Anime You Watch and the Descriptions* that Love Them

Spring 2019:
Made in Abyss

The anomaly known as “The Abyss” is the last truly unexplored place on Earth. This terrifying and seemingly bottomless hole in the planet continues to draw explorers into its depths, and many never return to the surface. Riko’s mother was one such explorer, and in fact was one of the most famed and accomplished ones – but she too eventually met her end down below. One day Riko meets a boy named Reg who looks to be at least partly mechanical. Riko has reason to suspect that her mother might not be gone, and together she and Reg begin to descend into the dangerous Abyss to find out the truth for themselves.

"Made in Abyss" is an anime series of contradictions – sometimes filled with images of awe-inspiring beauty and inspiring, creative sights, and at others a window into the very primeval horrors that haunt the human mind. Its unique setting is a character unto itself; the Abyss seems to take on a life of its own as Riko and Reg traverse its many layers. It’s an anime series that feels as though it exists somehow out of time and place, its worldliness so incredibly different from other anime. It’s soundtrack and imagery are perfectly balanced to convey its haunting tone. Its appeal can be difficult-to-describe but ultimately irresistible – much like the Abyss itself.

Content Warning: moderate nudity with underage characters, extreme graphic violence, death

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity's last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth's ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential.

Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari's average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.

Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface...

Content Warning: mild nudity and sexual content, bloody violence (mostly the mechs), heavy drinking, psychological trauma

Samurai Flamenco
Samurai Flamenco

"A hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated and never accept evil!"

Firmly believing these words, Masayoshi Hazama has been obsessed with superhero shows since childhood. By day, he earns his living as a famous model, and by night, he becomes the masked hero Samurai Flamenco. Armed with only his superhero costume, he seeks to bring justice to the city and faces anybody who tries to break the law—even rebellious juveniles and people who litter on the street.

Masayoshi's heroic antics later catch the attention of the public, leading to the fateful discovery of his identity by policeman Hidenori Gotou. Although initially telling Masayoshi to leave the crime-busting activities to the police, Gotou ends up joining him in his antics. Together Masayoshi and Gotou embark on a battle with the world and themselves in order to find the true meaning of being a hero—with or without superpowers.

Content Warning: revealing outfits, moderate innuendo, moderate violence, some profanity

A Place Further than the Universe

Filled with an overwhelming sense of wonder for the world around her, Mari Tamaki has always dreamt of what lies beyond the reaches of the universe. However, despite harboring such large aspirations on the inside, her fear of the unknown and anxiety over her own possible limitations have always held her back from chasing them. But now, in her second year of high school, Mari is more determined than ever to not let any more of her youth go to waste. Still, her fear continues to prevent her from taking that ambitious step forward—that is, until she has a chance encounter with a girl who has grand dreams of her own.

Spurred by her mother's disappearance, Shirase Kobuchizawa has been working hard to fund her trip to Antarctica. Despite facing doubt and ridicule from virtually everyone, Shirase is determined to embark on this expedition to search for her mother in a place further than the universe itself. Inspired by Shirase's resolve, Mari jumps at the chance to join her. Soon, their efforts attract the attention of the bubbly Hinata Miyake, who is eager to stand out, and Yuzuki Shiraishi, a polite girl from a high class background. Together, they set sail toward the frozen south.

Content Warning: Infrequent mild sexual content
Durarara!!x2 Ketsu

Season 2, part 3 of Durarara!!

As Mikado Ryuugamine continues to purge the Dollars from within in accordance with his warped sense of justice, Masaomi Kida hopes to bring his friend back to his senses by bringing the Yellow Scarves together once more. Little do they know that a far more dominant force is about to enter their struggle for power, one that their friend Anri Sonohara is all too familiar with.

Meanwhile, the group that has gathered at Shinra Kishitani's apartment realizes that they are on the brink of something life-changing, an event that will throw Ikebukuro into a spiral of confusion. Their anxiety is realized when reports of Celty's head being found in public start to appear all over the news as Kasane Kujiragi begins to make her move.

Gone are the brief periods of tranquility as the current turmoil sets the stage for one final performance in this thrilling conclusion to the story of Ikebukuro's finest.

Content Warning: frequent profanity, frequent violence

*Descriptions from MAL and contributed to by club members.