• Guest Post: What Can a Succubus Teach Us about Chastity?

    Beneath the Tangles | What Can a Succubus Teach Us about Chastity?
    Today’s guest post comes from “Dr. Steve.” He’s a fantastic writer, but, alas, not active in the aniblogosphere. In lieu of a website link, he provided us with this bio:  Dr. Steve was introduced to anime while working on his Ph.D. in literary studies, when the local anime club showed Naruto’s fight against Zabuza and Haku on an auditorium big screen. His favorite anime series include FMA: Brotherhood, Erased, Snow White with Red Hair, and Gate, and he also enjoys computer programming, playing folk music, and unusual languages like Esperanto. Where he finds the time for these, after prayer, work, and raising several children, remains something of a mystery. With that, we eagerly introduce his article, “What Can a Succubus Teach Us...
  • ACCA: A Hidden Spark

    For all the talk of uprisings in ACCA, what we’ve seen of Dowa kingdom has been very peaceful and fortunate. Certainly, there is a sense of unease, and we know there are greater events stirring behind the scenes, but the nation seems to be doing well overall. But in this time of tranquility, the people in power seem to be edging around each other in webs of hidden intentions. It is impossible to know what people want, and why. It is easy to keep up such an appearance when our lives are easy, but when troubling times come, there is no room for indifference....
  • Newman’s Nook: Love and Parenthood

    Before I step any further, I am warning my fair readers that I am about to jump head first into the plot of Pokemon Sun and Moon. If you have not finished the primary plot of the game and hate spoilers, then stop here. If you have? Read on....
  • Examining Light Novels: On Good Works and Goods

    Those of you familiar with Spice and Wolf know that much of the plot centers on trade.  On the other hand, the conflict often concerns how Lawrence must weigh intangible goods like friendship against his more tangible business deals.  Lawrence must make a living, but he recognizes the poverty of commerce in comparison to richness of Holo and Col’s company.  (A young boy named Col gets picked up in book six…the only remarkable feature of that book.)  The threat of eventual separation from Holo and loneliness are recurring themes. The fourteenth novel adds an additional point to this conflict between tangible and intangible goods.  Lawrence, no doubt drawing from the medieval morality play Everyman, remarks that we can only bring our...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: “But Everyone Does It!”

    I’m only caught up on one series this season: Interviews with Monster Girls, or Demi-chan wa Kataritai. I don’t love this series, but it’s easy to watch, and that’s the key to getting me to watch anything lately. Demi-chan wa Kataritai centers around normal teacher Takahashi Tetsuo and four female demi-humans: a succubus—the only other teacher in the main cast—a vampire, a snow woman, and a dullahan. Many of the conflicts that arise involve normal high school problems, but the girls’ demi-human traits occasionally complicate matters. In episode 4, “Takahashi Tetsuo Wants to Protect,” the characters address a gossiping problem that began in the previous episode. The shyest member of the cast, snow woman Kusakabe Yuki, overhears two other girls talking about her, claiming...
  • Revenge or Love

    Two of the shows I’m watching this season are Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga and Masamune’s Revenge. While these two shows are vastly different, I noticed something that struck me as similar about a protagonist from each show. Yukio Okumura and Masamune Makabe are both driven by a similar want – to feel equal. Masamune’s desire is more openly shown, sure, as you’re shown that he’s lost lots of weight and built up lots of muscle. He then thinks up this huge plan to humiliate Adagaki Aki. This is all just to get her back for calling him “Pig’s Foot” many years ago in response to his confession, so that he’s on equal playing grounds with her in terms of...
  • Something More: God Moments, Kanon Angels, Identity in Cosplay and Resurrections

    Konnichiwa my fellow anime fans, this is Samuru with your latest Something More entry! We did not post one in December of 2016 since we had our 12 Days of Otaku Christmas, so this one will be longer than the previous one. I did my best in discovering articles that would interest the readers of Beneath The Tangles, so please leave me a comment if you enjoyed this one. God bless! Geeks Under Grace (GUG) has put together a new monthly anime collaboration with their anime department. I was actually once part of this group, so I know how dedicated and well thought-out they work. Once again (and no, this was not on purpose!) one of our BtT writers,...
  • ACCA: The Search for Sincerity

    It is easy to be yourself until you have a reason not to. As soon as the scene changes and our true feelings are unacceptable, we’re often more than willing to put on another face or two. Situations become more difficult and confusing, but we’ll pretend we know what we’re doing and trust the people around us, even if we don’t. The political waters of the Dowa kingdom are probably going to remain muddy for most of the foreseeable future. Every time we learn something new, we meet more uncertainty. The Dowa kingdom may indeed be relatively peaceful, but that peace will end as soon as the crown prince becomes King. Interestingly enough, in the center of this maze...
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