I’ll admit it: I have an agenda. It is my goal to spread the word about Kageki Shojo!! and inspire more anime and manga fans to check out this delightfully comedic, surprisingly deep, and altogether beautifully-crafted series! The story follows the ups and downs and all round antics of a group of theatre-girl hopefuls (or… Read More Kageki Shojo!! Manga Review, Vols. 0-5 (for manga-only readers)
They made us laugh; they made us cry. They wowed us with their artistry, inspired us with their soundtracks, and moved us with their depth of emotion. But most of all, they prompted us to reflect on life, faith, and what it means to be alive in this world of ours at such a time… Read More BtT’s Top 10 Anime of 2021
Have you ever wondered exactly what all goes into making an episode of anime? Or even just one or two seconds of your favorite show? And just how accurate is Shirobako anyhow? Well, now is your chance to find out! Welcome back to Part II of our interview with Atelier Gokujou, an American anime artist… Read More Behind the Curtain on Kageki Shojo!! Interview with Anime Artist Atelier Gokujou, Part II
You’ve probably noticed by now that here at Beneath the Tangles we are pretty massive fans of Kageki Shojo!!—aka the best series of the summer 2021 season. So imagine the excitement that rippled through our staff discord when an animator on the series, Atelier Gokujou, agreed to an interview! Here in Part I of that… Read More So You Wanna be an Anime Artist? Interview with American Animator Atelier Gokujou, Part I
Kageki Shojo, the excellent anime about young women attending school to become part of a famed all-female acting troupe, spread the love around during its airing, giving significant screen time for each of its supporting girls in addition to the leading ones, Sarasa and Ai, and right through the final episode which aired this past… Read More Of Tybalts, Composers, and Prodigals
This week, Kageki Shojo!! surprised me more than the two exclamation marks in its title convey: it went far deeper than I ever expected of a series about an all-girls theatre training school. In fact, it may just have set itself up as a spiritual heir to Wonder Egg Priority, only engaging with its troubling… Read More Hope for the Abused & Traumatized: is Kageki Shojo!! the new Wonder Egg Priority?
The Red Flower Opera Music School (Kouka for short), trains young women for the all-female acting troupe of the same name, and is auditioning its 100th class. With a screening process as demanding as Tokyo University, only 40 girls out of over 1100 candidates make the cut. Among the successful applicants are twins Chika and… Read More First Impression: Kageki Shojo!!