Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Many Faces of Mr. Osomatsu

WARNING! This post does contain offensive humor, political references, and possibly triggering content. Do not read if you are... "sensitive." The Anime Society is not responsible for any butthurt people who didn't read our warning. 

Before we get into the beautiful Ososmatsu montage, let us take a moment to appreciate the fact that Mr. Flag gets a call from Obama. @Obama, we miss you. Come back. 

6 New Titles on Crunchyroll You Should Watch

Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Crunchyroll staff, new titles and Simulcasts are being added to the Crunchyroll library frequently. While some of them are great titles that fans have been eager to watch, others aren't quite all they're cracked up to be. No matter what they're rating might be, we'll give you the scoop on these juicy new additions, and why they're worth your time to watch. 





"Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil 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! To stall any further plans for world domination, the hero tracks the devil’s trail and takes on the lowly tasks of a telemarketer."
A title that first caught many eyes due to the popularity of the manga, it's a good series. The audience does seem to prefer the manga, as the art of the animation can tend to be a bit awkward, it doesn't fully give the original justice. None the less, it's interesting enough to give it a try. Also, @Crunchyroll, why did you pick such an awkward cover page, everyone looks very poorly Photoshopped on... Everyone is missing arms and legs, and our main character doesn't even have a lower body.





Rating: B




"Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell. Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil."

Kuroshitsuji (Alt. title) can pretty much be considered one of the pinnacle series in the fandom world. It's insanely popular, has a lot of depth, and continues to grow without becoming boring and repetitive. The best thing about this series is the anime, while based on the manga, has its own plot. It follows the general story and then branches off into something entirely new.
Rating: A+


"In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!"


A side arc of the Black Butler series that follows along more closely with the actual events that occur in the manga. The franchise seems to split up various events in the manga into 'arcs,' therefore making it easier to expand and go into more detail on each occurrence, as well as making it easier for fans to follow along. The Book of Circus arc has the same chilling aura of the original and introduces a lot of neat characters. While it doesn't matter that much for a fan to watch BoC first, it's best to watch the main anime to avoid confusion.
Rating: A+
{Also a side note, thank you Crunchyroll for getting these titles, but you should've gotten them sooner! We've been waiting too long >-< I suppose they got these titles for the upcoming Black Butler: Book of Atlantic series that will be coming out this year.}



"Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacled sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward"

Another really popular title that Crunchyroll has finally gotten their tentacles on. The character development, as well as the whole scenario, is really engaging. It didn't go as in-depth as the manga, but it's still pretty good in its own right.

Rating: A





"Witness the blood-soaked roots of a legend in Hellsing, the action-horror series that launched the careers of some of anime’s brightest stars. The vampire Arucard and his servant Seras Victoria protect the British Empire from ghouls and satanic freaks. Together, they haunt the shadows as a sinister force of good—and tonight the streets of England shall flow with the blood of their evil prey."

From the same creators as Drifters, this is a series that a lot of people have been super interested in, but didn't know where they could find it to watch legally. Crunchyroll did a great job obtaining this title, especially with Drifters season two coming up fairly soon, as well as Berserk gaining traction. Series like these are really gaining popularity, and are worth checking out if you're into that genre. 

Rating: A





"Galko, Otako and Ojou are a trio of unlikely friends in high school with three very different perspectives. Each episode embarks on a day in the life of a trendy girl, an otaku, and a lady, as they discuss their “girl problems."


Alongside Sailor Moon and other feminine titles, Galko-chan is a cute series that has been appealing to the young girl audience. Most series that try to deal with real life problems end up being a bust, but Galko-chan brings up girl issues in a fairly relatable and helpful way, all while having interesting characters for girls to identify with. The manga was a huge hit, and the anime is something interesting as well. The art style is fairly smooth, and the color use for both is aesthetically pleasing. 

Rating: A



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bladedance of Elementalers Opinion: Kinda Blows (Oh hey I might be a feminist)

This is a bit of an older series, first aired in around 2014 I believed, so it's an older anime, explaining some of it's... shortcomings. I've had it on my queue for a while, and after three episodes I stopped because it just didn't excite me enough compared to other things I wanted to watch. But now I'm finally getting around to finishing it up, and I can see why I abandoned this deadweight all those years ago. Click that read more button to find out why I feel it blows strongly... pardon the joke.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Classicaloid Highlights - Binge Watch & The Many faces of Beethes

While we may be a little late for hopping on the Classicaloid bandwagon, we figured we'll get in on this anyway. Here's an existential-over-gyoza-Beethoven to express how sad we are that we weren't here when it was super popular. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Introducing: The Many Faces Series

Sometimes, there's a gag anime that's so hilarious that unless you watch it, it's difficult to express the humor. Words can fail us sometimes. So, when we encounter anime such as this, we will now do a different sort of display, something that will capture the very essence of a comedy.

Introducing: The Many Faces Series! 

Instead of captions with various responses, headcanons, and tidbits of sarcastic commentary, we will start doing The Many Faces. We will focus on a specific character, and take the time to capture all of their most eloquent faces and moments. The soul of the character will really come through our little mini gallery.

Here's a brief teaser of one of the refined faces of a character we will be bringing to the table for all of you thirsty readers. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Your Name Review - A Fleeting Phenomenon


After seeing Your Name in theaters, I have been absolutely blown away. I even cried in the theater because I was so moved by this work of art. Makoto Shinkai really is the next big producer for Japanese films, with She and Her Cat and 5 Centimeters per Second, he is capturing our hearts and stimulating our minds beyond what we thought was capable with a film. The artwork in Your Name was stunning, the color was so bright and eye catching, it had the perfect amount of contrast. The details for the background were so well done, each frame seemed to hold a painstakingly large amount of time and effort. The smooth flow of the animation, combined with the art made it so visually pleasing, there wasn't even the slightest bit of jarring imagery. I particularly like the imagery put into the town by the lake, as well as the sky. Even the slightest shift in color gave it a world of depth, all of the subtle details put into the film made it all the more incredible.




The plot was so utterly surprising it took me off guard. From the description of the film, it seems obvious that it may be something time-related like they're lovers in different times or something. It was a bit of a let down to read the description and feel like you already knew what was going on. But once I watched the film I was constantly surprised until I had almost no clue what I should even expect or prepare for. It was almost terrifying, going in to watch a movie and having to pretty much fly blind. The plot continued to grow, the story was something that kept everyone thinking, wondering, on the edge of their seats as they tried to figure out what could possibly happen next. I don't think I have ever been so engaged in a film or even an anime series. The last time I have ever felt so exhilaratingly lost was with 'Charlotte,' and even then it didn't continue to keep me traveling on a dark path until the very last moment. 

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The music was riveting. It set the mood perfectly, but what was even better was the perfectly timed moments of silence. The soundtrack of a movie is meant to intensify the experience, to set the mood perfectly so the viewer knows exactly what to feel. But silence and action can speak even louder than words, and this film executed this perfectly. The music was right where it needed to be, and there was space between the sound for us to focus solely on what is happening in front of our eyes, rather than what we hear. The voice actors that were picked for the various actors were also perfect. I went and saw the subtitled version of the film, so I don't know if they English voice actors they picked were any good. I have a feeling they're at the very least decent, there's no way they would ruin such an amazing film with poorly picked voices. But the Japanese voice actors fit the character so perfectly. There was no awkward sound or pauses, it was if they had really melded into the character, and knew how to voice it perfectly. They also sounded the right age, and it's a pretty common issue for the voice actors to not really sound the age that their character is.

What really makes Your Name stand out, besides the fact that it is high quality with a mindblowing story, is the depth. There are so many movies and anime series that have fairly shallow plotlines, they don't really go beyond something to entertain the audience. But Your Name touches on human nature, the unceasing flow of time, and the struggle of coming into oneself. There are so many underlying themes here it would take an indefinite amount of time to list all of them, and the significance they hold in our own lives. It is a romance, that's clear, but it is also a tender tragedy, with forgotten memories that they will never be able to recover, despite them being reunited. 

I was so moved by Your Name, and the second it goes out on DVD I will immediately snap it up because it's a film that I know I could watch a million times and never stop feeling as though it's impacting my life. I think I will go and see the dubbed version if I can get the time to do so, and if anyone is interested in going, please let me know, and I would be happy to accompany you. Your Name was gorgeous, heart-wrenching, and phenomenal. It is the sort of event and masterpiece that comes about rarely, almost like a shooting star or a comet, flying through our lives quickly, but leaving memories and an impression that will remain with us for the rest of our brief lifetimes.  

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Movie Night


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On April 26th for one night only, there will be a premiere of the hit series Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress across the United States and Canada. The subtitled series will be aired in two sections, and everyone is extremely excited. As the series isn't available on Crunchyroll (Only through Amazon Prime), it is something many anime fans are dying but unable to see under normal circumstances. While it isn't playing locally for our home base members, there is a long list of theaters for everyone out of town who is interested in going. It's only playing once, so make sure to get your tickets, reserve a spot, and don't miss out on this incredible series.  
"When mankind is threatened by a sudden emergence of undead monsters, those who are bitten become "Kabane" - one of them. To survive under the rise of Kabanes, the Hinomoto people have built fortress stations and barricaded themselves inside. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is the story of those who travel beyond these fortresses."

While it is similar to a zombie type series, it evolves into something so much more. It explores the deeper aspects of human nature, has super cool graphics, and the characters grow so beautifully as they struggle with survival. The fight scenes are something that can only be expected from the same studio that created Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress deserves all of the fame and excitement that it has enticed.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Finale Highlights

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has come to an end, but it will forever leave a deep impression on us. In this final episode, we see Tohru and Kobayashi strengthen the bond between them. Tohru's father takes her away, leaving Kobayashi a complete mess without her. When she sneaks back, Kobayashi rises to her defense. After a heartwarming declaration from Kobayashi, Tohru's father finally leaves her be, and here we see the couple having a touching reunion and hug. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Kiss Him Not Me Manga Highlights

Honestly, I feel. Sleeping so peacefully, a semi-romantic moment. And then it's ruined because she jumps up and screams something very weeaboo-like. The art style for the series though, in the comedic relief sections, is just beautiful. Igarashi is still startled despite knowing her for so long. Generally, when you know an otaku of Kae's caliber for a long period of time, you get used to random outbursts and fangirl moments. 

Gotta love that Dragon Ball Z reference man. Collect all of the Dragon Balls to revive Goku again. Seriously though, Goku has died so many time, but he just keeps coming back. From what I've been watching every now and then, his ghost or spirit is just following his family and friends around, but instead of enjoying his final moments with them he goes to a fighting tournament. What a jerk. But yes, Dragon Balls have kept Goku semi-alive for eons, perhaps they'll save Senpai. 

Your dear family member is gravely ill and in a hospital, and when you return from a phone call you see one of their friends forming a magic circle around their bed with a crazed expression on their face. The detail and effort Kae put into making the circle is admirable, she put everything she had into her sorcery. 

And it's a Fullmetal Alchemist reference. One of the best things about this series is the fact that it's so relatable, as well as it's like it's set in our world. There's references that we as readers can recognize, as well as the fact that it's about an Otaku. While not all of the readers have their own harem, we're all anime fans, so it's interesting to read a manga about someone who is pretty similar to us. 

A lot of people say that people in a coma can hear you, I wonder how much truth there is to that? It's pretty great though, Kae is just saying all of this crazy stuff, and Mutsumi, who's in a coma and doesn't understand anything that's going on, can only begin to imagine what on earth it means.  If I heard someone talking about transmutation, I would probably be terrified. 



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bungo Stray Dogs Manga Highlights

The awkward face Dazai makes when he realizes that it's Mori on the phone... That just made my day. He even cringed. It's not much of a surprise that Dazai is a little freaked out, even repulsed by Mori, considering the guy keep insisting he returns to the Port Mafia and killed the former Mafia boss right in front of him. Mori was also the one who had raised Dazai when he had first joined the Mafia, he raised him to be the person he was. Dazai most likely doesn't like the feeling fo remembering the sort of person he was, who Mari had made him into before Dazai finally escaped and joined the Armed Detective Agency. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

OYA OYA, WE HAVE PREMIUM BOIIIIIIIIIIII

Look at this loser right here, my awkward little dork. Anywho, guess what we have? This super awesome President right here (me) just got us a free subscription to Crunchyroll Premium, and we may possibly be getting some goodies, still working on that part. So three cheers for your favorite lazy otaku, and look forward to coming to meetings and not having any adds. Also look forward to more frequent site updates and new anime showings, as now it's a lot easier to keep simulcasts organized. Thank you very much Crunchyroll, you are the ultimate bae. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Berserk Season Two Launch

Berserk Season Two has launched! With other seasons overshadowing it, there hasn't been many announcements and news on it, but it's definitely something to get excited over.

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Interviews with Monster Girls Finale Highlights

The finales for Interviews with Monster Girls has come, and we sit back to enjoy one final episode of our Demi-chan girls, who we will love and miss very dearly. 

Takahashi tries so hard to do what he can to help the girls, but sometimes he gets so wrapped up in his head that he forgets that they have been living with their Demi-human nature for their entire lives, so at certain points, he's just preaching to the choir. I'll talk a bit more about it later, but here we see Hikari acting so casual about her vampire nature, and just treating it as a normal part of herself, which it essentially is. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Masamune-kun's Revenge Finale Highlights

Season one of Masamune-kun's Revenge has come to a close, but it may not have been the spectacular ending we had been expecting. 
After the thrilling end to their play of Snow White, which has been constantly hinted at in the intro scenes as being an essential plot point, Masamune passes out and then our next portion of the episode begins at the cliche karaoke hangout. What high school romance anime would it be without a scene where everyone sings karaoke? A good one, that's what. It was a bit of a letdown.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Episode 11/12 Highlights

With Episode 13 right around the corner, we're working on catching up and enjoying as many moments of our favorite dragon maids as we can before the finale comes around 
The animators put such detail into Tohru's eyes throughout the whole series, so it's always a little bit funny when they have her with the white, blank stare. Especially in her dragon form, when she normally looks so fearsome, then she just looks like this big old lump tootling around without a care in the world, besides her Kobayashi. Also, if you look closely, you'll see her not only carrying around a little knapsack in her mouth, but she has the scarf Kobayashi gave her still wrapped around her horn.

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Hero Academia Season 2 Highlights

Not only did we get Season Two of Attack on Titan on Saturday, we also received the anticipated new season of My Hero Academia! After gaining an enormous amount of popularity, as well as making it onto the list of Anime of the Year (as well as winning tons of awards and love), everyone eagerly awaited the new season. At long last, out underdog hero Deku is coming back, inspiring our hearts and helping us believe in ourselves. 

Why I think Hisoka is Super Creepy

I'm a big fan of HunterxHunter, but I really don't like Hisoka. To start with, he's a total creep. I mean, look at him. He's into the whole clown cosplay thing, and he wears these super awkward muscle shirts. He's also a pedophile. Hisoka is fascinated with Gon, and when they're fighting, he says that he's getting turned on. Gon is twelve. GON IS TWELVE!!! And yet here's Hisoka, saying that fighting this little kid is really getting him going. What a guy, wow. And then he's talking to Kurapika, saying how fighting with the boss of the Phantom Troupe would also turn him on. The repeating pattern I'm seeing here is males and fighting, so I think it's safe to assume he's homosexual, as well as a pedophilic masochist. Generally, people don't get sexually excited when they're beating up twelve-year-old boys with rocks, so I think I have logic on my side for this one. Also, he gave his Nen abilities super sexual names, like Bungee Love, and something else that sounds equally disturbing. And when he describes it, he says it in the most breathy voice ever in the dub, and it makes me so incredibly uncomfortable. AND THEN. There's all the footage of him naked. It's like the producers want us to like this weirdo. The number of times he shows up naked in the newer version of the anime, at least what I've seen so far, is outrageous. Where are my shower scenes of Kurapika and Killua? HUH?! WHY IS IT ONLY OF HISOKA?! And from what I've heard from other fans, it only gets worse as time goes on. There are more shots of nude Hisoka, and he only gets creepier. Why won't he leave Gon alone, he's such a little cinnamon bun, he doesn't deserve Creepy Hisoka harassing him. So there, I think Hisoka is pretty creepy. If you like him, good for you, I support people liking their own characters and having individual tastes. If you also think Hisoka is a creep, good for you too. All I'm saying is this is what I think, no sweat bro. 

HERE'S WHAT I THINK OF YOUR POLICIES

So I know I laid down the policies saying no swearing, to have it friendly for everyone. But, um, yeah, I changed my mind. I'm an otaku, I have delved into the darkest corner of the internet, I have seen memes that should have never come into existence. My vocabulary has expanded far beyond what is socially acceptable, although I'm a teenager so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.
One of the things about being an anime fan, or just a fan in general, is liking something and expressing it however you want. And if I keep putting all these restrictions on myself and other writers, we're going to feel like we can't enjoy things the way we normally do.
So.
Fuck the rules
Most of the people who read our posts and blog content are probably mature enough to handle it. If you can't, let me help. See that little x in the top right corner? Scroll over to that and click it. Sorry, but you'll either have to do that or learn to deal with it.
Now I'm not saying that we're going to swear constantly, we aren't animals. I'm just saying that we may swear at times when we feel we need an emphasis on what we're trying to say, and you should be aware of that. If that's an issue for you, I'm sorry, but there's nothing we can do about it.

Hope this won't be much of a bother, and have a DAMN GOOD SPRING BREAK.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saga of Tanya the Evil Season Finale Highlights

WE'RE BEING TORN APART BY ALL OF THESE SEASON FINALES!!! Saga on Tanya the Evil has been one the Society Favorites since it first premiered, but we've been so wrapped up in enjoying the series and our other articles that we never really got a chance to talk about it. But with the Finale upon us, there isn't a better time to go over some of the stuff that caught our eye in the last episode, as well as the few before that I believe. 

The opening for the series is a very good, but there's a lot of different scenes, as well as multiple visuals as once, making is difficult to catch everything. One of the things that I did notice was that they showed this guy, the only enemy who really made multiple appearances and fought against Tanya more than once. Several relevant characters show up the opening, but he caught my eye, as it served as a sort of foreshadowing. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nanbaka Season 2 Finale

Season two has wrapped up, leaving viewers on a bit of a cliffhanger. Jyugo has succeeded in freeing Hajime and Samon, and now they need to battle against the main boss, er, what's his name? The man who looks like he put feather boas instead of hair extensions in. Anyway, the grapevine has been saying that Season three will be coming out in January of 2018, so essentially another year, which is a bit of a letdown. Our only consolation is that there will actually be another season. Thank god that it became so popular, it's such a good series it would be a shame to not continue it. Nanbaka, while it constantly insists that it is a comedy anime, which it loosely is, it contains an ongoing plot with deep action, as well as more mature themes. It's the perfect hybrid of comedy and action, something that is very difficult to achieve, especially on the long term scale that Nanbaka has planned. A seriously amazing anime, we eagerly await 2018 and the new season it will bring.

Attack On Titan Season 2 Episode 26

I was completely blown away! After all the build up and waiting for so long, Attack on Titan has really provided us with that gritty and action packed plot that we have been craving. While we didn't get to see much of our main character in this first episode, it gave us a broad look of what is going on in the series at that moment, which was perfectly executed. They had everything done perfectly, and it packed more of a punch than if we just continued to follow Eren and his gang around. It showed us newer characters, made us fall in love with them, and then ripped our hearts out, a process in the series that we both love and hate with our entire soul. Season two was worth the wait, and everyone eagerly waits for the next episode

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ATTACK ON TITAN & MY HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 2

ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON TWO IS HERE
SO IS MY HERO ACADEMIA
NOT A DRILL
GET ON OVER TO CRUNCHYROLL AND WATCH IT

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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga - Don't you love siblings?

Don't you just love siblings? Especially older ones you haven't seen in a while? When they come hug you after being away for a long time? Or when they flying kick you in the face for no apparent reason except they felt like it?


And then when questioned, they make you look like an idiot, as if you don't understand what's going on, and only they as the older and superior sibling can teach you.