I hope that you all are reading along with us as we dive into the third selection of our light novel club, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom! This isekai tale of smart, rational, hard-working young man swept into a kingdom and given its reigns has been a joy to read so far. Right from… Read More Light Novel Club Kindling: Family Is Irrational
The second meeting of the Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club has officially begun! We’re already doing something a big different with this session. Last time, we stayed with the tried and true by starting with a classic light novel, but today, we’re trying out Walking My Second Path in Life, a series published by… Read More BtT Light Novel Club, Chapter 2: Walking My Second Path in Life! (Volume 1)
For our second Light Novel Club selection, we’re reading Walking My Second Path in Life!, a charming little story about a neglected princess who is married off, along with her sister, to a neighboring king who them virtually imprisons her. However, Fie, the titular princess, decides to take this opportunity to start life anew as… Read More Light Novel Club Kindling: Where Would You Have Changed Course?
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… Read More Spring Drive: Support Beneath the Tangles and Win Re:ZERO Swag
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… Read More Win a Rem Figure and Re:Zero Light Novels as Our Patreon Drive Begins!
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… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…
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… Read More BtT Light Novel Club, PROLOGUE: Let’s Spice Things Up
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… Read More Examining Light Novels: On Rebellion
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… Read More Examining Light Novels: Medieval and Modern Castes
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… Read More Examining Light Novels: The Rotund Angel Physician