Anime Recommendation: Zombie Land Saga

zombie land saga

Age Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy

# of Episodes: 12

Synopsis:
“A typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peace these seven girls experience will suddenly be destroyed. By the living dead… zombies. A reality that they never wanted a part of, an amazing and terrifying zombie world. They all share one wish: “We want to live.” These girls will struggle through this saga, in order to achieve a miracle.”

Commentary:

I can honestly say I’ve never seen a zombie-themed media like this before! I’m usually not too big on zombies? Either too spoopy or too cliche, so I usually pass (Shaun of the Dead will always be my only exception, but we’re here to talk anime, not Simon Pegg!).

As you can guess, the main characters in the show are zombies! This isn’t your typical zombie fare—these girls are going to rock the world with their cheerful music! The girls are brought together by a mysterious music director to save Saga Prefecture and put it back on the map! WITH JOY. Of course, since the girls are zombies, things don’t always go….as expected. Can the girls make it big while hiding their true nature? Maybe! I haven’t finished it yet either!

Go log onto Crunchyroll to FIND OUT. It’s only 12 episodes long, so not a huge time commitment, but your view of zombies will be changed forever. They’re just like us! Only…their heads pop off sometimes.  

See more anime like this at our monthly anime nights! Next one is February 4 at 5 p.m!

Why are you still here? GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO. GO WATCH.

Daisho Con 2018 Photo Dump

Hey guys! Back in late November, the husband and I went to Daisho Con that’s held every year at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells! I love this convention because it’s like Anime Convention: The Beach Episode!

It’s a super good time and I’ll be sharing with you some of the photos of cosplays we took! ❤

When I know what the cosplay is from, the caption will list it! If I missed what anything is, feel free to let me know!

 

 

 

Anime Recommendation: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

slimeAge Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy

# of Episodes: 6 (ongoing; updates Mondays)

Synopsis:

“Corporate worker Mikami Satoru is stabbed by a random killer, and is reborn to an alternate world. But he turns out to be reborn a slime! Thrown into this new world with the name Rimuru, he begins his quest to create a world that’s welcoming to all races.”

 

Commentary:

This is my favorite, favorite, favorite anime to watch right now. I seriously never want it to end. I thought I was over the “Japanese character gets shoved into another world/game/etc trend but NOPE. It sucked me in. It subverts a lot of the tropes (the main character is a friggin slime!), and is just so enjoyable you can’t help feeling happy after each episode is over.

It’s really oddly wholesome in a way that’s indescribable. Just how Rimuru interacts with the world around him and is just so pure of heart and accepting of others is so refreshing. I get sad after each episode is over only because I know I’ll have to wait another week for the next one to update! I never know what the next one will bring, and thankfully there’s no spoilers for the “next time on” other than the title of the next episode (I really don’t like shows that do that!).

The cast has a wide range of characters and races from cranky dragons and dwarves to adorable and kindhearted goblins (not a phrase you often hear! Especially considering the other anime that’s popular these days. Note: Goblin Slayer is NOT teen friendly. DEFINITELY NOT. Don’t watch it. Especially the first episode. Please.).

We watched That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime for November’s Anime Night. But if you missed this month, it’s still available to watch for free any time on crunchyroll!

Stay tuned for our next Anime Night on December 3 at 5 p.m. Dun dun dun~!   

 

Anime Recommendation: Cells at Work

Age Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy

# of Episodes: 8 (ongoing)

Synopsis:

“This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body. According to a new study, the human body consists of approximately 37 trillion cells. These cells are hard at work every day within a world that is your body. From the oxygen carrying Red Blood Cells to the bacteria fighting White Blood Cells, get to know the unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside of you!”

Commentary:

I’ve had a chance to see two episodes so far of this show, and I absolutely, completely adore it. It brings me back to the days of the Osmosis Jones TV show I’d watch Saturday mornings back when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

However, Cells at Work is definitely not a copy! It just gives me the general feeling because of the setting, but that’s where the similarities end. For one, this is strangely educational without going overboard. Each character when they’re first introduced, it’s explained what they do in our bodies and why they’re important!

Also, White Blood Cell is pretty competent (Sorry Osmosis, I still love you)! And the Red Blood Cell is just completely adorable. She’s still learning her job and gets turned around every which way (ending up in the kidneys when she was trying to find the lungs!) in our confusing bodies but still always does her best! Thankfully White Blood Cell is usually there to save the day from whatever mishap she landed herself in this time.

I never thought I’d ship cells (Red Blood Cell X White Blood Cell forever) in my body together but I do. I unapologetically, totally do.

We are going to watch Cells at Work on our next anime night on September 10 at 5 p.m. Can’t wait until then? Watch it on Crunchyroll for free!

Fun with Fandoms: Wednesday, Feb 14

Need a place to discuss fandoms with new people? Fret no more! Fun with Fandoms is on Wednesday, the 14th this month! To celebrate it falling on Valentine’s Day, we’ll also have the card game, Slash, available to play!

Slash is a game similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but the point is to create the best (or funniest!) pairings! What better way to celebrate fandoms on Valentines Day than the ultimate fandom fascination… SHIPPING!!???!!

Also quick note, Fun with Fandoms will be taking a short break in the spring and will not be returning again until June! So don’t worry; this isn’t the last meeting! We’ll see you again in the summer.

Anime Recommendation: Your Name

your name

Have you been looking for a full length anime film that makes you feel things that isn’t made by Studio Ghibli? Yes, those do exist. I know, right? It’s crazy! Go watch Your Name! It’s funny, sweet and will make your heart feel things you didn’t know it could feel. The best way to describe it is that it makes your heart ache (especially near the end!!).  

It’s about two characters, Mitsuha and Taki, who magically switch bodies at random when they dream. How can they meet when they don’t even know where the other is? Laugh, cry and fall in love with Your Name today.

Anime Recommendation: Un-Go

un go

Age Recommendation: 15+

Genre: Mystery / Supernatural

# of Episodes:  11

Synopsis:

“In a dystopian future, detective Shinjuurou Yuuki—known by some as the “Defeated Detective”—solves mysteries throughout Tokyo. Aided by his odd associate Inga, Shinjuurou’s insight and ingenuity in cracking cases, particularly homicides, lead to numerous mysteries solved and culprits caught. However, his partner seems to have some other, more sinister intentions for the people they catch, and the truth of the assistant’s identity and motivation is shrouded in secrecy.” (myanimelist)

Commentary:

Un-Go is a short but really great mystery anime. If you lived with me, you would know that I have a weird fixation on mysteries. If it’s a murder mystery, I’ll always give it a chance (Bones, NCIS, Lucifer, etc). But there’s a caveat for me, it has to be good! I won’t watch just anything; The characters must be interesting! Un-Go definitely doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. Inga is especially my favorite character. Let’s just say there’s a little surprise lying in wait for the audience about Inga.

Its length is also a perk for me because I’m not stuck watching arc after arc wondering when the villain is going to be caught. After 11 episodes, it’s over; short but satisfying.

Visit crunchyroll.com to see what I mean!

Also don’t forgot the Vortex does still host monthly anime nights the first Monday of every month. The next one is Monday, December 4 at 5 p.m! Be there, and there may be some pocky in it for you.