Why didn’t y’all tell me that we were only halfway through the story? As season one of Magia Record has progressed (season two was announced at the end of this episode), I’ve become increasingly critical of the what I saw as wasted time: the slow assembling of a team; the introduction of characters that seemed… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 13: Just the Beginning
On Beneath the Tangles, we celebrate two Christian holidays with special fervor: Easter and Christmas. As we take a look back at the ten years of this ministry, and with Easter 2020 fast approaching, it felt like an excellent time to throw back to Holy Weeks past and the topics we discussed each year. 2011:… Read More Throwback Thursday: Holy (Anime) Week!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a tortuous series: It took viewers into the darkest night before pulling out a hopeful, if heartbreaking, ending. Magia Record from the very beginning sought to emulate PMMM, but much like the deviations that Anno took in the second Rebuild film, this one doesn’t go quite as deep into the… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 12: Friends and Choices
I usually read up on anime before watching them, trying to get a feel for the content and whether it’s something I’d enjoy. One show I ending up deciding not to watch, despite the high regard in which many hold it, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica. After reading about PMMM, I still tried the first… Read More Despising the Shame of Heroic Hypocrisy
As the episodes progress, little surprises are dropped each week, but I was not anticipating the one in episode ten. With Alina waiting outside of the Endless Solitude for Iroha and Sana, and having released a witch to contend with both those two girls and the rest of the group, a savior arrives: Mami, whose… Read More Madoka Magica Side Story Magia Record, Episode 10: Magia Mami
It’s a tale as old as time: Murderous A.I. hunts its victim. The victim befriends the A.I. and teaches it about humanity. The A.I. learns to love and rebels against its master. A.I. dies sacrificing itself for its human friend. In a lovely little episode, Magia Record goes full Terminator 2, but instead of an… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 9: Kill Your Loneliness
Halfway through, one thing that Magia Record is doing right is that it continues to deepen the mystery. We’re still drilling in instead of making our way out. Episode seven, for instance, isn’t particularly concerned with Iroha and her sister—instead, we’re asking more questions about what’s going on in Kamihama City, and are made to… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 7: A House Divided
Much like its predecessor, Magia Record has so very much to relate, layers unraveling what should be a simple tale. Episode five of Puella Magi Madoka Side Story progresses the story by leaps and bounds, but while doing so deepens the mystery instead of unraveling it. I was surprised this was the case until I… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record Episode 5: The Demon Within
Did you know? If you want to be saved from this life, saved from having to battle witches as a magical girl, given back the life you traded in exchange for the wish which Kyubey granted you, you must go to Kamihama City! This is the rumor that magical girls have been dreaming about—a way… Read More First Impression ~ Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story
The year is almost half way over, which is incredible! I missed a couple posts from last month that I will be including here, along with the new ones. I will also be posting articles over on our Facebook page, which I hope you have already checked out. We are putting up exclusive links and… Read More Something More: Depression Comes in Like a Lion and Does Light Do Right?