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!

Anime Recommendation: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (or RE:0096)

0096Age Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Mecha

# of Episodes: OVA 7 (60 min.), Series 22 (30 min.)

Synopsis:

TU.C. 0096, three years after the end of the Second Neo Zeon War. The mysterious Vist Foundation attempts to hand over a certain secret to the Neo Zeon remnants known as the Sleeves. This will mean the opening of Laplace’s Box, which holds a great secret tied to the origins of the Universal Century. The exchange is to take place at the manufacturing colony Industrial 7, home of the student Banagher Links. When Banagher rescues a girl who gives her name as Audrey Burn, he is drawn into the conflict surrounding Laplace’s Box.” –Sunrise International

Commentary:

Now one of the most popular Gunpla advertisements put out by Bandai, Gundam Unicorn is an exciting tale of political intrigue, war, romance and the human condition. Also giant robots beating the tar out of each other.

Unicorn follows Banager Links as he uncovers the mystery of the Laplace’s Box and the giant robot given to him by his father, the prototype mobile suit RX-0 Unicorn. This OVA series blew up big a few years ago and now has an additional TV release. It was even chosen to replace the original Gundam statue in Tokyo (it transforms!)

The most striking thing about Unicorn is the visuals. The series has some of my favorite designs in all of the franchise and everything looks great in movement. This is especially true of the titular robot, with its flashy transformation sequences and Tron-esque design cues. Most of the music was done by the renowned composer Hiroyuki Sawano, who has worked on many big name shows. As with most Gundam stories, the plot relies heavily on melodrama and soap opera twists to move things along, but it’s too pretty for me to care.

There are a few of call backs to previous Gundam entries, most prominently Char’s Counter Attack and Double Zeta, but they aren’t necessary to enjoy it. Not everything makes sense, but if you what is essentially a cheesy love story with giant robots, then Unicorn is for you.

With the recent announcement of the Gundam Live Action film by Sunrise and Legendary, it is a great way to jump into the franchise.

We carry the first two volumes of the OVA containing the first 4 episodes. Library staff will be more than happy to help you get the rest of the series through interlibrary loan or you can watch the TV release for free on Crunchyroll.com.

Call Numbers: DVD ANIME MOBILE V.1
                           DVD ANIME MOBILE V.2

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Jay

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: 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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Ashe

Anime Recommendation: GATE

GATEAge Recommendation: 15+

Genre: Action / Fantasy

# of Episodes: 24

Synopsis:

On August 20XX, a gate suddenly appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district, unleashing a portal where monsters, medieval knights and other fantasy beings come from another world and wreak havoc on Tokyo. The Japanese Defense Force take action against these monsters and push them back into the “Gate”. The Third Reconnaissance Team is dispatched to the “Special Region” lead by officer (and otaku) Youji Itami.

Commentary:

GATE became a fast favorite for me the moment I saw it! The characters are interesting and grow as the show goes on. It’s also refreshing that the characters are of an older age (ranging from their 20/30s to around 1000!) which allows the plot to step outside of the drama of high school (though I do love those as well, Ouran Highschool Host Club anyone?)!

It is action-packed with plenty of humor to keep you watching and wanting more. I really hope a third season eventually gets released!

Watch for free at Crunchyroll.com!

Also don’t forget about our monthly anime nights! The next one is July 11th! Come for anime, stay for the pocky!