• When Community Fails: Tomoya and the Failure of Clann

    The beauty of Clannad is in how it shows love expressed through family of all different kinds – that kind of love has the power to heal, to restore, to give life, even in the midst of extraordinary difficulties, even when life itself isn’t fair. There’s a sincerity to the series that’s lacking in most anime; even though the series incorporates elements like fantasy and slapstick comedy, it’s centered right here, right in the heart. Maybe it isn’t surprising, then, that a story that so positively emphasizes community realistically (if not intentionally) also demonstrates how it can fail. Major spoilers ahead. If you haven’t watched Clannad, I suggest you turn back from this page, go to the interwebs, and...
  • Poll: Your Name’s Live Adaptation and the Sacredness of Anime

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    The other day, an Instagrammer I follow posted a a photo from an article indicating that The Rock had been cast in the live action adaptation of Kimi no na wa, which had earlier been announced as the latest project for J.J. Abrams. The comments were fast and furious (da-dum-tss), claiming that Hollywood was again screwing up an anime treasure. The folly of the Internet, of course, is that so many people don’t take the time to see if a story is accurate. In case you’re wondering, this one is not. But that led me to think about some of the recent adaptations that audiences have reacted to poorly. The new Death Note received near-universal criticism. Ghost in the...
  • The Ancient Magus Bride Episode 2: Welcome to Magic

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    Episode two of The Ancient Magus Bride plunges us into a world of magic and sorcery, setting some of the ground rules in this universe and providing some context for the story. I was reminded very much of Harry Potter; though the magic system works differently, the wide-eyed wonder in learning about it is just as present (not to mention that the show takes place in Britain and magic shops exist in this series, too). Chise begins to learn how to use magic and learns more of her potential power in being a sleigh beggy; she also discovers that becoming an apprentice can be dangerous. Elias first takes Chise to visit the mage and artificer, Angelica. While there, Angelica...
  • Kino’s Journey -The Beautiful World- Episode 2: Avengers

    If any of us were still wondering if Kino’s Journey -The Beautiful World- was a sequel or a remake, this episode answered it as a reenvisioning of an episode previously animated: “Colosseum – Avengers.” Kino enters a country which she has heard is beautiful and peaceful, but immediately finds herself impressed into a gladiator-style tournament. Players in each round of the of the playoff style battles gain victory by killing his opponent or forcing them to yield. Kino, a smart competitor and an ace in gun draws, excels in the tournament. Of course, it’s not enough in Kino’s Journey that the bloodlust of the crowds are shown. A further theme comes to light later in the episode, and mostly...
  • Can Christians Watch Anime?

    When the Pokemon craze started years ago, congregants were flabbergasted by the franchise, not knowing what to make of it. From their pulpits, many pastors decried the phenomenon and, as with Harry Potter, parents began to prevent their children from accessing Pokemon. Times have changed and both Pokemon and Japanese media in general have become more mainstream among English-speaking audiences, though a quick perusal of Google shows that many are still wary of this property. It is still seen as dangerous to many Christians. On Beneath the Tangles, our writers like to engage our readers on matters of faith and to analyze the intricacies of anime and fandom, but the question we’re most often asked brings us to a more...
  • Sakura’s Authentic Face

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    Episode four of Cardcaptor Sakura is basically a lesson in how to be Asian. Especially within the first five minutes, we get scene after scene of characters putting on a face, acting strong, as if they’re fine with a situation when inside, they’re really not. Okay, granted, that’s not just an Asian thing, but it is very common in many Asian cultures. It’s also something that I think I would do regardless of my background, and strangely enough, find myself doing more and more as I deepen my relationships with others. In CCS, the characters are put on faces with those they have meaningful relationships with, too. Unlike what you might see or experience in the west, Sakura doesn’t...
  • First Impressions: Himouto! Umaru-chan R

    Himouto! Umaru-chan was an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a lazy teenage girl living with her older brother. In public she’s pretty, popular, sweet, and gets good grades at school. At home, she’s a lazy bum who sits around and watches anime, plays video games and is generally a slob. Himouto! Umaru-chan R is the second season, continuing the story from the original…if you want to call it much of a story. The episode, much like the original series, is really a collection of kind of interconnected (mostly not) shorts following Umaru, her brother Taihei, and her friends. It goes from her staying up all night to watch anime to them at school to...
  • First Impression: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

    When this new season of anime began, I was looking forward to several series, but this one didn’t pop up on my radar. As a gamer, I felt it my duty to watch this and give my first impression. Recovery of an MMO Junkie is exactly what you think it’s about, someone who is living a life as an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) player. The name that is often given to them is NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), and they are stereotyped as staying at home all day playing games and not much else. Morioka Moriko is a 30-year-old corporate dropout who just lost her subscription to a game that she used to play. Seeking out a...
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