Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, Vol. 1 Shikimori seems like the perfect girlfriend—cute, sweet, bashful. But Izumi knows that’s only half her personality. Like some moe Jekyll and Hyde, in moments where her boyfriend needs her most, she becomes a super cool and dashing young woman, and it’s especially that part of her personality that… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: One Piece, Cutie Shikimori, and a Detestable Demon Falls in Love
We started the Light Novel Club with Spice and Wolf, and now we have returned to this classic title for more wheelin’ and dealin’ with a wolf goddess. Joining me are TWWK and Jeskai Angel as we pick apart volume 2… 1. What are your overall thoughts about this volume? TWWK: After a slow start, volume… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 19: Spice and Wolf, Vol. 2
We have two more light novels for discussion in the coming two months! As before, we have one new light novel series and one series we have covered before that we are covering the next volume of. I’m sure you’re wondering what those novels are, so let’s not waste any more time and announce them!… Read More The Light Novel Club Selections for March & April 2020!
As the year is coming to a close, I decided to ask the staff one simple question – what was your favorite anime related memory from 2018? It could be a convention, discovering your favorite show, or just sharing a moment with a loved one. Below are their responses.
Welcome to the opening meeting of the Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club! Today, we’ll be discussing our first selection, Spice and Wolf, a “classic” among light novels. Your host today is me—TWWK—and joining us are Frank, Annalyn, Teresa Christina, and YOU. Please chime in with your thoughts below, and feel free to use our… Read More BtT Light Novel Club, Chapter 1: Spice and Wolf (Volume 1)
Our first Light Novel Club discussion is fast approaching, landing on April 6th (mark it on your calendars), but I couldn’t wait to just touch on one little quote from volume one of Spice and Wolf, the selection for this “chapter” of the club: The pleasure of nostalgia is never without its companion, loneliness. A… Read More Light Novel Club Kindling: Nostalgia and Wolf
Although the focus on our site is anime, our staff loves to dive into other types of Japanese media, like games, visual novels, and live-action films. And now, we’re jumping into another anime-related medium: the light novel! Throughout this year, a group of us will be reading through light novels and discussing them. We invite… Read More BtT Light Novel Club, PROLOGUE: Let’s Spice Things Up
I have every intention of making this my last article on Spice and Wolf. Nine is the elvish number for luck, and nine articles of Spice and Wolf ought to whet anyone’s appetite to explore this series further and perhaps even the Middle Ages. (I’ll save my next series as a surprise.) Over the course of… Read More Examining Light Novels: Medieval and Modern Castes
This time, a passage on the culinary excesses of clerics in Spice and Wolf struck me. It was not remarkable for bringing out how much priests love fine dining. The joke runs that one thing modern bishops and the apostles have in common is never turning down a meal. Instead, I was surprised by the following… Read More Examining Light Novels: The Rotund Angel Physician
Those of you familiar with Spice and Wolf know that much of the plot centers on trade. On the other hand, the conflict often concerns how Lawrence must weigh intangible goods like friendship against his more tangible business deals. Lawrence must make a living, but he recognizes the poverty of commerce in comparison to richness of… Read More Examining Light Novels: On Good Works and Goods