I was not a particularly active youth, but I think I must have seemed like a mountain child compared to kids of this generation. I spent time outdoors most every day, and all morning and afternoon long during summertime. I walked trails cut in the desert near my home, searching for rattlesnakes and horny toads.… Read More When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”
This week on the TangleCast, Matthew of Team Anchester brings on a familiar guest and podcast contributor, Alex. Together, they try grappling with the controversial topics of sexual content in anime, what Scripture says about it, and what that means for Christians. Where is the line when it comes to sexual humor? Is there even… Read More TangleCast Episode 52: Are We Glorying in our Shame?
Drip. Drip-drip. 10 AM and the promenade outside the convention center was already the equivalent of a baking sheet. Despite the conditions, fans lined up by the droves to pass through bag check and find air-conditioned refuge within. Drip-drip. Standing within the Priority queue alongside the building, the radiant heat seared, turning me into a… Read More Anime Expo 2018 Wrap-Up: Day 2
Time travel is one of the most romantic elements of a sci-fi love story. The impossibility of it symbolizes the sometimes very irrational nature of love. Romance thrives when beloved characters fight in a world where love isn’t just chemicals in your head, but a tangible super power. Erased was my introduction to anime with… Read More Boy Meets Girl Meets Time Travel
I am the king of Christmas traditions. Each year, I push gently guide my family through the dozens of traditions I’ve built up through the past holiday seasons. And you are my family, too, my aniblog family, which means that I’ll bring you along through of my holiday blog traditions, one of which is putting… Read More My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017
Hi, readers! TWWK here with a final plea this week. We’re conducting a mini-drive through Friday to partner with patrons who will help financially support our ministry at Beneath the Tangles. Those of you who are long time followers or who have just found us might know that we share our faith by developing content… Read More Pledge $2. Help the Needy. Win Kimi no na Wa.
Your Name (Kimi no na wa) is not an original story. The equation for it goes something like this: body switch trope + usual Shinkai + dash of heart atypical of Shinkai = YAY And as with most preceding films, television episodes, et al. that feature this plot convention, switching bodies leads to an understanding… Read More Your Name: The Art (and Heart) of Switching Places
As Beneath the Tangles continues to grow, we depend on the general financial support of our patrons to help us engage readers through our different arms. Our social media outlets don’t just exist to drive you back here; they are themselves sites in which we try to reach you in different ways with different staff… Read More Patreon Mini-Drive: Give to the Orphans and Win a Copy of Your Name!
Social media is such a weird thing – I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it. Facebook is great tool for reaching out to those with whom you might otherwise lose touch, but only if you use it right. I think most of us use it in a way that inauthentic or half-hearted, desperate… Read More Something More: Blooming Chise, Weightless Hitagi, and a Your Name Pilgrimage
[socialpoll id=”2466844″] The other day, an Instagrammer I follow posted a a photo from an article indicating that The Rock had been cast in the live action adaptation of Kimi no na wa, which had earlier been announced as the latest project for J.J. Abrams. The comments were fast and furious (da-dum-tss), claiming that Hollywood… Read More Poll: Your Name’s Live Adaptation and the Sacredness of Anime