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 12: Merry Christmas from Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku brought about a revolution in 2007 that has enabled thousands of artists to break into the music industry with self-produced music sung by a popular voice. Within the world of countless Vocaloid songs, the allure of Christmas-themed music was too strong for producers to resist, resulting in a myriad of Vocaloid Christmas covers, and… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 12: Merry Christmas from Hatsune Miku

Secret Santa 2016: Tsuritama

  Tsuritama Tsuritama* (2012 ~ 12 episodes) As is always the case when I (or anyone) participate in Reverse Thieves' Secret Santa, I was given three anime recommendations that my "Secret Santa" selected based on my taste as viewed from my MyAnimeList profile. Having thoroughly enjoyed a number of melancholic, brooding anime like Mushishi and… Continue reading Secret Santa 2016: Tsuritama

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 9: NIGHTS Into Dreams

This will be my first time adding my thoughts to the 12 Days of Christmas annual series here at Beneath the Tangles. As I am more inclined to play video games than watch anime (though I have watched over 100 anime), I decided to write about a certain game that is pretty short. One of the systems by SEGA… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 9: NIGHTS Into Dreams

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8: Final Fantasy IV and the Chosen One

It's not exactly Isaiah, is it? The text is the Mysidian Legend from Final Fantasy IV, which prophecies the coming of the game's hero, Cecil Harvey. Messianic prophecies and tropes involving chosen ones abound in popular fiction, to the point that they're often seen as a sign of bad writing (why does this guy have… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8: Final Fantasy IV and the Chosen One

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 7: Cheer Danshi!! & The Christmas Strain

Christmas is often known for being a cheery, magical time of year. It’s when families and friends get together to celebrate and, often, reminisce over the past year, since New Year’s isn’t long after. Christmas season is celebrated by Christians as the birth of Christ, the working-world as a day or two off work, children… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 7: Cheer Danshi!! & The Christmas Strain

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 5: Is the order a rabbit?

The Christmas episode of the cute-girls-doing-cute-things-extraordinaire show Is the order a rabbit? (episode 11 of season 1) starts off simply enough: the five main girls go to a Christmas market to buy some ornaments for the tree at the Rabbit House (the café where three of them work) and enjoy themselves a bit while they are… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 5: Is the order a rabbit?

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 4: A Gintama Christmas

Some of you know that I am a big fan of Gintama.  No show surpasses Gintama in variety: the plots cover all kinds of genres and moods, the animation stretches across the spectrum of awesome to mediocre, and the humor ranges from wordplay to toilet humor.  All episodes of Gintama are not created equal.  Yet,… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 4: A Gintama Christmas