The most popular professional sport in Japan is baseball, so it’s little wonder that anime about baseball has produced some of the classics of the medium, and that of all sports anime, baseball is king. We’ve touched on past classics like Cross Game, Oofuri, and, well, Touch—but this anime season features well-regarded baseball anime, too,… Read More Can’t Get Enough Baseball Anime? Here Are Six Ways to Feed Your Addiction
I’m not an expert on his works, but I would call myself an Adachi admirer. And so after episodes one and two of Mix: Meisei Story, I supposed that I generally knew where the story was going, and specifically where the first arc would go. But episode three reminded me that Adachi isn’t only a… Read More Mix: Meisei Story, Episode 3 – Unexpected Developments
We have been talking about sports anime a lot on Beneath the Tangles recently, and for good reason. Sports anime, in addition to being lots of fun to watch, provide many moments of wisdom that fit well with themes of Christianity. Of course, that means if you do not like sports anime and you are… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Scorching Ping Pong Girls
Thanks to Annalyn convincing me to watch Haikyuu!! back in around January, I ended up binging the entire season and a half that had aired and eagerly anticipated the upcoming episodes of season 2 (and later, waiting desperately for Fall to come so I could watch season 3). I was shocked, as sports anime had… Read More Sports Anime – Your Move
One type of anime I enjoy watching beyond my usual slice-of-life fare is anime featuring competitive games. More commonly, people call these “sports anime,” and while I am not the massive fan of them that some others are, I certainly enjoy them, definitely far more than I enjoy watching real sports. That said, I prefer… Read More The Secret Stars of Anime: Saki and the Spirit of Competitive Anime
Last month, I started thinking about all the reasons anime characters get into sports—or any type of hobby or commitment, whether a school club, a job, or something as life-changing as religion. I’m the type who’s reluctant to make changes or try something new until I’ve thoroughly researched it and am fairly certain I won’t… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Sports Anime and Joining the Team
Now that we’ve had a week of anime to tide us over, the TangleCast crew is back with a real impressions episode! What did the staff think of Yuri!!! on Ice and Vivid Strike? How about Nanbaka, which we expressed great interest in last week? Tune in for JP (Japesland), Jack (R86), and Kaze‘s conversation on these… Read More TangleCast 27: Fall 2016 Season Impressions (for real this time!)
Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko’s Basketball, and I’ve written about how Kuroko’s humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto’s soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?
“All things in life worth having take work.” This is probably from some famous proverb or quote, but I know it as something my mom said to me quite often as I grew up. Whenever I wanted something, but didn’t feel the need to put in the work to get it, I would be prompted… Read More DAYS – Work With All Your Heart
The sports anime drought ended in early July, and your resident sports anime fangirl is back in action! I’m only watching DAYS for now, since it’s the most easily accessible of this season’s sports anime, and I’m pleased to say it’s much better than the last soccer anime to plague my screen. DAYS centers on a… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?