• TangleCast 16: Sweetness and Lightning and Love

    Amaama to Inazuma Sweetness and Lightning Tanglecast
    In episode 16 of The TangleCast, JP (Japesland) and Kaze discuss (with lots of monologue from JP!) the sweet simplicity of the virtues displayed in Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma), especially that of love. Intellectual endeavors are a wonderful pursuit, but every once in a while you just need to take a breather to rest your weary mind and soul, and some anime are perfect for just that! 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 join the conversation by commenting below or submitting a question at our contact page! iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Podbean  |  RSS...
  • Zelda, Icons and Beauty

    One of the most charming and fun games I’ve had the pleasure to play recently was The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, a sort of sequel/remake to the celebrated A Link to The Past. Taking place in the familiar land of Hyrule, the plot starts off when a villain called Yuga begins turning people into paintings and collecting them. When our hero, Link, steps in, Yuga attempts to do the same to him, but instead winds up giving Link an unusual power: the ability to phase into walls and become a living painting that can scurry along them. The difference between the paintings Yuga creates and Link’s dynamic painting got me thinking about icons and our society’s...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and Living… Foolishly?

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    The sports anime drought ended in early July, and your resident sports anime fangirl is back in action! I’m only watching DAYS for now, since it’s the most easily accessible of this season’s sports anime, and I’m pleased to say it’s much better than the last soccer anime to plague my screen. DAYS centers on a high school first year, Tsukamoto Tsukushi. He’s small and un-athletic, but when his classmate Kazama Jin invites him to play soccer, he says yes—and he loves it. Tsukamoto has no natural talent, and while Kazama and the team captain admire his perseverance and growing love for the game, others think he’s foolish, pretentious, or at least a burden on the team. People tell him to give...
  • Orange Episode 4: The Future Is Changing

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    At this point in Orange, we’ve seen a number of times when events occur differently from those described in Naho’s letter. In this episode, Naho repeatedly flees from Kakeru, her feelings a mess of discouragement and fear after failing to follow the letter. She very nearly gave up completely, in which case nothing would have happened and Naho would have just repeated the mistakes the letter had warned her about. Which might have been understandable, considering the pain her efforts caused her. But that doesn’t happen. Instead, at the last minute, Suwa confronts her, causing her to run back instead of running away, changing her passivity into action. We know this didn’t happen the first time around, so it...
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 4: Listen to My Heart

    Come on, let You into the huddle too!
    Episode 4 of Love Live! Sunshine!! focuses on two of the first-years, Hanamaru and Ruby. We had seen some of these two before, with Ruby clearly interested in school idols but not quite willing to join the club for some reason. These two had been early favorites of mine ever since the group was initially announced, and while my favorite girl rankings have been quite volatile throughout the anime (You is making strong plays for the top spot), this episode has definitely made strong cases for the two to remain near the top. The theme this episode seems to be about being true to your heart. Before I begin, I should mention that I am not a fan of the...
  • Something More: Belonging in Bungou, Berserk “Sunday School,” and Dangerous Flying Witches

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    Anime often revels in deviant storytelling. Add that to its cultural roots, and it’s easy for misunderstanding and stereotyping to occur among Western audiences. Christians, especially, seem hesitant to embrace anime due, in part, to its oftentimes default spiritual content. Witches, demons, spirits, and magic frequently flavor Japanese storytelling, which can sound worse in word than it is in practice. As a Christian connoisseur of the medium, then, where does one draw the line between the orthodox and the occult? In his article on Flying Witch, Medieval Otaku compiles a list of criteria for evaluating the nature of spiritual content within the anime he consumes, determining whether or not to engage it as a result. It’s a practice I...
  • TangleCast 15: Vocaloid

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    For episode 15, as JP (Japesland) and Jack (R86) give us an accidentally overly-long episode on Vocaloid, sharing not only a brief history of the technology but also our individual encounters with and opinions of it. Both come at this staple of otaku-dom from quite different angles, managing to cover the topic in a unique way. What is it? Why even bother with it? What does it mean to us? Enjoy the episode! 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 join the conversation by commenting below or submitting a question at our contact page! iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Podbean  |  RSS...
  • Examining Old School Anime: The Effects of Tribulation

    Ikki Phoenix
    Two old school anime got me thinking about this topic: Saint Seiya and Riki-Oh: The Wall of Hell.  Most of our readers have never heard of the latter title, and it can’t be recommended to most.  Riki-Oh is reminiscent of Fist of the North Star in its bloody martial arts violence, and 80’s anime tend not to shy away from gore.  Despite some appalling scenes, one has to love a story about a hero fighting for the underdogs–the inmates of a ruthless prison in this case, and one who remains true to his ideals despite the odds against him. At any rate, the first major villain of Saint Seiya, Ikki of the Phoenix knight, endures a hellish environment also, but his suffering makes him...
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