Dear Friends, Today is our 12th birthday! On September 12, 2010, I posted our first article, and away we went. During this past decade-plus, our ministry has changed in so many ways, but our goal has remained the same: To reach out to otaku with the love of Christ through community. To that end, instead… Read More Happy 12th Birthday to Us!
What does it mean to be in the world but not of it as a creator (John 15:18-19) who focuses on spotlighting manga? This is a question I have been deeply pondering as of late. Recently on my personal social media profiles, I’ve gradually (or not so gradually) made a transition where I am almost… Read More Loving Manga Isn’t Purposeless: Our Passion Has Eternal Value
“Anime is evil.” “Anime is not God-honoring.” “You call yourself a Christian and watch that?!” I think many believers have been told similar statements as I have. Despite the fact that I grew up watching Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, when my parents became Christians, I recall them being very strict about letting me… Read More Finding God in Anime (Yes, You Really CAN Find Him in Anime)
One of my favorite scenes in anime is, unsurprisingly, from my favorite series, Oregairu. In it, the stubborn loner, Hachiman Hikigaya, finally admits through tears in his eyes that what he really desires is something genuine out of his service club relationships. It’s not enough to just have superficial relationship with his beloved friends, nor… Read More Developing Christian Community: Come Join Our Small Group for Anime Fans
Here on Beneath the Tangles, we look at a huge variety of what could be considered “otaku media.” What makes things interesting is that, as time goes on, new forms of such media get developed, creating new experiences for otaku to enjoy. One of the most recent developments is the rise of the “Virtual YouTuber,”… Read More VTubers Across The Language Barrier
During this time of pandemic, all organizations and groups have had to change the way they do things. The church has been no different. For many, that means starting to stream worship services online if they hadn’t been doing so already. And despite the many challenges in going to an online format, this has perhaps… Read More Digital Church Services for Otaku
Good morning! If you’re like me, I’m sure you all have been inundated by updates from various organizations through this time of pandemic. I don’t want to add to the pile, but I feel it necessary to let our readers know that we’re here for you during this time. After all, part of our very… Read More Loving God and Loving the Otaku Community Through COVID-19