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Reader’s Corner: Kaiju No. 8 (Vol. 3), Trapped in a Dating Sim, and The Phantom of the Idol

This week, we cover the thrilling new volumes of Kaiju No. 8, the volume of Trapped in a Dating Sim that picks up the story from where the…

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First Impression: Classroom of the Elite (Season 2)

Welcome back to Sociopath High, the school where everything’s made up and the points DO matter! The story resumes with Classes A, B, C, and D returning from…

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First Impression: League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches

Well, the title says it all, right? No? Okay. We’re fighting the battle of Dunkirk, only this is not the World War II we know. The enemy attacking…

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First Impression: YUREI DECO

Once upon a time, a narrator shares an obscure fable about a many-eyed giant, a just society turned murderous, and peacock feathers while a psychedelic world unfolds on…

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First Impression: Shoot! Goal to the Future

Hideto Tsuji is not okay. Playing video games in cooperative mode, he keeps having flashbacks of his time as a middle school soccer star. He was the glorious…

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First Impression: Lycoris Recoil

Upbeat poppy music tinkles in the background as a cheery teenaged girl goes about her morning ritual, brewing coffee and narrating about what a delightful world we live…

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First Impression: TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry

First Impression: Teppen!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing 'til You Cry

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First Impression: Engage Kiss

Private security companies are in demand in Bayron City, but not to assist with common activities like guarding large sums of money or for bodyguard work. Instead, these…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Kaguya-sama (Streetwear is War)

Check out these cute illustrations of the student council showing off their shoes (and style)! ★ 【よろずか】「 かぐや様は告らせたい 」 ☆ reprinted w/permission

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Fanart Friday: Anya and the Peanut Knight

Ah, the classic fairy tale of “The Peanut Knight”! Best read in your mom’s lap, with a hot cup cocoa and cuddling with Director Chimera. ★ 【FumaFu】「 アーニャとヨル…

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First Impression: Phantom of the Idol

As one-half of the idol group ZINGS, Niyodo must put in the practice, effort, and love that will please the duo’s fans and lead them to popularity. Unfortunately,…

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Cosplay Beats! Mona Megistus Splashes

This cosplay was so much fun to portray! We rented a rain machine to really capture her aesthetic and I think it came out really cool. The water…

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Review: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Nintendo Switch)

Ys: IX Monstrum Nox is an action RPG and part of a long series of games that I have not had the pleasure of playing. I had heard…

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Reader’s Corner: The Elusive Samurai, Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible (Vol. 2), and Cowboy Bebop: Making the Netflix Series

We cover two upcoming releases this week: the second volume of romcom Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible and the first volume of the historical manga, The Elusive…

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Haruhi’s Five Ways, Way III: The Necessity of Kyon

What do Itsuki Koizumi, Mikuru Asahina, St. Justin Martyr and St. Thomas Aquinas all have in common? Well, not much! Yet, there’s the fact that they have all…

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Summer 2022 Anime First Impressions

While the spring 2022 anime season was chock full of highly anticipated series, with a number of those absolutely living up to expectations, the summer season is a…

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First Impression: RWBY: Ice Queendom

This series premiered with the first three episodes combined into one huge episode, but I’ll break my summary up into separate “normal length” episodes here. Ruby Rose visits…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Thorn Princess

It’s so rare that an anime delivers on the hype, and is as popular with the fans as it is with the critics. That’s what SPY x FAMILY…

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Fanart Friday: Yor vs. Fiona

I only have a vague idea of who Fiona Frost is, being an anime-only viewer…but I gotta say, I can’t wait to see her show up! ★ 【河CY】「…

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“D” is for Delightful Shojo Manga

It’s that time again: Time for more shojo manga recommendations! I could not be more excited for today’s choices! I’m continuing through the alphabet as I pick and…

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Review: Fruits Basket -prelude- (Dub)

Just when you assume you’ve sobbed your last tear for Fruits Basket, the franchise returns to dampen your eyes once again with Fruits Basket -prelude-, a prequel film…

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Reader’s Corner: Yashahime, A Nico-Colored Canvas, and Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop

It’s double the Rumiko Takahashi this week as we review the newest release in the special edition of her classic, Maison Ikkoku, as well as the manga adaptation…

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SPY x FAMILY & Hearing from God

Here at Beneath the Tangles, we talk a lot about how God speaks to us through anime, manga, light novels, and other aspects of otaku culture. In fact,…

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Cosplay Beats! Cheers for Tsuyu!

Froppy is a fan favorite. I love portraying her and have actually had this cosplay planned for a while. I think the photoshoot came out super fun and…

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Haruhi’s Five Ways, Way II: The Causation of Mikuru Asahina

Stop me if you have heard this one before. There’s this shy, beautiful girl in another class at school. She used to be in a different club, but…

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When a Great Cleric Becomes a Slaveholder

Anime and light novel protagonists who own slaves are a dime a dozen, and while these depictions of slavery can range from barely tolerable all the way to…

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Reader’s Corner: Alice in Borderland (Vol. 2), To Strip the Flesh, and Golden Gold

Horror and the ancient world weave in and out of the manga and light novels we’re reviewing this week, with moments that will make you squirm and others…

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Ya Boy Kongming, ep. 11: The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

There’s a certain parable that’s always intrigued me. Ok, more like, bothered me. It’s the parable of the shrewd manager, the one where the guy basically defrauds his…

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Fanart Friday: Making a Spy x Family

Aww, I love these! They haven’t continued beyond the episode two drawing, but hopefully the artist will revisit somewhere down the line! ★ 【羊】「 S01E01 // S01E02 」…

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SPY x FAMILY & the Glorious Tension at the Heart of the Gospel

Nothing short of world peace is hanging in the balance as Anya Forger sets off for her first day of school. As if the typical pressures of a…

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A-Kon 31 (2022): Remembering Community

Anime conventions aren’t about the guests, bands, contests, merch, or even cosplay. They’re about relationships. While the festivities are the impetus in bringing otaku together, servin…

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Haruhi’s Five Ways, Way II: The Causation of Mikuru Asahina

Stop me if you have heard this one before. There’s this shy, beautiful girl in another class at school. She used to be in a different club, but…

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Reader’s Corner: Fangirl, Deadpool Samurai, and The Dragon’s Soulmate Is a Mushroom Princess!

It’s a MARVELous day here at Beneath the Tangles as we review not one, but two Marvel / Shonen Jump crossover manga from Viz Media that are releasing…

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Light Novel Club #38: The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes, Chapter 1 Discussion

It’s time to open up the discussion for chapter 38 of our Light Novel Club (LNC)! This time, we’re covering the supernatural romance novel, The Tunnel to Summer,…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Rescuing Haku

Spirited Away is 21 years old. Can you believe that? It’s one of the first anime films I watched in theaters, and still holds up today as a…

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Fanart Friday: An Awesome Spy x Family

Love these illustrations! One of the best parts of SPY x FAMILY being adapted into anime is the fantastic fanart that’s being published! ★ 【hayashiikanaa】「 Forger Family 」…

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Our Staff is Attending Anime Conventions This Summer! What About You?

Summertime means barbecues, fun at the beach, and of course, anime conventions! As we do most years, our staff is descending upon anime cons over these next few…

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Finding God in Anime, Vol. 2 Fills the Need for an Otaku Devotional

Finding God in Anime, Vol. 2 Fills the Need for an Otaku Devotional via @thetangles

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Reader’s Corner: Ima Koi, Star Wars Leia Princess of Alderaan, and Kokoro Connect: Asu Random

The first two volumes of Summertime Rendering drop today, and we’ve got a review of volume two this week to join our thoughts on the first volume last…

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Ya Boy Kongming Ep. 9 & the Adult I Aspire to Be

Kongming is more than just a great tactician with a charmingly demure manner and surprisingly decent rapping skills. He’s also the kind of adult I aspire to be,…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Paris Will Cosplay Casual Yor!

It’s official! Paris will be cosplaying “casual Yor” in the red sweater for us! Our vote last week, in which you helped determine her next cosplay for us,…

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Fanart Friday: A Perfect Spy x Family

Our first fanart post today is of the Forgers—Loid, Anya, and Yor—by game artist Whitney Lanier. It’s so pretty, and I’m additionally happy to post it because Whitney…

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Our 38th Next Light Novel Club Selection is The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes!

During our last Light Novel Club meeting, I mentioned some of the changes coming to this column. We’ve been wanting to stir things up, and now feels like…

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Kageki Shojo!! Manga Review, Vols. 0-5 (for manga-only readers)

I’ll admit it: I have an agenda. It is my goal to spread the word about Kageki Shojo!! and inspire more anime and manga fans to check out…

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Reader’s Corner: Summertime Rendering, Crazy Food Truck, and Re:Zero: The Frozen Bond

This week, we’re dropping reviews for a ton of new manga that are releasing today, ranging from romcoms to isekai, and classic shonen to a murder mystery featuring…

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Of Artists, Minstrels & Drowning Friends

How far would you go to save a friend? We never expect it will be that far; that it will be too far, and will push beyond the…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Cell Stages

I’m not sure I would have considered an antagonist from DBZ to make a great model for epic fanart, but here we go and here we are: Cell,…

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Fanart Friday: Shiba Inu-yasha

Behold the cuteness of smiling, dog-eared Inuyasha holding a smiling shiba inu! ★ 【もとび】 「犬夜叉まとめ33」 ☆ artist allows reprints

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Cosplay Beats! Votes for Paris’s Next Cosplay!

You guys offered suggestions, and now its time to vote! Select the characters you’d most like to see Paris cosplay for us! We’ll add the totals from here,…

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Light Novel Club Chapter 37: Tearmoon Empire, Vol. 5 (And a New Club Direction!)

We continue this time with the fifth volume (and fifth club meeting involving) one of our favorite light novel series, Tearmoon Empire! This time, Gaheret and Jeskai Angel…

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