Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Beneath the Tangles | Shinto, Prayer, and www.Working!!

Episode 4 of www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan's oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Summer Anime 2015 Review (Part 3/3)

Here's our final part of the summer anime 2015 review! We've saved the best for last (or did we?) Arslan Senki Arslan Senki Medieval Otaku - 9/10 Arslan Senki is one of those shows which just misses a certain something--je ne sais quoi--to render it a masterpiece.  I love the massed battles, compelling and unique characters,… Continue reading Summer Anime 2015 Review (Part 3/3)

Working!!! the Humanity Out of Your Staff

I don't watch many comedies anymore - whether on TV, at the movies, of through anime streaming. But I can never resist Working!!!, which is such a joyful show. It just does so many things right, including giving the audience that feeling that we, too, want to work at Wagnaria. And besides the assuredly low… Continue reading Working!!! the Humanity Out of Your Staff

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities

So, we finally found out why Yamada Aoi ran away from home. I wondered how they'd weave serious backstory into this lighthearted show, but they actually did it pretty well. Spoilers ahead, in case you didn't guess. Basically, Aoi's mother isn't good at talking. She overthinks everything, and when she finally opens her mouth, very few… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities

Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived: Japes has returned from Japan! Please, don't make too much of a fuss. Put the confetti away, save the cake for another time, the fireworks were a nice thought, but I'm sure there's a better time to break them out... Nah, who am I kidding. It's party… Continue reading Anime Today: Why You Should Be Watching What I’m Watching (And Why I’m Always Right)

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!! and Replacement Relationships

I watch Working!!! to laugh, to get away from the world. But serious thought has a way of creeping into my activities despite my best efforts, and so here we are. Yamada Aoi is one of the most exasperating characters in Working!!!. She came to Wagnaria, the family restaurant, as a runaway teen. She won't tell her real… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Working!! and Replacement Relationships

Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems

A third of the way through season three of Working!!! (Wagnaria), and I'm super pleased - the show continues its wonderful, character-based humor (as expected) while moving along romantic relationships (not necessarily as expected). And as has been impressed upon me all along, the series confirms that it isn't just funny - it's a really… Continue reading Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems

Top 5 + Guest: Five Summer 2015 Anime Series We Want to Watch (Summer 2015 Preview)

Each month, our writers (along with a guest) give our top five list for some anime-related topic. This month, we approach this column a little differently, combining it with our summer season  preview as a number of our writers give the five anime series they're most looking forward to in summer 2015. Joining us is… Continue reading Top 5 + Guest: Five Summer 2015 Anime Series We Want to Watch (Summer 2015 Preview)

Carnival Time: Anime Wish Fulfillment, Part II

Yesterday, I reminisced about my childhood as I gave my first post as part of Iso's Blog Carnival on anime and wish fulfillment.  Today, I conclude with some of minor things I would like to do (here's one: I would love to be able to kick butt), and the paths I've dreamed about taking. The… Continue reading Carnival Time: Anime Wish Fulfillment, Part II

A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles

A year ago...I saw the androphobic Inami as representing us... A year ago...I was really into Eden of the East, reviewing the film, "Paradise Lost"... ...and finding Jesus symbolism all over the series. A year ago...I pondered on a violent event in Adachi's Touch... ...and on how the show demonstrates how the ordinary can be… Continue reading A Year Ago on Beneath the Tangles