Updates on December 25, 2016
Ani Tore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de
Five girls who are aiming to become idols, lead the viewer through practicing various types of training, such as push-up, sit-up, back extension, dance, yoga, stretch, trunk training, and Tai Chi, while talking to viewers.
Bernard Jou Iwaku.
Machida Sawako a.k.a. Miss Bernard is a lazy girl who wants to be a well-read person but does not actually read much. The anime recounts the conversations between Miss Bernard and her bookworm friends about the Bible; The Tale of the Heike; Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Door into Summer; The Great Passage, and more masterpieces that she has not necessarily read.
Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Galaxy
Earth is about to be destroyed by a meteor! The beautiful Sayo is told by the upper management at her mysterious organization that the only ones who can save the planet are three girls named Kyouko, Asuka, and Mirai. Although skeptical, Sayo brings them together by telling them they’re going to train to be idols. They’re raring to go, but for some reason, she leads them to an arcade…
Bungou Stray Dogs (2016)
Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…
In a world where people are sorted since childhood depending on the results of their exams, only those who excel in education obtain happiness. Learning Types (those who prioritize study) and Cheating Types (those who prefer to climb the educational ladder by cheating) occasionally cooperate with each other, but there exists a great rivalry between them. The story follows C Type student Shokatsu Mumei and L Type student Ou Koui who struggle together to pass tests.
The anime centers on two boys who were never meant to meet: Tsukamoto Tsukushi, who has no special skills but secretly hides a passionate heart, and Kazama Jin, an isolated soccer genius. On a stormy night, the two meet, and that meeting creates a whirlwind in the world of high school soccer.
Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved in the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as Drifters.This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing war against another group of great warriors, the Ends, who wish to take over the world and kill all the Drifters. Under the Ends’ command are many terrible creatures, including dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their wake. At the start of the series, the Ends’ army has control of the northern part of the continent and is currently trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the Octobrist Organization, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempt to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.
Fune o Amu
The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Majime Mitsuya, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo’s sales department, has been recruited by Araki Kouhei, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the “money-eating insect,” but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Nishioka Masashi, who is able to express himself better.
The school love story is set at Baramon High School, a private boys’ school for the prefecture’s most elite. Maeda Yoshiki is a seventeen year old boy who transfers into the school and meets various major players on campus, such as the outlaw teacher, the soccer captain, and a childhood friend whom Maeda has not seen for seven years. The school presents opportunities for friendship, love and conflict, and changes are now bound to happen in Maeda’s life.
After landing a job at a voice-acting agency, bad-mannered college student Chitose believes she’s poised for greatness as a voice-actress. But when she’s cast in a string of minor roles, she finds herself at a loss. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there’s more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she ever could have imagined.
Keijo is a sport where contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and use their butts and chests to fight against each other in order to push each other off the platform. Kaminashi Nozomi is a high school student who aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo.
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
The comedy revolves around Kiitarou, a boy with a strong sixth sense who is always surrounded by demons. He gets talked to by yukionna, gets his bath licked clean by akaname (licking demons), and lives with the zashiki-warashi Suzu, whom he just can’t come to dislike.
NHK’s English education programme featured the adventures of a puppy named Charo in New York.
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
In a world where a social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project allows one in tens of thousands of people to be a “magical girl” — possessing extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of the human race. But one day, in a district containing 16 magical girls, the administration announces that it must halve the number of magical girls to solve the problem of magical energy. At first, the 16 magical girls race to collect more “magical candy” than their competitors, but the rules quickly become twisted, and it quickly becomes a murderous battle for survival among them.
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. Second Season
Second season of Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara.
Amino Tokine is the CEO’s secretary at the advertising agency TEN2. But only her best friends at the company, Yamazumi Yoshie and Minakami Kyouka, both working the front desk, know that the much admired Amino is secretly a huge otaku and also loves tokusatsu.One day, while putting in order conference room G, just before a meeting with a important animation company, she finds herself bathed in intense light, and transported to a strange parallel world. Here a small “inter-dimensional pig” named Hacchin greats the seemingly unfazed Amino, explaining that she will not be able to leave this world called Quizun unless she solves riddles within a time limit. As it turns out Amino has been chosen, and is given the power to unlock the truth, while wearing a tight-fitting suit, that releases her full reasoning potential. Solving a riddle, releases a crystal called Q-Stone from Amino’s body, that Hacchin collects. And so she vows to “solve the riddles, then think about them!”
The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Gamon Yuuta. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
The world of middle school girls’ ping pong enters an age of heated rivalry as the throne at its apex is surrendered… Tsumujikaze Koyori, a girl who loves ping pong, has just transferred to Suzumegahara Middle School. Along with her friends who strive to be the national champions, can Koyori bring the winds of change to the school?! The curtain is about to rise on a scorching hot tale of girls who love ping pong!
Show by Rock!!#
Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city’s highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene.
Soul Buster: Shousei Ran
The anime is based on the classical Chinese novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and is set in present-day China, where famous figures from history and the novel can be summoned using cards. The story centers on Son Shin, a high school student who hates studying China’s Warring States period, and Shuu Yu, a female general from the Chinese state of Wu who has been revived in the present day.
Stella no Mahou
Honda Tamaki is a first-year high school girl who joins a somewhat peculiar SNS-Bu circle that makes doujin (self-published) games.
The series follows the hilarious everyday routines of four girls in the Kameido High tennis club who, on occasion, actually play some tennis.
To Be Hero
The protagonist, known only as “Ossan” (pops), is a handsome yet undisciplined man, a divorced father who has a job as a toilet seat designer. He lives with his daughter Min-chan, who excels in both academics and sports. One day, while on the toilet, Ossan is sucked into it and becomes a hero charged with protecting the world. In exchange, he transforms from his handsome form into a chubby appearance. Ossan’s fight to save the world and protect Min-chan begins here.
To Love-Ru: Trouble – Darkness OAD
Rito continues to be prone to compromising incidents around the ever increasing number of female friends, be they humanoid aliens or human classmates. With so many relations developing, much to his display, not a quiet or normal day passes by: Momo tries to get Rito’s attention by changing her hair style, but with little success… A drunken Celine sprays Mikan with pollen, causing Mikan to develop romantic feelings towards Rito… Rito finds Celine playing with some flowers he has never seen… Run messages Rito about starring in an upcoming Magical Kyouko episode and wants Rito to watch it… Mikan gets a surprise visit from her classmates, Kogure Sachie and Nogiwa Mami, who are interested in meeting her brother Rito… Risa finds Momo shopping for lingerie and asks her out on a date. Momo accepts… As Rito prepares to sleep, Nemesis sneaks into his room and wants him to tell her a ghost story… Mikan and Rito are shopping for groceries, accompanied by Celine, when they notice a mysterious woman with pink hair, a veil, and a beautiful voice…
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
The year is 2205. The “historical revisionists” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Touken Danshi. The story centers around their cheerful lives.
Fuuka and Rinne lived in an orphanage as they braved a poor life and hoped for a bright future. A few years later, Rinne is adopted and Fuuka lefts the orphanage to live a torturous life.
One day, a girl saves Fuuka who was injured in a fight with punks. Her name is Einhart Stratos, a martial arts athlete. Fuuka’s fate is about to change after this encounter.
Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda
Serinuma Kae is what you’d call a “fujoshi.” When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn’t exciting to her at all — she’d rather see them date each other!
Yuuri!!! on Ice
Katsuki Yuuri carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him with Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuris take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Before the Flood (2016)
A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. An endless line of trucks will transport all the coals and iron ores to the iron works. There traps another crowd of souls, being baked in hell. In the hospital, time hangs heavy on miners’ hands. After decades of breathing coal dust, death is just around the corner. They are living the reality of purgatory, but there will be no paradise.
Blair Witch (2016)
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.
After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.
Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.
The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.
Heartfall Arises (2016)
About an officer from special forces faces the most notorious creminal who is a legend in Hong Kong for killing top of business men in Southeast Asia.
Homo Sapiens (2016)
Homo Sapiens shows stunning images of forgotten places, buildings we constructed and then left.
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.
Into the Inferno (2016)
An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.
It Had to Be You (2015)
Sonia is a neurotic jingle writer who’s always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has to decide whether she’ll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies. A whimsical romantic comedy that’s raunchy and yet gentle, ‘It Had To Be You’ explores the choices women face today while satirizing cultural expectations of gender and romance.
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on national television in 1974.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)
Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.
Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
The Accountant (2016)
As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
The Ardennes (2015)
A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
The Ivory Game (2016)
Wildlife activists in take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.
We Are the Flesh (2016)
After wandering a ruined city for years in search of food and shelter, two siblings find their way into one of the last remaining buildings. Inside, they find a man who will make them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)
A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger the Movie: The Exciting Circus Panic!
The Space Circus arrives on Earth, and their leader, Domidol, intends to enslave all Zyumans as part of his plan to recreate the entire universe into a circus stage. But on his way are the Zyuohgers, who are determined to protect the planet from him.