• Digimon Tri: Growing up with Our Friends

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    Friends are so special to us all. One thing that I love about being a human being is relationships, as I’m more of an extrovert than introvert. In fact, during my life, I have had many friends come and go, from close ones to those that I didn’t get to know very well. Digimon Tri, the new series based on the famous, original Digimon series, has always focused on the Digidestined and their tight bond. Without working as a team, instead opting to work alone, they would have have quickly and clearly lost. This reminded me about how important our friends are, and how that dynamic changes as we grow up as is seen in the new series. The original team, Taichi,...
  • Kiznaiver Episode 4: Jealousy and Summer Training

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    We’ve reached episode 4, and I think I usually have an unspoken expectation that, by now, well-paced series should have finished their introductions and begun to fully launch the plot into action. In some ways, this episode fulfills this goal, as the most crucial characters have been introduced and the stage has been set, but many of the character motivations are unclear, and a lot of background plot information is a blur of unknowns. Although this episode doesn’t have a huge amount of new information, it does confirm several plot points that were vague before. This episode opens with a much-needed revisit of the flashback at the very opening of the anime. We’re shown more of Katsuhira’s conversation with the girl,...
  • Newman’s Nook: Sacrificial Love

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    My children really enjoy Yo-Kai Watch. Specifically, they enjoy watching it on Disney XD because, you know, it’s in English and it’s easily accessible to them. While watching it with them the other day, an episode really caught my attention centering on Jibanyan. Jibanyan is a cat Yo-Kai whose story goes that he was at one point a real cat who died in traffic with his master and was turned into a Yo-Kai. He seeks revenge upon the car that ran him over, supposedly, and is currently friends with our main character. In one episode, evil Yo-Kai sisters named Kin and Gin give Jibanyan a chance to return back to his old master before he died and became a Yo-Kai. He...
  • TangleCast 3: Erased

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    This week on The TangleCast, JP (Japesland), Kaze, and Jack (R86) talk about Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi). Did it live up to its hyped expectations, or was it a disappointment? Each members brings his own perspective on the areas they did and did not like about the anime. As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering a different topic, from anime reviews, to discussions on spirituality, to listener mail, and everything in between. Please feel free to join the conversation by commenting below, submitting a question to podcast AT beneaththetangles DOT com, or chatting with us on Discord! iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Podbean  |  RSS...
  • Examining Old School Anime: On Holy Communion

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    "Amen, amen, I say to you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life within you. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath life everlasting: and I will raise him up in the last day" (John 6: 54-55)....
  • The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: Shounen Maid

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    Generally speaking, I like to focus this column on shows that have finished airing, or at least have completed a season in full. This is not to say that I will never cover currently-airing shows, just that if I do cover them, like I am this time, there is always the caveat that the show could end up not living up to whatever promise I thought I had seen in it. Consider this an “audition” post: an early preview of a show that could later on become a full-fledged star. And in the case of Shounen Maid, I think its chances of stardom are extremely high. Unfortunately, I think that a lot of people were turned off to Shounen Maid from...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Jealous of Sakamoto and Jealous of God

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    In case you didn’t notice: there was no post in my Corner last week. My column has turned biweekly for the time being, as I take on other writing and editing projects—such as this article about anime and religion on MAL. Busyness has cut my anime intake down. I’ve only started three of this season’s anime, and I’m only caught up on one of them: Sakamoto desu ga?, aka Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. It’s about a first-year high school student who quickly makes a name for himself as the coolest kid in school. All the girls crush on him, and most of the guys are jealous of him. He’s stylish, he’s smart, and no matter how many pranks his jealous...
  • Kiznaiver Episode 3: Fatal Jumping and the Seventh Member

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    For some, the third episode is a pivotal milestone. If an anime has failed to capture their attention after the third episode, they drop it. Although I don’t normally adhere to this rule, I can say that Kiznaiver has been compelling enough so far that I would definitely continue past this episode, even if I weren’t reviewing it. As with the last episode, we pick up exactly where we left off. After Honoka confesses to being a murderer, she quickly switches to pretending she’s just joking. I don’t believe it for a second, but if it were really a joke, I would be severely disappointed. She asks how they’re going to get out of their predicament, and Sonozaki says...
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