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
There are many lessons to learn from The Heike Story: the cost of pride, the trauma of war, the insidiousness of bitterness. Every episode conveys these truths with both the elegance and firmness of a martial artist’s killing blow. But the true heart of this series is far subtler and as such can be easily… Read More The Heike Story: A Tale of Forgiveness?
Hey you. Yes, YOU. Are you someone deeply devoted to Christ? Are you looking to use your skills, talents, and interests to serve God? Are you an anime fan? Wait, what? If I didn’t lose you with either the first set of questions about faith, or that last question about being a nerd, then perhaps… Read More How About This New Year’s Resolution? Join Our Ministry!
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
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
‘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
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
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
I loved Puella Magi Madoka Magica from the moment I first saw it. The heroine’s epic sacrifice to save the world and inject an unforgiving karmic system with grace resonated so powerfully. And not just with me, as I soon learned, but with pretty much all of Christian otakudom. But then I watched Rebellion, the… Read More Fixing Madoka’s Mistake: Yuki Yuna, Episode 11
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?