Newman’s Nook: Sanrio Self Loathing

Sanrio Boys (Sanrio Danshi) is an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a group of high school boys who are into the cuteness of Sanrio products. We've got Kouta all into Pompompurin. We've got Yuu who loves My Melody. Shunsuke who's a huge Hello Kitty fan. Seiichiro who's in love with Cinnamoroll… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Sanrio Self Loathing

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

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

Newman’s Nook: Fool as Isaiah Figure

We here at Beneath the Tangles seem to constantly be looking for Christ-like figures in anime. Can you blame us? We are a group of professing Christians who love anime and, frankly, you see self-sacrificing figures seeking to redeem or protect their friends, family, or people in anime on a regular basis. So, Christ-like figures… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Fool as Isaiah Figure

Newman’s Nook: We Don’t Know What’s Best

Episode 17 of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou) is entitled, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions." It is fitting as the episode progresses and we see the interactions between the various characters. The newest teacher at the school, Aoki, has frustrated many of the characters with her good… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: We Don’t Know What’s Best

Newman’s Nook: The Face We Show the World

I'm watching two new shows this season. My first impressions can be reviewed here (Himouto! Umaru-chan R) and here (Love is Like a Cocktail). They are two different series with very different characters, but they do have a common thread. Let's discuss a little further. Himouto! Umaru-chan R is a series about a young girl… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: The Face We Show the World

Newman’s Nook: Dwelling on the Past

In episodes 6 and 7 of Sakura Quest, a movie is being filmed in the small town of Manoyama. The film producers are seeking out an abandoned old building to burn to the ground. They don't want it simulated, they want to actually burn a house down. Our heroic team begins tracking down abandoned buildings… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Dwelling on the Past

Newman’s Nook: Galko-Chan is Not Who You Think

Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan) is a short-form anime series based on the manga of the same name that follows a group of three high school friends, Galko, Otako, and Ojou. The focus is primarily on Galko who everyone in school seems to know everything about. Galko is considered beautiful by most of her classmates,… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Galko-Chan is Not Who You Think

Newman’s Nook: Enjoyment

In January, I read through the Beneath the Tangles Fall Anime review like many of our readers/staff. In it, I read through Japesland's review of Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl and Samurai Master). I already enjoyed anime shorts, (I mean - I'm constantly plugging The Nameko Families to anyone who will listen), so the idea… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Enjoyment

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