Since Sensei is well known to be the Ebenezer Scrooge of Halloween, it will probably surprise none of you that I’m giving an exam tomorrow. I fully expect several of my students to come dressed for the occasion, though I hope none of them in costumes that will hinder their performance in any way. Goodness… Read More Ask Sensei: Carved Orange Gourd Edition
As we do each summer, Beneath the Tangles staff is hitting the road to visit several conventions across the U.S. We already brought you coverage from Fanime, and next week we’ll be going to Houston for Anime Matsuri! Guests at the convention include K-pop group, Apink; the voice behind Bakugou (My Hero Academia), Nobuhiko Okamoto;… Read More Beneath the Tangles is Headed to Anime Maturi, A-Kon, and Anime Expo!
So the end of the summer approaches, along with that dreaded thing that begins with “s” and ends with “chool.” I hope that, like me, the rest of you are getting as much relaxation in as you can afford, before the familiar rhythm of the school year begins again. Today I thought I’d go back… Read More Ask Sensei: Lightning Round Edition
That’s right, today is Pocky Day—and for Koreans out there and others who otherwise prefer Lotte Pepero, its Pepero Day, too! (A little trivia: Pepero Day is just as much a marketing tool as Pocky Day is, but it also has a Valentine’s Day kinda feel in Korea and even in the U.S. among Korean-Americans.)… Read More Happy Pocky (and Pepero) Day!
Here’s this month’s look at fan art from, Pixiv, the Japanese artist site! If you’d like to see a plethora more illustrations, follow our Tumblr account, which focuses primary on fan art. Enjoy! — All illustrations posted with permission or posted from artists who allow reprints. Links given below: Uchiha family (art by 一锅玄哥) Draco… Read More Pixiv Round-up: June 2017
Hatsune Miku brought about a revolution in 2007 that has enabled thousands of artists to break into the music industry with self-produced music sung by a popular voice. Within the world of countless Vocaloid songs, the allure of Christmas-themed music was too strong for producers to resist, resulting in a myriad of Vocaloid Christmas covers, and… Read More 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, Day 12: Merry Christmas from Hatsune Miku
For episode 15, as JP (Japesland) and Jack (R86) give us an accidentally overly-long episode on Vocaloid, sharing not only a brief history of the technology but also our individual encounters with and opinions of it. Both come at this staple of otaku-dom from quite different angles, managing to cover the topic in a unique way. What is it?… Read More TangleCast 15: Vocaloid
I’m not sure that I could identify myself as an overly emotional person. If you know me as well as my immediate family, that statement probably sounds like an outright lie. Growing up, I was always quick to cry (a source of constant frustration, being a male). Even random conversations that resulted in seemingly little… Read More Inspiring Praise: Hatsune Miku, Mitchie M, and the Emotion of Song
Episode 7: Konoha’s State of the World The episode opens with us learning that Haruka has collapsed and is now hospitalized. Takane feels awful for leaving him alone, and decides to leave him with Kenjirou and get his things from the school instead of staying with him. As she is wallowing in shame, she runs… Read More MekakuCity Actors episodes 7 and 8: Konoha’s State of the World and Lost Time Memory
Japes, our Anime Today columnist, has written a number of articles about the intersection of Christianity and anime for his other blog, Japesland. He is editing and resposting a number of these entries, including the one below, to Beneath the Tangles. Right off the bat, I feel compelled to say that Vocaloid is an enormous passion… Read More Vocaloid as Artistic Expression