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]
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]
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]
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]
Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul Season 2, Ep 10
Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox Season 2, Ep 9
Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children Season 2, Ep 7
As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones Season 2, Ep 6
The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
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]
Psycho-Pass: The Scales of Justice Season 2, Ep 1
The MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau ) is called to investigate a incident involving an explosion at a busy shopping venue despite no casualties. So far, their main suspect is Akira Kitazawa due to his unstable Crime Coefficient and prior knowledge of demolitions. As a part of Division 1 Inspector Akane and her Enforcers are called in to track and arrest the suspect, who flees from the scene with a female hostage by car. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Creeping Unknown Season 2, Ep 2
Inspector Akane and Enforcer Togane start interrogating the suspect Kitazawa who talks about a person who is able to lower crime coefficients and responsible for the fake hostage. After examining the hologram used in the crime they find out it's extremely elaborate and not the regular run of the mill criminal. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Salvation of Job Season 2, Ep 4
After interrogating the politician Masuda, Inspector Akane finds herself at a dead end about Kamui other than hearing his name tied to clear HUEs. However, Inspector Aoyanagi does gain some new info related to Kamui's motives and ideals for their society from the criminal. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Unforbidden Games Season 2, Ep 5
The MSWPB continue to investigate the crime scene from earlier that day at the clinic but don't find anything new other than the same mysterious message "WC?" Meanwhile, Inspector Akane is working with other people to continue checking up on potential suspects tied to Kamui and visit one of his a possible secret bases. All seems normal until halfway there is a sudden incident connected to the drone's controls ends up causing another problem. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Doll Girl Meets Kokkuri-san! Season 1, Ep 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]
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Gaia Season 1, Ep 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]
Psycho-Pass: The Devil's Proof Season 2, Ep 3
Inspector Akane continues to focus on her investigation of the strange message left at the previous crime scene and by meeting with other characters who may or may not have relevant information to the case. Inspector Aoyanagi meets with Ginoza about what it means to be an Inspector before receiving a surprising phone call. [more inside]
The Fall 2014 anime season is nearly upon us - which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? Perhaps take a cue from other FanFare discussions and have a "New Anime" club to watch a number of these, whether they continue to get covered or not? [more inside]
Two old friends go to spy on a new table tennis champ at a rival high school, but meanwhile their own team is falling apart. This is the first episode of the most recent anime series by Masaaki Yuasa, who recently guest directed the Adventure Time episode Food Chain. US distributor Funimation has put the entire series on YouTube, so watch this episode there! More, spoiler-free information about the series inside. [more inside]
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: SA: Public Security Section 9 – SECTION-9 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Section 9 is called in to resolve a hostage crisis at a geisha house staffed by android geisha.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Those Who Challenge the Sun Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric arrive at Liore, where they hear about a religious leader named Father Cornello who can create miracles.
Cowboy Bebop: Asteroid Blues Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Spike Spiegel and Jet Black, two down-on-their-luck bounty hunters, go to the Tijuana asteroid colony in pursuit of Asimov Solensan, a criminal who stole a cache of the dangerous drug Bloody-Eye from his former syndicate.
Aldnoah.Zero: Princess of Vers (Princess of Mars) Season 1, Ep 1
The Princess of Vers, Asseylum Vers Allusia, heads to earth on a peace mission. It has been 15 years since Heaven's Fall, when the moon was partially destroyed during a battle between the Earth Federation and the Vers Empire. [more inside]
Sailor Moon: Ami - Sailor Mercury - Books Included Season 1, Ep 2
Ami Mizuno’s IQ is off the scale, which has made her somewhat of an outcast amongst her peers. This doesn’t stop the kind-hearted Usagi from making friends with her. (with some assistance from Luna) When Jadeite sends another Youma to obtain more human energy and search for the Silver Crystal a new sailor guardian is reveled! [more inside]
I know there's anime watchers here on MeFi. I guess my question is if anyone has any objections to including anime here on FanFare. [more inside]