Welcome back JeskaiAngel, one of our regular guest contributors here on Beneath the Tangles. Today, he takes a deep dive into a troubling aspect of The Rising of the Shield Hero, a show we here at on the website are absolutely loving. As I watched the first five episodes of The Rising of the Shield… Read More Guest Post: When a Shield Hero Becomes a Slave Owner
Domestic Girlfriend is a hard show to recommend seriously. The very premise reads like the trashiest of soap operas: a high school boy, depressed that the teacher with whom he is in love has a boyfriend, has a one night stand with a random girl at a mixer, only to find out that his father… Read More Domestic Girlfriend and the Idol of Romantic Love
I perceived a fascinating juxtaposition in the new arc of Boogiepop and Others. Boogiepop refers to herself as a shinigami or the Reaper, aka Death, but what are we to make of the Imaginator? The Imaginator is obviously the villain, but I wondered why a villain should be referred to as “he who imagines”? While pondering… Read More Death vs. the Devil in Boogiepop and Others
Like so many science fiction stories preceding and following it, Battle Angel Alita follows the journey of a robot (or in this case, cyborg) who is learning who she is, and in doing so, is discovering what it means to be a robot and what it is to be human. These kinds of tales excite… Read More Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 5: Of Lost Sheep, Scapegoats, Lions, and Lambs
If you are enjoying this season’s Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, you might also want to check out The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. The same author, Hajime Kamoshida wrote the original light novels for these adaptations, and he seems to have a knack for strong character writing. The strong source material is further amplified by… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Is 53:5) There’s so much pressure on us during Christmas—pressure to spend time with family, pressure to spend spend spend, pressure to feel happy and full… Read More Merry Christmas!
Christmas is an incredibly nostalgic holiday for many of us, carrying those emotions in whenever the season rolls around. Because it happens yearly, it can be a time for us to remember the past, whether happy or sad. In our memories, we can reflect on how our attitudes and positions in life have changed over… Read More The 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Angel Beats!
What does the lowly birth of Christ in a manger have to do with season three of Attack on Titan, and especially that scoundrel, Kenny Ackerman? Far more than you could possibly imagine. Join Matthew of Team Anchester as he prepares us for Christmas by explaining an unexpected connection. Here’s this week’s CQ (Cast Question):… Read More TangleCast 43: A Very Merry Attack on Titan Christmas
Seasons greetings to our dear readers! Gintama ranges four seasons and 367 episodes at the present time and includes quite a few Christmas episodes. I have already written about the Christmas story told in episode 200. The present post concerns an earlier Christmas episode from season one. Gintama might be described as a science-fiction, samurai… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 4: Gintama
What’s your Christmas Day like? The thing about Christmas is that unlike Thanksgiving, which is specific to America and features so many of the same rituals in households across the country, Christmas crosses borders, languages, cultures, and customs. There are certainly foods and rituals we associate with it, but differences abound—your neighbor might celebrate the… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Yuru Camp