The Secret Stars of Anime Final: ARIA

Here it is, my last post for my Secret Stars of Anime column. Don’t worry, I’m not quitting the blog; I just have a new column that I will be starting next time. Before that new column starts, though, I figured I would give this column a nice, big sendoff by covering my absolute favorite… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime Final: ARIA

The Secret Stars of Anime: Amagami SS Kaoru’s Arc

So you have a dating sim/visual novel with six main girls, and you've been greenlit for an anime adaptation. You have 24 episodes to showcase your game's girls and stories, appealing to game fans as well as attracting new fans. How do you make that transition from the branching story paths of dating sims to the… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: Amagami SS Kaoru’s Arc

The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Urara Meirocho

I know you are probably thinking, “Oh boy, he’s talking about another cute-girls-doing-cute-things show,” but hold on a second, as there is one specific aspect of Urara Meirocho that I want to focus on, that has nothing to do with the cast of moe girls (you could replace them all with boys and the following would still apply just… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Urara Meirocho

The Secret Stars of Anime: Yuyushiki

As a new year starts, anime fans are certainly looking forward to all the new anime the year will bring. They are also looking over at the past year and making their "best anime of 2016" lists, or putting in their write-in votes for Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. Something about a new year makes people want… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: Yuyushiki

The Secret Santa of Anime: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Yes, I participated in Reverse Thieves's Secret Santa this year, too, with Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. It is part of the Lupin the Third franchise that is overall quite well-known, although moreso in Japan. The series revolves around Fujiko Mine, Lupin's fellow thief and love interest, and how she and the other classic Lupin… Continue reading The Secret Santa of Anime: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Scorching Ping Pong Girls

We have been talking about sports anime a lot on Beneath the Tangles recently, and for good reason. Sports anime, in addition to being lots of fun to watch, provide many moments of wisdom that fit well with themes of Christianity. Of course, that means if you do not like sports anime and you are… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Scorching Ping Pong Girls

The Secret Stars of Anime: Saki and the Spirit of Competitive Anime

One type of anime I enjoy watching beyond my usual slice-of-life fare is anime featuring competitive games. More commonly, people call these “sports anime,” and while I am not the massive fan of them that some others are, I certainly enjoy them, definitely far more than I enjoy watching real sports. That said, I prefer… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: Saki and the Spirit of Competitive Anime

The Secret Stars of Anime: Bakemonogatari (Hitagi Crab)

Halloween might be over, but it is not too late for a good ghost story. In fact, Bakemonogatari almost literally translates into "ghost story", though obake and bakemono more specifically refer to supernatural beings capable of changing forms, with obake sometimes colloquially used to refer to "ghosts". Semantics aside, Bakemonogatari is the first novel, and adaptation-wise the first anime in… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: Bakemonogatari (Hitagi Crab)

The Secret Stars of Anime: Re-kan!

It is October, the month commonly associated with spooky stuff, which means it is the perfect month for me to talk about all those overlooked horror anime! …except that I do not like horror. Personal preference and all, but having the living daylights scared out of me or watching gruesome and disturbing images is not… Continue reading The Secret Stars of Anime: Re-kan!