A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. [more inside]
Confined in the castle tower by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. Sometimes she sneaks out to watch the common people at work. [more inside]
A new season of anime has started. Which series have caught your attention? Which series would be good to follow on FanFare? [more inside]
Concrete Revolutio: Go Beyond the Sky and Stars Season 1, Ep 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]
Concrete Revolutio: They Are Always Laughing Season 1, Ep 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]
Concrete Revolutio: Japan "Beast" History, Part 2 Season 1, Ep 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]
Concrete Revolutio: Japan "Beast" History, Part 1 Season 1, Ep 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]
Concrete Revolutio: An Iron Couple Season 1, Ep 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.
Concrete Revolutio: Inside the "Black Fog" Season 1, Ep 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]
Concrete Revolutio: The Tokyo Witch Season 1, Ep 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]
A new season of anime is dawning. What are people looking forward to? Which series would be good to follow here? [more inside]
Gatchaman Crowds: contact point Season 2, Ep 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.)
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]
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]
A beautiful, sorrowful, blind musician joins the journey; Mugen is charmed, Fuu finds a friend, and Jin finds a challenge. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Unholy Union (Karma and Retribution) Rewatch Season 2, Ep 19
Guns, God and Government in Edo Japan: wherein a cynical charlatan fleeces the Hidden Christian flock, Fuu gets closer to the Sunflower Samurai, and a truth is finally revealed. [more inside]
Hiroshima gets a facelift when kids trade in the sword for the graffiti brush; Jin keeps a promise to a long-lost friend and confronts the shock of the new, while Mugen learns to read and conquers a castle. [18th episode total, start of the second season] [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 2) (Idling One's Life Away, second verse) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 17
Jin and Fuu reunite, only to be attacked (again) by a vengeance-driven samurai from Jin's old life. Meanwhile, Mugen takes aim at an arrow-slinging foreigner who's at the top of everyone's most wanted list. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 1) (Idling One's Life Away, first verse) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 16
Tempers flare, harsh words are exchanged, and the trio splits (again), each marching off in a different direction. Mugen runs into a fellow outlaw and identities are mistaken, and Jin's past catches up with him (again), while Fuu ends up at the bottom of a river. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Bogus Booty (Through and Through) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 15
While Mugen, Jin and Fuu stop to fish, Jin makes up for his lack of fishing skills by finding a bag of gold koban. The group gets to "a real city," Osaka, where Fuu stuffs herself, and then Mugen and Jin abandon her for the red light district. While there, their gold gets the attention of a gang of sorts. Mugen proves his prowess for love (or at least, lust), Jin makes the best of his situation, and Fuu is left on her own. [more inside]
(Continued, with more backstory for Mugen, Kohza and Mukuro.) Thinking that Mugen is dead, Kohza finds Jin and Fuu and asks for Jin to kill Mukuro. The double-cross turns into a triple-cross, and in the end, Mugen survives. Kohza does, too, though she wishes she hadn't. [more inside]
Recap episode! This is a look back on the first 11 episodes, as seen through the eyes of Fuu, by way of her diary that Mugen lifts when he and Jin talk about the lack of information they have on the Sunflower Samurai. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Gamblers and Gallantry (Fallen Angel) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 11
Jin comes to the rescue of a lady in distress, Mugen gets involved with beetle sumo wrestling, and our trio's loyalties are tested. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Lethal Lunacy (Fighting Fire With Fire) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 10
While on the road, Fuu, Mugen and Jin meet a a Buddhist monk making himself available for anyone who wishes to give alms, and when he finds they are out of money and hungry, he offers them work for food and lodging. Meanwhile, Fuu notices an award for the capture of an unknown assailant who is killing powerful samurai to test his sword (tsujigiri), and tells Jin and Mugen of the reward. Jin passes, and Mugen leaves the work behind in search of the tsuijigiri. [more inside]
The episode is a flashback from a tough checkpoint agent who never let anyone sneak through, on his last day of work. Mugen, Jin, and Fuu need to cross a border so they purchase travel passes since they don't have any. When their passes turn out to be fake, the trio are sentenced to death by the head of the checkpoint, a sadistic man who has family connections that keep him from being disciplined for his brutal actions. However, the guards offer Mugen a chance to save his friends. If he can deliver an object through a forest full of bandits and return before sunset, Jin and Fuu will be spared. Mugen runs afoul of the bandits, who have big plans for a revolution. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: The Art of Altercation (Self-Conceit) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 8
Saganshougen Nagamitsu is going to be Big, as you can tell because he sings and has a posse. His goal: defeat Mariya Enshiro's bespectacled murderer, Jin. Except he doesn't know what Jin looks like without his glasses, so when Jin pawns his glasses, and he almost gets side-tracked trying to woo Fuu. Meanwhile, Mugen and Jin run into Budoukiba, a sultry lady who likes to pair her wine with men who can hold their own against her when drinking. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Inherit the Stars (Shooting Star of Yesteryear) Season 1, Ep 24
Some of the Orbital Knights continue battling UFE forces even after Asseylum's ceasefire order, while others choose to wait and see. In the end peace is established, with the Vers Empire providing Aldnoah technology to Earth in exchange for economic assistance. [more inside]
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]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Unvanquished (Sky of Prayers) Season 1, Ep 23
Klancain rescues Asseylum and Edelrittuo from the UFE commandos and manages to spirit them out of the moon base in his ship. Mazuurek vows his allegiance to Asseylum, and Asseylum contacts her grandfather, the Emperor. Slaine orders an all-out attack on the Earth forces in space, and enjoins the Orbital Knights on Earth to engage in battle earthside. However, Slaine's broadcast is interrupted by Asseylum's, declaring her intentions for peace between Vers and Earth, and her assuming the throne as Empress of Vers.
Fuu, Jin and Mugen finally get a break and win a nice purse while gambling. But when they go to pay for their soup, Fuu finds that their purse is gone. The same nimble-fingered young thief also lifts a valuable package from a group of shady characters. Who will find him first? [more inside]
Jin, Mugen and Fuu enter an eating contest, thinking they can get free food. Unfortunately for them, there is an entry fee that Mugen and Jin paid with their swords, which they would get if they won the competition. It comes down to Fuu and a mysterious, large foreigner, and Fuu loses on a technicality. The stranger offers Mugen and Jin their swords back for a tour of Edo (old name of Tokyo), which is also foreign to the trio, but Jin forges ahead. When they run into trouble, Mugen and Jin defend the stranger, only to learn that stating his name and role would give him free access of the country. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: Out of the Past (Chance Meeting and Separation) Season 1, Ep 22
Slaine greets Klancain and tries to bring him to his side, as Klancain is influential among the Vers Knights loyal to the Emperor. United Earth Forces launch a two-pronged attack on the Vers moon base. The UFE attack includes a covert operation with special ops forces infiltrating the Vers moon base. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Fortune's Fool (Beyond the Dream) Season 1, Ep 21
Earth forces, including Inaho, are forced to confront the three Vers Knights without the support of the badly damaged Deucalion. Inaho is experiencing increasing side effects from using his cybernetic eye. Meanwhile, Lemrina confronts Asseylum. Count Klancain, Cruhteo's son, arrives from Vers.
Samurai Champloo: Artistic Anarchy (Utter Indifference) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
Fuu models for ukiyo-e artist Hishikawa Moronobu only to end up tangled in a larger criminal enterprise. Will the others be able to save her in time? [more inside]
Mugen, Jin, and Fuu reunite, as the struggle between the Nagatomi Gang and the established Kawara Gang grows more intense, due to actions by Sousuke Kawara. The leaders of the gangs decide to gamble using dice (Chō-Han) in order to settle the struggle and settle the fate of their struggle to control the contested territory. Who will come out on top? [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Light of Day (The Price of Honor) Season 1, Ep 20
Trapped by three Vers Knights working in concert, UFE squads retreat thanks to a daring intervention from the Deucalion. Mazuurek holds a personal audience with the disguised Lemrina, asking her questions about Earth. He then maneuvers to enter Slaine's landing castle while Slaine is absent and questions Edelrittuo. Lemrina is increasingly distressed with her role in Slaine's life. [more inside]
Mugen and Jin decide to split up, leaving Fuu to her own devices, only to reunite in a town where a new gang is trying to push the established group out. Mugen joins the Nagatomi Gang, while Jin later finds himself aligned with the established Kawara Gang, who are lead by a kindhearted leader named Heitaro the Buddha. Meanwhile, Fuu gets in trouble when she doesn't heed the warnings of a fortune teller.
Aldnoah.Zero: Here to There (The Flaw in Paradise) Season 1, Ep 19
Slaine embarks on a campaign to solidify his hold on the Vers power structure. Magbaredge is disappointed that the UFE higher-ups do not seem to be aware that Vers tactics may be changing with the internal political changes in Vers. As his plans unfold Slaine is conflicted about the person he has become. [more inside]
Samurai Champloo: Redeye Reprisal (Veritable Pandemonium) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Fuu, Jin and Mugen are almost out of money, and Mugen offers to take care of a local monster for a reward. Jin is tested by a deceptively adept samurai, while Mugen is lured into danger by two different women. [more inside]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Rose and the Ring (Through the Deep Forest) Season 1, Ep 18
Earth forces take on Count Selnakis in New Orleans. Mazuurek continues making his way to his landing castle. Slaine and Count Marylcian begin their duel, with Harklight, Count Barouhcruz, and Lemrina - posing as Asseylum - as witnesses. The winner of the duel is entitled to all of the loser's assets. [more inside]
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]
Aldnoah.Zero: The Turning Wheel (Dawn of Intrigue) Season 1, Ep 17
Yuki and Marito are once again assigned to the Deucalion. Count Mazuurek has been taken prisoner. While questioning Mazuurek, Inaho manages to find some common ground regarding Princess Asseylum. Count Marylcian personally arrives at the Moon base and challenges Slaine to a duel.
Aldnoah.Zero: Soldier's Pay (Attack on the Burning Sand) Season 1, Ep 16
The Deucalion heads back to earth. Slaine is yet to be fully accepted by the other Vers Knights. The faction opposing Slaine's ascendance enjoin Count Mazuurek to begin an offensive. Count Mazuurek, who had so far avoided hostilities with Earth forces, reluctantly deploys in his kataphrakt. Yuki and Marito are part of the squadron sent to intercept Mazuurek. Back in the Vers asteroid base, Slaine realizes he needs to make a grand display of power to silence his detractors.
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]
Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap) Season 1, Ep 15
UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
Cowboy Bebop: Mish-Mash Blues Rewatch Season 1, Ep 27
Due to the violence portrayed in the series, and the violence occurring at the time in Japan, the series was briefly canceled and "Mish-Mash Blues" (fansub transcript; part 1, part 2) was created. The characters provide a philosophical commentary, set to hip-hop loops and played over clips from the first 12 episodes, and it ends with the words: "This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real 'Cowboy Bebop' Someday!" [more inside]
Cowboy Bebop: The Real Folk Blues (Part 2) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 26
Reunited, Spike and Julia pick up where they left off in their plans to escape Red Dragon, but it is soon foiled by Vicious. Spike returns to the Bebop for one last farewell, knowing that he will likely die before he can return, and then storms the Red Dragon's headquarters to confront Vicious for the last time.
Earth and Vers forces prepare for a major confrontation in space. Inaho and Slaine encounter each other in the initial skirmish. Lemrina vows to take all that is Asseylum's.
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Geste Season 1, Ep 14
Alfonso finds himself dealing with a group of thieves led by the Thief Knight Gaspard, and learns legends may not be be telling the actual story. He continues being aided by Germán against Horrors. León continues adjusting to farm life, and accidentally runs into Ema.
Cowboy Bebop: The Real Folk Blues (Part 1) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 25
Left alone by the rest of the crew, Spike and Jet are ambushed by members of the Red Dragon syndicate. They are saved by Lin's brother, Shin, who explains that Vicious has tried to seize control of the organization and was sentenced to death. He also states that all people connected to him are also being hunted down, and Spike rushes to find Julia.