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Mashle and the Gift of Circumstance

If you’re like a number of our staffers, you were absolutely entranced by Mashle, a series that alternately would have you on the floor rolling in laughter or…

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Reader’s Corner: My Girlfriend’s Child (Vol. 4), What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? (Vol. 4), and A Galaxy Next Door (Vol. 6, Final)

What’s wrong with Secretary Kim? Is my youth comedy wrong as expected? Is Medaka Kuroiwa impervious to my charms? Does a reincarnated witch spell doom? There are plenty…

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Subscribe to Our New Substack: Above Anime!

Did you miss our newsletter? Well, we’re back! When we discontinued TanglesWeek last year, we heard from a number of you that you wished the newsletter would continue.…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Marcille and the Winged Lion

I haven’t made it this far into the anime (if this has been adapted at all yet), but this image of the Winged Lion and Marcille is stunning,…

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Doki Doki News: Kingdom Hearts on Steam, Eden’s Zero Ends, and Hideyuki Umezu Passes

Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of May 19th! Check out the latest episode…

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Fanart Friday: Hello, Rin and Nadeshiko!

Hmm…I wonder who’s taking the photo and from where? ★ 【前髪】 「 Rin & Nadeshiko 」 ☆ reprinted w/permission

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The Power of God and Anime Podcast, Episode 2: Second Chances for Saul and Doctor Elise

Welcome to episode two of The Power of God and Anime Podcast! Listen as Mike gives his second, truer (?) origin story, sings a praise song you may…

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Reader’s Corner: Oshi no Ko (Vol. 6), Zom 100 (Vol. 14), and A Sign of Affection (Vol. 8)

We feature a slew of new releases in our reviews this week, including a side story manga volume of Goblin Slayer, the first volume of Sword Art Online…

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Our BtT-Chan Art Challenge Concludes This Friday!

Our first-ever art challenge has almost come to a close! Friends from Mastodon, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Discord have all submitted their version of BtT-chan for our…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Dog-Walker Frieren

Sign me up for a modern-day AU featuring Frieren and the gang, but only if Frieren has a cute little pup that she walks around. ★ 【Shiren】 「…

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Doki Doki News: Hana-Kimi, Splatfest, and Tokyopop’s Move

Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of May 12th! Check out the latest episode…

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Fanart Friday: Voice That Connects the Past

It’s the one-year anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s release! The beloved sequel’s one-year mark has resulted in some lovely fan works, including this…

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Reader’s Corner: I Want to End This Love Game (Vol. 2), Drifting Dragons (Vol. 9), and Sakura, Saku (Vol. 3)

This week on Reader’s Corner, we feature the first volume of the Elaina the Wandering Witch spin-off, volume nine of both Helck and Drifting Dragons, an expectedly disappointing…

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Twwk Joins Love Thy Nerd to Talk BtT

One of the coolest ministries in the otaku/nerd/gaming sphere is Love Thy Nerd, a non-profit that focuses on reaching out to geeks with all sorts of interests. The…

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First Impression: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc

As Tanjirou, Mitsuri, Muichiro, and others recover from the events at the Swordsmith Village, the Snake Hashira, Obanai, and Wind Hashira, Sanemi, approach a massive, abandoned temple on…

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Fanart Friday, Too: School Days with Frieren

If there ever was an anime that needed a chibi school days AU, it’s Frieren. Imagine the characters currently and in the past brought together in a non-canonical…

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Fanart Friday: Mother’s Day to Hilling and All the Moms!

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to Hiling and all the wonderful real moms out there! You are loved! ★ 【Tombiiwa】 「 ヒリング王妃 」 ☆ reprinted w/permission

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Help Us Send Our First Mission Team to Join Jesus Otaku at Anime Expo!

Last month, we put out a call for those interested in being part of our first Beneath the Tangles mission team! A few responded, and we’re officially sending…

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Reader’s Corner: Issak (Vol. 7), The Mandalorian (Vol. 2), and SHY (Vol. 6)

May the 4th (give or take a few days) be with you! We’ve got the latest manga volume of The Mandalorian this week! Oh, not a Star Wars…

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Review: Star Wars: Visions: The Manga Anthology

For all the missteps in Disney’s approach to Star Wars since purchasing the IP from George Lucas, there’s one aspect to the business they’ve gotten right: the manga…

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First Impression: My Hero Academia Season 7

Izuku Midoriya is recovering from the last months, hanging his clothes to dry and reflecting as his country becomes a failed state. The comforting presence of his classmates…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Loid, Draw Me Like One of Your French Patients

I…I can’t even… There are so many hilarious things going on here: the Jack (Loid) and Rose (Yor) allusion, of course; Yor’s face; and that hilarious drawing that…

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Fanart Friday: A Walk with Aya Shameimaru

It’s amazing that Touhou Project is still going strong after all these many years! Are any of you all Touhou fans? ★ 【fjsmu】 「 aya shameimaru 」 ☆…

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Reader’s Corner: You and I Are Polar Opposites (Vol. 1), Touge Oni (Vol. 3), and The Villainess’s Guide to (Not) Falling in Love (Vol. 1)

OP isekai’d heroes, young men who can’t help but be attracted to the heroine (er, villainess), and…a cat? This week’s reviews are for a diverse group of light…

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Enter the BtT-chan Art Challenge!

It’s time for our very first Beneath the Tangles art contest! We are so excited to ask you to enter and share your creations with us and the…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Fly with Star Rail’s Firefly

Firefly returns! I don’t play Honkai: Star Rail, but I did do some peeping around at why Firefly art is popping up. It seems like all the fans…

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Doki Doki News: Sanrio + Runway Channel, a Tensura RPG, and Remembering Takaaki Seki

Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of April 22nd! Today we welcome our newest…

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Fanart Friday: Please Hold My Hand, Miss Nagatoro

Have you watched Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro? If you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out! And if you started it and dropped it, I…

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Final Hours of the Spring Drive!

Hi, Fam! About 40 hours remain in our spring 2024 drive, and we are a long way from reaching our goals. Would you please consider helping us reach…

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The Power of God and Anime Podcast, Episode 1: Neon Genesis Mikevangelion

Statedogg is back! We’re happy to post the very first episode of a new podcast featuring Mike of Mike’s Geek World and formerly of the Tangle x Cast.…

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Reader’s Corner: The Ice Guy and the Cool Girl (Vol. 4), No Longer Heroine (Vol. 6), and Itaewon Class (Vol. 1)

Happy Release Tuesday, everyone! This week, we’re serving up reviews of fantasy series and modern-day high school romance, which have become par for the course in today’s manga…

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A Tale of Two Alchemists, II: The Brotherhood of Everything

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. We put all our trust in alchemy, but in the end…what is it?” In the episode “Rain of Sorrows”…

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Fanart Friday, Too…Catch a Fish

Can we get more joyful scenes featuring Falin in Dungeon Meshi? PLEASE? ★ 【ハンテン】 「 学生時代 」 ☆ reprinted w/permission

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Fanart Friday: Frieren’s Journeys, Old and News

Frieren is about how friends can change the course of your life, and through you, other as well. This lovely piece by artist yue captures that sentiment so…

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Beneath the Tangles Spring Drive: Would You Consider Giving to BtT?

For fourteen years, we’ve been talking faith and anime to the otaku community and it has been an absolute blessing! It’s so much fun for us to serve…

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Reader’s Corner: Akane-banashi (Vol. 5), A Condition Called Love (Vol. 7), and Snowball Earth (Vol. 1)

We are now caught up with Akane-banashi! Check out our review of volume five below, along with reviews of a selection of new and recent releases, including the…

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First Impression: YATAGARASU: The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master

A kid runs through the forest, taking his sick younger sibling on a piggyback ride as he flees from strange lights. Suddenly, he loses his footing and falls.…

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The Redemption of Homura’s Wish

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a cornerstone series for us here at Beneath the Tangles. It came out just a few months after Twwk kicked off this ministry,…

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First Impression: THE NEW GATE

Shin is strong player who saved thousands of players who were locked in a realistic VR MMORPG called The New Gate. But after he thought he finished the…

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First Impression: Whisper Me a Love Song

First-year student Himari Kino is bursting with energy, excited about what life in high school will bring. Luckily for her, it doesn’t take more than a few hours…

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Kaiju No. 8: First Impression

Kafka once had a dream to join the Japan Defense Force and fight kaiju alongside his best friend, Mina. Now though, he cleans up the kaiju that she…

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First Impression: The iDOLM@STER Shiny Colors

At 283 (pronounced “tsubasa”) Productions, several idols prepare to challenge W.I.N.G., a major competition for new idols. While many of the idols are in established units already, two…

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Fanart Friday, Too: Remember Madoka

The final episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica aired 13 years ago in about a week’s time—on April 21, 2011. It remains every bit a classic today as…

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Fanart Friday: Still Thinking of Frieren

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End may have come to an end, but I don’t my journey with this beautiful series will ever come to an end. Check out these…

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First Impression: Mysterious Disappearances

An off-kilter lullaby and grainy image make for an ominous opening scene as a young girl prepares for the day in what seems to be the dormitory of…

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Manga Review: Bocchi the Rock Vols 1-2, Team Edition

The average anime cour adapts 4-6 volumes of manga; Bocchi the Rock adapts 1.5. Yes, you read that right, one and a half volumes ONLY! Clearly, something unusual…

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First Impression: The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio

Sato Yumiko is two girls in one wrapper. To the public, she’s Utatane Yasumi: a wholesome, innocent idol voice actress. But deep down inside, when she’s at school,…

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First Impression: Viral Hit

Welcome to hell—I mean, NewTubu! Here, streamers with demonic faces and low morals reign supreme, caught in a neverending loop of easy cash, cheap popularity, and bulldozing the…

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First Impression: KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! Season 3

Kazuma, the isekai’d antihero at the center of the Konosuba story, is going through a midlife crisis (as a teenager, no less). He reflects on how close he’s…

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First Impression: Oblivion Battery

Haruka Kiyomine and Kei Kaname are the strongest battery in middle school baseball. With Kiyomine’s prodigious pitches and Kaname’s precision catches, this duo once had ambitions of shutting…

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