When I was younger, Serial Experiments Lain made me very uncomfortable. I was neck deep in my religion, and as a passionate but young believer that was part of a conservative congregation, I was quick to judge those around me and even the pieces of art I watched. Lain troubled me so much that I… Read More Serial Experiments Lain Revisited: Episode 09
It’s hardly a surprise that in a country where Shinto temples and belief in kami run alongside Buddhist precepts and practical atheism that the concept of god as presented in Lain is very different from that of a Christocentric view. Lain’s “God of the Wired” is omniscient, but not omnipotent; he is all-knowing, but unable… Read More Serial Experiments Lain Revisited: Episode 08
From the very beginning, Serial Experiments Lain is unusual, abstract, hard to grasp. Just when you think the show couldn’t get any stranger, it does, with episode six taking us deeper into the strangeness and also pulling us out. While the mysteries of the Wired, the Knights, and Lain herself deepen (with the most remarkable… Read More Serial Experiments Lain Revisited: Episode 06
Serial Experiments Lain famously delves into topics like communication, technology, and social constructs, and we’ve seen all those expressed in the first few episodes. But as we continue our dive into Lain for the show’s twentieth anniversary, we’ve hit an episode with another theme that hasn’t yet been explored, and a title that matches. Episode… Read More Serial Experiments Lain Revisited: Episode 04
I think the Attack on Titan fandom has a love/hate relationship with Reiner Braun. I know I do. And I’ve been on the latter side of that recently since, ya know, betrayal, but I’ve since moved back to the other end. I caught up with the manga for the series upon hearing of a major… Read More Reiner Braun and Knowing the Whole Story
Today’s post is from a former staff member, Kaze, who you’ll remember playing a vital role on Beneath the Tangles for a number of years. We’re blessed to have him still drop by from time to time, while also contributing to his own blog, Nanaca Sakura. I once explained how Madoka was the gateway anime… Read More SCA-DI and the Question of God
We have a treat for you today—a guest post from JeskaiAngel, an anime fan with a PhD in history, who has an interesting take on GeGeGe no Kitarō, a series that deals extensively with yōkai, demons of Japanese folklore, from a Christian perspective. Enjoy! “There’s no such thing as yokai, dummy!” “Yes there are! We… Read More The Seen and the Unseen in GeGeGe no Kitaro
It’s the second and final week of our Patreon Drive—thank you to those partnering with us financially! Through your funds we’re able to bring you a variety of posts here on the blog and are able to grow our other platforms. Beneath the Tangles started as a blog only, but in recent years, has achieved… Read More One Week Left in Our Spring Drive!
Hey everyone, Kaze here sneaking back onto this blog with a very special and exciting post! As some of you know, I’m a big fan of the Narcissu series and have written on the stories numerous times because of its inclusion of Christian faith in a very respectful, thoughtful, and accurate manner alongside serious, meaningful… Read More Interview with Tomo Kataoka
Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to direct you all to a new way in which you can connect with us. Those of you who follow me outside the blog are probably aware that I’m a Tumblr addict. It’s where I spend most of my time, a place where words, videos, and images all share significance.… Read More Follow Our New Tumblr Account!