This winter season was a good season! The holidays were phenomenal, and I was even able to splurge on some anime. Most of the anime that I bought are films that I have been wanting to get for a few years, so when they went on sale in mid-February, I knew that I had to grab them! I am looking forward to watching and reviewing these throughout 2018.
You can check out my haul down below, where I have listed the title, genre, episode total, simulcast season, studio, and a brief synopsis respectively.
Tamako Love Story ( たまこまーけっと )
🌸 Comedy, Slice-of-Life
🌸 Spring 2014
🌸 Kyoto Animation
🌸 The film sequel to the anime series Tamako Market. (I bought this before realising it was a sequel to the serial. *sobs*)
Typhoon Noruda ( 台風のノルダ )
🌊 Short Film
🌊 Summer 2015
🌊 Studio Colorido
🌊 The film takes place a local school where the students and teachers must wait out a severe storm that is passing by. All the while, two friends are having discord and a young girl, who is seemingly connected to the storm, is quite troubled. The film focuses on mundane, everyday troubles with a bit of fantasy and mystery.
Wolf Children ( おおかみこどもの雨と雪 )
🐺 Slice-of-Life, Fantasy
🐺 Summer 2012
🐺 Madhouse, Studio Chizu
🐺 Hana, a hard-working college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes, though he is not an actual student. As it turns out, he is not truly human either. One evening with a full moon, he transforms into a werewolf and reveals to Hana that he is the last one remaining of his kind. Despite this new revelation, Hana loves him profoundly, and the two decide to start a family. Hana gives birth to a boy and a girl, who inherit their father’s wolf traits. Shortly afterwards, tragedy hits them, and Hana must struggle to raise her children alone.
The Boy and the Beast ( バケモノの子 )
🐻 Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy
🐻 Summer 2015
🐻 Studio Chizu
🐻 Nine-year-old Ren has recently lost his mother, whom he has lived with since his parents’ divorce. With no news of his father and refusing to live with his legal guardians, Ren flees into the streets of Shibuya, resenting humanity. In the Beast Kingdom, the lord has decided he will retire to reincarnate as a deity and names two potential successors: the popular Iōzen, who is also the father of two children, and the powerful Kumatetsu, who is also lonely and lazy. The Grandmaster suggests that Kumatetsu find a disciple in hopes of inspiring him to succeed him. While wandering the streets of Tokyo with his makeshift companion, Tatara, Kumatetsu meets Ren and suggests that the boy becomes his disciple. Though Ren is fiercely opposed, he follows Kumatetsu back to the Beast Kingdom out of curiosity but is unable to go back to the human world.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ( 時をかける少女 )
⏱️ Science-Fiction, Adventure, Drama
⏱️ Summer 2006
⏱️ Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school but is having a tough time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of leaping through time, literally.
Another: The Complete Collection ( アナザー )
👁️ Horror, Psychological Thriller
👁️ Winter 2012
👁️ P.A. Works
👁️ Kōichi Sakakibara is a new transfer student in class 3-3 at Yomiyama North. Upon arriving, he is greeted with a strange, melancholic atmosphere that seems to hang over every student in his class. Soon, he finds himself drawn to female student, Mei Misaki, who wears an eyepatch. Noticing all the other students, and even the teachers, treating Misaki like she is non-existent, only makes Sakakibara even more suspicious of the town and school. Then the students begin to die in brutal and unexpected ways. Together Mei and Sakakibara try to figure out what is plaguing the school and people of Yomiyama.
Chihayafuru Season 2 Complete Premium Box Set ( ちはやふる )
🏵️ Slice-of-Life, Sports (Karuta), Drama
🏵️ Winter 2013
🏵️ Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is content with her life until she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with Arata and her friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spend their childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up. Now in high school, Chihaya is obsessed with karuta. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi-Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya establishes a karuta team to works towards achieving her goals.
Those are all the anime titles that I obtained over the Winter 2018 season! Have you seen any of the shows/films mentioned? What did you think of them?
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing, friends! 💙