No doubt, Kyoko Mogami is one of manga’s coolest characters. Originally introduced as meek and subservient to childhood friend and budding superstar, Shotaro Fuwa, she quickly reveals herself to be vindictive, determined, and a little crazy. In fact, Skip Beat focuses on Kyoko’s attempt to become an idol, not out of a search for fame… Read More Skip Beat, J-Pop Idols, and Discovering Your Passion
It’s the second and final week of our Patreon Drive—thank you to those partnering with us financially! Through your funds we’re able to bring you a variety of posts here on the blog and are able to grow our other platforms. Beneath the Tangles started as a blog only, but in recent years, has achieved… Read More One Week Left in Our Spring Drive!
I’m happy to announce that we’ve brought a new writer onto our team—Dr. Steve! If you’ve followed us the last couple of years, you may have noticed that he’s written some excellent guest pieces for us, and if you frequent blogosphere, you may also have noticed that he has been actively blogging these last few… Read More Welcome Our Newest Writer, Dr. Steve!
Although the focus on our site is anime, our staff loves to dive into other types of Japanese media, like games, visual novels, and live-action films. And now, we’re jumping into another anime-related medium: the light novel! Throughout this year, a group of us will be reading through light novels and discussing them. We invite… Read More BtT Light Novel Club, PROLOGUE: Let’s Spice Things Up
One of the most controversial (and best) shows this season has been After the Rain, a seinen series examining a blossoming May-December romance between 17-year-old high school student, Akira Tachibana, and 45-year-old Masami Kondou, the manager of the restaurant at which she works. The question for a lot of viewers was similar to those for… Read More What Would it Take for You to Approve of After the Rain’s Romance?
So a funny thing happened on the way to the blog migration…or rather migrations. Those of you who have followed us for years may remember that in early 2016, we moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, and just last month, we made our way back to this platform. Unfortunately, our WordPress followers didn’t make it (despite… Read More Re: Another World Where You Once Followed Our Blog But Should Follow Again (or Follow Us Anew)
Valentine’s Day isn’t a happy holiday for everyone. In fact, it can be downright depressing. To avoid the misery, some run away from the love stuff on February 14th (out of sight, out of mind), but for me, even when I was a lonely single, I still always embraced the day as I drowned in… Read More Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day