Dear Friends, Today is our 12th birthday! On September 12, 2010, I posted our first article, and away we went. During this past decade-plus, our ministry has changed in so many ways, but our goal has remained the same: To reach out to otaku with the love of Christ through community. To that end, instead… Read More Happy 12th Birthday to Us!
We’ve experienced tremendous growth over the past couple of years—not only in ways measurable by metrics, but also through the strength of our content, in the development and growth of relationships in our community, and in people turning toward and relying on Christ. Praise God! We have a unique mission that I believe has the… Read More Serving God Through Anime: Come Join Our Ministry Through One of These Roles!
Time and time these days, I find myself explaining what it is our ministry does. I’m not complaining—in fact, I’m delighted that people are interested! And it’s natural to wonder exactly what the heck Beneath the Tangles is: What are you guys? What does anime have to do with Christianity? Why do you do this?… Read More A Christian Anime Ministry: Why We Do What We Do
Before there was a Neon Genesis Evangelion, Osamu Tezuka made a Bible anime. In art as in life, beginnings have a certain freshness to them, a certain special light. If you’re new here as I once was, you may check the FAQ after three or four articles, and it’s there. The year was 1984. No… Read More The Genesis of Anime (But Not That One)
Gurren Lagann, the classic series by Gainax, is known for its bombastic attitude, expressed through its animation, characters, and music. But it’s also famed for a certain character’s death. Kamina, who is introduced as an apparent deuteragonist, dies early in the series. It’s a shocking and powerful moment, a rare and bold move that impacts… Read More Holy Week and Anime: Arise
Sakura Minamoto is the typical high school girl, watching a music video before school and hoping to one day become a singer just like the ones she idolizes. Just another typical morning—that is, until she is hit by a bus right outside her house! She awakens in Saga prefecture and is chased by several zombie… Read More First Impression: Zombie Land Saga
None of us want to suffer. In the west especially, there’s seldom any good seen in suffering, only hallow “silver linings” that we use to encourage those going through struggles. In east Asia, suffering is more tolerated and even embraced, though of course, it’s still not preferred. We see this in the media produced there,… Read More Something More: Gundam Orphan Christians, Suffering in FFX, and Congratulations to Marina!