• Pixiv Round-up: June 2017

    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 and Hermione (art by 一锅玄哥) Kikyo (art by もとび) Miku (art by popuru) Lucy (art by hakire) Digimon girls (art by Ekita玄) Naruto (art by 鳥) Yuri (art by Ekita玄) Girl/cityscape (art by enj!) Featured illustration by wataboku...
  • Summer 2017 Patreon Drive: Support Beneath the Tangles and Win Kimi no Na wa Swag

    kimi no na wa shooting stars
    We’re so excited about this summer drive, and how partnering with you can help us continue to grow our site. When I was considering what we could give away as a grand prize for the drive, one anime kept coming back to my mind: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). The movie’s popularity has been through the roof, but it’s also a movie that’s a good fit for our site. The director’s focus on loneliness, connection, distance, and love work in tandem with many of the themes we discuss. It’s a meaningful film, and our site is all about meaning – in anime, in life, in faith. One of the pieces of our drive’s Kimi no Na wa grand...
  • Wrestling with God and Hikigaya

    hachiman falls off couch
    For many, God is an impersonal concept. It doesn’t help that cultural connotations made him feel old, archaic, out of touch. But for those of us who have experienced him deeply and know his dynamic love, we understand that he’s personal and with us. We speak to him through prayer – we even plea with him, bargain with him, and wrestle with him. Even if you’ve never struggled with God, you probably understand the idea of struggling with something that’s occupying your mind. At the risk of turning this into an OreGairu blog (I can’t help it – this show is so relatable), I’m going to use another Hikigaya example. Before Hikki gives his “something genuine” speech, a wall...
  • No One is Saved Alone: Farnese’s Journey to Virtue

    Berserk turns many people away with its sex, gore, perversion, and very dark world.  Some might justly wonder whether the series has anything beyond sex, violence, and shock value, but there is plenty of good to the series also.  Much of it comes in watching the heroes becomes better persons throughout the series.  Many people know that Guts’ journey involves his attempts to tamp down his thirst for revenge and his rage against Griffith, his former commander and friend who betrayed Guts and the Band of the Hawk.  Guts frequently comes close to losing his humanity throughout the show, but his companions usually succeed in preventing this.   Another interesting character journey involves Farnese de Vandimion, the noble commander of...
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Free to Serve

    miss kobayashi maid dragon tohru
    Warning: slight spoilers for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid ep. 12 ahead. What would you do if you had complete freedom? What if you had absolutely no authority to answer to, no law to fear punishment from, nor even physical needs to attend to? What would you do with that kind of freedom? Would you go exploring the world? Take whatever you want from stores? Sleep and watch anime and play video games all day? Or maybe you would want to become someone’s maid? One day, in an alternate fantasy world, a dragon decided to take a rest at a ruined village. However, she was visited by a bandit girl on the run. The bandit told the dragon how she admired...
  • Win a Kimi no Na Wa Prize Package as Our Patreon Drive Begins!

    mitsuha x taki your name
    Beneath the Tangles has existed now for nearly seven years (can you believe it?), and during that time, it’s grown to include over a dozen staff volunteers, a wonderful community across a number of platforms, and a Patreon account. It’s hard to imagine all this happening in 2010, when I started a blog that I was hoping to sustain for more than a month or two. I feel that God has been with this account though – he must be, for all the mistakes I’ve made along the way! -_- As we move into another year on the site, we ask for your help in supporting it financially. While our staff’s commitment and the wonderful readers helped this site...
  • Attack on Titan, Episode 37: Fail Like Hannes

    eren jaeger coordinate
    All season, I’ve been looking forward to a key death in this series (SPOILERS obviously ahead). For all the deaths that occur, mostly to young people that I think we’re supposed to connect with (no matter how little screen time many of them received), the one I most connected to, and perhaps the most tragic death to me, is one that I didn’t think got it’s due in the manga, or really even in episode 37 of the anime: the death of Hannes. As chaos abounds during the battle to regain Eren, Hannes comes to the aid of an injured Mikasa and still-reforming Eren, and with his typical bombast, decides that he’s been given a perfect opportunity. He case...
  • Tsuki Ga Kirei, Episode 10: Bad Mood, Bad Decisions

    akane mizuno cries
    At lunch today, I was talking to a friend, someone who’s a mentor to me, and he mentioned the idea that it’s been shown that we make bad decisions under duress, due to things like stress, bad health, tiredness, and hunger. I agreed, and in fact, I explained that I’d shown the worst side of me to my family after a stressful day yesterday. In episode ten of Tsuki ga Kirei, Kotaro likewise makes some bad decisions that he likely wouldn’t have if he’d been 100%. During the town festival, which should have been a joyous time for Kotaro and Akane (you can feel the immense disappointment from the latter when she departs the festival in tears), becomes the...
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