things: a smart-mouth, kind soul, teen philosopher, and of course, loner of epic proportions. He’s one of anime’s great modern characters and perhaps the best reason to read the early volumes of My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected. With volume one serving as the current selection for our… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Happy Birthday to our Hero-gaya
What I’ve noticed about so many anime fans is that they don’t have just a desire to consume, but also to create. Innovation runs through otaku veins, but without the proper skills, they’re left at a dead end, frustrated at the desire to create something of significance, but without the skillset to get there. I’m… Read More Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!
How do you begin a story? If you’re developing a saga, one that reaches over many years and across cultures and nations, that’s a tale that might be big enough to begin with a type of event that could kill a lesser one: the death of your main character. Of course, he’s not really your… Read More When a True Warrior Dies: Lead Character Deaths in Vinland Saga and Game of Thrones
I recently received permission to post artwork from Siya_Ho, who focuses on Attack on Titan among many other series. I posted one of her pieces on our Instagram account, where it received a ton of attention, so I thought I’d bring this fun post here as well! Which character from Attack on Titan are you,… Read More Which Attack on Titan Character Matches Your Height?