Newman’s Nook: Fool as Isaiah Figure

We here at Beneath the Tangles seem to constantly be looking for Christ-like figures in anime. Can you blame us? We are a group of professing Christians who love anime and, frankly, you see self-sacrificing figures seeking to redeem or protect their friends, family, or people in anime on a regular basis. So, Christ-like figures… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Fool as Isaiah Figure

Newman’s Nook: We Don’t Know What’s Best

Episode 17 of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou) is entitled, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions." It is fitting as the episode progresses and we see the interactions between the various characters. The newest teacher at the school, Aoki, has frustrated many of the characters with her good… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: We Don’t Know What’s Best

Annalyn’s Corner: Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

Beneath the Tangles | Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

I’m only following a few anime this season, each carefully chosen to keep me from thinking too hard during my limited free time. One of them is Nana Maru San Batsu, or 7O3X: Fastest Finger First. It centers on a high school first year, Koshiyama Shiki, who gets sucked into his school’s Quiz Bowl Circle.… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Fastest Finger First and Unknowledgeable Knowledge

Tsuki ga Kirei and Superstitious Scripture

Tsuki ga Kirei is a cute series--not in the traditional moe way, but in the "those awkward kids are so precious" sense. Over on Twitter, Kaze and I discussed it and he mentioned that the series is capturing that awkward middle school stage almost too well, especially through the eyes of Kotaro, an aspiring writer,… Continue reading Tsuki ga Kirei and Superstitious Scripture

DAYS – Work With All Your Heart

“All things in life worth having take work.” This is probably from some famous proverb or quote, but I know it as something my mom said to me quite often as I grew up. Whenever I wanted something, but didn’t feel the need to put in the work to get it, I would be prompted… Continue reading DAYS – Work With All Your Heart

Lost in Translation: When the Uncertain Becomes Certain

While the Angel Beats! anime continues to be a loved series, not as many fans are aware of its visual novel counterpart. In reality, the VN was released just last year and that is only the first of several parts, so the VN still has a long way to go before being fully released, let… Continue reading Lost in Translation: When the Uncertain Becomes Certain

Gaming With God: Why Mega Man Will Never Win

I finally beat him! After a few hours of overcoming eight robot masters, hundreds of enemies and going through a huge castle with skull décor, Dr. Wily was defeated. I breathe a sigh of relief and thankfulness, knowing that it’s over and done. The two hardest parts were fighting the exact same bosses again before… Continue reading Gaming With God: Why Mega Man Will Never Win

Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems

A third of the way through season three of Working!!! (Wagnaria), and I'm super pleased - the show continues its wonderful, character-based humor (as expected) while moving along romantic relationships (not necessarily as expected). And as has been impressed upon me all along, the series confirms that it isn't just funny - it's a really… Continue reading Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems

Rewrite’s Biblical Meta-Narrative

This past week, we have spent a lot of time focusing on Key, particularly Rewrite. Hopefully you had the chance to check out Kaze's four part summation and commentary on the visual novel. His approach took each and every section of the story and broke it down into individual parallels into Christian living, but I… Continue reading Rewrite’s Biblical Meta-Narrative

Air: New in Light of the Old

This article does NOT spoil Air's story. If you are familiar with Air, it is probably because of Kyoto Animation's popular anime adaptation of 2005. If you're really a nerd like me, perhaps you even know of the Air film adaptation of the same year by Toei Animation (and its gorgeous bonus soundtrack by the… Continue reading Air: New in Light of the Old