We are super excited for GKIDS’ release of Mirai, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Boy and the Beast and Wolf Children, among other gems. They are screening the film in theaters on November 29th and 30th, and December 5th and 8th. To celebrate, we’re giving away a pair of tickets for… Read More Win Two Tickets to Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai!
Voice actor, script writer, and ADR director Mike McFarland is probably a bigger part of your anime experience than you realize, even if you rarely listen to American dubs. He’s voiced major roles in classic series like Fullmetal Alchemist (and Brotherhood), Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, and One Punch Man, though his voice… Read More Mike McFarland and the Artistry of Voice Acting, Writing, and Directing
Welcome to the next installment of Beneath the Tangles Light Novel Club! I will be leading the discussion this time around for a series that quickly caught my interest once I started reading it: Infinite Dendrogram! Available digitally from J-Novel Club, this is one of several light novel series about a VRMMO (a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 5: Infinite Dendrogram Vol. 1
My children are nine and seven years old. I’ve always intended to show them anime – and they’ve seen Totoro and a couple other pieces – but it was never a great priority for me. In fact, I’ve been more concerned with sharing geek culture and 80’s/90’s pop culture with them than anime. But something… Read More Watching Anime with Family (or My Kids Watched More Anime Than I Did This Summer!)
Even when you’re in the work force and don’t get a three-month long break, summer still works differently from the rest of the year. It’s a time for vacations, reflection, and though less-so than in years past, reruns. This summer, I’ve been churning through a number of anime series and shows that I’ve seen before.… Read More Revisiting Ghibli, Genshiken, and Hosoda
Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Sakae’s final words in Summer Wars reminds the Jinnouchi clan of the importance of family. It’s a significant message, both in how most of us can connect to that idea and its complexity. The quote above, and the longer message it accompanies, instructs her… Read More Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family
My family and I have been tearing through anime films this summer, and by serendipity we watched one last night whose action takes place that night, July 31st, and concludes today, August 1st. Summer Wars, one of my favorite films, brings together the Jinnouchis in celebrating the matriarch’s 90th birthday. And that day is today.… Read More A Summer Wars Birthday and the Greatest Love