• Attack on Titan, Episode 34: Who is the Enemy?

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    Reiner is so very confused. At one point in episode 34, after joining with his partner, Bertholdt, to kidnap Ymir and Eren, he complains about how he needs a break and promotion from the military. The problem is that Reiner isn’t a soldier; he’s the enemy, but he’s lived as a soldier for so long and cared for his fellow cadets so deeply that he now has a hard time separating his role as warrior and his infiltration as soldier. Reiner is confused. Eren is confused (and angry, of course). The audience is confused. It’s a jumbled mess as the story moves us along regarding the mystery of the titans. I get confused sometimes, too, about what roles we...
  • Something More: Depression Comes in Like a Lion and Does Light Do Right?

    The year is almost half way over, which is incredible! I missed a couple posts from last month that I will be including here, along with the new ones. I will also be posting articles over on our Facebook page, which I hope you have already checked out. We are putting up exclusive links and discussions over there so our readers can get to know one another better. Chaos;Child is the sequel to the anime Chaos;Head, and our friend Medieval Otaku discusses the relationship between Takuru and Onoe. Whether it’s who we are, where we are going or what’s next, these are important to every person and having those individual answers give us hope and meaning. (Medieval Otaku) Death Note...
  • Akane v. Chinatsu: Is All Fair in Love and War?

    Chinatsu Nishio
    One of the things I try to teach young people I mentor is to question the culture. Question the church. Question authority. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you believe the things you believe? Are they in line what with you believe is true, or do you just accept them blindly? I was thinking about that whole process of questioning during episode seven of Tsuki ga Kirei. For those that aren’t watching, Akane is dating Kotaro; Chinatsu, Akane’s friend, knows this, but also likes Kotaro. Chinatsu told Akane that she’s going to pursue him anyway, and during the latest episode, tried her best to become closer with Kotaro while steering Akane toward a different guy....
  • Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero

    I absolutely understand the need for teamwork. As any shrewd person, I pronounce myself a “team player” on resumes and at job interviews. But while I can exist within a team, I thrive on my own. Well…at the very least, I enjoy being on my own much more than than being part of a group effort. I can usually get by being a lone ranger on smaller assignments, but when I tackle the big ones, my white whales, I realize how helpless I often am. In The Boy and the Beast, the idea of the whale and fighting both on your own and by yourself takes center stage. The movie jumps full into the whale analogy, in fact, as...
  • Braz and the Sinister God

    The idea for this article came out of my cogitations on Blood Lad. The anime provides scads of fun and excitement over the course of ten episodes. Still, as many bloggers noted, it leaves more loose ends than an unfinished tapestry. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the show is the dynamic between the vampiric siblings Staz and Braz. Due to the belief that Braz tried to kill Staz in childhood and sealed Staz’s power out of spite, Staz hates his elder brother. This attitude is understandable: if Braz has any laudable motives, he keeps them to himself. Furthermore, Braz has no trouble using others willy-nilly for his own ends. At the same time, one discerns that Braz...
  • Gone Like the Wind: Goodbye, Readers

    It’s been just about 4 years since I joined Beneath the Tangles at the invitation of Charles. But as you could already guess from the title of this post, all things must come to an end. While this may be unexpected to some, I can say that it is something that has been on my mind for many months. Since I’ve joined, there have been changes to the blog’s content, its audience, and also myself and my own interests. After a lot of thought and discussion with others, I decided that my writing is no longer the right fit for Beneath the Tangles. From a superficial point of view, a blog that “connects anime and Christianity” may fit me...
  • Attack on Titan, Episode 33: The Danger of Community

    Attack on Titan has been moving at a breakneck pace this season – it’s been quite a thrill ride. And it’s been much better than I thought it was going to be (though perhaps, as I mentioned on Tumblr, this is because I’ve kind of forgot how the story unfolded in the manga). This week, though, the pace slowed down a bit as injured characters healed, Bertholdt and Reiner got a big head start on the Survey Corps, and Erwin and company caught up to provide support. Most of the focus this week was on reestablishing core relationships at the heart of the series – the ones among the Shingashina trio, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. Flashbacks take center stage...
  • Newman’s Nook: You Are Irreplaceable

    Sakura Quest is a P.A. Works original anime series about a group of women working together in a small town. It begins with recent college graduate Yoshino Koharu heading to a small town for what she thought was a one-day modeling contract. It turned into a year-long contract with her running attempts to boost a small town’s flailing tourism industry. It is also an incredibly approachable and inherent honesty portrayal of a different coming of age story, about that feeling when we first enter the workforce, deal with our first out of school failures, and try to finally make it on our own in our own way....
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