The anime which has been most on my mind lately is The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Which I find to be a tad unfortunate, as it has already gotten a rather thorough work-out on this site. So I want to step back a little bit and consider fantasy and fairy tales more generally – for part… Read More What Is Fantasy?
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… Read More Winter 2018 Anime Thoughts
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… Read More Holy Week: The Love of Chise, the Goodness of God
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… Read More Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II
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.… Read More Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I
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… Read More Holy Week: The Patient Magus Bride
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… Read More The Grace Chika Hatori Needs