12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

Sword Art Online may not be an anime you would imagine to have anything to do with Christmas, since it's about getting stuck inside of an MMORPG (massive multi-player role playing game), then dying in real life if you die in the game. In fact, I forgot that there actually was an episode that had… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 8: A Very Special Sakura Quest

On a very special, quasi-Christmas themed episode of Sakura Quest, one of our leading characters, Maki, returns disappointed from Tokyo. She had been an excellent actress and had a few opportunities to act earlier in life. Since then, she's all but given up until an opportunity suddenly came her way. Her friends and family encouraged… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 8: A Very Special Sakura Quest

Secret Santa 2016: Love Lab

Beneath the Tangles | Secret Santa—Love Lab

This year, I actually entered Reverse Thieves' Secret Santa Project in time! I like being forced to watch an anime I might not have chosen myself—or one I've been procrastinating on. In this case, my Santa recommended three shows that fit in one or both of those two categories. Out of the three, I chose to watch… Continue reading Secret Santa 2016: Love Lab

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 11: Honey and Clover

While many anime have an entire Christmas episode featuring filler, Honey and Cover only really has half an episode dedicated to Christmas, and this is interwoven with character and plot development. However, even if you haven’t seen Honey and Clover, the Christmas episode is only the fourth episode, so there are no major spoilers ahead.… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 11: Honey and Clover

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 10: MuvLuv Alternative

When I think of Christmas in otaku media, MuvLuv is one of the first stories that comes to mind. In previous years here at Beneath the Tangles, however, I was told we must write about anime.  No longer am I bound by such a rule! MuvLuv, specifically MuvLuv Alternative is one of the most popular… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 10: MuvLuv Alternative

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 6: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan

As I noted previously, high schooler Saiki Kusuo has it rough. Not only do his psychic abilities make it nearly impossible to enjoy most ordinary activities, but he daily finds himself in situations involving his family and "friends" that require his intervention. How can Kusuo get a moment's peace and rest, which is what he… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 6: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 3: Tonari no Seki-kun

Tonari no Seki-kun (My Neighbor Seki) is a gag-manga centering around class hijinks. Rumi Yokoi is an above average student trying to pay attention in class when, never failing, her classmate next to her (Toshinari Seki) begins to do something ridiculous. Each chapter of the manga (and each episode of the anime series of the… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 3: Tonari no Seki-kun

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 1: Ace Attorney

Major spoilers for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney below! Two silhouettes stand in a boat floating on a foggy lake. One of them pulls a gun on the other. “Merry Christmas,” he says, and squeezes the trigger. Appropriately enough, the final case in Capcom’s original Ace Attorney video game opens the same way it ends—with a… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 1: Ace Attorney

12 Days of Otaku Christmas

One of our favorite yearly traditions at Beneath the Tangles is our "12 Days of Christmas Anime" series. In the past, our staff has put together twelve posts about Christmas anime episodes. This year, we're doing things a little different: we've expanded our scope to include not only anime, but also manga, visual novels, JRPGs,… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: Toradora

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Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you're having a day of cheer and festivities with loved ones! And if you're not, I hope that you stay warm, find joy in the season (and the reason for it), and enjoy your day. I know that's easier said than done, especially if you're having a tough season or… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: Toradora