Welcome to Text x Context, a new Beneath the Tangles feature that explores light novels on a multi-volume scale! With the old Light Novel Club, each post dealt with only one volume at a time and there were often long gaps between posts on the same series, meaning it could take a very long time… Read More The Text x Context of Haruhi Suzumiya, Part I
Arisa is the second most popular waitress at Maid Café Vamp. Yes, that’s right, second. She was first, but then was supplanted by an actual vampire, Midori, when the latter joined the establishment. But that’s still pretty good, right? Second is nothing to scoff at. To be honest with you, if I was the second… Read More Call of the Night: Sick, Lonely Humans (and Vampires)
Iris is a good girl. She’s obedient, cheerful, hard-working, and kind. She’s also the lone resident of an abandoned mining town somewhere in the foothills of a remote Mexican mountain that was once full of silver and is now full of dirt. El Cazador de la Bruja is not actually about Iris, who appears only… Read More El Cazador de la Bruja in Pursuit of the Cross
Dear Friends, Today is our 12th birthday! On September 12, 2010, I posted our first article, and away we went. During this past decade-plus, our ministry has changed in so many ways, but our goal has remained the same: To reach out to otaku with the love of Christ through community. To that end, instead… Read More Happy 12th Birthday to Us!
Human beings have two responses to anxiety and crisis situations: to freeze up and do nothing, or to get busy—and I mean really busy. Or as Brené Brown and other mental health professionals term it, under-functioning and over-functioning. Sadly, this fundamental difference in responses to stress is the stuff that often tears relationships apart, rendering… Read More Lycoris Recoil Ep. 9: The Grace of a Friend
Anime has a fascination with Christianity. For decades, priests and nuns have filled out anime casts, the church has often been presented as a corrupt source of evil, and bible verses have been quoted in funny ways or epic moments. Typically superficial in nature, these Christian elements are fun to identify and track. But could… Read More Master List of Bible Verses in Anime
Life has gone swimmingly for Kazuya in season two of Rent-a-Girlfriend. Chizuru is starting to return his affection as he demonstrates his commitment and thoughtfulness to her. Ruka hasn’t been able to sabotage that relationship, despite her best efforts. And even the devious Mami, Kazuya’s ex, has been kept at bay. Yep, life is going… Read More Rent-a-Girlfriend S2E7: Losing Control of the Narrative