Winter 2018 Anime Thoughts

With the close of the Winter 2018 season, the staff at Beneath the Tangles have decided to look back at the previous season and ask the following questions: What was the biggest surprise of the Winter 2018 season? What was your favorite series? With all that in mind, we have an amazing and varied staff… Continue reading Winter 2018 Anime Thoughts

Holy Week: The Love of Chise, the Goodness of God

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A question that's often asked is, "Why is Good Friday good?" From an irreligious perspective, it's a day commemorating the execution of a peaceful, innocent man by a domineering, colonizing empire. From a Christian perspective, it's the day that our savior died. So what exactly, then, makes it good? I think we can find the… Continue reading Holy Week: The Love of Chise, the Goodness of God

Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II

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Chise and Joseph have their final showdown in episode 24, and while they battle by magical means, their war of words is even more compelling. As they struggle, Joseph seeks to hurt Chise psychologically, as he had done earlier during the transfer process, and maybe also to lay blame for his situation. Cursed not only… Continue reading Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II

Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I

During the week leading up to Easter, I often think upon the love Christ showed us through the cross, the one that models how we are supposed to love others, but giving generously, sacrificially, graciously is so hard to do. We see such love from our parents, though imperfectly, and for some, not often enough.… Continue reading Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I

Holy Week: The Patient Magus Bride

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This week is known by many different names: Holy Week, Passion Week, and Resurrection Week, among others. It commemorates Jesus' final entrance into Jerusalem and his march toward Calvary, leading to his death and resurrection. To commemorate this on our blog, starting today and through the week I'm going to talk a little bit about… Continue reading Holy Week: The Patient Magus Bride

The Grace Chika Hatori Needs

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For much of the early portion of The Ancient Magus Bride, we only know Chika Hatori, Chise's mom, as an abusive parent. While alive, she spewed hateful words toward her daughter and even attempted to strangle her. When Chise remembers her time with her mom in a more extended scenario, reconstructed by Joseph during the… Continue reading The Grace Chika Hatori Needs

The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride

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The Ancient Magus Bride dwells in a place of religion and myth, making countless allusions to creatures from the realm of legend and those with more concrete origins, with Elias and Chise moving in and out of the world of fairies, dragons, and spriggan as easily as they do the church. I commented previously on… Continue reading The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride

My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017

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I am the king of Christmas traditions. Each year, I push gently guide my family through the dozens of traditions I've built up through the past holiday seasons. And you are my family, too, my aniblog family, which means that I'll bring you along through of my holiday blog traditions, one of which is putting… Continue reading My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017

Something More: Blooming Chise, Weightless Hitagi, and a Your Name Pilgrimage

Social media is such a weird thing - I don't think I'll ever get used to it. Facebook is great tool for reaching out to those with whom you might otherwise lose touch, but only if you use it right. I think most of us use it in a way that inauthentic or half-hearted, desperate… Continue reading Something More: Blooming Chise, Weightless Hitagi, and a Your Name Pilgrimage

The Ancient Magus Bride, Episode 3: Mended to Broken

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The contrast of dragon and human in episode three of The Ancient Magus Bride is stark and purposeful. The ancient dragon, Nevin, and even the young ones (and Lindel, too) see death as part of life, something they shouldn't fear, something they should even aspire to do well. So even as Nevin breaks apart, like… Continue reading The Ancient Magus Bride, Episode 3: Mended to Broken