Not every anime is good. In fact, most anime are not. But that doesn’t mean the whole vast landscape of series should be judged as “bad.” Most series lie somewhere between the extremes, and while critical judgments of them may amount to “nothing special,” they all still have the potential of becoming someone’s favorite, of… Read More What’s a Completely Average Anime That You Love?
As we celebrate our tenth anniversary on Beneath the Tangles, we want to take some time each month to look into the past, not only to commemorate our ten years, but also to see where we were and how far we’ve come as a site and collectively as anime fans. For most months this year,… Read More 10 Year Retrospective, Month #3: Throwback to March 2012
I didn’t post a column last week, and what a week to skip – there were a number of provocative articles regarding anime and spirituality. But that just means that this column, I’m including twice as much goodness! Frank tells how Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha paints a picture of the Christian relationship with God, despite… Read More Something More: Cain and Abel in Shiki, Anime in the Christian Life, and 7 Unholy Priests
This is what I’ve waited almost two full seasons for. With a pedigree promising something more fulfilling than the typical romantic comedy, I’ve been waiting 21 episodes for something really amazing to happen in Golden Time. And all the while – at least for the past dozen episodes – I’ve been disappointed. There were hints… Read More Golden Time, Episode 22: It’s About Time
As I wrote about previously, I again made my way through Suzuka, a high school romance anime. Unlike many others in the genre, Suzuka is unique because it features two fairly repugnant leads: Suzuka, who at best is rude to people who are kind to her and worst yells at everyone and anyone and Yamato, a… Read More Suzuka Asahina and Yamato Akitsuki: Made For Each Other (And Made Like Me)
One of the hardest things in my college churchgoing experience was finding friends who could keep me accountable in my spiritual walk. I was involved in small groups and I had an accountability partner, but these relationships felt only an inch deep – we all knew a lot about each other, but other than prayer… Read More Call to Accountability from Anime Sports Shows
I’m in the midst of watching Suzuka for the third time. It’s one of those shows that I know it’s kind of terrible, but which I enjoy anyway. And this time around, I’ve found that I’ve been motivated to write a number of posts on the series, so you’ll see several in the next few… Read More Suzuka Asahina and Fleeting Obsession