In Aomori, on the northern tip of Tohoku and across the Tsugaru Straight from Hokkaido, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri grow up in a world that has veered toward a different path than our own. The Union, developed from Communist states, has grown—not diminished—in power, and now occupies Hokkaido, restored to its former name of Ezo,… Read More Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Novel)
As we celebrate our tenth anniversary on Beneath the Tangles, we want to take some time each month to look into the past, not only to commemorate our ten years, but also to see where we were and how far we’ve come as a site and collectively as anime fans. For most months this year,… Read More 10 Year Retrospective, Month #7: Throwback to July 2016
Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with You finally hits theaters last week, and our podcast team was super excited to see it. Did it meet their expectations? Was it as good as Your Name? Did they notice the cameos? And what does the theme of the Weathering with You have to do with our everyday lives? Listen… Read More TangleCast 70: Weathering (and Worrying) with You
This week on the TangleCast, Matthew of Team Anchester brings on a familiar guest and podcast contributor, Alex. Together, they try grappling with the controversial topics of sexual content in anime, what Scripture says about it, and what that means for Christians. Where is the line when it comes to sexual humor? Is there even… Read More TangleCast Episode 52: Are We Glorying in our Shame?
Time travel is one of the most romantic elements of a sci-fi love story. The impossibility of it symbolizes the sometimes very irrational nature of love. Romance thrives when beloved characters fight in a world where love isn’t just chemicals in your head, but a tangible super power. Erased was my introduction to anime with… Read More Boy Meets Girl Meets Time Travel
I am the king of Christmas traditions. Each year, I push gently guide my family through the dozens of traditions I’ve built up through the past holiday seasons. And you are my family, too, my aniblog family, which means that I’ll bring you along through of my holiday blog traditions, one of which is putting… Read More My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017
Hi, readers! TWWK here with a final plea this week. We’re conducting a mini-drive through Friday to partner with patrons who will help financially support our ministry at Beneath the Tangles. Those of you who are long time followers or who have just found us might know that we share our faith by developing content… Read More Pledge $2. Help the Needy. Win Kimi no na Wa.
Your Name (Kimi no na wa) is not an original story. The equation for it goes something like this: body switch trope + usual Shinkai + dash of heart atypical of Shinkai = YAY And as with most preceding films, television episodes, et al. that feature this plot convention, switching bodies leads to an understanding… Read More Your Name: The Art (and Heart) of Switching Places
As Beneath the Tangles continues to grow, we depend on the general financial support of our patrons to help us engage readers through our different arms. Our social media outlets don’t just exist to drive you back here; they are themselves sites in which we try to reach you in different ways with different staff… Read More Patreon Mini-Drive: Give to the Orphans and Win a Copy of Your Name!
Social media is such a weird thing – I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it. Facebook is great tool for reaching out to those with whom you might otherwise lose touch, but only if you use it right. I think most of us use it in a way that inauthentic or half-hearted, desperate… Read More Something More: Blooming Chise, Weightless Hitagi, and a Your Name Pilgrimage