Just Because! starts with a certain Haruto trying again and again to achieve a home run in an empty school field. If he does, he will confess his feelings to Morikawa, who played the trumpet with such passion at his baseball matches. Does he really know her? Well, no. His friend Eita, back in town… Read More Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (and IV): Just Because!, Utena, and Princess Tutu
A few weeks back, I was looking through my Twitter analytics and something hit me: I realized that I’d been losing followers pretty much all year. It was to be expected—I had a modestly-sized Twitter account that had grown initially based on my political tweets (my politics have since changed) and from parenting tweets. My… Read More Newman’s Nook: Welcoming as Straw Hats
During this time when we’re at home more than ever, we’re looking to bring you more content in ways we haven’t before. As part of that, our Director of Development, Cecillia, is interviewing some of the folks you usually just hear from on Beneath the Tangles: our on-air podcasters (Bethany, Peter, Holly, and David) from… Read More Interview in Place: Meet David, Host of the TangleCast!
During this time of pandemic, all organizations and groups have had to change the way they do things. The church has been no different. For many, that means starting to stream worship services online if they hadn’t been doing so already. And despite the many challenges in going to an online format, this has perhaps… Read More Digital Church Services for Otaku
Two’s company. Three’s a community. That much is apparent in Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, which begins with a twosome—Asakusa and Kanamori—adding a third member, Mizusaki. The creation of this group suddenly coalesces a loose set of dreams without a plan or goal into a determined creative force under the banner of Eizouken (film research… Read More Keep Your Hands Off Community!
Mission: Yozakura Family is a relatively new Shonen Jump manga series about painfully shy high school student, Taiyo Asano, as he enters the world of the Yozakura family. After his parents died, Taiyo chose to avoid close relationships, coming to the resolution that since intimacy with family and friends can be snatched at a moment’s… Read More Newman’s Nook: Yozakura and Church Family Ties
Are you more the matter-of-fact type, who tell it like it is, or one who’s more sensitive, sometimes skirting around a hurtful issue? There’s some wisdom in both. The Auto Memory Dolls of Violet Evergarden, young ladies who dress up important messages that must delivered with the pertinent information, require both types of skills, employing… Read More Violet Evergarden’s Letters To The Church
Gatchaman Crowds, a series that offers a really quirky, unique spin on the sentai genre, opens with the rather happy-go-lucky teenager Hajime being abruptly inducted into the ranks of the Gatchaman, a group of superheroes dedicated to protecting the earth from extraterrestrial attacks. In particular, they’ve been locked for some time in a conflict with… Read More Reflections Upon The Viewing of Gatchaman Crowds
Hitomi is a mage with a problem that is possibly or possibly not related to her use of magic. Where once she could see in color, Hitomi now only sees the world in monochrome. At first, this plot element feels a bit kitschy. The initial episode swings us between full color and short black/white/grey scenes… Read More IRODUKU Episode 1: All Things New
Gasaraki is one of the classic mecha anime. “If it’s a classic,” you ask, “why have I never heard of it before?” Despite the great animation (at least, to a connoisseur of 90’s anime like myself), many layers of intrigue, a unique plot, and great mecha battles, the dialog can be very abstruse–so abstruse that… Read More Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom