TangleCast 30: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 2/2)

  Concluding the two-part series on homosexuality in anime and the otaku world, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) apply the Christian worldview and mindset as they understand it to the descriptions and arguments presented in part one last week. Since Beneath the Tangles covers a multitude of denominations and beliefs within the scope of Christianity, we hope… Continue reading TangleCast 30: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 2/2)

TangleCast 29: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 1/2)

For the past several weeks, The TangleCast has covered a number of varying topics, but something that Beneath the Tangles uniquely brings to the aniblog community is its unique approach to religion, spirituality, and morality as it intersects with anime and otaku-dom. A topic we've been interested in tackling for months has been the world… Continue reading TangleCast 29: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 1/2)

Nitori is Not Going to Hell For Wanting to Wear a Bra, Part I: Understanding Gender Dysphoria as a Christian

When the anime version of Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) aired in 2011, much of the reception in the blogsophere was lukewarm. A lot of folks, having anticipated the adaptation, were disappointed in how different it was from the manga. I, on the other hand, without any previous connection to this story of a boy who… Continue reading Nitori is Not Going to Hell For Wanting to Wear a Bra, Part I: Understanding Gender Dysphoria as a Christian

Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure

I'm always happy to link to aniblog posts that touch on spirituality, but sometimes this column is just chock full of amazing articles. I hope you'll dig into the links below - they're worth your read, starting with Matthew Newman's post on Hare Kon and marriage. For those unfamiliar (which included me until I read… Continue reading Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure

Something More: Noragami Religion, Hopeless Black Butler, and Persecuting Naruto

Yato and Hiyori

The past two weeks have been overwhelming in terms of just how many articles have been posted relating to anime and religion/spirituality.  There's so much to dig into - I hope you have as much fun reading through these articles as I did! Are you headed to SuperCon at the end of this month?  If… Continue reading Something More: Noragami Religion, Hopeless Black Butler, and Persecuting Naruto

Something More: Redeeming Kenshin, Protestors at Fanime, and Plastic Memory Moments

The title character's quest for redemption in the Rurouni Kenshin OVA's contrasts sharply with the Christian idea of our own lack of power in redeeming ourselves. [Lady Hannah Beth] I'm a few weeks late in this linking , but since you'll see Anime Reporter on this blog later today, it's relevant to post a recent… Continue reading Something More: Redeeming Kenshin, Protestors at Fanime, and Plastic Memory Moments

Untangled: Wandering Son and Perspectives on LGBT Issues

From the very beginning, I intended this blog to be a place, a destination, a home, rather than simply a source about anime and our unique perspectives on it.  As such, we welcome your thoughts and questions not only through the comments page, but through the Ask the Staff button on the top of the… Continue reading Untangled: Wandering Son and Perspectives on LGBT Issues

Reader Response: Who We Mean to Be

When I started Beneath the Tangles several years ago, I came in with a very direct, but ambitious and broad mission.  As the years have passed and as I've learned more and more about the community I'm engaging, and as it has changed, my approach and goals have changed.  My purpose has especially been in… Continue reading Reader Response: Who We Mean to Be

Something More: No. 6 Relationships, Inoffensive Saint Young Men, and More Religion Data Girl

Medieval Otaku discusses homosexuality in terms of nature v. nurture as he investigates No. 6. [Medieval Otaku] Guardian Enzo analyzes Shinto and Shugendou elements of RDG: Red Data Girl in his review of episode 2 of the series. [Lost in America] D.M. Dutcher uses an example from Little Busters in his plea for mention of… Continue reading Something More: No. 6 Relationships, Inoffensive Saint Young Men, and More Religion Data Girl

A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A year ago...I was watching (and loving) Mawaru Penguindrum... ...as well as Usagi Drop, about which I wrote one post... ...no, two about the fourth episode. A year ago...I was stirring debate when talking Hourou Musuko and homosexuality... ...and finding a Christ figure in Eden of the East. A year ago...R86 was sharing some of… Continue reading A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles