• Newman’s Nook: The Power of Fear

    I recently picked up the Death Note manga. I have never seen the anime or read any of it, so this is all new to me. I say this knowing full well others have written better about this topic than I will here at Beneath the Tangles. I still want to take a crack at it as I’m just starting it now… As you read volume one of Death Note you are introduced to Light Yagami. Light is a brilliant high school student. His father is a police officer and he has a fairly normal home life. Suddenly, he finds a Death Note. It is a book from Shinigami (death demons/gods) which will lead to the death of whomever’s...
  • Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 3/3)

    Summer Anime 2016
    Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara Food Wars! The Second Plate Annalyn – 7/10 Shokugeki 2 only has thirteen episodes, and I am not okay with that. I had my hopes up for twenty-four (like in the first season), so I was very disappointed when I realized I was watching the last episode. Honestly, Shokugeki is one of those anime I watch primarily for fun, so I take very few notes—something I regret when review time rolls around. Still, I can confidently say that the visuals are good, the story is enjoyable, the characters are fun, and the cooking battles are suspenseful (and informative, as usual!). It’s a tad fast paced, making it difficult to savor each subconflict. There are a couple of...
  • TangleCast 26: Fall 2016 Season Impressions

    You may be wondering what the BtT crew is thinking about the new anime season that just started… and this episode is probably going to keep you waiting! Okay, so the title of this week’s episode might be a bit misleading… as we won’t have a chance to record our real impressions until after everything this week has finished airing. To make up for it, JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), and Jack (R86) decided to play a little game based on purely the title and promo art of three new anime pulled from Random Curiosity’s season preview. If you’d like to play along with us, we’ve included the promo art from those three anime below: Let us know in the comments what you’re first...
  • Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)

    Summer Anime 2016
    Berserk Berserk Medieval Otaku – 7/10 Berserk stands as one of the most famous manga ever made, and it received a brilliant anime adaptation in 1997.  One can see that they tried to bring the artistic craftsmanship of the series’ creator to life on screen.  The Berserk of 2016, however, which covers events after the Golden Age Arc, features too much bad CG at the beginning, and the early episodes are barely watchable.  Nevertheless, the quality starts to improve around episode seven, and we are treated to some awesome battles and great characters–especially the hero.  The better animation and more focused plot redeems the series from its poor start. The new Berserk is darker than the old one, and it includes...
  • Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 1/3)

    Summer Anime 2016
    Planetarian Planetarian Japesland – 7/10 Writing critical reviews is perhaps the part of blogging that I am least skilled at. My opinions constantly change, and as soon as I say or write something somewhere, I often immediately regret what I stated or how I stated it. If you follow our podcast, you may remember the episode where I praised Planetarian quite highly for being an excellent adaptation. A couple episodes later, you may recall me complaining about it being merely okay in a wave of other mediocre anime. Ultimately, I think that Planetarian falls somewhere in the middle. For exploring topics otherwise untouched or only barely grazed, Planetarian gets top marks. For not botching the source material in what is normally...
  • Video Games and Faerie

    Dragon Quest VII revolves around the idea of a setting that ‘builds’ itself as you explore it. The game starts you in a world that consists only of a rather small and unremarkable island. From there you travel back in time, exploring other land masses that once existed, and altering history so that they survive in the present, thereby expanding your world. In a sense, we’re all marooned on that starting island. Physically, we live on a tiny speck in a universe that is mind-bogglingly vast, so vast that the light we see from the stars in the sky is already quite old. We’re already looking into the past when we gaze at the Milky Way. Hence why, in...
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Focus on Eternity

    I haven’t had a lot of time to game much because of several transitions in my personal life. I have been organizing my writing schedule, starting a new job, completing a video game recommendation guide for Christians, and looking for inspiration from new games to write about. I didn’t realize how many games I had played until I looked at my personal list. This time, Final Fantasy XIII caught my eye—even though it’s been a while since I played it, I knew I could draw some great points from it. Not only does Final Fantasy XIII deal with eternal life, which is the highlight of submitting to Christ and His forgiveness of our sins, but also our purpose and...
  • Patreon: September 2016 Thanks!

    While Beneath the Tangles still exclusively exists as a volunteer organization, every dollar that is pledged to us through Patreon helps us pay for our server costs each year. And any amount that we raise above our immediate (and foreseeable) needs can be used to reach new audiences through social media advertising services. A contribution of $2 a month will help us reach an even larger audience through the site.  We of course welcome larger donations as well.  Please visit the link below to find out more information regarding donations and the special benefits that enjoy offering our donors: Support Beneath the Tangles We’d also like to thank those who have already given!  Please consider visiting our patrons’ sites and accounts:  ...
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