Get excited shojo lovers, Beneath the Tangles is kicking off a new video series and it’s called the ABCs of Shojo Manga! That’s right, I’m going to see if I can find a shojo manga for every letter of the alphabet! Think I can do it? I guess we’ll all be finding out, but for… Read More Can We Find a Shojo Manga for Every Letter of the Alphabet?!
It’s the final day of round one! Help us decide on these last eight matches as we cut the field of 64 down the 32 headed into week two of AniMarch Madness 2022! Below are are the fourth and final set of first round matches, two from each of our four regions: 2021 Anime, Critical… Read More AniMarch Madness 2022: Round 1, Day 4
I was fourteen years old, Shinji Ikari´s age, when A Bridge to Terabithia made its movie debut. Like his fated stay in Misato’s house, only in time have I come to realize the influence it has had on me. Leslie Burke, the imaginative and courageous adventurer played by AnnaSophia Robb, did not only unveil a… Read More Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (I): Kimi ni Todoke and Ao Haru Ride
Ao Haru Ride, Vol. 13 After thirteen volumes, Ao Haru Ride has come to an end, but instead of celebratory feelings, I couldn’t shake an irksome question: Why is it that this story just never really works? The unlikeable lead characters are one reason, with Kou and Futaba hurtling forward, especially in this volume, without… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, TPN Side Story, and the Final Ao Haru Ride
It’s a tricky thing to engage in a new romantic relationships when you’re still entangled in a past one, or at least in one that you desired would happen. Yoshioka discovers this when she accompanies Mabuchi (in her eyes, “strictly as a friend”) on a visit to his old neighborhood. But as she sees him… Read More Review: Ao Haru Ride Vol. 11
My love of anime and need to express it to others knows no bounds. Most recently, it’s turned into a Facebook group for anime fans at my church (and as an Asian-American congregation consisting mostly of college students, we have no shortage of them). With summer fast approaching, and with most students having abundant time… Read More What Are the Must-See Anime for Attaining an “Otaku Card”?
Is there a specific characteristic that sets great anime protagonists and heroes apart? While there are perhaps plenty of common traits they share, one that really just out is their ability to be themselves even when being yourself isn’t cool. Naruto Uzumaki provides us a good example of this funny trait. The Naruto manga is… Read More Naruto and Futaba Just Don’t Care (and Neither Should We)