• TangleCast 29: Homosexuality in Anime (pt. 1/2)

    For the past several weeks, The TangleCast has covered a number of varying topics, but something that Beneath the Tangles uniquely brings to the aniblog community is its unique approach to religion, spirituality, and morality as it intersects with anime and otaku-dom. A topic we’ve been interested in tackling for months has been the world of homosexuality within anime, and JP (Japesland), Kaze, Jack (R86), and Casey (CutsceneAddict) finally had the chance to sit down and hash it out.   Christians’ opinions differ greatly on the permissibility of homosexuality within Christianity, but our goal is not to decide whether or not it is okay, but how someone who disagrees with that particularly lifestyle can respectfully understand homosexuality within the...
  • Examining Light Novels: A Bored God

    Volume twelve of Spice and Wolf can only be described as boring.  (The Japanese have a proverb that only a fool buys complete collections of books.  It just might be true!)  The story features a journey undertaken by Lawrence and company with a famous silversmith named Fran Vonely.  Fran has a near encyclopedic knowledge of local lore and history.  So, our heroes help her for the sake of at last obtaining a map pointing out the location of Yoitsu.  Finding Holo’s homeland happens to be the main point of the series, and we’ve already seen novels focused on this idea.  Not much sets it apart from other such novels.  As someone who craves variety, I cannot stand this overused plot....
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

    Beneath the Tangles | Shinto, Prayer, and www.Working!!
    Episode 4 of www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan’s oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime like Natsume Yuujinchou and Spirited Away. New Years visits to shrines are staple plot points in school life anime, as are trips to pray for successful exams. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen characters talk about prayer after their trips to the shrine, at least not the way I see it in www.Working!!. They ask whether prayer actually does anything—and later, Higashida learns that maybe he...
  • Newman’s Nook: Completely Delusional

    Sushi Ninja is a short form, open source CG anime series. The series is about three anthropomorphic pieces of sushi who want to be sushi ninjas and heroes. The problem? They’re terrible ninjas and completely delusional. It leads to more humor as a Princess arrives needing actual help which they’re quick to provide, but are really, really bad at it. These three pieces of sushi really think they are heroic and helpful, but instead they mostly cause more issues, are initially very cowardly, and less useful than they think. When we meet the three Sushi Ninjas, they are sitting around watching TV. They’re not training, they are not preparing to be actually useful, and they are not getting ready for...
  • TangleCast 28: Writing Episodically (Staff Feature: Lynna)

    This week we officially kick off a new regular TangleCast special that features members of the Beneath the Tangles staff who don’t normally appear on the podcast. To get things started, JP (Japesland) and Kaze chat with one of our longtime writers, Lynna, about a style of post in which she has accumulated significant experience: episodic articles. Over the past few years, Lynna has penned episodic articles series on anime like Orange, Kiznaiver, and Mekakucity Actors, which we highly recommend you check out! Writing in this style, with a new article for every one or two episodes, presents ideas in a significantly different way than is normally present in the editorials that make up the majority of Beneath the Tangles’ content. Interested in being...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime: Re-kan!

    It is October, the month commonly associated with spooky stuff, which means it is the perfect month for me to talk about all those overlooked horror anime! …except that I do not like horror. Personal preference and all, but having the living daylights scared out of me or watching gruesome and disturbing images is not very high up on my list of things that entertain me. I have nothing but respect for horror as a genre but it just is not for me. Thankfully, not every anime about things that go bump in the night are out to unnerve you. Some shows of this nature are more sentimental in nature, with some being downright warm and fluffy, while others...
  • Letters from the Editor: Leading a Triple Life

    I think every thoughtful human being on this planet experiences, at some point or another, some sort of identity crisis. We are naturally hypocritical beings, and as such it’s difficult to pinpoint just who we are, and perhaps even more difficult to communicate that identity to others. Every time I compose an article (it’s been a while now) or record an episode of The TangleCast, I begin to wonder, “Is that really what I believe?” Sometimes weeks, or even days, after an episode goes up, my opinion has already changed from that which it once was. Though this unstable and hypocritical identity is not exclusively my own problem, it is a problem of which I have become increasingly aware through...
  • TangleCast 27: Fall 2016 Season Impressions (for real this time!)

    Now that we’ve had a week of anime to tide us over, the TangleCast crew is back with a real impressions episode! What did the staff think of Yuri!!! on Ice and Vivid Strike? How about Nanbaka, which we expressed great interest in last week? Tune in for JP (Japesland), Jack (R86), and Kaze‘s conversation on these shows and more! 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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