What does it mean to be free? And further, what does it mean to live free? I was pondering these questions recently after a conversation with my husband. For the past few months, he and I have been watching One Piece. I came in prepared to laugh and enjoy this thrilling pirate adventure, but I… Read More One Piece Stirs A Call to Freedom, A Call to Adventure
It was the tagline that got me. The thumbnail looked a little too bubblegum bright, the animation a tad old-fashioned, and to top it all, it was apparently instalment sixty-two or thereabouts in a franchise I knew nothing about. All good reasons to avoid ViVid Strike! But the tagline piqued my interest: I was not… Read More ViVid Strike! The Tagline Says What, Now?
There are a great many adjectives one could use to describe Sawa: fierce, focused, driven, deadly, merciless, inscrutable, intimidating, and most of all, vengeful—albeit justifiably so, (right?) since she’s the protagonist. But there’s one more key descriptor I must highlight: Sawa is also self-aware. That is, she is fully aware of what she has become.… Read More We Become What We Behold: Joran The Princess of Snow & Blood, Episode 5
Kyojuro Rengoku, the flame hashira, is first introduced during the latter episodes of the Demon Slayer TV series. With wide eyes and a resolute style of talking, he comes across as simple-minded, and so is an unexpected selection to be at the center of the first movie in the franchise. More unexpected, still, is that… Read More Kyojuro Rengoku’s Victory
The Pretty Boy Detective Club is founded on three rules: be pretty, be a boy, and be a detective. Only in this week’s episode, something revolutionary happened. President Sotoin Manabu revealed a fourth rule. And this rule completely transforms the series’ definition of beauty—and just maybe, mine and yours too. Up to this point, Pretty… Read More Pretty Boy Detective Club, Episode 3: Beauty Redefined
Part 2 of 2 In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Puella Magi Madoka Magica! And then there was the sequel movie, Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion. I’ll admit it, I lost sleep over this one. What can I say, sometimes I get a little (over)invested in fictional tales. But in my defense, the Madoka… Read More Is Homura Evil? Or, What Homura Taught Me About Humanity
On 22 April 2011, Kaname Madoka used the most powerful of wishes to save all magical girls. About eight years later, I watched her do it, and it taught me something about the savior of the real world and his plan for humanity. I am of course talking about Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which celebrates… Read More Does God Speak Through Anime? Or, What Madoka Taught Me About God & the Trees
I don’t want to overthink I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years And Maxed Out My Level, the new anime adaptation of the light novel series about a woman who literally worked herself to death and is then reborn to a slower, more lazy life. As stardf29 mentioned in his first impression of the series,… Read More Why Kill Yourself Working When You Can Kill Slimes (and Love People) Instead?
I didn’t know what to expect going into episode one of To Your Eternity. After watching it, I honestly still don’t know much regarding this series and where it’s headed, though Negativesprimes drops some hints in his first impression piece. What I do know is that this anime, based on a well-regarded manga by Yoshitoki… Read More To Your Eternity, Episode 1: The Fear and Failure of Leaving Home
Today on Beneath the Tangles, I’m happy to present a sample devotional from Thy Geekdom Come (Vol. 2), the latest release from Mythos and Ink. Written by Shaneen Thompson, who along with myself and many other writers contributed to this latest collection, it explores one of our favorite series, Violet Evergarden, and its connection to… Read More Violet Evergarden, Purpose in Pain, and a New Geek Devotional