Sensei Ask You: Soviet Russia Edition

What kind of teacher never asks his students questions? A very strange one, to say the least. (That's enough giggling, Shiraishi-kun.) So just to change things up, today we'll pretend we're in Soviet Russia. Because in Soviet Russia, you do not ask Sensei. Sensei ask you! One question I've always wanted to ask about anime is… Continue reading Sensei Ask You: Soviet Russia Edition

Your Story is Infinitely More Interesting Than Asuna’s and Rukia’s

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I like to think that I'm a sophisticated viewer, one who not only appreciates but genuinely enjoys art house anime. But the reality is, while I do like some series that are unknown to many viewer, I also enjoy a number of popular shounen series, which is perhaps why the biggest disappointments I've had in… Continue reading Your Story is Infinitely More Interesting Than Asuna’s and Rukia’s

TangleCast 22: Our “Favorite” Anime – Kaze

Concluding our series on our favorite anime, JP (Japesland) and Kaze take the conversation in a very different direction, instead defining "favorite" (the quotes in the title are on purpose!) as "most impactful." Many of you are likely familiar with Kaze's strict anime grading standards, so his unique pick may surprise you! Also, we managed not to spoil it… Continue reading TangleCast 22: Our “Favorite” Anime – Kaze

TangleCast 19: Game Week 1

We're excited to bring you a very special episode of The TangleCast this week, as we experiment with a brand new game segment for the show! JP (Japesland) moderates as Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze play a game entitled "Magnum Opus." Wanna know how to play? I guess you'll just have to listen in and find out! And please… Continue reading TangleCast 19: Game Week 1

Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki and Laying Down Your Life

One of my favorite anime antagonists is Shishio, the evildoer from the Kyoto Arc of Rurouni Kenshin.  Shishio looks like a mummy, replaced Kenshin as the battousai, is never really bested by Kenshin with the sword, and in the dubbed version of the show, he's voiced by always-awesome Steven Blum.  What's not to love (or… Continue reading Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki and Laying Down Your Life

Top 5 + Guest: 5 Best Popular Anime Series

There's a not-so-invisible chasm on the Internet between folks who tend to mostly watch popular series - such as those that air on American television - and viewers who watch a wider slate of shows.  Unfortunately, I think the latter group sometimes comes off as snobby (oh, your favorite series is Naruto, huh?), even though… Continue reading Top 5 + Guest: 5 Best Popular Anime Series

Letter from the Editor: Bleach, Church Retreats, and Powering Up

Dear Readers, Have you been keeping up with the happenings in Bleach? The manga has become fairly intense, and after all this time, the story's become exciting again.  I haven't been a fan of the series since early in the arc involving Aizen, but I just can't help but to consume the manga in chunks… Continue reading Letter from the Editor: Bleach, Church Retreats, and Powering Up

Something More: Maria Watches Over Japan, Eschatology of Korra, and a New Christian Anime Forum

As another anime season draws to an end, it's time to get excited about new series around the corner! But before that, we have season and series finales coming up, and with the importance that ideas like salvation, grace, and transformation play in many anime, it's a rich time to dig into spiritual topics as… Continue reading Something More: Maria Watches Over Japan, Eschatology of Korra, and a New Christian Anime Forum

Top 5 + Guest: Our Favorite Anime Openings

More and more effort and money seems to be put toward anime openings (OP) these days, but more than ever it's striking when an opening strikes such a chord that viewers will watch it each week instead of skipping.  For the winter 2015 season, the Death Parade OP foots the bill - frankly, it's probably… Continue reading Top 5 + Guest: Our Favorite Anime Openings

Something More: Junketsu No Maria and the Church…Oh Boy…

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One of the more interesting series this season is Junketsu no Maria, which I became aware of through my friend Alexander, of Ashita no Anime.  The first group of links below discuss the series' tone toward Catholicism and the Catholic Church, and join another gaggle of terrific posts about religion from anibloggers this week. Junketsu… Continue reading Something More: Junketsu No Maria and the Church…Oh Boy…