- Futurama (pre-Comedy Central revival)
- Family Guy (pre-Fox revival)
- Lupin the 3rd
- Cowboy Bebop
SOME TIMES YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST TOO MUCH!
But I digress. After I stopped taking the Japanese language course and attending the Anime Club and Video Game Committee at school I've grown distant with that colorful world. Borders, my primary manga source, went out of business. I have had no cable for most of the past two years, not that that really mattered because [as]'s anime block was quarantined to only Saturdays at 11pm. And honestly, my last semester of Japanese left a bitter taste due to my struggle with the language. My memory really sucks. Like, real bad.
Cut to this present summer. I've missed it! Lately, I've been pretty unmotivated and realized that I have absolutely no handle on what's going on in the world of Japanese cartoons, manga included. So naturally I visit good ol' Crunchyroll.com, and magically enough I've not only found a couple great anime series, but some of them are brand new and continuing! SO HERE'S A FEW OF MY FINDINGS THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU~
This short film follows multiple conversations taking place in an interesting coffee house. It blows you minds, and at the same time it makes almost no sense. I highly suggest paying all your attentions to the show while its on.
Polar Bear's Café
Talking animals. What else could you ask for? Obscure talking animals? GOT THAT TOO. I noticed while watching that the dialogue in the show is elementary level Japanese, and they also have their fair share of fun with puns so it may help learn you a bit on the language! (This was just my personal observation so I could be wrong.) This is also an on going anime, with new episodes weekly.
Kids on the Slope
A jazz anime! The jazz anime maybe? Director Shinichiro Watanabe is working together yet again with popular composer Yoko Kanno on this intimate anime. Remember Cowboy Bebop? This time it is a drama with a few helpings of comedy and action rather than a sci-fi space adventure, and features free-form jazz in comparison to the big band blues influenced Seatbelts soundtrack. Apparently, the studio took their research very seriously and even video recorded musicians performing in order to get the movements right. Its really and astounding show to watch, and I immediately fell in love with the characters and empathized with their emotional roller-coastering whilst they mature and make it through some of the biggest changes in the lives. Like Polar Bear's Café, this anime has new episodes uploaded weekly.
nichijou (My Ordinary Life)
Instead of a picture I wanted to include a video for this series in order to accurately convey the madness that is this show. At first nichijou reminded me of Azumanga Daioh because three of its main characters are school girls and it's non-linear plot, or lack thereof, however watching it further much of its animation, timing, and even sometimes its humor is reminiscent of FLCL.