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Doki Doki News: NieR Replicant, Live-Action Gundam, and Wrath of the Druids Delay

Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of Apirl 11th through 17th! Check out latest…

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Newman’s Nook: Biblical vs. Cultural Angels

Angels are prominent figures in our culture and others, and have been for thousands of years. They are biblical beings that are commonly used culturally to connect a…

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First Impression: CESTVS -The Roman Fighter-

In the ancient city of Rome, boxing has become a popular sport among slave fighters forced into battle, with diligent training and a fierceness high amongst the fighters.…

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First Impression: Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Sueharu Maru, a.k.a. Haru, found a first love in Kachi, a budding novelist and one of the school’s top beauties. His childhood friend, Kuroha, is another popular girl…

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To Your Eternity, Episode 1: The Fear and Failure of Leaving Home

I didn’t know what to expect going into episode one of To Your Eternity. After watching it, I honestly still don’t know much regarding this series and where…

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Review: Call of the Night, Vol. 1

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? No? Well, have you ever had your veins violated by a vampire in the Tokyo star light?…

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Reader’s Corner: Those Snow White Notes, Your Lie in April Revisited, and A Couple of Cuckoos

She’s My Knight, Vol. 1 The premise of this lovely little comic is simple: Ichinose has always been the popular kid, attracting attention from all the girls until…

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First Impression: To Your Eternity

Ok, it’s my fault. I knew what I was getting into. I’ve read the manga for To Your Eternity (by the same author as A Silent Voice) almost…

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First Impression: Shakunetsu Kabaddi

After an opening full of flames, darkness and jumps, we meet Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a white-haired, red-eyed, muscular student with a dangerous vibe who happens to hate sports. Once…

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Violet Evergarden, Purpose in Pain, and a New Geek Devotional

Today on Beneath the Tangles, I’m happy to present a sample devotional from Thy Geekdom Come (Vol. 2), the latest release from Mythos Ink. Written by Shaneen Thompson,…

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Manga First Impression: Blue Box

Blue Box is the newest manga series to hit Shonen Jump. From mangaka Kouji Miura, who previously created two different shonen romance series, this one seems to fall…

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First Impression: Pretty Boy Detective Club

A girl stands in the spotlight on stage and monologues about Voltaire, with a punchline about death. In the next scene, which takes us back to the beginning…

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First Impression: SHADOWS HOUSE

In a giant mansion up in the mountains, a girl and four other children meet up with the residents of the building. These enigmatic, shadow-like nobles offer them…

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First Impression: Bakuten!! (Backflip!!)

“I’ve always gone where people have invited me, just going with the flow…” Shoutarou Futaba is okay with sitting in the baseball’s team bench and watching the birds…

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First Impression: Tokyo Revengers

Takemichi is living a dead-end life, denigrated by his (younger) boss, the old lady who lives next door, and even random kids on the street. But though he…

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First Impression: 86 Eighty-Six

San Magnolia is at war with the Empire of Giad, but according to both propaganda and the military itself, the end is near, as San Magnolia’s human soldiers…

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First Impression: Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san

Despite the blissful (and beautifully drawn) evening outside, a timid, nervous, nameless boy in glasses is on his way to the school library. Only, today there are some…

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First Impression: I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years And Maxed Out My Level

Azusa Aizawa was  was a full-time corporate slave, working long hours several days in a row, until one day she passed out and died from overwork. A goddess…

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First Impression: The World Ends With You The Animation

Neku wakes up in middle of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, invisible to others and with a ghost-like ability to phase through people and vehicles (think Geordi and Ro…

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Fanart Friday: AU Ai / Eye

This season’s final episode of Wonder Egg Priority, much like the entire series, was full of meaning and allusion. One of the most powerful aspects of episode 12…

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Light Novel Club, Chapter 29: Tearmoon Empire, Vol. 3

Welcome to our Light Novel Club discussion of Tearmoon Empire, Vol. 3! We are back with Mia, the Great Sage of the Empire, and her attempts to save…

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Shoujo and the Bride of Christ (I)

I was fourteen years old, Shinji Ikari´s age, when A Bridge to Terabithia made its movie debut. Like his fated stay in Misato’s house, only in time have…

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First Impression: The Way of the Househusband

In the Tokyo underworld, there was an enforcer known as “The Immortal Dragon,” a yukaza known for his immense strength and tenacity, for brutalizing rival crime syndicate members…

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First Impression: Super Cub

A train pulls into the station. It is nighttime in a small town, and everyone is asleep as Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 floats gently through the air. The…

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First Impression – Nomad: Megalo Box 2

Megalo Box, the acclaimed anime series that celebrates the classic show Ashita no Joe but goes on it’s own path, returns with a second season. Episode one begins…

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First Impression: The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent!

A sinister cloud spreads through a swamp. Office lady Sei arrives home after working extremely late, only to be transported to another world…along with some other random girl.…

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First Impression: ODDTAXI

Odokawa is an odd duck (or rather, walrus) by most any measure. He’ll take an inappropriately long amount of time to think of an answer to a question…

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A Furuba Kung Fu Tea Giveaway and Live Stream

Kung Fu Tea, a bubble tea chain found throughout the U.S. and in several other countries, is running a really cool promotion right now as they partner with…

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Reader’s Corner: Demon Slayer, Nerdy Nurse, and Play It Cool, Guys

Date A Live, Vol. 1 Having enjoyed the Date A Live anime, I was curious to check out the source material, and the first volume didn’t disappoint. It’s…

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First Impression: Let’s Make a Mug Too

When her father’s company goes bankrupt, Himeno Toyokawa moves with him from Tokyo to Tajimi City in Gifu, where they open a cafe that specializes in using artistically-crafted…

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First Impression: Those Snow White Notes

After the death of his grandfather, Setsu feels alone, listless, and without purpose—not only because the old man was so important to him, but because during the final…

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First Impression: Koikimo

Another day, another conquest—though truth be told, misogynistic businessman Ryo Amakusa doesn’t seem to take much delight in taking so many women to bed. But his mindset is…

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First Impression: Dragon Goes House-Hunting

A troublesome son gets kicked out of the house and has to find his own place to live. It’s a tough situation for anyone, and especially for Letty,…

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Cosplay Beats! Balloon Bakugou

Just in time for a brand new season of My Hero Academia, our cosplayer Paris returns with another cosplay by Neverland Balloons. This time, she gathers all her…

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First Impression: Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

An evil organization is on the verge of conquering the entire world. Only one hero can stop them now, and his chances are slim— No, sorry, wrong anime.…

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First Impression: Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor

The episode opens with student council president Faria, a girl in military uniform, standing in a destroyed town, muttering about being too late before singing a song. Her…

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First Impression: Farewell, My Dear Cramer

An interviewer congratulates an athlete on leading her team to victory. Out of breath and visibly shaken, Nomi-san expresses her great relief at the win, knowing it means…

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Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: Wonder Grace Priority

“He is risen.” Christians will make this proclamation across the world today as they commemorate Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, giving second life to those who would put…

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First Impression: Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-

The shows opens with robots massacring humans while an idol-robot sings happily in front of a flaming auditorium full of corpses. Some old guy does something with a…

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Fanart Friday: Mawaru Penguindrum 10th Anniversary Film

One of our favorite anime series here on Beneath the Tangles is Mawaru Penguindrum, Kunihiko Ikuhara’s colorful, sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical series involving terrorists, magical girl …

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First Impression: SSSS.Dynazenon

The episode opens with a rapid montage of ambiguous scenes: teenagers hanging out along a riverbank; a muted argument in a school corridor; a hand releasing pearl-like beads…

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Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: Arising from Angel’s Egg Deluge

What does it mean to truly arise from the tomb, from everything the tomb implies? That is, death not only (only!) of the body, but of certainties, of…

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First Impression: Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood

Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood starts with a bang—or should I say, a burn—of blue flame, no less. A beautiful woman recites an incantation as she…

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Winner

The polls are closed, the votes are in, and we have a winner for the 2021 AniMarch Madness tournament! But before I announce it, let me just thank…

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Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: Our Last Crusade or the Rise of Something Better Than the Anime

I tend to be a “The book was better than the adaption” guy. That is, if a story first exists as a novel, is later adapted to some…

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Spring 2021 Anime First Impressions

The winter 2021 anime season feels a bit like life in general: Things are starting to get back to normal. Many delayed series are finally airing both among…

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Reader’s Corner: Carole & Tuesday, Rascal Does Not Dream of Siscon Idol, and The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya

Rascal Does Not Dream of Siscon Idol (Rascal, Vol. 4) My most consistent complaint about the Rascal series, which I otherwise find charming, is that the stories are…

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Holy Week 2021 [Arise]: A Pancreas-Eating Kind of Love

With Easter approaching this Sunday, Beneath the Tangles is posting thematically connected articles each day in commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection. For 2021, our theme is &#8220…

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Spring 2021 Anime First Impressions

The first episode of Mars Red kicks off with Major Maeda returning to Tokyo, having been called back early from a trip. His expertise is needed: There has…

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Wonder Egg Priority, Episode 11: “The Temptation of Death”?

Wonder Egg Priority is a beautiful, uncomfortable, moving and confusing series that starts out engaging all the things we don’t talk about—self-harm, abuse, rape, bullying, gender dysmorphia, and…

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