Anime You Watch and the Descriptions* that Love Them

Fall 2018:
Land of the Lustrous
In the mysterious future, crystalline organisms called Gems inhabit a world that has been destroyed by six meteors. Each Gem is assigned a role in order to fight against the Lunarians, a species who attacks them in order to shatter their bodies and use them as decorations.

The story follows Phosphophyllite, known as Phos, an young gem who is eager to fight the Lunarians, but lacks the hardness to do so. Still, Master tries hard to find a task for her to carry out. Meanwhile, Phos tries to befriend the toxic Cinnabar, and begins to learn more about her world and fellow Gems.

Told through innovative CG animation, Land of the Lustrous is a beautiful and compelling story of change and personal growth.
 
Kaiba
Kaiba is the story of a man without memories, in a world where memories are a commodity stored on microchips and traded between bodies. The man named Kaiba awakens without a sense of self, the only clue to his situation being a blurry photo of a woman in his locket and a literal hole through his heart.

The common thread between Kaiba and Tatami Galaxy is the hand of auteur director Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation, Mind Game), who creates magic with his visual direction, comedic timing, and sense for portraying powerful emotion. He works together with animators from all over the world and each of his series is completely unique visually and in tone.

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy is the story of a college student who longs for the perfect college life. He desires it so much that he keeps repeating the same two-year period over and over, joining different clubs and hoping to catch the eye of his cute female classmate. His rose-colored college experience is continually foiled by Ozu, his devilish friend/bad influence. The common thread between these The Tatami Galaxy and Kaiba is the hand of auteur director Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation, Mind Game), who creates magic with his visual direction, comedic timing, and sense for portraying powerful emotion. He works together with animators from all over the world and each of his series is completely unique visually and in tone. Content warning: references to prostitution


Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Rakugo (落語, literally "fallen words") is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. A lone storyteller (落語家 rakugoka) sits on an elevated stage, called kōza. Using only a paper fan and a small cloth as props, without ever standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical (or sometimes sentimental) story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters. The difference between the characters is depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.

The series starts with a man recently released from prison, seeking out his idol, a famous rakugoka to become his next apprentice. From there, we learn how the performer Yurakutei Yakumo got started during the early years of the Showa period (1926-1989), the trials and tribulations of his youth, career, and love life, and eventually entrusting the future of rakugo to the next generation.

This series truly brings the unique art of solitary storytelling to life, and the voice actors put in their all to breathe vitality into their performance like nothing else that has been done before or since. Being a strictly Japanese performing art, there is no better way for foreigners to experience rakugo than by watching this anime.

Content warning: references to prostitution
 
Durarara!!x2 Shou and Ten
Although peace has finally returned to Ikebukuro, many of the odd occurrences have become common sights around the city. One such case is the police's constant pursuit of Celty Sturluson, the Headless Rider. Moreover, someone has placed a large bounty on her, igniting the motivation of gang members all over to begin searching for the supernatural creature as well. Meanwhile, Mikado Ryuugamine is approached by Aoba Kuronuma, a mysterious underclassman with unknown intentions, who reveals that he knows Mikado's true identity. But Ikebukuro's state of tranquility is short-lived, as a new threat appears in the form of a murderer who goes by the pseudonym "Hollywood," known for wearing a different mask each time they commit a crime. As the various events taking place prove to be connected yet again, Ikebukuro is thrown into another conflict that threatens to engulf the entire city in chaos. Seasons two and three of Durarara!!

*Descriptions from MAL and contributed to by club members.