Aiyoku no Eustia and the Threat of Blind Faith

Aiyoku no Eustia is a fantastic visual novel (I initially thought it was only “great” but the more I thought about this post, the more I liked what it did) that still has yet to receive an English translation (a partial patch is available). While most people praise it for things like world-building and a… Continue reading Aiyoku no Eustia and the Threat of Blind Faith

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 10: MuvLuv Alternative

When I think of Christmas in otaku media, MuvLuv is one of the first stories that comes to mind. In previous years here at Beneath the Tangles, however, I was told we must write about anime.  No longer am I bound by such a rule! MuvLuv, specifically MuvLuv Alternative is one of the most popular… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 10: MuvLuv Alternative

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 2: Hatoful Boyfriend

Hatoful Boyfriend is quite possibly my favorite visual novel, not that I've played/read enough for that statement to mean much. At first, it appears to be a dating sim featuring pigeon love interests, but it's both a lot more ridiculous and a lot deeper than that. And darker. And bloodier. And sweeter. And... well, you… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 2: Hatoful Boyfriend

12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 1: Ace Attorney

Major spoilers for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney below! Two silhouettes stand in a boat floating on a foggy lake. One of them pulls a gun on the other. “Merry Christmas,” he says, and squeezes the trigger. Appropriately enough, the final case in Capcom’s original Ace Attorney video game opens the same way it ends—with a… Continue reading 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 1: Ace Attorney

TangleCast 32: Game – Kantoku-san 1/2

Every few months, we like to take a couple weeks to play some interactive games. This time around, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) play a game of JP's own creation called "Kantoku-san." What if you were the kantoku of all anime studios in Japan? Listen in and post your own opinions in the comments below! As always,… Continue reading TangleCast 32: Game – Kantoku-san 1/2

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

Harmonia and Outdated Religion

Key’s newest story has finally been released after multiple delays. Harmonia is a kinetic novel, much like Planetarian, and got an English release even before the Japanese release. While the music and art were a wonderful immersion into the story, the actual writing itself was subpar. I do appreciate many of the themes and ideas… Continue reading Harmonia and Outdated Religion

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)

Narcissu Zero: Proof of Existence

As you may have noticed from our recent Narcissu giveaway, Narcissu Zero is the newest release of the Narcissu series. This time, while the story returns to the 7th floor, it instead takes us back to the very origins of the 7th floor. It is a fairly simple story and one that was more romantic… Continue reading Narcissu Zero: Proof of Existence