Spring Drive: Support Beneath the Tangles and Win Re:ZERO Swag

Although we've grown by leaps and bounds, especially via social media, Beneath the Tangles remains a close-knit community, consisting of our group of committed writers and staff, loyal followers, and  patrons, who help drive so many of the activities we do with our accounts. Without our patrons, we wouldn't be able to grow our accounts… Continue reading Spring Drive: Support Beneath the Tangles and Win Re:ZERO Swag

Win a Rem Figure and Re:Zero Light Novels as Our Patreon Drive Begins!

Starting today and running through Friday, April 20th, we'll be having our Spring 2018 Patreon Drive. I'm really excited about it, not only because it offers us a chance to partner with you, but because I've picked out some really cool prizes that new patrons can win if you join us during the next two… Continue reading Win a Rem Figure and Re:Zero Light Novels as Our Patreon Drive Begins!

And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…

Walking My Second Path in Life! Never heard of it? Well, the franchise doesn't have an anime and it doesn't have an English publication in book form. But what it does have is an interesting premise (taken from J-Novel Club): Fie, first princess of Daeman, finds herself isolated and stranded in the foreign Kingdom of… Continue reading And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…

BtT Light Novel Club, PROLOGUE: Let’s Spice Things Up

Although the focus on our site is anime, our staff loves to dive into other types of Japanese media, like games, visual novels, and live-action films. And now, we're jumping into another anime-related medium: the light novel! Throughout this year, a group of us will be reading through light novels and discussing them. We invite… Continue reading BtT Light Novel Club, PROLOGUE: Let’s Spice Things Up

Examining Light Novels: On Rebellion

I'm now reading the fourth volume of Slayers: "The Battle of Saillune."  If memory serves me right, the original three seasons skipped over this story arc.  The novel concerns a palace intrigue to slay Prince Philionel in order to stage a coup d'état.  Lina, Gourry, and Sylphiel sneak into the city of Saillune in order… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: On Rebellion

Examining Light Novels: Medieval and Modern Castes

I have every intention of making this my last article on Spice and Wolf.  Nine is the elvish number for luck, and nine articles of Spice and Wolf ought to whet anyone's appetite to explore this series further and perhaps even the Middle Ages.  (I'll save my next series as a surprise.)  Over the course of… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: Medieval and Modern Castes

Examining Light Novels: The Rotund Angel Physician

This time, a passage on the culinary excesses of clerics in Spice and Wolf struck me.  It was not remarkable for bringing out how much priests love fine dining.  The joke runs that one thing modern bishops and the apostles have in common is never turning down a meal.  Instead, I was surprised by the following… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: The Rotund Angel Physician

Examining Light Novels: On Good Works and Goods

Those of you familiar with Spice and Wolf know that much of the plot centers on trade.  On the other hand, the conflict often concerns how Lawrence must weigh intangible goods like friendship against his more tangible business deals.  Lawrence must make a living, but he recognizes the poverty of commerce in comparison to richness of… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: On Good Works and Goods

Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

Volume thirteen stands as the most interesting of Isuna Hasekura's three "Side Colors" volumes of Spice and Wolf so far.  This volume features a novella about the shepherdess Nora and her dog Enek.  From her adventure with Lawrence at Ruvinheigen in volume two, she gains the capital necessary to enter a seamstress apprenticeship program.  However, her… Continue reading Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

Letters from the Editor: I’m Part of the Problem

According to my admittedly rather fallible memory, few anime in the last few years have frustrated me as much as Girlish Number, but I can't help but feel that this is a good sense of frustration. I'm not angry because the anime is terrible, or even because I wish the characters were written differently, but… Continue reading Letters from the Editor: I’m Part of the Problem