What do you get the anime fan in your life for Christmas? An already difficult task is made even more challenging if you’re looking to gift something that fits within the boundaries of faith, items that are safe to give in a Christian household but still fun for the receiver. If you’re faced with that… Read More Christmas Gift Guide for the Christian Anime Fan
Fruits Basket makes no qualms about it—a love triangle is in full swing from the beginning of the series. Tohru hasn’t demonstrated any sort of particular romantic interest in either Kyo or Yuki, as per the course for the main characters of romcoms and series featuring harems or reverse harems, but Kyo and Yuki are… Read More Fruits Basket Episode 3: A Boy for Tohru and the Rules of Spoilers
For all the ills and unintended consequences of social media, there are some remarkably good things about it, too. For instance, it provides a brand new way for nerds, who aren’t always the most sociable bunch, to form community. Well, maybe that’s not fair—a lot of geeks are incredibly social, they just have an awkwardness… Read More Get Social, You Nerds!
While Amazon Prime doesn’t often have new anime that interest me, a couple have come along lately. The only one that blew my mind was Made in Abyss, which I regrettably have yet to write about. The other one that I enjoyed was Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku, which is about the intricacies of two people at work who… Read More Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Christian Otaku
Just as our access to anime has evolved over the years, from trading copies of VHS tapes among friends (a trend that’s returned?) to DVDs/Blu-Rays to digital streaming, so has the art of anime collecting. I’ve certainly seen it in my own habits, and I’ve had stages, too, in how I’ve approached collecting. I was… Read More Collecting Anime: Why and What Do You Collect?
There was a time when I thought Beneath the Tangles could be everything to everyone, that we would reach out to young, shounen-obsessed anime fans and serious otaku alike. The thing about hubris is that you don’t see it coming, and in the end, I realized that mission was far too ambitious, and when you… Read More Say Konnichiwa to Our Shimai (Sister) Sites!
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… Read More Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook
I think every thoughtful human being on this planet experiences, at some point or another, some sort of identity crisis. We are naturally hypocritical beings, and as such it’s difficult to pinpoint just who we are, and perhaps even more difficult to communicate that identity to others. Every time I compose an article (it’s been… Read More Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life
The Mecca of all things anime! JP (Japesland), Jack (R86), and Kaze are no stranger to discussing their times in Japan, and today they’d like to translate those experiences into a helpful, and hopefully eye-opening discussion on Akihabara. What sort of expectations should an anime fan have when visiting this infamous location, and how about Christian otaku? And be… Read More TangleCast 25: Akihabara
A pretty significant anniversary for Beneath the Tangles has come and gone. As of September 12th, this blog is officially five years old! We’ve come a very long way since my first post on the site, as I tried to establish a brand new, unique presence on the web. I’ve reminisced and reflected on changes… Read More Happy Five Years to Us!