Seven Creepy Anime for Halloween (That Aren’t Too Scary)

I am not a fan of horror anime. I used to love scary movies, but that time has since come and gone. Nowadays, I stay away from things that give me frights, and am even more wary of series that feature gore/graphic violence (sorry, Inuyashiki, I barely knew ye), frightening or otherwise. But I can… Continue reading Seven Creepy Anime for Halloween (That Aren’t Too Scary)

My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2014

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Every year, I revisit the lyrics for "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music and revise them to fit the anime I've watched and manga I've read over the previous years.  I do this just because I like it.  Maybe you'll like it, too, and do what I do - sing the words below… Continue reading My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2014

Claymore, Final Chapter (155): The Gospel According to Teresa

Teresa of the Faint Smile

It's here - the end is nigh!  A wonderful, amazing, long-running manga has finally come to a close. No, not that one.  No, I'm writing about Claymore. At the end of September, and after a 13-year-run, Claymore finally concluded.  So obviously, it took me almost two weeks to finally get around to reading the last… Continue reading Claymore, Final Chapter (155): The Gospel According to Teresa

Fact Check: Claymore Teresa’s Only Thing to Live For

Created and developed far from Europe and the Americas, and conceived in a country where less than 1% of the populace is Christian, manga could hardly be called out for inaccurately portraying Christianity.  It would be silly for calling out mangaka for getting the story of Christ wrong or for presenting the Bible as "just… Continue reading Fact Check: Claymore Teresa’s Only Thing to Live For

A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A year ago...Murasaki Lynna joined our crew... ...and immediately mused about Clannad's Yukine Miyazawa... ...and later about finding joy in ARIA. A year ago...Goldy examined Guilty Crown, wondering what route the hero would take... ...found him to be a character worth rooting for (at least at this point in the series)... ...and discovered a correlation between… Continue reading A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

Mileposts: Claymore Prophet and Letting Go of Faye Valentine

Periodically, I like point back to some of the nearly 500 posts we've written here on Beneath the Tangles.  Besides the "A Year Ago" series I began several months ago, I plan to occasionally post about blogging milestones - those little breakthroughs when posts hit certain numbers of significance in terms of hits.  Three posts… Continue reading Mileposts: Claymore Prophet and Letting Go of Faye Valentine

Review: Claymore (Blu-Ray DVD)

Claymore Funimation Entertainment 3 Discs 26 episodes Rating: TV-MA In an unknown land, villages are preyed upon by demons known as yoma.  Their shape-shifting ability makes them impossible to identify to all but beautiful warriors known as Claymore.  Easily identifiable by their large swords, silver eyes, and white-blonde hair, these women take jobs to destroy… Continue reading Review: Claymore (Blu-Ray DVD)

Claymore’s Priscilla and the Pharisee in All of Us

The Teacher ate the house of a respected religious leader.  At the feast, a prostitute entered and fell at the feet of the Teacher, showering him with praise.  The religious leader was aghast.  Seeing his look of contempt, the Teacher remarked to him that it was this prostitute who honored Him, not the self-righteous Teacher.… Continue reading Claymore’s Priscilla and the Pharisee in All of Us

Claymore, Episodes 3 and 4: Sinners and Saints in the Holy City

My very favorite manga is the violent series, Claymore, about women who are half-demon (yoma), engineered to destroy other demons.  It may seem an odd pick for me, but the last few years I've been engrossed in it like I've been with few other manga.  But it wasn't until recently that I decided to march… Continue reading Claymore, Episodes 3 and 4: Sinners and Saints in the Holy City

Finding the Invisible God in Claymore: Phantom Miria

Character: Phantom Miria Series: Claymore Gender: female Occupation: claymore Bible Twin: Jesus Christ Overview When it comes to manga, one series continually leaves powerful impressions on me, volume after volume.  Claymore, Norihiro Yagi's violent fantasy series about demon-hunting women who are part demon themselves, is an epic series in terms of its scope, multiple story… Continue reading Finding the Invisible God in Claymore: Phantom Miria