The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection

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The official announcement post of my new album! Check it out!

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My secret project is not so secret anymore!

I have been hard at work, scrounging for MIDIs, sampling and editing them meticulously, transcribing, recording, editing (that’s audio, images, and even a little bit of video), and just about anything else you can think of to put together the project shown in the below video. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Coming January 1, 2015, you will be able to listen to and download a full MP3 version of The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection by yours truly here on my YouTube channel and my blogs, Japesland.Wordpress.com and JapeslandSheets.Wordpress.com.

The album includes 17 tracks encoded as MP3s at 192kbps spanning 6 of Key’s most famous visual novels (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Planetarian, Little Busters!, and Rewrite). It will also include sheet music and album art, along with some other potential goodies (still working this out!).

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Anime Today: Shirobako and the Judeo-Christian Work Ethic

Anime Today: Shirobako and the Judeo-Christian Work Ethic

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My most recent article on Beneath the Tangles

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I’ve had an unsteady relationship with Shirobako this season. On one hand, the series provides great insight into the animation process (with a few asterisks, to be sure). It’s also produced quite well, as is normal with most of PA Works’ productions. However, it’s also a bit difficult to follow. Shirobako includes what appears to be a main protagonist, but it jumps around to so many different characters that it is rather difficult to definitively dive into the consciousness of one and truly relate.

Yet despite this, one major theme of the series remains constant: working can be both difficult and rewarding.

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You might be familiar with the Japanese expectation of work. Whether that is the high educational standards through compulsory education, or salarymen literally working themselves to death, work in Japan is no joke. Shirobako reflects this, and if you’ve been watching and and have been surprised by…

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Help Orphans. Win Anime.

Help Orphans. Win Anime.

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A week and a half ago, we started a charitable campaign drive to raise funds for orphans, children with disabilities, and women in vulnerable situations.  I’m happy to update that with about two weeks to go, we’re over 75% of the way to our goal of $600!  Thank you to those of you who have donated and to the many who have helped spread the word about our campaign.

But we still need more help.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider giving.  This holiday season, through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, your money can help so many who are less fortunate.  And in doing so, you also have an opportunity win DVDs!

For every $10 donated, you get one entry into our raffle, which is full of great anime collections and items (generously given to us by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America):

  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of…

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The Tangles Anime Podcast: Episode 4

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For our fourth episode, we are excited to have Marina, from Anime B&B, as our guest with Charles, our editor-in-chief here at Beneath the Tangles, as co-host. This month, we talk about the profound impact that anime has had upon our lives, as expressed in one of Marina’s articles.

Feel free to stream the episode below, subscribe on iTunes, or check out our RSS feed!

Also, be sure to email us with any questions you would like included in our “Listener Mail” portion, including the name you would like stated in the podcast and your website or blog for us to share!

Time Stamps:
Intro – 0:00
Announcements – 8:32
Otaku Diet – 13:19
What We’ve Been Thankful For – 25:09
Current Article/Discussion – 33:14
Listener Mail – 1:02:24
Closer – 1:11:50

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Note: Below are the articles mentioned in the podcast:

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Anime Today: When Even One Supernatural Student is Missing (Even if She is Commonplace…)

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A shorter article than usual, mainly due to the heavy use of pictures and quoted biblical text. I hope you enjoy it, nonetheless!

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As carefree of a series as When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de) is, it has rather regularly hit on a rather serious topic, if only briefly. Charles focused on one of these two weeks ago, writing on perhaps one of the most impressive several minutes of anime monologuing in the past year or so. As you can see from the above screenshots (courtesy of Crunchyroll), the literature club’s protagonists are lamenting the disappearance of Hatoko, and the very integrity of the group after her absence.

Although only a brief moment in the episode, and completely dependent upon the events in the previous episode, this immediately struck home for me. To illustrate this point, I will provide two examples. The first of these comes from a piece of my childhood very near and dear to my heart.

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Anime Fans Give Back! Help the Less Fortunate and Win Anime DVDs

Anime Fans Give Back! Help the Less Fortunate and Win Anime DVDs

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A fantastic charity with raffles for some fantastic prizes (hundreds of dollars of anime are being given out!), so I hope you’ll join me in making this holiday season a little better for those who aren’t as well off as we are. :D

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Isn’t it strange how the holiday season becomes all about us?  Christmas has turned into an occasion to spent lots of money (and oftentimes on ourselves).  Our writers want to flip the focus this year and turn toward those who are in need.  We are eager to help heal and care for individuals who are less fortunate than we are.

We ask that you help us meet our goals by contributing funds for this holiday raffle.  Donations will be divided equally between three campaigns for Samaritan’s Purse, a highly rated Christian charitable organization:

  • Hope for children with disabilities: Your donations will help supply specialized equipment, corrective surgery, or schooling to help a child overcome disabilities.
  • Care for orphans: Your gifts can demonstrate love by providing food, housing, healthcare, and other essentials.
  • Protection for vulnerable women: Your charity can help protect victims of gender-based violence, provide basic…

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