One Week Left in Our Spring Drive!

It's the second and final week of our Patreon Drive—thank you to those partnering with us financially! Through your funds we're able to bring you a variety of posts here on the blog and are able to grow our other platforms. Beneath the Tangles started as a blog only, but in recent years, has achieved… Continue reading One Week Left in Our Spring Drive!

Fate Apocrypha: Justice and Madness

Welcome to the second post in our series on character comparisons in Fate Apocrypha and how they are key when analyzing anything Fate. A topic I've written on before has reappeared in this series, how we all naturally become like whatever we set on our highest altar and how this principle demonstrates the importance of headship. The… Continue reading Fate Apocrypha: Justice and Madness

Welcome Our Newest Writer, Dr. Steve!

I'm happy to announce that we've brought a new writer onto our team—Dr. Steve! If you've followed us the last couple of years, you may have noticed that he's written some excellent guest pieces for us, and if you frequent blogosphere, you may also have noticed that he has been actively blogging these last few… Continue reading Welcome Our Newest Writer, Dr. Steve!

Holy Week: The Patient Magus Bride

chise bride

This week is known by many different names: Holy Week, Passion Week, and Resurrection Week, among others. It commemorates Jesus' final entrance into Jerusalem and his march toward Calvary, leading to his death and resurrection. To commemorate this on our blog, starting today and through the week I'm going to talk a little bit about… Continue reading Holy Week: The Patient Magus Bride

Anime’s Fierce Femininity

bishamon and kuraha

I feel that all too often the media portrays femininity in a bad light. Either a woman is written as weak and pathetic, or she is a ridiculous OP for the sake of fan service. Where is the balance of being a fierce woman who retains her feminine identity without being an object of lust?… Continue reading Anime’s Fierce Femininity

Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

Kodansha Comics has recently begun reissuing one of my favourite manga, which has long been out of print—Battle Angel Alita. It's been long enough since I last picked an issue up to make this something of a rediscovery for me, especially with regard to Yukito Kishiro's art, which feels almost expressionistic in its starkness and… Continue reading Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

In the isekai manga series, Final Fantasy Lost Stranger, Yoko and Shogo Sasaki are siblings who loved Final Fantasy games as kids. They pledged to one another early in life that together they would get jobs at Square-Enix and create their own Final Fantasy game. Now as adults, they seem to be living their dream as… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

I stumbled upon A Silent Voice when I was at my local library in the manga section. What piqued my interest was seeing that it was a story about living with a disability, something I seldom find in Japanese fiction. A story that isn’t about trying to get senpai to notice you, but instead the… Continue reading A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride

chise and ruth

The Ancient Magus Bride dwells in a place of religion and myth, making countless allusions to creatures from the realm of legend and those with more concrete origins, with Elias and Chise moving in and out of the world of fairies, dragons, and spriggan as easily as they do the church. I commented previously on… Continue reading The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride