• Sex Scenes in Visual Novels

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    It seems like just yesterday that the localization of visual novels was primarily a fan based effort. Yet, recent official localization projects have surprised many – from the 10 year old but very beloved Clannad to the incredibly popular but supposed “lost cause” Muv Luv Alternative. Higurashi is well underway, with Umineko close behind. Beyond localizations, both Key and Frontwing have plans to release English visual novels before the Japanese release, indicating very strong interest in the market outside Japan (with age joining the party, that really only leaves Type-Moon as the final boss). What is most striking is that many of these novels have chosen to release their product on Steam, which as I said before, means we...
  • Kiznaiver Episode 6: Puns and Mind Reading

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    With episode 6, we have officially reached Kiznaiver‘s halfway point. Finally, we uncover essential back stories and key plot points, including the latest development of the Kiznaivers’ bond—sharing emotional pain. We open with a long-awaited flashback scene. Honoka Maki and a school friend with purple hair named Ruru walk down a bridge. I wonder where we’ve seen her before. They have a vague discussion about deadlines, and Ruru tells Honoka to call her stupid several times, and then, saying “do you want to be rid of me?” throws herself off the bridge she had been walking on. For a moment, I thought “This is it. Maki didn’t really kill anyone, it’s all a false guilt over something she had...
  • Between the Panels: Sewing Seeds, Saving Shinji

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    I’ve been on a Fate kick recently. I originally thought the franchise to be contained to a few anime adaptations and visuals novels. Boy, was I wrong. Weeks later, I’m still wading through light novels, manga, and video games and starting to realize that the anime is a (very budget-backed) drop in the proverbial bucket in terms of Fate’s lore and universe. But I digress. Snatching up the manga adaptation for the original route, Fate/Stay Night, I quickly discovered the title to be a misnomer, as it actually threw in several elements of route #2, Unlimited Blade Works, as well. In theory, this created a route capable of merging the best of both narratives into one massive epic. In...
  • TangleCast 5: Season Highlights

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    This week on The TangleCast, JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), and Jack (R86) give their take on the current anime season (Spring 2016). Even at double the length of our normal episodes, we hardly have time to talk about everything we’re watching, but we hope you enjoy our insight into some entries of particular interest. Interested in the new Phoenix Wright anime, for example? Maybe you should give this article a check! 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 feel free to join the conversation by commenting below, submitting a question to podcast AT beneaththetangles DOT com, or chatting with us on...
  • Examining Old School Anime: On Self-Sacrifice

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    But, what are we to make of a mere revenant of our heroes surviving? Does the sacrifice of the many for the sake of the few diminish the value of the few's survival?...
  • The Secret Stars of Anime: Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!

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    Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (Japanese name:  Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!) is a light-novel-adapted anime from early 2012 that, since viewing it, has been an exemplary case for me of “don’t judge an anime by its first episode”. While it is not a show I can recommend to everyone due to an above-average level of fanservice and some aspects that might make some viewers uncomfortable, it is also nowhere near the “fanservice pseudo-incest romcom” that the first episode might suggest it is. The story starts out with new college student Yuuta Segawa, as he settles into his small apartment and goes to school and meets people at his club, before he is visited by...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Tanaka-kun and Becoming Your Ideal Self

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    Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Japanese: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) might be the first slice-of-life anime that I’ve chosen to watch without the recommendation of others. I generally seek excitement to keep my attention. But I’ve had plenty of excitement in my life lately. This season, I wanted more of that soothing vibe I picked up from Grimgar last season. So I started Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, a show about an extremely lethargic high school kid. Multiple characters in Tanaka-kun is Always Listless are learning the same lesson: they shouldn’t try to be someone they aren’t. It’s a common theme in entertainment, although it’s presented differently in anime than in Western stories. But I’d like to slow down, examine how the theme is presented in a recent episode,...
  • Kiznaiver Episode 5: In Which No One Gets Any Sleep

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    Now that introductions and plot cementing are out of the way, we can finally launch into the bulk of the conflict. The pacing is not bad, but I’m starting to wonder if they might end up rushing the last few episodes.  Kiznaiver continues to be enjoyable, though, and delves deeper into the characters’ personalities. The episode opens with the group arriving at their destination, which is a really nice cabin, naturally. We wouldn’t want our heroes to be sleeping in tents like normal people, would we? Although the place is quite nice, there’s no one taking care of it, so they divide themselves into teams for chores. Chidori formes a cooking team, but leaves Katsuhira out of it, despite Tenga’s...
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