• TangleCast 14: Summer 2016 Season Impressions

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    Join us this week, as JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze give their initial impressions on the latest anime season? With four people with different tastes, different watching habits, and drastically different opinions, which shows will stand out? Don’t worry, JP and Kaze don’t talk about Rewrite too much. 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...
  • Guest Post: Plastic Memories and The Meaning of Love

    Tsukasa and Isla Plastic Memories
    Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post by Sam, who runs the aniblog Unsheathed. In addition to his blog, you can find him on Twitter as @SamUnsheathed. I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t mean that I’m constantly falling in love with different people (I believe we have another word for such people), but I love the idea of love. The concept that one person thinks the world of another person, loses sleep over them, even is willing to die for them… it’s so intriguing that I find myself thinking and writing about love a lot. This is probably why I have an entire playlist of sad love songs… but back to the point. Human love is a...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

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    I avoided Girls Und Panzer for a long time, because “panzer” sounds a lot like “pansu,” which, well… I’m sorry, more innocent fans, but I won’t explain further. Thankfully, my first reaction to the title was completely off base: “und Panzer” isn’t a Japanese (or even Engrish) phrase, and it has to do with tanks, not undergarments. Girls Und Panzer is about a group of girls who take a class on sensha-do, or the art of armored tanks (translated on Crunchyroll as Tankery). It’s ridiculous, and you have to suspend disbelief frequently, but it’s relatively harmless. In Girls Und Panzer, competing with armored tanks is considered a distinctly feminine pursuit. The student council at Oorai Girls Academy plays this up...
  • Orange Episode 2: Running Away

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    The second episode of Orange adds a new layer to the conflict initially presented. Naho said that she had many regrets, and at first it appears this is because of what happens to Kakeru, but that isn’t exactly the case. The true problem is Naho herself. For most people, change is an unpleasant subject, and they only like it when it’s on their own terms. All of Naho’s regrets are rooted in actions made out of habit and apathy ingrained in her reserved personality, and if she’s going to redirect the outcome of her life, she can’t stay the way she is. In a strong reaction to unwanted change, some people romanticize the idea of never changing and always...
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 2: Hitting the Wall

    Bonus points if, in the next episode, Chika shows up bruised and bandaged because she fell.
    Two episodes into Love Live! Sunshine!! and I feel that this series is so far a step above where the original Love Live anime was at this point. The music is better, the characters are more likable overall, and the story features better characterization. Whether Sunshine can keep that up for its entire run remains to be seen, but at this moment, I am optimistic that this series can follow up and possibly even surpass the original series. Episode 2 mainly focuses on Chika’s attempts to recruit Riko to be a music composer for her school idol group, while she continues to encounter opposition from student council president Dia. While the former provides the meat of the episode, the...
  • Spring Anime 2016 Review (Part 3/3)

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    Flying Witch Flying Witch Japesland – 6/10 There’s really not too much to Flying Witch as a creative work, which means my review will be similarly brief. It’s relaxing, entertaining, and generally competent at what it attempts to accomplish. That, however, is as far as it goes: competent. Characters? Good. Pacing? Good. Setting? Good. Everything else? Yeah, probably good. My favorite anime going into this season, Flying Witch is still a fun entry in the slice-of-life genre, but just not a remarkable one. While I enjoyed the witch aesthetics, much in the same, lighthearted way I enjoy them in Kiki’s Delivery Service, that just wasn’t enough to last me the entire season. A 6/10 coming from me is still a...
  • Spring Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)

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    Sousei no Onmyouji Twin Star Exorcists Medieval Otaku – 7/10 Twin Star Exorcists proves that rather unoriginal shows can still be surprisingly entertaining.  The plot naturally unfolds from what we know of the characters’ personalities and histories.  The characters strike one as deftly portrayed: each flashback feels appropriate and engaging, and we learn about the characters mostly through their actions.  The fluid animation adds to the exciting and often suspenseful battles.  The comedy, both within and without the relationship between the hero and the heroine, usually hits the mark.  I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of this demon-slaying epic where the hero learns to be true to his calling. So, besides having seen this story before, what...
  • TangleCast 13: Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite!

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    This week, JP (Japesland) and Kaze blabber on for days about Rewrite, one of Key’s most recent and most phenomenal visual novel works and a source of excitement for the summer anime season this year. What makes it so great? Why is it a must-read for anyone interested in spirituality or religion, especially Christians? What should we expect from the anime? Listen in to find out! 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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