Ask Sensei (Happy 2018 Edition)

For academics, the end of the term is pretty much the storm before the calm before the storm. Once we're done grading final exams and establishing grades, our lives are suddenly quiet until the beginning of the next term. (glances at Shiraishi-kun's empty chair) We might almost say "too quiet," until we remember that everyone needs… Continue reading Ask Sensei (Happy 2018 Edition)

Ask Sensei! Magical Girls and the Thing About Anime

Welcome back, class. It's nice to see most of you so alert and prepared this morning. Most of you, that is. (unobtrusively but firmly kicks Shiraishi-kun's foot under his front row desk, startling him awake) This last month, we had a couple of questions come to us via Facebook. Joshua asks: "[W]hat about thoughts on anime… Continue reading Ask Sensei! Magical Girls and the Thing About Anime

Coffee Review: Georgia MAX Coffee, Hachiman’s Obsession

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Even if you're not an otaku, it's undeniable that the depiction of food in anime is enough to get anyone's taste buds tingling. From Spirited Away to Shokugemi no Souma, there's no shortage of series and movies that feature wonderfully animated food that you can almost taste. I've tried my hand at a number of… Continue reading Coffee Review: Georgia MAX Coffee, Hachiman’s Obsession

Josh’s Manga Roundup: Akira, Jojo, Uzumaki, and Ranma 1/2

Aside from video games, my experiences with Japanese pop culture recently have centred around manga; picking up drawing as a hobby has led to a renewed interest in the sequential art of both east and west. In light of that, I intend to give a round-up of some of the noteworthy manga I've dipped my… Continue reading Josh’s Manga Roundup: Akira, Jojo, Uzumaki, and Ranma 1/2

Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

There's a growing interest in how to minister to otaku, both here and abroad. Often painted in a broad stroke with comical or pitying tones, anime fans are far more than their image conveys; they are a complex and diverse group of individuals. Jesus Otaku is a ministry birthed out of Saddleback Church that is… Continue reading Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

Everyone on Instagram Thinks I’m a Girl (and It’s the Worst)

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While away from the site for the last year and a half, I spent much of my time investing in my Instagram account, Anime Pop Heart, which is now associated with Beneath the Tangles. We have a similar mission on that platform, though of course it's more about the visual and less about the written… Continue reading Everyone on Instagram Thinks I’m a Girl (and It’s the Worst)

TangleCast 31: Otaku Diet

After a serious two-week series on homosexuality, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) decided to take it easy by re-introducing one of our favorite features from our old podcast: Otaku Diet. Every one or two months, when we cover what otaku materials we're consuming, we'll be talking about the manga, anime, visual novel, light novel, or Japanese video game… Continue reading TangleCast 31: Otaku Diet

TangleCast 30: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 2/2)

  Concluding the two-part series on homosexuality in anime and the otaku world, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) apply the Christian worldview and mindset as they understand it to the descriptions and arguments presented in part one last week. Since Beneath the Tangles covers a multitude of denominations and beliefs within the scope of Christianity, we hope… Continue reading TangleCast 30: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 2/2)

TangleCast 29: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 1/2)

For the past several weeks, The TangleCast has covered a number of varying topics, but something that Beneath the Tangles uniquely brings to the aniblog community is its unique approach to religion, spirituality, and morality as it intersects with anime and otaku-dom. A topic we've been interested in tackling for months has been the world… Continue reading TangleCast 29: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 1/2)

Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life

I think every thoughtful human being on this planet experiences, at some point or another, some sort of identity crisis. We are naturally hypocritical beings, and as such it's difficult to pinpoint just who we are, and perhaps even more difficult to communicate that identity to others. Every time I compose an article (it's been… Continue reading Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life