• Project X Zone: The Unified Body

    When you have several game companies come together to make a game, magic happens. It’s occurred with Kingdom Hearts, King of Fighters, Marvel vs. Capcom, Smash Bros., and an obscure title called Project X Zone. This is one of those Japanese titles that didn’t get much advertisement because of how many uncommon characters are present. It’s also a lot of text to read because of all the dialogue between the characters. It’s a strategic game similar to a board game where you move your players to battle enemies across a battlefield. You have to plan your moves carefully—especially around the end of the game—to win. Too many wrong moves or missed opportunities will grant you a game over. It can...
  • ACCA: The Effects of Isolation

    It’s hard to trust people when everyone is only trying to fit into a collective. If people change when they are around others, how is anyone supposed to know who anyone else really is? Because of their lack of trust, they all keep their true thoughts and opinions to themselves. But this only puts them in danger. If no one trusts each other, they will be alone when they need to help, and because they’re only thinking of themselves, their goals could hurt other people. This is what I think may have happened to the five chiefs in ACCA....
  • Anime March Madness 2017: Round 2

    After an exciting, controversial, and very close first round – we are on to the Sweet Sixteen anime series in Round 2 of our Anime March Madness. Based on your votes last week, the current bracket is as follows. Any surprises? Anyone you are still excited about? Vote now to get your favorite series on to Round 3! Loading… If you can not see the poll above, you can vote via this link. Vote now and please share! Feel free to jump into the discussion in the comments section below....
  • StarStruck: Monster Girls and Those Who Are Different

    Welcome to StarStruck, my new personal column where I talk about all sorts of things related to anime, manga, and other Japanese media. This time, I will be taking a look at monster girls, which have become quite popular recently. While I could not watch more than one episode of Monster Musume due to the high sexual fanservice, thankfully the current season provides some much more conservative options for getting your monster girl fill. Obviously there’s Interviews with Monster Girls(Japanese: Demi-chan wa Kataritai), which we already have two blog posts on here; there’s also Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid(Japanese: Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon), which specifically features dragon girls, as well as bucks trends slightly by making the normal human lead a female office worker. Both...
  • Newman’s Nook: Life is Stressful

    In episode 14 of the short-form series Nyanbo!, Mike becomes quickly stressed. Why? Because he has no stress. Early on in the episode, Tora, the leader of this small group of Nyanbo, tells Mike that he has no stress. Mike then spends the entire episode proving that others are stress free too. What does he discover? He is the only one who appears to be stress free. This starts to drive him crazy and make him stressed. Why is he not worrying? What is he missing? He should be stressed too. He is comforted by the fact that he has stress…due to his lack of stress. But, should that provide Mike comfort? I would argue no. Every one of the...
  • ACCA: Truth Never Hides Forever

    We live in a complicated world where truth is often uncomfortable and so everyone is always trying to hide it. But such efforts are often only temporary, and sooner or later the truth is going to come to light. I am so glad that we’ve finally come to the point in ACCA where the truth is revealed at last. I always knew there was something great waiting for us to discover, and I think it’s worth the occasionally slow story telling....
  • Anime March Madness 2017

    Welcome readers to Beneath the Tangles’ Second Annual March Madness! Over the next few weeks we will be voting to see what you, our readers, feel is the best anime series of all time. This year’s competitors include the Sweet Sixteen from last year as well as 16 new series the editors selected to add to the mix. New series added to the list include Re:ZERO, Your Lie in April, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Yokai Watch. The bracket can be viewed here. Here’s round one’s competitions: Loading… The poll will close on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. The new poll will be posted every Wednesday morning as we whittle down our list. Who will win?...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love

    Beneath the Tangles | Rakugo Shinjuu and Life-Giving Love
    “No matter how I try to wipe it away, your love continues to cling to me.” —Eight Generation Yakumo, Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu episode 8 Yakumo, formerly known as Kikuhiko, formerly known as Bon, has never been the most cheerful of men. He has a lifelong habit of pushing people away, only letting them into his life begrudgingly. Perhaps this stems somewhat from abandonment issues—he was still young when the only family he’d ever known apprenticed him to the Seventh Generation Yakumo because his leg made him unfit for dancing. The death of loved ones later in his life doesn’t help matters, especially since he blames their deaths partly on himself. But he still longs for companionship and still...
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