Long-time followers of Beneath the Tangles or my own blog Curiously Dead Cat may know that I have a thing for isekai. I will watch all but the trashiest and most offensive new releases if they include a poor(?) Japanese sap who gets whisked off to a fantasy setting and—oh, the horror!—finds himself or herself… Read More First Impression: Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist
Ok, it’s my fault. I knew what I was getting into. I’ve read the manga for To Your Eternity (by the same author as A Silent Voice) almost to its present chapter. And yet, Episode 1 moved me almost to tears. Great stories have thematic phrases that sum up a key element of their tale,… Read More First Impression: To Your Eternity
An evil organization is on the verge of conquering the entire world. Only one hero can stop them now, and his chances are slim— No, sorry, wrong anime. Let me try that again. An evil organization is on the verge of conquering the entire world. Once they succeed, they won’t need so many agents of… Read More First Impression: Combatants Will Be Dispatched!
At the beginning of this year, BTT announced the theme of 20/20 in 2020. What we could not have foreseen is how much 2020 would become an example of a period in time which makes such a mark that life afterward can never be the same. For those of us old enough to remember, 9/11… Read More Foresight is 2020
Somali and the Forest Spirit: Given the title, you might be forgiven for thinking one of the main characters is a forest spirit. In fact, the person in question is a golem–a stone “robot” magically animated. Must be something lost in translation here. The golem also reminds me of Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four… Read More Dr. Steve’s First Impression: Somali and the Forest Spirit