• Newman’s Narrative: Rejecting the Absolute Power

    WARNING: Spoilers ahead for a manga and the associated anime that ended six years ago. Just saying. In volume 22-23 of the manga, Alphonse Elric had a secret up his metallic sleeve. He had a philosopher’s stone. He pulls it out in order to help defeat, or at least stall, the homunculus known as Pride. As he’s able to stall them and knock both him and the powerful, evil Alchemist named Kimblee. Alphonse is able to temporarily imprison Pride and defeat Kimblee. While standing before each other, knowing he is evenly matched Kimblee asks Alphonse why he does not merely use the power of the philosopher’s stone to restore his body, restore his brother, and just disappear. He could get...
  • TangleCast 23: Game Week 2

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    Our special game week four weeks ago went so well that we decided to try playing Magnum Opus again using some of the categories we didn’t have time for last time! JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze provide some fun opinions on which anime should get a magnum opus, eternal rebirth, or complete extinction. And, just like last time, please play along in the comments below! We can’t let Kaze always have the last laugh! 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!...
  • Examining Light Novels: the Monastic Origin of European Civilization

    Volume ten of Spice and Wolf is remarkable for how much mercantile intrigue is centered around Blondel Abbey in Winfiel, which no doubt has its antecedents in England’s Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx.  Both favored wool production and became their country’s chief exporter of wool.  (Yes, Winfiel is essentially England.  The country is an island, wool is the chief export, and mustaches are the most popular facial hair–all characteristics of medieval England.)  The action of this novel turned my mind to the importance of monasteries in the Middle Ages.  That and Lawrence’s comment about his world’s Church believing tacking into the wind to be a form of witchcraft inspired this article.  Hasekura loves describing the Church as superstitious and backwards.  How...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Are You a “Self-Proclaimed Knight”?

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    I’m four episodes behind on Re:Zero, partially because I started it so late, but mostly because the main character, Subaru, is unlikeable, and I have very little motivation to keep watching. Maybe he does eventually improve. But at this point, it’s really hard not to hold his actions from the first eighteen episodes against him (he wasn’t too appalling in episodes 19–20). Still, keep in mind that, since I haven’t seen recent episodes, this post is not meant as a critique of his character as he is now. This post’s idea was triggered by events way back in episode 13. Basically, Natsuki Subaru thinks of himself as the hero in all situations. He has a warped, self-centered view of himself, his relationships,...
  • Orange Episode 11: Change Comes Slowly

    It’s been a while since Naho had this much difficulty fulfilling the letters’ advice. Her friends came alongside her, so her tasks have been a lot easier. Her worries haven’t been as much of a focus now that she knows she’s not alone. With their help, she has experienced a great deal more success, too, even if Kakeru has still not opened his heart to them. But they created happy memories together, and for a time, it seemed like they might actually save him....
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 11: Unbalanced Love

    Love Live! Sunshine!! has its long-awaited You episode. With Riko officially gone to her piano competition (and props to the show for not finding some excuse to bring her back, I guess; no taking the easy way here), You is chosen to replace her as the co-center with Chika for their Love Live qualifier performance. The change does not go well at first, in part because of Chika’s difficulties in adjusting to You’s steps, but also because You has not been in the best of moods. She sees her best friend since childhood spending more time with Riko and enjoying being with her, and feels like she is getting more distant from her. Thankfully, Mari notices what is going on...
  • TangleCast 22: Our “Favorite” Anime – Kaze

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    Concluding our series on our favorite anime, JP (Japesland) and Kaze take the conversation in a very different direction, instead defining “favorite” (the quotes in the title are on purpose!) as “most impactful.” Many of you are likely familiar with Kaze’s strict anime grading standards, so his unique pick may surprise you! Also, we managed not to spoil it in the featured image this week 😛 Just don’t look at the tags. 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...
  • Suikoden II and Christian Morality

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    As a fair warning, I will be spoiling a few of Suikoden II’s twists here. I’ve lately been smitten with Konami’s Suikoden games, having breezed through the first game and a substantial amount of the second in a relatively small amount of time. From their nuanced, understated approach to storytelling to the fast-paced gameplay and the charming, 2D sprite based aesthetic, there is a lot to cherish in these games. Suikoden II is centered around two major political powers, the nation of Highland and the City States of Jowston. As the game opens up, the two have just achieved a peace treaty after years of war. The (nameless) hero and his friend, Jowy, are part of a Highlander youth...
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