• Can Christians Watch Anime?

    When the Pokemon craze started years ago, congregants were flabbergasted by the franchise, not knowing what to make of it. From their pulpits, many pastors decried the phenomenon and, as with Harry Potter, parents began to prevent their children from accessing Pokemon. Times have changed and both Pokemon and Japanese media in general have become more mainstream among English-speaking audiences, though a quick perusal of Google shows that many are still wary of this property. It is still seen as dangerous to many Christians. On Beneath the Tangles, our writers like to engage our readers on matters of faith and to analyze the intricacies of anime and fandom, but the question we’re most often asked brings us to a more...
  • Sakura’s Authentic Face

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    Episode four of Cardcaptor Sakura is basically a lesson in how to be Asian. Especially within the first five minutes, we get scene after scene of characters putting on a face, acting strong, as if they’re fine with a situation when inside, they’re really not. Okay, granted, that’s not just an Asian thing, but it is very common in many Asian cultures. It’s also something that I think I would do regardless of my background, and strangely enough, find myself doing more and more as I deepen my relationships with others. In CCS, the characters are put on faces with those they have meaningful relationships with, too. Unlike what you might see or experience in the west, Sakura doesn’t...
  • First Impressions: Himouto! Umaru-chan R

    Himouto! Umaru-chan was an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a lazy teenage girl living with her older brother. In public she’s pretty, popular, sweet, and gets good grades at school. At home, she’s a lazy bum who sits around and watches anime, plays video games and is generally a slob. Himouto! Umaru-chan R is the second season, continuing the story from the original…if you want to call it much of a story. The episode, much like the original series, is really a collection of kind of interconnected (mostly not) shorts following Umaru, her brother Taihei, and her friends. It goes from her staying up all night to watch anime to them at school to...
  • First Impression: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

    When this new season of anime began, I was looking forward to several series, but this one didn’t pop up on my radar. As a gamer, I felt it my duty to watch this and give my first impression. Recovery of an MMO Junkie is exactly what you think it’s about, someone who is living a life as an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) player. The name that is often given to them is NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), and they are stereotyped as staying at home all day playing games and not much else. Morioka Moriko is a 30-year-old corporate dropout who just lost her subscription to a game that she used to play. Seeking out a...
  • First Impressions: Girls’ Last Tour (Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou)

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    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Chito and Yuuri feel fine. Sure, they have to constantly scavenge for food and other necessities, but no one else is around to bother them, so they can explore the world in relative safety. As they make their way through a world destroyed by war, they find little joys in everything from nighttime stars to shooting guns to eating whatever food they find (Yuuri in particular loves her food). As they contemplate the nature of the world before the apocalypse, they live day by day with each other’s companionship as the one constant in their lives. There’s a unique type of slice-of-life story that eschews the usually pleasant...
  • First Impressions: Land of the Lustrous

    In the far-off future, humanity as we know it has ceased to exist, and in their stead, 28 crystalline lifeforms known as the Lustrous have now inhabited the earth. The Lustrous frequently face the threat of the Lunarians, and must fight against them to prevent themselves from being kidnapped to the moon to be used as jewelry and decorations. The series puts the spotlight on Phosphophyllite, a young, vain gem who, due to a clumsy nature and incredibly fragile body, has been relegated to the job of creating a natural encyclopedia rather than the desired task of fighting the Lunarians. I’ve had some interest for the series from back when the anime was announced, so imagine my pleasant surprise...
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Episode 1: Even If It’s An Unreachable Star

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    The second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! has begun, so time to return to my weekly episodic blogs on the show! For those that have not seen the first season or my coverage on it, you can catch up on either Crunchyroll (subbed) or Funimation (sub and dub), and read my earlier posts by searching for “love live sunshine” on this blog. When we last left off, our fledgling school idol group Aqours has just finished performing at the preliminaries for the titular Love Live school idol competition. As we find out in the first episode of the new season, they did not make it to nationals, but they had increased the number of applicants to their school to...
  • First Impressions: Tsukipro The Animation

    I have a weakness for music anime. I also like my anime characters to look something like real human beings, and to act like them as well. The intersection between these two geographical regions is pretty close to zero. Being an instrumentalist myself, one of the main things I’m craving is a show with decent animation of musicians playing their instruments. Kin’iro no Corda was largely not that — while it did sometimes have some pretty good violin-playing animations, the artists clearly never bothered so much as to look at a flute or a clarinet before trying to draw them, and its script was pretty awful besides. The ill-fated Kaikan Phrase was certainly not that, much as I loved its story...
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