Anime Club

Whatever qualifies as anime... There is usually a current Japanese TV season's series being watched, and classic movies and series from the past being rewatched.

Posts for this club should be tagged: anime_club.

March 26

Spring 2019 Anime Season

MyAnimeList. AnimeChart. Besides the second season of One Punch Man, what looks good?
posted by ardgedee at 12:20 PM - 27 comments

January 4

Winter 2019 Anime Season

It is upon us, because time somehow continues to pass. Anichart, MyAnimeList [more inside]
posted by Sequence at 10:16 AM - 41 comments

October 14

FLCL: Full Flat  Season 3, Episode 6

The countdown to doomsday has begun, as terminal cores lock onto plants around the world. But for Kana, struggling with Pets' decision to evacuate, the focus is on trying to hold onto normalcy in a world gone mad - and for Haruko, it's time for Kana to learn what she is truly capable of... [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:27 AM - 1 comment

October 7

Attack on Titan: Bystander  Season 3, Episode 11

Having seen a glimpse of his father's past, Eren attempts to track down a man who might shed some light on his father's secrets. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 9:53 PM - 2 comments

October 6

FLCL: Shake It Off  Season 3, Episode 5

Things are heating up - literally - with the revelation of the new iron, as Medical Mechanica moves forward with their plans. But for Kana, there's something more pressing - Pets is missing, and nobody knows where she is. And in the process of looking for her, Kana learns that she might not have known her best friend at all...
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:59 PM - 0 comments

September 29

FLCL: Pit-a-Pat  Season 3, Episode 4

Love's a battlefield, and Kana's learning that the hard way with Haruko all over her crush Sasaki, the manager of the basketball team. But given that N-O is tied to arousal, there's more going on here (as is usually the case when it comes to Haruko)...
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:56 PM - 0 comments

September 22

FLCL: Freestyle Collection  Season 3, Episode 3

With rain and college planning bringing a melancholy mood, Kana and her friends talk about their dreams for the future - and find out that Mossan has a powerful one, one that's driving her to work to her limits. But a friendly attempt to help her achieve her dreams has her angered, which leaves her friends surprised...
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:56 PM - 4 comments

September 15

FLCL: Grown-Up Wannabe  Season 3, Episode 2

When Kana and the girls catch Hijiri kissing a college student, the news has them (and Kana in particular) thinking about being grown up, and what that means. But being adult means more than Kana thinks, especially involving love, relationships...and what's actually important in the long run...
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:57 PM - 3 comments

September 9

Fall 2018 Anime Season

Time for another season of new shows for the upcoming Fall season. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 12:26 PM - 54 comments

FLCL: Flying Memory  Season 3, Episode 1

Kana is a high schooler who is just living her life - going to school, working part time at a soba shop, and hanging out with her friends (and getting into trouble with them.) But a chance encounter with a certain pink haired woman at work one day shows her that while she might be reluctant to deal with the world, the world isn't going to wait to deal with her any longer... [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:13 AM - 5 comments

July 10

FLCL: Our Running  Season 2, Episode 6

With the manifestation of the Pirate King due to the mass manipulation of N-O, the endgame of Haruko's machinations has been reached. But a resolved (and partially transformed) Hidomi has confronted her, demanding that she return Ide...
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:29 AM - 4 comments

July 1

FLCL: Fool On The Planet  Season 2, Episode 5

The repercussions of Haruko and Jinyu's fight weigh heavily on Hidomi and Ide, and with Haruko announding her departure, Ide decides that now is the time to confront her. Meanwhile, another conspiracy (involving the local amusement park) comes to a head...
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:06 AM - 0 comments

June 24

FLCL: Loopqr  Season 2, Episode 4

It's Hidomi...and she's energetic? This is a complete departure from the quiet, reserved girl we've seen in previous episodes, and for most, it's a happy change. But for Ide, Haruko, and Jinyu, this new Hidomi isn't the real one...
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:17 AM - 1 comment

June 20

Summer 2018 Anime Season

Summer lineup on MyAnimeList and AniChart. I predict there will be punching, zapping, transformations, power ups, and scenes of people waxing rhapsodic about the freshly served food they just bit into. Anything look good to you? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 1:48 AM - 34 comments

June 17

FLCL: Stone Skipping  Season 2, Episode 3

It's time for the Obligatory Beach Episode, as the cast hits the shores for some relaxation. But given that Haruko's involved, there's definitely more at play here for Ide and Hidomi...
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:32 AM - 2 comments

June 10

FLCL: Freebie Honey  Season 2, Episode 2

With Ide absent from school, Hidomi finds herself tasked by Haruko to bring his classwork to him - a task that has her learning about the parts of Ide's life that he keeps secret from his fellow classmates...
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:36 AM - 2 comments

June 6

Plus Ultra! (My Hero Academia Interest Post)

Wondering if there's enough people watching My Hero Academia (currently available on crunchyroll [memail me if you want a guest pass]). If you don't know it's an anime about a superhero high school in Japan. It looks at themes of what it means to be a hero (and a villain) in a world filled with super powers. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 7:59 AM - 7 comments

June 3

FLCL: Re:Start  Season 2, Episode 1

Hidomi is an apathetic high school girl, which wouldn't be that unusual, except that she dreams of a post-apocalyptic landscape, giant irons making everything flat, and transforming into a robot to stop said irons. And after a run-in (literally) with a mysterious woman in a mid-50s Chevy Bel-Air, she suddenly has all sorts of weird things happen in her life, like being attacked by a monster that came out of the head of her classmate Ide, and suddenly having a red horn protruding from her forehead... [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 3:31 PM - 5 comments

May 27

Cowboy Bebop: 20th Anniversary

CB was originally run in 1998 and it is 2018 and that seems like a good point for a rewatch! [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:13 PM - 18 comments

May 10

Aggretsuko: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

Meet Retsuko, an accountant at a Japanese trading firm. She has an abusive shitty boss and spends her time being treated like shit and being overloaded with work. After work, she sings death metal karaoke. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:13 PM - 34 comments

May 8


Just wondering if anyone else has work issues and watches the red panda of rage. Is it worth discussing here? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:26 AM - 7 comments

March 18

Spring 2018 Anime Season

Most of the Spring season is listed on AniChart now, so we might as well start in on what looks good, bad, and good-bad. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 5:35 PM - 74 comments

March 3

The Great Passage IRL

If you liked The Great Passage/舟を編む/fune o amu then you might want to watch Yasunari Hiraki: Word by Word.
The latest edition of Kojien, the most authoritative of Japanese dictionaries, hit the stores in January 2018. A team of 220 wordsmiths spent 5 years tracking words in the media and on the Internet before deciding on the 10,000 or so new entries that reflect Japan today, such as "jidori" (selfie) and "moe" (passion). Chief editor Yasunari Hiraki believes that words evolve with the times. We'll ask him about what goes into the making of a dictionary and what he feels is its role today.
This episode of the NHK World program 'Face To Face' is available until March 24. It was rather interesting to see some of the real life 'based on' people, places, and things from the anime.
posted by zengargoyle at 4:19 AM - 0 comments

February 17

Movie: Princess Mononoke

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:59 PM - 8 comments

February 7

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood discussion

I've requested the show to be added but wasn't sure about how to set up the discussion. I'm sure we don't have enough people interested so I was aiming for a whole season discussion. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 10:09 AM - 8 comments

January 1

Winter 2018 Anime Season

Another anime season is upon us - what do you plan to watch, skip, hate-watch? [more inside]
posted by needled at 7:31 AM - 82 comments

November 13

Made in Abyss: Season 1 dicussion  Season 1 (Full Season)

An enormous pit and cave system, known as the Abyss, is the only unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down it goes, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern humans. Insatiable curiosity drives humans known as Cave Raiders to venture down into the pit. A little orphan girl named Riko lives in the town of Orth on the edge of the Abyss, with dreams of becoming a legendary Cave Raider like her mother. One day while exploring the murky depths she stumbles upon a little boy, who turns out to be a robot. Tantalized by the mysteries of the Abyss, Riko and her new friend descend into uncharted territory to unlock its mysteries, but what lies in wait for them in the darkness? [more inside]
posted by numaner at 12:44 AM - 4 comments

October 8

Fall 2017 anime season

Stand up and blab: What anime this season are you watching, or wanna watch, or wanna avoid, or wanna hatewatch? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 6:21 PM - 31 comments

October 2

Movie: Miss Hokusai

The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. [more inside]
posted by KaizenSoze at 5:31 AM - 2 comments

August 7

Netflix to stream 12 original series, starting in November 2017

Here’s a look at the anime 12 series hitting Netflix (Polygon), with the first titles coming in November. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:29 AM - 4 comments

May 7

Spring 2017 Anime

What anime have you been watching this spring? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 8:36 PM - 5 comments

April 9

Movie: Your Name

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? [more inside]
posted by numaner at 6:05 PM - 13 comments

December 23

Winter 2017 Anime

Which series will you be following for Winter 2017? [more inside]
posted by needled at 3:02 PM - 8 comments

December 22

Yuri! On Ice: The Full First Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Yuuri Katsuki is a 23 year-old figure skater who is in a slump who is surprised when his childhood idol, Victor Nikiforov, shows up in his hometown and decides to be his new coach.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:30 AM - 35 comments

December 20

Movie: Tokyo Godfathers

On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:13 AM - 5 comments

August 30

Fall 2016 Anime

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 7:33 PM - 31 comments

June 27

Sailor Moon: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal Season III  Season 3 (Full Season)

The season adapted the Death Busters arc from the fifth and sixth volumes of the complete edition of Takeuchi Naoko's original Sailor Moon manga. [more inside]
posted by Pendragon at 10:10 AM - 2 comments

June 12

Movie: Only Yesterday

Takeo, 27-year-old career woman, travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo in this animated feature from Studio Ghibli.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 11:52 PM - 3 comments

June 9

Summer 2016 Anime

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 6:49 PM - 76 comments

March 5

Spring 2016 anime

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 6:35 PM - 34 comments

February 5

Movie: Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 4:23 PM - 28 comments

January 9

Winter 2016 anime

A new season of anime has started. Which series have caught your attention? Which series would be good to follow on FanFare? [more inside]
posted by needled at 5:51 PM - 26 comments

November 15

Concrete Revolutio: Go Beyond the Sky and Stars  Season 1, Episode 7

Emi and Ullr talk shop at a bar while Earth-chan, the Sputnik-like superhero, races past their window to confront Judas, a superhuman recently released from prison. Judas is at that moment meeting Kikko, assigned with bringing him to the Superhuman Bureau's office. Kikko's next assignment is to open discussions with the seemingly temperamental Earth-chan. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 6:47 PM - 4 comments

November 12

Concrete Revolutio: They Are Always Laughing  Season 1, Episode 6

In Year 44, Fuurota encounters some past acquaintances while following Jiro, who is no longer with the Bureau. And on June 30, Year 41, the Beatles played at the Budokan. [more inside]
posted by needled at 4:23 PM - 1 comment

November 1

Concrete Revolutio: Japan "Beast" History, Part 2  Season 1, Episode 5

In year 42, Yoshimura and Fuurota are in the southern islands of Japan searching for the carcass of a beast the U.S. military is said to have abandoned. Meanwhile, student unrest is being whipped up against superhumans, the flames being fanned by various agents. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 11:14 AM - 12 comments

October 29

Concrete Revolutio: Japan "Beast" History, Part 1  Season 1, Episode 4

Year 14: On a tropical island, Professor Hitoyushi encounters GaGon, a monstrous ape-like creature, for the first time. Three years later, Americans are shown trying to confront GaGon with their own superheroes. Twelve years after that, a Japanese city is fleeing the attacks of a different monster, and Prof Hitoyushi retrieves a young Jiro lying passed out on a river bridge. And in year 41, a proliferation of monsters becomes a problem when Japan's primary defender against them has left. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 5:55 PM - 3 comments

October 27

Concrete Revolutio: An Iron Couple  Season 1, Episode 3

In Shinka year 47, an expat stranded for 27 years returns to a hero's welcome. In year 41, a string of bombings that leave no evidence, targeting Yatsuka Heavy Industry, attract the attention of both the Superhuman Bureau and the cyborg Inspector Shiba. Each has their own personal reasons for interest in the attacks.
posted by ardgedee at 6:16 PM - 7 comments

October 24

Concrete Revolutio: Inside the "Black Fog"  Season 1, Episode 2

Fuurota, a ghost boy, transforms into a bird and frees a colorful beetle before a black fog descends. The Superhuman Bureau retrieves him later and informs him that they're going to be responsible for watching him. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 4:58 PM - 12 comments

October 22

Concrete Revolutio: The Tokyo Witch  Season 1, Episode 1

Jiro Hitoyushi, a 1970s-era sentai type superhero, recruits Kikko Hoshino, a 2000s-era magical girl type superhero at her day job as a cafe waitress, to aid him in thwarting a major scientist's collaboration with industrial spies. Five years later, Jiro is fleeing Kikko and Fuurota on a train while the non-superheroes around them protest. An interesting spin on one of the premises of Moore and Gibbons' "Watchmen": What kind of world would it be where various forms of magic, monsters, aliens and robots can coexist? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 4:16 PM - 17 comments

September 3

Fall 2015 anime

A new season of anime is dawning. What are people looking forward to? Which series would be good to follow here? [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 12:35 AM - 59 comments

July 11

Gatchaman Crowds: contact point  Season 2, Episode 1

An alien ship crash lands in a rural area near the house of a young girl called Tsubasa Misudachi. Hajime and the other Gatchaman arrive to handle the situation. J.J. makes Tsubasa the newest Gatchaman. (NOTE: Episode 0 "inbound" should be watched before viewing this episode - it will make things a bit less confusing.)
posted by needled at 5:34 AM - 6 comments

July 3

Summer 2015 Anime

Summer 2015 anime have been starting up this week. Which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? What are your first impressions as the first episodes air? [more inside]
posted by needled at 6:48 AM - 29 comments

June 22

Movie: When Marnie Was There

A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 4:15 AM - 6 comments

March 27

Spring 2015 Anime

Many series are winding down this week, and new Spring 2015 anime, as well continuations from previous seasons, are starting up next week. Which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? What are your first impressions as the first episodes air? [more inside]
posted by needled at 6:18 PM - 10 comments

February 8

Samurai Champloo: Tempestuous Temperaments (Storm and Stress)  Season 1, Episode 1

Samurai Champloo is a series set during the Edo period (1603–1868), but with mix of anachronistic modern elements, most notably a range of modern hip-hop elements. The first episode introduces the three main characters: the restaurant server, Fuu, a sword-wielding ruffian named Mugen, and a composed samurai named Jin. Jin and Mugen face down the corrupt local politician and his thuggish son's friends (respectively), only to get caught and face execution, which puts their duel on hold, and gets in the way of Fuu's goal of finding the samurai who smells like sunflowers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 5:12 PM - 7 comments

February 1

Movie: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

There is a mysterious terrorist plot to destroy the human population on Mars using an unknown pathogen. The bounty hunter crew of the Bebop work to find the terrorist and discover the source of the pathogen before the attack can take place. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:00 AM - 4 comments

December 23

Winter 2015 Anime

The Winter 2015 anime season is nearly upon us - which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? What are your first impressions as the first episodes air? [more inside]
posted by needled at 9:30 AM - 5 comments

November 17

Movie: Paprika

CRFC4: The 2006 film Paprika features a team of psychotherapists who have invented a device that allows them inside the dreams of their patients. When the device is stolen, they attempt to solve a mystery that blends the real world and the dream world. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 10:19 AM - 8 comments

November 2

Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Doll Girl Meets Kokkuri-san!  Season 1, Episode 1

A young girl, Kohina, seemingly living alone without parents, has decided to extinguish her feelings and become a doll. One day she summons a fox spirit while playing a Japanese version of ouiji, and the spirit, Kokkuri, becomes her protector. This is a dark comedic anime based on a popular 4koma manga. In this first episode, we are introduced to the two main characters and Kohnina's seemingly unvanquishable hunger for cheap cup ramen. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 3:46 PM - 7 comments

November 1

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Gaia  Season 1, Episode 5

Prince Alfonso learns about his origins and Makai Knights from Rafael Banderas, the man who rescued him from an attack by Horrors sent by Mendoza. Rafael is the Makai Knight Gaia, and a friend of the previous Garo. Rafael agrees to teach Alfonso the ways of the Makai Knights in order to protect the kingdom of Valiante from the Horrors and Mendoza. [more inside]
posted by needled at 6:18 AM - 12 comments