• Newman’s Nook: There is No Greek, Jew, Ishvalan, or Amestrian

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    In Volume 16 of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, we meet Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong and her crew near the northern border of Amestris. One of the members of her group is a man of Ishvalan descent. This is a problem for some as they were at war with Ishbal and slaughtered many of their people, but not her. When confronted about the whole thing in the past, Armstrong responds by saying, “Race, ethnicity, gender, class. Any type of prejudice can only lead to weakness…we must be a single force! Let nothing weaken our resolve.” Major General Armstrong is a soldier and more than anything has realized a fundamental truth – race has no place in managing her forces. If they...
  • What the “Incomplete Powers” of “Charlotte” Can Tell Us

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    I recently stumbled on the anime Charlotte. Intrigued by the fact it’s by the same producers as Clannad and Angel Beats! (both of which I adore), I started watching. As a general, spoiler-free summary, the show follows the story of Yuu Otosaka, a young boy with the special power of taking over people’s minds/bodies for 5 seconds, and his run-ins with other adolescents with different powers. The anime’s got some comedic moments, as well as some pretty intense feels in the middle of the series (you kinda’ see them coming, but you really hope you’re wrong about the plot, but then you’re right and then they slam you). One thing that I noticed as a subtle, consistent theme, though,...
  • Don’t Mind the Mess!

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    As you are all likely aware, Beneath the Tangles has been going through an extended period of transition since the beginning of 2016. Thanks to the generosity of our Patreon donors, we’ve been able to migrate to our own server. While this has given us enormous amounts of freedom to develop Beneath the Tangles into a site that is even better able to build a sense of community and discussion, very little of that has been obviously visible to our readers. …until now. That’s right, we are excited to announce that within the next one to two weeks, you can expect to see a brand new Beneath the Tangles! Don’t worry, none of what you love will be gone....
  • Lynna’s Adventure in Japan (or, in this case, Thailand): Part 4

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    Hello, everyone! It feels like an eternity since I was last in Japan, but also like I was leaving for Thailand just yesterday. I feel a little sad to have left Thailand so soon, especially because of all the amazing people I met there, but it’s nice to be back in somewhat familiar surroundings, and in a country where I actually know some of the language, even if I’m still working at it. If I were to share everything that happened, this would be super long, so I’ll try to stick to the highlights. The first few weeks we spent working with a Thai man named Pat. We didn’t have a schedule, and most days we only had a...
  • Gaming With God: Tales of Zestiria as the Tale of Salvation

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    Hey, everyone! I’m filling on for Samuru for the “Gaming With God” post today! I hope you all enjoy, despite me not being the regular for this column! I wanted to talk about the game Tales of Zestiria. Every time I’m playing Zestiria, I am reminded constantly of the big-picture story of Christianity. Frankly, if I didn’t know better, I’d almost argue that Zestiria was designed to be a thinly-veiled Christian game. Why? It is full of symbols that closely represent key components of Christianity. I’m going to point out bigger ones and explain them – there may be minor spoilers in this if you haven’t played the game, but none of it will be things you won’t find...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Giving Rakugo Shinjuu a Chance

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    It’s easy to get in a rut with the kind of anime you consume. I entered the fandom in a pre-made rut, applying the same prejudices I had about live action movies and YA fiction to animation. If there weren’t explosions, sword fights, martial arts, or some similar form of excitement, I wouldn’t give the show a shot. Thankfully, my voracious appetite for anime forced me to consume whatever anime sounded halfway decent, even if it didn’t have explosions. Eventually, Prince of Tennis proved that sports anime could hold my attention. Now I actually have an appreciation for sports, and I can hold a decent conversation with the athletes among my family and friends. Eyeshield 21 even took away my disdain for football—I still...
  • Something More: Born-Again Mewtwo, Christian Manga, and the Last Shoujo Supper

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    Greetings everyone, Cutsceneaddict here: Tangles’ resident manga columnist (Between the Panels), cosplayer, and sushi-addict. Something More has always been one of my favorite columns at Tangles, and I’m excited to be carrying on the torch. From here on, Something More will only be seeing one post per month instead of its usual two, but my goal is to make them as thorough and streamlined as possible. Without further ado, let’s dive into a month of Mewtwo, Mikasa, Mashiro and more! Our founder Charles (TWWK) kept Something More (and the whole of Tangles) running like a well-oiled Gundam for years, and I feel it’s only proper to highlight an article of his for this month’s feature: it’s a well-written piece...
  • Himeko’s Epilogue: Friendship Beyond Religion

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    As you may already know, I am very supportive of the Narcissu visual novel, particularly the 2nd one with its inclusion of Catholic faith as a major component in the story. Thus, when the 10th anniversary project was announced and that brand new Narcissu stories were going to be written and officially released in English, I was pretty excited. The first of 4 promised stories was recently released:  Himeko’s Epilogue. Himeko’s Epilogue occurs between Narcissu 1 and 2, except that might be a bit confusing because Narcissu 2 is a prequel to 1. Either way, as one can easily surmise from the title, this epilogue brings closure to Himeko’s story. Although very short, I must say it was a...
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