Newman’s Nook: Nobunaga and Fróis – Friends

Nobunaga No Shinobi Episode 32 Luis Frois and Oda Nobunaga

Watching Nobunaga no Shinobi (which you can watch at Crunchyroll here) has been interesting as it walks through a period of Japanese history that I know very little about. An interesting item brought up in the show is the historic friendship that arose between Oda Nobunaga and Luís Fróis. Who are these two people? I'm glad you… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Nobunaga and Fróis – Friends

Review: Silence (2016)

There's a moment in Silence, Martin Scorsese's powerful film about persecution of Christians in 17th century, where the main character, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), whispers, "Am I just praying to silence?" Scorsese's answer to that question, at the heart of this epic film, may surprise many, especially those that see him as a director who… Continue reading Review: Silence (2016)

TangleCast 35: The Final Fantasy Episode!

Celebrating the recent release of the 10-years-coming Final Fantasy XV,  podcast regulars JP (Japesland) and Casey (CutsceneAddict) join two of our resident Beneath the Tangles gamers, Michael (Samuru) and Josh (JoshW) to discuss the recent Final Fantasy hype as well as the games in the series that have had the biggest personal impact on us individually. As one of the most… Continue reading TangleCast 35: The Final Fantasy Episode!

Letters from the Editor: I’m Part of the Problem

According to my admittedly rather fallible memory, few anime in the last few years have frustrated me as much as Girlish Number, but I can't help but feel that this is a good sense of frustration. I'm not angry because the anime is terrible, or even because I wish the characters were written differently, but… Continue reading Letters from the Editor: I’m Part of the Problem

TangleCast 31: Otaku Diet

After a serious two-week series on homosexuality, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) decided to take it easy by re-introducing one of our favorite features from our old podcast: Otaku Diet. Every one or two months, when we cover what otaku materials we're consuming, we'll be talking about the manga, anime, visual novel, light novel, or Japanese video game… Continue reading TangleCast 31: Otaku Diet

Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life

I think every thoughtful human being on this planet experiences, at some point or another, some sort of identity crisis. We are naturally hypocritical beings, and as such it's difficult to pinpoint just who we are, and perhaps even more difficult to communicate that identity to others. Every time I compose an article (it's been… Continue reading Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life

TangleCast 25: Akihabara

The Mecca of all things anime! JP (Japesland),  Jack (R86), and Kaze are no stranger to discussing their times in Japan, and today they'd like to translate those experiences into a helpful, and hopefully eye-opening discussion on Akihabara. What sort of expectations should an anime fan have when visiting this infamous location, and how about Christian otaku? And be… Continue reading TangleCast 25: Akihabara

Something More: (Gnostic) Titan Jesus, Christian Freedom in JRPG Airships, and Humility Levels Over 9,000

I get excited whenever I see Christ and Pop Culture publish a piece qualified for the "Something More" column, and this one is certainly an original. I never imagined that the JRPG airship trope could convey so many spiritual truths about freedom and responsibility. Looking back on my memories playing through the Final Fantasy series… Continue reading Something More: (Gnostic) Titan Jesus, Christian Freedom in JRPG Airships, and Humility Levels Over 9,000

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 5

Hello again! DTS is over, and I can hardly believe it. The last month went by like a train, and although it hit me really hard, it was amazing. It's kind of hard to adjust to Canada, and there are so many friends I had to leave behind, but that's okay because it was so… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 5

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan (or, in this case, Thailand): Part 4

Hello, everyone! It feels like an eternity since I was last in Japan, but also like I was leaving for Thailand just yesterday. I feel a little sad to have left Thailand so soon, especially because of all the amazing people I met there, but it's nice to be back in somewhat familiar surroundings, and… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan (or, in this case, Thailand): Part 4