What does it mean to truly arise from the tomb, from everything the tomb implies? That is, death not only (only!) of the body, but of certainties, of hopes, big and small, of innocence, virtue and long-sustained efforts, of wisdom, of connections, of memories, of meaning, of the past and the future, of the entire… Read More Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: Arising from Angel’s Egg Deluge
With Easter approaching this Sunday, Beneath the Tangles is posting thematically connected articles each day in commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection. For 2021, our theme is “Arise.” What’s the least romantic title one could think of for a standard romantic anime? Of all the options that can come from the human mind, I Want… Read More Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: A Pancreas-Eating Kind of Love
Gurren Lagann, the classic series by Gainax, is known for its bombastic attitude, expressed through its animation, characters, and music. But it’s also famed for a certain character’s death. Kamina, who is introduced as an apparent deuteragonist, dies early in the series. It’s a shocking and powerful moment, a rare and bold move that impacts… Read More Holy Week and Anime: Arise
Glass no Kamen (2005), one of the adaptations of Suzue Miuchi’s 1976 manga, has recently brought me back to the joys of my time as an amateur theater actor at university. The anime gets it right—the audience, the lights, the bonding and the rivalries, the last minute changes, the unexpected accidents which require fast improvisation,… Read More Glass no Kamen: Christians of Spring and Winter
Near Eastertime, our newest write, Gaheret, began developing a series meditating on the holiday and relating specifically to the Ten Commandments. With this morning’s post, the series has been completed, and I hope you’ll read through them. Although Gaheret is a lawyer in Spain by trade, his posts are particularly un-barristerlike, full of rich details… Read More Ten Commandments. Ten Anime.
Happy Easter again! As most of us remain locked up tightly at home, like the Disciples at the first Easter, we may still hope that Our Lord will pass from time to time through the walls. Yes, and eat a good plate of fish with us to prove that He is not a phantom as… Read More Easter: Ten Anime for the Ten Commandments (II)
Christ is Risen, Alleluia! After the long wait, Easter comes in like a lion, even through the struggles of the pandemic. The circumstances make it a time for heroism and hope, as well as celebration, but perhaps it is always so: Celebrations and triumphs are not the end of the road on this Earth, as there… Read More Easter: Ten Anime for the Ten Commandments (I)