• TangleCast 27: Fall 2016 Season Impressions (for real this time!)

    Now that we’ve had a week of anime to tide us over, the TangleCast crew is back with a real impressions episode! What did the staff think of Yuri!!! on Ice and Vivid Strike? How about Nanbaka, which we expressed great interest in last week? Tune in for JP (Japesland), Jack (R86), and Kaze‘s conversation on these shows and more! 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    ...
  • Examining Light Novels: Pray at All Times

    Found in volume eleven of Spice and Wolf, the novella “The Black Wolf’s Cradle” counts as Isuna Hasekura’s best short work by far.  We see Eve Bolan in her early days of being a merchant.  Her husband has recently lost both his favor with the crown and his head, and Bolan has lost her noble privileges–even if she has not yet lost her noble sentiments.  One line in the story caught my attention: “It’ll will be fine.  We don’t need to pray.”  This line betrays a misunderstanding of human misery and our utter dependence on God.  Indeed, the story bears out that Bolan’s business transaction was not all that it appeared.  Prayer would perhaps have inspired her to more caution...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: DAYS and the Need for… Selfishness?

    DAYS ep 13 Tsukamoto and Usui
    Most sports anime put a lot of emphasis on teamwork. One of my favorites is Kuroko’s Basketball, and I’ve written about how Kuroko’s humble gameplay reminds me of the humble way Jesus calls us to live. But DAYS takes a different approach, as Tsukamoto’s soccer mentors encourage him to stop thinking so much about the team and start thinking selfishly. These lines are so different from what I’m used to hearing in sports anime I had to take a minute to process what they were saying, what they meant, and why it made me uncomfortable. I brushed it off the first time I noticed the captain, Mizuki, include this individual-oriented encouragement before a match. It was his way of encouraging the players...
  • Sweetness and Lightning Staff Review

    So you thought we were done reviewing the summer season? Think again! For one final show, the staff has gathered together to give various opinions on what clearly had the most diverse appeal to all of our differing tastes: Sweetness and Lightning....
  • Newman’s Nook: The Power of Fear

    I recently picked up the Death Note manga. I have never seen the anime or read any of it, so this is all new to me. I say this knowing full well others have written better about this topic than I will here at Beneath the Tangles. I still want to take a crack at it as I’m just starting it now… As you read volume one of Death Note you are introduced to Light Yagami. Light is a brilliant high school student. His father is a police officer and he has a fairly normal home life. Suddenly, he finds a Death Note. It is a book from Shinigami (death demons/gods) which will lead to the death of whomever’s...
  • Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 3/3)

    Summer Anime 2016
    Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara Food Wars! The Second Plate Annalyn – 7/10 Shokugeki 2 only has thirteen episodes, and I am not okay with that. I had my hopes up for twenty-four (like in the first season), so I was very disappointed when I realized I was watching the last episode. Honestly, Shokugeki is one of those anime I watch primarily for fun, so I take very few notes—something I regret when review time rolls around. Still, I can confidently say that the visuals are good, the story is enjoyable, the characters are fun, and the cooking battles are suspenseful (and informative, as usual!). It’s a tad fast paced, making it difficult to savor each subconflict. There are a couple of...
  • TangleCast 26: Fall 2016 Season Impressions

    You may be wondering what the BtT crew is thinking about the new anime season that just started… and this episode is probably going to keep you waiting! Okay, so the title of this week’s episode might be a bit misleading… as we won’t have a chance to record our real impressions until after everything this week has finished airing. To make up for it, JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), and Jack (R86) decided to play a little game based on purely the title and promo art of three new anime pulled from Random Curiosity’s season preview. If you’d like to play along with us, we’ve included the promo art from those three anime below: Let us know in the comments what you’re first...
  • Summer Anime 2016 Review (Part 2/3)

    Summer Anime 2016
    Berserk Berserk Medieval Otaku – 7/10 Berserk stands as one of the most famous manga ever made, and it received a brilliant anime adaptation in 1997.  One can see that they tried to bring the artistic craftsmanship of the series’ creator to life on screen.  The Berserk of 2016, however, which covers events after the Golden Age Arc, features too much bad CG at the beginning, and the early episodes are barely watchable.  Nevertheless, the quality starts to improve around episode seven, and we are treated to some awesome battles and great characters–especially the hero.  The better animation and more focused plot redeems the series from its poor start. The new Berserk is darker than the old one, and it includes...
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