One of our favorite anime series here on Beneath the Tangles is Mawaru Penguindrum, Kunihiko Ikuhara’s colorful, sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical series involving terrorists, magical girl sequences, frog eggs and love potions, and of course, penguins. It’s a remarkable show, and one that ultimately has something meaningful to say in addition to the layers and… Read More Fanart Friday: Mawaru Penguindrum 10th Anniversary Film
Crunchyroll recently reported results of a Japanese survey where respondents were asked which anime had the most shocking first episode. The answers themselves were kind of shocking. While the usual suspects were there (School-live, Attack on Titan, and The Promised Neverland, for instance), along with an array of series old and new, some significant series… Read More 15 Shocking First Episodes of Anime Series
As we celebrate our tenth anniversary on Beneath the Tangles, we want to take some time each month to look into the past, not only to commemorate our ten years, but also to see where we were and how far we’ve come as a site and collectively as anime fans. For most months this year,… Read More 10 Year Retrospective, Month #2: Throwback to February 2011
I’m in the middle of watching Mawaru Penguindrum, which is shaping up to be my kind of show—fantastically weird, formalist and borderline nonsensical. It centers on three orphaned siblings: Kanba, Shoma and Himari. Himari is, unfortunately, suffering from some some sort of unspecified terminal illness, which takes her life during an outing to an aquarium.… Read More Penguindrum: Destiny, or…?
MDRMN’s first impression of Sarazanmai just went up and saved me the difficulty of trying to explain episode one of the series, but in a sentence, three boys lose their Amazon boxes, which are full of desires, before being transformed into kappa by losing said desire which had been stored in the butts and then,… Read More First Impression: Sarazanmai (TWWK)
I don’t do Black Friday—at least not in the way I used to. Several years back, I was in the crowds, getting in line early for all the deals, but I don’t do that anymore. Nowadays, I usually go later in the day and evening and pick up just a few items, and rarely any… Read More My Black Friday Anime Pickups
The past two weeks have been overwhelming in terms of just how many articles have been posted relating to anime and religion/spirituality. There’s so much to dig into – I hope you have as much fun reading through these articles as I did! Are you headed to SuperCon at the end of this month? If… Read More Something More: Noragami Religion, Hopeless Black Butler, and Persecuting Naruto