We open in media res, with protagonist Seiichi in another world with busty naked girl who asks to marry him. Now flashback: at a high school in Japan, chubby Seiichi is a victim of bullying and seems to be despised by pretty much everyone in class. A voice from the PA system announces it’s a… Read More First Impression: The Fruit of Evolution
What is it that makes an anime con an 18+ convention? Going into this past weekend, I didn’t really know. Would it be because the convention featured more panels with frank and sexual language? Alcohol? General debauchery? I admit that the “18+” prefix attached to Ecchi Expo, which took place here in my home base… Read More So, A Christian Walks into an 18+ Anime Convention…
Shuichi is about to graduate high school, and those his grades are good enough for college, he’s hesitating. Something doesn’t feel right. He doesn’t want to stand out—but the reason behind that is more than youthful indecision. For reasons unknown to him, his sense of smell has increased many-fold, and far more peculiarly, Shuichi is… Read More First Impression: Gleipnir
For the director of an anime site, I know surprisingly little about how the manga and anime industries work. I’ve pieced bits together over the years, but I’ve never been interested enough to take a deep dive. I knew even less years ago when my passion was higher and I was consuming every manga and… Read More The Pastel Manga and Ignoring the Bad Stuff
This week on the TangleCast, Matthew of Team Anchester brings on a familiar guest and podcast contributor, Alex. Together, they try grappling with the controversial topics of sexual content in anime, what Scripture says about it, and what that means for Christians. Where is the line when it comes to sexual humor? Is there even… Read More TangleCast Episode 52: Are We Glorying in our Shame?
Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone–putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up “just for the feels.” Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Read More Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras
I’m often asked to give recommendations for anime I think people should watch. While that’s a simple request, the answer is maybe a little more complicated for myself and our writers at Beneath the Tangles. We have series that we think are beneficial for our readers to watch; those that are both beneficial and entertaining;… Read More Top 5 + Guest: Best “Morally Gray” Anime