Kimi No Na Wa: “Tears…Why?”

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This guest post was submitted by Bob Aarhus. In addition to his short bio at the end of the piece, I'll add that Bob has been a long supporter of Beneath the Tangles and a model for this particular blogger in how to be a thinking, compassionate Christian. I'm proud to present this excellent article.… Continue reading Kimi No Na Wa: “Tears…Why?”

Annalyn’s Corner: On Folklore, Natsume, and Nature

When I first saw anime containing Japanese folklore, I passed it off as fantasy content. I didn't think about the youkai much differently than I would about fairies. I didn't even notice that the word "youkai" was being used most of the time, as translators muddled along with words like "spirit" and "demon." But over… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: On Folklore, Natsume, and Nature

Something More: Ghost Hunting, Spiritual Personas, Suffering from God and Djinns in Final Fantasy

Hola mis amigos! To all those who have been looking forward to Something More, I hope I meet your expectations. I am Samuru, one of the staff writers here at Beneath the Tangles who enjoys writing on video games and occasionally anime. I used to write a column on Geeks Under Grace called Treasure Chest… Continue reading Something More: Ghost Hunting, Spiritual Personas, Suffering from God and Djinns in Final Fantasy

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Beneath the Tangles | Shinto, Prayer, and www.Working!!

Episode 4 of www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan's oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone--putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up "just for the feels." Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Continue reading Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Something More: Belonging in Bungou, Berserk “Sunday School,” and Dangerous Flying Witches

Anime often revels in deviant storytelling. Add that to its cultural roots, and it's easy for misunderstanding and stereotyping to occur among Western audiences. Christians, especially, seem hesitant to embrace anime due, in part, to its oftentimes default spiritual content. Witches, demons, spirits, and magic frequently flavor Japanese storytelling, which can sound worse in word… Continue reading Something More: Belonging in Bungou, Berserk “Sunday School,” and Dangerous Flying Witches

Something More: Fullmetal Anti-Semitist, Re:Samaritan, and Ultimate (Idolatrous) “Harmony”

Anime, especially in the dark fantasy/dystopian genre, thrives on the concept of freewill. Death Note shows the futility of forcing the world into a mold to which it cannot conform. Kiznaiver reveals that shared adversity and duty-driven empathy aren't enough to keep people (or the peace) together. Psycho-Pass... well... you get the picture. At least as far… Continue reading Something More: Fullmetal Anti-Semitist, Re:Samaritan, and Ultimate (Idolatrous) “Harmony”

Something More: Tangles’ MAL Debut, Crane Game Gospel, and Kiznaiver’s “Holy Spirit”

Recently, Beneath the Tangles was invited to become a blogger for popular database My Anime List. Aside from expanding our organizational platform, we hope to utilize MAL as a mainstream bridge between the spiritual and secular in a way that reaches a primarily non-Christian demographic. Our introductory post, which has received almost 5,000 views, provides… Continue reading Something More: Tangles’ MAL Debut, Crane Game Gospel, and Kiznaiver’s “Holy Spirit”

Something More: (Gnostic) Titan Jesus, Christian Freedom in JRPG Airships, and Humility Levels Over 9,000

I get excited whenever I see Christ and Pop Culture publish a piece qualified for the "Something More" column, and this one is certainly an original. I never imagined that the JRPG airship trope could convey so many spiritual truths about freedom and responsibility. Looking back on my memories playing through the Final Fantasy series… Continue reading Something More: (Gnostic) Titan Jesus, Christian Freedom in JRPG Airships, and Humility Levels Over 9,000

Something More: Metaphysical Mushishi, Divine Dr. Black Jack, and Old Testament Anime… Sort Of

"Cartoons" aren't just for kids. Anime fans probably know that better than anyone. But it's not just mature content and convoluted plots that make anime an appealing medium for adults. Through animation's ambiguous limits, philosophy and theology can be easily conveyed in a manner that anyone can grasp (often without their realizing it). For example,… Continue reading Something More: Metaphysical Mushishi, Divine Dr. Black Jack, and Old Testament Anime… Sort Of