• Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 4: Listen to My Heart

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    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

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    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...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime: Anne-Happy

    I already talked about how good last season was for slice-of-life shows, and one of these shows I highlighted was Anne-Happy, which also fits the ever-popular category of “cute girls doing cute things”. The catch to this show is that all of the main cast are “unfortunate”, whether it is having bad health, getting lost often, having… questionable romantic interests, or in the case of main character, Anne Hanakoizumi, just having all sorts of unfortunate things happen to her. Case in point, on the way to her first day of school, she tries to rescue a dog on a bridge, only for said dog to bite her and for her to nearly fall off the bridge, until her future classmate saves...
  • Orange Episode 3: Notes Come Too Late

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    As I mentioned in my previous post, sending letters to your past self to solve serious problems is going to include some drawbacks. Unlike the first episode, Naho paid close attention to the letter, and was starting to believe that she might be able to actually change the future, even if it meant changing herself. But a greater awareness of all that her mission entails doesn’t guarantee anything, and it especially doesn’t ensure that her efforts won’t go awry....
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 3: Step Zero to One

    There is a lot that happens in this episode of Love Live! Sunshine!!: we finally get a proper introduction to Mari, the group gets a name, and they hold their first performance. Regarding the group name, in the real world, before the anime was produced, real-life fans had the opportunity to submit potential group names and then vote on their favorites. This was how the names of both μ’s for the original group and Aqours for the Sunshine group were actually chosen. Of course, the original anime gave an in-series justification for the name “μ’s”, and likewise, Sunshine gives us a mysterious benefactor who draws the name in the sand. Pronounced just like “aqua” (because the name defies phonetics as it is;...
  • Newman’s Nook: Division and Union

    Neko Ramen is a short-form anime series based on a gag manga of the same name. The anime and manga follow the story of Taishou, a cat who is also a ramen chef. Taishou runs the only ramen shop with a cat chef. He also generally only has one customer: Kouichi Tanaka. The series is actually animated by a number of different animators instead of one primary team. What this situation leads to is an erratic, imperfect series, yet one that is at times surprising and interesting. Each episode still has the same overarching plot running through it. Taishou is constantly trying develop new ways to draw in customers. He’s also a bad chef. Kouichi is always stopping by despite the bad food and...
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