It’s near the end of the year, and this Something More column will be the last of 2015. Actually, it may be the last for quite a while. We’ll be taking a break from Something More for at least the foreseeable future. Thank you, readers, for perusing through these wonderful articles each week, and thank… Read More Something More: One Punch Man and Religious Censorship, Jesus in FFX, and Fruits of the Pikachu
I’m always happy to link to aniblog posts that touch on spirituality, but sometimes this column is just chock full of amazing articles. I hope you’ll dig into the links below – they’re worth your read, starting with Matthew Newman’s post on Hare Kon and marriage. For those unfamiliar (which included me until I read… Read More Something More: Death in Totoro, Pokemon Preaching, and Kirito’s Treasure
August has been a month for discussing context here at Beneath the Tangles, and I highly recommend looking at both articles recently written on this subject: Annalyn’s article about historical/cultural context, and Kaze’s article about man’s context VS God’s context. Here, I’ll be adding my humble contribution and completing the proverbial “Context Trinity.” Growing up… Read More Yo-Kai Watch and Contextual Demons
Do you know the saying, “God works in mysterious ways?” I really felt that to be true a few weeks ago when Casey Covel (Geeks Under Grace) and I started chatting about her taking a role with Beneath the Tangles. What I haven’t told anyone until now was that her work was at the forefront… Read More Welcome Our Newest Writer, Casey!
There’s a not-so-invisible chasm on the Internet between folks who tend to mostly watch popular series – such as those that air on American television – and viewers who watch a wider slate of shows. Unfortunately, I think the latter group sometimes comes off as snobby (oh, your favorite series is Naruto, huh?), even though… Read More Top 5 + Guest: 5 Best Popular Anime Series
A new season of anime is upon us! And it’s been…underwhelming? Still, there are interesting series here and there, and a few that provide us with something a little deeper to think about as well. Jimmy Kudo’s transformation into Detective Conan teaches us about humility and servant leadership. [Kendall Lyons] The Steins;gate of that named… Read More Something More: Plastic Religious Memories, Steins;gate Heaven, and Sinful Pokemon
Christmas is just under a week away? In terms of aniblogging, that means lots and lots of reflective posts – and a good number of them involving religion. This is likely the last post in this column until next year, so enjoy your quota of terrific articles about anime and spirituality! Trigun’s traveling preacher, Nicholas… Read More Something More: Crucifixion in Anime, Wolfwood’s Tithing, and Religion in Pokemon
Today’s article is from Tommy, a great friend of the blog and a long time aniblogger. He runs Anime Bowl, where he blogs about the latest episodes airing on Toonami, anime conventions, and Green Bay Packers football. Only a few hours after America lapsed into the month of March, the worldwide phenomenon known as “Twitch… Read More Guest Post: The Helix Fossil, Bird Jesus & the False Prophet: The Newfound Triviality of Christianity
Kaze writes a lengthy and I think very important article for all Christian anime fans to reach about his experiences and suggestions regarding otaku and hikikomori in Japan. [Nana の Kaze] Annalyn poses the question, “Is it okay to use anime as an escape?” from a Christian perspective. [Annalyn’s Thoughts] D.M. Dutcher finds some points… Read More Something More: Christ and Hikikomori, Anime as an Escape, and Christian Lessons in Senran Kagura
I would argue that Pokémon is the single most influential anime in North America today. I say this because I know far more people, many younger than me, who have seen or watched Pokémon and don’t otherwise watch anime. For me, my first anime was Pokémon: The First Movie. I watched it at my best friends house in… Read More Is Pokémon Okay for a Christian to Watch?