Re: Another World Where You Once Followed Our Blog But Should Follow Again (or Follow Us Anew)

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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… Continue reading Re: Another World Where You Once Followed Our Blog But Should Follow Again (or Follow Us Anew)

Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

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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… Continue reading Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

Director of MMO Junkie Denies the Holocaust; Let us Not Deny it Ourselves

My earliest school years were spent in Germany, where the country was as much my teacher as instructors in the classroom. My parents drove me throughout the country, to castles, villages, and most permanently in my memory, Dachau. As a six-year-old, I had no idea that more than 6,000,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis… Continue reading Director of MMO Junkie Denies the Holocaust; Let us Not Deny it Ourselves

Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

Kodansha Comics has recently begun reissuing one of my favourite manga, which has long been out of print—Battle Angel Alita. It's been long enough since I last picked an issue up to make this something of a rediscovery for me, especially with regard to Yukito Kishiro's art, which feels almost expressionistic in its starkness and… Continue reading Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

In the isekai manga series, Final Fantasy Lost Stranger, Yoko and Shogo Sasaki are siblings who loved Final Fantasy games as kids. They pledged to one another early in life that together they would get jobs at Square-Enix and create their own Final Fantasy game. Now as adults, they seem to be living their dream as… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

I stumbled upon A Silent Voice when I was at my local library in the manga section. What piqued my interest was seeing that it was a story about living with a disability, something I seldom find in Japanese fiction. A story that isn’t about trying to get senpai to notice you, but instead the… Continue reading A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

Newman’s Nook: Donyatsu’s Prayer and Questions

Donyatsu is an interesting manga (and short-form anime series) about a post-apocalyptic world setting where, so far, the only survivors are animals who's bodies are also pastries. And mice. The main character is a donut shaped cat named Donytatsu. Seems fitting. After a strange attack by other-worldly beings, Donyatsu gets lost from his pastry animal… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Donyatsu’s Prayer and Questions

Take an Anime Survey and Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Anime and manga are increasingly being studied at an academic level. Although I've never entered the world of academia myself, much less studied anime at that level, I've had the good fortune of meeting folks who have, taking a class long ago with Dr. Susan J. Napier and grabbing coffee with Brian Ruh, who once… Continue reading Take an Anime Survey and Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Call for New Staff: Artists, Designers, and Bloggers

Beneath the Tangles has undergone many changes since it first began in 2010, not least of which is in what media we explore with our site. While this blog will always center on writing, media has become more and more a part of what we also develop and post. To meet these needs, I'm putting… Continue reading Call for New Staff: Artists, Designers, and Bloggers

Newman’s Nook: Friendship and Differences

In volume 8 of the Tonari no Seki-kun manga, Seki continues to distract Rumi with his games at his desk. This time, we see Seki create a small little playground for Lego-style mini-brick figurines. He also creates a clay figure which looks exactly like the other figurines. Rumi watches him play, mesmerized as she always… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Friendship and Differences