• Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

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    Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone–putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up “just for the feels.” Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go a long way. In the anime world, however, the term “fan service” often goes by a different connotation–one playfully associated with dakimakura, waifus (and husbandos), shipping, and beach episodes, but which often stems from, as Neighborhood Otaku argues, a much darker place: pornography....
  • TangleCast 20: Our Favorite Anime – Casey

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    This week, JP (Japesland) and Casey (CutsceneAddict) start a three-part series focused on our podcast’s co-host’s favorite anime. This time around, we chat about Casey’s all-time favorite anime (spoilers: it’s in the header image for the episode). However, while you are likely very familiar with her favorite, you’re likely much less familiar with some of the reasoning behind her pick. Tune in for some unique discussion on religious allusions in secular media and an intriguing discussion on intention! Be sure to check out some of Casey’s works about the intersection of Death Note and religion, specifically Christianity: L’s methods of discipleship and how they reflect Christ’s L Lawliet as a Christ figure L’s grace towards his particular end embodying Christ’s meekness Parallels between Light...
  • Untangled: Should Christians Ship?

    In our Untangled feature, we answer questions posed to us from our readers. Today’s submission comes from “M”: What are your thoughts on shipping? I ask because there is a shipping pair that I have grown extremely fond of since seeing the anime and I have written some and read quite a bit of fanfiction about them. I try to stay away from the erotic stuff because I feel that in my walk as a married Christian it is inappropriate, but it has become a struggle for me lately. Do you have any thoughts about loving a story, a pairing, and a hobby without it reaching idol status or becoming inappropriate. I feel like I could use some feedback. My husband...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime Auditions: New Game!

    Among this season’s new shows, New Game! is the obligatory cute-girls-doing-cute-things show. And if you know anything about me from my various blog posts, you probably know that I am a sucker for those kinds of shows. However, New Game! has a number of qualities that help distinguish it from other shows of its kind. First of all, calling it a “cute girls doing cute things” show is a slight misnomer, as the “girls” are all high school graduates, and are for the most part, adults. Sure, they still look all young and cute, but it does mean that the subject matter of the show can focus on different topics than what the usual high school setting show goes into. Speaking of that subject matter,...
  • Orange Episode 8: A Better Way

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    Naho is a fairly straightforward person. She’s followed the letter faithfully, with as much courage as she could muster, and with reasonable success. The faults that have gotten her into trouble have mostly been overthinking everything, isolating herself, and her reserved personality. But while it may not stop her from saving Kakeru, there’s another thing that’s holding her back, and that’s her reluctance to consider new and different possibilities beyond the letter’s suggestions....
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 8: Loveless World

    Wow. This might be the most emotional episode I have seen from either Love Live series. True to the foreshadowing from the last episode, things do not go well for Aqours in Tokyo; however, things go even worse than I had imagined. That said, this failure is arguably exactly what this series needed in order to distinguish itself from the original series. Looking back, μ’s never had a true “setback” moment; after their nearly-empty first performance, they only really went on to post success after success, with any issues that held the group back happening mainly because of personal issues. Compared to them, Aqours now has to deal with the fact that, as much as they want to follow in μ’s footsteps,...
  • Newman’s Narrative: Friendship Matters

    Lately I’ve been playing Tap my Katamari on my cell phone, with a lot of help from my kids. The game is literally called an “Idle Clicker,” because you are idly tapping on the screen to get the game going. What’s the plot? The King of All Cosmos has once again destroyed the stars so the Prince is responsible for taking a katamari, grabbing random stuff, and making it into a star. The Prince, however, has a problem. He can’t do it alone. He can’t roll the ball fast enough to make things happen, so he needs some help. As time progresses, you can summon more and more of the Prince’s cousins to help him move the katamari. The Prince...
  • TangleCast 19: Game Week 1

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    We’re excited to bring you a very special episode of The TangleCast this week, as we experiment with a brand new game segment for the show! JP (Japesland) moderates as Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze play a game entitled “Magnum Opus.” Wanna know how to play? I guess you’ll just have to listen in and find out! And please play along in the comments below! We’d love to hear your answers as well! 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...
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