One of my favorite J-Pop songs is “CLOSER” by Joe Inoue, which served as the fourth opening song for Naruto Shippuden. Every time I hear it, I get chills. You can find the full version of the song and its official music video on YouTube. Most of the music video—admittedly with quite campy visuals—is a simple… Read More What a Hero Desires (“Closer” by Joe Inoue)
Just a little joy and a little heartbreak for your Mother’s Day (hehe)! I hope you’ll honor your mothers today in your own way, whether they are wonderful or deeply flawed, with you in person or far away, still mothering or deceased. And for those readers that are moms—a very happy Mother’s Day to you!… Read More Happy Mother’s Day (from Sasuke, Naruto, and Gaara)!
What kind of teacher never asks his students questions? A very strange one, to say the least. (That’s enough giggling, Shiraishi-kun.) So just to change things up, today we’ll pretend we’re in Soviet Russia. Because in Soviet Russia, you do not ask Sensei. Sensei ask you! One question I’ve always wanted to ask about anime is… Read More Sensei Ask You: Soviet Russia Edition
After an exciting Round 3, we are down to our final four anime series in this year’s Anime March Madness! Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood continued to dominate the competition as it had in previous years winning 77% of the vote in the matchup against Gintama. The closest matchup came when Attack on Titan defeated Naruto Shippuden… Read More Anime March Madness 2018: Round 4 (Final Four)
Welcome one and all to Beneath the Tangles’ Third Annual Anime March Madness. How this works is that you, the readers of this fair website, get to choose which anime you feel is your favorite in successive one-on-one matches. Last year’s Sweet Sixteen will be facing off against 16 new challengers decided by our staff.… Read More Anime March Madness 2018
I feel that all too often the media portrays femininity in a bad light. Either a woman is written as weak and pathetic, or she is a ridiculous OP for the sake of fan service. Where is the balance of being a fierce woman who retains her feminine identity without being an object of lust?… Read More Anime’s Fierce Femininity
If I want examples of condemnation and judgment, I only have to log into social media. But, frankly, I’ve had more than enough of these examples lately. I’m tired of reading Tweets and Facebook statuses that declare wicked and/or foolish people subhuman. Because, yes, condemnation has its place—but it’s not the whole story. So today,… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Redemption Stories in Naruto