Reader’s Pumpkin Patch: Creepy Cat, Undead King’s Reign of Peace, and Until Your Bones Rot

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, Vol. 1 Another reincarnated-into-an-otome-game isekai story, some aspects of I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss will feel familiar if you’ve read any others of this subgenre. For example, protagonist Aileen is the daughter of a duke, and starts out engaged to a prince…just… Read More Reader’s Pumpkin Patch: Creepy Cat, Undead King’s Reign of Peace, and Until Your Bones Rot

Reader’s Corner: The Walking Cat, Her Majesty’s Swarm, and Doing His Best to Confess

The Walking Cat: A Cat’s-Eye-View of the Zombie Apocalypse, Vol. 1 I didn’t really used to get into zombie stories. However, the idea of a zombie story told from the perspective of a cat trying to survive the apocalypse definitely piqued my interest. Seven Seas published The Walking Cat as a single volume omnibus containing… Read More Reader’s Corner: The Walking Cat, Her Majesty’s Swarm, and Doing His Best to Confess

Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 1 This is another reincarnation-type isekai of the reborn-as-an-otome-game-rival variety. The catch is that in the original game (which was also an isekai), all the love interests are train wrecks. The narcissist and the masochist are creepy enough, but they seem positively tame compared to… Read More Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

The Small Things that Save the Worlds—or Christian Imagery in The Wonderland’s Isekai

We don’t always need an epic character arc. Not in anime, and not in real life. Sometimes, it’s the smallest of steps that transforms a life. At its heart, despite all the fantastical creatures, stunning scenery and heroic destinies of an isekai adventure, this is what The Wonderland is about: the minor, muted act of… Read More The Small Things that Save the Worlds—or Christian Imagery in The Wonderland’s Isekai

Reader’s Corner: An Angry Royal Highness, Babysitting Yakuza, and Mysterious Maid

Gacha Girls Corps, Vol. 1 Gacha Girl Corps imagines that a gacha addict—in this case, series protagonist Heihachi—is isekai’d into his mobile game and discovers that his rolls might lead to collecting real characters in the form of cute but fierce young women. Based on a light novel, the premise is a simple but fun… Read More Reader’s Corner: An Angry Royal Highness, Babysitting Yakuza, and Mysterious Maid

First Impression: Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

Long-time followers of Beneath the Tangles or my own blog Curiously Dead Cat may know that I have a thing for isekai. I will watch all but the trashiest and most offensive new releases if they include a poor(?) Japanese sap who gets whisked off to a fantasy setting and—oh, the horror!—finds himself or herself… Read More First Impression: Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

First Impression: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

College student and aspiring bureaucrat Souma Kazuya is alone after the death of his last relative, his grandfather. Some of said grandfather’s advice to Souma was to start a family so he wouldn’t be alone. Change of scene: a fantasy world imperiled by monsters. The kingdom of Elfrieden resorts to a centuries-old hero summoning ritual,… Read More First Impression: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Doki Doki News Month Kicks Off with Guest Host and VA, Macy Anne Johnson!

We’re excited to announce that all month long, voice actors will be joining us as guest hosts for Doki Doki News, our weekly 90-second newscast about the major happenings in the world of manga, anime, light novels, and gaming! First up is a VA we know very well—Akudama Drive and Show by Rock’s Macy Anne… Read More Doki Doki News Month Kicks Off with Guest Host and VA, Macy Anne Johnson!