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

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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

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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.

Anime Recommendation: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

miss kobayashis dragon maidAge Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Fantasy / Comedy

# of Episodes: 8+ (show is currently airing on crunchyroll)

Synopsis:

“Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end! “ -Crunchyroll

Commentary:

At our last anime club (February), we viewed Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid for the first time! It is hilarious and I recommend to any of you who missed it, to see it for yourselves!

As a dragon, Tohru is very confused by human interactions and way of life. It’s up to Kobayashi to teach her how and to not out herself as a dragon to the rest of the world!

 

Watch for free at Crunchyroll.com to meet Tohru and her other dragon friends!

Also don’t forget about our monthly anime nights! The next one is April 3rd! Come for anime, stay for the pocky!
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Question of the Week Now ONLINE

For those of you who come into the Vortex regularly, the Question of the Week is nothing new.  Teen Services staff unveiled this ongoing program back in October and we’ve had hundreds of answers to our silly questions since then!

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Today, we’re introducing a new way to answer these questions and make your voices heard!  The Question of the Week will be posted here on the blog every Monday in addition to the printed version in the Vortex.  A QR code will be on each printed question so that you can stick a post-it on the Vortex board or comment online or both!

Today’s question is:

What anime would you like to watch at the library on Anime Night (March 7th)?

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Anime Recommendation of the Month: Princess Jellyfish

This month’s recommendation is the anime Princess Jellyfish.

princess jellyfishGenre: Comedy / Romance

Number of episodes: 11

Rating: PG-13

Language: English & Japanese with English Subs

Brief Synopsis:  “Amamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Kurashita Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to change when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch.”

Spoiler-free Commentary:

This is my hands-down all time favorite anime ever. I love it so much I’m not even quite sure just how to explain why I love it. Princess Jellyfish follows the adventures of Tsukimi and her friends after Tsukimi makes a new friend that (not so gently) pushes them far out of their comfort level to hilarious results.

It’s only failing is that it’s only 11 episodes! Once you get started, it’s far too easy to complete in a single sitting. My advice: take it slow. Savor it, because I loved this show to the point that the moment I finished it, I checked to see if there was going to be a second season. Unfortunately, like The Devil is a Part Timer, there is not. D: (You bet as writing this I double checked to see if that news changed.)

However! GOOD NEWS EVERYONE. There is a Princess Jellyfish manga! And like Fruits Basket, the manga continues on long after the anime ends. As of now, it’s up to 15 volumes in Japan! Thankfully, Kodansha Comics was awesome enough to pick up the license for the manga! In February of 2016, the first volume will be released in the US in English! Mark your calendars because I know I will be!

There was also a live-action version that came out in Japan last year! I have not yet had a chance to see it though, so respond in the comments if you have! I’d love to know your thoughts.

Itching to get started on the show? Check it out at the library today! Hulu also has the first two episodes available to watch for free.
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Anime Recommendation of the Month: The Devil is a Part-Timer

This month’s recommendation is the anime The Devil is a Part-Timer.

devil is a part timerGenre: Comedy / Fantasy

Number of episodes: 13

Rating: TV-14

Language: English & Japanese with English Subs

Brief Synopsis: “Inches away from conquering the world, the devil is foiled by a hero and finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint!” (Hulu.com)

Spoiler-free Commentary:

I first discovered this anime during Anime Central in 2014 while wandering around the vendor’s hall. At Funimation’s, they had a ginormous promotional poster advertising the anime. I knew nothing about it, but from just the title, I wanted to see it: The Devil is a Part Timer. The whole premise of satan being a fast food worker is hilarious. I began to imagine what it could possibly be about. Did he love it? Did he hate it? How did the devil get himself into such a situation? Maybe it was on purpose! Perhaps it was a social commentary on how fast food CEOs are the devil themselves (though then again, CEOs are not part-timers…there went that theory)!

About a year later, as I browsed aimlessly on Netflix, imagine my delight when I saw they had picked up the title! With nothing to lose but time, I started up the show to see if it would be as good as I hoped. It was! My only major complaint is I wish there was more. I’m a person who is an absolute sucker for character development and interaction. Thirteen episodes isn’t nearly enough time with the characters. I NEED MORE. Will there be a second season? Unfortunately, probably not.

However, which of my 2014 Anime Central musings came true and which were wild fantasies that never came to fruition in the show? Not telling! When I say spoiler-free, I mean it! Watch it yourself!

If you have Netflix, you can watch it there, but it is also available for free on Hulu.com! I watched it subbed, because the dub has a very strange glitch on netflix. Occasionally the show switches into a made-up language (which is fine) but if you leave the subtitles off, you have no idea what they’re saying when they switch into said fake language. So, long story short: watch the sub. You’ll save yourself some confusion.

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When you finish the show and you’re itching for more and just can’t stand it? GUESS WHAT. There’s a manga that is being released! AND GUESS WHAT ELSE!!!! The library has it! Check it out today!
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