New anime from Japan?

Feel free to post new anime stuff here. I’ll start by saying that Aria the Scarlet Ammo light novel series has been made into an anime. A brief synopsis of the story as viewed on ANN ” The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — “Butei” — are trained to use weapons. Kinji T?yama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies”. It’s a very interesting series based on what I’ve read from the manga , which can be found here :

The Meeting That Was

April 15th, 2010. A day that will live in infamy. Well, we had an anime club meeting at least. Also it was tax day.

Photographic evidence can be found here. (…of our meeting, not tax day)

We had a nice attendance rate again, which was fortuitous because Nabari no Ou is getting really good. (Some might say “finally” here, but I reply that they weren’t being particularly open-minded before) The quest for the forbidden ninja techniques is in full swing at the Kouga academy, with Banten and Kairoushu locked in battle with the staff and student council. Pani Poni Dash continues to be completely wacky, with no sign of a running storyline in sight. On a side note, Mesousa (the bunny) made a cameo in an episode of Hidamari Sketch that I watched yesterday. Non sequiturs aside, both shows continue to be solid inclusions in our semester lineup. We followed that with two more episodes of Toaru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), the first of which wrapped up the Angel Fall storyline in which Touma’s father almost destroys the world on accident. Following that, we started a new storyline where different magical organizations are apparently getting worried about Touma’s proximity to some of the most powerful people in the world, much less Academy City. Finally, we wrapped up with an episode of Durarara which sees the return of the back alley slasher who had gone unnoticed since the early single digit episodes. There’s a new gang on the streets of Ikebukuro as well, the Yellow Scarves, a group with whom Kida seems to share a past connection.

Next week: We’ll continue in the same manner as before. Three more episodes each of Nabari no Ou (15-17) and Pani Poni Dash (15-17), as well as two more episodes of Index (19-20). We just have four meetings left, counting this coming week’s, but we will finish each of those series for sure. Also on deck: episode 14 of Durarara, “Public Unrest.”

– Joey

Weekend Update

Just recapping last week’s meeting: April 8th, 2010.

We had better turnout this week than last, which I was glad to see. We started off watching Nabari no Ou (9-11), where things are starting to get Real. Yoite is getting more and more sick/dead, and Miharu still doesn’t really care but maybe cares a little bit. Also Thobari-sensei seems to be living with a normal woman, surprisingly. Following that, we watched three more episodes of Pani Poni Dash (9-11). It’s still generally crazy, still not much of a plot to be seen on the horizon, but it’s still fun and that’s the main thing. After that: Toaru Majutsu no Index (15-16). This one is about 2/3s of the way done, and we’re in the middle of the Angel Fall arc, which has almost everyone’s looks switched with other people. Hence, Touma’s mom now looks like Index. Of course. Finally, we ended the night with the first episodes of Arakawa Under the Bridge and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Arakawa was a decent enough show, I guess, and it got the middling respect that it probably deserved. We hope it will get better but I’m thinking we won’t continue watching it at club meetings. Nogizaka Haruka was much better received, perhaps that will be a show we watch in its entirety over the summer? Normal boy meets beautiful (secret otaku) girl.

Next week: We follow with 3 episodes each of Nabari no Ou (12-14) and Pani Poni Dash (12-14), with 2 more episodes of Index (17-18). Also, Durarara is back from a brief hiatus and we have episode 13 of it to watch. Finally, the new show we’ll probably be trying out is Mayoi Neko Overrun.

Also we had some fun bowling tonight. We will need to do it again sometime, as well as mini-golf. Stay tuned for more details in the future!

– Joey a.k.a. Joey the Pimp (don’t ask)

Happy Easter!

Just recapping last week’s meeting:

April 1st, 2010:  Attendance was lower than usual due to a number of our members setting out for Houston to attend Anime Matsuri.  Still, we persevered and had a great meeting.  We started off watching the movie Summer Wars, two hours of pure awesomeness, mostly.  I think it was well received by the group, and we’re certainly disappointed that it has yet to be licensed.  Personally I expect that to take place sometime this summer, I would love to have it on Blu-Ray.  We followed that up with two episodes each of Pani Poni Dash (7-8) and Toaru Majutsu no Index (13-14).  Pani Poni Dash continued with its usual hijinks and wacky situations.  We also tried the dub for the first time which ultimately we had mixed opinions of.  (Note:  I hope we watch it subbed next week)  Index wrapped up the Accelerator story arc in a fairly satisfying way, and next week will start a new story arc where Touma starts perceiving his all of his friends and family as being switched.  It’s good stuff.  After that, we watched the next episode of Durarara (12) which puts us at the halfway point of the series.  We’ve had lots of nice revelations about Ryuugamine and Selty, and this episode did not disappoint either.  Finally, we finished the evening by watching the final two episodes of Baka to Test to Shokanju (12-13).  Well, the final two episodes of the first season at least.  Mercifully they did not make us wait long before announcing a second season, which I think most of us would agree will be well worth our time.  This has turned out to be a very funny series and I’m glad to know that Funimation has already announced the license for it.

Hector took some photos of the group which you can find at this link. We apologize for the blurriness. We’re moving that fast.

Next week:  Unfortunately Durarara took the week off so there won’t be a new episode of it.  Baka to Test is over as well.  So we’ll be watching three episodes each of Nabari no Ou and Pani Poni Dash, and two episodes of Toaru Majutsu no Index.  Since we don’t have any other shows this week, we might check out one of the new series that just aired in Japan.  I know we already have a request for Arakawa Under the Bridge, so we’ll probably try that, assuming I get it by Thursday.

– Joey