Goku’s tenacity, desire to defend the helpless, and incredible strength make him one of anime’s most admirable characters. But not everything about Goku is so praiseworthy, specifically not his parenting skills. Throughout the Dragon Ball manga, Goku appears to care for and love his family—however, he’s constantly absent from his children’s lives. He missed most… Read More Newman’s Nook: Goku the Absent Father
Although we all accept Saiyans as part of the Dragon Ball universe now, it’s easy to forget that this whole concept, and the fact that Goku is not human but of this alien race, is introduced right at the start of the Dragon Ball Z. Mind you Goku had a tail, super strength, and could… Read More Newman’s Nook: Redemption of Vegeta
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to watch the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. I tried getting tickets the day it was released, but screenings were sold out over a week in advance! As a Dragon Ball fan since I was little, I felt Avengers-level hype for this film. It’s the movie that fans have… Read More Review: Dragon Ball Super – Broly
The last of our new set of teams brings your their first recording of our rebooted TangleCast! David, Peter, and Marcelo of Team FtK (For the King) take a look at the most popular anime of the last several years, My Hero Academia, and discuss why it works so well. What makes it like the… Read More TangleCast 38: Examining My Hero Academia and its Place in Shounen
Voice actor, script writer, and ADR director Mike McFarland is probably a bigger part of your anime experience than you realize, even if you rarely listen to American dubs. He’s voiced major roles in classic series like Fullmetal Alchemist (and Brotherhood), Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, and One Punch Man, though his voice… Read More Mike McFarland and the Artistry of Voice Acting, Writing, and Directing
My kids and I have been making our way through Dragon Ball Super (though given its emphasis on food, we tend to refer to it as “Dragon Ball Supper”!). Episode 9 struck me as particularly inspiring for two reasons, one of which I’ll go into today. The setting is this: Beerus, God of Destruction (and… Read More What is the Measure of an Unborn Saiyan?
Thanksgiving is my fav-fav-favorite holiday! I just absolutely love it—the smells, the tastes, the feel, the sights. It’s a day I look forward to every year. I also love how that, even if we forget to actually be thankful on this day, the idea that Americans travel the country to eat a big dinner with… Read More Happy Thanksgiving!
Anime and manga are increasingly being studied at an academic level. Although I’ve never entered the world of academia myself, much less studied anime at that level, I’ve had the good fortune of meeting folks who have, taking a class long ago with Dr. Susan J. Napier and grabbing coffee with Brian Ruh, who once… Read More Take an Anime Survey and Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Beneath the Tangles has undergone many changes since it first began in 2010, not least of which is in what media we explore with our site. While this blog will always center on writing, media has become more and more a part of what we also develop and post. To meet these needs, I’m putting… Read More Call for New Staff: Artists, Designers, and Bloggers
Who would believe that 33 years after the Dragon Ball manga first started, the most recent incarnation, Dragon Ball Super (DBS), is still one of the hottest anime out there. I would dare say that if you speak to anyone who is a Dragon Ball fan, they are watching this show (which means all those many people… Read More Dragon Ball Super: The Fear of God