• ACCA: The Gift of Being Trusted

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    The final episode of ACCA was not without it’s flaws, but it did release the mysteries it had been holding at last. As expected, Jean Otus had his own plans, showing the true nature of his character. Although it may not have been what some members of ACCA wanted, Jean makes a difficult decision that points the Dowa Kingdom down a more peaceful path, though it may not be ideal....
  • Examining Light Novels: On Rebellion

    I’m now reading the fourth volume of Slayers: “The Battle of Saillune.”  If memory serves me right, the original three seasons skipped over this story arc.  The novel concerns a palace intrigue to slay Prince Philionel in order to stage a coup d’état.  Lina, Gourry, and Sylphiel sneak into the city of Saillune in order to render assistance to the royal family.  From what I’ve read of the volume thus far, it promises to be a fun read. At any rate, I highly encourage fans of the anime to pick up the light novels.  (Volumes 1-8 have been published by Tokyopop in English.)  Besides giving some stories not included in the anime series, they also give you an intimate...
  • Anime March Madness 2017: Finals

    It has happened – we are down to the last two. The finale of our Anime March Madness bracket. On the one side, we have last year’s winner Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. On the other side, we have recent smash hit ERASED. Which will be Beneath the Tangles’ reader’s favorite series? Vote below or using this link....
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Why Community Is a Repeated Theme

    I’ve written about love and community many times. This is partially because these themes show up so much in anime, and partially because I’m always learning more in these areas. Sometimes, relationship themes come across as cheesy and overdone. Such anime have an overdramatic “friendship is magic” or “moral of the story” feel, and they do nothing for me. But other anime with these themes feel real, relatable, and worthwhile—such as Rakugo Shinjuu, Clannad, and even, at times, Haikyuu!! (I’m a sucker for those kids, realistic or not) or shoujo like Kaichou wa Maid-sama. These shows make me think that stories about friendship, family, and opening up will never get old. Why are love- and community-related themes so prevalent in anime, and so moving...
  • Guest Post: Fairy Tail—Trusting the Teacher

    Today, we’re excited to share a guest post from Kendall Lyons, a longtime BtT community member. Kendall is a minister, cartoonist, author, and, of course, anime fan. When you’ve finished this article, be sure to check out his website for more writings (and his cartoons!). Kendall can also be found on Twitter, so be sure to connect with him there (@CartoonDaily1). What has God done for me? What has Jesus done for me? He took away the darkness that was within me! He is the great teacher and master that never held back anything from me. He saw me at my place of peril and destruction. He chose me because He knew I was filled with a lot of...
  • Something More: Faithful Fanfiction, Final Fantasy XV, and an Anime Testimony

    Shalom my dear readers. That’s “hello” and “peace” in Hebrew! It’s time for your monthly round-up of incredible articles. From anime to video games and others, we’ve got you covered. As always, feel free to submit your content to us via email, Facebook, Twitter, or comment. Regardless of the form of communication, we will get back to you. I had a little bit of a hard time deciding on which post I should feature this time. There were several good ones, but it wasn’t until I read Lady_TeresaChristina’s testimony that I made a decision. She used various anime characters to portray different parts of her life, whether it was something good or bad. Not only are her words transparent and...
  • ACCA: Hope Despite Uncertainty

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    Only one episode remains in ACCA. The story has come so far, and although some of the recent episodes have been weaker, there’s still a lot of potential for a satisfying conclusion. There is still one more episode to go, and if feels like we know so little. The ending looms uncertainly, but Jean has a plan, we just have no idea what it is, and neither do most of the other characters....
  • Anime March Madness 2017: Round 4

    BTT’s Anime March Madness is now down to our final four anime series after an exciting third round. The remaining shows are:   Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Cowboy Bebop My Hero Academia ERASED A link to the full bracket can be found here. If you are ready to vote, you can do so at this link or using the form below: Loading… Who’s going to get into the finals for next week? Will Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood runaway with a second win or will a newcomer like ERASED or My Hero Academia win this year? Vote now, spread the word, and check back next week. Feel free to continue the discussion below....
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