• Something More: Fullmetal Anti-Semitist, Re:Samaritan, and Ultimate (Idolatrous) “Harmony”

    Anime, especially in the dark fantasy/dystopian genre, thrives on the concept of freewill. Death Note shows the futility of forcing the world into a mold to which it cannot conform. Kiznaiver reveals that shared adversity and duty-driven empathy aren’t enough to keep people (or the peace) together. Psycho-Pass… well… you get the picture. At least as far as anime is concerned, any time freewill is taken from an individual, a society follows suit, and an apocalyptic future lurks just around the corner. In one of my favorite articles of the month, Alex G. tackles the anime film, Harmony, from which–despite generally negative reviews–he manages to dig up a goldmine of spiritual, philosophical, and ethical discussion points. As you read his well-articulated...
  • TangleCast 11: Spring 2016 Season Review

    MY hero academia
    This week JP (Japesland), Kaze, and Jack (R86) give their top picks of the spring 2016 anime season. Wanna hear what our podcasters loved this season, take a listen and find out, and comment below with your favorites! 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: D’s Silence

    D Appears
    Most of you have likely not seen the original Vampire Hunter D, but I cannot recommend it enough to the fan of action, adventure, or gothic style horror.  (The following article is clear of spoilers by the way.)  Though, take warning: this film has plenty of blood and brief scenes of nudity–and try to find the sub or original dub!  At any rate, one cannot help but admire the hero, D.  He is the perfect sort of hero: brave, strong, and intelligent.  His heroic personality would be hackneyed were it not for his extreme loneliness and adherence to silence.  D only speaks when necessary and every syllable is loaded with meaning.  No one can convict him of having spoken an idle...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime Special: The Spring 2016 Slice-of-Life Season

    The slice-of-life genre will always be one of the more fringe genres for Western anime fans. While the genre is popular enough in Japan for a few works to sell decently or even become a top-seller, in the US most such works only gain the attention of niche audiences, with the mainstream audience wanting something with more action or drama. As a big fan of the slice-of-life genre, though, I find that the genre has a way of telling stories that no other genre can match: slice-of-life shows, at their best, draw the viewer into the lives of their characters, making them feel like they are living life alongside them, and in the process bring out the beauty and...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Totoro and Childlike Delight

    Mei and Satsuki looking in creek
    The title character in My Neighbor Totoro is iconic. He doesn’t just represent the movie—he’s part of Studio Ghibli’s logo. He is big, imaginative, and adults and children all over the world want to hug him. But he’s not the main reason I love that movie. No, it’s the children, Satsuki and Mei, who stand out to me. Their delight in everything, small and big, manmade and supernatural, is contagious. In many ways, this is an extension of the “role of imagination and wonder” topic I wrote on four weeks ago. But re-watching My Neighbor Totoro reminds me specifically of the importance of delighting in things big and small, and the characters set a good example of how to do so. So...
  • Kiznaiver Episode 11: Imbecile and Empathy

    Kiznaiver 11
    Only one episode remains. I often don’t pay too much attention to second-to-last episodes, as my attention is completely focused on the ending in sight, but I think they can be very important. They set the stage for the finale, and if they don’t contain just the right balance of information and build up, the conclusion could be a disaster....
  • Happy Father’s Day!

    Naoyuki Okazaki
    Father’s Day seems to be one of those holidays that sneaks up on me each and every year. This year I was reminded of it partly because my MacBook told me that it was coming up soon, and partly because my own father kindly sent out an email to the family saying, “You don’t need to get me a gift this year… but if you really want to, I’d like ,” or something along those lines, anyway. Social obligations aside, fatherhood is a concept that should be especially dear to Christians, who celebrate a Heavenly Father. The Christian importance and general human importance of fatherhood begins to overlap, though, when we begin to talk about human...
  • Newman’s Nook: Negadon and Fear

    Negadon: The Monsters from Mars is a short Japanese animated film which you can watch in it’s entirety legally on Manga Entertainment’s YouTube feed. It’s 28 minutes long when you include all the credits. Go ahead, I’ll wait, check out the movie. NOTE: SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. IF YOU DON’T WANT IT SPOILED, WATCH IT. IF YOU DON’T CARE OR ALREADY WATCHED IT, PRESS ON....
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