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Write a Guest Post for Beneath the Tangles

While we’re not actively looking to add writers to our staff, we are open to pitches for guest posts! We’re looking for pieces by Christians who are interested…

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The Abiding Love of Kurau: Phantom Memory

Kurau: Phantom Memory is a character-driven sci-fi series from 2004 that stands the test of time. It does so not simply because of the clean, classic animation, the…

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Reader’s Corner: From Toxic Classmate to Girlfriend Goals, Spy Classroom, and Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 7

We have a busy week of releases new and old to share with you, headlined by the initial volumes of From Toxic Classmate to Girlfriend Goals, My Happy…

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That Time When Depression Tried to Swallow Up My Favorite Fictional Heroes…And Me, Too

Manga is my happy place. I think I’ve known this for a while honestly, but it wasn’t something I fully admitted to myself until recently.  Or maybe it…

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Androids, Friendship, and Song: Video Interview with Sing a Bit of Harmony’s Kamen Casey, Jordan Dash Cruz, and Caitlin Glass

This weekend, a lovely anime musical about an android transfer student and the lives she impacts sneaks into theaters. Sing a Bit of Harmony, a J.C. Staff production…

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Police in a Pod, Ep. 3: The Power of Honor

Police in a Pod keeps getting better each week, to the point where this latest episode made me want to sit up and take notes on how to…

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Review: Sing a Bit of Harmony

Cheerful, friendly, and athletic, Shion is a burst of energy when she transfers into Satomi’s class. But, something is a little off—she breaks out into song at inappropriate…

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Reader’s Corner: A Sign of Affection, Dragon and Ceremony, and My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic, Vol. 17 The final arc of Oregairu (this is the 17th of 19 manga volumes) shifts heavily…

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Review: BELLE

As a child, I spent most of my waking hours surrounded by technology. One of my earliest memories is of lazing about on the floor, Nintendo DS in…

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Fanart Friday: Ranking of Kings, Game of Thrones?

Although it’s a good deal less violent and more light-hearted than Game of Thrones, Ranking of Kings at times seems to draw inspiration from that series, such as…

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Otaku Collision Series, #1: You are Forgiven

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting pieces written by Micah, a former Christian aniblogger. While his site, Otaku Collision, is no longer extant, we’ve arranged to…

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First Impression: Love of Kill

When Love of Kill first debuted as a manga, I was super intrigued. I ended up starting it and while I enjoyed the manga, I have since unfortunately fallen behind. However, when…

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A Christian Anime Ministry: Why We Do What We Do

Time and time these days, I find myself explaining what it is our ministry does. I’m not complaining—in fact, I’m delighted that people are interested! And it’s natural…

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First Impression: She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man

In the VRMMORPG Ark Earth Online, players create everything from scratch. And not just everything, but also anything, as in, anything goes! Both in terms of avatars and…

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First Impression: Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends

The episode opens with a mighty yell as a beast with glowing horns runs rampant and a musician tries in vain to reason with it. Death is the…

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First Impression: The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt

Wein (pronounced like “wane” rather than “wine”), crown prince of Natra, epitomizes the idea of being too smart for one’s own good. With his father the king in…

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Reader’s Corner: Lovesick Ellie, The Way of the Househusband, and the Final Volume of Love Me Love Me Not

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 6 When a writer or mangaka adds new major characters to a long-running manga or show, it’s often smacks of desperation, an attempt…

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First Impression: Sasaki and Miyano

Sasaki is frequently tardy, sleeps during class, and doesn’t take notes. Miyano is dutiful, caring, and an otaku. At first blush, the two seem an odd match, but…

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First Impression: Sabikui Bisco

Disease runs rampant in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, particularly among the impoverished who must contend with poisonous creatures, a lack of food, and worst of all, the rusting, a…

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First Impressions: Rusted Armors

A videogamey evil army enters a dangerous yet somehow flat forest. Everyone does the exact same movements. “There are supposed to be demons in the Saika forest”, Evil…

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First Impression: Tribe Nine

Sometime in the future, the youth of New Tokyo (who are 95% male apparently) are running amok, forming up into gangs known as tribes. At a loss as…

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First Impression: Requiem of the Rose King

Richard III by William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers to have lived, has been loosely adapted in this anime. It follows the battle between two royal families,…

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First Impression: Futsal Boys!!!!!

On their way to the opening ceremony of their freshman year, Sakaki and Yamato independently fall (the latter literally) into a group of bullies preventing kids from using…

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First Impression: My Dress-Up Darling

Wakana was introduced to the beauty and wonder of traditional Japanese hina dolls by his grandfather when he was but a slip of a boy. Gramps runs the…

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First Impression: The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest

Are you tired of the same old isekai formula? Bored of seeing a person from our world die and reincarnate in another world, overpowered and underestimated, surrounded by…

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First Impression: Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Rice paddies and those that call them home: a songbird, a couple of farmers and a girl who runs for the pure joy of it. She pauses to…

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First Impression: Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department

In a world where tokusatsu heroes are real, beleaguered lab assistant Touka Kuroitsu works in monster R&D for the nefarious Secret Society: Agastia. Her boss forces her to…

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First Impression: Cue!

Action music. A deep blue sea with emerald green coasts. Pursued by their enemies, a boy and a girl are entering the fantasy world where she was born.…

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First Impression: Slow Loop

While fly-fishing and reminiscing about her father, who died three years ago, Hiyori sees a girl nearly jump into the cold March ocean. The girl, Koharu, who had…

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First Impression: Girls’ Frontline

A stunning opening sequence follows on the heels of a weak, info-dumpy opening scene that’s there to let us know that in 2045 WWIII began and was fought…

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Fanart Friday: Year of the Taiga

Do any of you keep track of the Zodiac? I only do so, really, on a couple of occasions—while enjoying Fruits Basket (the last season of which we…

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First Impressions: Saiyuki RELOAD ZEROIN

The moon is surrounded by darkness. In a wooden house, an old priest from a fantasy religion is waiting and pondering. A small kid, his pupil, is going…

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New Year, New Hope

TR has been a frequent contributor and supporter of Beneath the Tangles. He joins us again today with an article about his personal hardships working in the OEL…

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First Impression: Orient

Musashi and Kojiro grew up thick as thieves, brothers in all but name, tussling with each other and bandying with swords under the tutelage and stories of Kojiro’s…

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First Impression: Tokyo 24th Ward

An elementary school is going up in flames. Some teenaged boys come to blows about whether or not to go in search of a friend who has run…

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First Impression: In the Land of Leadale

Due to a freak electrical outage that apparently knocked out auxiliary power too, Keina, a totally disabled, hospitalized girl, perishes when her life support systems go down. She…

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First Impression: Police in a Pod

Mai Kawai is a police officer by default. Her aspiration since childhood was to become a civil servant and earn a steady income (she dreams big, does Mai),…

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The Heike Story: A Tale of Forgiveness?

There are many lessons to learn from The Heike Story: the cost of pride, the trauma of war, the insidiousness of bitterness. Every episode conveys these truths with…

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Reader’s Corner: Frieren Vol. 2, The Demon Girl Next Door Vol. 3, and Demon Slayer Stories of Water and Flame

Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow, Vol. 1 In the continuing mission to explore strange new genre mashups involving isekai, here’s postapocalyptic isekai. Poor Keisuke finds himself in a…

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Winter 2022 Anime First Impressions

After the absolute barrage of new series in the fall season—somewhere around 50, including a few that made our Best of 2021 list—winter 2022 brings about 2/3 that…

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First Impression: Sorairo Utility

High school girl Minami got interested in the game of golf, and regularly plays rounds with her peers Haruka and Ayaka, who are both a bit more experienced…

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Fanart Friday: Kiki’s Revenge and Mary (the Other Witch)

I revisited these lovely illustrations recently, which Popman3580 first posted around the time that Mary and the Witch’s Flower, now a kind of forgotten movie, came out—and it…

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BtT’s Top 10 Anime of 2021

They made us laugh; they made us cry. They wowed us with their artistry, inspired us with their soundtracks, and moved us with their depth of emotion. But…

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Thank You for Giving to Beneath the Tangles

As 2021 comes to an end, there are so many folks I need to thank, including our passionate and tireless volunteer staff and all the wonderful folks out…

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How About This New Year’s Resolution? Join Our Ministry!

Hey you. Yes, YOU. Are you someone deeply devoted to Christ? Are you looking to use your skills, talents, and interests to serve God? Are you an anime…

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Tangles Writers Do Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Arc 6: Piece of My Heart

Hajime Kamoshida, the author of the Rascal Does Not Dream light novel series, does something quite fearless in volume six, the recently-released Rascal Does Not Dream of a…

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12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Many Christmases of Kurau: Phantom Memory

For Ayaka Steiger, Christmas is awful.  When she was still a child, the conflicted antagonist of Kurau: Phantom Memory lost her entire family on Christmas Eve to a…

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Merry Christmas!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town…

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