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: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

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Age Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy

# of Episodes: 24

Synopsis:

“Saiki Kusuo is a typical 16-year-old high school student… except he has psychic powers. He can use them to get whatever he wants, but he also knows everything that people are thinking. Everything. No surprises, no secrets, no normal human experiences. He’s kept his powers in check since childhood, but with the temptations of high school now on his mind, he’s bending the rules—and spoons.”

Commentary:

Get ready for probably the funniest and most ridiculous thing you’ve seen in a long time. Seriously. Make sure you’re sitting down while watching this and only have something to drink while the show is paused. You will thank me if you follow these suggestions.

Poor Saiki is burdened with psychic powers. It’s not all its cracked up to be. His parents (lovingly?) take advantage of him, and he has to hide his powers from everyone else to make sure no one flips their pancakes. It’d be pretty freaky to discover that someone you grew up with secretly knew all your thoughts! Ahh!

This show constantly ups the ante in ways I never dreamed possible. You’ll just have to watch it yourself to see what I mean. There are no words created yet to describe this show.

Watch it on Funimation’s website, or on Netflix if your family has a subscription! Remember, no eating until the show is over! (It’s not so bad, every episode is split into 4 mini episodes, so plenty of time for nommage).  

With great power, comes great opportunities for people to annoy you.
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Anime Recommendation: How to Keep a Mummy

how to keep a mummyAge Recommendation: 11+

Genre: Comedy

# of Episodes: 8 (so far, it’s still currently airing)

Synopsis:

“Kashiwagi Sora is living a normal high school student life, when his “adventurer” father sends him a mummy from his travels in Egypt! Sora balks at the letter from his crazy dad (“I found a cool mummy, so I decided to leave it with you, son!”) at first, but the mummy that emerges from inside the huge coffin is a mere 12 centimeters tall–small enough to fit in the palm of his hand. Not only that, it’s shy, a crybaby and most of all, heckin’ cute. And so, Sora and ends up keeping the mummy, naming his new little buddy “Mii-kun.” But living with a mummy might be easier said than done!” -Crunchyroll

Commentary:

We watched this for Anime Night in March and oh my glob. This is the cutest anime I’ve seen in a LONG time. I was skeptical about showing it, I knew it’d be age appropriate, but not sure if it’d be overly cutesy (like Bananya, I love Bananya, but it can be an acquired taste for some, definitely). My worries were completely unfounded.

If you’re in a bad mood from a bad day full of awful badness, this will make it so much better. It’s a little ray of sunshine on a cold, uncaring world.

It’s heartwarming, funny and absolutely endearing. It will definitely make you want to own a little Mii-kun of your own! I know I dooo. Watch it for free on Crunchyroll.com today! You seriously won’t be disappointed. What are you still doing here? GO WATCH.

Anime Recommendation: Polar Bear Cafe

polar bear cafeAge Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy

# of Episodes: 50

Synopsis:

“Polar Bear’s café revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo.” -Crunchyroll

Commentary:

At our last anime club (June), we viewed Polar Bear Cafe. It’s a show I’ve seen a long time ago that I wanted to introduce to everyone! It’s very lighthearted and pretty episodic so it’s easy to pop in and out on watching it. Panda is definitely my favorite character because he’s so sweet but not very bright (but always well-meaning!).

Some fun information too, a lot of the voice actors for the animals are famous Japanese voice actors that have done some popular characters! For example, Llama is Sebastian from Black Butler! Watch and see if you can tell!

Watch for free at Crunchyroll.com! Also don’t forget about our monthly anime nights! The next one is July 10! Come for anime, stay for the pocky!

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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.

Hulu

Netflix

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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Anime Recommendation of the Month: Witchcraft Works

April’s recommendation is the anime, Witchcraft Works.

Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Comedy

Number of episodes: 12

Rating: PG-13

Language: Japanese with English Subs (currently there is no dub available)

Brief Synopsis: “Takamiya Honoka is just an average student who just so happens to sit next to Kagari Ayaka, the “Princess” of the school, and has never said a word to her. However, one day when Takamiya’s life is put in danger, Kagari arrives to his rescue dressed as a witch. It is revealed that Kagari is what is known as a Workshop Witch within the city and Takamiya is under her protection and shall henceforth protect him from any danger that ensues…” – Crunchyroll

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Image: crunchyroll.com

Spoiler-free Commentary

I discovered this anime by a crazy random happenstance last summer as I was browsing for something to watch. The description (provided above) seemed mildly interesting and it didn’t have seventy bajillion episodes to it, so I thought to myself, “why not?”

What I love about this show is that it is a total trope reversal! Tropes are common stereotypes you find in TV land such as how people are always extremely dumb in horror movies (See TV Tropes for more!  Quick warning, you could get lost on that site forever!).

The specific trope I’m referencing with Witchcraft Works is the one where a guy constantly has to rescue the girl because she is a helpless damsel in distress and can’t possibly save herself (see Kagome in InuYasha, Mario and Princess Peach in various Mario games, I could go on and on but I won’t). What’s different about this show is Takamiya, the male lead, is actually the damsel in distress! Kagari has to save him quite a bit in the show and this gender reversal is quite refreshing!

There’s also a lot of comedy and really cool action scenes with lots of magic going on as you’d expect with a show with “witchcraft” in its name; it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The romantic nature of the show is very sweet as well with Kagari showing her affection in rather unusual ways.

I highly recommend Witchcraft Works to anyone who is looking for something a bit different but with minimal time commitment. At only 12 episodes, you can watch the entire series in about 4-5 hours!

If you like romance with lots magic and action happening this is definitely the show for you! It is available to watch for free online on Crunchyroll.

The library also has plenty of anime available on both DVD and Blu-ray located on the second floor. Check it out!


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