Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

There's a growing interest in how to minister to otaku, both here and abroad. Often painted in a broad stroke with comical or pitying tones, anime fans are far more than their image conveys; they are a complex and diverse group of individuals. Jesus Otaku is a ministry birthed out of Saddleback Church that is… Continue reading Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan (or, in this case, Thailand): Part 4

Hello, everyone! It feels like an eternity since I was last in Japan, but also like I was leaving for Thailand just yesterday. I feel a little sad to have left Thailand so soon, especially because of all the amazing people I met there, but it's nice to be back in somewhat familiar surroundings, and… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan (or, in this case, Thailand): Part 4

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 3

Hello! The last half of lecture phase passed by far too quickly. I’ve been so busy. I’ve heard that our lectures are just a bit longer than other DTSs, mostly because of the time needed for translations. I don’t mind, though. I like the dimension having translation adds. Our tight schedule didn't stop me from… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 3

Interview with Stephen Brock, Artist and Missionary (Part 2)

On Tuesday, I posted part one of an interview with Stephen Brock, who is preparing to go on mission sin Japan with his family. He is also an artist, drawing in manga-style, and the rest of our conversation below focuses on how he plans on using his artistic talent (and if you're interested, how you… Continue reading Interview with Stephen Brock, Artist and Missionary (Part 2)

Interview with Stephen Brock, Artist and Missionary (Part 1)

One of our interests here at Beneath the Tangles has to do with outreach to Japan. We've posted about missionaries to the country before, and we even have two writers who are currently in Japan in some missionary capacity. Today, I want to introduce you to another individual who is planning mission work in Japan.… Continue reading Interview with Stephen Brock, Artist and Missionary (Part 1)

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 2

Hello again! A few weeks ago I was talking with one of the staff members about what I expected or didn’t expect about this DTS. The truth is, I didn’t really have any expectations. I had no idea what we would be doing. I can’t believe so few of the YWAMers I’ve met warned me… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 2

Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 1

Hello everyone! As some of you might remember, a few years ago Zeroe4 went to a Discipleship Training School in Tokyo with YWAM/Youth With A Mission. This year I am doing the same, although mine will be slightly different, as it is a Fall/Winter DTS, and it is both in English and Japanese simultaneously, which… Continue reading Lynna’s Adventure in Japan: Part 1

Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki and Laying Down Your Life

One of my favorite anime antagonists is Shishio, the evildoer from the Kyoto Arc of Rurouni Kenshin.  Shishio looks like a mummy, replaced Kenshin as the battousai, is never really bested by Kenshin with the sword, and in the dubbed version of the show, he's voiced by always-awesome Steven Blum.  What's not to love (or… Continue reading Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki and Laying Down Your Life

The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 12

Episode 12 closes out our summer series of Japan focused podcast episodes with a special Tangles panel: JP (Japes), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Daniel (Zeroe4)! All members of this month's panel have spent varying degrees of time in Japan in very different roles with unique experiences of the country, and thus use that diversity to… Continue reading The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 12

Jesus Otaku: Ministry for Anime Fans

Anime Expo is always a crowded, good time, filled with fun events, including the Masquerade, a competition featuring choreographed, costumed performances.  Beforehand, groups are able to play a short introductory video.  For one group, cosplaying as Magi, that video gave them an opportunity to showcase their message: You are loved just as you are. Based… Continue reading Jesus Otaku: Ministry for Anime Fans