On Beneath the Tangles, we celebrate two Christian holidays with special fervor: Easter and Christmas. As we take a look back at the ten years of this ministry, and with Easter 2020 fast approaching, it felt like an excellent time to throw back to Holy Weeks past and the topics we discussed each year. 2011:… Read More Throwback Thursday: Holy (Anime) Week!
Continuing our game from two weeks ago (JP is a pathological liar), JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) finish questions 2 and 3 of “Kantoku-san.” Missed part one of this month’s game series? It’s not too late to give it a listen here! As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering a different topic, from anime… Read More TangleCast 34: Game – Kantoku-san 2/2
Instead of celebrating Thanksgiving the boring, old-fashioned way, by sharing what we were most thankful for this year, JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) break the mold by investigating the anime they were least thankful this year… and finding a reason why they are thankful they watched it! It’s time to dig deep! What was your most disappointing… Read More TangleCast 33: Not Your Typical Thanksgiving
According to my admittedly rather fallible memory, few anime in the last few years have frustrated me as much as Girlish Number, but I can’t help but feel that this is a good sense of frustration. I’m not angry because the anime is terrible, or even because I wish the characters were written differently, but… Read More Letters from the Editor: I’m Part of the Problem
Berserk Berserk Medieval Otaku – 7/10 Berserk stands as one of the most famous manga ever made, and it received a brilliant anime adaptation in 1997. One can see that they tried to bring the artistic craftsmanship of the series’ creator to life on screen. The Berserk of 2016, however, which covers events after the Golden… Read More Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)
Join us this week, as JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze give their initial impressions on the latest anime season? With four people with different tastes, different watching habits, and drastically different opinions, which shows will stand out? Don’t worry, JP and Kaze don’t talk about Rewrite too much. As always, every episode of The TangleCast will… Read More TangleCast 14: Summer 2016 Season Impressions
This week, JP (Japesland) and Kaze blabber on for days about Rewrite, one of Key’s most recent and most phenomenal visual novel works and a source of excitement for the summer anime season this year. What makes it so great? Why is it a must-read for anyone interested in spirituality or religion, especially Christians? What should… Read More TangleCast 13: Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite!
It’s no secret that eroge is popular in Japan. In fact, these “porn games,” also referred to under the much larger category of visual novels if I may take the liberty of oversimplifying the medium, are often the object of many otaku’s interests. An entire genre of game that revolves around the inclusion of pornographic content… Read More Christians and Porn Games
I recently had a conversation with a close friend of mine about what exactly it was that made my favorite stories my favorite stories. Several ideas were thrown out. Character development. Emotional attachment. Good story. You know, all the buzzwords that people throw into a review but don’t really know what they mean (heh, shots fired).… Read More Subverting Expectations
This past week, we have spent a lot of time focusing on Key, particularly Rewrite. Hopefully you had the chance to check out Kaze’s four part summation and commentary on the visual novel. His approach took each and every section of the story and broke it down into individual parallels into Christian living, but I… Read More Rewrite’s Biblical Meta-Narrative