When you think Odin, does the one-eyed, elderly father of Loki and Thor come to mind? Well, time to think again. Pronouncing herself as the Norse god and with the power of omniscience, this Odin Sato seems like another middle schooler suffering from Chuunibyou Syndrome, but to high school senior Yota’s surprise, her pronouncements keep… Read More First Impression: The Day I Became a God
“Kyousuke is back!” a voice shouts. And then, everyone in the school dorm runs to goof around a senior year student. Kyousuke is the idea guy, the visionary leader, the creative force and the acting big brother of a group of five called the Little Busters, known and loved throughout the school. Soon to graduate,… Read More Kyousuke Natsume and Meeting the Crucified Christ (I)
Key’s newest story has finally been released after multiple delays. Harmonia is a kinetic novel, much like Planetarian, and got an English release even before the Japanese release. While the music and art were a wonderful immersion into the story, the actual writing itself was subpar. I do appreciate many of the themes and ideas… Read More Harmonia and Outdated Religion
Hey everyone, we have some super exciting news today. As you could guess from the title, we are having a Narcissu Anthology season pass giveaway! For those unaware, we of Beneath the Tangles (well, at least Japes and I) are big fans of Narcissu for its respectful inclusion of Christian faith in its stories that present… Read More We’re Giving Away 10 Narcissu Anthology Season Passes!
As evidenced by its placement on our Visual Novel Recommendations Page, it’s no secret that we love Planetarian at Beneath the Tangles. Now that we’ve finally received the highly-anticipated 5-episode ONA adaptation, JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), and Kaze are very excited to present and discuss some of our thoughts as to what makes this unique narrative so compelling, especially from… Read More TangleCast 18: Finding God in Planetarian
This week, JP (Japesland) and Kaze blabber on for days about Rewrite, one of Key’s most recent and most phenomenal visual novel works and a source of excitement for the summer anime season this year. What makes it so great? Why is it a must-read for anyone interested in spirituality or religion, especially Christians? What should… Read More TangleCast 13: Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite!
This week on The TangleCast, JP (Japesland) and Kaze discuss the issue surrounding sex scenes in visual novels. While our podcast is nowhere near long enough to cover all the points of such a serious topic, we bring up a couple arguments both for and against sex scenes. We hope this helps you gain a deeper understanding of the… Read More TangleCast 6: Sex Scenes in Visual Novels
It seems like just yesterday that the localization of visual novels was primarily a fan based effort. Yet, recent official localization projects have surprised many – from the 10 year old but very beloved Clannad to the incredibly popular but supposed “lost cause” Muv Luv Alternative. Higurashi is well underway, with Umineko close behind. Beyond… Read More Sex Scenes in Visual Novels
It’s no secret that eroge is popular in Japan. In fact, these “porn games,” also referred to under the much larger category of visual novels if I may take the liberty of oversimplifying the medium, are often the object of many otaku’s interests. An entire genre of game that revolves around the inclusion of pornographic content… Read More Christians and Porn Games
While the Angel Beats! anime continues to be a loved series, not as many fans are aware of its visual novel counterpart. In reality, the VN was released just last year and that is only the first of several parts, so the VN still has a long way to go before being fully released, let… Read More Lost in Translation: When the Uncertain Becomes Certain