As I noted previously, high schooler Saiki Kusuo has it rough. Not only do his psychic abilities make it nearly impossible to enjoy most ordinary activities, but he daily finds himself in situations involving his family and “friends” that require his intervention. How can Kusuo get a moment’s peace and rest, which is what he… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 6: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan
The Christmas episode of the cute-girls-doing-cute-things-extraordinaire show Is the order a rabbit? (episode 11 of season 1) starts off simply enough: the five main girls go to a Christmas market to buy some ornaments for the tree at the Rabbit House (the café where three of them work) and enjoy themselves a bit while they are… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 5: Is the order a rabbit?
Some of you know that I am a big fan of Gintama. No show surpasses Gintama in variety: the plots cover all kinds of genres and moods, the animation stretches across the spectrum of awesome to mediocre, and the humor ranges from wordplay to toilet humor. All episodes of Gintama are not created equal. Yet,… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 4: A Gintama Christmas
Tonari no Seki-kun (My Neighbor Seki) is a gag-manga centering around class hijinks. Rumi Yokoi is an above average student trying to pay attention in class when, never failing, her classmate next to her (Toshinari Seki) begins to do something ridiculous. Each chapter of the manga (and each episode of the anime series of the… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 3: Tonari no Seki-kun
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… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 2: Hatoful Boyfriend
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… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 1: Ace Attorney
One of our favorite yearly traditions at Beneath the Tangles is our “12 Days of Christmas Anime” series. In the past, our staff has put together twelve posts about Christmas anime episodes. This year, we’re doing things a little different: we’ve expanded our scope to include not only anime, but also manga, visual novels, JRPGs,… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas