When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
Haikyu!! (Chapter 401) After eight amazing years of manga, the story of our favorite volleyball bois from Karasuno and across Japan will come to an end. By the time this article has posted, the final chapter will have dropped and I will have read it. As I await the final chapter (402), I am filled… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: Haikyu, Fairy Tail, and A Wild Last Boss!
Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of June 7th through June 13th! Check out latest episode in our player below, or subscribe to us on SoundCloud, where you can also find breaking news episodes! Will you be reading any of these… Read More Doki Doki News: Return of Re:Zero and A Promised Neverland Series
My Brother’s Husband (Vol. 1) On the last day my library was open before it was closed due to the pandemic, I picked up all of My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. The story follows a Japanese Dad and his daughter following the death of his twin brother, who was living in Canada. He is… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: Zipman, Marielle Clarac, and My Brother’s Husband
Note: These light novel first impressions come courtesy of J-Novel Club‘s membership program, which allows members to read weekly parts of light novels as they are translated, before their official e-book release. These impressions cover the first 3 parts of volume 1. One day, Lufas Maphaahl, the Heaven-Winged girl who was one of the most… Read More Light Novel First Impression: A Wild Last Boss Appeared!
Welcome back JeskaiAngel, one of our regular guest contributors here on Beneath the Tangles. Today, he takes a deep dive into a light novel series we recommend—Invaders of the Rokujouma!? I didn’t expect to encounter deep, encouraging thoughts about the nature and origin of true strength in a light novel, but… I recently started reading… Read More Guest Post: Invaders of the Rokujouma and Strength in Weakness
Welcome to the next installment of Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club! I will be leading the discussion this time around for a series that quickly caught my interest once I started reading it: Infinite Dendrogram! Available digitally from J-Novel Club, this is one of several light novel series about a VRMMO (a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 5: Infinite Dendrogram Vol. 1
Infinite Dendrogram, our current light novel club selection, begins with a current state of affairs in that world and the fictional chronicling of how VRMMO (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online) games and in particular, the titular VRMMO, developed: July 15, 2043. On this date, the VRMMO Infinite Dendrogram was released around the world. It had… Read More Light Novel Kindling: Is a VRMMO Future a Good Thing?
Infinite Dendogram! I’m excited about this one! I’ve been wanting to try a VRMMO light novel not named Sword Art Online, and @stardf29 tells us this novel approaches the mini-genre in “a fun and interesting way.” I’m on board! And so is @ladyannalyn and stardf29, who will be leading our discussion this time around. Here’s… Read More And Our Next Light Novel Club Selection Is…
TR, the administrator of Golden Plume Press, an OEL manga firm, is covering Anime Expo 2018 for us! Check out his thoughts below and follow us on Twitter, as TR live tweets his way through all the ups and downs of this massive event. Yeahhhhh! A thunderous applause shook the ballroom as the next wave… Read More Anime Expo 2018 Wrap-Up: Day 1