New Year, New Hope

TR has been a frequent contributor and supporter of Beneath the Tangles. He joins us again today with an article about his personal hardships working in the OEL manga industry, as well as encouragement for others who endured a painful 2021. For many of us, 2021 was a challenging year. Whether because of the passing… Read More New Year, New Hope

Tangles Writers Do Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Arc 6: Piece of My Heart

Hajime Kamoshida, the author of the Rascal Does Not Dream light novel series, does something quite fearless in volume six, the recently-released Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl. He pits the love of Sakuta’s life head to head against the series’ beloved heroine and current (and main) love interest, Mai. You read that… Read More Tangles Writers Do Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Arc 6: Piece of My Heart

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Many Christmases of Kurau: Phantom Memory

For Ayaka Steiger, Christmas is awful.  When she was still a child, the conflicted antagonist of Kurau: Phantom Memory lost her entire family on Christmas Eve to a group of gunmen with a grudge against her father, a top agent with the government’s secret service, the GPO. As an adult, she has followed in her… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Many Christmases of Kurau: Phantom Memory

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

‘Twas the night before Christmasand all through the Demon Castlenot a demon was stirring— Save for one: Princess Syalis herself. The snow (before you ask: yes, it snows in demon-lands; deal with it) has filled her with Christmas nostalgia. After writing out her wish list to Santa and stuffing it into the purple, demon-themed stocking… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 7: Yuki Yuna, Santa Claus & a Gift to Change the Ages

Christmas celebrations in the broken, besieged world of Yuki Yuna is a Hero provide a welcome respite for the bruised and battered girls of the Hero Club—an afternoon’s pause in their battle to save the remnants of humanity from the supernatural enemy that would devour them. Technically, it’s January 5th, but the girls are pretending… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 7: Yuki Yuna, Santa Claus & a Gift to Change the Ages

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

Yo ho ho, piratical Christmas?! I’ve kind of made it a personal challenge as to how many posts I can write out of “Red Nosed Reindeer,” the third episode of Sword Art Online. (I believe this is my third.) This time, I want to explore the contrasting attitudes toward death displayed in the episode. Death… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Blue Period Asks, Whose Christmas is it Anyway?

Blue Period has a Christmas episode that isn’t really a Christmas episode, but then, surprisingly, is precisely a Christmas episode. In it, Christmas lasts about two minutes. Just long enough for the art prep school students to bask in the sparkly glory of some strawberry shortcake before the montage skips along to New Year’s Eve.… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Blue Period Asks, Whose Christmas is it Anyway?