I can remember when I first really discovered anime, through an episode of Tenchi Muyo! on Toonami. In it, Mihoshi, the bubbled-headed Galaxy Police officer, is returning to earth and crash lands her plane. The landing was so rough that I assumed she died. It was such a strange scene, so unlike what I was… Read More When You’re the Supporting Character in Your Own Series
Tomorrow is a special day for one of our own! Emma (Emdaisy1), our webmaster and Jill of all trades, is getting married! The three of us who are already in that blessed state – Samuru, MRNewman, and myself – are offering just a few words about marriage below, but we’d love for you as readers… Read More Wedding Guestbook: Wish Our Own Emdaisy1 Congratulations on Her Wedding Day!
This article today is a guest post from Simok of Moonlight Mixtape. Simok is a really thoughtful and interesting writer and musician – I really encourage you all to read this post and engage with it, in your mind and heart (even with some passages that might give you pause) and in the comments below.… Read More Anime was not a mistake.
The year is almost half way over, which is incredible! I missed a couple posts from last month that I will be including here, along with the new ones. I will also be posting articles over on our Facebook page, which I hope you have already checked out. We are putting up exclusive links and… Read More Something More: Depression Comes in Like a Lion and Does Light Do Right?
Madoka Magica is well known for being not only an excellent and memorable anime, but also one that made religious symbolism look easy. Thus, it’s fairly intimidating to write anything about this anime, despite its massive potential for commentary. Even more intimidating is that BtT’s original founder, Charles (TWWK) also wrote a very well worded… Read More Holy Week: Kaname Madoka as a Christ Figure
I’ve been meaning to get around to (re)writing this piece for quite some time as it was the idea that really got me into writing about the intersection of anime and my faith. I have alluded to this comparison many times in the past, but I don’t think any I have ever gone into detail… Read More Akemi Homura and the Argument of Faith
There are so many great articles from the past couple of weeks (as well as a few I listed that I missed linking in the last column). I hope you’ll take some time to peruse the links below. I want to start with the one that’s most meaningful to me, personally, written by D.M. Dutcher,… Read More Something More: Holy (Menma) Ghost, the Infallible Bishamon, and Joseph Smith Agrees with Jun Maeda
Welcome to the first of our more sporadic version of Something More. The blogosphere has been resplendent in it’s spiritual-related articles the last couple of week, regarding anime series both current and classic. Christian symbolism runs rampant in Kill la Kill, as do opportunities to discuss Christian themes and ideas, particularly as they relate to… Read More Something More: Kill la Cross, Madoka’s Universal Church, and Sailor Moon Mythology
Happy Halloween, all! This is probably a good place to mention that the writers here at Beneath the Tangles are NOT the type to tell you avoid Halloween festivities because of pagan stuff blah blah blah. Enjoy your night – but be safe!! Unfortunately, no spooky posts below…though maybe the first one, regarding a… Read More Something More: Blue Exorcist Pluralism, Jesus in Planetarian, and More Godoka
Note: This article was originally intended for publication elsewhere. Read The Life and Death of an Anime Article on an Evangelical Website for the whole story. This post contains spoilers for Haibane Renmei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Trigun, and Death Note. Inception. Black Swan. The Matrix. These Hollywood hits have a common thread—each was heavily influenced by Japanese animation, aka anime. Anime has settled in… Read More Anime’s Common Grace