The Melancholy of Haruhi and She and You and Me

The Haruhi Suzumiya series of anime and light novels is structured around the eponymous character's shifting feelings and thoughts and how they affect the world around her through her abilities to shape things according to her will. The very first portion of the series focuses on her melancholy, and as you might expect of one… Continue reading The Melancholy of Haruhi and She and You and Me

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

Interview with Tomo Kataoka

Hey everyone, Kaze here sneaking back onto this blog with a very special and exciting post! As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the Narcissu series and have written on the stories numerous times because of its inclusion of Christian faith in a very respectful, thoughtful, and accurate manner alongside serious, meaningful… Continue reading Interview with Tomo Kataoka

Ichiro Inuyashiki and the Realization That No One Really Cares

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Despite my calls of authenticity, I have a habit, still, of showing only the best side of me on Beneath the Tangles. I try to make it seem as if I have it all together, as if my faith is rock solid and that I'm a humble dad, faithful father, and all-around amazing Christian. But… Continue reading Ichiro Inuyashiki and the Realization That No One Really Cares

Shinji Ikari: Sinking in Angels and Building on Sand

As dated as it now feels, it's worth remembering how different Evangelion was when it first came out (and before the industry started using the series as a mold for so many other projects). I was waxing nostalgic about my first viewing of the the first episode some sixteen years ago and how much of… Continue reading Shinji Ikari: Sinking in Angels and Building on Sand

Believe in the Me Who Believes in Thee

I'm naturally an optimist, but that sometimes often usually works against me. I expect the best outcome from situations, and when realism sets in and my expectations aren't met, I can become bitter, angry, and resentful. If lots of things don't work out well, like they did for me last week, I can even become… Continue reading Believe in the Me Who Believes in Thee

Orange Episode 13: For Your Happiness

At last, we have come to the end of Orange. Throughout the story, we have been wondering whether it is, in fact, possible for Kakeru to make it out alive. With the danger that everything might turn out worse than before, only the ending could prove whether or not the letters could save anyone. Everything… Continue reading Orange Episode 13: For Your Happiness

Orange Episode 12: The Truth

As the final episode draws near, the mysteries of the past and future are slowly coming to light. After the recent disastrous shrine visit, Naho theorized that perhaps the reason Kakeru took his life was because of their argument. At the time, it seemed very likely. But now we finally discover the truth about Kakeru,… Continue reading Orange Episode 12: The Truth

Annalyn’s Corner: Starved for Entertainment

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu may be the best anime airing this season. The art is beautiful. The characters grab your attention with extreme goofiness or coldness, but as the story unfolds, their complexities begin to show. The background music complements the art and screenplay wonderfully. Rakugo Shinjuu is art about art, story about storytelling, and I… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Starved for Entertainment

Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)

Imagine a re-telling of Death Note where Light has a conscience, Ryuk is cute, and those “lucky” few with Shinigami angels over their shoulders participate in the Holy Grail War, a la Fate Stay Night. Imagine no further. It’s a thing. Platinum End, dream duo Tsugumi Ohba’s and Takeshi Obata’s latest brainchild, hit the Jump… Continue reading Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)