Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day isn't a happy holiday for everyone. In fact, it can be downright depressing. To avoid the misery, some run away from the love stuff on February 14th (out of sight, out of mind), but for me, even when I was a lonely single, I still always embraced the day as I drowned in… Continue reading Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

When Community Fails: Tomoya and the Failure of Clann

The beauty of Clannad is in how it shows love expressed through family of all different kinds - that kind of love has the power to heal, to restore, to give life, even in the midst of extraordinary difficulties, even when life itself isn't fair. There's a sincerity to the series that's lacking in most… Continue reading When Community Fails: Tomoya and the Failure of Clann

Clannad and Failing at the Ends of the Earth

We live in a culture that's about big displays of love - grand marriage proposals (all caught on Facebook Live of course), fancy trips around the world, heart stirring confessions in the rain. We want immediate gratification in our love, for our hearts to be set afire. The long, challenging work of a relationship is… Continue reading Clannad and Failing at the Ends of the Earth

Tomoya Okazaki is the Reason I Don’t Drink

Have you ever filled out one of those memes on Twitter or Tumblr where you talk about your anime favorites? The questions are like, "What's your OTP?" and "Anime or manga?" Sometimes it's difficult to give just one answer to those questions, but there's one that I have no problem with. It's the question that… Continue reading Tomoya Okazaki is the Reason I Don’t Drink

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 7: Clannad ~After Story~

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Do you ever look back at your life and just think, “Wow, look at how much changed in a year!”? I know I do. Especially with Facebook’s latest “On This Day”. I have posts dating as far back as 8 years ago… Basically, 11-year-old me posting strange things like "is so, so upset :’(" (Note… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 7: Clannad ~After Story~

Untangled: Clannad Visual Novel or Anime?

In our Untangled feature, we answer questions posed to us from our readers. Today's submission comes from Michael: Hello I have some questions about clannad. 1 would you recommend this title? 2 which version of clannad should I read/play first to get the whole story, from start to finish? (VN, LN, anime, manga). Thank you… Continue reading Untangled: Clannad Visual Novel or Anime?

Revisiting Clannad and Fathers

One of my most popular posts on this site was for a personal piece I wrote regarding Clannad After Story and fatherhood.  I revisited the post recently, and it struck me both how much time has passed, as the article marked a time - now seemingly long ago - when my kids were practically babies,… Continue reading Revisiting Clannad and Fathers

The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 4

For our fourth episode, we are excited to have Marina, from Anime B&B, as our guest with Charles, our editor-in-chief here at Beneath the Tangles, as co-host. This month, we talk about the profound impact that anime has had upon our lives, as expressed in one of Marina's articles. Feel free to stream the episode below,… Continue reading The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 4

More Lessons from Clannad: Be Like Ushio

For such a fantastical story, Clannad has surely taught me a lot about real life.  It's emphasize to me the need to be selfless, faithful, and obedient. And today, again, I thought about the anime when I was home with my family.  I had put the children to bed after a tough day, one in… Continue reading More Lessons from Clannad: Be Like Ushio