Everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to be a hero. That’s why we love anime about heroes who conquer all odds. But what’s left for the good guys to do once they conquer? When all the odds have been even-ed? Are they heroic in the off-hours? Does one eat, drink, and do everything else as… Read More TangleCast 45: What’s More Than A Conqueror?
The last of our new set of teams brings your their first recording of our rebooted TangleCast! David, Peter, and Marcelo of Team FtK (For the King) take a look at the most popular anime of the last several years, My Hero Academia, and discuss why it works so well. What makes it like the… Read More TangleCast 38: Examining My Hero Academia and its Place in Shounen
The second episode of our rebooted TangleCast is now up, put together by our writer, Matthew G, who leads his one-man podcast team, Team Anchester. As promised in our podcast revival announcement, Matthew explains the meaning behind his team name and how it paints a picture of what Team Anchester is all about. Episode 37… Read More TangleCast 37: Shonen, Spurgeon, and Divine Immutability
The TangleCast returns, and kicking our new rotational format off is Team Trinity, featuring @vintageinmyveins and her partners, Aric and London! In the first episode of the relaunched TangleCast, the group jumps right into the most basic question of all: what is anime? As they dig into all that question entails, both on the surface… Read More TangleCast 36: A Philosophy of Anime
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