• Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero

    I absolutely understand the need for teamwork. As any shrewd person, I pronounce myself a “team player” on resumes and at job interviews. But while I can exist within a team, I thrive on my own. Well…at the very least, I enjoy being on my own much more than than being part of a group effort. I can usually get by being a lone ranger on smaller assignments, but when I tackle the big ones, my white whales, I realize how helpless I often am. In The Boy and the Beast, the idea of the whale and fighting both on your own and by yourself takes center stage. The movie jumps full into the whale analogy, in fact, as...
  • Braz and the Sinister God

    The idea for this article came out of my cogitations on Blood Lad. The anime provides scads of fun and excitement over the course of ten episodes. Still, as many bloggers noted, it leaves more loose ends than an unfinished tapestry. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the show is the dynamic between the vampiric siblings Staz and Braz. Due to the belief that Braz tried to kill Staz in childhood and sealed Staz’s power out of spite, Staz hates his elder brother. This attitude is understandable: if Braz has any laudable motives, he keeps them to himself. Furthermore, Braz has no trouble using others willy-nilly for his own ends. At the same time, one discerns that Braz...
  • Gone Like the Wind: Goodbye, Readers

    It’s been just about 4 years since I joined Beneath the Tangles at the invitation of Charles. But as you could already guess from the title of this post, all things must come to an end. While this may be unexpected to some, I can say that it is something that has been on my mind for many months. Since I’ve joined, there have been changes to the blog’s content, its audience, and also myself and my own interests. After a lot of thought and discussion with others, I decided that my writing is no longer the right fit for Beneath the Tangles. From a superficial point of view, a blog that “connects anime and Christianity” may fit me...
  • Attack on Titan, Episode 33: The Danger of Community

    Attack on Titan has been moving at a breakneck pace this season – it’s been quite a thrill ride. And it’s been much better than I thought it was going to be (though perhaps, as I mentioned on Tumblr, this is because I’ve kind of forgot how the story unfolded in the manga). This week, though, the pace slowed down a bit as injured characters healed, Bertholdt and Reiner got a big head start on the Survey Corps, and Erwin and company caught up to provide support. Most of the focus this week was on reestablishing core relationships at the heart of the series – the ones among the Shingashina trio, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. Flashbacks take center stage...
  • Newman’s Nook: You Are Irreplaceable

    Sakura Quest is a P.A. Works original anime series about a group of women working together in a small town. It begins with recent college graduate Yoshino Koharu heading to a small town for what she thought was a one-day modeling contract. It turned into a year-long contract with her running attempts to boost a small town’s flailing tourism industry. It is also an incredibly approachable and inherent honesty portrayal of a different coming of age story, about that feeling when we first enter the workforce, deal with our first out of school failures, and try to finally make it on our own in our own way....
  • Kimi No Na Wa: “Tears…Why?”

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    This guest post was submitted by Bob Aarhus. In addition to his short bio at the end of the piece, I’ll add that Bob has been a long supporter of Beneath the Tangles and a model for this particular blogger in how to be a thinking, compassionate Christian. I’m proud to present this excellent article. If you would like to submit a guest article, we welcome pitches through our guest post submission page. Makoto Shinkai is a magician.  Well, not quite.  He’s an anime director with a reputation for telling stories that focus on relationships – often relationships that end in disappointing ways.  But in his latest effort, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name), he shows us that he,...
  • Anime Fan Art: Attack on Tarot

    A number of of us on Beneath the Tangles have a passion for fan art, those wonderful pieces that fans like you and me (but with amazing talent and honed skill) create. I’ll be posting illustrations, mostly developed by artists who have accounts on Pixiv, from time and time. Today, I’m introducing some wonderful tarot card pieces for Attack on Titan. I do believe they’re mostly spoiler-free – that is if you’ve kept up with this season’s episodes. illustrations by winni | posted with permission...
  • How Toradora Shows That Loving Others Isn’t Worth It

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    Romcom anime is usually pretty simple. You’re introduced to a couple, then to conflict in the form of live triangles, misunderstandings, personal problems that each has to work through, etc., until an eventual resolution is found and the two come together. The supporting characters exist to help the leads grow closer together, so though they’re often hurt in the process of the the protagonists finding true love, we only feel maybe a second or two of pity toward them; they usually move on, anyway, and so do we. It’s easy to forget about the losers in competition for love because generally, these character are archetypes; they have no real personality. The supporting characters in Toradora are archetypes, too, especially...
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