Spy Classroom, Vol. 1 Spy Classroom is an oddity among light novels: a spy thriller, one clearly taking inspiration from sources like James Bond and Mission: Impossible. And it’s got the best kind of plot twists: the super satisfying ones that you don’t see coming but that in hindsight make you facepalm and say, “Of… Read More Reader’s Corner: Star Wars Rebels (Vol. 2), Junji Ito’s Smashed, and an Animal Crossing Manga
Are You Ready to Go Manga Shopping? Laura shops for a mystery and magical girl manga this time around!… Read More Are You Ready to Go Manga Shopping?
Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 5 Having watched (and loved) the Maison Ikkoku series first, I’ve been struck upon this reading of the manga that the pacing is quite different. The length of time it takes for Kyoko and Godai to grow as individuals and grow closer together is what creates both the frustration and… Read More Reader’s Corner: The Way of the Househusband, Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry, and a Daughter Returning as an S-Rank Adventurer
What does it mean to be in the world but not of it as a creator (John 15:18-19) who focuses on spotlighting manga? This is a question I have been deeply pondering as of late. Recently on my personal social media profiles, I’ve gradually (or not so gradually) made a transition where I am almost… Read More Loving Manga Isn’t Purposeless: Our Passion Has Eternal Value
Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikawa), Vol. 7 To no one’s surprise, this lovely manga continues to be sweet and hilarious. Highlights this time include Tsukasa making Nasa do his homework to watch Avengers: Endgame, and the fourth wall-breaking line, “I hope she never reads this manga…” Of note, I felt like this volume had… Read More Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Meikyuu, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance
Bleach: Special One-Shot Bleach is a polarizing show for many fans, whether bys the way the anime ended in filler episodes or because of the shounen tropes in the manga that don’t always work out. I for one am a fan of the series, so I was excited that a one-shot was released, featured on… Read More Reader’s Corner: Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Love Me Love Me Not, and the Return of Bleach
Long time ago, I only read novels. And in that novel reading, dark fantasy was surprisingly one of my favorite genres of fantasy. I say surprisingly because when it comes to manga, I prefer lighter and humorous stories. While I will read the occasional “darker manga,” it’s not too often that I pick it up.… Read More Something’s Wrong With This Fairy Tale: A Video Review of Fairy Tale Battle Royale
Laid-back Camp, Vol. 10 With the recent season long gone and months since volume nine was released, I’ve been suffering from Yuru Camp withdrawal. There’s nothing out there quite like this series, with the sense of peace and fulfillment that it brings (along with plenty of humor). Volume ten, which moves past the point where… Read More Reader’s Corner: Carole and Tuesday, SW Guardians of the Whills, and Laid-back Camp, Vol. 10
What a week! Actually, what a day. Trailers for two highly-anticipated anime series dropped this past Wednesday. And while they’re aimed at very different types of audiences, they are both right in the comfort zone for us here at Beneath the Tangles. Komi Can’t Communicate, the manga series whose fans were perhaps most vocal over… Read More Full Trailers for Komi and Star Wars: Visions!
The shoujo genre has quickly become one of my favorite manga genres. While sports manga and sports-themed manga is still my favorite, when I browse my shelves, I can’t deny that shoujo dominates my bookcase compared to other genres. I don’t necessarily mind this, thought I’ve begun to recognize themes and tropes that are common… Read More Shoujo with a Shockingly “Violent” Twist: A Video Review of Prince Freya