Winter’s here and it’s cold and wet outside. Finally, a legitimate excuse to stay indoors and have a few anime watching marathons. It’s called a marathon so it still counts as exercise, right? Right!

Anyway, you all know the drill: here’s our Winter (anime new to the library) Update:

The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. [dvd] Collection

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Collection (Slimpack)

Synopsis: “Haruhi Suzumiya was the strangest girl I’ve met in a long time… Before I knew what’s going on, I’ve been dragged into her weird club, and it looks like I’m not the only one who has been drafted into this “SOS Brigade” of hers, because there are three other students who don’t seem to be so ordinary themselves.”

Space Dandy. [dvd] Part 2

Space Dandy : Part 2 : Eps 14-26

The concluding volume to this over the top, off the wall [bat-sh*t crazy – Ed.] series: “the cosmic and comic adventures of Space Dandy, a handsome space explorer tasked to tour the universe and discover new alien beings.”

Nodame cantabile. [Series one]

Nodame Cantabile

Synopsis: At a top music academy in Japan, Shinichi Chiaki’s arrogance is matched only by his top-notch piano playing. But when Chiaki and the teacher get into a fight, he’s demoted to the reject class. Chiaki is left to pursue his dream of being a conductor while surrounded by a bunch of loser musicians and one annoying girl, Noda, who has proclaimed herself Chiaki’s girlfriend.

Danganronpa. The animated series : complete series

Danganronpa - Animated Series, The | Series Collection

Synopsis: “Hope’s Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done … If you can get away with murder, you’ll get your diploma!”


Death Note Series covers

We already have the complete Death Note [dvd] collection, but someone has graciously donated an old school box set version, which we have broken up into it’s individual volumes. Although it has become the standard to release DVD (and Blu ray) series in a single case (“slimpack”) style collection that no doubt saves valuable shelf space (and usually ends up being cheaper per series) I kind of miss the old multiple volume releases with all the extra cover art and reversible covers, etc. Ah, the good old days!

We have two more new, split-volume series to share and, best of all, we have gotten both volumes of each title at the same time [so you won’t have that frustrating, what seems like forever, wait for that final volume to turn up – Ed.]. Yay!

Xam’d. Lost memories. [dvd] collection 01

Xam’d: Lost Memories Collection 1

Synopsis: “When a young boy on a peaceful island becomes the victim of a terrorist attack, he transforms into Xam’d, a powerful mecha capable of extreme power. Now he must discover the depth of his power and the role he plays in a world where metal and rock meet flesh, desire, and destiny.”

Xam’d. Lost memories. [dvd] collection 02 

Xam’d: Lost Memories - Collection 2

Synopsis: “Akiyuki isn’t the only one who’s become possessed by the mysterious power that is Xam’d. Seems his friend Furuichi is also filled with the dangerous energy, but while Akiyuki tries to harness it, his friend seems hell-bent on letting the Xam’d control his every dangerous move.”

Bamboo blade. [dvd] Collection 1, episodes 1-13

Bamboo Blade: Collection 1

Synopsis: “Toraji Ishida is the budget-challenged coach for the Kendo Club. He finds himself in such a crunch for his food bill that he takes up a challenge from a former high-school classmate who has become a kendo coach at a different school: beat his friend’s all-girl kendo team and he can win a year of free food at a sushi restaurant! The only problem? Where to find girls skilled enough and willing to join the kendo team?”

Bamboo blade. [dvd] Collection 2, episodes 14-26

Bamboo Blade: Collection 2

Synopsis: “The Kendo team still has a long way to go. Their sensei is one false move away from losing his job, the team’s facing a suspension, and even Tamaki is about to experience the bitter taste of defeat. So will the girls pick each other up and stick together as a team or will they crumble under the pressure and go their separate ways?”

When I can, I like to see what’s currently screening or new in Japan – to see what I can look forward to getting a local release (hopefully). So, for something new to add to our seasonal Anime Updates, here’s a look at …

What I’m currently watching:

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (English title: “Erased“). I’d normally put in a basic synopsis right about here but in a series like this, less is definitely more – don’t want to ruin the suspense! If you can get past the somewhat lame (in my opinion) plot gimmick at the start, (*cough*) time travel (*cough*), I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Definitely a 5 out of 5 star title.

So there you have it! I hope you take the opportunity to watch some, if not all, of these excellent titles. Until next time …