Something More: A Hero’s Journey, Grace in Clannad, Anohana, and the Holy Spirit

Welcome back to Something More, your monthly round-up of spirituality and anime (among other forms of entertainment!) articles. I do my best to search the internet for posts that fit this feature here at Beneath the Tangles. If you happen to find one and believe it merits being on our list, tag us via Facebook or… Read More Something More: A Hero’s Journey, Grace in Clannad, Anohana, and the Holy Spirit

TangleCast 23: Game Week 2

Our special game week four weeks ago went so well that we decided to try playing Magnum Opus again using some of the categories we didn’t have time for last time! JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze provide some fun opinions on which anime should get a magnum opus, eternal rebirth, or complete extinction. And, just like last time,… Read More TangleCast 23: Game Week 2

Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone–putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up “just for the feels.” Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Read More Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

At first glance, the uncanny merging of Christianity with Trigun’s western/sci-fi antics seems as unlikely as Vash and Wolfwood’s apprehensive friendship. But the implausible combination ultimately works as irony—one that reflects the protagonist Vash’s many apparent contradictions: pacifist/gun-slinger, wanted criminal/savior, demon/angel. Try justifying those personas within a single person, and you have the enigma that… Read More Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

Something More: Wolfwood Gospel, Fairy Tail Vulnerability, and Ecchi for Christians

Ah, July…the days of summer heat, fireworks, and of course, new summer series! There’s a lot to be excited about this summer season, including some of the series talked about below, including one whose light novel is getting a translation in English! Nicholas D. Wolfwood’s final, moving scene in Trigun gives us the story of… Read More Something More: Wolfwood Gospel, Fairy Tail Vulnerability, and Ecchi for Christians

Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’

There are weeks on Something More where I need to dig and prod to find articles for linking.  This is not, however, one of those weeks, as the blogosphere has produced almost a dozen wonderful articles about anime and religion/spirituality. Eugene Woodbury discusses Japanese Buddhism from a pop cultural perspective, referencing Gingitsune among other anime… Read More Something More: Owari no Family, Humble Vegeta, and Job of Angel Beats’