“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the… Read More Solo Leveling and the Value of Life
Have you watched Weathering with You? Another fine film by Makoto Shinkai, it centers on “sunshine girl” Hina, who has the ability to control the rain. Of course, romance, tears, and Shinto-influenced supernatural events follow. GKIDS, the film’s distributor, announced this week that it’s now available for streaming on HBO Max, and we are all… Read More Fanart Friday: Weathering with Hina
Happy New Year, Readers! I’m excited to start 2021 on Beneath the Tangles by announcing a new ministry aimed at carrying out our mission to share our love for Christ and passion for anime specifically to individuals with disabilities. We’ve written a number of articles in the past related to disabilities, but are now furthering… Read More A New Year and a New Ministry: Anime and Disability
When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
Although, depending on where you live, it might not feel like Easter was just here (we even had snow this week), the celebration of Our Lord’s death and resurrection has come again. I hope yours was a time of peace and renewal. In my church it’s customary to give up something during the 40+ days… Read More An Easter Approach to Social Media
For all the ills and unintended consequences of social media, there are some remarkably good things about it, too. For instance, it provides a brand new way for nerds, who aren’t always the most sociable bunch, to form community. Well, maybe that’s not fair—a lot of geeks are incredibly social, they just have an awkwardness… Read More Get Social, You Nerds!
Episode one of Darling in the Franxx was a whirlwind, but in the midst of all the action, fanservice, funky mechas, and mysterious storylines, I was left with one question: what about Naomi? As Hiro’s original partner, Naomi is forced to leave the training facility after his failure and return “home,” where she’s likely to… Read More Tweeting (and Empathizing) in the Franxx